Posts Tagged“organization”

Are you a dyed-in-the-wool neat-nick, or just don’t want to waste money by letting perishable food go to waste after being “lost” in the fridge? Either way, if you’re looking for the easiest way to organize your fridge and make it effortless to keep it clean, here are some simple, yet effective tips for organizing your refrigerator.

Start with a clean refrigerator.
When cleaning your fridge:

  1. Empty everything into a cooler, or place perishable food on the kitchen counter and cover with heavy towels to keep it cool.
  2. As you take things out of the fridge, use a damp Miracle Cloth to wipe down bottles and packages.
  3. Any perishable food that is past its prime should be tossed. Keep in mind that even bottled sauces and jam have a shelf life. (TIP: in the future, use a permanent marker to add the expiration date to the label. IE: If a container of chicken broth can be kept for 10 days after opening, write “use by” and add the date that’s 10 days out.)
  4.  Depending on the condition of your fridge, you may be able to simply wipe down the walls, shelves and bins with a cloth rinsed in water with a little baking soda added. If you have been putting off the job of cleaning and organizing your fridge, you may need to remove shelves and bins to clean them in an oversized sink or laundry tub. We’ve even known people to use a clean bathtub for that purpose.

Now that the holiday has passed, it’s time to decide when to take Christmas lights down, how to best take down your Christmas tree and how to pack up all the other holiday decorations so they’re protected and easy to use again next year. Here are a few tips to make the process easy.

If you put out a big light display, you might be asking yourself, “How long can I get away with leaving this up?” People have differing opinions on when to take down Christmas lights—some say New Year’s Day, others say by the end of January—but one thing everyone can agree on is what a tangled mess those lights can be. That’s why we recommend the Lights Storage Bag. Simply wrap your lights around the reels and tuck them into the storage case to keep them tangle- and dust-free, and easy to unfurl next year.

Christmas Ornament Storage

The other big job you face after Christmas is taking down your tree. Make it go faster with a Cushioned Ornament Holder. This quilted case with foam-padded dividers keeps each ornament stowed safely until next year—no time spent wrapping each ornament individually. Then, store your faux tree it easily with this clever wheeled storage bag: it protects your tree all year and makes it incredibly easy to move to and from storage.

Wrapping up the rest of your holiday items—wreaths, tabletop trees, leftover gift wrap and more—is a breeze with durable zippered bags sized and shaped just right for your decorations. Protect everything from dust and moisture, and make it easy to find and ready to use next year.

Wondering where, exactly, you’re going to store all these items for an entire year? Here’s a secret: if you think you’re short on storage space, just look up. You have lots of unused space in your garage and laundry room between your head and the ceiling; all you need is an Overhead Storage Organizer to let you take advantage of it. Even transform ceiling space in your basement or mud room with a ceiling storage kit you can adjust to fit your space.

These smart ideas make it easier to clean up from the holiday this year, and they’re a great way to leave yourself a little present for next year: the gift of easy-to-use Christmas decorations!

Can’t wait to see what we have in store for our spring catalog? Here’s a peek into some of the NEW styles and colors we’ve added to your old favorites. And make sure to keep an eye out…it will be arriving in mailboxes the week of February 27th.

You loved our rugged, waterproof Slip-on Garden shoes in bright red and blue. Just in time for gardening season, they’re now available in green! Wear them all day, the anti-microbial insoles will keep your feet dry.

No more wrestling with the garden hose! Our self-coiling hose made it easy to handle those watering tasks. Make sure to get yours in the new blue! It’s also UV-stabilized so it won’t fade.

Our Flower Rocket made it easy way to grow flowers in your pot. Now there’s an easy way to grow flowers in your flowerbed. With our new 10’x1″ Roll Out Flowers, just unroll and water—it has over 2,000 seeds.

Our customers loved watching the copper-plated garden art spin in the wind. Now this yard accent is available in 3 news styles: Hanging Daisy Spinner, Lily Spinner, and Oval Leaf Spinner.

All the neighbors were envious of your colorful Fairy Tale Flags, but now we added some great new styles! Our cute Ladybug and Butterfly flags will bring smiles to the neighborhood.

Now there’s one more reason to love our Perfect-Fit® Cami …it comes in a sexy lace! Dress up a suit, wear it with jeans, it’s available in black and white.

Back by popular demand, we’ve added two new patterns of our Low Profile Rug. Choose from 7 sizes, and check out the new Heart and Shelby patterns. Fade-resistant, dirt-catching, and easy to keep clean.


CD and DVD storage furniture

Have too many CDs and movies to keep track of? Here are some creative ideas to help you organize your collection.

1. Start by pulling all of your CDs, DVDs or videos games out of their current state of mess so they can be sifted through.

2. You will need to decide how you would like to organize your collections. Basic organization starts with separating out all types of media (DVDs, CDs, video games) if you have not already done that.  From this point you have options as to how you would like to arrange your separated collections.

  • Alphabetical: Create a list of all the titles in an Excel spreadsheet on your computer. Then sort the entire list with the Sort feature in Excel, which will automatically create an alphabetical list for you.
  • Favorites: Another organization technique is to arrange movies or CDs by your personal likes & dislikes. Place your favorite movies on the top shelf and work down (or to the right) from your starting point.
  • Genre: Organizing by genre is another logical option for arranging media. Separating comedy movies from action movies will take less time than sorting alphabetically—and will speed up the time it take to find what you’re looking for.

3. Once you’ve organized your collection, it’s time to stack, setup and put it away. A simple wall shelf at eye level will do, but we suggests you take a look at our large collection of media storage. You’ll find many easy and affordable upgrades for your home. Solutions carries many different options for storing your media, which will safely and neatly store your DVDs, CDs and video games in attractive wood storage collection of attractive furniture

“I keep my spices in little plastic baskets in cabinets above my stove sorted by type – one basket for baking, one for herbs, one for ethnic spice blends, etc. This way when I’m cooking, I can just reach up and bring down the basket and I have everything I need without having to hunt through a spice rack.” -Julie

Special thanks to all our readers who submitted their favorite kitchen tips. Check out all the meals in the original Got a clever kitchen tip? post.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for creating storage space and clearing up clutter around the house.

Short on kitchen cupboard space?
Store rarely used dishes and appliances up high in the kitchen, in the spare bedroom closet or even in the garage.

Hang pots and pans on the wall or from the ceiling.

Install hooks for cups so they hang in unused cupboard space above plates.

Stack bowls so they nest—the largest on the bottom and the smallest on top.