Car Organizer

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Dude – your car is a mess!

Maybe you should invest in a car organizer and increase your dateability.

For some, a car is a means of transportation. For others, a car might be a mobile office, a filing cabinet, a second closet, a cheap hotel, a gym storage locker or your own version of a trending tiny house. I carry a massage table in my car, just in case there is a need for some roadside Reiki assistance, or if a date should unexpectedly turn into a massage. I might also need a nap on a long day trip. You never know. In the modern world, a car can serve a lot of purposes, for sure. What’s the weirdest thing you keep in your car?

Whether you’re a dude or a dudette, if your car’s a mess and you find yourself constantly losing things – like your favorite CDs or your wallet – you might think about tidying things and develop some car interior maintenance habits. Here are a few car organizer products and ideas for keeping your car clean.

Auto Litterbag

Nothing’s more disturbing than unidentified white wads of tissues and napkins tucked between seats, in your door caddy, etc. This waste container attaches to your seat. If you hang it in the front, it will be right there where you need it while you’re driving.

Folders

Those stray papers scattered everywhere don’t need to be there. They look like inept confetti droppings from a fright parade. Keep a folder for all those receipts, Post-its and other bits of paper that seem to end up everywhere. You can take it in the house and empty it once a week – shred them. Get a cheap dollar store one with an elastic closure to keep your mess put.

Beer Bottle Carrier

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Cans like to hang together in a six-pack format, just like your abs. Put your cans or bottles in this carrier and recycle them when they’re empty. This beer bottle carrier is also great for tailgating parties, as you can bring your beverage of choice (and maybe share). And don’t forget to dig out those ones that rolled under your seat. Ew. It will look less conspicuous without them rolling about if you get pulled over for speeding. Trust me.

Car Visor Organizer

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A visor organizer is another place to put receipts – plus it can hold a parking lot card, passport, or other important papers. A built-in padded sunglasses holder ensures you won’t lose your shades. This car organizer is always near your head where you can remember it.

Car Seat Organizer

A car seat organizer holds all of your travel essentials including sunglasses, cell phones, beverages, CDs and more. It hangs over the headrest on the passenger seat and keeps everything within arm’s reach (provided you hang it in the front passenger seat). The cool part is that you can take it inside when you get home (not a purse, dudes). This one has lots of pockets and two side mesh beverage holders. If you have junior travelers, they can put their tablets and other gadgets inside and keep themselves entertained on the journey. Here’s a blue back-seat car organizer designed just for kids.

Car Trunk Organizer

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If you must carry lots of stuff in your car, consider corralling it using this trunk organizer. It’s made of sturdy black denier and has two large inside pockets and exterior mesh pockets for storing bottles and other items. It measures 25 W x 13 H x 13 D inches and works equally well behind a truck seat. It’s great for tucking small grocery items too, and it stores flat for compact storage.

Handheld Car Vacuum

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A car vacuum means you always have the tool to keep your carpet, mats and seats clean and when there are mishaps, you’ll have it handy for quick cleanups. This one is fairly inexpensive. Alternately, you can use the car wash ones. Probably for the price you pay for the car wash vacs, you’d pay for the handheld car vacuum in a year.


Once you have your new auto storage accessories in place, it’s time to develop some car organizing habits. Remove your paper file folder once a week and shred/sort/trash the content. The waste basket keeps trash funneled into one location that you can also empty on a weekly basis. A cigarette-lighter-powered vacuum helps keep the interior clean and, again, try to make a point to vacuum and do a quick clean on the weekends. If you develop good habits, you will feel more comfortable driving, plus you won’t freak out your dates or your mother. And if you stop using your car as a gym locker, you’ll be instantly more dateable. Promise.

Love,

Clutter Control Freak

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Roll Jeans

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Roll, roll, roll your jeans…. gently and efficiently.

You’ve been told to roll jeans for compact luggage transport and you did and it saved you tremendous amounts of space, but guess what? You can do it for your drawers too. Twice as many jeans in half the space.

One might wonder looking at this drawer why she needs all of those jeans. Well, you should’ve seen the bag I threw out. Still working on it. Reducing possessions is an ongoing process.

Sometimes less is more. Today is one of those days. Now roll jeans and enjoy all the extra space you are making. You might find some you don’t need, or a whole garbage bag full.

Love,

Clutter Control Freak


You might also enjoy this article on folding shirts.

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Lost Socks

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Lost Socks

Lost Socks – The Antidote

We all have them – well most of us. Lost socks. Orphaned socks. The one that got away, ran away, got eaten – or disappeared into the sock black hole never again to be found. We keep the orphaned socks, hoping the mates will show up some day, like the tomcat who went out carousing. Only the socks usually aren’t out rollicking. They are, sadly and simply, lost socks.

The bag of lost socks may hang on the back of a door or in a closet – a big dumb clump of fabric and annoying reminder of a careless moment (or twenty). I have had such a bag for ten years. Every year or two, I dump them out, take another assessment, and then put them away after another failed attempt at matching.

Eventually, the lost socks get converted into dust cloths and then relegated to the trash soon after. It’s a sad thing, a widowed sock. Dusting with one is only a reminder of the thing that’s missing. I discovered something recently though, that put an end to my lost sock problem – SockPro Wash Organizer Discs. They’re made of flexible rubber and have non-destructive grips that hold your socks together. The rubber is completely safe for the washer and dryer and super-easy to use. Simply pull your socks through the center and the built-in soft teeth grip them, holding them in perfect pairs.

