6 Steps To An Organized Attic

Attic Storage Tips

 

 

Attics end up being the dumping zone for storage for everything from holiday decorations, luggage, old family trunks full of memorabilia, books, toys and some items that you don’t even remember storing! Attics can become reorganized, cluttered and turn into a “junk” room very quickly. Things get thrown in an attic and end up being forgotten for year. The attic can be a hard room to organize, because it requires climbing up and down stairs or a pull-down ladder. However, once you decide to organize your attic and keep it organized, it will give you more storage in your home. Attics are dry, as compared to basements, which can flood, but attics, especially ones that are not insulated, will experience temperature extremes and higher humidity. So, when you make your plans for the attic, keep that in mind when deciding what you what to store in the attic.

If you follow a few of the steps below, you will be able to organize your attic much quicker than you thought.

 

  1. Assess the items that you currently have stored in the attic. Go through the usual sorting process: keep in the attic, place in storage, donate or sell, or throw away. Place the stored items into a storage facility as soon as you finish sorting the room. Stop N Stor  offers a variety of storage unit sizes that can help every storage need. When you place the stored boxes back into the attic, make sure to label the boxes with the content.
  2. Organize the attic into zones such as holiday decorations, clothing or family memorabilia. Keep like items together so you know where to access them if you need them.
  3. Depending on the amount of space that you have in your attic, utilize storage options such as shelving to put your boxes and storage containers on.
  4. Keep items that you access the most closest to the door. Place the belongings that you will not need as much towards the back of the attic.
  5. Gather loose items into boxes instead of having them take up valuable space.
  6. One you have organized the attic, make sure to keep it organized! Check on the items in the attic at least once a month. The attic shouldn’t be out of sight, out of mind. Every few months, do a quick clean-out of the items, especially holiday items that you do not plan on using again.

 

8 Easy Kitchen Organization Tips

Easy Kitchen Organization Tips

 

 

The kitchen is the room in the home where everyone gathers for conversations, meals, homework and get-togethers. It is also the room which gathers clutters on a daily basis. Everyone deposits their backpacks, purses, keys, wallets, etc. in the kitchen and the items stay there until they are eventually put away in their proper homes. Organizing the kitchen is a daunting task, so it usually is a room that gets avoided or put last in a reorganization project. But, if the kitchen is the heart of the home, it is very important to keep it organized.

If not careful, the kitchen can turn into the “catch-all” room of the home. The kitchen is where small appliances and kitchen accessories sit on shelves, countertops or in drawers, and gather dust. Family members pass down pots, pans, jello molds, cake pans, storage containers and utensils which end up being placed in the back of cabinets or drawers never to be used again.  Everyone has a collection of storage containers without matching lids or special utensils that you had to have in order to make one dinner 5 years ago, but haven’t used since. It is time to clean through all of that clutter and reorganize your kitchen. There are many great kitchen storage solutions that you can find at any organization or home store such as Bed Bath and Beyond or Home Depot.

Below are some tips that can teach you how to organize your kitchen and keep it clutter free:

1. Create a kitchen organization plan and checklist. Separate your kitchen into areas such as junk drawer, pantry, cabinets, countertops and drawers. Work on reorganizing one area at a time. You will feel a sense of accomplishment once you finish the first area and move on to the next area on your checklist.

2. Clean out the excess items in each of the areas in the room. Throw away expired food, broken plates and glasses, and mismatched storage containers. If you haven’t used a utensil, pan or serving dish in years, then this is a good time to get rid of the item. If the utensils, appliance and storage containers are still in good condition, think about selling or donating them.

3. Thoroughly clean the empty cabinets or drawers and change the shelving paper before putting items back inside. Also, wash the items before putting them back in the cabinets. Place like items together and stack items (such as bowls or pans) within one another to save space.

4. Make it a daily habit to clean off the counter where bags, keys, and purses get thrown every day. Place a decorative bowl on the counter to put keys and other small objects, but after a week, clean through the bowl to throw away items or put them in their proper homes. Do not let mail pile up on a countertop. Sort the mail daily and recycle or throw away catalogs or magazines that you do not plan on reading.

5. Utilize all of the cabinet and vertical space in the kitchen. Put special occasion dishes and serving items higher up in the cabinet, since they are only used a few times a year. Have a step stool handy to reach the items that are on the higher shelves.

6. There are many kitchen storage solutions on the market. Use kitchen drawer organizers for your spoons, knives and forks. Use decorative storage containers, to store dry ingredients on the countertop. Only keep the most essential items in the kitchen on your counters and have the items that you use the most within easy reach.

7. Remember to clean as you go. Don’t leave dishes sitting in the sink after a meal. Wash and put the pans and dishes away after each use.

8. Don’t wait another year to re-organize your kitchen. If you feel that things are getting unorganized again, then start your project again.

