storage http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3962/all en-US 10 Smart DIY Spice Storage Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000056296686_Large.jpg" alt="smart DIY ways to store your spices" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spices can make or break a dish. And they aren't necessarily cheap, especially if you stock the good stuff in your pantry. Protect your tasty investments by storing them wisely. Here are 10 affordable DIY solutions that will get you organized and excited to cook your next meal. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-spices-fake?ref=seealso">Are Your Spices Fake?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Magnetic Marvel</h2> <p>Short on space? Use your refrigerator's real estate to house your spices. Making your rack is as easy as buying magnetic containers, filling them, and slapping them onto your fridge door. We use our refrigerator as our daughter's art gallery, so I like this idea to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/03/make-your-own-magnetic-spice-rack/">cut a steel sheet</a> to size and attach it to a cabinet door &mdash; or someplace else in your kitchen &mdash; as a makeshift magnetic surface.</p> <h2>2. Baby Food Rebirth</h2> <p>You can make your own spice containers using&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oneluckypickle.com/2012/06/magnetic-spice-jars.html">recycled baby food jars</a>. Just clean the jars on the inside and out and let dry. Create labels out of cardstock or stickers. If you want to stick 'em up, simply hot glue magnets onto the glass end and let set before filling and using.</p> <h2>3. Mason Jar Method</h2> <p>You may already have a good stock of mason jars hanging around your kitchen. We use large ones to hold our bulk foods, but they come in all sizes. These&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1Xg8qiX">4-oz jelly jars</a> cost under $10 for 12. They would be great for purchasing bulk spices (some stores let you fill your own containers) and storing them in a drawer. There's zero waste in the process. Make the jars fancy by painting the lids with chalkboard paint for quick, custom labeling.</p> <h2>4. Under-the-Cabinet Solution</h2> <p>My friend uses the space underneath one of her upper kitchen cabinets to store spices. She bought a set of&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1qq6g60">metal-topped spice containers</a> and then mounted them &mdash; metal cap first &mdash; using industrial-strength glue. For a less sticky setup, you could&nbsp;<a href="http://twomenandalittlefarm.blogspot.com/2011/11/under-cabinet-jar-mounting.html">install a metal strip</a> under your cabinet and use magnets on your containers instead.</p> <h2>5. Test Tube Rack</h2> <p>Even the most frugal among us lusts over the expensive stuff from time to time. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.deandeluca.com/21-tubes">tube rack</a> from Dean &amp; Deluca will set you back over $100 and stores just 20 modest kinds of spices. Try buying your own&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1qq6g60">test tubes</a> online and then storing them&nbsp;<a href="http://knockoffdecor.com/test-tube-spice-rack/">in a rustic box</a> for a much more budget-friendly option.</p> <h2>6. Mop Holder Hideaway</h2> <p>Here's an ingenious idea to use something common in a new way. Pick up a few of those basic&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dumpaday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Amazing-Easy-DIY-Home-Decor-Ideas-mop-holder-spice-rack.jpg">broom handle holders</a>. Mount them on the inside of a cabinet door. Then all you need to do is stock up on the spices that come in round containers. Click them into place, and you're done!</p> <h2>7. Proper DIY Cabinet</h2> <p>I'm amazed this polished&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hometalk.com/3342573/diy-spice-cabinet">DIY rack</a> looks so good, yet was fashioned for around $5. Cut two 30-inch and seven 8.5-inch pieces from 1x2 boards. Secure together using L brackets. Paint or stain the wood however you like. Use chicken wire, decorative metal, or even fabric to make a pretty door cover. Then attach the door and base with hinges and hang wherever makes sense in your kitchen.</p> <h2>8. Drawer Corral</h2> <p>If you can dedicate an entire drawer to your spices, grab&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dejongdreamhouse.com/2013/01/spice-drawer.html">some tension rods</a> and get to work. All you need to do is arrange the rods horizontally or vertically to place your spice containers into neat and tidy rows. The best part is that you can modify your setup as your needs change. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-unexpected-uses-for-tension-rods?ref=seealso">20 Unexpected Uses for Tension Rods</a>)</p> <h2>9. Slim Bins</h2> <p>When all else fails, you can always get some&nbsp;<a href="http://timelessandtreasured.blogspot.com/2011/09/reorganizing.html">slim plastic bins</a> for your existing spice explosion. Place your spices into the bins one by one. Then stack the bins atop one another to take advantage of the vertical space in your cupboards. A&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/1SOKFwY">three-pack of slim bins</a> costs just $6 and provides room for plenty of flavors.</p> <h2>10. Travel Rack</h2> <p>For those of you who often cook on the go, try this great mobile option. You can spoon out a portion of your favorite spices into an&nbsp;<a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/02/make-a-portable-gourmet-salt-kit/">inexpensive pill box</a>. In fact, I know you can get one of those guys at the dollar store! The labeling is up to you. Take your spices to the beach, camping, or over to a friend's house to make a fun dinner in.</p> <p><em>How do you store your spices? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-spices-fake">Are Your Spices Fake?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-grocery-bill-reducing-the-cost-of-a-good-spice-rack">Cutting the Grocery Bill: Reducing the Cost of a Good Spice Rack</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too">6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-garam-masala">30 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Garam Masala</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Organization Cooking fresh spices kitchen items kitchen spices kitchen storage spice rack spices storage Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1686651 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Clever Coat Closet Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/12-clever-coat-closet-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-clever-coat-closet-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_organized_shoes_000027626678.jpg" alt="Woman learning 12 clever coat closet hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your coat closet a complete mess? Mine was. Then I decided to do something about it. Here are a bunch of ideas that will help you whip your entry closet into shape.</p> <h2>1. Hooks Up</h2> <p>Do what we did! Take down the hanging bar and <a href="http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/coat-closet-makeover-tutorial.html">install hooks</a> in your coat closet instead. Hooks are great for storing jackets, bags, hats, scarves, and pretty much anything you need. Better yet, you won't have a ton of hangers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">cluttering up the space</a>. Put in two rows of hooks (upper and lower) so even your little kids can get in on the action.</p> <h2>2. Hanger Genius</h2> <p>Use an empty hanger to <a href="http://ftdofsmcp.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinterest-project-scarf-organization.html">organize your scarves</a> and other accessories. Simply slip some shower rings onto the hanger and thread your scarves through the loop. You can make one for each member of your family.</p> <h2>3. Storage Smarts</h2> <p>Enlist your door for even more storage. Grab a few metal <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T3L58IQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00T3L58IQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NLMLIXBBEQEMGOKH">mesh storage boxes</a> (or filing trays) and screw them into the <a href="http://www.thebaloneybug.com/2013/01/31/winter-gear-storage/">inside of your closet door</a>. Toss all your mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves into the boxes and rejoice.</p> <h2>4. Over-Door Delight</h2> <p>Or don't bother with the tools and get one of those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-6044-13-CTF-Crystal-Collection-Organizer/dp/B000HM5V0A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1445455342&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=over+door+shoe+rack">over-the-door shoe organizers</a> instead. You can slip anything into the pockets, not just shoes. You might even want to label them to keep some additional order.</p> <h2>5. Dead Space</h2> <p>You may not be using your closet to its fullest potential. Slip some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=tension%20rods&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=FUAIGZVIJYLTI7TZ">tension rods</a> into the dead <a href="http://www.320sycamoreblog.com/2012/03/mini-closet-makeover.html">space behind your door.</a> You might be able to get two new rows of coats into the closet that way.</p> <h2>6. Double Rods</h2> <p>Better yet, <a href="http://yourhomeonlybetter.com/improving-small-closet-functionality/">add another rod</a> to your entire closet to maximize your storage. You'll probably first need to remove the original rod and hang it slightly higher. The second should fall around waist height, or high enough to keep your coats off the ground.</p> <h2>7. Total Transformation</h2> <p>Or try converting your coat closet to a <a href="http://www.thehouseofsmiths.com/2012/02/project-entryway-closet-makeover-reveal.html">mini mudroom</a>. This specific tutorial involves some carpentry. You'll enlarge the space, frame it with pretty moulding, and build a cool bench and shelving for boxes. Pillows help decorate the area, but they aren't necessary.</p> <h2>8. Tiny Tweak</h2> <p>If you can't knock down a wall, try <a href="http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2013/06/turning-hallway-into-mudroom.html">removing the closet door</a> and using the space you already have. You can find freestanding benches and pre-made shelving units at your local big box store. Arrange them however they best fit your needs. Don't forget to comb antique shops for seating &mdash; you can find unique pieces that way.</p> <h2>9. Helpful Hideaway</h2> <p>If you do include a storage bench in your new closet, use it to hide your shoes. Our bench fits three of those standard <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RO5PYK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000RO5PYK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FR7NSHV4ANLPPBIQ">cube boxes</a>. We have one for each family member. Fill it with your shoes and rotate with the seasons.</p> <h2>10. Hefty Holder</h2> <p>Who says organization can't be pretty? Construct this simple <a href="http://www.sallyannk.com/2014/05/diy-clothes-pin-scarf-holder.html">scarf holder</a> using a piece of wood, clothespins, and wood glue. Just adhere the pins to the base, hang, and you're done.</p> <h2>11. Door Buster</h2> <p>Replace rickety bi-fold doors with something more stylish. This tutorial shows you how to <a href="http://www.beneathmyheart.net/2013/09/closet-door-makeover-reveal-dremel-weekends/">make French doors</a> using two hollow core doors. Remove the bi-folds and their tracks. Then decorate your new doors however you want. Stick them on hinges and enjoy the functionality. Check stores like Habitat's ReStores for great deals on replacement doors.</p> <h2>12. Makeshift Move</h2> <p>Don't have a coat closet? I feel you, and I've been there. I love this <a href="http://lookiewhatidid.blogspot.ca/2012/09/laundry-room-makeover-week-using.html">bookcase mud closet</a> project because it takes very little time to create. You just need to find a deep bookcase that fits in your entry. Then fill it with basket and add hooks. The rest is up to you.</p> <p><em>What have you done to improve your entry closet?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-clever-coat-closet-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-january-is-the-right-time-to-start-planning-for-christmas">6 Reasons January Is the Right Time to Start Planning for Christmas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas">10 Smart DIY Spice Storage Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization coat closets DIY hangers mud rooms storage Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:15:25 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1606471 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Home Gym http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_doing_yoga_000044875812_0.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to pump up her home gym" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gym memberships are expensive. At the same time, staying fit and active is important for your health. Heck &mdash; healthy habits, like exercise, can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-healthy-saves-you-money-and-why-bad-health-habits-cost-you">save you money</a>! Here are some tips for creating a great at-home gym without spending a fortune.