Pack for Organization – Post Wedding Move

After all the planning that goes into your wedding day, another major plan can slip through the cracks: merging two homes into one. When you move in with your significant other, it can be difficult to decide what items to keep and where to put them, especially when you have duplicate items. This post has suggestions on what you can do to prepare both of your belongings BEFORE the move – to make organizing easier when you unpack in your new home!

 

-       Take inventory of your belongings

When two people move in together, it’s very likely that there will be duplicate items. This is also a good opportunity to go through all your items and donate or throw out items that aren’t needed or won’t fit in your new space. Sort both of your items into different piles for items that need to be packed, items that need to be donated, and items that need to be thrown out. For larger furniture pieces and appliances, you can also consider selling them through an online platform or garage sale. It’s important to work together when sorting through items. Be practical, and if you are unsure about items, consider how often they are currently used, and how often they will be used in your new home.

 

-       Plan your new space

It’s also important to consider your new space and where everything will go. This step can also help you further declutter the items you have – depending on how large your space is, you may not have room for your combined belongings. Start by organizing your belongings by room, like kitchen appliances, dishware, condiments, and food, or bedroom furniture, linens, decorations, and clothing. Make sure to measure the size of each room, and the size of larger pieces of furniture and appliances, to ensure they will fit in the new space.

 

-         Prepare to move

Before you move, you will need to pack up your belongings. To do this in an organized way, make sure to keep similar items sorted together (like kitchen items, bedroom items, and bathroom items), and pack these items into clearly marked boxes depending on what room they are for. You can further organize each box by what kind of items they are – for example, sort all utensils and/or dishware for the kitchen into one box, and all shoes for the bedroom closet into another. Try using clear boxes so you can both easily determine what items are in each box.

 

-       Moving day

Overnight kits are essential for any move – make sure that items like toiletries, pajamas, a clean set of clothes, a pair of shoes, any medications, phone chargers, and electronics, are packed into a bag or box and kept with you the day of the move. Go over both of your schedules and determine if you will both be there, or if someone will be primarily in charge of overseeing the moving process. Plan for when the boxes will be picked up, moved, and dropped off. The most important part of this process is to make sure that both of you are on the same page and a part of each stage throughout the move.

 

Moving two different homes into one can be daunting, but it can be done. Make a plan and work together to create a space that you can both call home.

DIY shed organizing ideas

Adding organized storage solutions to your shed doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. There are many do-it-yourself storage options that use items you may already have to keep your shed organized. Below, we’ve found some easy to use and easy to assemble organized storage solutions for your shed:

  •  Bucket hose storage: This idea seems so simple and practical that it may make you wonder why you never considered it before! If you have an old bucket or an extra one that you don’t use, you can attach it to the wall or door of your shed, and use it to keep your hoses from tangling. The bucket also provides extra storage for smaller items inside the centre. Make sure that the bucket is strongly secured onto the wall or door so that it will support the weight of the hose.
  •  Bungee cords: Who knew bungee cords could be so versatile? Use these cords to hold in place taller items like shovels, brooms, rakes, support stakes, and lumber. Simply attach two cords to two studs or two hooks on the walls of your shed to create an easy to access storage space. More or less bungee cords may be needed to hold in your items, depending on what you are storing.
  • Wicker baskets: For this storage solution, you can use an old bicycle basket, or an inexpensive wicker basket from a craft or dollar store. These small baskets can be used to hang on a shed door or wall to store smaller items and keep them organized. Gloves, seeds, and small garden tools, like trowels, can be stored in these baskets. By using small baskets, it is easier to keep the items stored and organized, and prevent you from cluttering up the basket with multiple items. These baskets are perfect for small, regularly used items.
  •  Mason jar hanging storage: This storage method is also popular for storing spices in kitchens and pantries, but it can also be used to store seeds, screws, twine, and other smaller items in a shed. Simply attach mason jars or clear plastic jars (which may work better as there is no potential for broken glass) by the lid onto the bottom of a shelf or a cupboard, and then unscrew the jar from the lid to access the items you need. This will utilize hanging space you have under any cupboards or shelves, and allow you to easily use and get to the items when you need them.

Storage can be made simple in your shed by using items that you already own, or by using easy to purchase and cost-effective items from your local hardware, craft, or dollar store. When finding a storage solution for your shed, make sure that it will work with the space and the items you have, and adapt it to best fit your needs. Not every storage solution will work for everyone, so plan your storage for the items you have and the way that you use them.

Spring is here: Get your shed organized!

With the warm weather approaching, many people are anxious to get to work on their yards – but before any work can be done, it’s important to make sure all of your tools and supplies are organized!

First of all, it’s necessary to clean out your shed and take stock of all the items you already have. Decluttering is important to every organization process, and for garden or backyard sheds, it is even more important as people tend to store more items than they have room for. Make sure you have no duplicates of items, and remove old tools that are worn or no longer. This is also a good time to remove any items that you shouldn’t store in a shed, like paint, which can be affected by the heat, and paper and food products, which can attract bugs and wildlife. Items that are in good working order should be separated in a pile from items that no longer work or you do not need. You can further sort through your items by determining what tools and objects make sense to store in that location. Typically, sheds are kept near gardens or in backyards, so only keep the items that you would use in that space. Other items may make more sense to store in a garage or a basement, depending on how you use them.

Once you’ve sorted through your items, it’s time to figure out how much space you actually have to work with. Sheds are usually small, cramped, and lack proper lighting, so it’s important to plan out your storage in a way that makes best use of your available space. Organize your shed in order of priority, by placing the more often used items near the front and at eye level, and less often used items or bulkier pieces towards the back of your shed or on higher and lower shelves.

Peg boards make great use of wall space, and allow you to change or adapt your storage as necessary if you get new items or tools, or have to make changes to your space. With a peg board, you can add hooks for small tools or larger items like brooms and shovels. You can also attach shelves for larger items like pails, bins, and pots, and hanging baskets can be used to store smaller items like seeds, garden gloves, and small tools.

Magnetic strips can be attached to the wall and used to store small metal tools like hand rakes, screwdrivers, and trowels. Storing your items this way makes them easier to access and take out of the shed when you need them. Make sure that the magnet is strong and long enough to hold your items.

The shed door can provide a lot of extra storage space, especially for smaller and lightweight options. Small hanging baskets, or small hangers and hooks, can store regularly used items like gloves, hats, seeds, and twine. When adding door storage, make sure that it is not too bulky and won’t knock over items on the door or in the shed when the door is opened.

Overhead shelves can also provide a lot of storage, but because they are so high up, they should only be used to store larger items, or items that you don’t need to access very often. Open shelves or small cupboards are the best methods of storing items in this space.

When adding in cupboards and shelves, use open access or clear plastic storage units so it is easy to see and access the items that are stored there. Lighting is not always good in these places, so providing an easier way of looking into cupboards and shelves will save you time looking for the items you need.

Finally, when storing fertilizers and chemicals, make sure you store them safely, out of direct sunlight, and in an area that is not easily accessible. Fertilizers and chemicals should be kept in one area, or stored together on a shelf or cupboard, in an area where they are not easy to get to, and not likely to be knocked over.