Archive for the ‘General Organization’ Category
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Holiday Organizing Tips
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also tends to be the most stressful. Here are some simple organizing tips to reduce some of that holiday stress.
Clear your closet That’s right. Clearing your closet feels great and can actually be fun. It’s a great time of year to donate clothes and other items to the needy and a wonderful opportunity to free up space for new gifts!
Keep a dedicated gift zone Whether you enjoy buying gifts or dread it, it makes sense to dedicate a gift-giving zone in your home. It can be a bin, a couple of drawers, or a shelf on that closet you cleared out. It’s important that there be just one zone and that it be limited. This ensures that these gifts actually get used and that you don’t buy too many.
Limit gift wrapping Also, dedicate a limited zone for the gift wrapping, but keep it realistic. Those all-in-one tallish plastic bins make sense when you need the strict limitations of a small apartment, but they are inadequate in most of the homes we see. A dedicated zone works when it is small enough to ensure that items get used, but not so small that they are doomed to failure. Keeping a lot of wrapping paper to cover those really big gifts? Use colorful tablecloths one can get inexpensively at party supply stores.
Simplify gift giving We are big fans of online gift wish-list sites like Amazon and Kaboodle. They provide a great way to ensure that you are getting people items they actually want, that you know exactly where to obtain them, and that you’re not making duplicate purchases. Consider also, experience gifts. Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a day at the spa, or a night at the movies, experience gifts can spread out the joy of giving throughout the year and cut the clutter!
Simplify entertaining Organizing a party can be one of the most stressful holiday projects. Pot luck means not all the burden falls on you! Another option is to invite friends and family to a nice restaurant and bring them back to your place for dessert and coffee. You get the best of both worlds, with less stress. Maybe you’d like to hold a New Year’s party instead this year. If so, consider an open house format. It’s a much more informal approach, so it lowers expectations. Plan simple fare that can be prepared quickly, like omelets. Catch up with friends and family throughout the day, as they drop in.
Limit decor As you’re bringing out your holiday decor, pass a critical eye over the decor you have left in the bin. If you’re not using it this year, are you really likely to use it next year? If those light-up reindeer that your kids used to love are still in good shape, consider giving them to a family with kids. The space that those reindeer are taking up could almost certainly be put to better use. Limit decor packaging, too. The packaging that decor comes in is designed for display, not storage. It is often overly complicated and wastes space. For example, toss the box the tree lights come in and keep them in Ziploc bags. It keeps them visible, minimal, and untangled.
Dedicated zone for cards Many households are littered with greeting cards, taking up valuable space. Framing a doorway or window with a ribbon is a super simple solution. Just keep a little bowl of paper clips nearby and have fun clipping your cards to the ribbon as the come in. This way they are showcased and more appreciated, because they are in one place. Also, they aren’t cluttering up your valuable surfaces.
Of course, not all holiday stress can be controlled, but our clutter can be. Remove the stuff that doesn’t matter and be sure to enjoy the people that do.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Sidelines!
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
The Halloween sugar binge is nearly complete and Starbucks is serving the eggnog latte in holiday-themed cups. This can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Like most of you, I cherish any holiday that combines thanking people with large amounts of carbs and sitting on the couch. Finally, a holiday about relaxing!
Thanksgiving can be a time of stress but shouldn’t be. It should be a time of family fun and everyone coming together to eat a wonderful meal. Of course it is all to help us remember and realize how thankful we need to be for everything we have!
Whether you’re creating a big Thanksgiving meal or an everyday dinner, creating a clean, organized kitchen can make all the difference. A well laid-out kitchen makes time spent cooking a more efficient and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Start With The Fridge Before you do anything else, clean out and organize your refrigerator so you have plenty of room for all of your Thanksgiving goodies. When you organize, make sure to leave plenty of room for the items you’ll be buying for your meal, any dishes or drinks your guests may bring and dinner leftovers.
Organize Your Tools and Spaces Look at your workspaces and the organization of your kitchen items. Are there appliances crowding your countertops? Do you have to dig through a disorganized drawer to find what you need? This may be a good time to sort out your tools.
Start out with a clean and organized workspace. Make sure all of your kitchen surfaces are wiped down and decluttered. Whether you have a large expanse of countertop or limited space, designate at least one area to keep clear for food preparation at all times.
Create a kitchen work triangle. For efficient kitchen organization, set up three main workspaces: preparation area, cook and serve area, and clean-up area. It’s called the kitchen triangle, and connects these three areas with your refrigerator, sink and stove at each point.
