Tips for Organizing Kitchen Cabinets

Are you looking for a way to free up a considerable amount of space in your kitchen? If you are like me and constantly trying to figure out the proper way to organize your kitchen cabinets to save space or create more space, then continue reading for some tips to organize your kitchen cabinets.

Tips to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets is as Easy as 123…

Empty Everything

The first step to organizing kitchen cabinets is to empty everything out. You can’t organize things without first knowing what you’re working with. Take the time to set out everything from every cabinet onto the counter. Check expiration dates and toss away any items that are expired or unusable, this includes pantry items that perhaps have little left within their container.

Group Your Stuff

Now that you have everything out on the counter in a wide open space, group your stuff. You will create mini-groups of similar items as a means to ensure you place baking goods with baking goods, seasonings with seasonings and so forth to ensure your kitchen cabinets are organized and easily accessible. If you’re uncertain of where to group an item, create a miscellaneous pile for now.

Determine a Home

Now that everything has been grouped together, take a look at the placement of your kitchen cabinets. Plan to have baking goods near the stove, for example, to ensure each item is not only organized but in an easily accessible location for their purpose. Keep canned goods in one place, pasta in another and be sure to have everything located in a place that suits the kitchen setup.

Try New Containers

Most of the items you found in your kitchen cabinets may have been in there a long time. Think about all of that waste, you perhaps spend extra money replacing items that didn’t need replacement. Try to use new containers such as clear ones so that you can label them and see how much is left in each container easily. This will help reduce spending on unnecessary supplies and ensure you can easily access what you need in the kitchen.

Use Hooks or Extra Shelves

If you find that there is a lot of empty space in your kitchen cabinets against the wall area, use hooks to help maximize usage of those areas. You can easily use an extra shelf install or hooks to keep various items. Consider maximizing the best organizational skills ever by utilizing the space that tends to be empty space once the kitchen cabinets are organized.

There you have it an easy to follow guide on how to organize your kitchen cabinets. Although tedious, this process is relatively easy and as long as you communicate with the household on putting everything where it belongs, things should stay organized for quite some time.

Live With Less Challenge for October 2018

Live With Less Challenge

It’s October and it’s time for another Live With Less Challenge!

We’re getting a late start but I hope you can jump in with us now and start living with less.  This challenge will be unlike any other that we’ve had thus far.  This challenge will largely be up to you.  The ball is in your court so to speak.

How To Enter To Win

  • – Join our Facebook group here.
  • – Find the Live With Less Challenge post set up for that day.
  • – Click the link on that post to read my blog post of the day for decluttering inspiration.
  • – Come back to the Facebook group to add one photo (or more if you really can’t fit it all in one) of the things you’re getting rid of to the comment thread of that post.  It can be an area related to my post of the day (for example, a kitchen junk drawer) or whatever you want it to be.  You know your house and your hot spots for clutter, attack your weak spots.
  • – Repeat this every day to the end of the month.
  • – If you miss a day you can make it up any time but try and not get behind.  The goal of this challenge is to help make decluttering a daily habit.
  • – Watch in our Facebook group for a randomly chosen winner to be announced (from those who completed the challenge from days 5-31)

Prize

When we get rid of things, we all win but I’ll be awarding one random winner a $50 Paypal cash prize.  Free money for getting rid of things.  Yay!

Things to Throw Away

You can choose what area to work on and how much you’re going to let go of each day.  There isn’t a set amount.  Many of us are at different stages of the decluttering race and I thought this would be a way for you to stay motivated while working on the areas that plague your household the most.  Need inspiration on areas to tackle?  Check out our list of 200 Things to Throw Away or check out what others are tossing in the Live With Less Facebook group.

You Don’t Have to Throw It Away

Remember, you can donate, gift, recycle, repurpose, or throw away.  Try to let throwing away be your last option if possible.  Be careful not to get stuck on wanting to repurpose or repair things though.  It’s easy to save things for “one day” and that day never comes.

If you have any questions feel free to ask!  Invite your friends, it’s always more fun to do these challenges with friends who can hold us accountable and cheer each other on.  I’m excited to start this new Live With Less Challenge with you guys!  I hope you’ll join us!

