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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

… and Everything in Its Place
By Katricia Lang

Christmas is here and along with all of the happiness and cheer comes a host of hosting duties for holiday parties and family get-togethers. And since we all know that cookies are easier to make when you can find the cinnamon and sugar, guests are easier to seat in a decluttered dining room, and dressing to impress is less stressful when you have a well-coordinated closet, here are some tips that will get you and your home ready for the holidays and beyond.

Keep it simple. You don’t need to sort and alphabetize your craft materials or fluff and label each stuffed bear. Storage bins like the plastic container and canvas cubby are basic units of home organization that provide quick, adjustable storage solutions for indoor and outdoor spaces.

Take full advantage of your vertical space with closet accessories, like shoe stackers and shelf dividers. The hanging closet organizer — found at Do it Best stores like C&D Hardware & Gifts (Houston Heights) and Southland Hardware (lower Westheimer) — is perfect for holding those sweaters you’ve just taken out of storage or received as gifts. And don’t forget to vacuum seal and store off-season clothing in a Ziploc® Space Bag®.

While home organization is usually a do-it-yourself project, sometimes you need to bring in a professional. The Closet Factory Houston goes beyond its name, designing not only custom closets but also home offices, home libraries, laundry rooms, dining rooms and game rooms. The company builds its organizational systems to order, providing unique solutions for unique organizational challenges. You can even turn your garage into a home gym in anticipation of those New Year's resolutions.

This year’s decorations won’t house themselves, so give some special attention to your garage. Wall shelves are a great way to add storage space and clear your garage floor of all those safety hazards. Dixie Overhead Shelving’s garage shelving solutions include overhead, widespan, and industrial metal shelving as well as pallet rack.

Ideal Garage Solutions of Houston creates and installs garage storage systems that feature custom cabinets and ceiling shelves that can hold as much as 600 pounds — more than strong enough for an inflatable Frosty the Snowman. Its garage products extend to a storage lift with heavy-duty steel support beams and a maximum capacity of 250 pounds.

Get rid of the spreadsheet. Thanks to The Duck Pack & Track™, you don’t need to fiddle around with Excel anymore. Just use the app-based labeling system to log your storage containers. When you need to locate packed items, speak or type the item you’re looking for into the Duck Pack & Track app and, poof — like magic — your belongings will appear.

Be willing to let go. For those purged items that you just can’t donate to charity, look to Junk King, an eco-friendly junk removal and hauling service. Junk King Houston can take in a big haul, including discarded furniture, appliances, yard waste removal and more.

Soon we’ll be singing “Auld Lang Syne” and saying farewell to the old year. Surely, we can say farewell to its clutter too.

 

RESOURCES

C&D Hardware & Gifts
713-861-3551
314 East 11th Street
www.canddhw.com

Closet Factory Houston
281-810-9070
www.closetfactory.com

Dixie Overhead Shelving
713-294-4168
944 Fisher
www.dixieoverheadshelving.com

Duck Pack & Track™
(Labeling and storage system)
www.duckpackandtrack.com

Ideal Garage Solutions of Texas
713-454-7084
www.houstongaragestorage.com

Junk King
281-674-8288
www.houston.junk-king.com

Southland Hardware
713-529-4743
1822 Westheimer
www.southlandhardware.com

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