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23 things everyone should start hoarding


What are some items that you think you should start hoarding for a major cataclysmic disaster? Water? Absolutely. Food? Also absolutely. Ammo? For sure. First aid equipment? Definitly. Gasoline? Yep.

The list goes on. All of those things are incredibly valuable items to hoard for survival, and you can probably think of about 10 or 20 other types of survival supplies as well.

That being said, there are countless ordinary items – things people use everyday – that are relatively cheap and can be used for survival. The wisest among us are already stockpiling them.

Here are some things that everyone, including you, should start hoarding today.

1 Bobby pins- There are a ton of uses for bobby pins in a survival situation, so they are among the very last items you will want to throw away.

Examples of what you can use bobby pins for in a survival situation include as a DIY money clip, as fishing hooks, as a lock pick, to short circuit various electronics, or for it’s intended purpose, to keep hair back.

2 Chap stick- Unless you want to deal with chapped lips after a major disaster, then chapstick will be a very important item to store for disaster.

You can also use chap stick as a small, make shift torch (just light it up with a match or lighter or amy other fire starting devices). Or you can use it to help heal small wounds such as scrapes or cuts (just apply lightly to the affected area). Those are just a couple of examples.

3 Coffee filters Besides their obvious intended use for making coffee, you can also use coffee filters for many other things. Here are a few examples.

You can use it as a food bowl, use it to wipe your butt, soak it in grease to get a fire going, make an air freshener (fill up with baking soda, tire it up, and then leave it out in the middle of a room), clean glasses, and make an emergency bandage or compress.

4 Crayons If you have children, you can never have enough crayons. Just imagine how bored they will be with out their electronics! Crayons will help, at least a little.

Plus, they are very flamable, and can be used as make shift candles. Just remove the wrapper and then light them up, and you’ll be all set.

5 Dryer lint – Dryer lint is very flameble just like crayons. Its also very easy to collect as well and can be a fast and efficient way to get a fire going. Whats more, you can easily collect lint in zip lock bags for ease of storage.

6 Egg cartons – Egg cartons can be very valuable items for mantaining small gardens while also being easy to transport.

All you need to do is some soil into each compartment and plan a little seedling.

Garbage bags- Garbage bags have dozens of uses, not only in everyday life but in a critical survival situation as well.

You can use it to keep supplies dry, make a tourniquet, collect rain water, block the sun, make a pillow, fix leaks, make a rope and so much more.

5 simple but useful purse organization tips.

Keeping your purse clean and organized is a must if you ever want to find anything! But how do you keep your purse organized and clean? These simple purse organization tips will help you solve this problem.

Purses come in all shapes and sizes, and the challenge is to keep them clean and functioning.

Tipping your bag out at the check out looking for your bank card or to see how much change you have in the bottom isn’t practical and it’s stressful too.

The 5 steps to an organized purse or hand bag.

These ideas are simple and easy o implement, but they take practice to keep on top of and not letting your purse or bag get into a mess again.

These are my five tips:

  • Empty out your bag.
  • put like items together and work out whats trash.
  • Organize the items into categories that you want to keep.
  • Find a system that works for for you holding your items in your purse.
  • Keep at it, practice keeping your purse or bag organized.

Simple steps to purse organization

The most important step is to empty out your bag. This is going to allow you to see what you actually have in your bag and what is staying.

Getting into a habit of keeping your bag organized will save you having to do this task.

Sort items into categories, this allows you to judge what you have and what needs a new home.

Then its simply a case of finding ways to keep things together and organized.

How to clean and organize your purse.

Once your bag is empty the best thing to do next is to clean out your bag inside out, doing this first helps to air out the purse before you need to put things back inside.

Always follow the manufacturers guild lines when it comes to cleaning your bag, you do not want to damage it.

I wipe over the outside of bags with a damp cloth then dry it.

Putting like items together.

By having all your items together, you can see what items you have that are the same and what you don’t need.

You don’t need 6 packs of tissue in you bag in one go, so by grouping into categories you can work out where you need to pare down.