Organizing your most important tools and ingredients around these key kitchen zones will help you take fewer steps to get to the items you need for preparation and cooking. Try keeping useful items in each zone
Organize your spice rack. Store herbs and spices in groups that are commonly used together for easy use. Fennel, sage and rosemary are good examples. To keep them fresher longer, don’t keep spices directly over your stove or in direct sunlight.
Tip: Check your herbs and spices for freshness when you organize. Dried herbs and ground spices should last for around 1-2 years. An easy way to tell if they’re past their prime is to shake a bit out on your hand and check the color and scent. If most of the color has vanished and the scent is bland or non-existent it’s time to replace it. When you buy new herbs and spices, label the containers with the date to help keep track of freshness.
Let Sidelines elegant accessories help you with your organization needs!
Sidelines wine rack, spice and can rack, and our Signature baskets. Just a few of our accessories to help keep you organized.
Monday, October 8th, 2012
When your home becomes hectic during the holiday season, simple, straightforward organization really comes in handy. Transform your home into a haven for you, your family and your holiday guests with special, organized touches. We’ll help make it easy for you to keep everything running smoothly with thoughtful suggestions for the kitchen, living room and bathroom.
CALM THE KITCHEN When everything is in its place, cooking, entertaining and finding what you need is a breeze. Guests can help themselves and that helps you!
Organize Your Workspace: A well laid-out kitchen can make all the difference during the busy holiday season.
Kitchen Clean Up: To keep your kitchen in tip-top shape during the holidays, make an effort to immediately clean up after every meal.
Lovely Labels: Once your kitchen is organized and clean for efficiency, label cabinets and drawers so necessary items are always easy to find for you and your visitors ~ Attach decorative luggage tags to knobs and handles or print and hang festive hang tags to designate what’s inside.
Dish Cart Solution: Transporting dishes back and forth from the dining room to the kitchen can be quite a hassle. A rolling cart can be your saving grace, serving as portable storage for glasses and dishes and even a serving table for drinks and appetizers. When dinner is over, roll the cart back to the kitchen and place dishes in the sink or dishwasher.
CLOSET With chilly weather soon approaching, you’ll need to easily access your winter wardrobe and must-have items like scarves, gloves and boots. Organize your entry closet and create space for visitors’ cold-weather items.
RELAX THE LIVING ROOM Kicking back with close family friends all winter long is easy when everything you need is organized and right at your fingertips.
ORGANIZED ESSENTIALS: Try to remove all non-essentials like magazines, mail and toys, from the living room or entertainment area during this time of year so your space feels clean and un-cluttered.
Remotes: Place all remotes in a basket or on a tray and label each one with the name of the corresponding device.
Coasters: Protect your furniture by placing sets of coasters on tables throughout the living room.
Memories: Place a set of photo albums or decorative photo boxes on a coffee table for instant, easy reminiscing. Get out your holiday DVDs or family movies and store them in a basket or on a shelf near your media center.
STREAMLINE THE BATHROOM Keep this highly trafficked room tidy and looking great. With basic necessities in plain sight, friends and family don’t need to search around for what they need.
Make Storage: All too often bathrooms can fall short on space, allowing items to become cluttered. Keep items orderly, allowing visitors to easily navigate the bathroom.
Organizing Most Used Items: Start by clearing off all your bathroom surfaces. First decide which items you can toss and what can be stored away in a closet or drawer. Next, use the ideas below to organize the essentials you want to keep out for easy access.
Countertop: In a large bathroom, set out a folded hand towel and collection of your essential toiletries on a decorative dish next to the sink.
Toilet Tank: Use the top of the toilet tank as a resting spot for a slim basket filled with holiday hand towels, soap, lotion, mouthwash and other everyday needs.
Replenishing: Keep a basket in a bathroom closet or under the sink and fill it with essentials like extra hand towels, toiletries, air fresheners and toilet paper so you can easily replenish any used-up items in a snap.
It’s often the small, simple touches that are most appreciated. Making your home organized and accessible is an easy way to make everyone feel at home for the holidays.
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Fall Cleaning Checklist
In the past, once-a-year cleaning tasks were done in the spring. Over the years, it has gradually moved to the fall. It just makes more sense.
If you have friends or family over for Thanksgiving or winter holidays, fall is the perfect time to do these things. It will ensure that you have a cleaner house and don’t end up putting things off until the last minute. It makes the holidays a lot less stressful.
