Sometimes, it’s the most logical things that escape our attention. Here are some reminders of organization strategies that (once you need them) you will be so happy you did. You’ll see what I mean…
How many times does a simple project go too far and you end up running to the garage 8 times for a screwdriver, hammer, miter saw? By keeping these obvious necessities hidden inside you will forgo the trip to the cold garage and the dirty white socks (Really? Are you going to put shoes on to go to the garage for 4 seconds? Yeah, I didn’t think so.)
When you do have to store tools in the garage, there is always the risk of them
not being returned to the correct spot. If you’re family is anything like mine, there is more than one person using the tools but perhaps only one person putting them back in their proper space. This nifty (even slightly passive-aggressive) tactic will ensure that they return to their home without a lot of nagging.
As I have previously mentioned, I don’t like to spend money unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary. I have researched the price of hose reels and they can get up to $100! For a hose! Who would spend that if they can avoid it!? Well you CAN avoid it and save about $95. Saving boat loads of money can look a little sloppy, but this just looks smart.
These next few suggestions just make sense. These are the ones that right now you may think “why go through the trouble?” But later you’ll be thinking “I’m so glad I listened to that crazy lady online.”
A random house catastrophe may occur (O.K. maybe a fuse blowing isn’t a catastrophe) but you are prepared nonetheless with these obvious yet rarely practiced organization strategies.
Flashlights like this are actually sold with a metal strip right on them. See? Even Maglite wants you to be prepared.
It’s funny how labels like this are kind of a big deal when it comes down to it. The
last thing you want to do when you’re installing new fixtures is experiment to see which valve goes where.
It may seem like a waste of perfectly good Tupperware, but this guarantees you “lock in the freshness,” or at least keep the paint from drying up inside of a can you thought you closed tight enough. Also, marking which room the colors belong really makes the job a snap when you are trying to differentiate between your dining room’s “Sunshine yellow” and the bathroom’s “Golden Morning Yellow.”
Again with the random crap. Maybe I am being a little bit nit-picky with this last
suggestion, but I don’t want to hoard any information that may possibly change someone’s life. That’s right, I am arrogant enough to think that I am making a difference in the world.