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Home organization is easier planned than executed. What you expected to finish in an hour takes up your entire afternoon, and all other ‘to-do’ stuff remains as it is.

And if you are a working woman with kids at home the phrase ‘organized home’ may seem like an oxymoron.

A home with young children is usually run over by toys, building blocks, random pieces of puzzles, Lego people, Lincoln logs, crayons- the list is endless. There are not many moms out there who have not squealed in pain when they stepped on tiny toy parts when fumbling to switch off lights before crashing into bed.

So how can you organize a home and bring back a semblance of normalcy to your tattered apartment? And more importantly how can you manage it with a toddler or two in tow?

Here are a few tips to help you figure out how to get the job done.

1. Tame the Toy Clutter

An organized home can be achieved only if you make organizing it a part of your daily routine. Picking up after art and craft activities, play time and before going to bed will help keep the toy clutter at manageable levels.

Also, as far as toys are concerned, less is always more.

Do not stuff your kid’s toy chest with toys and lay out all his books on the shelf. You will see that his favorite play is to dump all toys on the floor, fling a few across the room, and pull down each and every book from the shelf. He may not focus on any toy or spend his playtime well.

So, do not overwhelm him with toys, a few which are his favorites should be kept in his toy chest or basket. Not only will they be more accessible for your kid, but your clean-up time will also be much easier. Rotate the toys once in a while so that your toddler never ceases to be entertained.

You can keep a few books on the shelf at a time and keep the rest away, or in another room.

Donate toys that he has outgrown or has duplicates/triplicates of.

There are great storage solutions available for organizing kid stuff. And some look so good that you would not mind having them in ‘adult-areas’ as well. Not only is your toddler’s stuff at hand, but also aesthetically organized.

Ensure that you buy storage solutions only after you have got rid of all the unwanted stuff.

2. Help Your Kids Help Themselves

This is the key to helping your kids get organized.

Low shelving, baskets, clear boxes with removable lids, shallow storage units and zipper toy bags are all great toddler-friendly storage options.

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It is important you have child-friendly furniture in rooms where they spend most of their time. High racks and difficult to reach cubby shelves will make putting things away a hassle for the little people.

Even toddlers can be taught to read picture labels attached to low shelves, drawers, baskets and cubbies, and organize things accordingly. You can also keep laundry baskets in their rooms where they can toss in the dirty clothes.

Appreciate, encourage and reward their efforts. Even if they haven’t cleaned up the room completely, you can do the rest of the clean-up after they are asleep, so that they feel it’s all up to them to keep their room tidy.

3. Organize the Bedroom Clutter

Bedrooms are where we spend most of our time at. And as a result this personal space is also the most cluttered in the house.

Side tables are usually cluttered with magazines, cell phone accessories, random medicines and sleep aids. Clean all the stuff that you do not require and find a place for the rest. A small basket with all the necessary stuff can be placed on either side of the bed.

Wardrobes need to be organized every few months so that you are not staring at unseasonal or ill-fitting clothes each time you are looking for something to wear.

Donate all the unwanted stuff and store away clothes you do not require currently, or are not sure of keeping or trashing. Keep in mind that you will, most probably, never wear something that you haven’t worn in a year. So don’t mull for too long on individual pieces, and get over with your purging ASAP.

4. Organize the Toddler Wardrobe

It doesn’t take long for a toddler wardrobe to fill up and become chaotic.

The key to getting things organized in a kid’s closet is for all the stuff to be easy to see, reach and put away. This will make it easier for your child to do some organizing on his own as well.

Hanging space determines how structured and accessible the toddler wardrobe is. Since most wardrobes have adult proportions the top hanging rod is probably at a height of 5 feet or so. Get more space by adding a lower hanging bar.

How you hang your toddler’s clothes also matters. We offer great options with the toddler’s wood hangers, and children’s satin and plastic hangers. The combination clips will help you keep tops and bottoms together, and grab them on the go on super-busy mornings.

Labeled or color-coded baskets and bins will help keep your little one’s pajamas, play clothes and inner wear organized. Hanging canvas shelves and drawers is great for holding kiddie stuff like gloves, socks, and hats.

Labeled ‘Too Small’ and ‘Too Big’ bins can be used to toss in all that does not fit. Evaluate, store and purge periodically to keep the bins from overflowing.

5. Make Organizing Fun

Ensure keeping home neat and tidy does not become a horrible chore for your little one. Do it when she is happy and ready for it.

There may be many days when your kids are cranky and clingy. Do not expect them to put away their toys or tidy up every day.

But slowly, over time, you can gently make it a part of their daily routine.

A few baby steps each day, and you will very well be on your way to a neat and clutter-free home.

Conclusion

Do not worry about the mess too much. Very soon your precious babies will be grown up and gone, and what you will be left with will be sweet memories of their childhood. And when you see the nostalgic ‘kiddie clutter’ somewhere else it will bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye.

