Clothes Hangers – Closet Details

Clothes Hangers – Closet Details
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Clothes Hangers – the Inexpensive Way to Revamp Your Closet

Clothes hangers are often the last thing we think of when organizing our clothes and yet, they are an important detail that makes a world of difference in the efficiency of our closets. If you default to the wire dry cleaners’ hangers or the plastic clothes hanger that came with your garment purchase, you likely have a mixed jumble of odd-sized, mismatched hangers that are not necessarily tuned to your wardrobe needs. Read on for an opportunity to reevaluate your hanger collection and optimize your closets for maximum space and organization. And here’s another thing – clothes hangers are one of the least expensive ways to organize your closet – and some designs utilize vertical space, making your closet instantly bigger.

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1. Multi-Tiered Clothes Hangers – Use that Vertical Space in Your Closet

Is your closet overstuffed with slacks and skirts hung on single hangers? Why not stack them using multi-tiered hangers? Think of all the horizontal space you will free up in your closet – plus, you won’t have to spend as much time rummaging for your slacks, skirts and jeans.

2. Padded Clothes Hangers – Protect Delicate Sweaters and Knits

Padded hangers help protect delicate garments from snagging, while retaining their shape. We’ve all experienced those ugly bumps and bulges that resulted in last minute ironing and fussing. A little extra care eliminates those problems and your sweaters will be grateful.

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3. Wooden Clothes and Coat Hangers – Support Coats and Heavy Suits and Components

If you’ve ever gone into your closet and found your favorite coat crumpled on the floor with a broken plastic hanger inside, I don’t need to explain this to you. Wooden hangers also take up more horizontal space, but this tends to give garments breathing room so that they’re less apt to wrinkle. If you have ample storage space, there’s no reason not to purchase matching wooden hangers for your entire closet. Wooden hangers look elegant and are also very efficient. Several wood types are available, but the cedar ones have the added benefit of deterring moths.

4. Children’s Hangers – Just the Right Size

Kid’s clothing hangers are smaller profile and utilize space more efficiently – plus they are less apt to stretch out clothes. Acrylic and wooden ones are available to suit your needs.

5. Wire Hangers – Sleek, Modern and Sturdy

Wire hangers take up LESS horizontal space and are therefore ideal for cramped closet situations. Organize-It’s wire hangers are a step above dry cleaner varieties and come in a range of styles, including multi-tiered pant and skirt hangers and accessory hangers for scarves, belts and other items. Most are chrome finished and add a sleek look to a closet.

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6. Accessory Hangers – For All Those Extra Little Items

Scarves, belts and ties tend to get strewn about drawers and closets and are always the items that hold up your staging and make you late for work. Keep them all together with dedicated hanging storage solutions and your mornings will be less stressful. Promise.

7. Plastic Clothes Hangers – the Super-Inexpensive Way to Hang Clothes

Plastic clothes hangers are an inexpensive upgrade to your closet, and replacing all your hangers with matching ones standardizes the amount of space each garment occupies, making for a neater, more uniform appearance. They don’t provide the same amount of breathing space as a robust wooden hanger, but they give more than the standard wire hanger. Organize-It carries high-grade plastic and acrylic hangers in a variety of styles to suit your needs.

8. Non-Slip Clothes Hangers – No More Evening Wear on the Floor

Non-slip clothes hangers have foam padding to prevent sheer fabrics from slipping off the hangers. Some even have bendable arms to configure for your garment for extra holding power. These are fabulous for keeping lingerie, dresses and other slippery fabrics in place.

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9. Hanging Closet Shelves – Souped-Up Clothes Hangers

Hanging closet shelves are great for spaces that lack shelf or drawer space (think dorms and small bedrooms). Supplied with hangers made for standard closet rods, these provide multiple compartments for stacking sweaters, shoes, purses, shirts and other items. They are relatively inexpensive and make great temporary or permanent storage solutions in your home.

Regardless of your taste and storage needs, it’s important to consider the details when organizing your closet and, in this particular instance, thoughtfully-chosen clothes hangers are an inexpensive way to establish order in your closets, which makes your morning rituals less stressful. Many of Organize-It’s hangers include quantity discounts for multiple purchases too (be sure to sign up for coupons and promos at the bottom of the home page).


