Organizing for the New Year: 10 Ways to Get Organized Now

It?s the end of January, and the perfect time to check in with those New Year?s Resolutions. Have you been keeping up? If not, here are 10 ways to get organized now for a better 2014.

1) Make Lists

Sometimes the biggest problem is that we don?t actually know what we need to do or how much time we have to do it. We wander through the grocery store, darting up and down aisles, looking for forgotten items. We start steam cleaning the carpets and then realize we forgot to dust, or that our kids’ friends are coming over. All of these absent-minded situations could be avoided with the use of lists.

2) Dispose Ruthlessly

Less is more. And if you want an organized home, less stuff equals more organization. If you?re not using it, you probably don?t need it. Sure, there are the situations when you spend $200 on a drill that you use once every other year, and that?s fine, but make sure you have a storage spot for those kinds of items. There?s no reason for a drill you use once in a blue moon to hog valuable real estate in the house. If it’s a useless kitchen accessory, just taking up space, get rid of it! Gift it, donate it, or pack it up.

3) Give Everything a Place

Which leads us to the next tip: give everything a home. No matter what it is, it needs a place to live. If that?s a water bottle or thermos you take to work everyday, your house slippers, or even your kids? lunchboxes, create a space for these items and make sure they are placed there every day!

4) Go Paperless?

You should be paperless in every single way possible. Maybe you need to have a paper notepad or planner, but you shouldn?t be receiving bank and credit card statements in the mail, and you should opt out of weekly circulars and junk mail.

5) Stop Buying Stuff

Do you need a garlic press, zester, hand grater, box grater, and a food processor? Minimize the items you actually need, and hang on to those with multiple purposes. We would never tell you to get rid of those gray boots that go with everything in your closet! Just think twice before you buy the patent leather ones that only match one pair of pants.

6) Make Your Bed

Remember that thing about giving everything a place? Your duvet/bed comforter has a home, and it?s your bed. But if you leave it crumbled up at the foot of the bed, your room will automatically look messy and disorganized, because it is. The bed is a good place to do tasks like folding laundry, but when it is unmade, the actual task of folding laundry becomes more daunting. In fact, you?re much more likely to lose a stray sock if you?re trying to fold laundry on an unmade bed. Just make your bed, at least a little.

7) Create a Filing System?

There are some things you can?t go completely paperless with, like some coupons, receipts, and statements from ancient student loan companies who can?t get with the program. This is why you need a filing system. Make it accessible but tucked out of sight. If you have a secretary desk, this is a great place to organize these items.

8) Clean Out Your Food Storage?

This means fridge, freezer, pantry, cabinets; clean them out completely! You might not be able to do it all at one time, but if you?re heading out of town for a few days, think of this as a great time to really empty out the contents of your fridge, check expiration dates, and give it a good cleaning. The freezer is sometimes a place where frozen fruits go to die. Avoid this by keeping it clean, free of ice build up, and ready for use and food storage at all times.

9) Cook in Bulk?

A good way to free up time and energy for other pursuits is to spend less time in the kitchen; however, that can be difficult if your other resolution was to eat more healthy homemade meals. Solution? Cook in bulk and utilize your freezer for soups, lasagna, chili, muffins, and other easily frozen items. Keep a list on the fridge of items in the freezer and the dates they were put there. Now your kids can easily feed themselves a healthy homemade frozen meal!

10) Use an App or Planner

Whether you?re in love with apps like Evernote and Flow, or you prefer using a standard planner that fits in your purse or briefcase, it?s important to have a way to keep tasks, thoughts, and ideas organized, instead of letting them run rampant around your brain while you?re busy working on something else. Be sure you have a plan that keeps everything organized in one place!

8 Ways to Use Shelves Creatively In Your Home

We love creating shelving! Shelves are an excellent addition to any home décor and storage. They’re incredibly versatile for any room of the house, and with a little creativity, can be essential components to organization and style. Check out these 8 great ways to use shelves in your home.

wine box shelves1. Entertainment Center

Now that televisions no longer weigh a thousand pounds, and most flat screens end up hanging from a wall, you can use a standard bookshelf or any other small shelving unit to make a compact entertainment center. There should be plenty of room to set the television on the top shelf, or if you mount it to the wall, this is a good place for speakers, a basket of remotes and cables, or décor items. Use bookends to separate cubbies for different gaming systems, DVDs, speakers and more.

