The battery recycling process…cool video

I like knowing what happens once things are donated or recycled and this is a great video on the battery recycling process.

Call2Recycle® is the only free used battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted 35 million kilograms of used batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 public collection sites. – See more at: http://www.call2recycle.ca/who-is-call2recycle/#sthash.yI3mnLBL.dpuf

 

 

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Enjoy a Fresh Style in Your Closet this Season

As we get our kids set for school and psych ourselves up for another fall season, there’s no better time than now for a closet make-over. So, before you head out on a shopping trip for new clothes check out what you ‘need’.

If you’ve already shopped (because really, who hasn’t :)) Then still consider following our  handy checklist to help whip that closet into shape to make getting dressed easier each day :

  • Examine every single thing in your closet – remove items and lay them out on your bed if it makes it easier to sort
  • Only put back items you are sure you want to keep, if you are unsure, hang it backwards and if you don’t wear it by next year, discard
  • As you return items to the closet, divide them into “current” and “out of season” giving the current items up front space with out of season items in the back
  • Group your items by type, i.e. pants, skirts, dresses, long-sleeve tops, short-sleeve tops
  • Optimize space with belt hangers, scarf organizers and door hooks
  • Door hanging shoe bags can hold socks, tights, hair accessories, and any assortment of dolls or ninja warriors 🙂
  • For items that you no longer want – place into 3 labeled bags: donate, garbage, and consignment
  • If you still have too many items for the space, consider storing out of season items elsewhere
    • perhaps an available closet in another room or
    • or pack some items up in storage boxes or under the bed bags that you remove the air from
    • or think about installing a customizable closet system for your next make-over

Here’s a young lady’s narrow closet that we maximized the space in – I wish I was a better photographer but I think you’ll get the idea.

Before pic includes: ceramics on the top shelf, art kits on the bottom shelf and those custom metal cubes that seemed like a good idea at one time. So, we gave her two drawers for her undergarments, two basket drawers plus gave her some floor space back….who can say they have floor space in their closet? Added in all new hangers, a couple of baskets, lighting and only put back the clothes she will wear!

Using Rubbermaid Configurations

Using Rubbermaid Configurations with drawers and baskets for easy access, added interior light, jewellery hanger and scarf/belt hanger and labelled baskets on upper shelf

No drawers so metal cubes were used = messy and a pain to find under clothes, no light to illuminate

No drawers so metal cubes were used = messy and a pain to find under clothes, no light to illuminate

 

Closet 101: Tips for Making Over Your Closet

It was so much fun writing this article originally for Rubbermaid Configurations Canada and now it’s your check list to get your daily dressing groove back on!closet101

Is your closet cluttered? Do you have multiple items of clothing on hangers? Can you find the shoes you want right away? Do you know where all of your ties are?

If you’re like most people, there are times when your closet is organized, but more often, clothing and accessories pile up until they are a jumble and finding what you want can require what feels like an archaeological dig. There may be clothes in there that you’ve completely forgotten you even have!

A closet makeover can be an exhilarating activity, but where do you start? How do you do it, and how do you maintain order once it’s done?

Here’s a four-step closet makeover process to get your closets organized and efficient:

1. Assess

2. De-clutter

3. Refine and Optimize

4. Evaluate your results

Step One: Assess Needs

Answer these questions

a) Who will be using the closet? Adults, growing children, an elder?

b) What do you need the space to hold? Coats, sports attire, seasonal clothes?

c) What is your organizing style? Do you prefer items to have a specific place in the closet? Do you like similar styles to be grouped together? Or are you more comfortable with casually draping your clothes over the door until you feel like putting them away?

Step Two: De-clutter

You’ll need large plastic bag and tape and marker

Lighten the Load

1. Review each item from the closet.

2. Return items that you want to keep to the closet, and make a pile of things you want to discard.

3. If you are unsure about whether to keep an item, hang it backwards.If you haven’t worn it in a year, you’ll know. You can then decide what you’ll do with it.

