The bathroom, usually the smallest room in the house, is actually the most daunting room to clean and organize. Bathrooms can easily get cluttered with everything from dirty clothes and towels to old make-up, skin care products and cleaning supplies. Before you know it, the bathroom counters are covered with a lot of “stuff” without any form of organization. If your bathroom is cluttered, it could “mess” with your morning and bedtime routine. Now is the time to start your bathroom organization project. As you are organizing, it is also the time to do a thorough cleaning of the bathroom. Everything in the bathroom, from floor to ceiling, should be cleaned first before starting on an organization project.
Some of the tips below are also great every day bathroom organization tips.
Bathroom Cleaning and Organization Tips
- Throw away expired cosmetics and medicine in your medicine cabinet or linen closets. Throw out anything that looks or smells funny.
- Keep only medicine or first aid items in the medicine cabinet. Keep the medicines that you need the most on the bottom shelf, within easy reach.
- Gather all hair products into a plastic bin and place this in the linen closet or under the sink.
- Before you start organizing, remove all items from the cabinets and then wipe down the insides and outsides of the medicine cabinet, toilet cabinets and linen cabinet.
- Put the make-up items that you use the most on a small decorative tray on the sink countertop, so you can just use what you need and not have to dig through a bag or a drawer.
- Use repurposed clear jars or storage containers on the countertop with items that you need to use daily such as cotton balls or q-tips.
- Wash and shake out bathroom rugs, sweep and mop the floor, and wipe down the baseboards. Take down draperies, curtains and blinds to be washed and cleaned.
- Scrub the bathtub. Pay attention to crevices, handles and fixtures. Change the shower curtain liner and shower curtain.
- Replace the shower caddy. Go through the products that you have in the caddy and throw out any expired items. A great DIY shower caddy/shower storage is a multi-level fruit/vegetable wire basket. This can be hung from the ceiling in the tub/shower to give added storage space.
- Remove cleaning products and other stored items from under the sink. If you haven’t used a product in 3-6 months, throw it away.
- Utilize bathroom storage options, such as over-the-toilet shelving to put items that do not fit under the sink or in the medicine cabinet, but that you need to access more frequently.
- Put away things that don’t normally belong in the bathroom. Put dirty towels and clothes in the hamper to be washed. Get the entire family involved in putting things away such as hanging up used towels, keeping the counters clear, and keeping the bathroom organized.
- This is a good time to access and replace items in your first aid kit.
- To finish up the organization project, reset the bathroom by hanging fresh linen, curtains and placing the clean rugs on the floor.
The old adage says that “Art is in the Eye of the Beholder”. That is a very true statement! Many of us have artwork and family heirlooms in our home that have been passed down many generations or we have recently purchased artwork created by a friend or a favorite artist. Collecting artwork is an investment and you want to make that your investment is protected. If you do not have the space to display your artwork at home, then it needs to be stored properly at home in a storage facility. Artwork should be stored in a secured and climate controlled storage facility. This will give you peace of mind that your artwork is protected. Stop N Stor has climate controlled storage units at our Port Wentworth and Savannah locations. Our staff will help you with storage solutions for your family heirlooms and artwork.
In order to keep your artwork in the best condition, there are steps that need to be followed to protect the artwork while in storage:
1. Store the artwork in a climate controlled storage unit. A constant temperature and humidity level will help protect the artwork from damage that can be caused by moisture build-up from high humidity.
2. Do NOT store artwork near open vents or near open doors. Direct sunlight can damage some types of artwork causing it to fade.
3. Storage canvas artwork upright and off the ground. Place the canvases on wooden pallets or vertically on shelving units.
4. Do NOT store piece of artwork flat. The artwork can warp if stored flat. You could also mistakenly store something heavy or sharp on the artwork, which will cause major damage.
5. If you are storing multiple pieces of canvas artwork, store tem with the largest piece leaning against the wall of the storage unit. Then, place the smaller pieces in front in descending size order. For extra protection, place a piece of cardboard in-between each piece of artwork.
6. For storage, wrap framed or canvas artwork in sheets or place the artwork in a cardboard box.
7. Do NOT store artwork in plastic wrapping or bubble wrap as this can cause moisture to be trapped inside the plastic damaging the art. Also, do not store artwork in newspaper. The print could rub off onto the artwork. This is especially true for sculptures.
8. Sculptures should be stored carefully on a flat surface. Do NOT lean sculptures against the wall or a door. Keep the sculptures towards the back of the storage unit, out-of-the-way of walking traffic.