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Made in the USA – Homewares for the 4th of July!

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In honor of Independence Day, we have lined up the best storage and organization products made in America just for you! Proving that American-Made counts, these creative manufacturers have been busy finding ways to make homewares better and more affordable by making them here, at home.

Here are our favorite picks of organizing products Made in the USA!

Jewelry Rax
Made in the USA and relatively new on the market, the Jewelry Rax is a true organizing hero. This handy jewelry organizer mounts to the wall and offers easy access to your most frequently used gems. Read more

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Father’s Day gift ideas: king of the grill

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father's day gifts: king of the grillThere are few places in life where dad has claimed his thrown. We won’t mention the obvious others, but the grill is for sure the one spot dads everywhere lay claim to every summer.

As Father’s Day falls on the first day of this awaited season, it is only fair to celebrate with his favorite summertime activity.

Our line of Barbeque Accessories is the perfect place to start for Father’s Day gift ideas. Here are just a few of our favorites:

barbecue tool set18 Piece BBQ Set

Give the man the tools for the job. This outstanding barbecue tool set is filled to the brim with everything you need for a five-star cookout. The set includes:

  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Large fork
  • Large knife
  • Baster brush
  • Grill brush/scraper
  • Metal skewers (4)
  • Corn-on-the-cob holders (4 sets)

Charcoal Dispenser

If your pops prefers charcoal over propane, this plastic charcoal container and dispenser is ideal. The American-made container can hold up to 25 pounds of charcoal in or out of the bag. The entire piece is completely waterproof and features a side handle for easy carrying and pouring.

food prep cartOutdoor Food Prep Cart

This outdoor food prep cart is for the serious outdoor chef (who could be your dad). Made of stainless steel with a quality, removable thick butcher block, he can chop vegetable’s to his heart’s delight and store all of his secret sauces and tools on one of the shelves. Wheels make it mobile–to save your dad’s back. This is a high-end gift for dads you really dig.


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Finally, a sure Father’s Day win is gifting dad the best to protect his baby. Grill covers are an excellent way to prolong the life and quality of any grill. We have loads to choose from, but our favorites are the Casco Black Polyester Grill Cover and Deluxe Vinyl Barbecue Cover. Both covers are rain, snow and humidity safe as well as crack resistant in temperatures as low as negative 20 degrees. The Polyester comes in four different sizes while the Deluxe is available in six; all come with a five-year limited warranty.

ceramic grill coverWe have lots of other covers for different style grills, as well as patio covers for every kind of furniture or entertaining accessory you can think of. This tan cover fits over some ceramic grills, and you’ll want to check out our website for a huge selection of products.

Add the sizzle of summer to Father’s Day this year with these products and more like them at organizeit.com.


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How to Organize Your Art Supplies

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organize your art suppliesHow to Organize Your Art Supplies

Rainy days sometimes inspire me to organize and we’ve been having a lot of them lately. One of my personal messy areas is my art studio. While a bit of chaos might spark some creativity, there are certain kinds of disorganization that, for me, aren’t conducive to working. Whether you are an artist, a quilter or an occasional crafter, you might find some of my observations and product recommendations useful when setting up and organizing your own space.

Now I’m not going to go Marie Kondo on my studio or anything, but there’s nothing worse than not being able to find the right color paint, or unintentionally stroking a dark charcoal pencil over some carefully modulated graphite just because all of my various pencils were jumbled together in a drawer. I keep my graphite separate from my charcoal and my paint types separate, as well as loosely organizing them by color. And yes, I also like to organize by brand.

Brushes are another important studio accessory that require special care, storage and organizing. I like to store water media brushes separately from oil brushes so that I don’t inadvertently get oil residue in acrylic paint or ruin a hog bristle with acrylic. Storing brushes upright in jars keeps the bristles from getting damaged but when I’m cleaning them, I lay them flat on a towel so that the water or solvent doesn’t sit inside the ferrule. Once they’ve dried overnight, I store them upright in appropriate jars according to size and style, i.e. flats, filberts, points and so on.

You may not be aware of this but kitchen lazy Susans are absolutely great for holding art supplies including brushes, mediums and other items. They’re available in a range of sizes and materials, including some double-tiered models. I use them to store small paint bottles and love the accessibility.

