It’s the most wonderful time of year! Shopping for loved ones, putting up festive decorations and listening to holiday music are all be a blast- but amidst the hustle and bustle- don’t forget to keep your home organized during the holiday season! Here’s our list of top tips to help you de-clutter before the busy holiday season.
Purge Clothing, Books, Electronics & Toys
Start off the holiday season by going through your family’s clothing, books, electronics and toys. More than likely, there will be dozens of items that are ready to be given away. The holiday season is the season of giving, so find a local place to donate your items that will go to those in need. Once you get rid of some items, you’ll be able to come up with some good gift ideas for your family!
Organize Gift Wrap and Accessories
Gift wrap, bows, tape, gift bags and tissue paper can end up taking up a lot of room, especially if you’re stocking up for the holidays. Make a game plan for how you’re going to organize all these items before you start thinking about wrapping gifts. Plastic bins are inexpensive and a great way to store various items. A favorite is the under-the-bed gift wrap bin, so all your gift wrap can stay out of sight, but stay easily accessible! Another storage hack is creating a gift wrap console on the back of a closet doorway or building a crate to keep everything together.
Clean Out the Fridge and Pantry
If you’re hosting a holiday dinner, or plan on having a party, cleaning out the fridge and pantry is extremely important! You’ll need room for your holiday ham or turkey, sides, beverages and more. Many items get overlooked, so make sure you check the dates on everything in your fridge and pantry, and throw away items accordingly. When cleaning out your fridge, make sure you wipe down all the surfaces so nothing is tainting any food!
Take A Holiday Décor Inventory
Keeping track of all your holiday décor may seem like a daunting task, but it can be beyond helpful. When getting out all your holiday decorations, create a list of all the items you have on hand. You’ll be able to see if you need to purchase any additional items, and when the holiday season is over, you’ll know you took everything down and put it away. Plus if you’re trying to re-organize any bins or boxes you put decorations in, you can pair like items to be put in the same bins to make finding items in the following years simpler.
Create A Weekly Cleaning List
Between holiday parties and events, gift shopping and family time- it’s easy to get caught up and forget to do simple house cleaning chores. A way to avoid getting stuck with a ton of cleaning at the end of the holidays is by creating a weekly cleaning list. Focus on separate areas each day, like the kitchen or dining room, but don’t overwhelm yourself. You’ll also want to add some new items to the list- like sweeping under the Christmas tree or dusting holiday decorations.
Prepare Your Gift Giving
At the beginning of the holiday season, start to map out who you’re buying for, with any ideas of what to get them. This will help you avoid missing any important person, or panicking at the last minute to find something they’ll love. Take the time to check out sales and see the best price you can get for some of your ideas. Another great way to stay on top of gift giving is wrapping gifts as you go. Create a gift wrapping area and wrap a few gifts at a time versus everything at once. This will help save room, as you won’t have to hide as many gifts under beds or in closets, and can distribute accordingly.
These tips are just a few ways to ensure you’ll head into the new year in a more organized way! Do you have an overload of holiday decorations? Self Storage is an easy solution to help store your belongings!
Furniture pieces are expensive but a must for your home. The best way to save money on furniture is to create it yourself. Now of course creating something from scratch can take time and money that you simply don’t have. Do-it-yourself projects usually involve recycling and reusing. Try reusing the old pieces of furniture in your home to create pieces that look brand new! These six projects will save you tons of money while creating a piece of furniture you desperately need for your home.
1. bookshelf to bench
This is an easy project that gives you extra seating and storage in one. Take a simple bookshelf and turn it sideways. Create a cushion with a board, piece of foam, and piece of fabric. There is plenty of room to slide in baskets and bins in the empty slots. Use them to store toys, books, or other objects in need of a home.
Many people lack the amount of storage they truly need within their home. Creating storage can be difficult and strenuous. Most people look for places in cabinets or on counter tops, but what about vertical storage on the wall? Pegboards are one of the more popular storage solutions at the moment. They are one of the most versatile options that will declutter any room in the home.
The vertical storage not only gives a home to your belongings, but it will fill up the blank spaces on your walls. Pegboards can be painted, enlarged or reduced in size, and can hold objects on every inch. Not to mention the objects can easily be rearranged or you can move the pegboard as a whole. The options are endless with pegboards. Here are just five ways you can use pegboards for more storage around your home.
