14 Jul 2015

10 Home Organizing Hacks

Flattening Fitted Sheets Fitted sheets are the most likely household item to get balled up and shoved into a closet. This makes them the most likely to also fall out of a stuffed closet. However, it’s possible to make a sheet lie flat by first folding it twice, lengthwise, and widthwise, leaving enough fabric for the four corners to wrap underneath the rest of the sheet. If you put all corners together underneath, you can fold the rest of the sheet just like a flat one. Tying Bedding Sets Together Use the ribbons used to package your bedding sets to tie them together in the closet. Organize by set instead of separating pillowcases and sheets. Rip your CDs to a Hard Drive CDs are bulky; external hard drives are cheap. Reduce your music collection from a whole stand to just a small box. You don’t even have to throw out the old CD rack, since it can make a great…

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10 Jul 2015

Moving into a new house is really, really hard work. Here are some things you can do in advance to make it just a little bit easier on yourself. Decrease Your Belongings Analyze all your belongings and categorize them to keep, donate, trash, or store. It may be difficult getting rid of things you’ve had for a while, but don’t be afraid to be harsh. Anything that you don’t think you will use for a few months at your new place should be in the store pile. Anything that you’re not sure that you’ll ever use regularly should be marked for donation, or be tossed directly into the trash. There is no point going through the work and expense of…

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7 Jul 2015

Summer is finally here! You can walk outside, free of any bulky jackets! But this freedom is your closet’s loss, as that jacket is going to uselessly take up space for the next six months. Why not move it out of your space entirely? While we’re at it, why don’t we find a place for those boots, snowboard in the corner, and snow shovel as well? 1) Group Similar Clothing Items Together Organize winter clothing in a way that makes it easy to find later. As the winter gets cooler, you might take out winter items gradually, starting with gloves and hats, working up to coats and boots when the first blizzard hits. This makes mixed-type bags of clothing inconvenient.…

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3 Jul 2015

1) Get a Friend’s Help The band duo The Bergamot, recommend getting a friend to help with major decluttering. A friend can be more objective than you about what to keep, what to donate, and what to trash. Get your friend to whip you and your home into better shape. 2) Feel Attachments to Fewer Objects, but Feel Strongly Is our problem materialism, loving things too much? According to internationally acclaimed cleaning expert Marie Kondo, no. Our problem is not loving things enough. Kondo believes that clutter is due to buying too many things to care about properly. She suggests that we should choose few, high-quality goods and then clean, use, and care for them greatly. In Kondo’s home, there…

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29 Jun 2015

When it comes to your kids, you only want the best for them. You’ve given up the loft apartment in favour of a four-bedroom house with a sprawling backyard where your children can play while you sit and relax on the deck. Moving into a new home when you have kids, especially young ones can be a very stressful experience. However, these Do’s and Don’ts will get your through it! Do: Visit your new home with the kids in tow before you move. Show them the house and explain that they’ll be getting more space and be able to make new friends with the neighbour’s kids. If you are moving out of province and can’t visit the home in person,…

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25 Jun 2015

The time has come for you to trek across the country to start a new life. You’ve got a new job and now you have to say goodbye to your friends and family as you embark on the next chapter of your journey. Moving can be tough even when you’re staying in the same city, so it’s only natural that a cross-country move can bring on some anxiety. However, there are ways of preparing for a cross-country move that will make it easier on you. Don’t Leave Anything Until The Last Minute The earlier you start packing, the less anxiety you’ll have the night before. Leave out essential items like a change of clothes and toiletries for the day of…

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22 Jun 2015

Between toys, shoes, makeup, utensils and more, our homes are cluttered with stuff. Your drawers are bursting. Your cabinets are full. Your closets are in chaos. You’re running out of space. Instead of trying to shove more things into a cupboard, organize your space with repurposed items. With these ideas you’ll be able to find new uses for old items and keep your household in top-shape! Front door/vestibule: Keep this area clean by suspending a wire mesh utensil organizer near your door. Store keys, sunglasses and other essentials you need to grab before you leave the house. Fashion nails with small heads through the organizer’s mesh and hang hats, purses and gloves. To prevent indoor puddles in the winter months,…

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18 Jun 2015

There are certain documents that we need to keep safe at all times. From wills to property deeds to life insurance policies to immunization records and other important forms, it is imperative these documents remain safe during a move. Some of these documents are irreplaceable and it would a shame to lose them, while others are essential to your and your family’s overall well being. If you’re unsure how to keep sensitive documents safe while moving here are some important tips: Make replicas. Before you move, make copies of all your valuable documents. Besides paper copies, scan everything and save a version to your computer. When it comes to sensitive documents you can never have too many copies. If you…

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15 Jun 2015

Toys, toys, everywhere toys! Unless you’ve turned your home into Santa’s Workshop, you probably don’t want to deal with your kid’s dolls, figurines and gaming accessories being left around the house where you can easily trip over them and break an ankle. Here’s how to deal with toy clutter to keep your home looking great and your kids from messing it up: The big giveaway: Take an afternoon to sit down with your children to go through everything. Anything that they don’t play with, have outgrown or was an unwanted gift you can get rid off. Put everything into a garbage bag and donate it to a shelter or charity of your choice. Do not give away stuffed animals they…