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It’s no secret that the actual settling-in into a home for newlyweds begins after the honeymoon. The wedding and honeymoon time is filled with excitement and feels like a dream when the reality of getting back to routine or the daily normal life hits a couple.

Of course, beginning a new life from scratch entails moving into a new home, making adjustments and compromising on certain fronts to make each other’s life fit together. But irrespective of how long a couple takes, it is surely a magical time which allows for great opportunities to bond and understand each other better.

As boring as it may seem, organizing your home and getting your life back on track is one thing which, if not thought through, can cause a lot of stress. If planned and executed well, on the other hand, it can be a lot of fun.

So why not let it be fun and take the stress out of the process?

Here are a few tips to help you manage the stress better and organize well.

1. Communicate Your Preferences

Just because you realized you were soul mates and decided to tie the knot does not mean that you will always agree on everything. The truth is you will agree to disagree on most things. This applies to choosing the colors, themes, furniture, and other things for your home too.

Every couple goes through such differences, so don’t let them snowball into something big. Sit down with your spouse and communicate your thoughts to each other very clearly. As you state what you prefer, don’t forget to factor in your spouse’s preferences as well and find a middle ground to choose what works best for your home.

2. Survey the Products and Prices

Setting up a new home requires that you fix a budget and buy things accordingly. It can become heavy on your pocket if you’re not careful. You would need new furniture, appliances, utensils, linen, upholstery, the list is endless. It is, therefore, suggested that you visit a few stores and survey the items you want to buy at each one. Make a note of the prices of these items along with the freebies, discounts or other benefits on offer.

Go back home, compare the prices and work out a reasonable deal. If your budget is tight, you can also shop as per your priorities i.e. buy the basic/necessary items first and keep the rest of the shopping for later and do it in stages.

3. Be Open to Experimenting

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When zeroing in on something for your home, keep an open mind. Instead of getting fixated and being stubborn about specific choices, be open to and accepting of new ideas as well. You never know, experimenting may actually work well for you.

Painting your living room red may not sound very appealing, but it can look great once actually done. Buying abstract art for home may seem unnecessary and unconvincing, but it may multiply the beauty of your home once hung on the wall.

It makes sense to be open to new ideas to keep things interesting and fun.

4. Blend Ideas

If only it were as simple as deciding on ‘his and hers’ closets and cabinets! If it is, then good for you, if not then it makes sense that you come to a consensus about the basic designs and blend those ideas to create something that both of you can relate to.

For example, when deciding on how you would arrange stuff in a single closet, figure out your ‘zones’ and how your stuff is to be arranged. Keep a common zone as well, where general belongings and/or documents can be kept together. Include space savers like drawer dividers and sturdy hangers to make more space and systematic arrangement.

5. Focus on Equal Representation

Your home is going to be an extension of your personality and is bound to reflect your likes and dislikes. It is important that you as well as your spouse feel cozy and comfortable in it, which is why both should participate and opine on what it should look like.

Whether you purchase new things or bring your favorite things from your old place, both should have an equal say in what stays and what goes. When buying new items, try and shop for things together.

If something holds great value for you, make it known. You will also have to be understanding, then, when your spouse wants to keep something that you dislike at home.

6. Slow and Steady

Setting up and organizing your home is not an overnight job, so don’t try to speed through it. Take some time and do it right. Spread your tasks over a few weekends and take up each one after the other. Try to include your spouse as much as you can in the entire process. Work together slowly and steadily for a final setup that will please both of you.

7. Be Patient

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Living with another person for the first time can be tough, especially when you constantly find yourself discovering new, unforeseen routines and habits about them. However, more often than not, it is only a matter of getting used to each other and accommodating each other’s preferences.

Organizing your home together is all about bringing things that you both love together in harmony. Whether it is that rustic bookshelf, or the unconventional jewelry hanger, they all belong somewhere in your home; you just need to find the right space for it.

Conclusion

Bringing your home and married life on track can be adventurous. It is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your spouse and learn about what makes them happy. It makes sense to plan the setup well in advance to avoid the post-honeymoon blues and arguments. It is not a one-person job, so both of you should participate and contribute equally. Have fun doing so, instead of treating it like just another chore. The key is to work out a way to strike a balance while respecting the differences.

 

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Hangers, hangers, everywhere, and so many to choose from!

It’s nice to have such variety in clothes hangers, isn’t it? They are, after all, such an important part of our wardrobes.

But there’s a reason behind this variety, and it’s not just commercial or aesthetic; it’s also purpose-driven. Many a beautiful dress has been ruined, or a woolen top stretched beyond redemption, because it was hung on the wrong hanger.

So that you don’t end up ruining any of your clothes, we’ve put together a mini-guide for you to pick up the most-suited hangers for your purpose each time.