9. Keep an inventory of the artwork that is stored. This is a good reference tool for insurance purposes.
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a vitally important, both culturally and financially, institution for the city of Savannah. Since its incorporation in 1978, SCAD has been attracting students from all over the world to the school’s specialized art degrees. SCAD offers more degree programs and specialization than any other art or design university in the country. The have a wide range of visual arts degrees including: Illustration, Video Graphics and Special Effects, Graphic Design, Photography, Fashion/Apparel Design and Interior Design. SCAD is a non-profit, independent, tax-exempt, accredited educational institution with nearly 9,000 students and 700 faculty members from around the world. The class sizes are small with an average of 18 students to one teacher, which allows for more one on one teaching and learning.
SCAD had expanded to four locations throughout the world. Savannah is the home base with other campuses in Atlanta, Georgia, Lacoste, France and Hong Kong. That school owns galleries in these cities to showcase their student’s work. There are 8 galleries in Savannah. SCAD is a crucial part of the economy of Savannah. According to a recent study by SCAD, in 2012, SCAD provided over 4,400 jobs to the area and over $386 million in economic input. SCAD attract thousands of visitors to Savannah for special academic to cultural events throughout the year. Cultural events that are sponsored by SCAD include the Savannah Film Festival, SCAD Fashion Show and deFine Art Show. The Savannah Film Festival held every September, is a major film screening event. There are special showings of student, international and domestic films and documentaries. Film makers and performers are honored at the film festival and are featured guests at lectures, seminars and special meet and greet events with students and faculty. The deFine Art Show, held in February at all four campuses, is the university’s annual fine and contemporary art show. The fashion school get a showcase for the SCAD Fashion Show held every May just before graduation.
SCAD also contributes to the Savannah area by offering volunteering programs for its students and faculty at institutions around the Savannah area. The university is a leader in restoring and reusing many of Savannah’s wonderful historic buildings. The restoration projects started back in the late 1970’s with the purchase and restoration of Savannah Volunteer Guards Armory to be used as the school’s first classroom and administrative building. Today, the university has classrooms, student housing and administrative buildings in more than 70 historic buildings in and around the Savannah historic district.
Savannah College of Art and Design recently held the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014. Stop N Stor wishes the best for the 2014 SCAD graduates. We look forward to be the self storage choice for SCAD students and faculty for the summer and upcoming 2014/2015 school year.
With spring cleaning projects for the inside completed, it is now time to turn your attention to sprucing up the outside of the house, which includes porches, patios, decks and the garage. During the summer months, most people will be spending time outside with family and friends enjoying the warm weather. It is important to have the outdoor areas clean and looking fresh. These areas are usually given a surface clean, but deep cleaning and repairing can be neglected. In order to clean the outside areas of your home, here are a few easy steps to follow:
- Invest in a pressure washer, if you don’t already own one. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can use a regular hose with the spray attachment. Pressure-wash your deck and patio to remove the layers of dirt, leaves and other items that were left over from the spring rain storms.
- Clean your patio umbrella with water and a mild dish-detergent mixture to avoid stripping the umbrella’s water-resistant coating. Also, make any repairs to the umbrella and make sure that the screws are all tightened.
- There are many different styles of outdoor furniture from metal to wicker. When you are cleaning patio furniture, read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning. If you have wicker furniture, vacuum the chairs. If the patio furniture is made of resin, use a scrubbing solution of ¾ cup bleach and 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent mixed with one gallon of warm water. Warm water dissolves grime and dirt better than cold or very hot water. For metal furniture, use a laundry detergent mixture. Keep an eye out for rust on the metal. If there is some rust, sand it down and repaint the furniture.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaning of the cushions and fabrics on your outdoor furniture. Some cushions might just need spot cleaning, while others might have to be entirely cleaned. Thoroughly clean and dry the cushions before placing back outside for use. Damp cushions could cause mildew to develop.
- Check your patio pavers for stains. You can remove the stains by scrubbing them with 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. To prevent future stains, lay outdoor mats around high stain areas like grills, patio tables and garage floors.
- Grills should be cleaned before and after every use. Scrub the grill when it is still slightly warm. A warm grill actually makes it easier to scrape off softened grease of other leftovers. Soak the grates in soapy water for at least 30 minutes and then scrape them clean with steel wool. Always clean drip pans and ash collectors in the grill.
- Decks take a beating from the elements from the sun, humidity to rain and hail. When you are doing your deck cleaning, it is easier to pressure wash the deck first. This will remove all of the accumulated dirt and debris on the patio. It is easier to clean a patio in the spring, before it gets very hot.
- Clean out your trash cans with a dish detergent and a pressure washer. It’s a dirty job, but it needs to be done.
- Sweep your front porch and then power wash the dirt and debris. Clean the lights, windows, your front door and the front steps. Make any needed repairs to the light fixtures. Give the porch a fresh coat of paint. Also, add fresh greenery and plants to your front yard.