DIY Bug Spray – Essential Oil Alternatives to Those Nasty Store-Bought Products

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DIY Bug Spray – Healthy Alternatives to Deet and Other Harmful Chemicals

Mosquito season is upon us again, which reminds me about protection. Aside from the itchy reaction to bites, mosquito-born diseases such as West Nile, Zika, dengue and malaria are a bit of a concern. Not to be an alarmist, but having some repellent on hand is a really good idea.

If you are a fan of essential oils, you’ll be happy to know that making your own healthy mosquito repellent is easy, using only a couple of ingredients. Commercial products use toxic materials such as DEET, which are known human hazards, especially when used with frequency.

You can make homemade repellent out of oil and ordinary household ingredients, and there are a surprisingly large number of oil options to choose from. Strangely enough, many herbs are known to repel bugs including basil, marjoram, sage and thyme. Lemon eucalyptus (derived from eucalyptus leaves) and citronella are also really effective, as are tea tree, peppermint and clove oils.

You can choose to spray it or mix it traditionally with a carrier oil and rub it onto the skin. For spray, combine witch hazel, red vinegar cider, and a bit of rubbing alcohol for the base. First mix the oil drops into the alcohol and then add the other ingredients to a spray bottle. Be sure to shake well before using.

For the oil mixture, just add your essential oil drops to the carrier and mix well in a bottle or roll-on. Feel free to be creative and mix from the list below, or use single oils. Obviously, some are more pleasing to the nose than others. The herbal ones, while effective against mosquitoes, may have an unpleasant, slightly ammonia-like smell, whereas the lavender is pleasant. Eucalyptus and tea tree are both a bit astringent.

Refer to the lists below for ratios and be sure to check on the child dose ratio, as children require more diluted mixes for safe usage (.5%, as compared to 1 or 2% for adults).

ESSENTIAL OILS for MOSQUITO REPELLENT

lemon eucalyptus
citronella
lavender
basil
pine
rosemary
geranium
tea tree
eucalyptus
lemongrass
rosemary
cinnamon
sage
thyme
peppermint
clove

SPRAY FORMULA

Adult Ratio: 40 drops oil, 1/2 cup witch hazel, teaspoon of alcohol, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.
Child Ratio: Reduce about by 1/4, or check for online recommendations.

INGREDIENTS

Essential oil of choice
8-ounce sprayer
Teaspoon of alcohol
1/2 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or water

OIL-ONLY FORMULA

Mix 18 drops of essential oil with 30 ml. of carrier oil like almond or coconut (a heavier oil like almond will stay on your skin longer). This makes a 2 % dilution, which is fairly strong.

INGREDIENTS

Essential oil of your choice
Carrier oil (almond, coconut, jojoba or other)
30-ml. (1-ounce) bottle

Warning, for children you must use less oil in both DIY bug spray formulas. A .5% dilution is recommended for children, which would be more like 4 drops of essential oil to 30 ml. of carrier oil. There are other considerations with children, including possible sensitivity to some oils, so be sure to check an online source for proper/reduced doses for kids.

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Multi-Tiered Mobile Carts

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Multi-Tiered Mobile Carts – Instant Storage Anywhere

3 tier slim laundry cartMulti-tiered mobile carts give you convenient, instant, extra storage in any room of your home. Recently, when a pantry-building project got unexpectedly delayed, I found myself in need of an extra place to store food. We had an assembled three-tiered slim laundry cart on display at our warehouse sale, so I snatched it up. Positioned next to the stove, it makes a great storage place for oatmeal, protein powders and other pantry items.

mobile cart three tieredImpressed with its capacity, I decided to get another for laundry use. For 22.99, the bronze mobile three-tiered cart is a steal. I use it to stash dryer sheets, detergent and other laundry essentials. I was worried about assembly, but it’s an absolutely tool-free process, and the clever design is easy to put together in a few minutes.

Both carts have wheels, but for heavier-duty laundry applications, the laundry cart with locking breaks provides a little more heft, with the added option of stationary positioning. The carts have a small footprint but are large enough to give you lots of storage in the multi-shelf design. When I get around to finishing my pantry, I know I’ll be able to repurpose the white cart for another room. Hint: these are also sized ideally for toilet paper roll storage. And don’t be fooled by the thin wire design. Structurally, these are remarkably stiff and sturdy, plus they’re lightweight for easy portability.

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Wire Shelving vs. Wood Shelving

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Custom Closets – Wire Shelving vs. Wood Shelving – Which is Better?

