Why wait until spring to do some serious cleaning and organizing? Get started now!
To encourage our readers to take control their lives, Renovate Your World has launched the Address the Mess contest in which one lucky winner will walk away with $300 worth of storage solution products from ClosetMaid.
There are two $100 second and third place prizes, as well.
To enter, simply go to the Address the Mess Contest Page to enter your name and "Like" your favorite Renovate Your World storage article on Facebook.
But don't stop there. Be sure to check out the Storage Solution Gallery for the latest in ClosetMaid storage products for the mudroom, bedroom, kitchen and more. There's plenty in there to inspire you to throw out the junk, recycle what can be and organize the rest. Don't stress! Address the Mess!
Happy New Year from everyone here at Renovate Your World!
Having trouble deciding on a New Year's Resolution? Here are some suggestions:
1) Get fit! Yes, 90% of the country's population has this same resolution. But you can take it one step farther. Design and create your own home gym. You'll save on membership costs, and you will have no excuse not to go every day.
2) Learn woodworking! By making your own shelves, chairs and what-have-yous, you'll be saving money (again) and learning a cool new hobby. Check out these handy How To Videos to get started learning key cutting techniques.
3) Get organized! Clutter is so 2009. Purchase and install a few closet organizers. They make a world of difference.
4) Help others! Pick a charity from our Charity Blog Series and see how you can be a little more selfless in 2010.
5) Spend more time with family! That's easier to do when the hub of the home--the kitchen--is a place you are proud of. A whole kitchen remodel may not be in the budget for 2010, but you certainly can swap out the old faucets, install some new appliances or change up the cabinets without breaking the bank. Check out these beautiful kitchens for inspiration!
There used to be a show in Japan called The Ito Household, which invited viewers to send in their home videos about innovative money-saving gadgets (sometimes useful, sometimes just completely silly) they constructed out of old cardboard boxes and useless things around the house for cash prizes. The show was a huge success because it made being frugal fun.
ShopSmart, a consumer report magazine launched in 2006 for shoppers whose time is money, has easy and enjoyable tips on how to save on storage products. “No one should spend $20 for a shoe box bin or $30 for a linen-lined basket to keep their house in order,” said ShopSmart Editor-In-Chief Lee Freeman. Here’re some of the quickest, and most money-saving projects to create storage in your house:
1. Got leftover wrapping paper from the holidays? Use it to decorate old shoe boxes to hold office supplies, remote controls and toiletries. ShopSmart also recommends using contact paper, fabric or leftover wallpaper to jazz up those boxes. The best part of this project is that it’s free!
2. Over-the-Door shoe bags and hooks—tricks from your college dorm days. The best way to increase limited storage space is to take advantage of every surface and square foot possible. ShopSmart recommends you use shoe bags for more than just shoes; use them to store gloves, hats and scarves and even put them in your bathroom to hold blow dryers, curling irons and toiletries. A helpful suggestion: Place hooks where you tend to drop things.
3. Another way to maximize limited storage space is to have gadgets that allow flexibility. Lazy Susans let you store things deep within a cabinet without clutter. Just spin that Susan ’round and find what you’re looking for!
4. Baskets, trays and metal tins are great resources to store extraneous things from around the house. Use them in your office, kitchen and bedroom so you’ll have a smart place to keep all your treasures.
Check out our tips on how to smarten your storage space in the attic and the basement.
We all know the trick of hiding a house key somewhere outside your home underneath a rock. But here's an interesting twist. How about storing your garden tools outside in a giant plastic rock? The Storage Rock Tool Organizer from Yardiac looks like real stone but is made from heavy duty plastic. It allows you to store your garden and pool equipment outside year-round. It can be ordered from the Yardiac Web site.
What does your dream toolbox look like? Do you sometimes wonder about all the options available? Matco Tools has a new Toolbox Configurator on the front page of its Web site to help you visualize. Users start by selecting the model series and then are walked through the selection of unique drawer configurations, distinctive color and trim combinations, add-ons for additional storage space and accessories and upgrade possibilities. It's so easy my five-year-old niece can do it.
Wheelbarrows are immeasurably useful but big and bulky in storage. The new Fold-A-Cart promises to change all that. The cart folds to 20 percent its original size for easy storage and transport. It also performs as well, if not better, than a standard wheelbarrow and is capable of carrying up to 400 pounds. The wheelbarrow bed is completely puncture, tear and UV-resistant, and the product is backed by a full 10-year replacement warranty. Contractors may find the professional grade version useful for saving space in their work truck. It is available for purchase from the Fold-A-Cart web site and by phone at 1-866-977-3653.