Saturday, December 05, 2009
V – Vet your e-mail
If your inbox is constantly clogged, set your e-mail preferences to filter “I can read this later” stuff into its own folders.
W – Waste not, want not
Kitchen storage doesn’t have to stay in the kitchen: Look for ways to repurpose seldom-used items that are taking up space. Turn a spice rack into a clever spot to corral toiletries in the bathroom. Convert a utensil holder into an art supply organizer in your kid’s desk draer.
X – Add extra storage
Go to extremes to find more space-use areas near the floor & ceiling. Install wooden shelving & brackets along one wall of your living room, about a foot beneath the ceiling. It’s the perfect place for an overflow of books. Then go low & line the dead zone at the bottom of a hall closet with baskets to stow extra blankets.
Y – Ditch the yard sale
Yard sales are only good if you set the date when you decide to clean out. Otherwise, it’s emotionally better in the long run just to donate & be done. Sure, you may miss out on a little cash, but you’ll keep those “on second thought” items from migrating back into the house.
Z – Zip it up
Keep small, easy to lose items (craft supples, game pieces, itsy-bitsy toys, etc.) from going MIA permanently by putting them into a zippered mesh bag each time you find one. The zipper keeps them safe , the mest keeps them visible. Thread a ribbon through the zipper pull & hang the bag on a hook in an accessible spot. No more “Mom, I can’t find…?”
Sure hope you enjoyed these tips – I know I learned a lot of new, marvelous ideas myself.