10-drawer storage cartBecause I work in a lot of media, I find drawers to be a great way to stash a lot of stuff. If you have a dedicated art or craft room, tabourets or similar furniture are great for keeping things organized. This colorful ten-drawer storage unit is easy to assemble, lightweight and has a flat top that’s great for storing brush basins, brushes or other items. Convenient wheels make it easy to move where you most need it and at only 13 inches wide, it takes up little space while providing a lot of storage in its 12 x 15-inch drawers.

7-drawer storage cartFor storing larger, heavy paint jars, this beefier cart fits the bill with roomy 15.875 x 11.5 x 2.5-inch drawers. It comes in black or white and also includes wheels for easy mobility. Recessed handles are non-obtrusive while making it easy to access the contents. The opaque, close-fitting drawers make for a clean appearance although you may want to add your own labels so you can quickly find your supplies.

If you’re lacking floor space, you might like this smaller 3-drawer storage unit that fits nicely on a desk, table or shelf. It has three drawers and clear plastic so you can easily identify the contents. It’s 9 inches wide by 12 inches deep, making it great for storing small drawings or standard-sized paper. Multiple units arranged side by side will give you a surprising amount of storage for paper, paints or other art supplies.

art storage boxIf you like to make work onsite, you might need a portable storage solution for your art supplies. This 5-compartment storage tote is perfect for storing inks, pencils, brushes, polymer clay and a host of other supplies.  Even though I mostly work out of my studio, I have several of these for holding odds and ends. They’re inexpensive and easy to tuck on a shelf, which is great if you don’t have a dedicated art and craft space for your supplies. Just bring it out on your Sunday painting day and return to its shelf once you’re done. Of course, these are also great for art students taking classes or working on location.

drafting tableThere are some supplies that are better stored right under your work area so you can just grab them when you need them—especially when drawing is your medium. A well-equipped drafting table is essential to an organized studio. This wooden drafting table comes with a full-length drawer with five compartments for pastels, pencils, measuring tools and other supplies. The wood design is so attractive that even if you don’t have a studio, you might not mind dedicating a corner of a room for working. The table has an adjustable work surface to suit your preference. Organize-It has a large selection of drawing and drafting tables, some with stools and onboard storage.

When planning your work space, here are a few other considerations–consider the light source and windows when setting up your work area. You want to get maximum light on your work. If you are painting, consider some shelving that allows you to store your canvases upright. freedomRail is a flexible shelving storage system and you could easily build your own custom craft or art storage in a couple of hours. Purchasing modular storage units, whether it’s small drawers or a freedomRail system allows you to grow as your hobby or profession grows. Buy what you need now and add to it when you need to.

Most importantly, plan and organize the space that fosters your creativity, whether it’s through some feng shui, or just paying attention to how you work and what feels good. And remember that organizing is creative too. Check out our Organize-It Blog post for more on creativity and organizing. Have fun!

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*Tip: sometimes a simple plastic shoe box is a great place to dump little odds and ends…

 

 

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Essential Oils for School

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Essential Oils – Tool Kit for Surviving the School Year

Economics. Biology. Cold pigs and half-dissected frogs stuffed in your dorm refrigerator. What to do with them?

Oh, those notes. Where are they? The latest Game of Thrones is on your roommate’s TV and it’s so much more interesting.

Algebra… How many Hillarys divided by two Trumps will it take to fill an orange crate? Oh, the debates are on.

Seventeenth-century painting just got less interesting when the resident advisor started a twerk session during the dorm’s first-Sunday, voluntary-dream therapy breakfast group, but wait, you came here to learn!

Let’s face it, dorms are distracting; as is life. Unless you’re not human, you probably struggle with focus. There are practical things you can do to help yourself, however. Often times, just switching the off button helps tremendously, but it may not be so easy if the switch resides in your head.

Essential Oils for Focus

Amazingly, there are some essential oils that may encourage focus. No, we don’t sell them, but we’re thinking about you and thought we’d share a few tips to help you get through the final leg of your term.