</p> <h2>1. Use What You Have</h2> <p>Take stock of any equipment you already have. We have a spinning bike, some kettlebells, a balance ball, yoga mats, and hand weights. Put everything in one area so you're not always searching around the house. If you do nothing else, at least you'll be more likely to use your equipment if it's all in once place.</p> <h2>2. Check Around</h2> <p>Don't have much? You can find gently used treadmills, stationary bikes, rowing machines, other cardio equipment, weights, and more on sites like Craigslist. There are some things you should know about buying a used machines. Experts at Runner's World say you should <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/other-gear/how-to-buy-a-used-treadmill">research the brand</a> of treadmills, for example. Don't forget to ask about the machine's background, obtain any service records, and even test it out before handing over the cash.</p> <h2>3. Calculate</h2> <p>The big price tags on cardio equipment can be frightening &mdash; but consider the return. The YMCA where we live charges $80/month for membership. We recently bought a treadmill (on sale) for around $900. If you divide this cost by a year, you come up with $75 a month. No, we won't get all the gym extras, but my husband and I primarily use the treadmill anyway. Plus, the machine will last for years and even comes with a warranty.</p> <h2>4. Think Body Weight</h2> <p>Getting a great workout can be accomplished with absolutely no equipment. If you don't have money to invest in your gym, try first making a dedicated area for working out in your home. You can search for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-online-workout-videos-for-free-or-cheap">free online workouts</a>, do pushups, jumping jacks, sit-ups, and other basic moves, and even strike a few yoga stretching poses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Exercises Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Create the Space</h2> <p>You may not have a dedicated room to make your at-home gym, and that's okay. Carve out some space in your family room or even your garage. This blogger created her <a href="http://polishedhabitat.com/2015/organized-home-gym/">at-home gym</a> in a corner of a room by putting a treadmill in the space. The rest &mdash; magazines, headphones, towels, a yoga mat, and resistance bands &mdash; is organized on a peg board and clip boards.</p> <h2>6. Get Organized</h2> <p>Here's another wonderful way to keep all your gym items neat and tidy. Buy or repurpose an <a href="http://www.iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2014/01/exercising-my-right-to-organize.html">inexpensive book shelf</a> and place it behind your treadmill, elliptical, or other equipment. You can store anything from shoes to water bottles to hand weights on the shelf. If you have even more stuff, hang a wall shelf above that for the rest.</p> <h2>7. Inspire Yourself</h2> <p>Hang some inspirational quotes or posters to help you get moving. Try <a href="http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/decorate-and-entertain/stenciled-word-wall/project">stenciling words</a> in bright colors on your wall so you can see it while you're working out. You just need paint, tape, a brush, and some patience. Trace the letters and mark them in tape before painting.</p> <h2>8. Jot It Down</h2> <p>I love this idea to paint a <a href="https://twobertis.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/home-gym-update/">chalkboard wall</a> or two in your gym space to track workouts. If you don't want to paint directly onto your wall, try buying a chalkboard or even painting the glass in an old picture frame.</p> <h2>9. Floor It</h2> <p>Making your gym in your garage or basement? You don't have to suffer with that cold concrete floor. Cover it up with some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K2TWXD6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00K2TWXD6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CR2EYCODMBYCODAN">rubber tiles</a> that can be installed like puzzle pieces. You'll find a variety of prices on this type of flooring, so I encourage you to check local discount shops before taking the plunge. Many products I've found are around $1 per square foot.</p> <h2>10. Reflect</h2> <p>What do most gyms have in abundance? Mirrors! You can occasionally find large mirrors on Craigslist when hotels or other businesses are changing theirs out. If you're not having any luck, try buying several of those door mirrors at a big box store and arranging them together on your wall.</p> <p><em>How have you gussied up your home gym?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/36-workouts-you-can-do-in-your-living-room-while-its-cold-out">36 Workouts You Can Do in Your Living Room While It&#039;s Cold Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Home decorating exercise fitness home gym storage working out Tue, 03 Nov 2015 21:15:18 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1603575 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Way to Freeze Produce and Meat http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-way-to-freeze-produce-and-meat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-way-to-freeze-produce-and-meat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frozen_mint_leaf_000033769770.jpg" alt="Learning the right way to freeze groceries and preserve food" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Buying meat and produce in bulk can save you money and ensure you always have meals on hand for last-minute dinners. It can also mean lots of freezing &mdash; freezing the leftovers, freezing items that are in season now so you have them for later. Freezing can save you hundreds of dollars.</p> <p>The downside to freezing is that if you aren't properly storing your groceries, then you will only be wasting money in the end. Remember, any groceries that you throw away will become the most expensive items in your kitchen. Fortunately, we've come up with some of the best tips to properly freeze produce, meat, and more.</p> <h2>1. Prevent Freezer Burn</h2> <p>When your groceries aren't frozen properly, oxygen and moisture can ravage your food and make it unappetizing. This is known as freezer burn, which is a common problem when you are attempting to preserve meat. While it isn't dangerous to eat meat that has been affected by freezer burn, the meat will lose its flavor, texture, and color if you don't preserve it properly.</p> <p>To combat this, invest in freezer bags and freezer-safe containers. Freeze your groceries as soon as you get home. Remember that items can expand in the freezer, so make sure to always leave some room at the top of the bag or container. Place the date on your freezer bags and label them well so that you know when they are going to expire. It's important to eat all frozen meat and cheese within six months, and frozen produce within one year.</p> <h2>2. Don't Freeze in Bulk</h2> <p>When you freeze several items together, they will group together into a big frozen mass. Instead, it is always best to separate foods, freeze them individually, and then pair the frozen items together. For example, instead of freezing a whole package of bacon, separate the bacon slices when you get home into an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze the bacon on the sheet pan, and then place the frozen slices of bacon together in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KWMERO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001KWMERO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PQJKTFG6BHWBDVL5">Ziploc freezer bag</a>. This will ensure that the items don't stick together.</p> <h2>3. Get Rid of the Styrofoam</h2> <p>The styrofoam found under the layer of meat is not necessary and can subject your items to freezer burn. Worse, the Styrofoam can stick to the meat if the items aren't frozen properly. Instead of freezing the meat exactly as-is, take the meat off of the Styrofoam and freeze it separately in a freezer bag. Freeze meat in small, usable portions so that you can thaw only what you need.</p> <h2>4. Separate the Meat</h2> <p>To freeze meat properly, wrap each piece of meat separately in freezer paper, and then place the wrapped meat in a Ziploc bag. It is important to remove as much air as possible from the bag whenever you are freezing anything. The easiest way to do this is to seal the bag around a plastic straw, suck the air out with the straw, and then quickly seal the bag. You can also add marinade to the bag so that your meat absorbs the flavors while it's freezing.</p> <h2>5. Quarter the Ground Beef</h2> <p>For ground beef, if you don't usually use the entire pound right away, consider separating the meat into quarters before freezing it. This will allow you to just take what you need for each recipe.</p> <h2>6. Preserve Produce</h2> <p>Most veggies freeze very well and options like peas, beans, and corn can be thrown directly in a resealable freezer bag or container and used whenever you need it for a recipe. Some produce will freeze well, but you may never be able to eat it in its raw state again. For example, produce like tomatoes actually freeze beautifully, but you won't be able to use them raw again. Once you remove the stem and freeze them in a Ziploc bag, you can use them for soups, stews, and roasts. You can also remove the peel in a cinch.</p> <h2>7. Freeze at the Peak of Freshness</h2> <p>It is best to freeze fruits and vegetables when they're at their peak of freshness. If they usually need to be blanched, then you'll want to blanch them before freezing them. After you've blanched the veggies, soak them in ice water, dry thoroughly, and then pack in your freezer bag or heavy-duty freezer-safe container. Nearly all veggies need to be blanched first, with the exception of corn, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and squash.</p> <h2>8. Freeze Berries and Fruit</h2> <p>When you purchase oranges, limes, or lemons at the store, zest and juice them right away. You can wrap the zest up in plastic wrap and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Then, you'll never be left without the citrus you need again.</p> <p>When you have too many bananas on hand, peel them and wrap each banana in a piece of plastic wrap and then in a freezer bag. Then, you can use them for baking, frozen yogurt, or smoothies.</p> <p>Berries are one of the best things to freeze because they can be used in a variety of ways and will preserve their shape and flavor over time. This means that you can purchase berries in summer and have them year-round. Simply wash your berries and place them in a freezer bag. It's that easy. If you don't want them to stick together or risk crushing one another, then first freeze the washed and dried berries on a baking sheet so that they can freeze individually. Then, place the frozen berries in a Ziploc bag.</p> <h2>9. Preserve Cheese</h2> <p>Cheese can be expensive, so it's important to freeze what you won't eat. Cut the cheese into small portions and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then a heavy-duty freezer bag. You can also shred, slice, or grate the cheese and place it in Ziploc bags for easier use later. If you will be slicing the cheese, make sure to separate each slice with a small square of parchment paper so that they don't stick together. Just make sure to thaw the cheese completely before eating it and remember that the texture may change after it has been frozen. The best cheese to freeze are the hard varieties.</p> <h2>10. Preserve Herbs</h2> <p>The best way to preserve herbs is in an ice cube tray. You can lay the rosemary, thyme, or oregano in each ice cube container and fill it the rest of the way with water, leftover stock, or olive oil. Then when you need herbs in the future, you can just toss the whole frozen herb-filled cube in the recipe.</p> <h2>11. Preserve Your Baked Goods</h2> <p>When you've made pancakes, muffins, cookies, breakfast sandwiches, or other baked goods, you can simply wrap them in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag and into your freezer. Then, you'll have a last-minute microwaveable breakfast, dinner, or dessert in a pinch. You can even freeze sides like cooked pasta and rice to save time in the middle of the week.</p> <h2>12. Save Even More</h2> <p>Nearly anything can be frozen. You can even freeze things like milk and juice, as long as you shake them well before drinking. Whenever possible, freeze items separately on baking sheets first so that they don't stick together in the freezer. Just make sure that you allow the items you're freezing to come to room temperature before wrapping them and placing them in the freezer.</p> <p>If you want to save even more time and money, you can make great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-easy-to-freeze-meals">freeze-ahead meals</a> such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-savory-soups-that-make-perfect-freezer-meals-for-fall">savory soups</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">healthy burritos</a>, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-terrific-freeze-ahead-casserole-recipes">delicious casseroles</a>. This will allow you to prepare several meals in one night, which can be stored in the freezer, ready to be cooked any busy night of the week.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite freezer techniques? