Resolve to Get Organized…

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OrganizedOne room at a time. (Or maybe just one room total this year?) Whatever small steps you can take to get organized at home, on the go and at work will do wonders for relieving stress in your life all-around. I always say the turn of the year is a great time to get organized, and not just because you are “starting new” or fresh.

    Here I offer further justification as to why winter is a great time to organize the home:

1. The weather outside is lame. This is the time of year where we often find ourselves stuck indoors much of the time. Why not use some of that cooped-up time to accomplish something useful, like tackling that mess of a hall closet once and for all! Read more

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Holiday Wrap Drivin’ you Nuts?

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Gift Wrap OrganizerIf you find yourself at the end of the holidays with more ribbons, bows and tissue than you know what to do with, there are some easy and space-efficient ways to store it away for next season!

    Here are my picks for gift wrap storage systems this year.

  • Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer (shown). This is a new one this year and I just love it. Next to under the bed, hanging closet organizers are my favorite for extra gift wrapping supplies. This one is designed for wrap and accessories, and who doesn’t have a pile of those lying around? What a great idea and it only takes up a few inches in the closet!
  • Which brings me to my favorite wrapping paper storage method: Under the bed. It’s almost like rolls of wrapping paper were designed to slide under the bed. This new Holiday Green Gift Wrap Organizer with Handles is perfect for Christmas wrap or any other occasion!
  • And finally, a Greeting Card Box – such a cool idea. I love to buy funny birthday cards as I see them throughout the year. With this box you can organize them (plus all of your Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday cards) for year-round use.

  • How do you keep holiday gift wrap under control at your house?

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    A Home Gym Just in Time for those Resolutions to Set in…

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    Everyone knows the typical New Year’s resolutions – stop smoking, eat healthier, be kinder to your family, lose those nagging 15 pounds – and year after year these are consistently the most broken resolutions as well. For those that decide this is the year they finally get healthy, one trip to the local gym will have you realizing that you are far from alone in resolving to fight the flab. Last year after the New Year, my gym was so packed full of people the wait to use a cardio machine was 20 minutes! This can be an added discouragement to actually getting active. Luckily there is an easy solution for this issue and the approaching holiday season is the perfect time to give or receive some home gym equipment!

    Crescendo Fitness Folding Power Rower
    For those that are just getting started in building a home-gym, a simple flat bench is the perfect first-step. Even though it may appear to be overly-simplistic a flat bench is the initial building block. This bench is perfect for presses, “box” jumps, sit-ups, angled push-ups and more! Read more

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    Seasonal Clothing Storage 101

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    garment bagsA great way to keep your closets clutter-free is to store your out of season clothing elsewhere.  That means, during the winter your summer clothes go into storage and vice versa during the summer.  Don’t worry if you do not have a garage, there are plenty of places to find storage around the home – you just need to know where to look for it!  When it comes to managing clutter, especially when it comes to clothing, I absolutely treasure garment bags, which come in various styles.  Some garment bags hang over the closet rod to keep long coats and dresses stored, while others are designed for packing up sweaters and keeping them under the bed.

    Ideally (if you have a garage) you should keep a garment rack in the garage for hanging items.  That way, all you have to do is transfer the hanging clothes to the garment rack and zip them up in some sort of protective storage bag.  You’ll want that bag to have good strong seams, somewhat rigid to maintain shape, and be transparent so you can see through to what’s inside.  Never go the easy route and use garbage bags, folks, you’ll regret it!  If you do not have a garage for storing seasonal clothes, you will have to be a little more creative.  But it is not difficult – utilize space under the bed, under the sofa, in a hall closet, etc.

    Space Bags and other containers which use a vacuum to suck out the air are a dream come true for people with limited storage space.  Use those to hold your sundresses and tanks in the winter and your sweaters and scarves in the summer.  No matter how you go about it, you are sure to find that storing seasonal clothes is the key to having an organized and de-cluttered closet!

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