Oils for Concentration

  • Peppermint
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Frankincense
  • Bergamot
  • Juniper Berry

For studying, the best ways to use the oils are either by sniffing directly or using in a diffuser (one engineered for use with oils). The chemicals get to the brain faster when inhaled through your nose. That said, when cut with a carrier oil (such as almond or coconut oil), a topical rub applied to vital points is also very effective. Plus, you can do it in public without rousing suspicion (or risking confiscation or arrest). Rub on wrists, behind ears, around ankles, at temples – or use your intuition. Don’t use the oils straight, they need to be diluted in a carrier oil. One or two drops to two tablespoons should work (or ten drops to 30 ml.).

If you feel hyper or scattered, the tree resin (Frankincense) and Juniper Berry are nice grounding oils. Peppermint is a great wakeup oil. Cool and stimulating, it can make you more alert. Try mixing some with your shampoo to get going in the morning (same ratios as with the carrier oil). Don’t apply peppermint near your eyes or other sensitive tissues.

When you’re studying for an exam, try sniffing some rosemary while you’re studying, then smell it again right before you take the test. Smells have a way of recalling memories and information. This a great memory trick and one worthy of sharing.

Essential Oils for Stress

We all have it. Sometimes a little stress is good, but not when it interferes with your concentration, your work, or your studying. The universe gave you lots of safe, aromatic plants to help you feel good. Many splendid oils come from trees, including the roots, resins, bark and blossoms. Ylang ylang is a great de-stresser and you can use it the same way as outlined above. A diffuser is great because you can use it while you’re sleeping – plus it helps relax you for deeper sleep.

Orange or bergamot are other great de-stressing oils and they can help modulate blood pressure – and have lots of other health benefits. Clary sage also has calming properties and it’s good for hormone-induced stress.

Oils for Reducing Stress

  • Ylang ylang
  • Patchouli
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Bergamot
  • Cedar Wood
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense

Lavender also has some amazing physical healing properties – especially for burns. You can find lots of information about essential oil properties online.

Essential Oils for Immunity

When you’re in school, it’s hard to avoid germs, unless of course, you’re doing it remotely or have a private room lined with Lysol-doused aluminum foil. Along with managing stress, it’s important to eat right and get lots of rest so you can feel and perform your best. Should you get sick, and you just might, sitting with all those germified “other people,” here are some great oils to have on hand:

Oils for Colds

  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Rosemary

These oils all have amazing individual properties, but combined, they form a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral mix. The blend is especially effective when you use it immediately – just at the onset of the sniffles – on vital points such as the soles of feet, wrists and behind ears. I’m not exaggerating! This is a powerful mix! You can buy it premixed from a number of manufacturers under names similar to “Thieves” but if you mix it yourself, you’ll have leftover oils so you can play amateur alchemist in your dorm room just as soon as you finish dissecting those pigs and complete those impossible math equations.

For “Thieves” proportions, check out this website, and remember the “Thieves” oils are all inexpensive staples that are nice to keep in your medicine cabinet. Please note that before using any essential oils, you should perform an overnight allergy test to detect if you have any sensitivities. Put a drop of pure oil on your skin and cover it with a Bandaid overnight. If you have any redness or swelling, don’t use it.

These suggestions aren’t just for college students, they’ll benefit most anyone and make a great home or travel kit for minor cuts, burns, etc. Please note that the doses recommended in this post are for adults only. Child doses require greater dilution, so please do some research before administering oils to children (or pets). There’s a wealth of free information on the internet about medicinal and other uses for essential oils, including recipes for eco-friendly cleaning products.

Have fun!

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

For two de-stressing essential oil recipes, view our other post.

You might also enjoy this tea storage blog on our sister site, which features a tea storage box that gets repurposed into an essential oil holder. And check out this piece on getting focused at work (which totally translates into school studying habits).

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Green Gifts

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Green Gifts for your Eco-Friendly Family and Friends

Green gifts help put the green in Christmas – so why not indulge your eco-friendly family members in a way that suits their conscientious souls? There are so many ways you can sustain the environment while pleasing the earthy-crunchy people in your life, I’ve decided to share a few ideas with you…

1. Edible Green Gifts

Some people do like green eggs and ham, so consider giving food this holiday season. Whether it’s homemade cookies or a loaf of chocolate cherry sourdough bread, everyone loves food, including your eco-conscious friends. Find a recipe tailored to your gift recipient’s particular likes to make it extra special. Pack it in a glass food canister or some other non-plastic container so it can be repurposed for food storage after your gift is consumed. Homemade granola packed in an oval-sealed storage jar adorned with your favorite ribbon (or twine) makes a lovely holiday presentation.