Wire shelving vs. wood shelving – which should you buy? So, you’re building a custom closet system and you don’t know whether to go with wire or solid surface shelving. Both can be used for clothes closets, pantries, storage rooms, utility rooms, garage and other storage areas, but one may be better suited for your particular needs.

Consider your application. Are you going to be storing heavy items such as electronics components on it? You might opt for a laminated freedomRail shelving system, as it has a higher load-bearing rating.

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Are you looking for something inexpensive that you may reconfigure or relocate at a later date (say you are designing a nursery closet with storage requirements that will change as your child grows)? If so, you may want to use wire, as it’s lightweight, inexpensive and less cumbersome to disassemble and reconfigure.

If your home is not the one you will end up staying in, you may also opt for wire for the same reasons as above. It’s a little less in the way of investment, but it still looks fresh and neat, and is extremely customizable and modular.

Here are two short lists of benefits and features to help you in your wood shelving vs. wire shelving decision-making process:

Benefits of Wire Shelving

  • Wire is coated steel that is sturdy, yet lightweight, making it easy to transport, install and customize.
  • Wire is ventilated, which allows air to circulate around your stored items.
  • Wire allows you to see what you have stored on shelves (you know how things get “pushed to the back” and lost forever?).
  • Wire accessories such as baskets have the same benefits as above (visibility).
  • Wire is usually a less expensive option to wood and laminates.
  • Wire, while handsome in appearance, is often what people go with in a first home, or when on a budget.

Benefits of Wood or Solid-Surface Shelving

  • Solid, beefy surface can hold lots of weight and has a substantial, even stately appearance, depending on the laminate.
  • Stored items (including small pieces) are fully supported and won’t “fall through,” as with the ventilated wire shelving.
  • A multitude of finishes are available to match your home decor.
  • Engineered wood substrate is super-stable and resistant to warping.
  • Lots of drawers, shoe bins and customized accessories are available for configuring your dream closet.

wire pantry shelves organized livingWire shelving vs. wood shelving? We’ve laid it out for you, now the choice is yours. You can build an attractive, functional system out of either, but assess your needs and your budget before purchasing. Both systems are super-easy to install yourself and offer add-on accessories, such as bins and baskets, for versatile organization. Organize-It carries high-end, Organized Living laminated freedomRail and ventilated wire shelving. Organize-It also offers Organized Living’s freedomRail lines of wire shelving to fit a range of needs and budgets. One more thing to note is that our wire shelving is high-end and super-sturdy with strong support systems (not the common flimsy type you’ll find in a lot of hardware stores). There’s really no comparison in quality. You definitely won’t be disappointed by any of our closet systems.

For help designing your closet system, call 248-299-3350.


For more freedomRail inspiration, check out this blog post on the Organize-It Blog.
*Photos courtesy of Organized Living.

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Clothes Hangers – Closet Details

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Clothes Hangers – the Inexpensive Way to Revamp Your Closet

Clothes hangers are often the last thing we think of when organizing our clothes and yet, they are an important detail that makes a world of difference in the efficiency of our closets. If you default to the wire dry cleaners’ hangers or the plastic clothes hanger that came with your garment purchase, you likely have a mixed jumble of odd-sized, mismatched hangers that are not necessarily tuned to your wardrobe needs. Read on for an opportunity to reevaluate your hanger collection and optimize your closets for maximum space and organization. And here’s another thing – clothes hangers are one of the least expensive ways to organize your closet – and some designs utilize vertical space, making your closet instantly bigger.

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1. Multi-Tiered Clothes Hangers – Use that Vertical Space in Your Closet

Is your closet overstuffed with slacks and skirts hung on single hangers? Why not stack them using multi-tiered hangers? Think of all the horizontal space you will free up in your closet – plus, you won’t have to spend as much time rummaging for your slacks, skirts and jeans.

2. Padded Clothes Hangers – Protect Delicate Sweaters and Knits

Padded hangers help protect delicate garments from snagging, while retaining their shape. We’ve all experienced those ugly bumps and bulges that resulted in last minute ironing and fussing. A little extra care eliminates those problems and your sweaters will be grateful.

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3. Wooden Clothes and Coat Hangers – Support Coats and Heavy Suits and Components

If you’ve ever gone into your closet and found your favorite coat crumpled on the floor with a broken plastic hanger inside, I don’t need to explain this to you. Wooden hangers also take up more horizontal space, but this tends to give garments breathing room so that they’re less apt to wrinkle. If you have ample storage space, there’s no reason not to purchase matching wooden hangers for your entire closet. Wooden hangers look elegant and are also very efficient. Several wood types are available, but the cedar ones have the added benefit of deterring moths.

