Wednesday, January 16, 2019

31 Days To Organization - Day 16: Jewelry & Cosmetics

Happy New Year! January is a time to start fresh...to begin again with a fresh, clean start...so it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.



Day 16 - Jewelry & Cosmetics For Travel & Everyday

Jewelry and cosmetics can take up an incredible amount of space. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, jars, compacts, tins and tubes all scatter everywhere and more often than not, what you are looking for is not what you end up finding.

It gets worse when you travel. If you can't decide what to take, you end up packing it all in a hurry and everything winds up in a jumbled mess in your bags! Cosmetic are broken, necklaces tangle, or worse, your nail polish bottle breaks -yikes!

When traveling, string necklaces through plastic drinking straws and re-hook. This reduced the risk of tangles from being jostled around in small spaces. 

A lot of jewelry never sees the light of day. They get placed in a jewelry box, have other things piled on top of it, and they never get worn again. If this is happening to your jewelry, start whittling down the collection or take quick action and get it all organized!
  • For rings and earrings, divided trays, or even ice cube trays, can easily sort and store your treasures. Both of these options can be kept in drawers or stacked.
  • Necklaces and bracelets can be stored in a necklace keeper, specially made to store and protect necklaces. You could also mount a small hook rack to a door, a wall or inside your medicine cabinet to hang necklaces and bracelets, keeping them tangle-free.
  • A mug tree is also an interesting option for storing necklaces and bracelets. The tree can be kept on your dresser or vanity as an eye catching display. Your necklaces and bracelets can hang from it's branches and add sparkle and color to the room.
  • For traveling, jewelry can be stored in a roll-up jewelry organizer. These bags have separate compartments for your jewelry so things don't get tangled up.
  • A very practical jewelry organizer is a divided storage case. Dividers can be adjusted for whatever suits your needs and can change as your collection changes. The box is clear so you can see everything at a glance and if it gets flipped upside-down, your collection will still be as organized as ever. This option is also great for travel. 

Cosmetics are very similar to jewelry. A new eye shadow is purchased. It may have been on sale or a new shade. Whatever the reason, it came home with you and immediately joined the others in your cosmetics bag. Every once in awhile, you may see it and think, "Oh, I forgot about that one! I'll need to try it out...tomorrow." Use the following tips to organize your cosmetics. Know what you have and what you need, and always know where it is.

  • Cosmetics expire. The life span of makeup differs for each product. A safe bet is to toss out all the cosmetics that you have had for over a year. Some powder based cosmetics last longer. Items like liquid eyeliner need to be discarded sooner. Mascara has the shortest shelf life of all. If you use "natural" makeup, the lifespans are shorter. Check with manufacturers for the shelf life of your makeup. Here are some guidelines:
    • Mascara: 3 to 5 months
    • Cream blush or cream eye shadows: 6 months to 1 year
    • Concealer and liquid foundations: 1 year
    • Eye pencils, powder eye shadow, under-eye cream: 1 year
    • Foundation, lipsticks, facial moisturizer: 1 to 1½ years
    • Face powder, powder blush: 2 years
  • If you have the same makeup routine everyday, keep on hand only those few items. They tuck easily into a compact cosmetics case. A divided storage case, like the one mentioned for organizing jewelry for travel, would also work well for cosmetics.
  • A tackle box or hobby case can organize the smaller items on top and large jars and moisturizers in the bottom. 
  • If you are able to dedicate a drawer in the bathroom to your makeup, use drawer dividers to create compartments for each type of product or facial feature: eyes, lips, foundations, etc.
  • If you prefer your cosmetics to be kept on your counter or vanity table, various countertop products are available for organizing your make-up.
  • Store lipsticks so you can quickly tell the shade without having to open the tube. If need be, store lipstick tubes upside-down so you can read the labels.
  • Have a dedicated place for your eyeliners and lip pencils, whether it is a separate drawer divider or a cup in the cabinet. It will eliminate the morning search for a slim makeup pencil beneath the piles of makeup.
  • Keep your nail polish upright in a cabinet or deep drawer or find an organizer that will keep them from bumping into each other. A broken bottle of nail polish is one of the messiest, smelliest makeup-mishaps you will ever have to deal with. I suggest you get your manicure before your trip and leave the polish at home. Or leave your nails natural and take a buffer with you to give them a shine. (I haven't tried it, but I hear you can clean up wet nail polish from flat non-porous surfaces with sugar).