Creating more storage isn’t always easy and affordable…but this time it is. You can create more storage by reusing items that are no longer being used for their original purpose and taking it to a whole new level. Use those items, instead of throwing them away, for something else. Many reusable items can be used for creating super organization while gaining a great deal of storage. Jars are a great item to recycle and reuse. Many things are purchased in a jar like candles, sauces, pickles, and baby food. So don’t throw those jars away. You are about to get creative. Here are some ways to reuse jars for more storage around your home!
Don’t you find that everything tastes better when it is stored in glass? Use the glass jars for storing your leftovers. You can also use them to store your macaroni, rice, sugar or just about any food item. They will fit nicely in your pantry and will stay fresh as well. You won’t have the worry that your food items will attract ants either like you would with an open bag or box. With a lid that screws on you will know that your food is safe from the critter invasion. If you are making something in the kitchen to give to someone else you can deliver it in a jar. Dress it up with a ribbon and a little gift card and your thoughtfulness will shine through.
Summer weather is here and children will be on summer break before you know it. Summer activities are filled with water, dirt, and lots of running around. Keeping the home organized and clean is difficult when you are trying to keep the kids entertained and busy. Shoes track dirt through the home, toys and craft supplies spread everywhere, and water drips from wet bathing suits creating puddles that are waiting to be the cause of a slip and fall accident. You can have a smooth sailing summer using PVC pipes for organization, storage, and summer fun. PVC pipes have many uses, but storage is one that we love! Here are 8 genius ways to use PVC pipes for storage this summer.
1. Toy Storage
Create awesome toy storage to make sure the toys stay organized through out the summer. Outside activities are great for children. Creating storage for their bikes and scooters out of PVC pipe is quick and simple. This will keep the bikes out of the drive way and from possibly being in Dad’s “blind spot” when he backs out in the morning. You could create a ball rack as well. Balls are hard to store with their cylindrical shape. You can’t stack them and only a few will fit in a fairly large basket. This is a great storage solution for all the different sports balls you have in your garage! Reading is another activity that is great for children over the summer. Though school is out, it is important to continue their education to make sure they will excel in school next year. You can create a book rack for some of their favorite books. This makes it easy for the children to reach and grab a book independently.
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home but sometimes it isn’t always the most organized part of your home. Keeping your kitchen organized is just one of the steps for a stress free life. There are plenty of tips and tricks that will give you better storage options and organization skills for your kitchen. Here are a few of our favorite kitchen hacks that will help you create better storage in your kitchen!
1. Use Magazine Holders.
Magazine holders aren’t just an office supply. They can be used in the kitchen for several different purposes. You can use it to put your aluminum foil, saran wrap, and baggies in. This gives you more storage in your drawers and also makes for an easy find. You can also use them for storage in the freezer! Use them to hold bags of frozen vegetables and fruits. This will keep the bags from tumbling down on you when you open the freezer door or are searching for that specific veggie.
Living in a dorm room may, at times, feel like you are living in a very cramped space shuttle- for an entire school year. It’s important to stay organized and utilize every inch of space in your room. Once the school year starts, you will find yourself busy with schoolwork, social events, and sporting contests- which is why we’ve put together a list of space savers for your dorm room to get now, before the excitement of the new school year starts.
It’s inevitable- your dorm room is small. It will be difficult to fit everything without feeling boxed in. Make the most out of your room with these inexpensive space savers!
1. Bed risers that double as a power outlet
These bed risers from Bed, Bath, and Beyond help raise your bed seven inches off the floor for under-the-bed storage space. One riser even houses a power outlet for convenient charging.
It’s mid- July and if you aren’t taking summer classes, you most likely have a month and half or less to buy dorm essentials, pack, and move away to college. That’s a little taunting, especially for those of you attending college out-of-state. What weather changes should you expect? Can you take everything you own with you to school? (The answer to that one would be a big no.) It’s not easy to pack for college, but it’s also not impossible. Follow this how-to and what-to pack list for a stress-free move.
File dividers and file folders
This is not high school anymore; there are no lockers to keep your old tests and loose papers. Invest in a pack of 4 or 5 file folders to put in a drawer in your dorm. Keep it organized by naming each file folder by class or activity.