Yesterday was the FIRST day of Spring, which means it’s time to roll up those sleeves and do some spring cleaning. Really, most of what I classify as spring cleaning is just as much organizing – sure it’s great to dust and scrub and mop, but it’s equally great when everything is finally in its place. To help motivate those in your household, or even just a friend that needs a boost, I’ve rounded up five nifty ideas to help you get your home in order.
Energize Your Entertainment Unit: Talk Bubble Cord – $8 for 3 @ Umbra
I don’t know about you, but every time I walk past the mess of cords behind our TV unit or under our computer desk, I get a little tense. While I’d like to believe my fiancé knows what all goes where, it might be nice to have everything clearly marked in case one day I have the unenviable task of plugging or unplugging some pieces. These cute, reusable clips from Umbra make electrical cord organization super easy. Use the enclosed white-erase marker to jot down each cord’s use, and simply erase whenever you replace a product or move something around. While you’re at it, invest in an energy-saving power bar to maximize your productive vibes. Makes a great gift for a techy dad.
Beautify Your Makeup Vanity: 24-Lipstick Acrylic Organizer – $6.99 @ The Container Store
For whatever reason, I have an abundance of lip products. And yet, I often lose track of the slippery little buggers, when in fact I’d probably wear lipstick a heck of a lot more if it were perched on my counter, looking like a beauty store display. It’s so incredibly easy and affordable to add little touches like this to your dresser, bathroom counter, or vanity table – you’ll not only have something that looks great, but encourages you to actually use your precious products. After all, a candy-coloured rack full of lipstick is simply too enticing not to take for a spin.
Shape Up Your Garage: Sports Organizer – $49.99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond
If you’ve got kids in the house, inevitably you’ve also got sporting equipment. Whether they’re squeezing in extra practice between little league matches or simply have a football or basketball kicking around for impromptu pick-up games, those pesky (yet important) pieces of equipment can be a pain to store. This nylon case is genius on multiple levels. For one thing, it’s on castors, making it easy to move around. For another, the multiple compartments gives you flexible storage options – maybe each kid is responsible for one bucket, or you can keep everything together by sport of by function. No matter what, this is an extremely functional solution for your garage or storage room to keep yourself from tripping over an errant soccer ball.
Tidy Up Your Workspace: Snap It Up Desk Organizer – $17.99 @ Organize.com
I just cleaned up my perpetually cluttered desk at the office the other day and man was it easy. Annoyingly so really – I could have been sitting in a far less scattered, messy space had I just taken an hour to tidy up at some point. Or alternatively, if had some better organizational tools at my fingertips. Enter the Snap It Up Desk Organizer – a rainbow-hued acrylic board that takes up marginal space and can stash layers of items on a temporary (or long-term) basis with its colourful oversized rubber bands. Slip that super important client’s business card in there, or the list of numbers you most frequently call, or even stamps so you can grab one in a flash. Looks great, works great, tis a great choice for a cluttered coworker’s desk.
Clean Up (not out!) Your Closet: Gleener – $20 online
If you’re like me, wardrobe space is at a premium – which often means shuffling out heavy sweaters, knit dresses, and wool pants come warmer weather. Before you pack all those precious winterwear items away (or have a wardrobe purge of items that have gotten pilled with frequent use), grab a hold of this amazingly handy gadget called Gleener. With three fuzz-removing blades depending on what type of fabric you’re angling to fix, this manual tool is a snap to use – just attach the appropriate head and brush it over your worn-in knitwear for astonishing, fabric-renewing results. Trust me when I say your future self in the fall will very much thank you when they go to put on that delicate sweater on the first chilly day of the season. Three quick bonuses on this product, are you ready? First, it’s made by a Canadian company (yay!) Second, it comes with its own handy storage case so cleaning up one mess doesn’t cause another. Three, it’s under $20 (and it works) – making it a fantastic gift for your clotheshorse sister or even as a snappy Mother’s Day present for the gal who has everything.
I hope whoever wins today’s prize has a hefty sweater collection: I’ve got a Gleener to give away to a lucky reader. If you want to enter, you’ve gotta pledge to actually use this amazing / handy gadget okay? Here’s how:
1) Leave a comment by April 5th with the home organization gift idea featured in this post you like the best + who you’d buy it for.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around April 6th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
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