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oval glass canister


Loose leaf tea packed in a basket or jar, combined with a travel tea infuser makes a lovely gift and encourages a little self-indulgence, while a selection of hand-picked bagged tea may be packaged (by you) in this delightful bamboo tea storage box.


green gifts tea infuser


green gifts bamboo tea box


Healthy food gifts presented in planters or small compost pals are a clever way to show you noticed while encouraging their eco-friendly ways. These are only a few edible green ideas to use as a springboard for your own brainstorming.

2. Green Gifts that Take Up Zero Space (for the True Minimalists)

Your minimalist loved ones may not want stuff for holiday gifts. Many prefer experiences: wining, dining, entertainment, sports tickets, etc. Experiences make great green gifts as they do not require maintenance, do not contribute to landfills, and do not require storage space. Think about your gift recipient. Who do they like? What are their causes? Classes in cooking, art, massage, essential oils, and blogging are just a few great ideas for your knowledge-hungry loved ones.

Digital music downloads and other entertainment services are great “experience” gifts that don’t take up physical space. Think subscriptions, online learning and media services (not advocating one here, just putting it out there – you know who they are).

3. Homemade Green Gifts

Homemade green gifts, especially consumable ones, are a great way to show people you care by adding a personal touch. Handmade soaps made from natural ingredients and essential oils make a lovely gift, as do gifts made from recycled goods. Buy some organic shampoo base and blend in their favorite oils for a personal gift tailored just for them. Making your loved one a luxury item goes along with the “experience” gift ideas by giving someone permission to ethically indulge in a soothing, luxurious activity.

4. Green Gifts Galore in the Form of Decor

Whether it’s renewable bamboo or hemp-woven rugs, sustainable decor makes a lovely gift for your favorite tree huggers. Organize-It has a huge selection of Lipper Bamboo products for just about any room or any purpose. Make your own set of office organizers from individual bamboo components, or deck out your loved one’s bath with gorgeous bamboo bath accessories. Fortunately, all of the Lipper bamboo and other products can be found in one convenient location on the Organize-It website.

5. Green Gifts that are Clean Gifts

While cleaning may not seem very exciting for a holiday, cleaning with Caldrea products almost seems like a luxury. Made with biodegradable ingredients with intoxicating essential oil scents, a thoughtfully selected array of Caldrea cleaners would be a welcome addition to most eco-friendly homes.

Caldrea sea salt/neroli-infused counter cleaner is a welcome addition to a vanity. Pair it with their corresponding laundry detergent and package in an attractive stainless steel compost pail, and you have a lovely, sustainable gift.

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compost pail

6. Green Gifts you can Grow Yourself

Even in the winter, plants make lovely gifts and serve as a pleasant reminder that the season will actually change, as they always do. These sets of small pails are ideal for planting herbs, but you could also fill them with homemade candies, seed packets or a variety of other items. They come in galvanized or copper finishes and include a deep tray to corral them (which looks great on a windowsill or countertop). Buying seeds is another idea and if you give your gift in a container, you can save the waste of all that wrapping paper (thinking really green).


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7. Green Gifts from Recycled Materials

Whether you are buying from artisans or making it yourself, recycling materials is a great way to please both your eco-people and mother nature. Recycle boutiques can be found easily on the internet – or you can roll up your sleeves, haul out the sewing machine, and make a divine mess on your kitchen table. Gift-making can be a great family project, whether your make homemade wrapping paper, ornaments, wreathes or other handcrafted items. How about a crazy quilt from outgrown clothes, or candy tins made from tuna cans and recycled Christmas cards from last year? Or a groovy retro-knit beer cap vest or pantaloons? You’re only limited by your imagination here. Be creative. Go crazy. You have my permission (and I’m sure you were waiting for it).