 

 

2. Wooden Wine Box Displays

You may have seen a few of these floating around Pinterest, but they’re great as display boxes for your walls – and they’re practically free! Head over to a restaurant, grocery store, or wine shop and see if they have any wooden wine transport boxes leftover. Or find out when they get deliveries and ask them to set a few aside for you. Then you can leave them as they are, or wallpaper, paint, or stain them and hang them from the wall. They make great bookshelves and shadowbox-like display cases.

3. Floating Book Shelves

A fun way to create your own “floating” shelves is to screw two L brackets into the wall, upside-down. Now all you have to do is place your beautiful books across the brackets and it looks like you’ve got a floating bookshelf! If you want to be really artsy, you can even screw or glue an old hardcover copy of your favorite book to the brackets and just use it as a display shelf for décor items. If you’re a bookworm, check out more fun and creative ways to display your favorite books in your home.

ladder shelves4. Ladder Shelves

This is an adorable and clever way to display décor items without spending a lot of money. Grab a nice wooden ladder and loose shelves from a thrift shop and give them all a little TLC. Then place the shelves horizontally across the open ladder. You can nail them into place and display a variety of items such as pictures, artwork, small houseplants and candles. Another idea is to connect two ladders together with longer shelves, or put this near the kitchen to organize pantry items.

5. Creative Dresser

Extra bookshelves are perfect for making a creative and organized dresser. Grab a few mismatched baskets from the thrift store and organize your clothes in a unique way! This is a great way to see how many of a specific item you have. If you can’t fit all your socks in one basket, it’s time to send them off to Goodwill! The best part is that you can pull the entire basket out when you’re looking for an article of clothing and you won’t have to worry about putting the wheels back on the track as you would with dresser drawers.

vertical garden6. Vertical Garden

Looking for a more creative way to display your ivy, decorate a wall, or grow your own herbs? Creating a vertical garden is a unique way to get a little more greenery in your life, and can be planted both indoors and outdoors, depending on your climate. For outdoor use, there are lots of plants that need partial sunlight and partial shade to thrive, so the shade of a covering shelf can be perfect for this. This style is great for things like lettuce, herbs, and many flowers. And doesn’t it look great?

 

7. Rolling Storage Bench

It’s normally pretty easy to find a piece of wood with wheels attached, and with the help of a few wire baskets on their sides and a top shelf, you can create a storage bench that rolls out of the way when you don’t need it. If you add a cushioned top, it makes for a nice extra seat around the TV or out on the patio.

8. Food Pantry

Not everyone has a large kitchen with a walk-in pantry to work with. If you’re struggling for space, organizing with shelves can be a lifesaver. Using a combination of canisters, waterfall displays, and a lazy Susan or two, you can have an organized pantry in even the smallest shelving areas.

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Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week

The holidays are a busy time between family, parties and preparing for them all. With all the hustle and bustle, it can be hard to sit down and find time for yourself. Even though the holidays are a time for giving and celebrating with others, it is important to remember to treat yourself. Give yourself a little down time you should feel recharged and ready to tackle the day’s tasks. This week we are sharing great products to treat yourself with and give you a reason to take a time out.

6-bin-storageIt’s really easy to buy fabulous items for everyone on your list and forget about yourself. While you are out shopping for your loved ones, don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself. A fun but functional item that we adore is this 6-Bin Storage Unit. This is a great piece to treat yourself. These six bins help you store your favorite items while keeping you organized. The storage unit is slender so it will fit into small spaces without any trouble. The feet are plastic protected so your floor will stay scratch free. Choose from a zebra print with a black frame, natural with a bronze frame or purple with a white frame. Speaking of treating yourself, we suggest a few items to relax all the holiday stress away.

pink-armorYou spend a lot of time preparing meals and putting up decorations which can wreck your nails. Give your nails some TLC with Pink Armor Nail Gel. This quick fix not only helps to repair your nails but also strengthens and protects them. The protein-rich karatin gel restores your nails to their original beauty and makes them the envy of the holiday party. Take out the time for a manicure and coat your nails with Pink Armor for a high gloss finish to make your manicure look professional and your nails feeling great.

