Use Pull Out Cabinet Shelves to Maximize Storage

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With modern kitchen gadgets, appliances, and other cooking essentials, space comes at a premium in any household kitchen. Even if you have a huge and fully renovated kitchen, are you using your deep cabinets to their full potential? Or do you lose items in the back of your cupboard for so long you forget you have them in the first place?

Maximize the storage potential in your lower kitchen cabinets with the use of sliding cabinet shelves and drawers. This allows you to pull the entire contents of your kitchen cupboard out so you access the items stored inside, and it slides smoothly back in place to keep the stored items effectively organized yet stowed away.

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The easy-glider pull-out drawers come with ball-bearing full-extension slides and mounting hardware so you can install them to the bottom of the cabinet. Widths are available from 8 to 34 inches to fit perfectly in any cabinet space, and the raised sides help keep stored supplies in place. The soft-close hardware ensures the wooden drawer slides smoothly back into the cabinet without making a noise. These drawers come with a protective clear finish, but you can stain or paint them in order to match your current kitchen cabinets.

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As an alternative to wooden shelves, you can add wire shelves to the inside of your cabinet to provide a more functional layout. Two-tier designs are available in order to take advantage of the vertical space in your cupboard as well as the depth. Some of the two tier designs are easily adjustable in order to customize the storage system in the kitchen cabinet. For example, u-shaped designed baskets avoid built-in pipes in order to work underneath the kitchen or bathroom sink.

Adding more cabinets to your kitchen is not always an option, but by maximizing the storage space you already have you can keep all of your supplies effectively stored.

4 Easy Steps to Prepare for Tax Season

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Tax season is upon us, and most of us have been digging through piles of paperwork to find everything needed to file the annual tax return. Whether you’ve already filed or waiting to the last minute, it’s never too later to think of next year.

We’ll leave filing taxes to the professionals, but when it comes to organizing your various documents you’ve come to the right place. Keeping an extensive filing system is necessary when it comes to sorting your bills, keeping track of important policy information, and keeping extensive insurance records.

The first step to getting organized is gathering all the necessary supplies.

For this project you will need:

1. A large file cabinet
2. Hanging file folders
3. Manila file folders
3. Labels
4. Pen or marker

Step 1. Label your hanging file folders for main categories such as automobile, healthcare, and banking information. An example of top level categories is listed below to get you started.

Top Level Categories: 

1. Auto
2. Banking
3. Bills or Loans
4. Healthcare
5. Housing
6. Insurance
7. Legal
8. Retirement
9. Valuables

Step 2. Label the manila file folders for subsequent categories. For example: if you have accounts to 3 different banks you will want a separate file folder for each bank

Step 3. Spread your sub-category file folders on the floor or dining room table and slowly start filing the relevant paperwork into the proper file folder. This may take some time depending on the stack of papers that need to be organized.

Step 4. Once you have all your paperwork neatly sorted into the correct folder, place your file folders into the top category hanging files and store within you new filing cabinet.

To discourage hoarding documents for too long, files should be pruned once per year.

How long to keep records:

Tax records: 7 years
Credit card receipts: 4 years
House documents: forever

Important Documents:

Please remember that some documents should be stored in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box for safekeeping. Examples of these documents are below.

  • Legal documents
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Automobiles titles
  • Property deeds
  • Financial investments
  • Copies of drivers licence

Sorting massive amounts of paperwork is a daunting prospect, but with a solid plan, the correct supplies, and some good tunes, you can create a well-organized filing system in an afternoon. You’ll thank us in the event of an IRS audit!

Add Seating to the Bar or Kitchen

Most of us overlook the shelving space we already have in our home: our kitchen island, peninsula, or bar area! “But I can’t store anything here!” you say? We keep items stored here all the time such as snack dishes and fruit bowls, or a vase of flowers or other decoration to break up the space.

We spend so much time in the kitchen, but who wants to stand the entire time you’re preparing meals, waiting for the meal to cook, or planning the next meal? Shelving is designed to organized objects, well stools are designed to organize people! See below for tips on how to choose the right stool for your space.

Create the Closet of your Dreams

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We are all well aware of the standard closet set-up. A single closet rod running the length of your closet, and a single wire shelf above – if you’re lucky. Boxes, shoes, and other items tend to get stacked on the shelf and underneath the hung clothes, and your closet door is always closed to prevent items from spilling out and revealing your clutter.

The closet is one of the last places you think about re-decorating, after all who is going to see your closet? We always think about how to re-organize the household closet to better suit our everyday lives, but the project gets daunting when you pull items out of the closet and they are scattered around the bedroom.

In the words of corny infomercials, “there must be a better way!”

