Everyone has some form of memorabilia, whether it be your child’s artwork, high school yearbooks or ticket stubs from special events. I myself have a tote just for my own special items, as well as a tote for items from each of my children, no longer living at home. Although these items help us to recall the past, we all must live in the present. Keeping too much memorabilia can restrict us from living in the present by taking up valuable space we need to be able to use and access now. It’s a good idea to confine your memorabilia to a small tote or chest and not exceed this boundary. This way you prevent your sentimental items from turning into clutter. And remember……..The treasure is in the memory itself, not in the physical item.
I don’t know about you, but because my little pooch is such a cutie I like to buy her an assortment of treats. I used to place them on the shelf in my pantry but inevitably I found it difficult to find them when I needed them. So, I bought one of those little canvas bins you usually see at Winners or Walmart for about $5.00 and put all her treats in the bin. Now when I want to reward her, it’s a lot easier to simply pull out the bin and find what I’m looking for. Sometimes, I even let her decide. I just put the bin on the floor and she uses her nose to nudge the package she’s interested in! Check it out!
This past Sunday I completed the installation of the various items to get my son’s garage organized. Being a recently new home owner, there wasn’t an issue of an over abundance of items, but rather simply the need to organize the garage in a simple and convenient, no fuss manner for him so it could remain tidy, be efficient, and function well with his newly found hobby of stripping down classic cars. We purchased very few products and built a couple of easy shelves, organizing the garage into a section for automotive materials and tools on one side, and sports and garden equipment on the other, with a simple garbage and recycle centre in the middle. Here is a picture of the garage before we started:
And here’s a couple of pictures of the garage after we finished:
As you can see, it was a no fuss, simple, low cost and straight forward solution that achieved exactly what he wanted. And best of all was the smile on his face when he walked out into the garage to see the end result! And of course the hug I received. Now that for me, was priceless.
If you’re downsizing as a result of an impending move, and you’ve lived a long time with plenty of space, when you sort through and begin culling your belongings it might well become a trip down memory lane. Many of my clients find unfinished crochet or knitting projects, unused art supplies and such along the way. This often provides inspiration to return to hobbies that have been lost. When this happens, I suggest that you create a special nook just for your hobby, such as finding a place for your easel or weaving rack in your new home. Bring these wonderful creative activities back to a place of prominence in your life by giving them a prominent place in your new space.
This week has gone by incredibly fast. I completed my last bit of shopping for the garage makeover for my son and will be completing the installations and the organization this Sunday. I’m probably more excited than he is right now! Stay tuned as I’ll be taking photos and posting them on the Gallery page. And here’s a quick tip for your garage: install a small hand towel bar on the wall closest to the interior door to your home and hang an old towel. That way whenever you go into the garage you always have a towel handy to do a quick wipe of your hands to keep knobs and doors clean of grease and grime.
Here’s something inspiring for your day to day living, especially now that the kids are back to school. Place a storage bench or ottoman (Martha Stewart brand has a neat one) close to your front door for your kids accessories, such as knapsack, gloves, hats, etc. This also gives you and them a place to sit while putting on shoes and boots.
Okay, so here’s the thing. I’m not lazy by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, truth be told, the extreme opposite would apply. Yet, I have an issue with our garbage can in the garage that drives me nuts. I have purposely situated the can inside the garage, lid off, directly beside the door going into the house. This way when I empty the kitchen garbage bag I can simply walk to the garage door, open it and toss the garbage bag right into the can without having to walk down the two stairs into the garage and get my feet or slippers dirty. But lately, in the heat of the summer, my husband (the helpful soul that he is) has been putting the lid on the can to control the garbage odors that I so detest. This act of kindness has resulted in my extreme frustration at no longer being able to just toss my garbage into the can. Here I was trudging down into the garage to do the dirty work. So here comes the part where they say “be careful what you wish for”. Today, the garbage can lid is now off because…………wait for it…………..the heat is no longer an issue. September has sprung, prematurely, with a string of chilly days. Although I’m happy I’m back to easily tossing my garbage into the can, I’m not so happy that it’s because the nice summer weather seems to have disappeared. Too bad for me. I wonder what other people do with their smelly garbage cans in their garage in the summer?
I’ve cautioned my clients numerous times with respect to contributing clothing to donation boxes, but with The Toronto Star reporting on this today, it deserves a further mention. Many “charity” donation boxes you see sitting in parking lots are not truly going to needy persons. Many times they are unlicensed and situated there by disreputable persons who collect the clothing for themselves to be resold in consignment stores or exported with cost. This results in legitimate charities being disadvantaged. So whenever you are making a clothing or other type of donation to these charity boxes you see in parking lots around the city, carefully read what is on the box and look for a reputable name, such as Goodwill or the Diabetes Association with a contact number to call to confirm if you are in doubt. If the box simply says “Clothing Donations” I would be hesitant to use it. Of course, you can always drop off your donations at any Goodwill Thrift Store or call the Diabetes Association who have regular pick up times for clothing items and they will come right to your door!
I’m always on the lookout for great prices on products that either I or my clients can use for organizing home or office. This week Canadian Tire has a sale on a 5 tier resin shelf at 50% off. I’m purchasing this item to organize the automotive items for my son’s garage but it’s also very useful for a basement pantry, cold storage (especially because resin is not affected by moisture as a wood or metal cabinet would be), and basically anywhere shelving is needed in basement or garage. Another product on sale this week is at Staples. Its the DYMO label maker (50% off)- great for labelling all your bins, baskets and shelving. And, with the kids back to school this week, its also a good idea to label their personal items as well.
This past week has gone by incredibly fast! I have a number of new projects on the go, one of which is organizing a garage for someone special: my son. He recently purchased an old classic car which he plans on tearing down and renovating. This means getting organized in the garage so he can work efficiently and find what he needs when he needs it. One of the main points in garage organizing is to look up. Sometimes we need to reclaim valuable space with overhead storage units. Items that are used infrequently, such as fishing or camping equipment, are great candidates for loft storage. Also, we will be creating a central location to house all automotive equipment and tools needed for this classic car project. A 5 shelf resin storage unit will do the trick. Another area will be created to house his sports gear, such as balls, shoes, hats, bats. A large square net will be affixed to the garage wall which will stretch to accommodate these items very well. We’ll also be using hooks to hold gear off the floor, such as ladders, shovels, and garden equipment. And lastly, we will create a 6 foot workbench along one of the side walls above which we will be constructing two 6 foot shelving units to hold large automotive parts. I’m looking forward to getting this completed for him in the next couple of weeks and will post some photos for you to see.
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