Storage Hacks to Try in 2020

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to get a fresh start on cleaning and organizing your home. As many of us know, after rounding out 2019 with all of the back to back holidays, your house can start to feel as though it has taken on more clutter than ever before. But the question is, how do you properly manage and store your belongings without having to do a complete purge? Is there a way to implement effective storage solutions without breaking the bank? Thanks to useful storage hacks, making room for your supplies doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds and you can finally reclaim your living spaces from all of the clutter.

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Storing Paper Goods

Every weekend when you take that long-awaited trip to the grocery store, you come back with all the essential supplies you need for the week and those big, huge packs of paper towels and toilet paper. Obviously, those are two incredibly important items in any household but where in the world are you supposed to store those massive packages? The easiest solution you can try only requires a hanging shoe shelf organizer. They typically cost around $10 and are easy to set up in any closet. They are perfect for storing rolls of toilet paper or paper towels and keeping them organized and out of the way. 

For a more hands-on hack to store specifically paper towels, you can install four hooks and two bungee cords against the wall. Place two hooks at the bottom of the wall and the other two up high enough so that the bungee cords will have some tension when they are stretched. Hook the bungee cord to the hook so they are both vertically positioned. Then, just start stacking your paper towel rolls horizontally up the extent of the bungee cord. Allow the bungee cord’s tension to hold the paper towels in place and then, forget about it. This hack is perfect for the inside of a pantry or cleaning closet to keep paper towels stored neatly and out of the way.

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Strategic Storage Spacing For Newlyweds

The act of getting married is a moment that many look forward to. Unfortunately, the discussion of what to do with extra belongings typically comes as a surprise. This article will help you find the best possibilities to store away your most important or miscellaneous items. And do you know what? Finding the perfect storage spacing doesn’t have to be costly!

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Purchase Plastic Bins

Now that you’re married, it’s easier than ever to get your items mingled together with your spouse’s. To avoid this confusion, purchase plastic storage bins. Storage bins are cost-effective and you can label each bin to make it even more convenient to identify what is inside of each bin. In many cases, it’s not difficult to purchase the size you’ll need. When labeling your bins, both you and your spouse should use color-specific labels to identify from afar who the bin belongs to.

Utilize Your Garage

If your home comes with a built-in garage, take advantage of it by storing your items. One side could be used for his items and the other side for you. In the long run, both you and your husband will value the presence of an organized garage, containing both of your items. Sometimes utilizing a garage is not an option because the home didn’t come with a garage. In such cases, you can purchase a storage container by the foot. Depending on how big you want your storage container is how much you will pay. It can be tough having to use your garage if you really prefer to store your vehicles in it only. Owning a big storage container might work better for storing personal items and power tools that operate from a power inverter connected to a battery source.

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How to Set Up Your Home Office to Make the Work More Enjoyable

A few months ago we had a new normal to get used to around here: my hubby started working from home full time! For us, the flexibility that offers is perfect with two little ones, but we’ve had some challenges, too. Like, keeping two little ones fairly quiet during the day so daddy can work! But one of the big things that has helped all the way around is giving him his own office space in which to function.

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So when Ashley Wilson floated me a post idea on making working at home more enjoyable, well: I knew my husband FOR SURE would appreciate it! She’s got tons of tips – keep on reading for more!

When working from home, many people tend to improvise when setting up their home office.  Many tend to skip the organizational aspects of the home office, and the comfort of the work area. All you need is a desk and chair, right? 

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6 Ideas for a DIY Calendar

2019 is drawing to an end. Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the month of September already?! As 2020 comes closer, there is at least one thing that you need to do – ditch your old calendar and make way for a new one! If you have the time and if you’re feeling creative, why not DIY a calendar on your own? No idea how to do it? No problem! Keep on reading and learn from the following tips! 

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Choose Your Best Photo 

If you are into photography, use your best pictures to add an aesthetic element to your DIY calendar. Choose one photo for every month of the year. Use photo editing software to make the pictures stand out. If you already have the photos and you’re not sure how you want to use them, you can always create a calendar with the help of Shutterfly. They have a team of experts who can help turn ordinary photos into an extraordinary calendar. 

Pair It with a Stand 

Make the DIY calendar stand out on the table or desk by having a base to hold it still. With an easel calendar, you can choose from a variety of designs that will complement the look of the calendar, which has a different display every month. Among others, wood is one of the common base materials for an easel calendar. 

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Tips for Preparing for Your First Family Road Trip

The great road trip has fast become a quintessentially American tradition, accounting for nearly 39% of all vacations taken. From the Pacific Coast Highway to Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia (where I grew up traveling to), there are a plethora of gorgeous natural areas to drive through and stop for a few days. Hey, you can even fly abroad and then rent a car to explore the best Asia destinations, if you’d like your road trip to stretch even farther! After all, road trips appeal to America’s love of independence and freedom. It can be extremely liberating to let your wishes be your guide, and to take every day as it comes, sleeping in your very own RV or booking local hotels with charm. If you are keen to take your very first road trip and you need some advice for traveling with children, keep these considerations in mind and enjoy a fun-filled bonding experience with those you love.

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Choosing a Destination that Appeals to Everyone

Because a road trip enables you to visit more than one site, ask everyone in your family to come up with their own ‘bucket list’ that covers the general area you are visiting. If everyone feels like they have chosen at least one top destination, the trip can be a little more satisfying for everyone involved. There is one proviso when it comes to lists, of course. Some places are particularly magical and may entice you to stay for longer than envisioned. For this reason, you should keep your bucket lists fairly ‘loose’ and agree to slightly alter your route if you become enamored by a new spot.

Selecting and Preparing Your Vehicle

If you are traveling with children (and let me tell you: you haven’t travelled with children until you’ve traveled with 3-year-old twins!) or simply taking a road trip spanning more than a long weekend, a spacious RV-style vehicle will certainly make travel easier and more convenient. On the one hand, items like strollers, toys, and other essentials can be easily stored, as can sports equipment and sportswear – including items like boots, thick coats, and the like – without worrying about space. Check your vehicle maintenance book and ensure that your oil and filter are clean/new, change your spark plugs if need be, ensure spare tires are in good working order, and obtain extra items such as car belts and other essentials. If a maintenance check is due in the next few months, pull up the date slightly to ensure you don’t go over the stipulated mile count. 

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