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25 uses for plastic storage containers September 2, 2009

  1. Baking ingredient storage – flour, sugar (all kinds)
  2. General food s   torage – leftovers
  3. Organizing small toys
  4. Candles – tapers and votives
  5. Hair accessories
  6. Suntan lotion
  7. Crafts
  8. Markers, crayons and colored pencils
  9. Emergency kit for car and home – flash light, batteries, candles
  10. First aid kit for car and vacations
  11. Ribbon for gift wrapping
  12. Small extension cords
  13. Light bulbs – different sized
  14. Batteries
  15. In home tool kit
  16. Bottle and sippy cup tops
  17. Pet food storage
  18. Snacks – granola bars, fruit snack,
  19. Food packet storage – taco seasoning, soup mix
  20. Medicine storage – kids container and adult container
  21. Extra toiletries – tooth paste, tooth brushes
  22. Extra linens and blankets – for quests or seasonal
  23. Toys – large containers for stuffed animals, babies, barbies, trucks
  24. Extra office supplies – envelopes, pencils, copy paper
  25. Mail supplies – packing tape, sharpie, labels, stamps

The list can go on and on. Do you have more fab ideas? I want to know because I have a yet another give- a –way from Rubbermaid! Thanks to them I can send you a set with their Easy Find lids line. I own it and love it! Leave a comment or email me your great idea or just your name and I’ll draw a winner on Friday Thanks!
Rubbermaid veggie storage

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10 ways to use under bed storage July 7, 2009

  1. Shoes – there are specific under bed shoe storage containers.
  2. Sweaters – seasonal clothing
  3. Bedding – pillows, blankets, sheets
  4. Seasonal outerwear – In the summer hats, mittens, scarves – In the winter beach towels and swimsuits.
  5. Great place for “time out” toys.
  6. Extra gifts purchased for emergencies.
  7. Books and magazines
  8. Toys for your kids while you take a shower.
  9. Clothing that no longer fits and needs to be donated
  10. Extra supplies – toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, anything you pick up several of on sale.

There are so many more ideas for under bed storage. Do you have a great one? Let me know and the most creative one will receive an awesome give-a-way by The Pin Wheel Girl and a must have for all. (Its a surprise)

 

Let go and jump June 30, 2009

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Do you ever get sick of doing projects? I do, or did about 2 years ago. While I was sitting in my home thinking about the “projects” that needed to be done in my home and in my life I used up all my energy sitting and thinking. When it came time for me to actually do something about it, I was too tired. Sounds like a vicious circle doesn’t it?

 The beginning of the summer sparked the official “Julie get off your ass” season and I am happy to tell you progress is being made. My son will be entering middle school next year and we decided it was time to redo his room. The toy box with the song Row, Row, Row, your boat on it had to go. His collection of bunnies was well out grown, and the legos are collecting dust.

All his belonging had been moved to my dining room so we could paint. My son and I decided that only his favorite things would go back into his room. We sat in the middle of the mess and went through each item, toss, donate, and store. I gave him three trash bags and proceeded to pick up one thing at a time and he was amazing! For a kid who is so sensitive and emotionally attached to objects, he was ready to clear out!  His quick decisions and our project of painting sparked the flame we needed to tackle other jobs in the house. We could not have accomplished the decluttering project unless he was ready to let go of some of those belongings.

 Unless we are ready to “let go” we just are not ready yet. Its hard to wait sometimes when you’re standing at the edge and your mind is screaming “Okay Now!….Now!” but your legs just won’t let you jump. Jumping will only happen when we are ready to let go. Just like my son with his room. Just like me with other life decisions I need to make. Its time, get rid of the stuff and jump.

 

Cleaning out your closet (Really!) June 3, 2009

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Cleaning out your closet doesn’t have to be an ominous task. Think of it as a cleansing for your spirit, while discovering a way to make some extra cash and helping someone in need.  You can’t beat that! So turn off the boob tube, grab a diet coke and crank up the music. 

 

You will need a couple items before you begin, 3 boxes of some kind, laundry baskets, Rubbermaid bins, and anything you have on hand. If you have an onslaught of wire hangers consider replacing them with plastic or sturdier hanger.  Last but not least, a clock with a 2nd hand.  (Yes, you will be required to make quick decisions)  Mark your 3 bins,

  1. Consignment – Clothing that is in good condition and classic style.
  2. Not wearable – clothing that is ripped or torn.
  3. Donate – Clothing that no longer fits you, or you have not worn in a year.

