Archive for the 'Organization' Category

Slim Hangers 02Dec11

My plan for this weekend: Get as much done as humanly possible 2 in two days plus some of Friday night. I am taking this weekend as an opportunity to be as productive as I can in holiday shopping and getting my apartment organized.

I have a lot to do and not a lot of time. So instead of spreading it all out over the next few weeks, I am going to try to squeeze it all in 2 days. I have errands including returning items purchased online that do not fit and picking up shoes I had re-healed at the cobbler. I also have to make it to at least one store so I can check my mom, and hopefully a few others, off my To Buy For list. I also made a promise to spend some time with a friend on Saturday, and I am hoping to fit in some errands while I am with her–because what says “hanging out” better than running my errands together? Lastly, but most importantly, I am finally cleaning out my closet and drawers.

slim hangers” width=It has been cold outside for well over a month, and I have not yet changed my drawers from summer clothes to winter clothes…it’s time. Also, it is a fact that I have too many clothes. I have clothes that I haven’t worn in several years. It’s time to clean it all up. It is the season to give, and I think I could make several families very happy with the amount of clothes I can donate. I have already prepared for my massive cleaning. Aside from trash bags to pack up my clothes to donate, I have purchased more thin hangers so I can free up space in my drawers and hang most everything. The goal is to finish this task on Friday…it will be an exciting start to the weekend!

Texting Gloves 18Nov11

I am starting to notice the colder temperatures more and more in the mornings. Here on the east, we’ve had a nice fall so far but the temperature is absolutely dropping. I had to put gloves on the past two mornings just to grip the steering wheel! My problem with wearing gloves is that I no longer have the use of all of my fingers!
To my surprise and delight, the Huffington Post has taken note of Taylor Gifts’ texting gloves in their article, “19 Weirdest Products For Keeping Warm”. We’ll take the “weird” distinction, as we think we’re the most normal product of the bunch! These texting gloves are great! There is a flap on the mitten to keep your fingers covered and warm, or if you need your fingers for texting (not while driving, of course) or any other reason, just flip it back and there your fingers are! The extra-long arm of the mitten keeps your arms warm as well as your hands.
Thanks for the mention, Huffington Post!

Bathroom Organization 15Nov11

TISSUE TOWER” width=So as you know I was recently on a cleaning kick and scrubbed my entire apartment. All I have left to do is change my sheets on my bed. I’ll probably do that tonight. However, in the spirit of cleaning, let’s go back to cleaning the bathroom.

I read an interesting blog post last night about organizing your bathroom, and I recommend reading it here if you get the chance. It discusses different way to keep your bathroom organized since it is probably the most used room in your home. Some of the highlights included putting a Lazy Susan under the sink, toilet paper holders to vertically store toilet paper right next to the toilet, hooks to hang towels and robes, and more.

There are many different ways you can succeed in organizing your bathroom. Definitely check out the article for other tips to organizing your bathroom. What will you do?

Dining Chair Covers 07Nov11

It’s a funny thing that happens once Halloween is over–everything goes immediately from fall to winter even though winter doesn’t begin for nearly two months! Look around, listen to everyone talk…all of a sudden we went from fall and pumpkin flavored everything to holiday shopping and winter seasonal items. And I am not exempt from the chatter.

I started thinking about the holiday party I am hosting—my annual friends gathering. I have probably seen each of these people at some point throughout the year, but this is the one time of year when we are all in the same place at the same time. I have many of my decorations, serving pieces and table sets ready, but as I looked at my dining chairs, SHORT SUEDE DINGING CHAIR COVERS” width=I thought they looked very old, drab, stained. I can’t have company over to sit on these dirty chairs! And I definitely don’t have money to have them recovered or to purchase new ones. But these dining chair covers will do the trick! And I always have to use extra chairs to fit everyone around the table. These chairs don’t match my existing chairs, but with these long chair covers LONG DINING CHAIR COVERS
I can mix and match, and no one will be the wiser.

Hooray for DIY easy fixes that won’t cost me a fortune! Best of all, this is a lasting, year-round solution, not just for the holiday season.

Cell Charge Valet 14Oct11

CHARGE VALET” width=Have you ever turned off your phone for no reason? Two nights ago I did. I didn’t want to hear it ring, I didn’t want to have to answer my cell phone if it rang. I just wanted to have a night without the phone attached to my ear catching up with friends or family–which I love but I wanted a night where I wasn’t a slave to the phone.

Normally on nights that I have nothing to do I will call or send a text message to a friend or two to do dinner, dessert, or just come over to hang out. Generally if I am at home doing nothing, I watch bad reality TV and it’s always more fun with a friend. But instead, I turned off my phone. Well, I put it on silent in case there was an emergency, but I left it on the Charge Valet so I wouldn’t be tempted to check it every 5 minutes. It was nice to have a night of pure solitude, cooking, watching TV, and not having any phone distractions.

Now I am ready and charged up for the weekend – phone on and all! What’s your weekend plan?