4. Children’s Hangers – Just the Right Size

Kid’s clothing hangers are smaller profile and utilize space more efficiently – plus they are less apt to stretch out clothes. Acrylic and wooden ones are available to suit your needs.

5. Wire Hangers – Sleek, Modern and Sturdy

Wire hangers take up LESS horizontal space and are therefore ideal for cramped closet situations. Organize-It’s wire hangers are a step above dry cleaner varieties and come in a range of styles, including multi-tiered pant and skirt hangers and accessory hangers for scarves, belts and other items. Most are chrome finished and add a sleek look to a closet.

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6. Accessory Hangers – For All Those Extra Little Items

Scarves, belts and ties tend to get strewn about drawers and closets and are always the items that hold up your staging and make you late for work. Keep them all together with dedicated hanging storage solutions and your mornings will be less stressful. Promise.

7. Plastic Clothes Hangers – the Super-Inexpensive Way to Hang Clothes

Plastic clothes hangers are an inexpensive upgrade to your closet, and replacing all your hangers with matching ones standardizes the amount of space each garment occupies, making for a neater, more uniform appearance. They don’t provide the same amount of breathing space as a robust wooden hanger, but they give more than the standard wire hanger. Organize-It carries high-grade plastic and acrylic hangers in a variety of styles to suit your needs.

8. Non-Slip Clothes Hangers – No More Evening Wear on the Floor

Non-slip clothes hangers have foam padding to prevent sheer fabrics from slipping off the hangers. Some even have bendable arms to configure for your garment for extra holding power. These are fabulous for keeping lingerie, dresses and other slippery fabrics in place.

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9. Hanging Closet Shelves – Souped-Up Clothes Hangers

Hanging closet shelves are great for spaces that lack shelf or drawer space (think dorms and small bedrooms). Supplied with hangers made for standard closet rods, these provide multiple compartments for stacking sweaters, shoes, purses, shirts and other items. They are relatively inexpensive and make great temporary or permanent storage solutions in your home.

Regardless of your taste and storage needs, it’s important to consider the details when organizing your closet and, in this particular instance, thoughtfully-chosen clothes hangers are an inexpensive way to establish order in your closets, which makes your morning rituals less stressful. Many of Organize-It’s hangers include quantity discounts for multiple purchases too (be sure to sign up for coupons and promos at the bottom of the home page).

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Green Gifts

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Green Gifts for your Eco-Friendly Family and Friends

Green gifts help put the green in Christmas – so why not indulge your eco-friendly family members in a way that suits their conscientious souls? There are so many ways you can sustain the environment while pleasing the earthy-crunchy people in your life, I’ve decided to share a few ideas with you…

1. Edible Green Gifts

Some people do like green eggs and ham, so consider giving food this holiday season. Whether it’s homemade cookies or a loaf of chocolate cherry sourdough bread, everyone loves food, including your eco-conscious friends. Find a recipe tailored to your gift recipient’s particular likes to make it extra special. Pack it in a glass food canister or some other non-plastic container so it can be repurposed for food storage after your gift is consumed. Homemade granola packed in an oval-sealed storage jar adorned with your favorite ribbon (or twine) makes a lovely holiday presentation.


glass food canister


oval glass canister


Loose leaf tea packed in a basket or jar, combined with a travel tea infuser makes a lovely gift and encourages a little self-indulgence, while a selection of hand-picked bagged tea may be packaged (by you) in this delightful bamboo tea storage box.


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green gifts bamboo tea box


Healthy food gifts presented in planters or small compost pals are a clever way to show you noticed while encouraging their eco-friendly ways. These are only a few edible green ideas to use as a springboard for your own brainstorming.

2. Green Gifts that Take Up Zero Space (for the True Minimalists)

Your minimalist loved ones may not want stuff for holiday gifts. Many prefer experiences: wining, dining, entertainment, sports tickets, etc. Experiences make great green gifts as they do not require maintenance, do not contribute to landfills, and do not require storage space. Think about your gift recipient. Who do they like? What are their causes? Classes in cooking, art, massage, essential oils, and blogging are just a few great ideas for your knowledge-hungry loved ones.

Digital music downloads and other entertainment services are great “experience” gifts that don’t take up physical space. Think subscriptions, online learning and media services (not advocating one here, just putting it out there – you know who they are).