 

 

Time for Baseball

Time for Baseball in Georgia

 

For any baseball lover, the two words, “Play Ball” has many meanings from welcoming in spring to enjoying baseball games under the stars with friends and family. Baseball officially returned with the start of the regular season, Monday, March 31st. The Atlanta Braves and the Savannah Sand Gnats opened up their seasons last week on the road. The Atlanta Braves started the season in Milwaukee against the Brewers and then in Washington D.C. against the Nationals. The Savannah Sand Gnats opened up their season against the Lakewood Blue Claws. Both teams have their home openers on Tuesday, April 8th. Spring is a great time to get reacquainted with baseball and to check out the teams as well as help build excitement for the new season.

 

Savannah Sand Gnats

The Savannah Sand Gnats play in the South Atlantic League in the Southern Division. The Sand Gnats were the 2013 Southern Atlantic League Champions with a record of 77-61. The team is coached again this year by Luis Rojas. The Sand Gnats opened up the season away against the Lakewood Blue Claws. This season, Savannah has an extra reason to cheer on the team as local pitcher, John Michael Gant is playing for the team. In fact, he pitched the team to a 10-1 win over the Blue Claws on April 4th. As of April 6th, the Sand Gnats have a 1-2 record. Their home opener is actually a double header (to make up for at least one postponed game) yesterday, Tuesday, April 8th against the August Green Jackets. The first game starts at 5:35 with the second game immediately following.

The Atlanta Braves                                                                                           

The major league baseball team in Georgia is The Atlanta Braves  have started off the season with a 4-1 record. Yesterday, Tuesday, April 8th was the team’s home opener against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Aaron Harang will be the home opener starting pitcher. The Braves had a great 2013 season! They finished first in the National League East with a 96-66 record under manager Fredi Gonzalez. They made it to the Division playoffs in 2013, but lost the series to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves have won the World Series in 1957 and 1995 and have been to the playoffs multiple times in the past 20 years.  This year’s Brave’s team is very similar to last year’s team. There haven’t been many changes to the line-up. Key players, Justin Upton, B.J. Upton, Alex Wood, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman will be key components to the Braves coming back and winning the National League Eastern Division this year. The Braves having been playing at Turner Field built for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics since 1997. However, they will be moving to a new stadium in Cobb County, outside of Atlanta in 2017.

Good Luck to both teams in the 2014. Get out and support the teams and enjoy some peanut, popcorn and cracker jacks!

 

Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

Simple Spring Cleaning TipsSpring officially arrived on March 21st. The spring weather has also finally made an appearance, which is great weather for opening windows and doors and letting the warm breezes and fresh air into our homes after a long wet winter. With spring comes the time to do those dreaded spring cleaning projects. Spring cleaning has been going on for centuries. People would close up their homes as a protection against the cold and wet weather during the winter months. Dirt and ash from fires, residue from oil lamps and other dust would settle in every corner and surface of the home. When the first taste of spring weather arrived, people would open up their home and thoroughly clean and air out their homes. We continue that cleaning tradition today by doing spring cleaning, organization, remodeling and renovating projects during the warmer months.  According to the American Cleaning Institute Study, 72% of American households do some sort of spring cleaning and it takes about a week to do all of the projects.

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. However, if you start your project with a goal in mind and a plan, then the spring cleaning projects can be easier to accomplish. A major part of the spring cleaning process is de-cluttering and re-organizing the spaces that you are cleaning. Spring is the best time to put away winter clothing, pack up paperwork that has piled up on desks and recycle magazines and catalogs that you received over the winter. In order to become organized, you must first clear out the room that you are cleaning. Then, sort the items of the room in to the following boxes or piles: Keep in the room, store, sell, donate or throw away. Self storage is a great option to store items that you can’t get rid of, but still want to keep. Stop N Stor has locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah, Georgia that can help you with all of your needs from packing and moving supplies to climate controlled storage units.

In order to help you through your spring cleaning projects, here are some great tips to help you make the tasks easier. There are also many great websites that can offer spring cleaning tips and ideas including Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Gardens. You can also follow or even create your own DIY spring cleaning tips!

1. To start off your project, create a checklist of the spring cleaning that need to be accomplished for each room.

2. Get family and friends involved in the spring cleaning projects. Share the jobs to make it easier for everyone. With more help, the projects can get done that much quicker.

3. Make sure you have all of the proper cleaning supplies for your spring cleaning tasks. Microfiber clothes are great for dusting and cleaning. Invest in a good vacuum with extensions so you can get the cobwebs in the corners and on the walls.

4. Do your projects room by room. Each room of the house will have special needs, such as cleaning the tiles in the bathroom to shampooing rugs and carpets. You don’t have to do the entire checklist at one time. Pace yourself and you will get the project done.

5. House cleaning tasks that need to be completed during your spring cleaning projects include:  wash the windows, change linens and comforters, deep clean the carpet and rugs, clean curtains, and wash down and scrub lawn and garden furniture.

6. Clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Throw out expired food and staples. Wash down the shelves and the cabinets.

7. Dispose expired medication, cosmetics and other beauty supplies in your medicine and linen closets.

8. Make sure that items in the room are put away in their proper home every evening. This will help keep the room organized long after the spring cleaning project has been completed.

9. Keep up your spring cleaning tasks throughout the year. Do some of the bigger tasks every 6 months, to keep your home organized.