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7 Organizing gadgets I found on my travels

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I love to travel.  I enjoy exploring Canada, North America, South America, Europe, The United Kingdom, Asia and Australia.  I will go almost anywhere.  Whether you travel in-person or virtually it is a joy to see new places, people, cultures and ideas. One of the fun things I like doing on my travels is finding things relating to organization. Sometimes the items are good product solutions, show a novel way to use a product, encourage recycling,  a fun invention or a thought provoking work of art.

A Good Product 

I found these stacking laundry baskets in a store.  I like them because they stack in a way that you can place items in either basket without unstacking them.

A plastic white laundry basket stacked ontop of a blue plastic laundry basket.

 

Novel Solutions 

Once again I was shopping and noticed this shoe organizer that was being used in a novel way.  It was holding maps that were for sale.  It was easy to see the titles on the maps and quickly purchase the one you needed. 
A white shoe organizer with clear pockets hanging on a bookcase with maps in the pockets

 

One of my hotel rooms had this garbage can.  It is divided into 4 sections for recycling – plastic, paper, glass, cans and waste.  I thought this was a fantastic way to get travellers to recycle.  Everything was disposed of in one place.

A grey metal waste can with 4 compartments for garbage, paper and recycling.

 

Fun inventions

The first time I saw this I was a little confused.  It is a tap and hand dryer all in one.  No dripping across the floor to get a paper towel or use a hand dryer mounted on the wall.  It also is a no-touch device that makes it easy to have clean hands when you’re done washing. How does it work?  You wash your hands under the tap, the water is turned on by a sensor.  Then you move your hands to the right and left ( I like to call them the airplane wings) and the air turns on to dry your hand.

A tap and hand dryer all in one

 

I enjoy seeing furniture that has more than one purpose.  These tables can be used as seating, they store nicely under each other and they are eye catching home decor.

Glass coffee tables that slide under each other for storage.

 

Thought Provoking Artwork

Sometimes my organizational find is artwork.  This piece is called Organization.  It is oil on canvas, 1933-1936,  painted by Armenia born, American artist Arshile Gorky.  I wonder why he called it that.  Any thoughts?


A geometric painting called organizing

 

This metal sculpture is by Ruth Ewan, 2019.  It is called the Silent Agitator.  Ewan’s clock is based on an illustration by Ralph Chaplin. It is a nod to the  Industrial Workers of the World labour party. (IWW). It is also a new timepiece adding to the historical collection of ones that helped sailors know what time it was.

 

A metal sculture of a clock with the letters organizing on the face.

Donation

I saw this very creative way to share donations.  Items are bagged and tied onto a fence.  Anyone can take an item they can use.

Donations tied to a fence for people to take.

 

Competition

I have not traveled to Nepal, a friend has.  She sent me this picture with the caption, competition?  It was fun to see a very similar logo in another country.

An orange sign with the word home with a roof drawn over it.

 

Here a just a few fun organizing finds from some of my travels.  Which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments.

A blue and white striped tunnel in the background with Julie Stobbe in the foreground wearing a white blouse.Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of physical activity to reduce clutter, in your home and office. She guides and supports you to manage your time. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

Click here to learn more about her online course Create an Organized Home.

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Taking back your master closet

Asian lady surrounded by colorful clothes in her organized closet

Photo by BBH Singapore on Unsplash

Today I have a guest blogger, Haley Kieser of Zog Digital. She always shares an inspiring fresh approach to freshening up your home.

Organizing a master closet is one of those tasks that usually comes last on the list. Master closets are often where extra things get stored to be dealt with later. Instead of putting off this chore, make your closet functional right now by planning out what you’re going to do and then tackling the make-over.

Clean-Up

Take everything out of the closet. You won’t be doing yourself any favours if you tackle this project with all the things still in it, or by doing part of it at a time. You need to get a fresh start.

While everything’s out, do some paring down. You can use the Marie Kondo method, ask yourself these questions, or simply choose to get rid of items that you haven’t worn in a year or more. If none of these get you to point of decluttering, consult with a professional organizer.

Lighting

Next, make sure there’s a bright light near or inside your closet so you can easily see your clothing. This may mean simply placing a lamp close by, or if you have the room, installing a light inside. If there’s no existing fixture, you can either hire an electrician to run the wiring inside or choose a wireless lighting option. There are many strong, high-quality LED lights that you can add. Choose the center of the closet as placement for a larger light or pick two or three smaller ones to provide plenty of light across the board.

If there’s already a light inside the closet, consider whether it’s bright enough and whether you like the fixture aesthetically. This is the time to choose something decorative that goes with your personal style, like a fun crystal piece.

Paint

A new coat of paint makes a huge difference inside a closet. Not only will it rid the walls of the wear and tear closets always get, it will also make them seem bigger and brighter. First, pick a shade and finish. WOW 1 Day Painting suggests using semi-gloss paint. This is a shiny finish that reflects light better than satin or eggshell, so you can better see your clothes. Choose a light-toned colour. It doesn’t have to be white but go for the lightest color in your chosen colour family.

Organizational System

Decide whether your current shelving and clothing rod system is meeting your needs. Perhaps you want more shoe storage, or don’t have enough space to hang your clothes.

Measure your closet both horizontally and vertically and sketch out a plan. You can do this on paper (graph paper works best) or use a software tool. When planning, keep in mind that generally you want to have the things you use every day at your eye level. Little-used clothing, like formal dresses or overcoats, can go in a less-reachable space.

Consider whether or not you like to hang up or fold most of your clothes. If you like to fold them, then you’ll want shelves or drawers more than you want closet rods. Allow 40-42 inches of vertical space for hanging clothes.

There are lots of mostly pre-made closet systems available at home improvement stores these days. These come in single or multiple components, so you can mix and match them for your needs. For instance, if you have a lot of purses, you may want to install cubbies. The good thing about these systems is that they’re easy to install with some basic tools and are already painted.

You can also make your own shelving or hire a professional to do it. If you’re making your own shelving, then you’ll want to do this step before the paint, so you can paint everything at once.  You’ll also need some higher-level handyman skills and tools like a table saw to do the job well.

Accessorize

Even if you don’t have much room, you can choose some things like fancy closet hooks to give your space some personal flair when you hang up necklaces and robes. A small chair or pouf to sit on is both practical and can reflect what you like.

Now that your closet system is in place, you can put all your clothing and accessories back. A functional closet is a lot more fun to use, and the organization system will make it easy to keep neat.

Julie Stobbe, professional organizerJulie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of physical activity to reduce clutter, in your home and office. She guides and supports you to manage your time. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

Click here to learn more about her online course Create an Organized Home.

 TwitterFacebook Facebook group Organizing Mind and Space

 

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