Which kind of hangers you should opt for depends entirely on what you want the hangers for. Start by determining the sizes of the clothes you want to hang and the space for doing so in your wardrobe.

Here’s some information on some of the most popular hangers and what they are best suited for.

Wooden Hangers

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Wooden hangers are extremely versatile. There’s nothing that you can’t hang on them and they continue to be of use even when you’ve grown tired of them in your wardrobe.

Some of their most common uses:

-For all your formal clothing (Shirts, blouses, blazers, skirts, trousers)

-For all your casual clothing (T-shirts, skirts, jeans, dresses, sweatshirts, hoodies)

-For all your heavy clothing (Coats and blazers)

-For your nightwear

-For your towels and bathrobes

-For all your kids’ clothing

Wooden hangers may not be the best for:

-Woolens

-Stretchable fabrics

-Very delicate fabrics

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If you don’t want to buy separate hangers for them, your lingerie and other intimate clothing can also be hung on wooden hangers.

Hangers with Clips

These are ideal for sorting and organizing bottomwear.

-Trousers

-Skirts

-Shorts

-Lingerie

-Swimwear

-Kids’ bottomwear

Not ideal for:

-Heavy clothing

-Woolen clothing

-Upper body wear

P.S. You could also hang your boots on them!

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Plastic Hangers

Plastic hangers are as good as wooden hangers in terms of versatility, but not so much in terms of sturdiness.

So consider these hangers to be just a rung below wooden hangers. Almost everything that can be hung on plastic hangers can also be hung on wooden hangers, but not the other way round.

Plastic hangers will take care of most of your everyday, formal, as well as special clothing. They are also better than wooden hangers for stretchable fabrics, though they too may not be ideal for this purpose.

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Overall, plastic hangers are best suited for:

-Light-weight fabrics such as cotton, polyester, linen, silk, and satin

-Woolens

-Kids’ clothes

-Dresses

Not ideal for:

-Heavy clothing (may creak under the pressure over long-term use)

-Woolen clothing (may lead to stretching of the fabric)

-Body-hugging clothing (again, due to stretching)

-Clothing with straps (unless it’s very light and the hanger has hooks to accommodate the straps)

Padded Satin Hangers

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Your lovely evening dresses with delicate straps need to hang on material that is equally delicate and can hold the clothes snugly in place.

Colorful satin hangers don’t just preserve the delicacy and shape of your precious fabrics, they also glam up your wardrobe.

They are best-suited for:

-All your delicate fabrics – silk, satin, lace, wool

-Party dresses

-Lightweight shirts and tops

-Shrugs and light cardigans

-Lingerie

-Night clothing

Not ideal for:

-Any heavy clothing

-Woolen clothing

-Formal clothing

Pearl hangers can be another glamorous and useful addition to your wardrobe.

Metal or Wire Hangers

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Wooden, plastic, and metal hangers all can be used to hang a variety of clothes, including kids’ clothes. However, if your kids are very young, you may want to opt for smaller-sized metal and plastic hangers.

The metal hangers would be perfect for:

-Kids’ shirts, jerseys, and sweaters

-Little girls’ frocks, tunics, and pajamas

-Accessories such as scarves and belts

-Lightweight shirts

-Summer dresses

Not ideal for:

-Heavy clothing (the shape of the hangers may bend over longer use, unless the material is very sturdy)

-Woolens (may stretch the fabric)

-Any stretchable fabrics

Clothes-Specific Hangers

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Though you can hang your favorite cotton dress on a wooden or a plastic hanger, you do have the choice of opting for hangers specifically designed for this purpose. Similarly, there are available in the market specialty hangers for:

-Your bikinis and all other swimwear

-Your neck ties

-Your scarves

-Your belts

-Multiple trousers

That’s just a taste of what’s out there. If you’re big on accessories or are the kind who insists on separate storage for all your little wearable items, you might want to invest in the above. Just one tie hanger can take care of all your neckties. That won’t just save space and look tidy in your wardrobe, you will also be able to find what you want without any hassle.

For Your Precious Jewelry

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You’re in a hurry and simply can’t locate your pear studs. It’s a distressingly familiar story. We keep misplacing our little trinkets all the time.

If you like your necklaces and earrings and hate the idea of getting them all tangled up and hence of no use in a hurry, bring home a jewelry organizer.

You can hang it inside your wardrobe and find whatever you need in a jiffy.

To Save Space

If you have a small wardrobe you would ideally want to go for nonslip slim-line hangers over the bigger and chunkier wooden and plastic hangers.

These will keep you clothes wrinkle-free and snugly in place, and also be sturdy enough to take on heavier load.

Thinner plastic hangers, wire hangers, and clipped hangers will also work due to their slim designs.

For those blessed with huge and spacious wardrobes, any kind of hangers would do.

Have any questions about hangers or how to best hang certain fabrics or clothes? Leave a comment and let us know.

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