Organizing Ideas For Your Garage And Basement

August 7, 2008

Some of the places that usually need organization the most are the basement and the garage. Here are some organizing ideas for your garage and basement.

When you start working on organizing your home, two of the areas you most likely avoid and leave for last are the garage and the basement. Both places are just an easy place to have a build up of boxes and piles of stuff you haven’t seem or thought of in years. If you’re going to tackle these areas, it will be a good plan to get some large, strong garbage bags and start using them to throw out anything that you won’t be using or needing. It might seem hard at first, but once you get started and come up with a system (throw it out or store it better) it actually isn’t that bad at all.

Once you start going through everything and make decisions on what to keep and what to throw out, you can start planning how you are going to store everything. Containers are such an important tool in getting organized, so be sure to stock up. They will help protect everything from moisture, mildew, and any animal visitors that may decide your stuff is something to chew on. After you’ve got everything out, cleaned up, and organized into storage containers, now is the perfect time to give everything, including the floors and walls, a good cleaning before you put everything back for storage. When sorting your items, do so based on how you use them. Maybe they are seasonal, or you have baby clothes and items you are saving for a younger sibling or cousin, or maybe you’ve got some items of value to you emotionally and can’t stand to throw them out? A good idea is to label these types of things so they can be easily found or at least put them at the front of your storage area so you don’t have to dig to find them.

You may have some things that you need to store but will have to get them from time to time. It is a good idea to store these items where you can get to them easily, like on shelves or in cabinets. You can purchase plenty of different types of storage units that you put together yourself and they work great in a garage or basement as they are usually made of metal or plastic and are very durable for years of service.

You can do the same thing when organizing your garage and store everything according to how it’s use and when you’ll need it. Create a system so that you can rotate seasonal items to where you can get them easily. Over-head storage shelves made just for garages are a great idea and help but make sure it will work ok with your garage door before you go out and invest in one.

Many items, like tools, can be organized on a pegboard, where it is very easy to customize the space, by arranging hooks to fit you needs. This helps clear up space on workbenches, as well.

Used baby food jars and a thick shelf on the wall is a favorite old time nut and bolt organizing solution. Get a nice one-inch thick board, about one foot deep and two foot wide. Use an awl to poke a hole in the lid of the baby jars and then use a short screw to affix the jar lids to bottom of the board and use a simple pair of shelf brackets screwed firmly into the wall to support it at eye level. Now you can put your little screws and nails into the baby jars and twist them into place under the shelf. And you have two extra feet of shelf space.

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How To Organize Your Kids Bathroom

August 7, 2008

Are you tired of toothpaste all over the sink, toys in the tub, and dirty clothes spread all over floor? Here are some great ideas on how to organize your kids bathroom.

The easiest way to keep your child’s bathroom clean and organized is to put a limit on the amount of things that can be put in there and make sure your child is taught to always put everything back where it belongs. When you make a decisions on what will be kept in the bathroom, then you’ll need a plan and a place to store everything.

A simple bucket is a great place to keep your child’s shampoo, bubble bath and other items for the bath and shower. You can have the bucket stored on a shelf or even have it sit on the back of the toilet. You can always find racks for your shampoo and soap that you can have attached to the wall with suction cups or it can hang from the shower head.

Kids have fun and are often encouraged by having toys to play with in the bathtub, but those same toys can be a challenge to keep organized and out of the way. Once storage solution for this is a mesh bag that can also be attached to the wall next to the tub. It will allow the toys to drip dry when you store them in it after a bath as well. You’ll need to keep them clean by soaking the mesh bag and the toys in a bleach water mix occasionally as they can get mildew on them from having water sit in them. You may want to limit the number of toys allowed in the bathroom as well if you have a limited amount of space. It’s a good idea to break the toys into smaller groups and store some away. Then when your child is bored with the bath toys he’s playing with you can bring out the stored toys and rotate.

If you need more space for your towels and facecloths, then some hooks attached to the back of the door or onto the wall will help. Assign each child their own area or hook to hang their stuff. Another idea is to have each child own a unique towel set in their favorite color or cartoon character. Then you’ll know who is taking the time to clean up after themselves and taking care of the things they own. Don’t have towels all over the place, limit the number so that they don’t take up so much room in the bathroom. Any extra towel sets can be stored somewhere outside the bathroom like the hall closed where they will not take up so much limited space.

There are cute toothbrush holders that help keep all the dental care equipment in one location. The newer toothpaste tubes and pumps make it a lot easier for little one to brush their teeth, and also come with less mess.

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Laundry Room Organization Tips

August 7, 2008

Get your cloth washed faster with these laundry room organization tips. After all, you want to spend as little time in there as possible. Staying organized in there will make the task at hand faster and easier.

There’s no fun in doing the laundry really, but it’s one of those things that has to be done. There may not be a way to ever make doing the laundry a pleasant task, but making sure your laundry room is organized will help you be more efficient and have it finished much sooner. There may be a bit of time where you’ll be getting used to your new laundry system but in the end you will see the benefits. When all the members of the family help out to get things going, soon there will be extra time for family fun.

If you have a schedule set up for when you do laundry, such as jeans on Saturday, whites on Wednesday, make sure your family does their part to pre-sort their laundry. A great way to organize is to have baskets of different colors and have them sort each item or color into the appropriate basket. Get everyone familiar where everything is kept, like the stain stick so when something has a stain it can be pre-treated right away with his or her help.

Store your detergent and fabric softener close to the washer and drier. A shelf will be a big help, and doesn’t take a lot of trouble to put up if you need to.

Using a calendar or dry-erase board to create a schedule for cleaning the vent areas of the drier is always a good idea, hang it where everyone can see it. A cleaver thinking mom we know took a picture of her dry clean only clothes like her husband’s best suit and her best blouse so that she had a permanent reminder attached to her board of items that she should never wash just in case they were missed in the sorting and came through the laundry pile.

Having a portable clothing rack in close vicinity to the drier is another helpful organizing tip. Have a supply of hangers ready to go on the rack so you can take clothes from the drier and hang then right onto the rack. This will save you time in ironing later.

Keep baskets or boxes in your laundry room to sort items of clothing that needs to be fixed, or clothes that you know are too small, or out of season. If you use special boxes for storing out of season clothes, when it’s time to switch, take them out on laundry day, and sort as you finish each load. If things are too small, box them up until you decide what to do with them.

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