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-way-to-freeze-produce-and-meat">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-five-day-freeze-batch-cooking-for-the-rest-of-us">The Five-Day Freeze: Batch Cooking for the Rest of Us</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-at-farmers-markets">The Best and Worst Things to Buy at Farmers&#039; Markets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink freeze-ahead meals freezing groceries preserving food storage Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:00:45 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1573091 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Smart Uses for Mason Jars http://www.wisebread.com/16-smart-uses-for-mason-jars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-smart-uses-for-mason-jars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/decorated_mason_jars_000055914772.jpg" alt="Finding smart household and decorative uses for mason jars" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Because they come in so many sizes, mason jars are ideal for storing and transporting all manner of goods. It's easy to stay organized when you can see the contents of every jar.</p> <p>They are minimal enough that they match any décor. They were designed to handle prolonged and repeated dipping into boiling water so they make excellent, microwaveable and oven-safe takeout containers. Their lids are watertight so they are great for storing liquids. The glass is non-reactive, which lessens unintentional chemistry accidents around the house. They are relatively cheap, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">endlessly reusable</a>, and recyclable all over the world. They are one of the few consumer goods in my home that I can point to that actually save me money and make my life easier.</p> <p>And, if it wasn't clear already, they can be used in many, many ways.</p> <h2>1. Bullet Blenders</h2> <p>One of my very favorite kitchen hacks converts a standard blender <a href="https://vimeo.com/94606917">into a bullet blender</a> with the use of a mason jar instead of the blender pitcher. This is obviously great for smoothies, but I love using this hack to make pesto.</p> <h2>2. DIY Double Boilers</h2> <p>I don't own a double boiler. When I need to melt chocolate for a recipe or beeswax for a craft project, I use a <a href="http://chickensintheroad.com/house/crafts/so-you-want-to-make-candles-basic-supplies-to-get-started/">mason jar double boiler</a> instead. Simply put the metal rings from the mason jar in the bottom of the pan (or slow cooker) and fill with pan with water. Heat the water. Put the chocolate, or whatever you want to melt, into a mason jar and set the jar in the hot water, making sure that the jar is sitting on the rings and not the bottom of the pan.</p> <p>Luckily, the two major mason jar manufacturers Ball and Kerr (which are actually owned by one parent company), along with many gadget companies, have figured out that there are tons of people like me who are using mason jars in all sorts of off-label ways. A whole host of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=ball%20jar%20accessories&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dgarden&amp;linkId=OSOORQCH4J7T76YV">mason jar accessories</a> have come onto to the market to make them even more functional.</p> <h2>3. Lunch Vessels</h2> <p>Mason jars make excellent refrigerator storage. Cut lettuce and produce inside mason jars stays crisp, which makes them the perfect container for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-make-ahead-salads">make-ahead lunches</a>. Adding a jar adapter can make your jarred lunches even more convenient. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DUF5DRM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DUF5DRM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QL25VWKMCUKW7RBP">BNTO adapter</a> creates a separate compartment inside the jar for carrying dressing for a salad, or fruit preserves for yogurt.</p> <h2>4. The Perfect Pour</h2> <p>Why keep a separate cruet for homemade salad dressing when I can add a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KBB8ZLO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KBB8ZLO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KFTJVMNUSFCUVNKZ">pour lid</a> to a jar I already own? I use this style <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0085XYHV2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0085XYHV2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WSRURVIOQEFCGFJB">pour spout</a> for honey, but it's great for molasses, simple syrup, Italian soda flavoring, and pretty much any other sticky liquid.</p> <h2>5. Seed Sprouters</h2> <p>While we are on the subject of salad, why not sprout your own sprouts with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WRZODY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WRZODY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NLQYKUY25QNGJHZJ">jar strainer lid</a> that does double duty as a sifter? By the way, the <a href="https://inhll.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/sprouting-with-mason-jars-and-window-screens/">mason jar sprouter</a> is a super easy DIY project: just cut a piece of window screen the size of a flat lid.</p> <h2>6. Salt Shakers</h2> <p>My friend Katy is another huge mason jar fan. She turned me on to this old school kitchen hack: replace the flat lid of a mason jar with the pour spout from an <a href="http://thenonconsumeradvocate.com/non-consumer-photo-essay-art-deco-frames-and-vintage-ball-jars/">old salt container</a>! You could also purchase a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0117XOD2E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0117XOD2E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KIRPOS27JHNAY6VY">shaker attachment</a> rather than just poking holes in the flat lid with a nail like your grandpa did.</p> <h2>7. Craft Corrals</h2> <p>Because they come in so many sizes, mason jars are also ideal for corralling craft supplies. While I personally like to store everything separately, I love this <a href="http://www.1dogwoof.com/2015/05/crochet-cupcake-pincushion-sewing-kit.html">cupcake-topped sewing kit</a> just for the sheer cuteness factor.</p> <h2>8. Bathroom Beautifiers</h2> <p>As with the kitchen and craft room, make your bathroom look instantly more organized by decanting all your random lotions and potions into mason jars fitted with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IJOKGUI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IJOKGUI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=74GUCIJSWR72JRG6">pump dispenser lids</a>. Semi-homemade liquid soap in a jar makes a lovely host gift.</p> <h2>9. Snazzy Centerpieces</h2> <p>Speaking of gifts, how gorgeous are these <a href="http://www.rustoleum.com/project-catalog/decor-and-craft/mercury-glass">faux-mercury glass vases</a> made from mason jars, mirror spray paint, and vinegar? These would also make terrific wedding centerpieces.</p> <h2>11. World in a Jar</h2> <p>One of my all-time favorite Martha Stewart projects is <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/276346/how-to-make-a-snow-globe/@center/1009041/christmas-crafts-projects">Winter Wonderland in a Jar</a> AKA the homemade snow globe. I have a pen pal, Stephanie, who is ridiculously crafty and positively ninja at upcycling readily available supplies into stylish décor. Every year she organizes a community craft fair at her church, where local families can come and make holiday items for free. According to her, the jar snow globes were a big hit. She's also turned jars into the <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-plant-a-terrarium-in-a-90199">cutest terrariums</a> ever.</p> <h2>12. Radio in a Jar</h2> <p>Okay, this is probably the least functional lid accessory around, but possibly the coolest. I'm hoping my fellow DJs at KXLU aren't reading this, because they're getting <a href="http://www.thepublicrad.io/production-preorder/preorder-the-public-radio">The Public Radio</a>, in their Christmas stockings.</p> <h2>13. Emergency Lanterns</h2> <p>My assistant Nic made me a set of these amazing <a href="http://keepcalmanddecorate.blogspot.com/2013/04/mason-jar-solar-lights.html">solar powered lanterns</a>. He gets extra crafty credits for <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Frosted-Glass-Bottles-33282241">faux frosting the jars</a> first. Who says emergency lighting has to be ugly?</p> <h2>14. Trendy Lighting</h2> <p>See your name in lights with your own <a href="http://www.oleanderandpalm.com/2012/08/mason-jar-monogram-light.html">monogram marquee</a>. Make a beautiful <a href="http://homeiswhatyoumakeit.com/2012/07/26/diy-mason-jar-pendant-ligh/">pendant light</a>, for either indoors or <a href="http://www.hometalk.com/1833396/diy-mason-jar-light">out on the porch</a>. Show off your collection of seashells, vintage buttons, or flotsam and jetsam by displaying them in the base of this <a href="http://www.domestically-speaking.com/2013/02/mason-jar-lamp-tutorial.html">mason jar lamp</a>.</p> <h2>15. Lovely Luminaries</h2> <p>If you prefer the romance of candlelight, mason jars provide the ideal windbreak for candles. Fill the bottom of jars with sand, <a href="http://craftsbyamanda.com/snowy-pinecone-candle-jars/">add a votive candle</a>, and use them instead of paper bag luminaries to guide party guests up to your house. I'm making these <a href="http://alisharenee.hubpages.com/hub/DIY-Book-Page-Mason-Jar-Candle-Holders">book page luminaries</a> for my next book exchange party. Mason jars also make a bang-up container for homemade <a href="http://somethingturquoise.com/2011/11/04/diy-poured-mason-jar-candle/">hand-poured candles</a>, <a href="http://www.allparenting.com/my-home/articles/968263/how-to-make-mason-jar-citronella-candles">citronella candles</a> or <a href="http://thefrugalhomemaker.com/2014/05/21/diy-mason-jar-tiki-torches-5-minute-project/">tiki torches</a>. That said, if you are nervous about the fire risk involved in making your own candles, you can make your own <a href="http://brittanyestes.com/2013/03/diy-crayon-candle.html">rainbow striped candle</a> using crayons. Just save up your old crayon short ends, pack them tightly into a jar by color family, and add a wick.</p> <p>As party lighting, mason jars are super easy to theme. Turn them into miniature <a href="http://raisedincotton.typepad.com/raised_in_cotton/2009/06/repurposed-vintage-canteens-and-mason-jar-ideas.html">oil lanterns</a> for your next picnic or <a href="http://msdawn.com/masonjarcandles/">Christmas party</a>. Or create nautical-inspired <a href="http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/fishnet-wrapped-mason-jar/">party decorations</a> for your next luau. What about these glow in the dark <a href="http://diyjoy.com/crafts-for-teens-diy-mason-jar-lights">fairy lights</a> for your kid's next sleepover party?</p> <h2>16. Photo Frames</h2> <p>My brand new favorite alternative use for mason jars has got to be these <a href="http://augandeverythingafter.blogspot.com/2009/08/diy-vintage-pictures-and-mason-jars.html">photo specimens</a>. Submerged in vegetable oil, vintage photographs look like evidence from Dr. Frankenstein's lab. They are so neat!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite mason jar hack? Please share it with your fellow readers in the comments section. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-smart-uses-for-mason-jars">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas">10 Smart DIY Spice Storage Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend">Pick Up One of These Frugal Hobbies This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make">9 Easy Mason Jar Gifts You Can Make</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY canning jars Cooking decor glass jars mason jars storage Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:00:34 +0000 Max Wong 1553867 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Genius Storage Ideas for Your Bathroom http://www.wisebread.com/20-genius-storage-ideas-for-your-bathroom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-genius-storage-ideas-for-your-bathroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bathroom_000031013188.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter using genius storage ideas for bathroom" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you don't have a whole lot of storage space in your bathroom, finding places to stash all your stuff can be a challenge (especially if you're a product junkie like I am). Luckily there are tons of creative ways to increase the organization potential of your bathroom. Get inspired by one of these genius bathroom organizing ideas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-genius-kitchen-storage-solutions?ref=seealso">15 Genius Kitchen Storage Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. A Hanging Shoe Organizer</h2> <p>Make use of the space behind your bathroom door by hanging up a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HM5V0A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000HM5V0A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Y3MHEPOLTVWHR52Q">shoe organizer</a>&nbsp;with clear pockets.&nbsp;If you have lots of little bottles and tubes, this is the perfect way to organize them (By color! By type!) while being able to see all of the contents. I can only dream of owning enough tubes of lip gloss and makeup to fill one of these.</p> <h2>2. Stacking Bins</h2> <p>My under-the-sink area is notorious for getting stuffed with random bags of toilet paper, shampoo, cleaning products, and bubble bath. After a while, it gets so messy I don't even know what I have under there anymore! So I <em>should</em> be using stacking crates or bins are to take advantage of the vertical space. These <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EDZSDWA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EDZSDWA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RVSZPX34DQF6BN6L">stacking bins</a> are perfect, but a little pricey. See if you can find the same thing or similar at local discount stores. (I frequent my local Daiso, a Japanese dollar store, for all my plastic organizational needs.) In a pinch, office organization bins can work.