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Laundry Room Hacks

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The blog Chasing Foxes offers some great tips about how to upgrade your laundry room!



The laundry room can become a big mess fast. Clothes get piled up on the floor, mismatched socks are everywhere, and don’t forget about those dried detergent spots on the ground. It’s probably one of the most overlooked rooms in the house since people don’t spend as much time there, and it might just be the most overwhelming. Not only do you have to sort through the darks and the lights, but the room is such a mess that you don’t even want to be there.

So down below I’ve found some awesome tips and hacks for the laundry room which will make your life so much easier. They’re simple to do and not to mention cute, so take a look and then head to the bottom to check out the tutorials!

Single Sock Looking for Mate


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I’m pretty sure this is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in awhile. It’s such a great idea for keeping socks together or finding the missing pair.

Clothing Organizing Bins


Found from A Diamond in the Stuff: See Source Below

I love this idea because it allows you to toss clothing throughout the week in one of the three categories. So now there’s no need to divide them up on laundry day.

Pull Out Organization


Found from Family Handyman: See Source Below

I really like this idea, especially for small spaces. It allows you more room to store things and keeps chemicals out of sight from children.

Drink Dispenser for Detergent


Your Little Birdie: See Source Below

Instead of using a heavy ugly detergent bottle, make it more easy on yourself by easily dispensing detergent. Pretty clever right?

Lint Disposal


Found from Hometalk: See Source Below

If you have a lot of lint buildup, then try this super easy DIY project! It’s a great way to get rid of lint easily. Also, if it’s fall or winter, you can use it as a fire-starter in the fireplace. Crazy right?

Keep The Change Jar


Found from Good Housekeeping: See Source Below

Change gets so easily left in the pockets of our clothing that this “Keep the Change Jar” is a great way to gather it all up.

More Cleaning Dispensers


Found from Simply Designing: See Source Below

Alright, so I thought that these three liquid dispensers were an awesome idea. So instead of just having one for detergent, you can easily dispense any cleaning liquid you have.

Dollar Store Storage Bins


Found from Just a Girl Blog: See Source Below

Storage bins are such a great way to keep like-things organized. It makes grabbing things more accessible and easy to find. Definitely something to try!

Crib Spring Drying Rack


Found from A Diamond in the Stuff: See Source Below

If there are clothes that shouldn’t be machine dried, then this is a super clever and cute way to have an easy hanging area for drying clothes!


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7 Ways to Prepare for a Snow Storm

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 has put together a list of tips to help you be prepared for our next snow storm. Definitely want to hold onto this article!


7 Ways to Prepare for a Snow Storm

Weather report calling for a winter storm? Make sure you do these things.

The threat of a big winter storm is often a cause of anxiety for parents and caregivers. Having young children to keep occupied and in good spirits can make a winter storm even more challenging. Create a plan or checklist you can turn to when the weather report starts warning of a snowstorm. Here are seven things you may need to do.

  1. Stock up
    An essential way to combat threatening winter weather is to make sure your home is comfortable and well-stocked. Do you have non-perishable food, medical supplies and plenty of drinking water on hand? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends including at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods, like protein or fruit bars, crackers, nuts, peanut butter, dry cereal or granola, canned juices, dried fruit, ready-to-eat canned fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.

    And a winter storm can feel like a holiday for kids, so have some favorite snacks and goodies on hand, like hot chocolate and s'mores fixings.
  2. Keep the Kids Entertained
    A winter storm can be unpredictable and can leave your family stranded at home for several days. Having games and activities in mind for such occasions can help keep everyone happy and calm.

    Go through this list of 101 Things to Do When Kids Say “I’m Bored” and check off ones you want to do.

    Lisa Bedford, author of the Survival Mom blog, suggests keeping them to a schedule. “The most important thing to do is put a plan in place. Having a routine really helps.” Try to duplicate your normal routine as best you can, even though you’re stuck at home. Make a list of the things you would normally do (snow or no snow) and make a plan for the day. Add in things like building a fort in the living room or having a movie marathon.
  3. Contact Any Caregivers
    Do you have a regular nanny or sitter? Reach out and make plans for the weather. When will you need them to come watch the kids? Will you still need her if you work from home? What happens if they can't make it due to bad weather? And will you pay your sitter if you cancel?

    If you drop your child off at a day care or family child care, check their bad weather policy. How and when will they let you know if they're closing?

    And if you have a regular housekeeper, dog walker, etc. who is also scheduled to come, figure out a plan.
  4. Check on Elderly Relatives, Neighbors or Friends
    When facing any inclement weather, make sure the older people in your life are prepared. Do they have enough food and medication to get through a storm? “Check with your pharmacy or insurance on how many days ahead you can get it filled," suggests Dr. James Hubbard, a family physician and author of the Survival Doctor. Try to have three to seven days extra on hand. If they use any medical equipment that runs on electricity, ask the supplier for a substitute if the power goes out.

    Does your elderly family member or friend have a caregiver who regularly checks in? What's the plan if the weather is bad, but your loved one still needs help with medication?

    And share these 7 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors.
  5. Prep Your Home
    Keeping your home ready for a winter storm is essential to keeping your family happy and safe this winter. Do you have enough flashlights, batteries, blankets, etc. Are your shovels and ice melt stored nearby?

    How will you stay warm if the power goes out? Always have a backup heat source that is not reliant on the grid,” shares Daisy Luther, who blogs at The Organic Prepper. “People get desperate when they get cold. Many die during a grid-down winter event, not from the cold, but from their efforts to stay warm. House fires are frequent, so have a reliable heat source and fire extinguishers.”

    Bedford suggests setting up a big tent in your living room as a fun way to keep your family warm and entertained. The tent will help keep everyone warm by holding in your family’s body heat and you can have all kinds of family fun in your mock campsite.

    Here's a sample winter safety kit for your home to get you started.
  6. Prep Your Car
    In the event you need to leave your home, make sure your car is stocked with a winter emergency kit and fill up on gas before the storm hits. “I keep a stocked kit at all times in my vehicle with first aid supplies, food, water tools and items that can form an improvised shelter," says Luther. "In the winter I add extra warm weather gear and boots for all family members, and sleeping bags,”

    Check out this winter safety kit for your car.
  7. Talk to Your Boss
    Are you allowed to work from home if the weather is bad or do you need to come into work? Do you still get paid if you can't make it in? What are expectations if you do work from home? Have these conversations with your employer before bad weather hits.

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