Spice Clip Set 12Oct11

SPICE CLIP SET” width=Over the past year and a half I have been making my new home truly mine. While I still have a ways to go, my kitchen is where I have made the most progress. But, with progress means I need more stuff.

I continue to look for ways to keep things organized without adding to the clutter. I don’t like a lot of things on the counter. So I have been looking for a way to store my spices that will hide them away but keep them at an arm’s reach. I don’t have many solutions for organizing my kitchen, but I have found something that I think will help me immensely: the Spice Clip Set. This will hold as many spices as I need on my cabinet door. So the spices will no longer take up room and space and I will be able to see everything I have.

Iron Blanket Rack 08Sep11

IRON BLANKET RACKAccording to Mother Nature (at least here in Washington, DC) summer is over and fall is officially here. It is rainy, cloudy, and cold! Even the stores seem to be in a hurry to get into fall. I’ve already seen Halloween candy—it is the beginning of September!

I like fall for the scenery and beautiful colors, but I dislike the cold weather. To combat the cold, I make hearty foods like soups and stews, as well as comfort foods like grilled cheese. I also cuddle under blankets and quilts which I am going to get out of storage this weekend. However, I’m tired of blankets being thrown all over the sofa or folded up and stuffed in a closet. I’d like to keep them out on display, but would still like some sense of order. This Iron Blanket Rack is perfect! It will hold my quilts and allow people to see them, but keep them out of the way when not in use.

How are some of the ways you keep warm on the first few cold days of fall?

5 Slot Tool Holder 25Aug11

5 SLOT TOOL HOLDER” width= Everyone has one, but no one wants to admit it; the closet of “stuff”. Mine is my coat closet. Sure, I keep my coats in there, but if you part the coats and look into the back you will see a vacuum, a broom, two different mops, a bucket, a wood floor mop, and a cordless sweeper. If only I could force myself to use all of these tools as often as I should, my house would be spotless!

The problem is that when I want to get one tool, they are all tangled together. They fall over, fall out of the closet, I have to guess which handle belongs to which broom/mop/sweeper. Its far more difficult than it needs to be. But this won’t be a problem anymore with the 5 Slot Tool Holder. Just mount this on the wall and place the handle of any tool on the holder. The “magic” ball technology grips the handle and keeps it in place. I’m going to mount this on the back of the door of my closet door so all of my cleaning tools will be displayed and easy to reach.

Streamlined Travel Bag 17Aug11

STREAMLINED TRAVEL BAGIt is summer time. And one of the greatest parts of summer is going away on vacation. Take advantage of the warm weather, slow work days, and time off with the kids! Vacation is great!

I am going on my first real vacation in over a year. I am taking a trip way down to Florida to visit my best friend who has lived there for way too many years for me not to have gone to see her there. My trick to making this an affordable vacation? Staying at my best friend’s house! People, vacations are expensive; fights are not cheap, hotel costs are out of control, and meals and incidentals will cost you hundreds!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to getaway. In fact, you don’t actually have to go anywhere to getaway! I appreciate having responsibility at home and needing to stay close. A “staycation” might be just your ticket to relax without any of the vacation planning, costs, and hassle. Check out this link for ways you can enjoy your staycation.

For those of you lucky enough to be going away on a vacation far away from home, might I suggest a streamlined travel bag. This bag is a cross body bag so your arms are free to carry your luggage, children, pets, etc. It will keep your necessary items together and organized and ready for use. It’s a terrific carry-on bag with a place for your ID, passport, a book or magazine, credit cards, cell phone and pretty much anything else you may need for a flight (ear plugs to drown out the crying babies?!).

Whatever you decide to do, have fun and be safe!

8 Pocket Coupon Wallet 29Jul11

Yesterday was the day of good deals. I have recently come to the conclusion that everything costs way too much money. While I am big on saving, I am not so great on keeping perfect track on what I am spending. I mean really, is it that hard to remember to bring coupons to the grocery store? Do I really have to buy that cute shirt if it’s not on sale? I decided I needed to make a change.

In the morning one of my co-workers told me that she went out to a pretty upscale restaurant the other night. She is not the kind of person to go out to dinner on a random Wednesday night and spend $50 just for fun. She told me there is this website called that finds coupons for restaurants in your area…free money! I signed up immediately and snagged up a coupon that doesn’t expire until October! My plan is to go places with coupons as much as possible from here on out – this website kind of leaves me with no excuse not to. All I need to do is print off the coupons and put them in a coupon wallet, and keep it in my purse – it must be simple or I won’t follow through.

Then, I ended my day when I was invited to go to a baseball game with a group of co-workers. I have one co-worker who occasionally tried to get us all to be social outside of work and past happy hours that are sometimes work related, and sometimes actually social. He found a deal (I do not know how…I need to figure out what discount website he looks at) for tickets for an upcoming baseball game for $1. That is not a typo…I really mean go to a baseball game for one dollar. Why not? It’s less than I would pay to go to a movie, go to a bar, go shopping, or go to a yoga class…or anything! Basically, I see this is an almost free night out with friends.

How do you like to save money? Are you on any sites like Groupon or Living Social? If you have any other secrets, please let me know.