Its easy to not realize what you have until you pull out all in one space.

Organizing tips and ideas

When it comes to organization you need to think about will hold the items in your purse.

If you have a large bag and just dump everything straight into the bag you are quickly going to find that your bag is still a mess.

The trick is partly finding ways to hold items as well as returning them to the correct spot after use.

The idea of simple is important it might just mean having a card wallet or a coin purse, this way it corals the items together making it easier to find.

What you don’t need is alot of clutter in your purse making it difficult to find anything that you want.

The best idea is to follow declutter tips for you home and apply it to your purse or hand bag.

Simple and easy tips to an organized and clean purse.

Once you’ve pared down all the items in your purse you can start to think about how you are going to arrange them.

If you have a smart phone, then you might try an app that lets you hold all the store cards information.

This is a great way to reduce the number of cards you need to carry, and you can leave the cards at home in a secure place.

You need to consider bags to hold the smaller items together, I have a bag that fits inside my bag and this is a simple way to keep everything organized.

You can use make up bags, to hold small items that you don’t want to lose, ot you can use things like coin purses or card holders and this make keeping financial side of you bag or purse easy to control.

Simple but useful purse organizing ideas.

When it comes to organizing its about finding the right items for you.

The first step is finding the right bag for you. I’m seriously looking at stylish diaper bags at the moment, they don’t have to be for babies, but they are large with plenty of space and as I work from from home, sometimes I have to take items with me when I go out and having space is key.

Nest, comes the coin and card purses and wallets, you need something that is cute but functioning. I always check that the purse is beg enough to hold notes after I purchased one a few years ago that couldn’t hold a not flat and it drove me crazy.

Bag inserts (don’t go for cheap ones, they aren’t great quality) I know from experience! Are great when it comes to a larger bag, they are simple to move from bag to bag if you like to change things up alot.

They aren’t so great for small purse organization though, in the situation you really need to pare down the items you carry and only carry the essentials.

Finding your organizing system that works for you.

What I wont tell you is to use a system that doesn’t fir with your needs, this is just silly! But, the system that you do choose is going to need you to work at it every single day.

An organizing system doesn’t do the work, you have to do the work to maintain the system, it’s just a way to keep your things organized.

The main thing to think about when looking for a system is looking for something that’s easy to maintain.

The more complicated something is the higher the risk forgetting to maintain it.

If you are sill wondering why you should clean and maintain your purse, lets recap.

Recap

If you are wondering why you need to clean and organize your bag it’s simple, keeping it clean is essential as its taken to a lot of places and organized because you need to find things it holds.

You need to clean your bag regularly on the inside and out as its subjected to daily germs and grime.

If you want to get organized start with emptying your bag out completely.

This is the ideal time to give it a clean, inside and out.

Sort items into like items, this way you can see what you have, now you need to pare down the items to the essentials only.

Storage is a must, you have a way to hold items in place.

The final part is maintenance, an organizing system is only good if its continually maintained.

How to organize your dresser drawers.

You may have heard me say in the past that I am a very lazy organizer, meaning things must be simple for me in order for me to continue using a certain method of organizing. If it isn’t easy or doesn’t work, then I just wont follow through. Do you have this problem too? The good thing is, once I realize I’m not following through, I will go in search of another way to organize the area I’m failing at. This has happened in the past with my bathroom cabinets. That’s the best part about organizing, it can be changed. Well, about 3 years ago I happened upon a new way of organizing dresser drawers and today is the day I will share with you how to organize your dresser drawers.

By now you have probably heard of Marie Kondo and her best selling book The life changing magic of Tidying up. This book came out the end of 2014 and has taken the organizing world by storm. In her book she talks about the vertical method of organizing your clothes. If you haven’t read her book and are looking to get more organized, I highly recommend it.

If your still laying your clothes on top of one another in your drawers, you wont be by the time you finish reading this amazing way of organizing your drawers. Once you see the results, you will go to your drawers and begin on this new system.

What is the vertical method of organizing?

The vertical method of organizing is when you place your clothing on their side, instead of on top of one another.