It does not take a lot of money to turn your small closet into a well organized system that will leave your relatives seething with jealousy! Basic closet kits with closet rods and wire shelves start at $150 while more professional looking kits range around the $300 and $700 range. Think you don’t have nearly enough money to afford a new closet? Take an dime-challenge empty 2 liter bottle and fill the container with your spare dimes over the year. Once full, the bottle will contain around $500 to $700! With that amount of dough, and any other coins you’ve squirreled away, you can easily afford a gorgeous new bedroom closet.

freedomRail systems are incredibly popular as they provide high end quality at a fraction of the cost. These closet systems are constructed from long-lasting steel material and finished in your choice of color. The high-end configurations come with beautiful wooden shelves to provide a modern and contemporary look to your closet space.

Accessories such as pull-out wire baskets, sliding drawers, shoe racks, double closet rods, storage shelves, and other items are also available so you can keep everything perfectly organized in your closet alongside your garments.

The freedomRail closet systems are designed to mount directly to the wall and they will not pull away from sheetrock or drywall once installed. They are also completely customizable so you can re-configure them as your storage needs change over the years. This allows you to keep your closet up-to-date without needing to replace it.

Organize-It, along with many other retailers, offers pre-designed closet configurations so all you have to do is order the set and then follow the assembly instructions to transform your ordinary closet space into the closet of your dreams. The products are also sold on an individual basis so you can design your own custom closet with help from the Closet Design Tool from Organize-It. pantry

You are not just limited to bedroom closets. The Closet Design Tool allows you to customize your own pantry, kid’s closet, master closet, linen closet, and other closet spaces so you can create the perfect storage solution for any room in your home!  Don’t wait any longer to turn your household into a well organized paradise.

Cat-Friendly Shelving

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Cats have infiltrated the internet, wormed their way into our homes, and stolen our heats with their cute antics and loving personalities. What’s not to love about cats? Absolutely nothing! Our pets aren’t just like our family, they ARE our family. We wrap Christmas presents for them, give up a spot in bed, and in some cases even sit on the floor while the cat curls up on the chair!

Cats are such as part of our lives we sometimes forget they don’t like social gatherings and excitement as much as we do, and with Christmas fast approaching it’s time to think about making the holidays less stressful on the smallest member of our family. If you’ve been binge watching the latest My Cat from Hell episodes on Animal Plant, you may foresee where this is going…”Catification”!

Give your cat or kitten a place of their own in your home so they can be a part of the festivities while getting away from unruly dogs, grabby children, and adults who forget to watch where they step. First we must determine if your cat is a bush dweller or tree dweller, meaning, does your cat prefer to hide out in low places or in high places? Finding your cat’s comfort zone is the first step in making them feel comfortable during the busiest time of year.

cat-cabinetIf your cat loves to hang out on the floor – perfect! Give your cat a couple hiding places where they can watch the room and the occupants while staying out of the way. If you have a cubby bookshelf, you can turn one of the storage cubes into a nesting box filled with your cat’s favorite toys and treats. You can also purchase a litter box cabinet, and instead of hiding the litter box, fill the cupboard with a small scratching post, a few toys, and other comforts to give your cat a cozy hiding place.

Tree dwellers are even easier to accommodate around the home. Tree dweller cats love to watch the activity without getting involved themselves, so give them a spot up high where they can keep an eye on their silly humans while staying away from the chaos. Wall mounted shelves give your cat an easy way to stay up high. Simply arrange shelves in such a way so your kitten can jump from one to the other while climbing in height. You can even arrange shelves around the room so they can always find an exit without touching the floor – and getting run over by distracted humans!

cat-shelf2Please note: using shelf brackets and wooden shelves can provide more support than floating wall shelves. As you are shopping for cat-friendly shelving, remember to choose shelves that will support your cat’s weight, plus a few pounds.

You can make the wall mounted shelves more enticing to your cat by installing different textures to the top surface of wooden cat-friendly shelves. Simply staple a locker rug onto the top for a soft sleeping surface, glue a scratching pad on for a play surface, or cut-down a carpet square to cushion your cat while they laze around the house. Your cat is sure to fall in love with their new play area and they will love being a part of the holiday craziness while keeping out a watching eye.

Do you have more “catification” ideas? List them below!

How to Repair Holes in Drywall

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Are your walls damaged from hanging up pictures, shelves, and other items on the wall? Don’t worry, you’ll get your security deposit back! Repairing small holes in the wall is almost as easy as it was to create them in the first place. Simply repair the small holes or dents in your wall and your landlord will never be the wiser.

Getting started. Gather the following supplies,

  1. Scraping tool
  2. Spackle
  3. Sandpaper
  4. Paint

How to repair small holes in your drywall.