</p> <h2>3. Cabinet Shelving</h2> <p>If you're a little handy, you can build a few little shelves under the sink to better use your space. Or if you're not up to DIY, a couple of plastic shelves (again, check your local discount store) or an inexpensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BDP656/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004BDP656&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7TCLFXHX4KSY2PBX">shoe rack</a> might do the trick.</p> <h2>4. Turntables for Hard-to-Reach Spaces</h2> <p>I'm a big fan of lazy Susans (also known as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036OQWT0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0036OQWT0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WHYTCIXLW46EEEQP">cabinet turntables</a>) to help you reach those hard-to-reach areas easily.</p> <h2>5. Wall Shelves</h2> <p>Add wall shelving wherever there is dead space, like over the toilet. It's a great place to store baskets full of useful items, like floss and washcloths. If you do store things over the toilet though, it's a good idea to get into the habit of keeping your toilet cover closed, not only so things don't fall in, but to minimize contamination.</p> <h2>6. Furniture</h2> <p>If you have the space, you might even be able to move in a small cabinet or bookshelf for extra storage. If a piece of furniture is too big, try a small kitchen storage cart like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=ikea%20raskog&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1428007941&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aikea%20raskog%2Cp_89%3AIkea&amp;rnid=2528832011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=F6IO5JAIIY3NPE3R">IKEA Raskog</a>.</p> <h2>7. An Extra Towel Bar</h2> <p>Instead of fighting my husband for use of the towel bar next to the shower, we decided to hang an extra towel bar above the old one. Now each of us has our own rack for a less messy bathroom (and bonus, towels that dry!). An extra towel bar can also be used to hang baskets, curling irons, and other sundries.</p> <h2>8. A Vintage Ladder</h2> <p>Another creative idea I've seen is to use a vintage wooden ladder leaning up against the bathroom wall as a towel bar (if you have the space). With each rung holding a towel, you'll have plenty of towel storage.</p> <h2>9. Dishes</h2> <p>Storage items don't have to be made for the bathroom to be used for bathroom storage. I picked up a vintage yellow ceramic creamer and sugar bowl set at an antique store. They are perfect for storing cotton swabs and cotton pads in the bathroom. They look great too! Don't be afraid to use pretty dishes for storing small items. A crystal bowl can hold nail polishes, hand lotions, or lip balms. A tiered dessert server can double as a jewelry display.</p> <h2>10. Old Containers</h2> <p>Old candle holders (after you've <a href="http://www.auntpeaches.com/2012/09/how-to-remove-candle-wax-from-glass.html">removed the wax</a>) can be used to hold toothbrushes and makeup brushes. Empty product jars (especially for fancier creams) can be repurposed to hold cotton balls, makeup removal pads, or even to decant larger items into. For example, put some of your favorite body lotion into a pretty jar, and store the rest of the giant bottle out of sight. Do the same with the enormous bottle of mouthwash.</p> <h2>11. Trays</h2> <p>A bathroom looks untidy with a toothbrush, toothpaste, contact cases, and other sundries littering the countertop. Keep these daily use items together on a tray or in a water-resistant basket. I use this <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10239647/">IKEA candle dish</a> as the perfect waterproof way to store daily use items. The countertop looks less cluttered, but I'm not stuck with trying to store oft-used items out of sight.</p> <h2>12. Hanging Rails</h2> <p>If you're lacking counter space, a great way to optimize storage is to hang things from the walls. Hang a rail storage system, like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BMZKNGI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BMZKNGI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3ZANH5XZNFNH5DJI">IKEA Fintorp</a> series, and stash your stuff in the various hooks, cups, and holders that hang from the rail.</p> <h2>13. Spice Racks</h2> <p>Similarly, an inexpensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PNKZ0GQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00PNKZ0GQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TJQJXB7NXOQUEWL3">spice rack</a>, already meant to store small bottles, can be creatively repurposed to hold toiletries.</p> <h2>14. Drawer Dividers</h2> <p>A bathroom drawer can quickly become a bottomless pit of junk without a bit of organization. Divide up the space using creative solutions such as repurposed cardboard boxes, silverware holders, bowls, office supply containers, and baskets.</p> <h2>15. PVC Pipe &quot;Holsters&quot;</h2> <p>I thought this was an ingenious way to store curling irons &mdash; attach short lengths of 2&quot;-3&quot; PVC pipe to the door of your sink vanity, creating <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/bathroom/diy-bathroom-storage/view-all#step5">tubular&nbsp;holsters</a>&nbsp;for the irons and their cords.</p> <h2>16. Hanging Baskets or Crates</h2> <p>Instead of bothering with hanging shelves, go straight to hanging baskets or wooden crates on the walls to hold towels and toilet paper rolls. You can make a little bookcase by stacking a few wooden crates on top of each other and anchoring them to the wall with the open side facing out.</p> <h2>17. A Wine Bottle Rack</h2> <p>Use a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MFKRZIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MFKRZIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BYYCCRJCOZA4KRHI">wall wine rack</a> to store rolled up hand and bath towels if you don't have much towel storage in your home.</p> <h2>18. The Backs of Cabinet Doors</h2> <p>Use the space behind your cabinet doors by hanging small plastic baskets or utensil containers behind each door to store small things like nail polish, nail clippers, and other little things that get lost easily.</p> <h2>19. The Sides of Your Vanity</h2> <p>Attaching a basket to the side of your vanity cabinet can make use of an under-utilized space. This <a href="http://www.listotic.com/50-brilliant-storage-ideas/20/">metal mesh basket</a> (actually a file holder) hung on the side of the cabinet is the perfect place to store hair dryers and irons.</p> <h2>20. Hanging Storage From the Ceiling</h2> <p>Hanging tiered fruit baskets attached to the ceiling creates useful storage space without using up valuable real estate on the floor or walls.</p> <p><em>Even the smallest bathroom can be optimized for storage space with a little ingenuity. What creative solutions have you found to organize your bathroom?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-genius-storage-ideas-for-your-bathroom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space">Here&#039;s How You Maximize Fridge and Freezer Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home">10 Super-Cool Ways to Add Hidden Storage to Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage">12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization bathroom storage Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:10 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1316675 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000041840182_Large.jpg" alt="woman garage bike" title="woman garage bike" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of my favorite features of my new home is an oversized double attached garage. I'm in storage heaven in there, but I know I could be using the space better to accommodate all my different needs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-genius-kitchen-storage-solutions?ref=seealso">15 Genius Kitchen Storage Ideas</a>)</p> <p>Below you'll find a number of ideas &mdash; from broad to specific &mdash; that will help you use your garage space better. Feel free to share your own solutions in the comments.</p> <h2>1. Pipe Rack</h2> <p>A few small pieces of PVC pipe can go a long way toward making <a href="http://www.ashbeedesign.com/2012/05/organizing-tools-with-pvc.html">smart tool storage</a> that will hold up for years to come. The author of this project cut angled pieces of PVC from scraps she had around the house. You can also head to the hardware store and ask an associate to make six inch cuts for you. Then mount and label.</p> <h2>2. Gutter Genius</h2> <p>I've seen a lot of <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZwPjpdMjZqk/Uh_yk82mm-I/AAAAAAAAHSs/ym1-DXbl8Cg/s1600/garage+p.jpg">gutter shelf projects</a> for the home, but what's more perfect than making storage shelves for your garage? Go to your hardware store and pick out gutters and end caps in whatever size makes sense for your purpose. Then hang them and fill with paint, caulk, sprays, seeds, whatever.</p> <h2>3. Container Corral</h2> <p>Our attic is full of blown-in insulation, so we don't use it for storage. Instead, we have several rows of basic shelving where we've arranged our plastic containers up and off the ground. For better organization, <a href="http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2014/10/garage-organization-part-1.html">label your bins</a> in big, bold letters. I suggest using clear tubs for the most transparency.</p> <h2>4. Mudroom Magic</h2> <p>If you're low on closet space indoors, turn your garage into a <a href="http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2014/11/how-to-create-a-garage-mudroom.html">beautiful mudroom</a> with just a few tricks. You'll want some hooks for coats and other apparel. A few hanging baskets to keep umbrellas, bags, and mail in check. The rest is up to you!</p> <h2>5. Peg Rails</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/273114/peg-rail-organizer?xsc=eml_org_2011_03_12">peg-rail organizer</a> is as functional as it is beautiful. You'll hang wooden beams along your wall and then drill holes for your pegs. If you don't have tools or time to do this project yourself, consider buying several long hook or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=peg%20rail&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=Y7H3CNH2JLZXBUYT">peg rails</a> and arranging them in a couple long rows for the same impact.</p> <h2>6. Toy Tamer</h2> <p>There are a lot of different ways you can approach toy cleanup in your garage. I love these <a href="http://orgjunkie.com/2013/05/organizing-concepts-for-kids-garage-toys-free-printable.html">educational ideas</a> that put some responsibility in your child's hands. For example, tall laundry baskets for sport balls; stackable shelving for bubbles, helmets, and pool toys; and brightly taped off areas for bikes and scooters. The key is keeping everything clearly labeled and encouraging your kids to put their stuff away.</p> <h2>7. Hook Hideaway</h2> <p>The minute we moved in, my husband went out and bought a set of inexpensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=gladiator%20hooks&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=VD6DFRTRB7YIBQWX">Gladiator Hooks</a> at the hardware store. There are a number of different ways you can use them, but he arranged them on the studs to get bikes, skis, sleds, folding chairs, and other outdoor items off the floor.</p> <h2>8. Pegboard Pal</h2> <p>One of the best things you can get for your garage (or basement) is a pegboard. After you figure out how high you want to hang your board, you'll make the spot and then drill into the studs using wood screws. Don't forget to level! Then buy some hooks and go crazy.</p> <h2>9. Screw Central</h2> <p>Our garage also serves as our tool storage area. We had inherited an old tool bench at our last house where the original owner had <a href="http://www.chezlarsson.com/myblog/2009/02/screw-organizing.html">organized his screws</a> by placing them in small jars. The cool part? All the tops of the jars were glued (or screwed) to the bottom of a shelf for easy keeping. It's a simple project with big impact.</p> <h2>10. Bungee Corner</h2> <p>Stash all your soccer balls, basket balls, and kick balls in one space <a href="http://100things2do.blogspot.ca/2013/08/organization-ball-storage.html">using bungee cords</a>. The cost of this project was a mere $2. You'll need a wooden frame for the top and bottom of your zone. Then four or five bungee cords stretched between the posts will hold things tightly together.</p> <h2>11. Shoe Win</h2> <p>Those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F51AHG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001F51AHG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=P4Y2XDFB63JTZIIU">plastic shoe organizers</a> work in almost every room, and the garage is no exception. Use it to hold spray paint, golf balls, tools, cleaners, and anything else you have in chaos. You don't even need to hang it over a door. Just nail or screw hooks into the wall or use rope to tie it onto a shelving system.</p> <h2>12. Bike Shelf</h2> <p>I love this simple <a href="http://daily.sightline.org/?attachment_id=21734">DIY bike shelf</a>. Cut notches in a fruit crate to accommodate the top tube of your bike. Mount on your wall. You can use the top shelf to store your helmet or any other gear. (And though this storage device would work great in your garage, it would also be perfect for apartment storage!)