According to carpeting industry experts, you shouldhave your carpet professionally cleaned every 6-18 months depending on traffic. If you do it once a year, fall is the perfect time. Your carpet will bebeautiful for holiday family gatherings and parties. Most carpet cleaning companies offer a special deal where they will come back and take care of any stain within so many months of cleaning. If you clean in the fall and one of the kids spills cranberry sauce on the carpet at Thanksgiving, you’re covered. You should also let them professionally vacuum your carpet before cleaning. They can remove more dirt than your vacuum can.
Attic or Garage
When the weather cools down, it’s the best time to getup there and get rid of your dust and mildew breeding factory. All you have to do is take a vacuum up into the attic, start at the ceilings, and work your way down. If you’ve never been in your attic or just don’t want to try this project yourself (some attics require some dangerous maneuvering), you can hire someoneto do it for you. The benefit is that you will increase the air quality in the whole house. You’ll also have a clean place for storage. Be sure to use a dust mask and protective eyewear, especially if you’ve never cleaned your attic. You are going to create a lot of particle clouds floating around up there. Check for wet areas caused by roof leaks.
Chandeliers & Light Fixtures
The beginning of fall is the best time to clean chandeliers, light globes, and light diffusers. You are probably going to have people over for the holidays, and let’s face it – that’s the only time you notice how dirty your lights are. The easiest way to clean a chandelier is to leave it where it is. Taking apart the chandelier creates a much larger job, and you might not know how to put everything back together again. Get a step stool or a ladder and clean with a damp cloth. Another method is to use two cotton gloves – one sprayed with window cleaner and one dry. Next you should tackle the light globes on ceiling fans and other fixtures. You should do a room at a time. Detach the globes carefully and let them soak while you are cleaning that room. Rinse and wipe them clean and replace them afterward. It’s not difficult, but most people have a lot of light fixtures. You’ll notice a change in lighting immediately. Don’t forget your porch lights.
Check the labels of your draperies. If they are machine washable, wash them on a gentle cycle with Woolite or other gentle detergent and let them hang dry. If they say dry clean only, don’t take chances.
Oven and Range
You probably do this as needed, but this is a good time to do a thorough oven cleaning, especially if you cook and bake a lot during the holidays. Use a spray cleaner and let it sit overnight. Wipe clean in the morning. This is a much safer technique than using a self-cleaning oven. Starting with a clean oven makes it a lot easier to simply wipe the oven clean the day after Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to take off the range and oven dials and let them soak in soapy dishwater.
Refrigerator & Freezer
This is the time to do a thorough job where you take everything out and clean the shelves. It won’t take long enough to worry about food spoiling if you just get in there and do it. Use an antibacterial household cleaner and clean off all the shelves. Take out the drawers and wash them in the kitchen sink. When you’re done, take everything out of the freezer and put it in one side of the sink. Use the same cleaner to wipe down all surfaces. If you have ice cube trays, wash them in the top shelf of the dishwasher or let them soak in the sink.
Most people only use their good silver around the
holidays, so this is the perfect time to polish silver serving pieces and tarnished silver flatware.
Furniture and Rugs
Move heavy furniture and mop or vacuum underneath it. This only has to be done once a year, so don’t break your back doing it more often.
Turn over area rugs and vacuum the backs of them. This will help get out any dirt that is hiding out at the base of the rug fibers. Never beat an area rug to clean it. It will break down the rug backing and fibers.
Of course, fall is the time of year that your gutters get filled with leaves. Clean them with a special hose attachment that has a hooked end to get down into the gutters.
Better yet, look into attaching “hoods” or “helmets” to your gutters so you won’t have to worry as much about leaves in the future.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Clutter breeds when we stock a library of choices. Children get out of the house easier in the morning if they don’t have to puzzle through more than two choices of cereals, juice boxes, or snack foods.
Throw away expired and barely used items and say hello to an orderly approach to everyday food storage.
ELIMINATE BULKY PACKAGING and save space in your pantry by consolidating smaller items, such as snacks and chips in one large container. Store cereals and pastas in see through containers.
USE BASKETS – Sidelines Signature Baskets – to hold commonly used supplies, such as baking supplies or cooking supplies, and you’ll have what you need without digging through the pantry shelves. Store fresh fruits, vegetables and breads.
VISIBILITY IS THE KEY in a pantry. You can’t cook it and eat it if you can’t see it and know you have it! Put older items in front of newer items and mark expiration dates on perishable items with a marker.