  1. Scrape away any loose debris to create a smooth area using a scraping tool.
  2. Using the same scraping material, apply lightweight Spackle over the hole and smooth down the area. Allow to dry according to instructions.
  3. More Spackle! If the hole is not fully filled, repeat step 2.
  4. Sand the surface smooth when the hole is completely filled with Spackle.
  5. Paint the area using matching paint to hide the repair to the drywall.

There you have it! In five steps or less you have a fully repaired wall that will look just like new.

How to Add New Life to Tired Furniture

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Stylish furniture can come with a premium cost, and when you are starting with your first or second apartment nice furniture doesn’t always fit the budget. Hitting up the local thrift stores and yard sales is a great way to obtain sturdy furniture at a fraction of the cost of buying it new, but it may not look like new. Below are some fun ideas on how to spruce up old pieces of furniture to breathe new life into your home’s decor.

Step 1. Find pieces of furniture that you like. A good rule of thumb is to look for pieces with similar styles or color patterns to coordinate the pieces together. For example, if you have a round coffee table look for round side tables with a similar look to achieve a cohesive design.

Step 2. If your acquired furniture pieces are looking a bit tired, give them a facelift with a fresh coat (or six) of paint or stain to make them look shiny and new again. This may take some time and a lot of elbow grease, but it is well worth it in the end. You can use a bright color to make the piece stand out.

Optional: Go over your fresh paint job with a piece of sandpaper to add a modern, distressed look to the piece. People pay good money for furniture to come looking pre-worn, why pay for it when you can do it yourself?

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Step 3. Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!

Here is the final step. Decorate your bookcase, office desk, or other piece of furniture to add a modern flair. The sky, your wallet, and your imagination are your only limits! Here are some ideas to get you started!

Stencils

Stencils aren’t only for school children anymore! Visit your local home improvement store or hobby store to find an intricate stencil that you like. Then simply tape the stencil to the piece of furniture and paint on your design. Wait for the paint to dry, remove the tape and stencil, and you have an amazing work of art to display on the side of your furniture.

Wallpaper

Who says you can’t add a bit of color or patterns to boring wooden furniture? Remove the shelves on your bookcase and wallpaper the back with your favorite colorful design, then put it all back together for a unique decorative look. This idea is also great for a linen closet, bedroom closet, or really anything with shelves.

Decoupage

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Use this innovative decorative technique to create an awesome looking collage on shelves, end tables, or any other piece! The decoupage process involves taking pictures, pieces of paper, or even cut-outs of magazines or comic books and gluing them onto furniture. You then go over the paper several times with varnish to protect the paper from harm while keeping them securely in place. Go online for more details.

Word Carving or Wood Burning

If you have the skills, or know someone who does, this old-fashioned decorating idea is perfect for decorating furniture pieces, wooden picture frames, or other wooden artwork in your home. You can also hire someone to do the work for you, but that may be costly depending on the extent of the work you want done to your piece.

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Stick on Tile, Brick, Wood, or Stone

Are you in love with shiny tile, sophisticated brickwork, rustic looking wood, or even modern looking stone? You can use faux veneer or stick-on tile pieces to create a textured appearance to the back of your bookcase, wine cabinet, or other surface. This idea may be a bit more costly, but may be worth it for a piece you intend to keep around for a long time.

Remember, there is no wrong way to decorate your home as long as you are happy with the end result. You can always find inexpensive shelves and small furniture pieces online for a great discount so you don’t have to worry about sprucing up your furniture, only making it your own with some decorating.

5 Hidden Storage Ideas

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We have talked about displaying your books and valuables with pride, but what about the more expensive items you’d like to keep hidden out of sight? Whether you have family members who would love to riffle through your personal affects or valuables you wish to keep hidden away in case of a break-in, we have some ideas below on how to hide your valuables! The best way to lose the remote is by hiding it in plain sight, and the products below have taken that philosophy to the next level.

  1. Standard Safes

Invest in a standard fireproof locking safe to keep your irreplaceable documents safe from harm. Store your birth certificate, passport, social security card, and other vital documents safe from harm in the event of a fire, flood or other natural disaster. Replacing the above listed documents can be incredibly difficult if not downright impossible, so make sure they are protected from theft or damage.
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  1. Picture Frames and Wall Mirrors

Jewelry boxes are gorgeous and displaying your jewelry on your nightstand offers a sophisticated style to your bedroom, but it is also an open invitation to would-be thieves. Store your precious jewelry and family heirlooms in plain sight without thieves being any the wiser with a concealed mirror or picture frame. These hidden storage shelves masquerade as normal household accessories until they open up to reveal a hidden compartment behind the façade.
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  1. Wall Mounted Shelves

This hidden storage option allows you to hide accessories inside the shelf as well as on top of it so you can provide twice the storage space in one convenient location. This hidden safe will not open without the coordinating magnet so you can stow away personal affects without anyone being the wiser, and even if they did know about the hidden chamber within they cannot access it without the key.