If you make it a habit to insert your sock pairs into the SockPro as soon as you take them off, you’ll never lose another sock. They come in sets of ten and are inexpensive – well worth the cost to keep your socks happily married forever.

Love, Clutter Control Freak
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Declutter Kitchen Instantly by Tossing These 8 Items

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Tossing duplicate and worn pans and utensils is an excellent way to declutter your kitchen Рplus it paves the road to kitchen organization. Kitchen organizing, while a challenge, starts with the difficult process of letting go. Most of what we have, we do not use, and this is true of clothing, kitchen accessories and most other possessions. Here is a list of common things you most likely need to toss to help declutter your kitchen quickly and efficiently. Sometimes we want to sell you things; today we want you to just let go.

1. Duplicate Utensils

You don’t need three spatulas, two slotted spoons and four ladles. Determine what you need and don’t need and give them away or donate them. Utensils takes up tons of storage in your drawers and on your counter. Someone else will be happy to have your discarded ones.

2. Ragged Towels and Dish Cloths

Know when it’s time to let go. Your clean new ones will bring you joy when you see them hanging from the towel bar.

3. Extra Coffee Cups

You saved them because they were gifts, or because you felt guilty. But do you really have to? No. Unload them on your coworkers (don’t tell Marie Kondo) or give them to the Goodwill. Think of all the inches you reclaimed in your cupboard.

4. Extra Drink Containers or Water Bottles

They find their way to the back of the cupboard. You can’t find them. You purchase more. Yes, you must stay hydrated. No, you don’t need all of those extra bottles. You are one person, not a camel – okay, maybe four, including kids, but those bottles are just hogging space in your cupboards. Make sure to check under the car seat too. You’re sure to find more, plus things you might need.

5. Worn Anodized Pans

Toxic, ugly – are you really eating those flaky bits? Use the excuse that they are worn to finally let them go. You’ll feel safer and you won’t regret it. Feel free to toss the duplicate ones too and be glad for the 100 plus cubic inches of space you now have. Pat yourself on the back. Breathe. It’s a good day.

6. Chipped and Cracked Dishes and Glasses

They’re chipped. They’re cracked. They might cut your mouth, or someone else’s. You feel sad every time you see the damage and remember the careless thing you did to break it. It was once shiny and new. Now it’s not. Why keep the negative reminder? You have other ones that are perfect.

7. Expired Canned Goods and Other Food

Think of a reason you need to keep these. No, don’t. Compost pile or trash. Now, please, thank you. You rock.

8. Orphaned Plastic Lids or Storage Containers

You will never find them, so just let go. They are off with the socks somewhere, also never to be found. But rest assured – they are happy, wherever they are, and they’re not alone – they’re keeping the socks company.

Make yourself a nice meal now with your newly spacious kitchen. Or just enjoy a warm¬†cuppa and congratulate yourself. You’re on the right track to decluttering your kitchen. You did it! You let things go. Enjoy your splendid emptiness.

Love,

Clutter Control Freak


You might also enjoy this kitchen cleaning for single people blog post on Organizeit.com.

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Remove Water Stains from Wood

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Remove Water Stains from Wood


7 Tips for Removing Water Rings from Wood Furniture and Wood Surfaces Using Simple Household Products

Spilling a beverage or leaving a window open next to heirloom furniture can feel devastating when it happens. White rings from glasses or blotches from rain can ruin the surface of an otherwise beautiful piece of furniture. Fortunately there are a few solutions to remove water stains from wood that can reduce the appearance of blemishes and sometimes remove them altogether. Of course, if the damage is too great, a furniture piece might require refinishing, but you owe it to yourself to try a few of these easy water stain removal methods before throwing in the towel.

  • Sometimes carefully applied heat via an iron (with a cotton ironing cloth) will lift white rings – especially if they are still fresh. Applying heat removes some of the moisture trapped in the grain.
  • Toothpaste, very carefully rubbed in to a small area with a cloth. Use the white paste, not the gel, and don’t over-rub because the polish can alter the finish and make it glossy.
  • Mayonnaise – rub it over the stain and leave for an hour. Wipe it off and see if it improves the stain.
  • Equal parts olive oil and vinegar. Rub across grain with a soft cloth and see if it restores some of the depth and color of wood. This works the same way as mayonnaise, as it replaces oils in woods but it has a higher oil concentration.
  • Massage petroleum jelly into the stain (yet another variant of the oil remedy).
  • Combine a teaspoon or so of salt with a little water and put that on the stain. Salt has an absorbing capability but will also act as a mild abrasive so do this with caution, or you may polish the surface of your dresser.
  • Mix oil or butter with powdered charcoal or cigarette ashes and rub into the wood. Using a dark substance is especially effective on dark old furniture as it can replace some of the color and conceal the damage.

The main photo shows before and after images of a water-damaged walnut dresser top. Imagine my dismay as I woke to find those water rings after absent-mindedly leaving the windows open. I used the mayonnaise method to remove the water stains, which produced rather amazing results. As you can see in photos, it’s barely visible now. The stains were about two years old. If you treat water damaged wood right away, it’s likely to yield even more impressive results.

There are no guarantees that the methods above will fix your water rings, and please try them at your own risk. Before resorting to refinishing or even veneering your furniture it may be worth it to try some of these water-stain-removal hacks, however.

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