</p> <p><em>What's your favorite genius garage storage idea?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort">Organize a Room for $10 with No Extra Effort</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories">9 Ways to Lose the Clutter and Keep the Memories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-use-garage-space">6 Smart Ways to Use Garage Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks">Get Your Closet Ready for Summer With These 5 Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization clutter garage gardening storage tools Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1285072 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Kid's Room http://www.wisebread.com/11-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-kids-room <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-kids-room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000043528048_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="little girl room" title="little girl room" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you feel like your house is overrun with toys, kids' clothes, and children's books, you're not alone. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-home-office?ref=seealso">10 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Home Office</a>)</p> <p>I've contemplated whether we need a bigger house to accommodate all of my kids' stuff. Fortunately, there are easier (and less expensive) ways to organize your kids' clutter. These creative storage solutions will ensure your kid's room has space for everything and is well organized. At least until they tear it up again.</p> <h2>1. Spice Shelf Book Storage</h2> <p>Spice shelves aren't just for the kitchen anymore. Use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PNKZ0GQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00PNKZ0GQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TCLYIFFSSJWBK4Y3">Ikea's Bekvam spice shelf</a> to create neat, easy-to-reach bookshelves for your little ones. Leave them as-is or paint them for a customized look. Check out inspiration for <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/527343437588031374/">spice rack shelves</a>&nbsp;on Pinterest.</p> <h2>2. Mobile Book Storage</h2> <p>If your kids like to carry their books all over the house, consider a <a href="http://www.landofnod.com/local-branch-library-cart-white/f7888">library cart</a> or wagon for book storage. Not only will a cart serve as a home for your kids' books, but it will also speed up clean-up time.&nbsp;</p> <h2>3. Loft Bed</h2> <p>Create more floor space in a small room with a loft bed. Younger kids can use the area underneath the bed for playing or reading. Teens and tweens can add a desk and bookshelf and use it for studying. If you want to add extra storage, use Ikea's Trofast toy organizers as steps to get into the bed. Adding a loft bed to my son's room is at the top of my to-do list. <a href="http://www.ikeahackers.net/2010/07/childs-loft-bed.html">Ikea Hackers</a> and <a href="http://www.pbteen.com/products/girls-sleep-and-study-loft/">PB Teen</a> have two good ideas.</p> <h2>4. Hooks and Pegs</h2> <p>Capturing vertical space is key to maximizing storage in kids' rooms. Hang hooks and pegs in strategic places around the room to organize everything from coats and backpacks to <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/5629568257119705/">dress-up clothes</a>. And remember to hang them at kid-level. I hung a hook near the door for my three-year-old son's coat and he loves being and to hang it up and take it down himself.&nbsp;</p> <h2>5. Behind-the-Door Shelves</h2> <p>Use the space on the inside of your son or daughter's closet door for storing toys, clothes, headbands, and other often-accessed items. Hang wire shelves, spice racks, or even a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HM5V0A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000HM5V0A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5LPMTEBENLJU4HHL">shoe storage organizer</a>, depending on your needs.</p> <h2>6. Under-Bed Storage</h2> <p>If you decide not to get a loft bed, a great place to find bonus square footage for storage is under your kid's bed. Invest in a few <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/137500594845767088/">under-the-bed storage drawers</a> for extra toy or clothes storage space. They roll out easily and are the perfect place to store items you need to access often.</p> <h2>7. Floating Shelves</h2> <p>If you want the functionality of a bookshelf without the clunkiness, consider using <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EV8S22/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005EV8S22&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PCELTOV6NXX2B3WU">floating shelves</a>. I hang them high for fragile items and low for toys and books my kids play with often.</p> <p>Check out this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/274156696041120021/">great floating shelves idea </a>for kids books.</p> <h2>8. Multi-Purpose Bookcase</h2> <p>One of my favorite storage solutions &mdash; for my stuff and my kids' stuff &mdash; is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=ikea%20expedit&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1430935191&amp;rh=n%3A10824421%2Ck%3Aikea%20expedit%2Cp_89%3AIKEA%7CIkea%20Expedit&amp;rnid=2941120011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GLWVHWTGIXO2JZHG">Ikea's Expedit shelving system</a>. It's great because it's so flexible. You can add durable bins made of wicker, plastic, or cloth or you can leave the shelves bare. It holds a ton of toys and books, but looks organized. Apartment Therapy has a great set of photos showing all the <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-photographic-ode-to-ikeas-expedit-in-kids-rooms-200503">ways the Expedit can be used</a> in a kid's room.</p> <h2>9. Closet Space</h2> <p>Most closets have one or two bars for hanging clothes, but that's not very practical for kids' rooms since kids don't have many clothes to hang. Get creative and take advantage of <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/320529698451032293/">closet space for storage</a>, kid-style. Use bins, shelves, baskets, and hooks for storing everything from shoes and coats to toys and books. In my son's closet, I added shelves for shoes and blankets and hanging shoe storage for games and books.</p> <h2>10. Wire Baskets</h2> <p>For a fun look that uses vertical space in your son or daughter's room, <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/srens-sunny-with-a-chance-of-smiles-room-my-room-169396?img_idx=3">hang inexpensive wire baskets</a> on the wall to store books and toys. It's a quick project and looks more interesting than a simple shelf.</p> <h2>11. Bench Reading Nook</h2> <p>Use an under-the-window or corner space to create a comfortable reading nook that your kid will use for years. Start with a storage bench that opens up or has shelves underneath and add shelves on the wall around it. I haven't gotten to this yet, but I would love to build one of these in my daughter's room. Check out this <a href="http://cptnrin.smugmug.com/photos/i-4dh9tXf/0/O/i-4dh9tXf.jpg">amazing reading nook</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your kids' rooms organized? Let us know!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-kids-room">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-genius-ways-to-store-toys">10 Genius Ways to Store Toys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space">Here&#039;s How You Maximize Fridge and Freezer Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home">10 Super-Cool Ways to Add Hidden Storage to Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-genius-storage-ideas-for-your-bathroom">20 Genius Storage Ideas for Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization closets kids storage toys Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:00:08 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1284845 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Home Office http://www.wisebread.com/10-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-home-office <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-home-office" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000036142028_Double.jpg" alt="woman home office" title="woman home office" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The holidays hit my home office like a tornado, but one of my New Year's resolutions was to get my workspace spic and span, and keep it that way. And with a genius storage system, a change in behavior, and a few simple items that are inexpensive and widely available, I plan to do just that.</p> <p>Sure, you could blow all your holiday gift money at the Container Store, but you don't have to do that. Here are the steps I took and items I'm utilizing to keep myself, and my work, organized:</p> <h2>1. End Clean, Start Clean</h2> <p>Throughout the day, my work unpacks itself: books, papers, post-its, pens and pencils, push pins, newspapers, and magazines. So I end every day by tidying up my space and bringing order to the widespread disorder known as my desk. I write out a list of my tasks for the next day and place that list in the center of my desk so that I can start tomorrow with clarity and focus.</p> <h2>2. Wrangle Papers</h2> <p>While the good ol' filing cabinet works for some people, it's a blackhole for me. Papers go in there and never see the light of day again. Instead, I bought a simple set of three stacked trays marked &quot;urgent,&quot; &quot;current,&quot; and &quot;to scan.&quot; All of my papers make their way down the ladder in that order. When they hit the &quot;to scan&quot; tray, I use my desktop scanner and file them away in folders on my laptop hard drive. <a href="http://www.neat.com/">Neat</a> is another wonderful option for receipt tracking and document scanning. With the push of a button and the accompanying Neat mobile app, you'll banish papers and keep your space clear from rampant paper clutter.</p> <h2>3. Get Wireless Everything</h2> <p>A few years ago I had a storage box marked &quot;cords.&quot; In it I stored a tangle of cords for my many electronic devices. Even when they were wrapped and labeled, I couldn't stand that box and I hated the mess that wires caused in my home office. In that moment, I decided to go wireless as much as I could. The plethora of brands that now make wireless and Bluetooth-enabled devices have greatly reduced their prices and increased the available selection.</p> <p>Some of my favorite wireless pieces are my wireless printer/scanner, wireless device charging pad, and wireless mouse. I couldn't believe the peace and harmony I found in my office once I cleared the jungle of wires. I still have to charge some of my devices overnight but now I have a designated space for that charging and all the cords are neatly tucked away in a drawer under the table.</p> <h2>4. Use Just Enough Space</h2> <p>I move a lot. Last year alone I moved to three different apartments. When you move a lot, your items tend to follow you, and they may not always be best for your space. To counter this, I keep everything as small as possible no matter how big my space is. My desk is only as big as I need it to be to fit the essentials of my trade as a writer: a laptop, a pad of paper, a jar of pens, and a small desktop printer/scanner. The bigger the desk, the bigger the mess. I fill my space so I keep my work space, and furniture, small.</p> <h2>5. Find Storage Everywhere</h2> <p>Everything I have serves a double or triple purpose. I learned early on that all furniture needs to pull its weight in my space. There's hidden storage in everything. For example, the seat of my desk chair lifts up for storage and the desktop itself sits atop a hidden storage tray.</p> <h2>6. Use the Walls</h2> <p>Because I keep my desk small, I make full use of my walls. I have hooks, cork boards, magnetic strips, and right-sized sturdy shelves woven in with art that inspires me on my walls. Walls resist clutter in a way that horizontal surfaces can't, so I use my walls as much as possible.</p> <h2>7. Choose a Bright and Simple Color Palette</h2> <p>My office space has a simple color palette &mdash; white, brown, seafoam green, and a dusty blue. That's it. It's a beautiful combination of brightness and soothing comfort because it reminds me of the sea, the sand, and the sky. And because it's beautiful, I'm motivated to keep it neat so that it remains a place where I enjoy spending my time.</p> <p>I also have just the right combination of light: natural light, desktop light, and an overhead light when I need to spread out a bigger project. I use the right light for the right time of day for the right project. By keeping it bright, clutter isn't able to hide from my view so I'm more likely to take care of it quickly and restore order.</p> <h2>8. No Junk Drawers Allowed</h2> <p>Forget giving yourself an allowance of a junk drawer. It has a natural ability to grow without your permission. In 2015, I'm subscribing to the old philosophy of &quot;a place for everything and everything in its place.&quot; I picked up mason jars of various sizes and a large set of small plastic boxes at my local dollar store to keep all those tiny desk items like paper clips, rubber bands, and writing instruments organized.