  1. Locking Cabinets

Cupboards and cabinets are a bit more conspicuous, but they also eliminate the chance of you forgetting where you hid your valuables! Add a locking cabinet in your bathroom to keep prescription medications safe, a locking media cupboard to store your Blu-Ray collection out of sight, or even a locking garage cabinet to keep your power tools away from your neighbors. Add lockable cabinets to your home to ensure your everyday items are securely locked away from prying eyes or sticky fingers.

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  1. Key Hiders

Last, but not least. Make sure you can actually access the house itself! Most of us have had to climb through a bathroom window or break into our own house before – all the while staring at the keys we left on the kitchen counter. Keep a house key stored in the garden inside a fake rock so you never have to damage your own home to enter. Magnetic key hiders are also on the market so you can hide a spare car key underneath your car so you don’t have to call AAA every time you lock yourself out of the car – which may be more often then we would like to admit.

So whether you are preventing a potential crisis or recovering from a recent one, make sure your valuables stay safely locked away with any one of the above methods, or maybe all of them, to give you peace of mind.

5 Unique Book Storage Ideas

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“A book is a gift you can open again and again”– Garrison Keillor

Giving away books is hard, you’ve cried together, laughed together, and fought side-by-side with the hero/heroine as they navigated through a journey of hardship and personal discovery. Instead of giving away your favorite books when you are running low on space, transform your current space to keep your books prominently displayed without losing any space in your home.

Turn the page to discover new ways to store all of your favorite books you’ve collected throughout the years.
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  1. Turn a wall in your living room, den, or sitting area into a mural dedicated to all of your favorite books. Use floating bookshelves or wall boxes to create a unique design right on the wall, or you can install the shelves in perfect symmetry and use the book’s colors to create a unique look to the wall.

 

  1. Freestanding bookshelves are the norm for book storage, but who says you can’t turn them into a spectacular work of art? This cube-style bookcase takes up minimal floor space and the unique angles are visually interesting so you won’t even notice they are bookshelves.

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  1. Are you looking for a more rustic alternative to book shelving? You can stack wooden crates on top of one another to not only create more storage space, but add a vintage look to your decor. Use cedar crates to offer a pleasant aroma to the living room or bedroom space. Tip: anchor each crate to the wall to provide additional safety especially in households with pets or children.
  1.  Do you know anyone who constantly has a book in one hand? Never be caught without reading material with help from a magazine rack or holder. You can even use an over the toilet magazine rack (no I’m not kidding) to keep a book on hand so you are never forced to read the ingredients from a shampoo bottle again.

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  1. If you are short on wall or floor space, there is a solution! Take a wooden magazine holder, turn it sideways, and screw it right into a corner of the room. This allows you to store books inside the makeshift shelf or on top of it, and you can also use it to store various odds and ends around your home.

 
Find all of these storage solutions and more at Organize-It. Do you have a unique way to showcase or store your books? Please share in the comments below!

Get organized with shelf dividers

Have a small closet or shelf? There are lots of things you can do to get the most out of your space. If you’re working with a small space, utilize shelf dividers to maximize your space. When you add dividers you can use more vertical space; the sides allow you to better contain stacks of folded clothes or organize large accessories. These attachments are also great in hall closets, kitchen pantries and much more.

Here are some of my favorite styles:

  •  Wire Shelf Dividers: If you currently have a wire closet system, then wire dividers are the way to go. The wire shelf organizers are designed to fit either tight mesh wire shelving or standard wire shelving and are constructed from sturdy steel wire with a durable white epoxy finish to maintain their clean look for years. These dividers attach with a simple squeeze; push the sides together so the bottom hooks to your wire shelf then release to secure them.
  • Acrylic Shelf Dividers: If you’re looking for more of a streamlined appearance, acrylic dividers are a great choice. Acrylic dividers provide a more solid build; attach these organizers to solid shelves to create organized cubbies. If you have a custom closet system with shelves, this option is for you. Now you can organize folded clothes with ease and utilize the totality of shelves because you can stack clothes taller.
  • Divider, Shelf Duo: Looking for even more storage surface? This multi-use piece allows you to divide up already existing shelves while creating MORE shelf space for your goods! This organizer slides over the edge of a shelf, creating a solid structure of two dividers connected by a top shelf. Now you can keep small pieces from falling over while creating a sturdy way to utilize every vertical inch of existing shelves.