Archive for the ‘Organization’ Category

Tip #28 – Travel Toiletries

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Keep your travel bottles organized.

Keep your travel bottles organized.

No matter how often you travel, it always seems such a challenge to keep all of those 3 ounce containers organized. Here’s an idea that could help. When you return home from your trip, refill your travel containers, put them back in your quart bag and return them to your cabinet. Everything will be ready to go for your next trip.

Tip #25 – Gift Bags

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Reuse your gift bags.

Reuse your gift bags.

Decorative gift bags can be very pricey. As you receive gift bags, hold on to them. Reuse them for gifts that you are giving others.

If you want to get real organized you can even organize your bags by holiday/event. You can place your bags in a box and then use small pieces of cardboard as a separator.

When you bring home your leftovers from the restaurant you can also reuse this bag. These bags can make great lunch bags.

Tip #16 – Plastic in the Garage

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Use plasitc storage containers.

Use plasitc storage containers.

During this time of year, the mice are on the prowl for a warm, dry place to nest for the winter. A great way to keep the mice out and your belongings in, is to store items in strong, plastic containers

In your garage, basement, or crawl space, you can store items including: clothing, holiday decorations, bird seed, etc, in a durable plastic container. Personally, I use the Rubbermaid brand. I have two containers in my garage that keep my sunflower seeds, corn, and other bird seeds away from the mice. The covered, plastic trashcans also work great for storage.

Depending on where you live, it may be beneficial to keep your items in this type of container year round.

Tip #13-Reusing Plastic

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
You can reuse your plastic bags in a variety of ways.

You can reuse your plastic bags in a variety of ways.

We all get plastic bags from a variety of places: produce at the grocery store, items we purchase at various stores, our newspaper, Ziplocs from food, and more.

Don’t just throw them in the trash – REUSE them! Here are several ideas that will help you reuse your plastic bags:

  • Use a Ziploc more than ONE time – especially with sandwiches, chips, and some fruits.
  • Carry your lunch to work or school in a plastic grocery sack.
  • When you’re out playing sports, camping, or just enjoying the outdoors, take along a few grocery sacks for wet and/or dirty clothing and shoes.
  • Keep misc. items organized in your family vehicle using a plastic bag.
  • Use any of the sacks to clean up after your pooch while on a walk.
  • And for those of you who are really pinching pennies, you can even wash out your Ziplocs with soap and water and reuse them. (If you’re bag contained raw meat, it’s best to not reuse the bag.)
  • Take the grocery bags that are in good shape back to the store for a second time.
  • Use your produce bag for all or part of your lunch. They also work great for some leftovers.
  • Place your grocery sack in a small wastebasket as a liner.  Fill it, pull it out, tie it off, and throw it away.  (Or you may even be able to reuse it again!)

Tip #10- Office Supplies

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Don’t want your cubicle or desk to look like an “office space?” Do you want to personalize it and make it your own space? Look for creative ways to store office supplies like paperclips, binder clips, pushpins, pencils, pens, and rubber bands. Small vases, candle holders, flower/plant pots, and even candy dishes. These containers add a little pizazz

Use different types of containers to store office supplies.

Use different types of containers to store office supplies.

to the typical “office by providing a variety of colors, materials and textures.

The stores today carry a variety of baskets and organizers to help you with the larger items like papers, folders, and documents. Even then, think outside the box when looking for storage solutions.

If you are a person who likes to keep theses items out but don’t want to see them, opt for decorative boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and if you’re feeling a little creative, stop by your local craft or scrapbook store to purchase unfinished boxes, coverings and embellishments.

Another great place to look for items is at your local thrift store. Here you can find a number of those small mismatched items that would work perfectly for this type of project. And don’t forget about your home office as well. It’s another great place to add a few unique touches.

Tip #9- Spices Rack

Friday, January 9th, 2009
Organize spices alphabetically on this spice rack.

Organize spices alphabetically on this spice rack.

Need a spice but can never seem to find it?  Spice containers like cinnamon, dill seed, thyme, and so on, are often small and can easily get lost in your cupboards.  Purchase a plastic, multi-tiered expandable shelf.  This will give your cupboard a new dimension, along with the ability to more easily see the spices in the back.

Another way to organize your spices even more is to arrange them in alphabetical order.  This makes your baking and cooking go a little quicker – you aren’t having to dig through all your jars and containers.  When you use the multi-tiered shelf, it doesn’t matter that a larger container is in front of a smaller container.

Tip #5 – Binder Clips

Monday, January 5th, 2009
Binder clips make cheap and easy "chip clips."

Binder clips make cheap and easy "chip clips."

Don’t waste your money on fancy chip clips. Head to your home office or “junk drawer” and find a binder clip. I think these clips keep your bags sealed much tighter and don’t go flying off when you bump them into your shelf. The binder clips come in a variety of sizes (and even colors) so having several on hand can help you with household paperwork as well as household snacks.