Tips for Organizing a Small Bathroom

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Owning a small bathroom when you’re raising a family can seem like a never-ending battle of trying to stay organized. You want to maintain enough space so you don’t feel crowded while getting ready for your day. Owning a smaller bathroom may have its downsides, there are some perks to your small bathroom. You have less floor space to mop and less room to let unnecessary clutter build up.  When you own a small bathroom, it’s best to learn how to maximize the little space you do have.

Tips to Organize Your Small Bathroom

Use Hidden All Hidden Spaces for Storage

The bathroom sinks that storage under them have their own hidden wall space that can easily be utilized to organize smaller items. This never dawned on me till I was at a friend’s house helping her pack and saw her awesome under the sink organization system.  Use the inside of your bathroom cabinets to place small containers by adhering them to the inside of the cabinet with a semi-permanent adhesives, strong glue, or tiny screws. Then use these mini storage bins to hold hair things, toothbrushes, and other small items. These can be found at the dollar store.  You can even use more substantial ones for storing such things as a hair dryer or curling wand.  Those can be found here on Amazon.  These keep those items easy to access and out of your eyesight.

Organizing a Small Bathroom

Plastic Tubs for Supplies

Purchase plastic tubs or beautiful baskets to hold your hair supplies in. This could include hair gel, extra shampoo, conditioner, curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers. This tub can be easily placed on the floor underneath the bathroom counter for ease of daily access. This plastic tub for your everyday hair care supplies will help minimize clutter on the top of your bathroom counter.  I use one to store all my extra make up products in and another one to store all of my skin care products in.  I leave the lids off of mine but this picture on Amazon shows them stacked with the lids on.  It’s a good way to make use of all that space.  These totes are inexpensive and can be found here on Amazon.

Bathroom Organization

Add Hooks to the Wall

Purchase wall hanging hooks. These hooks can be used to hang the family’s bathroom towels on. This will free up storage space in your bathroom closet. Having a place for your family to hang their towel after each shower will encourage a clean looking small bathroom at all times. You’ll feel so much better walking into your bathroom when you use hooks to hang family towels.  I can’t find one exactly like ours but we bought a coat rack instead of a traditional bathroom towel bar.  It takes up less space for all the towels to hang together and they still air dry just fine.  The one pictured below can be found on Amazon here for around $20.

Towel Organization

Baskets for Storage

You can get clever with baskets in your small bathroom by organizing the extra towels and other items by putting square baskets on their side and hanging them from the wall. This may take a few screws to ensure the baskets are hung tightly, but once completed you will have a more rustic look to your bathroom with more space to store towels and other extra supplies without making it look cluttered. There are many online tutorials on how to use baskets for wall storage in a small bathroom.  Click here for the tutorial pictured below.

Wall Baskets for Bathroom Storage

If you’re not into DIY this store bought option might be a good fit for you.  You can find it here on Amazon.

Bathroom Wall Basket

Owning a small bathroom doesn’t have to be the end of the world, there are many tips and tricks to ensure your small bathroom can hold as much as a larger bathroom would. It’s simply a matter of being creative and using your imagination for ideas to store your everyday essentials and bathroom supplies. I hope these tips will help inspire you to organize your small bathroom in a creative way.  Don’t forget though, that sometimes what you need is less stuff and not more organization.  As you organize think about each item you’re organizing and if you really need it or not.  Happy organizing!

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Declutter Challenge 2018

I can do it!

It’s time for our first declutter challenge of 2018 and it’s going to be a good one.  It’s also the time when I have to stretch myself and push myself out of my comfort zone.  You see, as a blogger it’s easy for me to share recipes (such as my favorite egg nog milkshake recipe), or kid’s crafts (such as these really cool borax snowflakes), or a list of my favorite kid’s toys (coming soon!), but admitting (to THOUSANDS of people!!) that I have a problem is hard.  A BIG problem really.  I have a problem with stuff.  I love stuff.  Shiny stuff, new stuff, stuff that promises in a million ways to make me happy.  Ooh, the bondage of stuff.  Although this is a problem that hundreds of thousands of people face it’s still difficult to admit.  I want to keep purging and purging until we’re living pretty minimal….and I’m a long way from that goal so we’ll press on.

