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Plastic Grocery Bags Are Not Good For Long-Term Storage

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , |

Currently, the big question on my mind is, why do so many people use plastic grocery bags for storage? I see this in my client’s homes as well as family member’s homes, even my own.  Not by me of course, but others. I’m calling them grocery bags but the reality is that all stores where you purchase products use them. Maybe grocery stores were the first ones to start using them, who knows, I certainly can’t remember that far back. I see them in refrigerators, freezers, drawers, closets, garages; everywhere humans store things. Instead of storing packages of meat in [...]

A House is Just a Place to Put All Your Stuff…Isn’t it?

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Apparently, it is according to George Carlin.  What an awesome comedian! George thinks about things we encounter in our daily lives and puts a hilarious spin on them.  He talks about stuff in a very comical way but he is so on point with his message.  Our stuff is our things, items, belongings, whatever term you use to describe your stuff. Looking at this bit at a higher level is how we store our things.  When he describes taking off in a plane and looking down at all the piles of stuff with covers on them, he means our houses. [...]

Space Planning

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Space planning comes into play in various life scenarios. Some of the most common life scenarios include - moving to a new home, remodeling, a new baby, someone moving in or out, inheriting items, new furniture and holiday decorating.  These scenarios dictate the need to consider the available space you currently have, or the space that will become available. This will enable you to create, or adjust your spaces to encourage peaceful surroundings.  Actually, we should always be consciously aware of our homes in terms of space, or our surroundings since we spend so much time there.  Too much clutter, [...]

Hockey Storage Tips to Keep Families at Ease

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Do you or your kids play hockey?  If so, is hockey storage an issue? I’m guessing that you have a lot of equipment - sticks, skates, pads, helmets, jerseys, pucks, etc.  I’m also guessing that storing all this gear and keeping it organized can be challenging for many reasons. The biggest challenge for hockey storage may be location, location, location!  You may have gear stashed all over the house, creating clutter and possibly damaging that expensive equipment. You need a significant amount of space that is out of the way, yet close to vehicles for quick loading and unloading.  The [...]

A Strategy For Paper Piles

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever seen someone’s desk, either at work or in their home, that has paper piles covering the surface?  Perhaps your desk looks this way.  These people are known to the organizing world as pilers.  It’s a very common organizing style, or dare I say, lack of organizing style. When asked, pilers will tell you that they can find what they need when they need it. If this style works for them, great, although I’m not sure how they can find a particular document in all those piles.  Maybe it’s some sort of brain radar that has yet to [...]

Storage Unit – To Rent or Not to Rent

By | June 27th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

In the U.S., 65% of self-storage renters have a garage in their home, 47% have an attic, and 33 percent have a basement. This suggests that Americans have more things than their homes allow them. ~Brute Storage There are a lot of situations where people have a need to rent a storage unit.  Some of those situations are temporary, or transitional, while others may be to put a band-aid on a much larger issue. The statistic above says a lot about Americans and their love of things. Renting a storage unit doesn’t always mean there isn’t a need, however, a [...]

P.E.A.C.E. Step 4 – Containment; Storage Containers

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Several years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the fourth in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first three steps [...]

Options to Store Spices

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , |

Spices & herbs are an integral part of the cooking experience. Whether you are baking a delicious dessert, or cooking a yummy meal for your family, chances are that you are using spices in some fashion.  Some prefer fresh spices & herbs to those that use dried, perhaps due to convenience. Using fresh spices & herbs requires a larger quantity than the dried version, according to Martha Stewart.  There is also information in Martha Stewart’s post on how to store fresh cut herbs.  While using fresh spices & herbs may be more desirable than using dried, it is less convenient [...]

Prevent Clutter & Save Money – Visit Your Local Library

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing, Storage|Tags: , , |

What is the best way to prevent clutter & save money? As the title says, visit your local library.  They have a myriad of books, magazines, cd’s, dvd’s, & books on tape. Not sure if I missed anything, but all of these items that we buy can lead to a whole lot of clutter.  Clutter that we have to maintain in some fashion, which has associated costs. To keep them organized so you can find what you need when you need it, there is a storage component.  You may need to purchase storage if you don’t already have something you [...]

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Media Storage-How to Determine Your Needs

By | January 20th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing, Storage|Tags: , , |

  Media storage can be challenging for many reasons.  Even though we’re living in the on-demand digital age, many of us have physical media that we still use.  Just like items that we can touch, we need to find a place for media to live and that means storage. Typically, we store our things where we use them. That makes our things easily accessible where and when we need them, and we know what we own so we don’t buy duplicates. As mentioned in previous posts, our belongings need to be proportionate to our living spaces.  With that in mind, [...]

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