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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1960s Christmas Gift Tags by Kaycrest

Yes, I know Christmas is over. But I just had to post about this adorable set of Christmas gift tags I found! I just about squealed when I spotted them!


These gift tags are still in the original retail box. They were made by The Papercraft Corporation and have the Kaycrest brand on them. The box originally held 21 tags and it looks like there are still 18 left. The tags fold over so you can write your sentiment inside. Strings are included for attaching to gifts.


The Christmas gift tags feature three different designs; Santa driving an old timey car, snowmen playing instruments, and Christmas ornaments that look very much like Shiny Brite ornaments. (I LOVE the Santa design!!!)


The back of the box is just as interesting as the front. It has an entry coupon to a long-ago ended contest with prizes ranging from "luxurious gift wrapping kits" to Westinghouse transistor radios and 23" color tvs!

23" COLOR televisions! What would they think of us now? We've come a long way!


These gift tags are in great vintage condition, having been stored in their original box. The box itself has very little shelf wear considering its age. We are estimating these gift tags to be circa 1960s. Perhaps even late 1950s.

They would be the perfect final touch for those extra special presents. Or use these as labels in scrapbooks or in other paper crafts.

You can pick these gift tags up in our Etsy shop right now so you'll have them for next Christmas!




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31 Days To Organization - Day 15: The Organized Bathroom

Happy New Year! January is a time to start fresh...to begin again with a fresh, clean start...so it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.


Day 15 - The Organized Bathroom

Think of your morning routine. You wake up when the first alarm goes off, skip over to the shower and jump in for a leisurely wash...wait...that's not quite accurate, is it? For many of us, mornings send a constant chant through our heads. "Rush, rush, rush! Hurry, hurry, hurry!"

A lack of time is the #1 reason people say they have not gotten organized. What they don't realize is that being organized CREATES more time. And because so much morning time is spent in the bathroom, it makes sense to get it organized so we can spend that extra time elsewhere...unless of course you want to use your extra time for that leisurely shower...

Towel bars can pull double duty when they also include an attached upper shelf. Another option is to install a shelf above your existing towel racks. 

Choose from the following bathroom storage and organization ideas and tips to get started organizing your bathroom today!
  • For cabinet storage, install an under sink roll out drawer for storing toiletries
  • Use a 3-drawer mini organizer on a shelf or in a cabinet to store hair bows, bands, clips and other accessories.
  • Many times, a bathroom has a huge area of wasted space above the toilet. Get a space saver - a set of shelves designed to surround the toilet tank creating usable storage. They come in various materials, colors and styles so you can find one that fits your decor. You may also consider installing a wall mounted cabinet or set of shelves on the wall space above the toilet.
  • Keep counter tops clear by using a bathroom caddy or basket to store all your necessities in (like those a student might use in their college dorm). When you are getting ready in the morning, pull out your basket. When you are finished, tuck it away in a cabinet or on a shelf. You can create a basket like this for each family member.
  • Hair dryers, curling irons and brushes can all be stowed away in a hair dryer caddy that hangs on the inside of a bathroom cabinet door.
  • Hooks and over the door storage systems are especially helpful in the bathroom providing hanging space for damp towels and robes or storage space for extra toilet paper and toiletries. They really come in handy in cramped apartments where space is hard to come by and restrictions may not allow you to install wall units.



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Monday, January 14, 2019

31 Days To Organization - Day 14: The Utility Closet

Happy New Year! January is a time to start fresh...to begin again with a fresh, clean start...so it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.



Day 14 - The Utility Closet

Let's face it...no one likes to go to the utility closet. If you need anything from the utility cabinet it means something needs to be fixed or cleaned or replaced and none of those things tend to rank very high on anyone's "want to do" list.

Cleaning and maintenance are both dreaded chores that seem to never end. However, a large portion of the time it takes to do the chore is spent getting everything together and set up. Your cleaning and maintenance chores actually go alot faster when you are prepared and have a plan. The first step, of course, is to get organized!

Share the load: Figure out the chores that need to be done daily, weekly and monthly. Split chores up among family members and post them in a convenient place.

Take a good look at your utility closet. It may simply be a dedicated cabinet in the kitchen or section of the laundry room. If you don't have a central space set aside for your vacuum, brooms, mop and other supplies, make one. You (and everyone else in the house) will know where to find what is needed to help out. Even small children can easily grab a towel or sponge to wipe up a spill (just keep the cleaners out of reach).

