Organize for a New Baby

Having a new baby is pretty much the biggest change any family can experience. There is so much to do and get ready for by the time the baby comes that it can be very overwhelming. And while it can be a fun and scary time, there are a couple of things you can do in order to make the entire process and transition much smoother. After all, once the baby arrives you are going to want to focus on them! Get Organized One of the very best things you can do is organize for a new baby. If you haven’t noticed already, you will soon notice that … [More]

How to Design Your Laundry Room

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Setting up your laundry room right can be the key to making an onerous chore into a (somewhat-) pleasant task. It’s essential to keep things organized, and that’s easiest to do when you have a strategic set-up. Building in your laundering infrastructure is the best to use your space efficiently. Keep containers, cabinets, and counter-tops all within arm’s reach. Some ideas on this front include an open-basket cabinet, a slide-out or fold-down ironing board, cabinets with flip-up doors, and cabinets designed to fit atop the washer and dryer. These can be custom-made for a price or bought as pieces to install or set up yourself. Adding a counter-top above … [More]

Storage and Organizing Product Best Finds

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  The universe of storage and organization products is enormous. From sideboards to shower racks, you can easily find solutions to every storage problem. But which boxes, bins, barrels, and baskets are right for you? I’ve searched out a few winning products, one for each room of the house. Entryway: Corral all that footwear with a hide-away shoe rack, like the Organize It Deluxe Single Shoe Cabinet. Living room: IKEA’s Expedit bookshelf is excellently multi-purpose. Stick some of these Knipsa baskets in to hold smaller items. Dining room: The Home Styles Medium Cherry Server has multiple cabinets and drawers as well as space for wine bottles. Also, it … [More]

The Phenomenon Known as Organization Envy!

Kim Rohrer blogs at Kim’s Kitchen Sink about everything interesting including things like knitting, gardening, baking, technology, and friendship. A friend and I were recently discussing the phenomenon known as Organization Envy. It’s what happens to all of us when we ooh and aah over gorgeous spaces that we don’t actually believe we could ever have. And no, I’m not here to tell you that “you too can have it all”. That’s another post for another day. No, I’m here to gush over spaces I can never have. I’ve heard that some folks actually have rooms like these in their homes. People who live out in the suburbs, … [More]

One Man’s Trash is a Charity’s Treasure – Tips for Donating Your Excess Items

Have you ever had some stuff that you knew you didn’t need any longer, but you also couldn’t bring yourself to throw it out? It might be something where you know a person could benefit by having your item, but you didn’t know who that person was or how to get it to them.   Before you give up and just toss out the item or leave it in the back of your closet to gather dust, consider donating it to a local charity. As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, it’s also true that one man’s trash is a charities treasure.   Here … [More]

How to Pack it Up: Organizing Your Child’s Lunchbox

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Staying organized when your child’s in school is full of challenges, but organizing your child’s lunchbox shouldn’t be one of them. Just follow these easy steps to pack healthy lunches your kids will love. Step One: Set Out Lunchboxes First, set out your kid’s lunchboxes in front of your preparation area. This will give you a visual for how much food you can pack. You don’t want to over stuff the container, but you want to make sure your kids have enough snacks for the day. To make organizing a snap, check out these eco-friendly lunchboxes with built-in compartments. Step Two: Prepare Lunches Next, start preparing the lunches. … [More]

Get Organized for Seasonal Storage

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  It’s unbelievable to think about, but with the start of September fast approaching, it means that the summer is quickly coming to an end. It’s time to start preparing for school and getting those fall and winter items ready. Here are a few simple tips that are going to help you get organized and prepared for the fall season while getting rid of the clutter. Take Inventory What this time of year also means is a fresh chance to get organizing. As we start to put away those summer items now is a great time to take a hard look at what you have and figure out … [More]

RV Emergency Kit: What To Pack

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In an ideal world, every vehicle would have an emergency kit stowed in back. In reality, most drivers keep nothing more than a spare, a jack, and maybe some jumper cables. Either that or a AAA card. RV owners can’t get away with that kind of blasé attitude. RVs really cover the miles; something is sure to go wrong eventually when you’re on the road for days or weeks at a time. It’s important to have not only emergency vehicle repair equipment on hand, but also important articles to help you survive in remote areas or in cold temperatures. DMV.org offers a quality emergency kit checklist that will … [More]

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]