The benefits

There are so many benefits using this method, let me give you some of them now.

  • You can see every item in the drawer with out having to move anything.
  • You will wear more of your clothes instead of the same ones over and over again, because you will find clothes you forgot you had.
  • Organizing you clothes this way will save you time every morning while you are getting ready for you day.
  • You have nothing to loose and only a clean and more orderly drawer to gain.
  • No more feelings of frustration when you open your drawer.
  • Your drawers will now make you smile.

Making the change.

  • By using this method you may have to change the way you fold some of your clothes.
  • When you are putting your clothes back in your drawers, it also makes life easier if they are separated by color.
  • Putting clothes away may take a couple extra seconds, but it is well worth extra effort.

When to make the change.

  • If your thinking you don’t have time to do this, here is what I suggest. Do it every night this week for 30 minutes to an hour while you are watching TV. Divide the number of drawers you have available this week and by the end of the week you will be done.

Once you have done this and love it, be sure to share the love and organization in your husbands and children’s drawers as well. The best part is, that if after a month, you don’t end up loving this method as much as I do, you can always go back to the other, more difficult way you organized your drawers before you were introduced to this way.

How to organize your bags and accessories.

Keeping your bags and accessories organized can be a challenge. I keep them in different places throughout my house, with hope that it will be easy to find them when I need them. But, I have fallen into the trap of what I don’t see, I forget about. Does this ever happen to you?

So I have decided to come up with a new game plan for all my bags, accessories and other random items that would fall into this category. That includes floves, head bands, belts, jewlery and scarves.

1.Collect

Start by collecting all your purses, bags scarves, gloves, hats, head bands, jewelry anything that counts as an accessory. Find them in every space they might be hiding.

I check my car, the basement, our laundry room, everywhere I want to make sure that I have every single accessory I own. This way, I can make a reasonable decision about what to keep and what can go.

By seeing everything right in front of you, you will be more thoughtful in what you keep. This is the first step to truly de cluttering your home for good. Always grab all your items and put them in one place. You will be amazed at how much you have accumulated.

2 Categorize

Since we are grabbing all your accessories, I would suggest keeping them in piles based on the category of that item. Put all your purses together, all your earrings, all your gloves, you get the idea.

By categorizing each item, you will gain a better visual for all that you have. And I’m sure you will see right away what you can get rid of. Isn’t that such a nice feeling when you just know what you no longer need?

3 Sort

Start with one category. I personally find that it is easiest for myself if I go about the accessories in this order.

  • Scarves
  • gloves
  • hats
  • belts
  • headbands/hair accessories
  • jewelry
  • bags
  • purses

I suggest doing bags and purses last, because we tend to get really attached to these items. So, by going through some of the less sentimental items first, you will have a better gauge to judge if you really need to keep a particular bag or purse.

I love scarves, so I have a ton of them. But none of them have any sentimental value to me. When I went through my scarves, I was able to be rather objective about what I could discard. Purses and bags can hold more meaning because they can be considered an extention of your self. So really think about what you want to keep and what you are ok with parting with.

As you go through each category, create piles for keep, donate, sell and trash. Put items into the bags as you sort. This will make it easier to clean up once you have finished sorting your accessories.

4 Discard

Once you have finished sorting all your accessories, bags, and purses, you can get rid of all your trash, donate and sell bags. Put your trash bag in the garbage. Put the donate and sell bags in your car. Make it a point to get those out of your car by the end of the week.

By cleaning out all the unwanted items, you will allow yourself to have a blank slate to figure out how to store items you are keeping. It is just incredibly helpful for you to be able to see exactly what you have.

5 Store

Everything is sorted and your bags of unwanted accessories are out of the way. Now the only thing you have in front of you is your beautiful accessories and bags that you love. So how can we store and organize the items that are left? Easy! By keeping all similar accessories together. What I mean by this is tp keep all your bags in one place. It will be your bag home. All your purses together in one place. All your jewelry together in one place.