Challenge Overview:  This challenge, or game if you like to think of it that way, will last for the full month of January and one participant will walk away with $50 cash!!  Each day you’ll be given an item(s) to get rid of or something to do.  If you don’t have one of those things to get rid of simply choose another item.  This detailed list is just to get your mind stirring and help jump start your purging.

Challenge Prize: In case you skipped the overview above, the prize is $50 cash to the challenge winner!!

Challenge Rules:  We’re all winners by getting rid of our unwanted belongings but I’ll randomly choose a winner from those who reach the end of the challenge and follow the rules.

How to enter:

  • – Look over the list below and throw away one thing(s) for each day listed below.  If you don’t have that item, find something else that you can part with and let go of it.  Even though we’re starting late, you still have to go back and complete the other days to qualify for the prize.  Don’t worry, some are super easy and you can easily wipe out a week in one day.  You don’t have to do the days in order.
  • – Each day take a photo of your discarded items.
  • Create an album in our Live With Less Facebook group and every day add your photos to it.  If you need help with this ask on the Facebook wall and someone will help you.  If you try and can’t succeed with an album you can always make a post on the main wall and each day comment as a reply with the next day’s photo.  (If you have a picture or two that you’d rather keep private but keep going in the challenge you may email them to me at MrsAshleyWalkup@gmail.com with the subject Live With Less.)
  • – Make sure you number each photo as you go so it will be easier for me to check everyone’s work at the end of the challenge.  Just add a #1 with the first picture, #2 with the second picture, etc.
  • *ADDED TWIST* The person who invites the most people who complete the challenge will get $50!  For example if Mary invites 10 and only 2 finish she won’t win the money if the 3 people Sarah invited completed the challenge.  Does that make sense?

Q&A:

  • – When will this challenge start, I just heard about it?  This challenge will be unlike our other challenges where you have to post daily.  I want you to post daily to get in the habit but it won’t be required.  You can start anytime in the month as long as you have it all completed by the 31st.  
  • – If I share pictures of my junk in the Live With Less Facebook group will all of my friends see it?  No, not unless they are in the group.  It’s a closed group.
  • – Will you be sharing the items you’re getting rid of?  Yes!  I’ll be posting in our Live With Less Facebook group daily.  Forgive the bad quality pics, this is going to be a quick thing every day.
  • – What if more than one person makes it to the 31st?  This will be wonderful and I will choose a winner at random…maybe on a Facebook live video if I can convince my daughter to help.
  • – What if no one makes it to the 31st?  Then I’m keeping the money for myself and buy something pretty for myself….and then get rid of something to make room for it. 😉

READ READ READ:

Since I’ve posted about living with less a few years ago I’ve received numerous emails telling me what a horrible person I am for throwing away so much.  If they only knew the internal struggle I have about letting go of a bent paper clip!  Please know that I’m not advocating throwing away everything, do try and recycle, gift, and donate all that you can before trashing things.

Declutter Challenge 2018

The List:

Day 1- 1 Sentimental thing
Day 2- 2 Red things
Day 3- 3 Unwanted gifts
Day 4- 4 Magazines/catalogs
Day 5- Old coupons
Day 6- Things you can give to someone
Day 7- Glass items (old mugs, dishes with chips, unloved vases, etc)
Day 8- Stationary items (broken pens, extra anything you won’t use)
Day 9- Unfinished project pieces (finish the project this week or consider throwing it out)
Day 10- Old cotton (old t-shirts, cleaning rags, socks, anything cotton you no longer have a use for)
Day 11- Christmas cards
Day 12- Disposable plates, cups, or cutlery (use them up!)
Day 13- 13 items of clothes or shoes (a pair of shoes counts as 1)
Day 14- Duplicates (anything you have two of that you don’t need, two bottles of red nail polish, tweezers, nail clippers, hammers, etc.)
Day 15- Unused old bottles (any empty jars or bottles that you don’t have a use for)
Day 16- Tech (Movies, CDs, video games, random telephone cords, cords you don’t know what they go to but have had 5+ years, etc.)
Day 17- Let go of 1 thing & write a letter/email to someone you’ve lost touch with (no need to provide a picture of the correspondence)
Day 18- Out grown/unloved items (nearly full old perfume bottles, toys, jewelry, etc.)
Day 19- Use something you’ve been saving (decorative soap, fancy dishes for a special occasion, a bottle of sparkling apple cider, whatever you may have that you’re waiting to use “some day” Let today be that day!)
Day 20- 5 Things you can fit in your hand
Day 21- Organize an area that you dread to organize and toss items as you go (before and after pictures are always fun but the items you’re letting go of is okay too if you forget to snap a before pic)
Day 22- Write a list of 22 things that you’re thankful for that money can’t buy
Day 23- Let go of 2 things and make a recipe from an unused cook book (if you can’t bring yourself to do it, let go of the cookbook too)
Day 24- Mend, fix, or glue 3 broken items or toss them (maybe you don’t keep broken things but we always have a few broken things at our house)
Day 25- 5 things from 5 different rooms
Day 26- Move/toss/do 6 things that make you feel guilty (maybe it’s a book that sits on your nightstand and has been laying there unread for months making you feel guilty when you look at it, maybe it’s the dirty windows that irritate you, etc.)
Day 27- Do something you’ve been procrastinating (returning unloved purchases and going through old moving boxes are at the top of my list)
Day 28- Take your donations to a charity 🙂
Day 29- Repurpose/display a sentimental item you’ve decided to keep
Day 30- Find a “home” for lost items that are around your house….as many as you have time for
Day 31- Let go of 12 pieces of paper

If you have any questions or if I missed something please let me know.

Who’s ready to play?  I hope you’ll join me!

Oh, I almost forgot to say something – Happy New Year!!!

Here are two other helpful posts you may like:

200+ Things to Throw Away Now

– How to Get Your Spouse to Declutter Without Nagging

How to Organize your Small Bedroom

Sometimes we find ourselves living in a small home or even a large home that has small bedrooms. Whether you are looking to organize a child’s room or an adult’s room, organizing your small room couldn’t get any easier with these tips.  This post contains affiliate links.

How to Organize your Small Bedroom

Teacups and Saucers

These no longer used teacups or saucers make for great jewelry organization. If you have a nightstand or a dresser that is stocked full of jewelry everywhere, make use of teacups and saucers to creatively store the jewelry in a safe place without looking cluttered. You can pick up these items at a thrift store or from your kitchen cupboard.

Under Bed Drawers

There are many bed frames available on the market these days that have drawers built into them. If you have a regular bed frame, you can easily add those plastic storage bins underneath the bed too. Learn to utilize the underneath of bed area for storage space. This is the perfect place to store clothes, blankets, sheets or toys.

Step Ladder Nightstand

While the average nightstand offers perhaps one shelf and one drawer, using a step ladder nightstand will utilize more shelf space. This is the perfect way to organize your small bedroom so that your alarm, electronic devices, and even a lamp are all in one place that takes up as much space as a nightstand would take up.

Hanging Laundry Bag

There is a great way to store dirty clothes or clean clothes that aren’t yet folded, the hanging laundry bag.  If you have a door on your small bedroom, you can easily hang an open laundry bag hamper on the back of your door so that you can put your clothing in an area other than the floor.

Toy Chest Storage

With a small bedroom for kids, you will have to find a creative way to store those toys. Using a toy chest storage in their bedroom that is either built into a closet, a wall or used on the side of their bedroom for storing toys as well as a top shelf for a play area.

There you have it a few ways you can easily organize your small bedroom without stressing out. Each of these tips should guide you forward in your mission to get that small bedroom organized.

 

5 Tips for Storing Legos

5 Tips for Storing Legos

Many would argue that Legos are the best childhood toy for kids. It seems over the years, Legos have not lost their shine and have only increased in value. Over the years kids will accumulate more and more Legos leaving a parent uncertain how to maintain the storage units for these little bricks. If you are a parent who is sick of stepping on Legos all over your home, then these 5 tips for storing Legos will be your saving grace.  This post contains affiliate links.Large Lego Box

I’m a mom who is just starting out on her Lego journey this Christmas and I asked a friend of mine, a more experienced Lego mom if you will, to share her storage ideas with me.  She shared the tips and I found my favorite products to go along with each tip.  Thank you, Brandy!  While I’m not sure what I’ll go with yet, I’m leaning towards the storage drawers.  Do you Lego moms have any tips to share?  Do you keep Lego Friends sets separately from the loose Legos?  I have so much to learn!  Share all your tips in the comments please!

