A Blueprint for a Wheelchair-Accessible Home

Last year I had a friend who moved her elderly father-in-law into her home with her, her husband and her two small children. I thought it was so amazing – she literally stopped her life, re-arranged it and then started everything back up again so she could care for this special member of her family. Beautiful.

Although he is elderly, he gets around quite well, and she didn’t really have to make much of the house otherwise accessible for him, but I got to thinking: if he had been wheelchair-bound, she would have had to do SO much more to her actual home in order to make him comfortable!

So when Tate Handy with Home Access Products contacted me and wondered if I might be interested in publishing an info-graphic demonstrating how to make your home wheelchair accessible, I thought it was a great idea! We all work so hard to make sure our homes are welcoming to those who enter – this takes it one step further! Let’s see what Tate has to say…

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When you’re planning the details of your home, you’ve probably already considered things like color schemes, throw pillows, and window treatments – but have you considered whether or not your home is wheelchair accessible?

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Home Matters Linky Party #12

Welcome back to Home Matters Linky Party!

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A huge thanks to those who linked up last week and are helping this party to grow!

Here are our featured picks from the week!

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From top left to right:

Jellyfish Halloween Costume from My Pinterventures

1930’s Drum Table Makeover from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

DIY Easy and Quick Halloween Banner from Cool Moms Cool Tips &

Date and Chai Soft Rolls from Something sweet Winnie’s blog

One Pan Enchilada Pasta from Ten at the Table
8 Scrumptious Soups and Stews from Simply Fresh Dinners
White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Cups from More Than a Mom of Three
Cauliflower Rice with Roasted Tomatoes from Simply Fresh Dinners
And here are the most clicked of the Week!

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Favorite Books for a 5 Year Old by The Sunny Patch (9 Clicks)

Date and Chai Soft Rolls from Something sweet Winnie’s blog (9 clicks)

How to Turn Tablecloths & Napkins into Curtains from Living in Green Grass (8 clicks)

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We look forward to seeing your matters of the home links such as: home décor tips and tricks, DIY, homesteading, homeschooling, child rearing, frugal living, sustainability, and organizational tips!

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Check out what we have been up to this past week!

Kristen: Winter Home Organizing Tips & Guidelines; Holiday Sanity Savers (2014 Edition); Dei Fratelli Review & Contest Announcement!

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Here is what Bonnie has been up to this past week: Shed Makeover; Framed Fall Subway Art; Vintage Revival at It’s Best

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Here is what Sahana has been up to this past week: DIY Knotted Scarf; Soy Candle making -How To & Don’ts

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Dei Fratelli Review & Contest Announcement!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Dei Fratelli DID provide me with these products to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Did you know that October is National Tomato Month?! I happen to LOVE tomatoes, and if there’s one thing that feeds my love of tomatoes, it’s Dei Fratelli’s products! Have you tried them yet?

A couple of weeks ago, my friends at Dei Fratelli sent me a lovely box full of their best goodies: pizza saucetraditional sauce, all-purpose Italian sauce, and whole tomatoes! Check out what I did with them…

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Holiday Sanity Savers (2014 Edition)

Do you know what tomorrow is?

Tomorrow…is Saturday. It’s October 25. It’s TWO MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.

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Wow. How is it this late in the game already?!

I LOVE Christmas. LOVE. IT. It’s a wonderful time of fun and fellowship with folks we don’t get to see very often, and, of course, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Even so, it tends to be kind of a stressful time for me. Let me explain:

  • I’m wrapping up all things end-of-the-year at my full time job (insurance marketing) and planning for the next year, so there’s a lot going on there. Plus the mailings and special promotions and parties.
  • Oh, the parties. I think people should space out their gatherings so there aren’t 25 people wanting to have their Christmas Open House on the same Saturday in December. But, between our friends, family and coworkers, there are a LOT of PARTIES we jet around to. And I’m normally in charge of bringing something.
  • I’m planning and prepping and baking for all the folks I do baked goods for.
  • I’m planning and shopping and prepping and wrapping all the gifts.
  • We’re rehearsing and perfecting and performing all of our Christmas musical events with the choir and worship team from our church. These normally include color-coordinated clothing mandates, so then I’m shopping and coordinating and making dry cleaners runs galore!
  • Oh, and Christmas is one of the busiest times ever for me and my photography business (when I offer specials and rush turnarounds, etc.) Most nights I’m up into the wee hours of the morning editing and prepping packages. Roughly 4 hours of sleep per night in the Christmas season, yep, that’s about what I get.

It’s pretty sad how excited I got just typing all of that stuff up! No matter HOW crazy it gets, I STILL LOVE IT, and every year I try to perfect my strategy, so that our Christmas is not like our first Christmas together.

It’s funnier now than it was then, actually. It was 11:55 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and I was just getting started in the kitchen on the food for Christmas Day. I was exhausted already, so I wasn’t really enjoying the food prep.

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Winter Home Organizing Tips and Guidelines

So, I’ve seen a few of my northern friends posting pictures of snow already. SNOW. Really?! WOW! I am having a hard time believing that, but pictures don’t lie!

While it’s not “technically” winter yet, while chatting with one of my lovely guest-bloggers, Sofia Lewis, she suggested a post on Winter Home Organizing. We decided we might as well get a jump on it, since it will be here before we know it, right? Let’s see what Sofia has to say about organizing your home during the winter!

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There are many ways to keep things orderly during any season, but winter makes organization much more important due to a number of factors, chief among those being the fact that we will often stay indoors for extended periods of time. To keep things well-organized, we will need to focus on a few things, such as the following:

  • A good way of handling your sewing supplies is to have a sturdy, three-ring-binder repair kit. This will help you find things when you need to do a project or some quick fixes on your clothes. You can also add some zipper pouches and a needle holder for additional supplies.
  • Something else worth doing is coming up with a useful smart calendar for the rest of the year, so you will never forget your schedule. You can use sticky notes to move appointments on it, unless of course you prefer an electronic solution instead.
  • Winter is a great season for charity and helping those less fortunate. Since it will be quite cold outside, why don’t you find a way to give older clothes to people who need them through a local charity, thrift store or something else? Another thing you can do is take some of your books you will likely never read, donating them to your local library as a great gift for the winter season.
  • You can also discard your expired prescription medicines and cosmetics to free up some space in your medicine cabinet. Use a cut piece of galvanized steel and glue it with construction adhesive to the inner side of the cabinet. You can use it to hold magnetic hooks for your scissors and other cosmetic supplies, as well as plastic cups for smaller object such as hair clips, rubber bands and other necessities.
  • You can also reorganize your hall  closet by adding a row of shelves under the jackets. Install them near the base of the closet and you will never have to dig through things to find what you need. The lower shelves can also be used for shoes and a number of other items such as toys or similar objects. Make sure you leave enough space between the shelves and the frame for your umbrellas or other things.
  • You can really make your place more welcoming by upgrading your already existing shelves. Floating bookshelves are a great addition to any home, especially if you cover them with wallpaper. Measure the shelves, cut the wallpaper to a slightly longer length and use wallpaper paste to affix it to the shelf, working one at a time. Cut slits into the paper at the ends and use the flaps to make it flawless and ready for use.

Well, I don’t know about you, but now I have some project ideas for the winter months! I love Sofia’s idea for organizing sewing supplies, and she’s right, it’s a great time to donate clothes to those in need, as well!

What organizing projects do YOU do during the winter?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me atKristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!