 

You are ready! Start at one end of your closet and work you way thru. Use the second had on your clock, and don’t take any longer that 5 seconds to make the decision whether to keep, consign or donate. 

 

Pull out any clothing or shoes with these 3 things in mind

  1. Is the item ripped, torn or damaged in any way?
  2. Is it out of style?
  3. It has not been worn in 1 year. (I know you’ve heard that before, but it still holds true)

Remember you are a clearing and organizing machine. Don’t answer your phone or turn on the TV or you will become distracted. Keep working throughout your entire closet.  If you are on fire at this point keep going through your dresser drawers, under the bed, night side tables and the chair in the corner with the pile of clothes on it.

 

Could it be that easy?  Yes! It is. Now that you have piles of clothing you no long need or use, your saying “Okay, Julie, now what?” I have the solution for you with these 3 steps.

  1. Locate a consignment shop in your area. They will accept clothing in season, with a return of %50 to %60 for a 90-day consignment length. You also can consider donating your wearable business wear to you local Women’s Resource Center. They assist Women, who need a second chance for a fresh start on life.
  2. The clothing that is in your donate pile bring to Good will, Salvation Army or your local place of worship.  Smile, knowing you are helping others who are in need.  The clothing that is not wearable is accepted at places such as Good will. They send it to fabric recycling places.  Check with your local Good Will, 
  3. Your closet, when arranging the clothes left in your closet arrange by color and season. If you have a simple hanging bar with a shelf above, and no sign of a closet organizing system.  Consider a less expensive fix by purchasing canvas-organizing units.  They come in great patterns and colors to spice up any closet. They hang from your hanging bar. The units have designated uses, for example there is one for shoes, sweaters and shirts.  The system will allow you to always know where and what type of clothing you are reaching for.

Congratulations!  You are done.  Nice job, you should be very proud of yourself. Its time to treat yourself to a skinny latte and relish in all your hard work.  You’ve accomplished organization, made money, helped someone in need and recycled.  Today the closet, tomorrow the kitchen!

 

Take back your bedroom! Organize in an afternoon May 1, 2009

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Your bedroom is probably the most personal space in your home.  When you walk into your bedroom, how does it make you feel? Do you get that feeling of Ahhhh, or does it wind you up tight like the reaction you get when your dog runs in the house with muddy paws?  A bedroom should be a place of serenity and respite. We keep our cherished positions there and comforts. For storage no matter what size you bedroom is, making use of the closet space, dresser and under bed storage makes all the difference.  I touched on the importance of closet organizational systems last month.  They utilize every inch you have for your investment of clothing and shoes. Dressers allow for the folded items that do not fit in your closet, makeup, and hair accessories. Under bed storage can be used for seasonal items, shoe storage or extra linens.

 

The master bedroom at my home is small with limited closet space.  I have a closet system to utilize the crazy space that was built into my home. I have an antique bureau that I love with huge deep drawers.  My bedside tables come equip with a top drawer and doors underneath. I store books and magazines on my side and don’t even know what my husband has on his side!  (Ladies sometimes you can only do so much)  Seriously, I think there are some clothes in there.

 

Avoid the piles of clothing that seem to procreate overnight by providing a hamper that is large enough for you or both of you.  If you have frequent dry cleaning, use a separate basket or bag. Simply put the full basket in you car when its time to drop off at the cleaners.

 

Look for fun and inspiring dishes to keep your rings in. Cleaver containers for bracelets and hooks or boxes for necklaces make great storage options for loose items. These can be piled neatly on your dresser if there is no room for storage in it. I find especially with accessories they can be easily piled on, as we are getting ready to head out the door or down the hall to our office.

 

Do you make your bed every morning? I have a friend who can’t move on until she does. To create an easy “can do” quick make your bed in the morning, choose unfussy covers that can be pulled up, quickly adjusted, throw a couple pillows on top and there you go. Unless you have someone who makes your bed for you everyday…really? If it is too difficult, it won’t be done.  I think that might be the key for most things in our homes. We are not lazy, just busy.

 

Our bedrooms are our havens. Choose containers that you love, bedding you can dive into. Storage that is very efficient. Closet organizing systems to utilize every inch of it. A bedside table that holds all the materials you need to relax and prepare your mind and body for a restoring sleep. Say good-bye to the Tylenol pm washed down with a glass of wine and hello to a book, glass of water and your journal. Sleep tight!