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June 2016

The Playroom… Again

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This couple recently purchased a new house for their family of 5. They stayed in the same area of Nashville so while it wasn’t a difficult move distance-wise it still required moving and then setting everything up in a new house. Thanks to some great friends they were almost completely moved in pretty quickly, except for the new playroom. I came in shortly after they moved in and got everything put away and organized so the girls could have their own space in their new home.

In the old home the playroom had previously gone from a messy playroom to an organized arts and craft room. The wife wanted to keep that, but also give her youngest daughter a place to play with her toys. As the girls continue to grow this room will continue to change, but for the moment mom, and the 3 girls, are happy to have a place just for kids.

Oh, and that gigantic unicorn in the corner? It got moved between the girls room and the playroom before Mike deflated it and tucked it away, just waiting for the next pool day.

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Guest Posts and dollar stores

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I realized I haven’t done a guest post in a while, and since this has been a crazy week without any internet, I figured now would be a great time to do a guest post. Laura from Orgjunkie.com is always one of my go-tos. Today’s tip is for the more frugal person reading this.

In this post, Laura writes about some of her dollar store finds. And this can apply to any dollar store (The Dollar Store, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, etc) so don’t be turned off if you don’t have one of these specific stores in your town.

I’m sure you’re already thinking “yeah but what about the products?” Well, to quote Laura, “They aren’t super fancy but they are functional and if you want to get organized on a budget, this is the place for you!”

So click Top Dollar Store Organizing Products to read about Laura’s finds and see if any can help you out. They might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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The Garage Job

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These homeowners had a house fire and after 14 months they were finally able to move back in to their home in early 2016. The wife tackled the inside of the house, but the husband’s domain was their 2 stall garage and they called in Top Shelf to help get him unpacked and organized.

I met with them in early April and they purchased the recurring package to get the garage organized. The husband already owned several large filing cabinets along with one shelving unit we utilized in the storm shelter. We were able to use those (pictures below) and in addition to what he already owned he had cabinets installed along part of the back wall and bought 2 more shelving units (1 more for the storm shelter and a larger one for the center section of the garage.

2 months later, after a lot of sorting, purging, donating and selling, rearranging, re-planning, re-labeling and finagling, we were able to get their 2 stall garage organized with all the bins labeled so now the husband will know exactly where everything is. He and his wife are thrilled with the results and I was so excited to see the finished result.

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When I say “bungee” you say…

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When I say the word “bungee” do you think “jump” or “cord”? I feel like the way you answer that questions shows where your mindset is. My first thought is “jump” because I’ve always wanted to go bungee jumping, but obviously that’s not the case for everyone and even more obviously it’s WAY off topic for the tip of the week. And since I can ramble and go on a tangent at the drop of a hat when I start writing, let’s nip it in the bud right now. Getting back to the point in 3… 2… 1. Whether you thought “jump” or “cord” or something else, I need everyone reading this to turn their minds to “bungee cords” because they are the inspiration for the tip you get today.

We all know they’re great for strapping things down when traveling and keeping items contained when rolled up. One way you may not have thought to use them is for all those random items like electrical cords and hoses. Unless you have a specific container or holder made for those items, they can be a pain in the butt to keep controlled (I can recall many days growing up, spent cleaning out my parent’s garage and trying new ways to keep all those orange extension cords contained in an orderly fashion but no matter what I did they always ended up in a mangled mess). So, one easy way to keep those cords contained is to wrap each one individually (or run the risk of the mangled mess I just mentioned) – wrapping it around your arm and hand as everyone does with any kind of long cord or wire – and then loop the bungee cord through the center hole you created and hang it from a wire shelf or on a hook on the wall. Honestly, I wish we would have thought about this when I was younger. It would have made “garage cleaning day” a lot easier…

Now, you don’t HAVE to have a bungee cord to organize your extension cords and hoses, but what makes the bungee cord great is you can wrap it around the item a couple of times to keep it from spilling all over the place which ALWAYS happens (*ahem dad and mom). How great is this tip?! Personally, I love it and think it’s a great idea (thanks Connie!) and hopefully you (specifically you mom and dad) do too.

 

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Wouldn’t it be nice… to have a linen closet?

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Linen closets. Everyone loves them, but not everyone has one. Sometimes you have to get creative with your linen storage so here’s an easy way to store linens if you don’t have any other closet space available: A shoe rack. Not an over the door shoe rack like last week’s tip –  a cubby shoe rack similar to this one. With this handy cubby system you have a simple, easy-to-see and easy-to-organize unit where you can separate your different cloth napkins, kitchen wash cloths, bathroom wash clothes, kitchen towels, sheet sets, full towel sets… The list can just go on and on depending on where your need is. Whether you need it for the kitchen, the bathroom, the guest room, or all of the above, this organizer can help you out.

It will need a bit more upkeep (since you can’t just squash everything on some shelves and then close the door) but in the long run it will make things so much easier because you will know what you have and you will be able to find it right away. No more digging for matching napkin sets or a matching towel set when guests are dropping by. Everything will be right in front of you and easy-to-see.

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Garages… so much more than just a car home

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You may have noticed I don’t post a lot about garages. That’s mainly because I just don’t think of them. And that’s mainly because I don’t have one. However, thanks to one of my current organizing jobs I have been spending a LOT of time in a garage lately, and since this blog isn’t just about me and ideas that make my life easier, here’s a tip for some garage organization for all of you garage owners.

Take an over the door organizer (clear pockets are great so you can see what it’s in them – similar to this) and hang it on the wall of your garage using a couple of 3M hooks or nails. Once it’s up, fill the pockets with whatever you need. Spray paint cans, tools, gardening supplies, paint brushes, etc. Easy to see, easy to grab and easy to put back.

For those of you looking to get SUPER organized, label each pocket so you know exactly what goes back in there (this is especially helpful when you have to take out several items at once)

Bada bing bada boom you’re on your way to getting organized.

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