8. Green Gift Cards – You Don’t Have to Decide

Buy a gift card and let your green person select their own green gifts. Organize-It sells them here, and we have about 20,000 products (not all green, but all colors and varieties) to select from, including recycling products, kitchen accessories and techie gifts. Gift cards are also great because they are so EASY – no shipping, no packing, no wrapping. Just plug in the email address, pay, and leave the rest to us. It’s all digital, behind-the-scenes magic. Whatever you decide to do to make your holiday green, have a fabulous one!

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

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Essential Oils for Stress

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essential oils for stressWhether you are de-stressing from the elections, or just from your work day, using essential oils for stress is a safe and natural way to reset your nervous system. There are many oils with stress-reducing chemical properties, but here are a couple quick recipes to get you going.

Note: Be sure before using the oil to test yourself for allergies by placing a drop on your forearm and cover with a bandage overnight. Remove the bandage in the morning. If any redness or lumps appear, do not use it. You can also test with the individual oils to pinpoint the sensitivity. Allergies are rare, but some people do have sensitivities.

Stress Relief Essential Oil Blend #1

  • 10 ml. of carrier oil (such as coconut oil)
  • 3 drops of lavender or chamomile
  • 2 drops of frankincense
  • 2 drops of lemongrass

Stress Relief Essential Oil Blend #2

  • 10 ml. of carrier oil (such as coconut oil)
  • 3 drops of ylang ylang
  • 2 drops of patchouli
  • 3 drops of bergamot
  • 1 drop of geranium

Rose is an emotionally powerful essential oil but also one of the most expensive, so if you happen to have some (or some rose absolute, an inexpensive alternative), it’s well worth experimenting with. Other good oils are orange and neroli (from bitter orange tree blossoms).

Application

Apply to temples, wrists, back of knees, chest, back of neck, and/or behind ears. Alternately, skip the carrier oil and add the essential oils to a diffuser or a warm bath before bed. Add a cup of chamomile for sound sleeping.

Warning: this is an adult dose. For children or pets, please seek out sources for proper dilution.

Using essential oils for stress is a safe alternative to toxins and a great way to pamper yourself and recover from a hard day, week, or election year. See our other post for suggestions for a basic essential oil kit for everyday living.

Love, Clutter Control Freak

You might also like the following, to help you de-stress:

Bath Spa Pillow
bath spa pillow

Bath Caddy Relaxation Center

bath caddy relaxation center

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Prepping for Thanksgiving Day Dinner

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 Must-have kitchen gadgets for a Thanksgiving feast

Ready or not, here comes Turkey Day — AND your hungry family. If you have been honored with the task of hosting Thanksgiving, make it easy on yourself by investing in the proper tools.

  • Electric knife: I know it seems goofy, but this Electric Knife from Cuisinart will make it super simple to cleanly slice up your bird or ham come the big day. Carving a turkey can be a real chore, but this handy blade takes the guess work and grunt work out. It comes with a solid hardwood stand and handle storage so you can keep it properly stored and it will be like-new every year. Switch between the two stainless steel blades, designed for carving meat and bread respectively. A safety button and a four foot cord makes this electric knife user-friendly and safe for everyone.
  • Meat thermometer: You won’t overcook the turkey when you check it with this digital thermometer. This speed-read models gives you accurate readings in 8 seconds or less in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Pre-programmed settings for veal, beef, pork, chicken and fish give you at-a-glance readings for rare, well-done, and other degrees of cooking. It’s great for the grill or the oven.
  • Food chopper: Chop veggies for your stuffing, pecans for pie, garlic to spice up your potatoes and much more with this easy hand chopper by Cuisinart. The plastic base allows you to chop without the addition of a cutting board. The covered design also keeps you hands out of the way, so you can cut and dice without worrying about slicing your fingers. This safe, easy to clean (throw it in the dishwasher!) and user-friendly chopper is a great addition year-round. Plus it’s on sale at a super-affordable price.
  • Food processorBlendtec: Cut your prep time in half with a Blendtec. Blendtec’s have the most powerful motors on the consumer market, plus they replace most of your other kitchen appliances. Chop and puree’ foods plus make nut butters, smoothies, and other foods (hot or cold). An early holiday gift is sure to make preparing food for all those winter holidays easier.