3. Homemade Green Gifts

Homemade green gifts, especially consumable ones, are a great way to show people you care by adding a personal touch. Handmade soaps made from natural ingredients and essential oils make a lovely gift, as do gifts made from recycled goods. Buy some organic shampoo base and blend in their favorite oils for a personal gift tailored just for them. Making your loved one a luxury item goes along with the “experience” gift ideas by giving someone permission to ethically indulge in a soothing, luxurious activity.

4. Green Gifts Galore in the Form of Decor

Whether it’s renewable bamboo or hemp-woven rugs, sustainable decor makes a lovely gift for your favorite tree huggers. Organize-It has a huge selection of Lipper Bamboo products for just about any room or any purpose. Make your own set of office organizers from individual bamboo components, or deck out your loved one’s bath with gorgeous bamboo bath accessories. Fortunately, all of the Lipper bamboo and other products can be found in one convenient location on the Organize-It website.

5. Green Gifts that are Clean Gifts

While cleaning may not seem very exciting for a holiday, cleaning with Caldrea products almost seems like a luxury. Made with biodegradable ingredients with intoxicating essential oil scents, a thoughtfully selected array of Caldrea cleaners would be a welcome addition to most eco-friendly homes.

Caldrea sea salt/neroli-infused counter cleaner is a welcome addition to a vanity. Pair it with their corresponding laundry detergent and package in an attractive stainless steel compost pail, and you have a lovely, sustainable gift.

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6. Green Gifts you can Grow Yourself

Even in the winter, plants make lovely gifts and serve as a pleasant reminder that the season will actually change, as they always do. These sets of small pails are ideal for planting herbs, but you could also fill them with homemade candies, seed packets or a variety of other items. They come in galvanized or copper finishes and include a deep tray to corral them (which looks great on a windowsill or countertop). Buying seeds is another idea and if you give your gift in a container, you can save the waste of all that wrapping paper (thinking really green).


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7. Green Gifts from Recycled Materials

Whether you are buying from artisans or making it yourself, recycling materials is a great way to please both your eco-people and mother nature. Recycle boutiques can be found easily on the internet – or you can roll up your sleeves, haul out the sewing machine, and make a divine mess on your kitchen table. Gift-making can be a great family project, whether your make homemade wrapping paper, ornaments, wreathes or other handcrafted items. How about a crazy quilt from outgrown clothes, or candy tins made from tuna cans and recycled Christmas cards from last year? Or a groovy retro-knit beer cap vest or pantaloons? You’re only limited by your imagination here. Be creative. Go crazy. You have my permission (and I’m sure you were waiting for it).

8. Green Gift Cards – You Don’t Have to Decide

Buy a gift card and let your green person select their own green gifts. Organize-It sells them here, and we have about 20,000 products (not all green, but all colors and varieties) to select from, including recycling products, kitchen accessories and techie gifts. Gift cards are also great because they are so EASY – no shipping, no packing, no wrapping. Just plug in the email address, pay, and leave the rest to us. It’s all digital, behind-the-scenes magic. Whatever you decide to do to make your holiday green, have a fabulous one!

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

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Essential Oils for Stress

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essential oils for stressWhether you are de-stressing from the elections, or just from your work day, using essential oils for stress is a safe and natural way to reset your nervous system. There are many oils with stress-reducing chemical properties, but here are a couple quick recipes to get you going.

Note: Be sure before using the oil to test yourself for allergies by placing a drop on your forearm and cover with a bandage overnight. Remove the bandage in the morning. If any redness or lumps appear, do not use it. You can also test with the individual oils to pinpoint the sensitivity. Allergies are rare, but some people do have sensitivities.

Stress Relief Essential Oil Blend #1

  • 10 ml. of carrier oil (such as coconut oil)
  • 3 drops of lavender or chamomile
  • 2 drops of frankincense
  • 2 drops of lemongrass

Stress Relief Essential Oil Blend #2

  • 10 ml. of carrier oil (such as coconut oil)
  • 3 drops of ylang ylang
  • 2 drops of patchouli
  • 3 drops of bergamot
  • 1 drop of geranium

Rose is an emotionally powerful essential oil but also one of the most expensive, so if you happen to have some (or some rose absolute, an inexpensive alternative), it’s well worth experimenting with. Other good oils are orange and neroli (from bitter orange tree blossoms).