4. Next, divide the discard pile into three clearly labelled bags: donate, garbage and consignment. Divide the items remaining in the closet into “Current” and “Out of Season.” Store out-of-season items separately. They don’t get prime closet real estate until their season arrives.

Start Small to Achieve Success

If this is your first time, choose one small closet 

Set a timer for 30, 60 or 90 minutes, based on your work style

Stay focused on one closet until it’s finished

Step Three: Refine and Optimize

Now that you know what you have:

1. Group items in a way that makes sense to you, by color, style, etc.

2. Optimize the space by using practical organizing tools like a belt hanger, space-saving hangers, jewellery and scarf organizers and door hooks.

3. Consider installing lights to brighten up the interior of the closet.

Step Four: Evaluate Your Results

1. Do you have a place for all of your belongings? If not, you either need to cull more, or consider other options for storage.

2. If you have space particularly overhead or on the floor that is inefficiently used, consider installing a customizable closet system like Configurations™. You will need to measure your space – width, height and depth and then simply install.

via Rubbermaid Canada | Configurations.

Kitchen organzing can be priceless

Industry experts say that a well renovated kitchen can increase the resale value of a home by 20% – 25%. But, if you aren’t selling your home any time soon you might want to consider organizing and optimizing your kitchen to best suit your immediate needs.

Organizing inside the cupboards, pantry, fridge and freezer can reduce stress and lift the spirit substantially. Begin by thinking about optimizing the cupboards with turntables, risers and pull out drawers. Be sure to label the top shelves and you’ll never stand there wondering where the ladder is or what’s on that shelf again!

Rubbermaid Storage

Rubbermaid Food Storage

Kitchen Pull Out Shelves

Custom pull out shelves can literally change how your kitchen functions

The cost of a three-hour investment with an Expert Organizer is approximately $200 – the return on your investment will be priceless.

Your papers in the country

Do you love being outdoors? How about outdoor design indoors?

Well, if you love the country feel and you are in need of a filing cabinet take a look at this beautiful facecord filing cabinet made by Mark Moskovitz.

Remember your office practicality doesn’t need to be drab!

Face Cord Filing Cabinet

Facecord Filing Cabinet

Tweaking your entrance

Getting organized is a very personal thing. What feels out-of-place, disorganized or cluttered to one person may go completely unnoticed by another. The most important point is to identify exactly what feels out-of-place or cluttered and work on that one area specifically.

Often times, individuals come home and throw down the keys, the mail, drop the bags and kick off the shoes – a rather common daily activity and one that I love doing….but, if you find yourself feeling anxious about the messy look of ‘piles of stuff’ at your front entrance or the fact that you can’t find your keys the next day, then check out these ideas.

PotteryBarnEntrance Bench

PotteryBarnEntrance Bench

Do you prefer visuals to motivate you? Check these out Pinterest and Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens Entrance

Better Homes and Gardens Entrance

Organizing Papers – Horizonal versus Vertical…you’re both right!

I totally understand that paper in your home can get totally out of control. And really there are only two options to whip it into shape – Vertically  (generally hanging file systems) or horizontally (often referred to as piles or stacks).

Neither is right or wrong as long as it works for you and you enjoy looking at it all the time. it’s the enjoy looking at it part that most people have a hard time dealing with so here are a few kinder design styles for real life papers.

Vertically…this can be in the style of a complete open air hanging file system, a step desk top organizer or on a shelf in magazine boxes. BUT here are some options to sweeten the vertical file appeal and up the anti on your design style..

Office Candy Leather File Totes

Office Candy Leather File Totes

See Jane Work   Accordion Metal Sorter

See Jane Work Accordion Metal Sorter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horizontally…for the lovers of tossing receipts in a drawer, shoe box and piling those tax documents higher and higher throughout the year – then give these ideas a try…

Semikolon Secretary Box

Semikolon Secretary Box

CB2GreyfeltStoragebox

CB2GreyfeltStoragebox

IKEAPallraBoxes

IKEAPallraBoxes