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DIY Bug Spray – Essential Oil Alternatives to Those Nasty Store-Bought Products

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DIY Bug Spray – Healthy Alternatives to Deet and Other Harmful Chemicals

Mosquito season is upon us again, which reminds me about protection. Aside from the itchy reaction to bites, mosquito-born diseases such as West Nile, Zika, dengue and malaria are a bit of a concern. Not to be an alarmist, but having some repellent on hand is a really good idea.

If you are a fan of essential oils, you’ll be happy to know that making your own healthy mosquito repellent is easy, using only a couple of ingredients. Commercial products use toxic materials such as DEET, which are known human hazards, especially when used with frequency.

You can make homemade repellent out of oil and ordinary household ingredients, and there are a surprisingly large number of oil options to choose from. Strangely enough, many herbs are known to repel bugs including basil, marjoram, sage and thyme. Lemon eucalyptus (derived from eucalyptus leaves) and citronella are also really effective, as are tea tree, peppermint and clove oils.

You can choose to spray it or mix it traditionally with a carrier oil and rub it onto the skin. For spray, combine witch hazel, red vinegar cider, and a bit of rubbing alcohol for the base. First mix the oil drops into the alcohol and then add the other ingredients to a spray bottle. Be sure to shake well before using.

For the oil mixture, just add your essential oil drops to the carrier and mix well in a bottle or roll-on. Feel free to be creative and mix from the list below, or use single oils. Obviously, some are more pleasing to the nose than others. The herbal ones, while effective against mosquitoes, may have an unpleasant, slightly ammonia-like smell, whereas the lavender is pleasant. Eucalyptus and tea tree are both a bit astringent.

Refer to the lists below for ratios and be sure to check on the child dose ratio, as children require more diluted mixes for safe usage (.5%, as compared to 1 or 2% for adults).

ESSENTIAL OILS for MOSQUITO REPELLENT

lemon eucalyptus
citronella
lavender
basil
pine
rosemary
geranium
tea tree
eucalyptus
lemongrass
rosemary
cinnamon
sage
thyme
peppermint
clove

SPRAY FORMULA

Adult Ratio: 40 drops oil, 1/2 cup witch hazel, teaspoon of alcohol, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.
Child Ratio: Reduce about by 1/4, or check for online recommendations.

INGREDIENTS

Essential oil of choice
8-ounce sprayer
Teaspoon of alcohol
1/2 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or water

OIL-ONLY FORMULA

Mix 18 drops of essential oil with 30 ml. of carrier oil like almond or coconut (a heavier oil like almond will stay on your skin longer). This makes a 2 % dilution, which is fairly strong.

INGREDIENTS

Essential oil of your choice
Carrier oil (almond, coconut, jojoba or other)
30-ml. (1-ounce) bottle

Warning, for children you must use less oil in both DIY bug spray formulas. A .5% dilution is recommended for children, which would be more like 4 drops of essential oil to 30 ml. of carrier oil. There are other considerations with children, including possible sensitivity to some oils, so be sure to check an online source for proper/reduced doses for kids.

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Multi-Tiered Mobile Carts

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3-tiered mobile cart

Multi-Tiered Mobile Carts – Instant Storage Anywhere

3 tier slim laundry cartMulti-tiered mobile carts give you convenient, instant, extra storage in any room of your home. Recently, when a pantry-building project got unexpectedly delayed, I found myself in need of an extra place to store food. We had an assembled three-tiered slim laundry cart on display at our warehouse sale, so I snatched it up. Positioned next to the stove, it makes a great storage place for oatmeal, protein powders and other pantry items.

mobile cart three tieredImpressed with its capacity, I decided to get another for laundry use. For 22.99, the bronze mobile three-tiered cart is a steal. I use it to stash dryer sheets, detergent and other laundry essentials. I was worried about assembly, but it’s an absolutely tool-free process, and the clever design is easy to put together in a few minutes.

Both carts have wheels, but for heavier-duty laundry applications, the laundry cart with locking breaks provides a little more heft, with the added option of stationary positioning. The carts have a small footprint but are large enough to give you lots of storage in the multi-shelf design. When I get around to finishing my pantry, I know I’ll be able to repurpose the white cart for another room. Hint: these are also sized ideally for toilet paper roll storage. And don’t be fooled by the thin wire design. Structurally, these are remarkably stiff and sturdy, plus they’re lightweight for easy portability.

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