</p> <h2>9. Keep It Clear</h2> <p>This is a new idea I got when I was shopping around for organizing materials. If we keep them clear, we can easily see what's inside of them and the light that filters through them gives an airy feeling to the space. They also make a small space seem bigger. You can even get a clear desk, chair, storage furniture, and shelving if you really want to make everything in your space clear.</p> <h2>10. Digital Wins</h2> <p>I read a lot of books, magazines, and newspapers not only because I love to read, but because I also edit and review books for publishing companies and write on a wide variety of topics that require me to read massive amounts of content every day. I have a handful of books and periodicals in paper form &mdash; these are ones that really resemble workbooks of some kind that are easier to use in paper form. Everything else is digital on my Kindle and through a set of mobile apps on my iPad. After a few days, my eyes were feeling the fatigue of that bright screen so I adjusted the settings on iPad to have my screen be black with white type. This helped tremendously and now my eyes aren't any more fatigued than when I read in paper form.</p> <p>And all those books? I donated them to my local library so that they could be enjoyed by my community.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your space tidy and organized?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-home-office">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage">12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-this-one-thing-to-defeat-disorganization-forever">Do This One Thing to Defeat Disorganization Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-in-your-office-you-can-throw-out-today">12 Things in Your Office You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort">Organize a Room for $10 with No Extra Effort</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization clutter productivity storage Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:19 +0000 Christa Avampato 1283486 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-clothes-rack-Dollarphotoclub_75282538.jpg" alt="woman clothes rack" title="woman clothes rack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stop making excuses and clean up the clutter in your home! It'll make you feel better and make your living space look better as well! Ask yourself these questions and get rid of your items based on your answers. And when we say dispose of your clutter, we mean either <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Where-Sell-Used-Goods-28874509">sell it</a>, donate it, recycle it, give it away to friends and family, or throw it away.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/List-Things-Dispose-24575006">One a Day: Throw These 116 Things Away</a></p> <h2>1. Have I used this in the last year?</h2> <p>If your answer is no, it's time to toss.</p> <h2>2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?</h2> <p>If the current you wouldn't buy this item now, why would you even keep it?</p> <h2>3. Is the only thing that's keeping me from disposing this item that I don't want to waste money?</h2> <p>Think of it this way: You wasted money when you bought an item you don't use.</p> <h2>4. Am I holding on to this for sentimental value?</h2> <p>Be strict and keep only a few of those sentimental items in a small memorabilia box. Then take a photo of items you are throwing away so you can keep them forever.</p> <h2>5. Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose?</h2> <p>If yes, then get rid of one of them.</p> <h2>6. Do I have a realistic plan to use this?</h2> <p>Remember, don't lie to yourself about how perfect an item would be for <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/Halloween">Halloween</a>. Make sure you have a concrete plan to use the item, and if you don't use it within the time frame you set for yourself to use it, then toss it.</p> <h2>7. Does it fit me or my living space?</h2> <p>You may love it, but do you have space for the item or does it even suit you now? Think hard on what to keep &mdash; your space is sacred.</p> <h2>8. Am I holding on to the broken item to fix in the future?</h2> <p>Fix it now, or if you don't get around to fixing in the next two weeks, then toss it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So much clutter is stuff that seems important, but really isn&#039;t. Give your things this quiz, and if they don&#039;t pass, it&#039;s time to let them go. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Live-Frugally-24174070#photo-24174070">66 Tried-and-Tested Tips for a Frugal Life</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Simple-Closet-Organizing-Tips-36488783#photo-36488783">11 Easy Organization Hacks for the Lazy Fashion Girl</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Ways-Simplify-Family-Life-36292022#photo-36292022">8 Ways to Simplify Your Family's Routine in 2015</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home">10 Super-Cool Ways to Add Hidden Storage to Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-5-words-you-need-to-declutter-your-life">The Only 5 Words You Need to Declutter Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Organization clutter declutter organization storage Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1281603 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Genius Kitchen Storage Solutions http://www.wisebread.com/15-genius-kitchen-storage-solutions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-genius-kitchen-storage-solutions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/senior-woman-kitchen-452417119-small.jpg" alt="senior woman kitchen" title="senior woman kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm no stranger to a tiny, cramped kitchen. Thing is, I have a food blog and a passion for cooking and baking &mdash; so I've had to get creative with my storage to make my operation run smoothly. Thankfully, with a little attention to detail (and some clever solutions), you can carve out counter space you didn't know you had and even organize your stuff so it's easier to find. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-kitchen-you-should-throw-out-today?ref=seealso">15 Things in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Out Today</a>)</p> <p>Here's how.</p> <h2>1. Wire Baskets</h2> <p>Don't discriminate when it comes to storage. Those <a href="http://www.goldenboysandme.com/2014/09/wire-baskets.html">decorative wire baskets</a> used more traditionally for mail and magazines make a perfect place to stash stuff in your kitchen. Hang a double tiered basket on the side of your island or cabinets to wrangle tea towels, paper plates, or whatever else you need to get off your counters.</p> <h2>2. Shower Caddy</h2> <p>Speaking of repurposing, check out this <a href="http://domesticdivadomain.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-produce-rack.html">produce rack</a> made from a shower caddy. You can easily find a caddy of this size for less than $10. The rest is finding a spot you like and hanging it with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FSORW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000FSORW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5TGS5DAFZXDNKJCG">Command hooks</a>.</p> <h2>3. Magazine Rack</h2> <p>I love this idea to use an <a href="http://cookiescraftsandchaos.com/2014/02/21/the-little-rack-that-could/">old magazine rack</a> to hold baking pans versus stacking them in messy cabinets. Not only does this solution look great, but it also serve a major purpose. Though the blogger who served up this idea decided to paint her magazine rack, I would have kept mine natural for easier cleaning (all those chocolate chips from the cookies I make would inevitably end up on that crisp white paint!).</p> <h2>4. Tilt Storage</h2> <p>You know those fake cabinet &quot;doors&quot; by your sink? If you own your home, consider turning them into something functional with this <a href="http://thediyclub.com/2011/09/rockler-helps-to-add-kitchen-storage/">DIY Tilt Storage</a> tutorial. The tip out trays you'll need for this project cost about $10 each. Once you're ready to start, just remove the false drawer fronts, install your tilt hinges, hang your trays, and enjoy!</p> <h2>5. Folger's Tubs</h2> <p>Here's a brilliant example of turning trash into treasure: <a href="http://kelliskitchen.org/2013/07/cheap-organization/">Repurposed Coffee Containers</a>. They can hold your bulk goods or whatever else you might want to corral &mdash; and they're virtually free. Just clean out the can, spray with your favorite color paint, and slap on some chalkboard labels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fantastic-chalkboard-paint-projects?ref=seealso">15 Fantastic Chalkboard Paint Projects</a>)</p> <h2>6. Hanging Pipes</h2> <p>I recently made my own <a href="http://www.writingchapterthree.com/2014/11/industrial-diy-pipe-pot-rack.html">Industrial Pot Rack</a> using a couple plumbing pipes, connectors, and spray paint. Going with non-galvanized pipes helped save me some money on this project. Plus, you can paint them whatever color matches your kitchen. Best of all, the rack is an incredibly sturdy structure that will hold strong for years to come.</p> <h2>7. Freestanding Rack</h2> <p>If you can't drill holes in your walls, try this <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/claire-jeffreys-kitchen-our-inspiration-renovation-diary-claire-jeffreys-kitchen-183702">temporary pot rack</a> (the last photo in the series) which is nothing more than an old ladder with S-hooks. You can take it wherever you decide to move. The biggest difficulty of the project is finding the right height ladder, so check out thrift and antique shops, as well as Craigslist and any local classifieds.</p> <h2>8. Door Organizer</h2> <p>Check out this other amazing (and temporary) solution: the <a href="http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/rental-trick-3-a-door-organizer/">Kitchen Door Organizer</a>. The author of this project found a plantation-style door at her local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store (just $5!). From there, she gave it new life with a coat of paint and accent color. The storage works using a system of hooks, freeing up cabinet space for stuff that can't so easily hang out.</p> <h2>9. Hanging Basket</h2> <p>I love a good <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008UP233O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008UP233O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=E5ALFAF6SZJPSYFS">three-tiered hanging basket</a> in almost any room in the house. It's cheap, looks good, and serves a purpose. And, yes, in the kitchen, it's particularly useful. Snag one for less than $10 and let it rock your storage world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-home-purchases-for-under-10-that-are-well-worth-the-money?ref=seealso">16 Home Purchases Under $10 That Are Well Worth The Money</a>)</p> <h2>10. Cork Door</h2> <p>Our refrigerator ends up being a catch-all for papers, coupons, bills, and hastily scrawled recipes. Get that pile of paper out of sight by <a href="http://www.younghouselove.com/2008/11/somebody-put-a-cork-in-us/">installing cork tiles</a> inside one of your cabinet doors. You can stick anything your heart desires on this instant cork board &mdash; and you might even be able to find your supplies at the Dollar Store.</p> <h2>11. Kitchen Armoire</h2> <p>Missing some major cabinets? I've totally been there, multiple times. For our lack of storage, we'd use what we had &mdash; in one case, a dresser &mdash; to make up for the deficit. This <a href="http://www.recapturedcharm.com/2011/08/armoire-redo-in-milk-paint.html">Kitchen Pantry Armoire</a> idea is super cool. I think the poster used it more for aesthetically pleasing display, but I'm sure you can organize a bunch of plates, cups, and even food inside without it looking too crowded.</p> <h2>12. Spice Jars</h2> <p>Make some <a href="http://davisongoons.blogspot.com/2010/11/check-out-my-moves.html">DIY Spice Jars</a> and hot glue magnets to the back so you can hang them on your fridge. If you have some old baby food jars at your disposal, this project is easy. Clean off the labels, then stick on new ones using Mod Podge. You could also use tiny Ball jars at a low price and even hang some metal strips in a cabinet door if you wanted everything out of sight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-herbs-and-spices-every-pantry-should-have?ref=seealso">12 Herbs and Spices Every Pantry Should Have</a>)</p> <h2>13. Wrap Dispensers</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.achievingcreativeorder.com/2013/11/its-wrap-dispenser.html">Wrap Dispenser</a> idea is so easy, I'm going to install a couple in my own kitchen tonight! Give tin foil, plastic wrap, parchment and wax papers a home using inexpensive adhesive hoots on the inside of a cabinet door. It's as simple as that.</p> <h2>14. Smart Hooks</h2> <p>While you're at it, use any leftover hooks wherever they might come in handy. This <a href="http://www.thehyperhouse.com/2012/08/organizing-my-baking-nook/">baking nook</a> got a dose of clean when the owner stuck mixer attachments to the cabinet with hooks. You can also use them to <a href="http://simplydarrling.com/2012/04/measuring-spoon-cup-organization/">hang measuring cups and spoons</a> in one convenient place so you're not searching when you should be baking.