For many, Labor Day is the last chance at a weekend getaway before summer fades into fall.
If you're packing up the family car for one more camping trip, you want to make sure you have everything you need to make it count. By this point in the summer, you should have you gear ready to go, but here are a few essentials that will make you review your checklist:
Food is an important part of any vacation, and when you're planning a camping trip grilling is top of the list. I usually recommend packing at least two coolers – one for food and one for drinks, but I just came across this great organizer and I think it's perfect for camping. The Trunk Organizer with Cooler is ideal for a family get away. The cooler is perfect for hot dogs, burgers and more while the multitude of pockets and cubbies house any shelf stable snacks like fresh fruit, chips and bottles. It's an organizers dream come true, honestly. It fits perfect in any hatch or trunk and doesn't need to be removed once you've set up camp. Keep foods in the trunk and there's no need to worry about pesky animals snacking on your dinner. Even add jumper cables and other travel necessities. If you need more room for drinks, add another cooler.
When you have the whole family at one camp site, it is important to create usable space. Pop up canopies are a huge help in this area. Canopies help create shelter without getting in your tent or camper. Set up a table and chairs, maybe keep your coolers under it – whatever you want to do. Just make sure you have it anchored down!
One of the biggest realizations I have had while camping over the years is the simplest: trash. Sometimes you end up with food waste or empty wrappers, but it's not terribly convenient to dispose of properly. Plus, you don't want to keep it out or just in a trash bag because then you invite animals to your site. The best solution I have found is utilizing a plastic storage bin. Find one that seals real tight and use it to keep empty cans or bottles, trash, food and more until you can get to a garbage can.
Laundry doesn't have to be a chore. Well, not a begrudging one at least. Proper storage and organization can cut down the time you spend in the laundry room.
Create a proper home for cleaning supplies with a storage cart. This model fits perfectly between the washer and dryer, creating a convenient and out-of-eye-sight solution. This three tier laundry cart takes up just eight inches of space in width. Store softener sheets, detergent, an iron, bleach and more safely.
Keep the ironing board tucked out of sight too with a holder or hanger. This wall mounted hanger holds your ironing board upright when folded. This piece features a top basket too, perfect for storing your iron, spray starch and more.
This contemporary laundry sorter includes four canvas bags that hang from a solid metal frame. Wire handles make it super simple to add and remove bags when transporting laundry throughout the home. Rolling and locking casters make it so easy to load clothes in the wash straight from the bags. This piece is a must-have for family homes with piles of laundry.
Cut down the time you spending folding clothes, too. Thanks to this shirt folder, you can quicken the process of getting clean clothes back in their rightful place. This folder is made from durable plastic, so it is sure to work for years. The non-slip surface is easy to use for big and small hands alike. Utilizing this folder helps reduce wrinkles too!
If you're looking to save money on supplies, consider making your own detergent.
What you need:
Fels Naptha Bar Soap
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
Essential oils if desired
What you do:
Grate bar soap with microplane
Add one cup borax
Add one cupsoda
Mix in food processor until combined as one powder
The longer the school year goes on, the more unorganized your locker becomes. Whether you have the locker yourself, or you are helping your son or daughter find the right locker organizers for this school year, you probably have the same goal: stay neat, organized, and don't lose your homework!
Between the books, folders, notebooks, and loose papers, your locker can easily become a mess. Most locker space is limited, so you need to find items to organize your locker but also make it look fun and different from all the other lockers. Here are some items we recommend to do both!
Magnetic Pencil Bins- Perfect for keeping your pens and pencils in order. These bins come in many colors and patterns to fit your unique style!
Magnets! – Colorful magnets are perfect for holing any important papers, notes, or reminders on your locker door to keep you on your toes throughout the day!
Locker Shelves – Add more layers to your space and seperate books and folders by different school subjects or put folders on one level and books on the other.
Here is another item that you would normally find in your closet. Give this a shot and repurpose the classic Closet Divder. This item is perfect for dividing in you locker and seperating papers from books. The transparent acrylic makes it perfect to see exactly what youre grabbing from all angles so there is no mix up before classes.
When hosting friends and family, I think we all have that drive, almost maternal, to make sure our guests are as comfortable as we can make them. Even if we secretly hope they will choose a hotel next time instead (hey, it happens!), there's something about having someone living in your home for a night or weekend that makes you want to impress. Here are some ideas to get you started on your way to being that girl…the hostest with the mostest (okay, I promise I won't say it again).
Nothing says cozy winter gatherings than a fireplace. This one mounts to the wall and is quite inexpensive. Read more
When I wanted to write about Christmas this week, I wondered if it was too early.Then I saw two Christmas posts on a couple of my favorite "intentional living" blogs and I felt like I was in good company. So… onwards and upwards.
When you think about Christmas, what are the aspects that overwhelm you and stress you out?
For me, it's not knowing what's happening.
I'm a girl who loves a plan and I like to know who's hosting the lunch and what I have to bring.
I also like to have clear in my mind what we're doing about gifts and cards. Read more
I have the best FREAK of the WEEK! She is the most organized person I have ever met. I used to teach organizational classes for a living, and she makes me look messy. Very messy. Her closets in her house have EVERYTHING in labeled boxes. You could eat off the floor at all times. If I ask her what she is doing tonight, she checks her list and tells me.
Here's a photo that shows what I did with some of the beads.
I have to nominate myself as Freak of the Week. I just got in a shipment of 25 pounds of glass beads, mixed colors, sizes and styles. You can imagine how many beads are in 25 pounds. Well, I turned on the Tivo, got a lot of small boxes, and sorted every single one of those beads.
If that wasn't obsessive enough, I then washed, with a sieve, each of the boxes I had sorted. After I dried them, I put them in clear zip top bags and stored them in my library card file (I purchased them when our library went computerized) by color, and of course the drawers are labeled with a Brother P-touch labeler.
Yes, excessive; yes, over the top; yes, even a bit freaky; but I can find just what I want in seconds! Here's a photo that shows what I did with some of the beads.