I bought two of the Large Lego Box pictured above.  Do you think that will be enough to get them started?  It’s going to be the big joint gift we give our kids this year.

(Check out my post on How to Save Money on Legos. Even though I just now made my first Lego purchase I’ve been scoping them out since this time last year.)

Stackable Organizer

Containers with Dividers

While this may be a tedious process, consider using containers like tackle boxes that have dividers. These containers will serve as a great way to divide bricks up based on size. Lego playtime will never be the same again when you organize each brick based on size into containers with dividers. Your kids will love being able to find the right brick for the right Lego project every time.  The one pictured above is only $29.95 on Amazon now.

Party Favor Buckets

Party Favor Buckets

You know those party favor buckets you can purchase for your child’s birthday party? Those buckets will work perfectly to gather up Legos in a neat fashion within your kid’s playroom or bedroom. Hang multiple party favor bins from the wall and have your kids sort through the Legos. The Legos can be organized by size, color or similar theme within each party favor bucket. You will be happy because this is the perfect décor addition to any bedroom too.  The party favor buckets above are less than $14 shipped right now on Amazon.

Play May and Storage

Storage Bean Bags

There are many storage style bean bags on the market these days. Consider investing in some of the storage style bean bags where kids can dump all of their Legos inside of this bag, close it up and toss it to the side of their bedroom or in the closet for future playtime. These storage bean bag ideas work perfectly for the parent of kids who don’t want any organization, they simply need a way to get the Legos up off the floor.  The Cinch Playmat and Backpack above is only $17.95 with free shipping on Amazon.

Storage for Legos

Storage Drawer Units

You probably have seen those inexpensive plastic storage containers that have drawers at your local Walmart or similar store. These storage units that have drawers are the perfect solution to any home filled with Lego lovers. Consider investing in a few of these plastic drawer type storage bins to ensure your kids always have a home for their Legos when done playing with them. The price is just right and these often go on sale during the holiday season.  The cart above is my favorite choice for Legos because it has wheels so it can move around easily, has see through bins, and the bins completely and easily life out to carry to your work space.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s attractive to look at too!  Right now, this is on sale for $45 shipped (down from $99) on Amazon.

Build a Lego Room

My last tip for storing Legos is to designate one room in the house that’s reserved solely for Legos. If you have a large enough home, then this option will work wonders. Have the kids work together to bring all of their Legos into this room where they have shelves and bins to organize their Legos in a clever way without ever worrying about their parents screaming as they step on a Lego in the middle of the night.

There you have it 5 tips for storing Legos so that you are no longer the parent who has to tip-toe around their home for fear of stepping on those sharp brick pieces. Legos are a great childhood toy that inspires creativity, now you can use these tips to teach organization and the importance of cleaning up after playtime.

December 30 Days of Giving Challenge

30 Days of Giving Challenge

For just about every year since I started blogging I’ve participated in or led a 30 days of giving each November.  I’ve been blogging since 2009 so that’s quite a long time!

The old challenge went something like this:

The challenge is to give something to someone everyday in December.  Giving doesn’t have to be designated to November!  The gifts can be anything given to anyone…money, food, old clothes, crafts, your time, or even kind words.  I would love to have  my readers join me in this challenge.  The way I see it, even if I don’t give something every single day it will probably would still be more than I normally would have given any other month…and that’s worth it, right?

Here are some of the gift ideas I’ve came up with so far:

  • –  donate can goods to a local food pantry
  • –  donate new toys in your gift drawer or closet to Toys for Tots
  • –  make and deliver a meal to a grieving family or a family with a sick loved one
  • –  donate a couple of hours of free babysitting for new parents
  • –  rake up the leaves in an elderly friend’s house
  • –  clean out your closets to donate to GoodWill or the Salvation Army
  • –  give few more dollars in the plate at church
  • –  prepare a gift for those new to the neighborhood
  • –  send a letter and a box of non-perishable goodies to a soldier
  • –  have the kids make and mail cards to missionaries (or to vets)

The old challenge had zero accountability and truthfully not many people participated, or if they did they didn’t let me know about it.