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11 Jun 2015

You’ve been working hard to create a brand you can call your own, creating home-made items that you want to share with the world. Now, you’re ready for the big time: Your very own Etsy store. Before you set up shop online, there are five steps to starting an Etsy store that you should follow. Rent a storage unit to house your merch. People often forget that what they’re selling takes up space before it goes to the customer. Instead of having piles of merchandise throughout your home ready for you to trip over, get a storage unit. Having a unit as your stockroom is cheaper than renting an office or workspace, and you will be the only one with…

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8 Jun 2015

Where do you put all the ‘stuff’ in your house that doesn’t have a proper home? If you’re looking for space-saving concepts that will turn any room into a work of art – or at least keep your things organized – here are five innovative storage ideas: Convert a wine rack into a towel holder. Take a wall-mounted wine rack out of your cellar and in to your bathroom. Wine racks make the perfect storage compartments because you can roll your towels up neatly inside each slot. If you don’t have a free wall in your bathroom, try a smaller freestanding wine rack instead! If you’re like everyone else on this country, you’ve probably got shoes for every season. From…

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4 Jun 2015

Moving day can be an incredibly stressful experience. There is enough preparation and coordination involved that one small misstep can accidentally send your stuff to Hamilton, Ohio instead of Hamilton, Ontario. There are a lot of ducks to get in a row before you move, but these tips will help keep you organized and relieve any stress the day might bring! When packing, label each box properly so that when you arrive at your new home, you know exactly where to put everything. Don’t spend your first day in your new place going through un-marked boxes trying to figure out where everything goes. Get a good night’s sleep. This is easier said than done but if you can muster up…

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1 Jun 2015

When travelling with a pet, there are many considerations you have to make. Will you be taking a car? Flying? Can your pet handle spending hours cooped up? Before you make arrangements and bring your dog along on your tropical vacation check out the do’s and don’ts of travelling with a pet: If you’re making a temporary move to a long-distance location, bringing all of your pet’s belongings is not only going to take up a lot of room in your car, it’s also going to act as an unwanted distraction to your pet. Even tucked away in the trunk, your pet will smell their familiar toys and treats, which will likely cause them to be restless. Instead of moving…

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29 May 2015

Kitty litter is a necessity when there is a cat in the home, but this shouldn’t be the only reason that you store away litter. There are many uses for kitty litter that people just aren’t aware of. It has many great uses and it should be kept stored away at your home or storage unit whether there is a kitty in the house or not! Reasons to Keep Kitty Litter Around Kitty litter acts as a great odor repellent. When your garbage can begins to smell, deodorize the can by putting a little kitty litter at the bottom of it. This will help mask the smell even when washing the can out fails to work. If you’re keeping it…

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25 May 2015

When it comes to a great bottle of wine, there is an appropriate way to store it, whether that be at home or in your storage unit. Fine wines are usually best kept for long term aging, while cheaper wines should be consumed within the first 24 hours of being opened. If you’re looking to add a little longevity to your grapes, check out our tips for optimal wine storage! Tips to Storing Fine Wine the Right Way Wine must be stored between 52 to 64 degrees F. When stored below 55 degree F, you can expect to keep the wine stored safely for years. Anything above, it should be opened after a year of storage. Wine must be kept…

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22 May 2015

Antique collectors and other types of enthusiasts are often found at auctions. Auctions tend to hold the more valuable and desirable items, such as paintings, jewelry, automobiles, artifacts, and other precious artifacts. The most expensive item ever sold at auction is difficult to pinpoint due to the volume of items sold at auction on a daily basis. Nevertheless, there are some items recorded that sold for outrageous amounts of money. To some people, a value cannot be placed on the works of art or items that they have bid on. Highest Listed Items Sold at Auction Perhaps the most expensive item ever noted for sale at auction on eBay was a gigayacht. The 405ft boat was designed by a naval…

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18 May 2015

Although storage units often come with extra security not found in your own home, some people still prefer to keep their valuables at home. Nonetheless, it is important to keep your valuable possessions hidden for safe keeping. Should your home be burglarized, you don’t want the items to be left out in the open, nor do you want people that enter the home to ever be tempted to take them. So what are the best places to hide valuables in your own home? A wall installed mirror with a storage unit behind it is a safe place to hide valuables. Even though the installation process is more tedious than other storage places throughout the home, it is worth it if…

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15 May 2015

People often store away some of the most unusual items. Whether they don’t want them displayed in their homes or simply don’t have space to store them while moving to a smaller location, odd findings are a normalcy in storage units! When storage units are left unpaid for or forgotten, there is a certain amount of time in which the owner of the unit has before they can open the unit and keep or auction off the contents inside. While this is all according to the law within the area you reside in, many storage unit owners have found some astonishingly weird items being stored away, as often seen on shows like ‘Storage Wars.’ So what are among the strangest…

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11 May 2015

People often get discouraged when it comes to finding new and innovative ways within the home to disguise and hide clutter. There are many simple ways to do so and all of them are easy enough to do on your own. Use toilet paper rolls to hide cords that aren’t being used. This works well for all of those USB cables that are often left lying around the home. Use a photo box and cut out holes in the back of the box to reel cords through. Then take the decorative box and place it on a shelf where most of the electronics are. This is especially good for entertainment stands. You can even hide the power strip inside of…

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