Sustainability in Action: The Small House Movement

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It’s no secret that consuming tons of stuff isn’t a sustainable way for us all to live on this planet. Yet Americans tend to fill up their houses and garages with piles of things they may not need, and then rent storage units for the overflow. All that stuff takes energy to create and transport and has to go somewhere when it’s discarded. And the bigger and bigger houses, garages, and storage facilities we use to keep all of it take their tolls on the environment as well. A new movement is emerging in response to this ever-expanding appetite for stuff and the space to put it. It’s … [More]

At Last, Back To School Organizing Tips

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Back to school season is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you dread the chaos that comes with it. The laidback routine of summer falls by the wayside as everyone in the house files in all directions. Make your back to school season a little saner with these organizing tips: Create a Homework Station Kids need a quiet, well-organized place where they can focus on their homework without interruption. Set up a homework station in a place that has good lighting and enough room to spread out. Keep the station well-stocked with supplies like pencils, markers, loose leaf paper and glue sticks. Use jars, bins, … [More]

Camping Gear Storage and Organization (Bonus: What You Should Pack)

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Kim Rohrer blogs at Kim’s Kitchen Sink about everything interesting including things like knitting, gardening, baking, technology, and friendship.   If you’re like me, you’ve amassed quite a collection of gear over the years…and if you’re like me, you might not have a beautiful suburban garage in which to store said gear. In a small apartment, or even in a small home (ah, city life), storage space is often limited, and miscellaneous gear ends up all over the place. Whether you’re finding tucked-away corners for your gear or storing it away from your house (hello, Extra Space!) when not in use, it’s important to keep things organized.   … [More]

Friend Fridays

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Last year, my friend Anna wrote an article for organizing summer with kids.  It was so fun, I asked her if she had any new ideas for this summer and she did! Here is part five of the Summer Fun by the Weekday series – Jessica Johnson Most of our week is spent doing chores, reading, and having a fun family activity. Sometimes there is little time for playing with friends—maybe an hour here or there. We like to dedicate our Fridays to really playing with friends. I’ve compiled a few tips for your Friend Fridays below. Friends are always fun to play with in the summer, but … [More]

5 Tips for a Sustainable Summer

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  If you’re looking for ways to leave a lighter footprint, you’ve probably heard the old refrains about changing out your light bulbs and putting on an extra sweater instead of cranking up the heat. While those are important ideas, there are plenty of other tips on this subject, some of them you might have never heard before. Here are five to take notice of, some old stand-bys and others a little less commonly touted. 1. Equip your home with Energy Star. An average homeowner dedicates 20 percent of his or her utility expenses to cooling, which makes staying comfortable in summer a pricey proposition. Upgrade your AC … [More]

5 Tips to Tackling Summer Organization

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  With its warm temps, stellar weather and relaxed vibe, there’s not much to complain about in summertime – except perhaps all the stuff that comes along with it. We’re talking beach toys, towels, flip-flops, bottles of sunblock, swim gear, sports equipment, and awkward pool noodles. If you’re like me, you’re bound to become buried under all this stuff faster than you can say, “Memorial Day barbeque.” Take the time now – before the season really starts gearing up – to organize all of these warm weather essentials so you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the summer sun.   Tip #1: Create a Summer Station To … [More]

Summer Series- Thrifty Thursdays

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  Last year, my friend Anna wrote an article for organizing summer with kids.  It was so fun, I asked her if she had any new ideas for this summer and she did! Here is part 4 of the Summer Fun by the Weekday series – Jessica Johnson Shaving cream and popsicle sticks were all over my backyard after last week’s Water Wednesday, but I think it was well worth the mess. I am becoming addicted to popsicles this summer. Anyone else? There are so many recipes and options! After that mess, I was ready for a relaxing day in our neighborhood library. Which is exactly the kind … [More]

Tips for Cleaning Out that Winter Pile of Basement Clutter

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  Like closets, drawers and attics, basements are a convenient place to store items that we don’t often use, but can’t seem to part with. We put these things down in the basement with plans to eventually retrieve them, only to leave them there for years. Unfortunately, basement clutter presents more than a few problems: That pile of clutter might include items that you or someone else could use, but because it’s so disorganized, you have no way of knowing what’s available. Clutter tends to grow, which means that when you decide to move or remodel your basement, you’ll have a really huge sorting/purging project on your hands. … [More]

Aloha Honolulu and Wahiawa Storage

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ALOHA! Extra Space Storage loves the people of Hawaii and continues to grow throughout the Hawaiian Islands. It recently purchased two storage unit properties in Honolulu and Wahiawa on the island of Oahu. Extra Space Storage of Honolulu is located on Kalakaua Ave, which leads directly into beautiful Waikiki. Its excellent location provides convenient access to storage units for the people of Honolulu, Waikiki, and Kaimuki. This facility has more than 1700 indoor storage units, with the option of climate control. The benefit of indoor and climate controlled units is the protection it gives your belongings from the tropical Hawaiian climate. This facility also offers a free move-in … [More]

Summer Series- Water Wednesdays

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  Last year, my friend Anna wrote an article for organizing summer with kids.  It was so fun, I asked her if she had any new ideas for this summer and she did! Here is Part 3 of the Summer Fun by the Weekday series – Jessica Johnson   We tried a new trail last week for our Trail Tuesdays, and can I just say that I am so glad we have a day dedicated to getting out with nature? I love it. It was pretty hot, though, which was a perfect lead in to Water Wednesday! Some of you might already have your kids in swim team … [More]