  • Find the largest item that will fit in your closet and organize around it. This will usually be the vacuum cleaner or the collection of mops and brooms. As you decide where everything will go, make sure it is all easy to reach and easy to retrieve. If you make it difficult to get to your cleaning supplies, you will inadvertently discourage yourself (and others) from cleaning.
  • A wall mountable wire holder, normally used to hold plastic container lids can be installed on the inside of the closet door. Use it to hold your dustpan,sponges, or a first aid kit.
  • Use a grocery bag holder to store cleaning towels instead of plastic grocery bags. Towels can be placed in the top when they have been cleaned, but will dispense one at a time from the bottom when you need them. You can mount the dispenser to the inside door of your utility closet or on an inside wall.
  • If your utility closet has a hanging rod, store paper towels in a hanging shoe shelf organizer. It takes up very little space and you won't wind up with bulky paper towels taking up an entire shelf.
  • The Grook tool holder will keep your mops and brooms in place until they are needed. Additional hooks are perfect for dusters and other cleaning tools with a notch, hole or loop for hanging.
 
  • If available space is hard to find (and isn't it always?), use a tool holder for your mops and brooms that will slide out when you need it but stay hidden safely away when you don't. This is especially convenient if a utility closet or cabinet large enough for tall cleaning tools is not available.
  • Keep cleaners in a portable caddy or bucket. It makes moving from room to room easier. They should be stored on a shelf out of reach of children. If no shelf is available, place a lock on the closet door.
  • Keep a small toolbox handy or attach a pegboard to the closet door or on the inside wall and use it to store general maintenance tools. This will keep you from having to run to the garage or basement every time something needs a quick fix. Store a small hammer, a phillips and flathead screwdriver, a wrench and a tape measure.
  • Recyclables can be kept hidden away by storing the bins in your utility closet. Attaching one or two cabinet trash bag holders to the inside door of your utility closet creates a great recycling center that is convenient but is still hidden from view. Label each bin so family members know what items are allowed in each bin.
  • An over-the-door shoe organizer can be used to store all kinds of cleaners, brushes and towels.



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Sunday, January 13, 2019

31 Days To Organization - Day 13: Your Linen Closet, Revived

Happy New Year! January is a time to start fresh...to begin again with a fresh, clean start...so it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.


Day 13 - Your Linen Closet, Revived

When a linen closet is organized and items are in their proper place, you won't be ashamed to open the door wide when retrieving some bed linens for an unexpected overnight guest. The kids will be able to tell which are the "good" towels and which are the ones used for drying off the dog.

A little planning and a few ideas are all you need to make the organized linen closet a reality.

Labeling "zones" will help everyone young and old to quickly find (and replace) items in a linen closet. Label areas for sheets by size. 

Linen closets can be used to free up so much space by storing bulky items that would normally fill bedroom and bathrooms. However, they are notorious for becoming the "junk drawer" of closets. They quickly resemble a a jumbled mess of towels, bed sheets, overstock of shampoos and conditioners, as well as all sorts of things that cannot possibly be categorized as "linens".
  • Pull everything out and start over.
  • Dispose of the things you don't need or don't want.
  • Put odd items aside to be relocated elsewhere (tools, light bulbs, batteries, etc). This is a linen closet so if it's not made of cloth (clothing not included) or is not being used to store items, set it aside. If you have tablecloths or cloth napkins, relocate them to a side table, buffet or kitchen drawer closet to the dining area.
  • Label "zones" such as "sheets", "towels", "guest linens", etc. 
  • A shelf basket can neatly house excess shampoos and conditioners.
  • Wire shelves can be used to separate stacks of sheets. Place a label on the shelf for each stack. You can label by size or by family member (this works well if you have a lot of printed gender-specific sheets for children).
  • Fold sheets as a set - you can keep the flat and fitted sheets inside the pillowcase or just tuck the flat sheet and pillowcase within the fitted sheet
  • Keep stacks of towels from becoming one big messy heap with shelf dividers. You may want to consider rolling your towels instead of folding.
  • Use large storage baskets or bins on the floor of the closet to store extra toilet paper, blankets, or other bulky items.
  • If you frequently have guests over, designate a shelf for guests sheets, blankets and towels. This would also be a good place to keep a basket of all those miniature hotel-sized bottles of shampoo.
  • If space limitations require you to store items other than linens in your linen closet, try to keep only those items relating to the bedroom and bathroom stored here. An over the door basket unit can store overstock of items such as extra tissues, baby wipes and diapers, cotton balls, cotton swabs, etc.



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