Sidelines Signature Baskets in Oil Rubbed Bronze
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Get more from your kitchen by maximizing forgotten spaces.
If your home is like most, your kitchen is one of its most cramped spaces. You can expand performance with smarter storage options and organizational strategies. Sidelines features a wonderful collection of practical kitchen solutions.
Check out our Kitchen Essentials for all of your kitchen storage needs.
When you can’t find enough storage space, think vertically. Our tall slim pantries packs lots of storage into a narrow space.
Gourmet Tall Chefs Pantry Gourmet Sliding Pantry Rack
Put every cubic inch of a blind corner cabinet to use.
Chef Blind Corner Cabinet
Chef Narrow Pull Out Cabinet Rack
Monday, August 13th, 2012
It’s everyone’s dirty little secret… a messy closet. There are plenty of ways to clean and organize your closet without a headache.
De-clutter.. You’ll be surprised at how much bigger your closet will look after a de-cluttering. The easiest way to eliminate clutter is to empty the space completely, so that you can put back only what you’re sure to use.
Separate your clothing and accessories into four piles: to keep, to sell or donate, to throw out, and to put into storage. If you haven’t worn it in the past year give it away! If it’s 90 degrees outside, put those winter clothes away.
Storage accessories.. that’s where we come in.. We have the perfect solutions. Baskets, closet rods, belt racks, tie racks, scarf racks, pants racks, closet wear pouches.. etc…
Regroup~ When you’re ready to put your clothes back, be sure to group them together according to style. It will be easier to keep your closet neat and organized when shirts hang with shirts, and pants with pants. You can organize them further by color, length, and fabric if you want. The more meticulously you organize, the more pleasant your closet will look, and the easier you’ll be able to keep it looking organized.
Finally.. Keep it clean~
We all know how quickly a closet can go from spick and span, to chaotic and disorganized. Be sure to know what is allowed in each closet and make sure that all dirty clothes end up in the hamper with the empty hangers kept together.
Friday, July 13th, 2012
SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Sidelines Inc., industry leader in closet and storage accessories is proud to announce it has entered into a strategic alliance with hardware components manufacturer and distributor Knape & Vogt (KV), located in Grand Rapids, MI.
This alliance will expand Sidelines’ existing distribution network by making its line of closet accessories more readily available to dealers and distributors throughout the US. Charles Costa, Sidelines CEO and recipient of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals’ (ACSP) 2009 Pioneer Award and Peter Ross, KV V.P. marketing and product development agreed that the partnership was a “win-win for both companies.”
KV will add Sidelines’ most popular closet accessories and hardware including the patented Deluxe Accessory & Premier Accessory lines to its distribution network programs. Also, Sidelines holds several patents on its unique products such as the Deluxe & Premier Belt, Tie and Valet rods as well as the Premier Mirror and Pressing Perfection ironing board.
KV, a privately held company established in 1898 with over 750 employees, has a distribution network, which spans North America as well as worldwide. Additional holdings include GSlide Manufacturing in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to its distributor network, which services independent dealers and cabinet makers, KV also supplies office furniture and kitchen manufacturers and major retailers. Sidelines’ products are now available through KV’s distribution network and its representatives as well as its own warehouse in Chicago, IL.
Charles and Kris Costa launched Sidelines, Inc. in 1997. Products ship throughout North America, as well as internationally. The corporate office is located in Scottsdale, AZ.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Step into Neon this Spring with Sidelines Hot Color Basket Wraps!
Neon colors are “it” for this spring’s hottest fashions and Sidelines has just the look to compliment your closet!
Recently at New York Fashion Week, which was held in September for the spring 2012 showing, neon stole the show. You too can stand out from the crowd with flashy neon accessories for your closet. These bright and elegant colors are on the cutting edge!
Mix and match Hot Pink and Neon Green with Ice Blue & Lavender for a fun and flirty look for your closet!
Experience The Art of Fine Storage Trends at Sidelines!
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
White Signature Baskets wrapped in blue Hot Colors basket wrap
Sidelines Scratch Proof Pole sports a top layer for protection from hanger screech. Available in all Sidelines Designer Finishes.
Deluxe Pull Out Waste Bin
Sidelines Double Deluxe Belt & Tie Rack - Twice the storage in half the space. Customize by pairing our Tie, Belt or Scarf Racks, the choice is yours.
Sidelines Deluxe Slide Out Pant Rack
Sidelines Premier Series glides out and pivots to face you. Shown here, Sidelines Premier Belt Rack