Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Save Money While Staying Organized in the Bathroom

No one like searching for deodorant, brushes, hair bands, or any other item that is commonly misplaced in the bathroom. There are many thrifty and easy ways to make getting cleaned up easier in the morning.

Of course, you are going to want to start out by clearing out your bathroom supplies and throwing away expired or empty containers.

Using an over-the-door storage system in this room is practically essential for any shared bathroom or for those who require many accessories.

Over-the-toilet storage is great if you have the room for one. This is great for storing extra toilet papers, personal hygiene items, QTips, or whatever else will fit in the cabinets.

Use smaller organizational trays for under the sink or long drawers.

Another cool idea is to use hanging baskets in the bathtub area to save space and have a convenient way to store sponges, soap, razors and more!

Organizing can be done on a budget and be fun at the same time! All it takes is a little extra time and ingenuity!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wanna Try Oragami For Free?

If you ever thought about trying your hand at oragami, here is a free way to get started. 50 free sheets of paper by mail! Just click the link and fill out your contact information!

Save Time and Money in an Organized Kitchen

No cook can work in a disorganized or disfunctional kitchen. Read on if you need quick and easy ideas to make life easier and save money in the most used room in the house!


First, you want to take everything out of your cabinets and drawers to see what is hiding in your kitchen. You may find things you have been looking for or forgot about!

Asses your kitchen tools and look for broken or rarely used items. Set rarely used items aside for a better storage location.

Organization Resources

If you find yourself in need of new organization ideas that won't cost an arm and a leg, here are some good ideas.

Look at The Dollar Tree, 99 Cent Stores, or Big Lots for great prices on plastic storage containers or other containers that will fit well with your decor and budget. Thrift stores are excellent places to find unique and and low priced bargains to organize and decorate any room in your home.

Pull it Together!

Use storage containers to keep sugar, flour, coffee, rice, beans, or other bulk items fresh and dry. 

Use ceramic or glass cylendar shaped containers to store wooden or plastic cooking utiensils for quick and easy access. 

Organize cabinets and drawers with items that go together, keeping in mind to place most used items in the most convenient place for them. 
Pick an area of cabinets that are easily accessible for every day pots, pans, and any baking items you use regularly to cut down on prep time for meals.

If you have a kitchen with awesome storgage space ( like I do), then try to use an out-of-the-way cabinet to store holiday cookware and others items you don't use weekly. If you are not blessed with many cabinets in your kitchen, try storing items in a garage or closet to maximize your kitchen space.

Consider hanging baskets to store fruits or anything else that would be useful.
Install a Lazy Susan in corner cabinets for easier access. 
Food Storage

  • Empty your food storage cabinets and look for and throw away any expired food.
  • Group items together and keep foods that are used together near each other in the organization proces.
  • If you don't have a spice rack or small cabinet for spices in your kitchen, you could put them all in a drawer instead and label the lids for easy identification.
Last Ideas

If you need extra storage space, consider using a microwave cart, baker's rack, or kitchen island to store more items.

Use whatever materials and ideas that work best for your cooking style and don't spend money on expensive organizers!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Organize on a Budget for the New Year

If you are starting the new year looking at a cluttered home and wondering what to do with all of the gifts and goodies you have acquired over the holidays, then you should  continue reading on to get some great tips and ideas. Getting organized and decluttering your home is not as hard or as expensive as you might think.

Plan it Out

What Plan !?!  Pick a room to start on and decide (realistically) how much time you can spend on it a day. You could choose do to this all in one weekend, day, 1 hour, or 15 mins. every day. The key is to plan some time to accomplish tasks, big and small. If you work full time and have kids, make a step-by-step plan that allows them to help out with simple chores of decluttering. Once that plan is set, then you can go on to the next step...

*Depending on the level of disorganization in your home, this process could be fairly painless and definitely cheap (unless you have the sort of issues that require a professional).

Throw away all trash and anything that is not fit to be sold, donated, or recycled. The best time to do this is the day before your trash gets picked up so you don't have to look at that mess all week!

You can put these together cheaper than buying them this way!

  • Each week, pick a room or closet that you will try to work on.
  • Break each room down into small easy projects such as;
    • go through your Cd's and movies and keep the ones you really like and donate or sell ones you don't need or want.
    • Same goes for all of those books. If you have kids books, it would be really nice to donate them to churches, schools, or libraries that could use them. Or be a sweetie, and give them to some of your kids' friends that may not have them.
    • Find a place for your mail if you tend to read it in the Living Room. The best suggestion is to get a 3 shelf file holder and put it in a convenient place labeled READ,TO READ, and TO MAIL or whatever works for you!
Doubles as a seat and a Bookshelf!

My next article will be about organizing the most used room in the house... The Kitchen! If you have any great ideas to share, please feel free! 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Coupon for free Excedrin

I found another useful coupon (especially if the holidays give you a migrane) for up to $5.99 of of Excedrin. This is a mail in offer, but legitimate.