</p> <h2>15. Smart Board</h2> <p>Even if your stuff is neatly organized, sometimes there just isn't enough counter space to do what you need to do. Consider investing in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FB6TSK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001FB6TSK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TCAOFAYSLSE7CAAO">sink cutting board</a> that fits right over your sink (and sometimes stove) to give a few extra feet of workspace. I have used this idea for years without a special board &mdash; sometimes all you need is just a large cutting board to bridge the gap.</p> <p><em>How do you maximize kitchen storage space? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-genius-kitchen-storage-solutions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home">10 Super-Cool Ways to Add Hidden Storage to Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-82-best-spring-cleaning-hacks-we-ve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 82 Best Spring Cleaning Hacks We’ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space">Here&#039;s How You Maximize Fridge and Freezer Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-genius-storage-ideas-for-your-bathroom">20 Genius Storage Ideas for Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization kitchen organization storage tiny spaces Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1263085 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Lose the Clutter and Keep the Memories http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-digital-tablet-picture-509234135-small.jpg" alt="couple digital photo" title="couple digital photo" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a hard time parting with things that hold significant sentimental value. Yeah, they're just sitting around my house, collecting dust, but these things are part of my life, memories of good times, and I don't want to get rid of them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/toss-it-or-not-5-organizational-tips-from-a-chronic-clutter-bug">Toss It or Not? 5 Organizational Tricks From a Chronic Clutter Bug</a>)</p> <p>Luckily, in the age of technology and how-to articles, there are brilliant compromises to be made that ensure that you're preserving some of the touchstones of your existence without tripping on them all over the place.</p> <p>Take a look at these nine clutter-free ways to preserve your memories, and see if you can't preserve who you are while getting rid of all that stuff.</p> <h2>1. Snap Photos With Stuff You're Tossing</h2> <p>For tangible items that you're sending into the afterlife, a great way to remember the good times you had with it is to take a photo with that item in it. Perhaps it's a favorite piece of clothing that you once cherished, board games that made many memorable nights, or musical instruments that helped cultivate your love of culture. Set up a nice photo up &mdash; perhaps a snapshot with friends with the discarded item as the centerpiece &mdash; so you can look back on it with fondness whenever you want.</p> <h2>2. Scan Pictures, Letters, and Cards Into Your Computer</h2> <p>Reduce that pile (or massive box, as they case may be) of beloved photos, letters, and cards that you've accumulated throughout your life by scanning them into your computer. You might find it hard to part with the original hardcopy documents, but try to remember that it's only paper that you're tossing out. By scanning these items, you're preserving the thought that went into them when they were originally given to you &mdash; and that's what counts. Plus, this way they can never be destroyed, whereas the original versions will eventually deteriorate over time and are at the mercy of fire, water, and other elements that can destroy them completely.</p> <h2>3. Transition to Digital Picture Frames to Eliminate Paper Photos</h2> <p>If you're anything like me, each of your single picture frames is home to about half a dozen photos. I keep the old photos in the frames when I update a picture by simply laying the replaced images behind the new one. While this method reduces the clutter I see, it only allows me to enjoy one of the photos opposed to all of them (even though rediscovering the old ones during the swapping process is a welcome surprise). Nowadays you can enjoy many photos without fussing with any paper by digitizing them and adding them to a digital frame. These frames rotate images automatically so you see multiple pics &mdash; and relive the memories &mdash; on a regular basis.</p> <h2>4. Transfers Old VHS Tapes and DVDs to Computer Files</h2> <p>My husband has a huge cabinet full of VHS tapes from his wrestling days that &mdash; mark my words &mdash; he will never do anything with until they're so old they've deteriorated beyond repair. I even bought him one of those VHS-to-DVD thingamajigs a few years ago that I recently sold on Amazon new, in-the-box. Hey, I tried. In any case, if you want to ensure that your old VHS tapes and DVDs stand the test of time, consider transferring them to computer files that you can save in your cloud. There are plenty of companies that specialize in this service, but you also can <a href="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/transfer-vhs-tapes-to-your-computer/">DIY it if you're fairly tech-savvy</a>.</p> <h2>5. Repurpose Useless Little Things Into One Useful Big Thing</h2> <p>Before you donate all that extra clothing, think of ways you might be able to use the fabric to make something new &mdash; like a blanket, tablecloth, or shower curtain. For instance, you can turn a bunch of old T-shirts into a rad quilt if you've got sewing skills (or, ya know, send away for it if you don't). You may not think about it a lot, but many items in your closet &mdash; especially the really old, ratty stuff &mdash; hold a special place in your heart; repurposing these thrift-shop-ready beauties lets you keep them a bit longer without becoming a hoarder. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim</a>)</p> <h2>6. Turn a Special Moment Into a Beautiful Tattoo</h2> <p>One of my buddies gave me this idea, and I thought it was very interesting. Computers &mdash; and especially the cloud &mdash; help us preserve many of our tangible memories while cutting the clutter, but what about adding those memories to our own bodies? Thus, a tattoo is an awesome way to recognize an important event or time in your life. The result is a permanent reminder of that particular memory, and you're bound to be asked about it over and over again, allowing you to tell the story many times over.</p> <h2>7. Create Sentimental Artwork Out of Attic-Bound Items</h2> <p>I recently came across a Buzzfeed post that I thought was really cool. There were lots of great ideas in author Mike Spohr's <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/incredibly-meaningful-gifts-you-can-give-your-kids">26 Incredibly Meaningful Gifts You Can Give Your Kids,</a> but I thought the framed teddy bear was kind of genius. Expanding that concept a bit further then, you can basically take anything of sentimental value that's perhaps tucked away in a box and turn it into a treasured family heirloom that will serve as a reminder of a special time as well as a conversation piece. It goes without saying that it'll be super fun to go through the attic to see what resources you have to work with when creativity strikes you.</p> <h2>8. Start a Blog Dedicated to Your Memories and Treasures</h2> <p>Maybe I'm speaking for myself here, but I like to share many of my fond memories with, well, basically anyone who'll listen. I mean, who doesn't like to reminisce about the &quot;good ol' days,&quot; right? I bet we're of a similar mindset, which makes starting a blog dedicated to your memories and treasures a decent idea. You can write about fun times that you've had, post pictures of moments you never want to forget, and then share them with the world so you can bring joy to it.</p> <h2>9. Keep Your Treasures in the Family by Passing Them on to Loved Ones</h2> <p>You know that old saying &mdash; one man's trash is another man's treasure? Absolutely true, and it provides a great opportunity for you to unload some of your cherished items that are perhaps taking up too much space on family and friends who want or need it. With this tactic, the clutter is out of your way, but the things and the memories they conjure are still part of your life, which makes this easy option the perfect compromise.</p> <p><em>Have a few more clutter-free ways to preserve memories? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage">12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort">Organize a Room for $10 with No Extra Effort</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks">Get Your Closet Ready for Summer With These 5 Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space">Here&#039;s How You Maximize Fridge and Freezer Space</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization clutter mementos memories storage Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1254628 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How You Maximize Fridge and Freezer Space http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-refrigerator-485018303-small.jpg" alt="woman refrigerator" title="woman refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your freezer a mess? Do you frequently find old food rotting in the back of your fridge? I used to lose so much money this way. Now I take time to regularly clean and organize my refrigerator and freezer spaces, and it has made a huge difference. Even a few simple hacks are helpful here. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/schedule-regular-fridge-cleanings-to-prevent-food-waste?ref=seealso">Schedule Regular Fridge Cleanings to Avoid Food Waste</a>)</p> <p>So, check out these handy tips to get your foods onto the table with less mess, confusion, and &mdash; most important &mdash; waste.</p> <h2>Clear Out</h2> <p>Before you begin any project, it's good to clear out the old so you can start fresh. Take a good half hour (depending on your level of crazy) and take everything out of your fridge and freezer. Trash what's rotting, examine what's expired, and keep the rest. This occasion is also a great opportunity to spray some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners">homemade cleaner</a> in there and wipe all the crud and grime away. If you don't like how your refrigerator is configured, most shelves are moveable, so try a few layouts before putting your food back in.</p> <h2>Create Zones</h2> <p>The next step: Create zones for all your stuff to live in. There's no right or wrong way to divide, however &mdash; temperature and humidity does vary in the box, making ideal environments for some foods versus others. This <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/organizing-kitchen/refrigerator-drawers">organization guide</a> helps to identify the areas that work best for all your foods. For example, eggs do well on the middle shelf where temperature tends to be most consistent. Fruit, on the other hand, thrives in a low humidity drawer, whereas you'll want to keep veggies in higher humidity. And condiments &mdash; which have more preservatives &mdash; can happily hang out in the door. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fridge-or-counter-where-to-store-fruit-for-best-flavor?ref=seealso">Fridge or Counter? Where to Store Fruit for Best Flavor</a>)</p> <h2>Contain It</h2> <p>Whole foods and leftovers can certainly get lost without visibility. So, just as you'd box your belongings in other areas of your home, consider bringing some clean bins into the mix. The <a href="http://www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com/2014/02/hello-organization-refrigerator-makeover.html">before and after shots</a> of this refrigerator are jaw-dropping. Corralling snacks into one spot keeps them from migrating to the back of the refrigerator where they'll likely expire before use. And think outside the box here. I've seen friends use lazy susans or even magazine holders as unique shelving options. These same tips work in the freezer, too.</p> <h2>Freeze Flat</h2> <p>If you do any <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend">bulk or assembly cooking</a>, space is at a premium in your freezer. Even if you have a dedicated chiller, like I do, you can get much more out of your investment by <a href="http://www.onedishdinners.com/2011/03/flat-freezing.html">freezing foods flat</a> whenever possible. Of course, you can't do this with absolutely all foods, but soups and stews, pre-cut fruits and veggies, sauces, meats, and even some baked goods can be placed in zip freezer bags and flattened. You can even freeze smoothies, soups, and other liquid items in ice cube trays and then transfer to flat bags. Try to remove as much air as possible to create even more space (and avoid dreaded freezer burn).</p> <h2>Label It</h2> <p>From there, you might notice that many foods become almost unrecognizable once frozen. And, though you think you'll remember what's what, that's rarely the case. Keep a Sharpie marker on your fridge or in your junk drawer and immediately label anything that goes in with the name of the dish and the date it was made. Otherwise, try to stick with clear storage containers versus opaque for quick identification of, say, applesauce from chili. It's a simple trick, but it cuts down significantly on time and guesswork.</p> <h2>Section Out</h2> <p>If you have a chest freezer &mdash; great! But I know how tricky it can be to organize. This blogger built <a href="http://www.thegigsdigs.blogspot.ca/2013/05/chest-freezer-organization_6.html">DIY dividers</a> to section off space for different items using plywood. If you don't have a jigsaw at home, you could take all the measurements and ask your local hardware store to make the cuts for you (usually at a small price). If you're not into that idea, consider buying a few larger plastic bins to put your flat bags into and dividing them into broad categories like breakfast, lunch, and dinner or soups, desserts, and whole ingredients. Then stack the bins on top of one another. You get the idea.