Application

Apply to temples, wrists, back of knees, chest, back of neck, and/or behind ears. Alternately, skip the carrier oil and add the essential oils to a diffuser or a warm bath before bed. Add a cup of chamomile for sound sleeping.

Warning: this is an adult dose. For children or pets, please seek out sources for proper dilution.

Using essential oils for stress is a safe alternative to toxins and a great way to pamper yourself and recover from a hard day, week, or election year. See our other post for suggestions for a basic essential oil kit for everyday living.

Love, Clutter Control Freak

You might also like the following, to help you de-stress:

Bath Spa Pillow
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Bath Caddy Relaxation Center

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Essential Oils for School

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Essential Oils – Tool Kit for Surviving the School Year

Economics. Biology. Cold pigs and half-dissected frogs stuffed in your dorm refrigerator. What to do with them?

Oh, those notes. Where are they? The latest Game of Thrones is on your roommate’s TV and it’s so much more interesting.

Algebra… How many Hillarys divided by two Trumps will it take to fill an orange crate? Oh, the debates are on.

Seventeenth-century painting just got less interesting when the resident advisor started a twerk session during the dorm’s first-Sunday, voluntary-dream therapy breakfast group, but wait, you came here to learn!

Let’s face it, dorms are distracting; as is life. Unless you’re not human, you probably struggle with focus. There are practical things you can do to help yourself, however. Often times, just switching the off button helps tremendously, but it may not be so easy if the switch resides in your head.

Essential Oils for Focus

Amazingly, there are some essential oils that may encourage focus. No, we don’t sell them, but we’re thinking about you and thought we’d share a few tips to help you get through the final leg of your term.

Oils for Concentration

  • Peppermint
  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Frankincense
  • Bergamot
  • Juniper Berry

For studying, the best ways to use the oils are either by sniffing directly or using in a diffuser (one engineered for use with oils). The chemicals get to the brain faster when inhaled through your nose. That said, when cut with a carrier oil (such as almond or coconut oil), a topical rub applied to vital points is also very effective. Plus, you can do it in public without rousing suspicion (or risking confiscation or arrest). Rub on wrists, behind ears, around ankles, at temples – or use your intuition. Don’t use the oils straight, they need to be diluted in a carrier oil. One or two drops to two tablespoons should work (or ten drops to 30 ml.).

If you feel hyper or scattered, the tree resin (Frankincense) and Juniper Berry are nice grounding oils. Peppermint is a great wakeup oil. Cool and stimulating, it can make you more alert. Try mixing some with your shampoo to get going in the morning (same ratios as with the carrier oil). Don’t apply peppermint near your eyes or other sensitive tissues.

When you’re studying for an exam, try sniffing some rosemary while you’re studying, then smell it again right before you take the test. Smells have a way of recalling memories and information. This a great memory trick and one worthy of sharing.

Essential Oils for Stress

We all have it. Sometimes a little stress is good, but not when it interferes with your concentration, your work, or your studying. The universe gave you lots of safe, aromatic plants to help you feel good. Many splendid oils come from trees, including the roots, resins, bark and blossoms. Ylang ylang is a great de-stresser and you can use it the same way as outlined above. A diffuser is great because you can use it while you’re sleeping – plus it helps relax you for deeper sleep.

Orange or bergamot are other great de-stressing oils and they can help modulate blood pressure – and have lots of other health benefits. Clary sage also has calming properties and it’s good for hormone-induced stress.

Oils for Reducing Stress

  • Ylang ylang
  • Patchouli
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Bergamot
  • Cedar Wood
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense

Lavender also has some amazing physical healing properties – especially for burns. You can find lots of information about essential oil properties online.

Essential Oils for Immunity

When you’re in school, it’s hard to avoid germs, unless of course, you’re doing it remotely or have a private room lined with Lysol-doused aluminum foil. Along with managing stress, it’s important to eat right and get lots of rest so you can feel and perform your best. Should you get sick, and you just might, sitting with all those germified “other people,” here are some great oils to have on hand:

Oils for Colds

  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Rosemary

These oils all have amazing individual properties, but combined, they form a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral mix. The blend is especially effective when you use it immediately – just at the onset of the sniffles – on vital points such as the soles of feet, wrists and behind ears. I’m not exaggerating! This is a powerful mix! You can buy it premixed from a number of manufacturers under names similar to “Thieves” but if you mix it yourself, you’ll have leftover oils so you can play amateur alchemist in your dorm room just as soon as you finish dissecting those pigs and complete those impossible math equations.