30 Days of Giving

The New 30 Days of Giving Challenge!

I want to combine this old challenge with a Live With Less twist!  I want to suggest finding things in our homes that we no longer need or LOVE and give them to someone else.  We can still make meals and cards but it’s my desire for us to find usable things we have just laying around and donate them to those who can make good use of them.  This could be giving an old piece of china to a relative who would enjoy it, passing along a favorite book to a friend, or it could be donating a bag full of items to a charity.  The choice is yours!

By the way, if you’re local to me I know of several families and charities that would love gently used toys and household items.

Giving Challenge Prize!

Wait?  Can you really win a prize from giving away your things?  Yes, you sure can!  I’m going to award one reader a $10 Amazon gift card!  Winner will be drawn randomly from those who have completed the challenge.  Okay, so I know it’s not a HUGE $100 or $300 prize like we’ve had in the past but I’m hoping it will still be enough to motivate you.

Giving Challenge Rules:

  • – You must submit your daily entry by posting photos of your items to be given on the wall of our Facebook group – located here.  Post once and continue posting follow up days in the comments of your first post.  If you’d rather set up an album and add your photos to it, that’s great too.  (Side note, if you’re new to Facebook groups and you don’t want to see notifications when everyone posts you can change the settings in the group.  Message me in the group if you need help with this.)
  • – If you don’t have Facebook you can also email me the pictures at MrsAshleyWalkup@gmail.com with the subject 30 Days of Giving Challenge.
  • – If you know you’re going to have a busy week you can work ahead in the challenge up to five days ahead of time (this is a change from the previous challenge, you can now work further ahead!) and you can be two days late and still be eligible for the prize.
  • We’re going to start the challenge a on Tuesday, Dec. 5th so we can give others a few days to find this challenge and give you who are reading this a head start gathering your unwanted items.  Because we’re starting late you don’t have to give away 30 things, just 1 per day till the end of the challenge.  If you want to do more, by all means please do.
  • – This is a question I would ask if I was participating so I’ll ask and answer it in case you’re wondering to.  Do you actually have to donate the item to, say Goodwill, or can you just set it aside in a box in your garage until the end of the month?  The garage is fine!  There’s no need to make a trip daily to take one item some place.
  • – What if you have so much extra stuff and you want to
  • – Share this with a friend!  It’s easier to stick with it if you have a friend or family member who are joining in too.
  • – Last but not least, have fun!!!

In the words of my wise friend Dawn, “This challenge is about being grateful for what you have and blessing others who are less fortunate!”  I couldn’t agree more!

I’m excited to have you join me.   Feel free to start snapping pics, donating, and posting your pics in our group now but our official start date will be Dec. 5th.

How to Get Organized for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching. It seems the end of the year always sneaks up on us and then we are wondering how in the world we can get organized for the season. With the holidays comes the desire to have everything in place because you may have more visitors than planned. Each holiday season households all over the world get stressed because they have no idea how to get organized for the holidays. Today, I want to alleviate that stress and help you learn how to get organized so that your holiday gatherings are stress-free and fun.

How to Get Organized for the Holidays

Get the To-Do List Ready

The first step to getting organized for the holidays is to start a to-do list and have it handy. Think about everything that needs to be organized, completed and purchased for the holiday season. Try to organize a to-do list based on priority. For example, if you are having guests over for a holiday feast, you may be more concerned about the kitchen and dining room organization than the bedrooms. Be sure to make a to-do list on what to take care of based on the room in the house and level of priority.

Take Inventory

When you start to get organized for the holidays you will want to know what you already have on hand. Whether you go through holiday décor or storage bin options, it doesn’t matter, simply take inventory of everything you have then create a list of what you need. This will help ensure that you have everything you need to get that house organized for the holidays without stressing.  Have the family take part in this as you all work together to inventory the entire home.