You don’t have to keep all your accessories in the same place, but keep all like accessories together. This will help reduce the amount of clutter you will have for any of your accessories because you can see everything all in one place.

I suggest keeping scarves organized using a scarf hook organizer in your closet. If you have the space, then roll them up, put them in an acrylic bin, and store on a shelf.

Gloves and hats can be stored in a bin located with the jackets and other winter gear.

Hanging belts on a hanger in your closet near your pants.

Keep all head bands/hair accessories near your brush and comb in your bathroom. You can store them in a bin or drawer, but make sure to keep them all together.

Jewelry should be kept in a jewelry box. I suggest keeping the box in your bedroom in your closet.

Bags should be stored in a closet where you can easily access them. Keep all bags together. I typically suggest keeping bags together with suitcases in a closet. Use wall hooks to hang the bags so you can see what you have. If you are limited on space try folding your bags and storing them in clear shoe boxes. You can pile them on top of each other and label so you know whats in each box.

Purses should be stored in an easy to access area of your home. If you like to change out your purses frequentl;y, I suggest storing your purses near your shoes. If you only switch out your purses seasonally or for special occasions, then I would suggest storing them near your bags.

Find a place that works for you to store your items, but make sure that you store ALL the like items together so you can find everything you have easily.

6 Tweak

As you live with your new organizational system for your accessories and bags, you might need to make some simple tweaks with in the first few weeks. If you aren’t loving the place your purses are stored, then try to find another location that would work well for your needs.

After a few months, you might need to reassess what you are keeping. Do you notice that you never wear a particular necklace anymore? It might be time to part ways with it. As you notice items you no longer wear or use, then you should get rid of that item immediately. This is the easiest way to reduce clutter.

Since you are able to see everything you own, you are able to acess what you want to keep and what you can part with more efficiently after you have done a large organiztional cleaning spree. So you keep up with assessing what you are keeping and what you can part with.

Now its your turn to get your bags and accessories organized. Start by gathering all your accessories, categorize the accessories so you can easily sort what you have into piles of keep, donate, sell or trash. Then discard unwanted or unused items. Store like items all in the same location that makes sense for how you use them with in your home. Then tweak as needed.

Once all your accessories are organized, you can see and find them easily.

How to de clutter all your shoes.

Spring is in the air, and I have been in serious spring cleaning mode these past few weeks. As I looked around the house I noticed how many spots we have all of our things – and figured this was the perfect time to de clutter shoes, clothes and jackets for the next season. Out with winter and on to spring and summer shoes and clothes.

Over the past month, I shared how to get your clothes organized in six easy steps. So I followed my tips, and now my clothes are all snug in my drawer and neatly folded. I also shared how to organize your families jackets I colloected all the jackets from all over the house and the car, (yes, I did have jackets in the car). Then I went thru each jacket to see if it fit and if was something I loved. I kept the jackets I loved and fit. These is no point in keeping jackets that you might love but you can’t wear. I know that’s hard to hear, but trust me, you’ll feel better.

Today, I’m tackling shoes. We have so many shoes. Shoes in the mud room, shoes in the front hall closet, and shoes in this random closet we have going into the attic.

Then the kids have shoes. Just like jackets, it’s time ti get rid of the ones that just don’t fit. Check out these six steps for how to declutter and organize your shoes.

Step 1: Collect all shoes.

Grab all of your shoes from around the house and make one giant pile. Make sure you have space to sort, but that you are near a full length mirror to check out how you look in the shoes.

I organize my shoes in one spot. Once I gathered them all from the front hall. It took many trips but nonce I grabbed everything I needed to empty my shoes from boxes (i used to organize them in plastic shoe boxes.) which was super helpful I could see everything I had. Over time tho, the number of boxes grew and it got to be too much to store. So once I de cluttere this time, I’ll see how many I have left and then decided how to store them.

Pro tip: Don’t rush to store your shoes before you finish decluttering them.

Step 2: Create donate and keep piles.

Once you have your entire pile of shoes, grab a garbage bag to use for your donate pile. If you think you’ll sell the shoes, grab another garbage bag to use for your sell pile. Make sure you have room for the shoes you are going to keep.