For “Thieves” proportions, check out this website, and remember the “Thieves” oils are all inexpensive staples that are nice to keep in your medicine cabinet. Please note that before using any essential oils, you should perform an overnight allergy test to detect if you have any sensitivities. Put a drop of pure oil on your skin and cover it with a Bandaid overnight. If you have any redness or swelling, don’t use it.

These suggestions aren’t just for college students, they’ll benefit most anyone and make a great home or travel kit for minor cuts, burns, etc. Please note that the doses recommended in this post are for adults only. Child doses require greater dilution, so please do some research before administering oils to children (or pets). There’s a wealth of free information on the internet about medicinal and other uses for essential oils, including recipes for eco-friendly cleaning products.

Have fun!

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

For two de-stressing essential oil recipes, view our other post.

You might also enjoy this tea storage blog on our sister site, which features a tea storage box that gets repurposed into an essential oil holder. And check out this piece on getting focused at work (which totally translates into school studying habits).

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Organizing Kids – Book Review – Benji’s Messy Room

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Teach Kids Organizing Skills Using Fiction

Benji’s Messy Room is a beautifully illustrated book with a purpose – to get kids organized. Cowritten by two professional organizers, Jonda Beattie and Diane Quintana, this book is written in first person in the voice of Benji, who takes you along on his journey from a messy to immaculate room in manageable-sized steps.

The story begins with a bit of defiance and a feeling of being overwhelmed by his mess, but Benji progresses through the task of room cleaning and reducing his toy collection in a step-by-step process (which includes a reward at the end).

The authors include tips and techniques for teaching organizing at the end, but the real meat is in the story itself, which was written by two women, both teachers, in a way that engages kids visually through a compelling, first-person narrative that kids can identify with as they build their own tidying habits.

Teaching kids to organize is a skill that they’ll benefit from their whole lives, both personally and professionally. Benji’s Messy Room is a fun learning tool that young mothers, grandmothers, teachers and professional organizers alike will appreciate. A female counterpart book, Suzie’s Messy Room is also available.

The illustrations are visually compelling, warm, distinctive, and entertaining, which kids will surely love. Both Quintana and Jonda Beattie are certified professional organizers and teachers, so they know how to communicate with children, as evidenced in this delightful book. Find out more on Jonda’s professional organizing website.

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Nail Polish Organizers

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Nail Polish Organizers – 3 Great Ideas for Decluttering Vanities

Nail polish organizers are something we never think to buy, and yet, they can make our lives so much easier. Nail polish has catastrophic potential when mishaps occur, so why not take a little extra care to prevent that from happening? If we could get through life without feeling the despair of Passion Red on light blue carpeting, we would be lucky. Nail polish organizers keep your polish upright and safe from you and your naughty cats, who, incidentally, enjoy Passion Red on any color carpeting.

Nail polish organizers come in a huge array of sizes and styles suitable for everyone, from the occasional get-pretty-for-a-date user, to those who must have an expansive array of nail polish – in every shade and finish – in order to feel sexy and complete. Here are several of my favorite nail polish organizers.

1. Spinning Nail Polish Organizer – Spinning nail polish organizers give you complete access to all of your nail polish bottles with only a slight turn of your wrist. This 30-bottle nail polish holder (shown in main photo) boasts center storage with four sections for nail files, buffers and other manicure tools. Clear acrylic makes it easy to identify your colors and the raised sides ensure that nail polish bottles don’t spill.

2. Acrylic Nail Polish Organizer – The occasional nail polish user will love the simplicity and compact size of this 12-compartment organizer. It measures 9.5 W x 3.5 D inches, taking up little space, while keeping your nail polish standing upright and ready to use.

3. Nail Polish Organizer Rack – With two shelves and room for 22 to 44 bottles of nail polish, this versatile metal rack looks as lovely as it is useful. The bottom shelf has about 2.88 inches of depth, plus plenty of clearance for storing small bottles of any kind (think lotion or shampoo). Rubber feet keep it from marring your vanity, and the scalloped open-wire design provides visibility while adding a decorative accent to your room.

There you have my top three picks, but you may need to check out our other nail polish organizers on our website. Plus, we have an enormous variety of cosmetic organizers, if you’re in the MOOD to organize, which I’m sure you are, since you made it to the end of my blog post.

‘Til next time.

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

You also might enjoy this how-to for another way to organize nail polish on the Organize-It blog.

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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

beer bottle carrier
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

visor organizer
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

car trunk organizer
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

handheld car vacuum
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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