</p> <h2>Make Lists</h2> <p>Once all your food is happily organized, it helps to make a list of what's there to aid with meal planning each week. That way, if something does disappear from the inventory, you'll still know it's worth digging out. I also write the date it was purchased (with produce), the date it expires (with packaged foods), or the date it was packaged (with frozen foods) and try to list in order of what spoils first. You can keep a spreadsheet if you're more computer-oriented. A small dry erase board works well in my household. Always consult these lists before bringing more food into the house.</p> <p><em>How organized (or disorganized) is your fridge or freezer? What's your system? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-genius-storage-ideas-for-your-bathroom">20 Genius Storage Ideas for Your Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-pantry-tricks-that-save-you-big">9 Pantry Tricks That Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-kids-room">11 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Kid&#039;s Room</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization food storage food waste freezer fridge storage Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:00:13 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1248262 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Fun and Cheap Storage Solutions for Tiny Apartments http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-cheap-storage-solutions-for-tiny-apartments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-fun-and-cheap-storage-solutions-for-tiny-apartments" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bookshelf-home-178413931-small.jpg" alt="bookshelf home" title="bookshelf home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most frustrating parts of living in an apartment is lack of space. And even if you have ample room, organization can present other challenges. Of course, cleaning out your belongings is always a useful activity when maximizing square footage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit?ref=seealso">10 Ways To Make Your Apartment Awesome Without Losing Your Deposit</a>)</p> <p>For those items you just can't part with, try some of these smart storage solutions.</p> <h2>1. Custom Shelving</h2> <p>You can configure pipes and plywood boards in any way that pleases your aesthetic (and function) with this <a href="http://manhattan-nest.com/2010/10/20/pipe-ply/">DIY shelving project</a>. Check out your local hardware store's plumbing section to find pipes, connections, and flanges that will make the framework for your boards to rest upon. If you can't find boards the size you need, you can get them cut for free or a nominal fee in the lumber section.</p> <h2>2. Hanging Baskets</h2> <p>Small bathrooms and kitchens can benefit greatly from the addition of <a href="http://indulgy.com/post/b1dHIoEbB1/bath-toy-storage-idea#/do/from/71354785036">hanging fruit baskets</a>. The benefit here is that there's little required for installation &mdash; so even if you have a picky landlord, you should be able to do this project and get your deposit back. The photo shows bath toys stashed in the baskets, but you can put in anything you need off your counters.</p> <h2>3. Clothing Rack</h2> <p>Closets are another issue in apartments large and small. Heck, my first house hardly had any closets &mdash; so it's an epidemic, if you ask me. The solution: Get yourself a sturdy garment rack! You can buy one for as little as <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10246860/">$10 at Ikea</a>. Making one &mdash; here's <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-coolest-diy-clothes-rack-weve-ever-seen-169109">a tutorial</a> using more pipes and boards &mdash; might cost a bit more but give you some flexibility with regard to design.</p> <h2>4. Corner Storage</h2> <p>If the industrial look isn't your cup of tea, this <a href="http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/01/build-organize-a-corner-shelving-system.html">corner shelving nook</a> might be more what you're after. Just head to the organization section at your home improvement store to find the basic shelving brackets. They most often come in plain white, but you can spray paint them to match any decor. The author suggests saving money by purchasing narrow boards for top shelves that might house lighter, smaller items.</p> <h2>5. Hooks</h2> <p>If you look around, you can probably find a million purposes for hooks in your space. And the good news is that hooks are <em>cheap</em>. Use adhesive hooks anywhere you need to hang something. In the kitchen, for example, that might mean <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Easiest-Cupboard-Pan-Lid-Organiser/">stowing pot covers</a> on a cabinet door.</p> <h2>6. Ottoman</h2> <p>Most of us like to prop our feet up after a long, hard day. And this <a href="http://www.oprah.com/home/How-to-Build-a-Rolling-Storage-Bench-DIY-Storage-Containers">DIY Storage Ottoman</a> is perfect for this purpose &mdash; all while providing some extra hidden space to toss belongings. The instructions include directions for adding wheels, but you can skip that if you want your cube to remain stationary. Total cost is around $40, which is much cheaper than store ottomans I've seen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home?ref=seealso">10 Super Cool Ways to Hide Storage in Your Home</a>)</p> <h2>7. Bookcases</h2> <p>When I was living in apartments, the most useful piece of furniture I owned was my large bookcase. I used it for books, of course, but it was most useful for other items I needed to organize in my everyday life, like dishes, records, craft supplies, and &mdash; eventually &mdash; my child's toys. You can find bookcases at thrift shops for a dime. Making them <a href="http://lookiewhatidid.blogspot.ca/2012/09/laundry-room-makeover-week-using.html">work for non-book items</a> is easy with some baskets, hooks, and bins tossed in the mix.</p> <h2>8. Door Racks</h2> <p>You know those over-door storage solutions for shoes, makeup, and other items? Forget the advertised purpose and use them for whatever you need up and out of the way. The shoe organizers can be great for <a href="http://fashionablehome.blogspot.com/2012/01/organize-cleaning-supplies.html">cleaning supplies</a>, cooking utensils, or bathroom items. You can even use them to organize art supplies and <a href="http://www.parents.com/parenting/moms/housekeeping/toy-storage-ideas/?socsrc=pmmpin140913orgdollcase&amp;crlt.pid=camp.Zh0MICNqpp0N#page=6">small toys</a> in your child's room.</p> <h2>9. Book Gutters</h2> <p>Though I most often see this project for children, I think a <a href="http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-install-rain-gutter-bookcase.html">rain gutter bookshelf</a> would work equally well for adult books (and other smaller items, like craft supplies). Stock up on plastic rain gutters in the exterior section by all the roofing materials. Spray paint them to your desired shade. Hang them on the wall. It's that simple!</p> <h2>10. Laundry Dresser</h2> <p>When I lived in my small studio, the biggest problem I had was keeping my clothing off the floors. This <a href="http://ana-white.com/2011/07/my-laundry-basket-dresser-doors">DIY Laundry Dresser</a> is a smart, stylish solution. If you are working on a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">minimalist wardrobe</a> or don't have many clothes, you can also use this type of dresser to organize a large number of things from kitchen gadgets to office supplies.</p> <p><em>How do you create storage in a tiny space? Please share in comments &mdash; we'll make room!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-cheap-storage-solutions-for-tiny-apartments">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-genius-kitchen-storage-solutions">15 Genius Kitchen Storage Solutions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-live-large-in-a-small-space">20 Ways to Live Large in a Small Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home">10 Super-Cool Ways to Add Hidden Storage to Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-maximize-fridge-and-freezer-space">Here&#039;s How You Maximize Fridge and Freezer Space</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home organization small spaces storage Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1242977 at http://www.wisebread.com Organized People Have These 5 Things in Their Homes — Do You? http://www.wisebread.com/organized-people-have-these-5-things-in-their-homes-do-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/organized-people-have-these-5-things-in-their-homes-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/organized-woman-home-490848943-small.jpg" alt="organized woman" title="organized woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Organization is all about time management and making sure your belongings have a designated home for easy access and cleanup. It's a simple concept, but it's not always easy to pull off, especially when you're being pulled in a million directions by work, trips to the grocery store, your kid's cello lessons, your Twitter feed, and the dog who just can't get enough walks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>Luckily, there are tons of tools on the market to help you keep calm, cool, and coordinated. Read on for our roundup of the things every organized person should have in the home if they want to stay clear of chaos and clutter.</p> <h2>1. A Shoe Rack</h2> <p>Never again will you have the right shoe but not the left. Never again will you have to tear up the house looking for that missing pair of rain boots. A rack built to store and display two dozen pairs of footwear is the organized person's must-have sanity tool. Try something sleek and simple like this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KC6DY0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005KC6DY0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VZCSHTUYRLFVCNZP">Whitmor rack</a>.</p> <h2>2. Grid-It Organizer</h2> <p>This rubberized grid of elastic bands is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HU27UW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002HU27UW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EUG6PHAKHFWG5TMC">like a Trapper Keeper for grown ups</a> that slides right into your drawer, bag, or briefcase. Simply place the items you need &mdash; cell phone, toothpaste, notebook, flashlight, measuring stick, business card holder &mdash; beneath an elastic strap and the Grid-It Organizer will hold them firmly in place. Rummaging through a bag or junk drawer to find your flash drive is now a thing of the past.</p> <h2>3. A Garbage Can &mdash; That Gets Used For More Than Just Food Scraps</h2> <p>Organized people stay organized in part because they don't hold on to every little thing they've ever owned. They know when it's time to say goodbye, if only to prevent clutter from cramping their style. Even the smallest show of resistance to a good spring cleaning is indicative of mild hoarding. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today?ref=seealso">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a>)</p> <p>&quot;People hoard because they believe that an item will be useful or valuable in the future,&quot; writes Fugen Neziroglu, Director of the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York. &quot;Or they feel it has sentimental value, is unique and irreplaceable, or too big a bargain to throw away. They may also consider an item a reminder that will jog their memory, thinking that without it they won't remember an important person or event. Or because they can't decide where something belongs, it's better just to keep it.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Smart Shelving</h2> <p>We all use shelving to organize everything from our kitchenware to our laundry supplies. But organized people utilize this shelving with a bit of forward-thinking: Whether its dishes or detergents, the organized person arranges the items on their shelves by frequency of use, with everyday items on an easy-to-reach shelf and special-occasion items tucked behind or above.</p> <h2>5. A Filing Cabinet</h2> <p>A home filing system keeps the organized person free from the frustrations that come with not being able to find their passport. That's because the organized person stores all important documents and paperwork in a single cabinet organized with tabs marked by category and the letters of the alphabet.</p> <p><em>Are you organized? What do you use to help keep your place organized and clutter free? Please share in comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organized-people-have-these-5-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-will-never-make-you-organized">Stuff will never make you organized</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-january-is-the-right-time-to-start-planning-for-christmas">6 Reasons January Is the Right Time to Start Planning for Christmas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-not-to-delete-your-emails">5 Reasons Not to Delete Your Emails</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas">10 Smart DIY Spice Storage Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization organized planning storage Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1238128 at http://www.wisebread.com