Declutter Toys & Other Stuff

Get the kids on board with organizing for the holidays by going through their own toy bins. Have kids set aside toys that are no longer played with and donate this pile of unused toys to community organizations who give to needy children for the holiday season.  (Check out our post on how to help kid’s donate)  Decluttering is the most important step in getting organized for the holidays as it frees up much-needed space. Any item you or your kids haven’t used in the last six months is open to being donated. Learn to let go of toys and other items to make room for organization. (Check out our most popular decluttering posts)

Sort Decorations

With every holiday season comes the desire to decorate the home. Sort through the decorations you have compiled over the years. Organize them into bins based on the holiday season and find a good storage place for them so they are out of sight during the offseason. When you sort decorations you will soon find items you don’t use or will want to use this year. Having bins that are labeled and in a conspicuous spot will help ensure you have an organized home when those guests arrive.

Overall the way to get organized for the holidays is to take into consideration what you no longer use, what you need to put into storage bins and what your main mission is. If you are hosting guests, then you may organize a bit deeper whereas if you are just having a household holiday gathering with minimal guests, you may not do as deep of an organizing effort.

Save Money and Energy With ENERGY STAR Appliances from Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Saving money and conserving energy is important to our family.  Turning off lights and conserving the utilities is helpful but I’ve been told that the biggest difference is made by having ENERGY STAR® appliances.

Besides our refrigerators, the appliances I use most are the washer and dryer.  I feel like the mountain of laundry is endless!  Did you know that using an energy efficient washer and dryer has a ton of benefits?  Check out this video to see how you can save money and save energy when you buy ENERGY STAR washers and dryers.

Energy Star Laundry

Benefits of Using ENERGY STAR Washers and Dryers:

  • –  Save Money – ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers and dryers save energy, which means that you will save on energy bills.  Many are also equipped with advanced features that make cleaning and drying easier and more effective.
  •  –  Environmentally friendly – Saving energy means that ENERGY STAR certified washers and dryers help protect the climate, which means that your kids and the planet will benefit for years to come.
  • –  Better for your clothes – ENERGY STAR clothes washers use a variety of sophisticated cleaning methods that are gentler on your clothes, while ENERGY STAR clothes dryers use less heat and sensor drying which reduces wear and tear on clothes from over drying.  I don’t know about you but I pamper my clothes so this is a big one for me!

ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers and dryers are 25% and 20% more efficient, respectively, than standard models.  That should help you save a lot of money on your utility bill.  In fact, a new ENERGY STAR certified washing machine will save you about $45 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model. You will save $490 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified washing machine and even more than that with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair.

If all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and 22 billion pounds of annual carbon pollution would be prevented.  This is equal to the emissions from 2 million vehicles!  Wow!

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ENERGY STAR washing machines incorporate the following advanced features:

  •  – Multiple configurations– ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers are available in either front-load or redesigned top-load configurations which include technology innovations that help save energy and water.
  •  –  Sophisticated wash systems– ENERGY STAR certified top-load machines clean your clothing just like standard models without wasting water to fill up the tub. Instead, these machines use sophisticated wash systems to cycle clothes through a mixture of water and detergent, allowing the clothes to be cleaned without using excess water or detergent.
  •  –  No central agitator– Front-load machines tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator, while advanced top-load machines lift and tumble clothes through a reduced stream of water. Both designs dramatically reduce the amount of hot water and energy used in the wash cycle.
  •  –  High spin speeds– Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster to extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time in the dryer and less energy spent drying clothes.
  •  –  Long live your clothes– Front-load and advanced top-load clothes washers’ sophisticated wash systems use a variety of methods to lift and tumble your laundry, lengthening the life of often-washed items. Additionally, because they are so gentle, many models can safely clean silk, wool and other hand-washables.

ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers incorporate the following advanced features:

  •  –  Low Heat Setting– Longer drying cycles on a low heat setting use less energy. When you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryer, look for the cycle that uses the least amount of energy, sometimes known as the “energy-saving” selection.
  •  –  Steam Cycles– Many ENERGY STAR dryers also include convenient features, such as a steam cycle that can help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.

Best Buy is committed to positively impacting the environment and its communities.  Conquer your mountain of laundry with an ENERGY STAR washer and dryer from Best Buy!  For more information visit your local Best Buy or check out the Best Buy Blog.