Womens-nightshirtWhen you are thinking about relaxing at home, what is the one thing you want first? Jammies of course! Before you turn on the big game grab a NFL Nightshirt. This comfy shirt can be worn alone when the weather is warm or with leggings to help keep you warm when the weather turns cold. The nightshirt comes in a NFL themed can which then converts into a bank for the loose change you find in the couch while curled up rooting for your team.

Feather-bedThe perfect end to a day is a full night’s sleep. With errands to run and families to keep up with it can be hard. Pamper yourself with an All- Natural Featherbed and you will be sleeping in no time. This featherbed will make you feel as if you are sleeping on a cloud. You will wake up refreshed and ready for the day’s challenges!

It can be easy to get burnt out when the busiest time of the year arrives. Take some time out for yourself and enjoy the holiday season with ease.

Have you bought something from us lately? What is your favorite LTD product of the moment? Let us know in the comments below.

 

How to Organize Your Closet Properly

A closet is an integral part of every home, and with the change of seasons the wardrobe is becoming a major problem for every woman. If you are facing the exact dilemma every new season, then it is high time you rolled your sleeves up and put your closet in order.

Orgainized-closetHave you ever happened to stand in front of the open closet for hours and wonder what to wear? And when you finally think of a particular piece of clothing, you can’t usually find it, because of the chaos there. Putting your closet in order is must that many people delay because the idea of folding and arranging their clothes for a few hours sounds annoying and disgusting. And still, the sight of the properly stacked piles of clothes after you are done will bring you unparalleled satisfaction.

Put an end to the shapeless and wrinkled pieces of clothing, and throw away everything that you don’t actually need and wear. Spend a few hours in organizing your entire closet in order to provide yourself with some comfort and put an end to chaos. You will be surprised how many forgotten clothes you will find at the bottom of some drawers and how well you will feel when you can finally put the place in order and find everything you need.

What do you need to start?

  • Empty nylon or plastic bags of different size
  • Some suitcases and bags that you don’t use often
  • Hangers
  • Empty space where you will have to put the clothes for a while

What is the plan of action?

  • Take all the clothes out of your closet. You can pile them on the floor or on the bed, but make sure you don’t scatter them around the whole room.
  • Take a few minutes in order to decide what you are doing to put on each of the shelves and in the drawers.
  • Separate the clothes according to the season they are supposed for. It will be harder for you when you start dealing with your winter clothes, because they are bulkier. Put them in a vacuum plastic bag in order to save some space, or you can even use an old suitcase that you no longer take when going on a vacation. Throw away everything that you don’t actually need and the clothes that you no longer wear.
  • Then start organizing your summer clothing. Separate them from one another and put them on the shelves and the drawers you have initially emptied for them. Once again, decide what the things are that you no longer use and throw them away.
  • Divide the clothes in some piles. This will make it easier to decide what you are going to wear and what – not. In the first pile put the clothes that you will wear for sure. Then, in the second one, put the clothes that need to be washed or repaired in any way. In the third pile put all the clothes you are not sure you will wear.
  • Finally, fold the clothes and put everything on the shelves or in the drawers you have prepared for them. Hang all the shirts, trousers and skirts. Then sort your blouses and other tops out and organize them on the shelves. You can use also some plastic bags or cardboard boxes, but you should be aware of the fact that this won’t make it much easier when you need to find something that you need.

Tips that will make it easier

  • There is an easy rule that you can use for the clothes you can’t decide if you are going to wear or not. If you haven’t worn a piece of clothing for more than a year – throw it away, because it is not likely you will wear it again.
  • Make a “revision” of your wardrobe in a few months. Otherwise you risk creating even a greater chaos.
  • Decide how much time you can spend on organizing your wardrobe. Have in mind that you won’t be able to do everything in just a half an hour or so. Otherwise you risk getting angry when you actually realize how much work you need to do.

July Minor is passionate freelancer blogger and writer. She is really keen on topic about home improvement and DIY. She currently works for Top Domestic Cleaners and she loves her job because she has enough free time for herself.

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