Get Ready for Valentine’s Day!

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Still looking for a gift? Find unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Organize-It.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? This holiday can be very stressful for couples. There are so many expectations to have the perfect day, and it can be almost as stressful as a wedding! Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be so stressful. The most important part of the holiday is to celebrate the love or companionship you both share.

The entire purpose of dates is to connect and engage with each other as a couple. You want to get to know your partner, or simply reconnect with each other after a stressful week. There are so many different date ideas out there. So get out of the dinner and a movie rut! There are dozens of new experiences you can share together, and yes, those count as dates!

Below are some unconventional ideas for Valentine’s Day (or even a normal date night).


1. Wine or Beer Tasting

Whether you open a couple of bottles at home or visit a winery/brewery, you can enjoy a couple glasses together while conversation flows – pun intended! Trying new things and expanding your horizons is one of the best things you can do together as a couple. And you can always purchase a bottle or two of your favorite brews and relive the experience later in the year.

2. Dancing

Girls, you may have to drag your fellows to this one! Many dance studios offer specials for newcomers or even a three-class package so you can dip your toes in, so to speak! From the sexy Tango to the romantic Waltz, entangle yourself with your partner and dance the night away. Dancing together encourages an entire new level of communication, which will help you connect even more as a couple.

3. Ice Skating or Roller Skating

Blow off some steam or pent up energy from the long winter and stretch out your muscles. Strap on some skates and hit the ice rink or the roller rink to discover a forgotten joy. Has one or both of you never skated before? That is even better! Laugh together as you fall and stumble across the ice/floor, and then grab some hot chocolate or coffee as you nurse your new bruises. After all, live laugh love!

4. Junk Food Dinner Date

Are you tired and don’t feel like going out or spending hours cooking a fancy meal? Embrace it instead! Gather your favorite snacks and junk food together and create an entire meal based off those foods! Chocolate cake and onion rings? Why not! This is your date night. Let go of society’s expectations and make up your own rules – and your own menu!

5. Cooking or Craft Class

Are you ready to learn a new skill? Sign up for a cooking class, sewing class, woodworking class, and so much more! Have an open mind and enjoy yourselves. There are so many hobbies in the world, and many hobby and craft stores offer beginner classes so you can learn all there is to know about the craft without investing a lot of money. Even if you decide that it’s ultimately not for you, that’s OK! You still had fun and learned something new.

 

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Here’s the Best Way to Work Through the Big Mess of a Closet

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Guest blog by Kacey Mya, the blogger behind The Drifter Collective

Your closet accumulates clothes, shoes, accessories and more over the years, and at first, it doesn’t seem like a big deal to throw in a few extra items. But once you realize it’s become a mess and needs cleaning, you want to scoot everything inside and shut the door on your cluttered space.

This method only works for so long, though, when you need to access the items in your closet eventually. You have to bunker down and tackle this task to conquer your overwhelming closet space. Luckily, you can approach your closet with confidence and take on the disorder by sticking with simple steps. Here are six tips for getting your closet mess under control.

1. Set a Time Limit

You don’t have to reserve a whole day to sort through your storage — in fact, it’s better if you don’t. Restricting yourself to a shorter organizing period can make the task less daunting. A large mess will grow day by day if you don’t address it, but the same idea of working in increments applies to cleaning.

Give yourself half an hour to an hour to declutter your space. Start a timer to alert you when your time is up, then begin cleaning. If you don’t finish during that short period, you can reserve the same amount of time for tomorrow. You’ll find this method is effective for facing a difficult task.

2. Use Designated Piles

Empty your closet of all your stuff so you can thoroughly evaluate your closet space and its contents. Splitting your closet items into categories can help you visualize the best way to store it. Separate items like shirts, pants, dresses and blankets into piles.

Manageable piles of goods are better for your project in the same way that limited time eases the burden of the task. You can confront the challenge of smaller sections rather than facing a sizable mass of belongings.

3. Get Rid of Unused Items

Something that contributes to a crowded closet space is keeping items you don’t need or use. You might expect to want these pieces later on, but the longer you keep them, the more you will forget about them. And as things stack up in your closet, your mess grows.

Donate your used belongings or sell them so you can free up valuable space. Cut down on clutter by giving away your items to people who will get better use out of them.

4. Take Advantage of Every Inch of Space

Each part of your closet can turn into prime storage space. You may have neglected the overhead shelves or space under your hanging clothes, but these empty spots can upgrade into accessible storage.

You can eliminate clutter by utilizing extra areas in your closet. Install closet organizers or additional shelving to create spots to store miscellaneous things and loose items.

5. Arrange Clothes by Type

When you’re ready to store your items again, return them to your closet with a system. This can lead to shorter and easier maintenance in the future.

Set up your arrangement by color, occasion and type, so you can quickly find the garment or home good you want. Tidy sorting can also give you a more appealing look and ban visual clutter from your home.

6. Store Your Favorites for Easy Access

Your most used pieces — which are likely your best-loved ones — should be easy to reach. Reserve a section in the center of your space to feature your frequently used pieces. Hang these at eye level so you don’t dig through clothing when in a rush.

Declutter Your Closet

The key to organizing a chaotic closet is to follow simple steps and set it up for easy access. Prioritize practicality by tossing unused belongings, displaying your favorites and utilizing spare areas.

Your organization project can be over quickly and painlessly if you set up helpful limits for yourself. Achieve a spotless closet today with these tips.

 

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freedomRail Closet Design Tool

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Custom freedomRail Closet

Create the closet of your dreams from the comfort of your home with the freedomRail closet design tool.  This online design tool allows you to customize any space in your home to meet your current needs. From the pantry to the laundry room, you can add customized shelving to your household to help it run more efficiently. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Select Your Room
2. Select Your Layout
3. Enter Your Measurements 

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Once you have inputted all of your information, the tool will offer a variety of layout options. Choose the one that best suits your storage needs and aesthetic pleasure. Then you may choose the color option you’d like displayed in the given space.

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Below, you will find a rendering of a customized closet and an image of the closet fully installed (shown in two different finishes).

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Having trouble designing your closet or finding one that works for you? No problem! Organize-It offers closet consultations so you can talk to a real designer and get help customizing your closet, pantry, or office! A screen sharing program allows you to meet with the designer from the comfort of your own home. Once the closet is fully designed, you will receive a complete list of components needed for your dream closet storage system. 30 minute consultations are only $5 (refundable deposit).

 

View the video above to see a sample consultation, and what you can expect from your session. Schedule your consultation today to see your dream closet become a reality.

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