I love using garbage bags because I can grab a sharpie and write directly on the bag. I write on the bags before I even start, so I have a bag for donate and sell.

Step 3: Check shoe sizes.

After I had two babies, my feet grew! Ever the optimist, I held on to a bunch of pre baby shoes that I loved and thought I would wear again but discovered… That’s not going to happen. They are uncomfortable and don’t fit me. So I recommend checking the size of the shoes first to spare you some try on pain and only keep shoes that actually fir you and that you enjoy wearing. I sadly had to donate shoes that look adorable but don’t fit my feet anymore.

Step 4: Try on shoes.

If you aren’t sure if the shoes fit, try them on. I strongly recommend trying on each and every pair of shoes you have. Look at yourself in the mirror. I discovered that some of my shoes made my legs look really short. I never noticed that before. They didn’t make me feel pretty, so I decided to donate them.

Look at the heels. I had some shoes where the heals were shot. I could either get the heals replaced or get rid of the shoes. Make a really conscious decision about if you are going to get the heals replaced. And if you are, do it right away.

Pro tip: As you try on each and every shoe you own, make sure to sort them accordingly. If you are donating them, put them in the donate bag. Like, actually put them in the bag – not beside it. Especially if you have little children playing near by.

Step 5: Discard shoes.

Now that your shoes are sorted into piles and inside bags, remove the bags of shoes you are going to donate and/or sell from your space. You should be left with only the shoes you love. You have officially decluttered your shoes and left with those you’ll organize in your closet.

Next, go back and check each shoe you are keeping. Did you miss anything about the shoes? Do you need to fix any? Is there a scuff mark on one? If the shoes are fixed quickly, you can wear them sooner.

Step 6: Store and organize your shoes.

The fun part is next… storing and organizing your shoes. I love this part because you can see your hard work once everything is put away.

First, find a place you want all of your shoes to go. Yes, every single shoe should be in one place in your home. The reason behind this is that you are able to identify each and every pair of shoes you have. When you spread the shoes throughout the house, you are more likely to forget you have a pair, which could lead to spending more money on shoes that are similar to ones you already own.

Pro tip: Make your organization work for you- and your space! I used to store all of my shoes in shoe containers piled on top of each other I had pictures of what was in each bin and stacked the bins based on color. This make it easy for me to find them quickly.

Once you find a place to store all your shoes. Start putting them away. I personally love using containers. I don’t recommend shoving all your shoes into a bin or just let them lay on the mat. Each pair needs a specific location.

Now that you know how to de clutter shoes, do the work, and take a step back to admire it all.

How to stage a book case.

Book cases usually end up in a few rooms of the house, and most of the time just end up collecting stacks of books and other things that don’t really belong there and, had you taken a bit of time, could be the focal point of the room, or allow you to tell the story of why you call your house a home.

1.) First, I usually always end up painting a pretty accent color to the back of the book case. Use a fun color to pop, a nice patterned wall paper or stencil, or just a nice contrasting color works great and will give the book case depth and interest.

2.) Pick a color scheme you want displayed. Usually you are good with going with 3 or 4 different subtle colors so the space doesn’t look too busy.

3.) Next, collect all the decorative items in your home you are not using. More times than not you have a handful of great pieces to make it pop, like a candle stick could just use a more updated candle topper, you could spray paint an old frame, or a vase could just use some new silk flowers from the dollar store. No need to spend alot on these items, just that they are visually interesting and will stand out and make an impact. Think height, shape, what colors will pop against the bookcase. I don’t decide how to place things until after I have a bunch of items to use. Sometimes you will end u[ returning items not used, but I say it’s better to be safe and have more to work with.

4.) When it comes to books I display, I usually go around the house and see all of the books there are to work with. I keep the ones that have a pretty spine, and a good colored spine. I always take the book sleeve off and I like to stack them or put them upright on one side ot the other of the shelf. I usually flip one or two around to give visual interest and I try not to have the same colored spine right on top of the same color.