Organize-It Moving Sale!
March 31, 2019
The Organize-It office is brimming full with bargains. Save up to 90% on new, returned, & slightly used products to help us lighten the truck load.
- New and Used Products for the Kitchen, Bath, and Home Office
- Storage Solutions for the Home and Garage
- Many Slightly Used Items for Businesses
- Computer and Networking Gear
- Christmas Storage
- Used Office Furniture, File Cabinets, Chairs, and Shelves
- Lots of Returned Merchandise at Great Prices
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 5 pm. & Friday 9:00 am. – 4 pm.
2523 Product Court, Rochester Hills, MI
How to Get Organized for Home Flooding Emergencies
March 25, 2019
Guest blog by Kacey Mya, the blogger behind The Drifter Collective
Not only are floods the most common type of natural disaster in the United States, but they’re also one of the costliest. From 2006 to 2015 alone, the number of flood-related insurance claims averaged $1.9 billion each year — and that’s not even including the massive flooding caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence, all of which caused water levels to spike.
It’s vital for flood-zone families to have a plan in preparation for this dangerous and damaging class of disaster. Here are nine of the best tips to get yourselves and your property ready for a flood.
Before flooding is even a threat, be sure to accomplish these tips:
1. Invest in Flood Insurance
Always start here, especially if your home sits within a flood zone. Most home insurance plans do not include flood protection, so ask your broker whether you need it. If the answer is “yes,” invest in the added coverage. According to FEMA, insurance can slash your post-flood costs to hundreds of dollars. Otherwise, it can cost thousands to repair a flood-damaged home.
2. Observe Your Property in the Rain
A good rainstorm can show you how water will flow around — and, potentially, into — your home. So, watch as the rain falls and drains from your yard. If it all rushes to one side of your house or seems to pool in one area, you’ll know where to concentrate any sandbags or other protections you place pre-flood.
3. Make a Note of All Valuables
Even though you defend your home from flood waters, they still might find a way inside. That’s why you want to know exactly what’s inside so that you can make an insurance claim that’s accurate — and accepted by the company.
Long before the threat of flood appears, spend a few hours logging all of the valuable items in your home. You can do so both on paper and with video or pictures. To that end, make a file with receipts and serial numbers for all of your big-ticket items, as this information will fortify and facilitate your claim, too.
4. Pick up a Generator
No matter how quickly flood waters subside, you and your family might not have electricity for days or weeks afterward. You won’t want to be scrambling to a home improvement store to buy a generator at that time, as the rest of your hometown will probably be doing the same thing.
So, prepare in advance and purchase a generator with the advice of a professional who can tell you how much power you’ll need. Be sure you place your generator somewhere safe from flood waters, although you should never choose an enclosed space. Generators emit carbon monoxide exhaust, which can be deadly if you or your family breathes it in.
As the Flood Approaches
Once you know that flooding is imminent, take these further steps to prepare:
5. Elevate Major Appliances
Start by elevating your home’s costliest appliances to prevent damage to them. You probably can’t carry your refrigerator or dishwasher to higher ground, though. Instead, prop them up on cinderblocks to give them some leverage over any flood water that enters your home. The Hi and Dri Adjustable Plastic Storage Pallet, shown to the right, is just what you need to keep items raised above the floor to prevent water damage.
6. Open the Windows
You’re probably wondering why you’d open the windows in the midst of a storm that’s wet enough to cause flooding. But opening them a little bit will reduce the amount of pressure, should flood waters rise to that level. Otherwise, your windows might all break.
7. Move Everything Upstairs
If you live in a two- or multi-story home, move as many of your personal belongings upstairs as you can. Everything from rugs to furniture to electronics should be taken to higher ground, starting with the most valuable items first. Try and safeguard sentimental family photos and sensitive documents, too — keep them in locking plastic bins at all times to protect them and store them quickly.
8. Clear out All Drains, Spouts and Gutters
Your home has a built-in drainage system designed to protect it from water damage. As rains pour down to cause a flood, you’ll want to ensure all these pipes can work at their most efficient level to safeguard your property. So, clear out any blockages from your gutters, downspouts and drains. Although they might not be able to save your home from flood damage, they can help reduce the severity of it at the very least.
9. Shut off Your Utilities
Finally, as you get ready to leave your home, be sure to switch off your water and gas lines, as well as your electricity. Not only will this step prevent damage to your home’s wiring and piping, but it will also prevent potentially hazardous contamination of the water or, worse yet, electrocution.
Protect What’s Most Important
No matter what happens to your property in the wake of a flood, what matters most is that you and your loved ones escape from the natural disaster unscathed. These nine tips will help you prepare in advance so that you can quickly evacuate and protect what’s most important. When the worst is over, you can go home, assess the damage and start to rebuild — together.
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Accessorize Your Floors with Bungalow Rugs!
March 18, 2019
This week, we’d like to showcase one of our favorite vendors, Bungalow Flooring! This USA-based company creates high-quality, durable rugs that are sure to make a statement in any household or business space. From the front door to the laundry room, add a colorful design to your household floors with a wide variety of Bungalow floor rugs. All rugs and mats are made with pride in the United States of America!
Stop dirt in its tracks, or rather yours! Keep dirt outside where it belongs by adding a doormat to each entrance of your home or business. These doormats are available in a wide range of styles and colors to complement the exterior or interior of your house, and several sizes are available to fit in any doorway. These doormats are crafted from polypropylene, which is excellent at removing dirt from the bottom of your shoes and trapping it within the fibers.
A rubber-backing keeps the doormat secure in high traffic areas – such as the doorway! Our popular pineapple doormat (pictured below) comes in a wide variety of colors and features a pineapple design in the center to welcome guests to your home!
Not a fan of carpet on the stairs? Neither are we! But we also recognize that going up and down hardwood stairs can be a slippery prospect for everyone in your household – especially children and pets. Add stair tread rugs to your interior or exterior stairwells to provide a secure grip when climbing up or down the stairs. These stair tread rugs are made from polypropylene fibers in your choice of color to complement your home decor. The rubber backing provides a secure grip on the stair treads while the top surface ensures you keep your footing.
Create a cozy seating area anywhere in your home with a huge area rug. Area rugs are a great way to define seating areas in your living room, bedroom, nursery, and more! Bungalow Flooring area rugs feature a low-profile neoprene cushion and a soft woven polyester surface. The photograph-quality images and fade-resistant colors add instant visual appeal to any space. These patterned area rugs measure 66 inches wide by 46 inches deep to fit in any large area, and most are available in two smaller sizes as well so you can accent other areas of your home with the same pattern. From realistic nature scenery to modern abstract patterns, add instant style to your home with these soft area rugs.
Small accent floor mats are perfect for adding small touches of style to any household space. From the kitchen to the bathroom, add a colorful and attractive touch to any space with these small comfort mats. Organize-It carries several of these small floor mats so you can accent any space with bold colors and designs. Add a small floor mat right in front of the kitchen sink so your feet stay comfortable while you’re washing dishes. These accent mats feature colorful scenery, trendy designs, witty sayings, and so much more!
Laundry Room Mats
No one likes laundry day. But you can make your laundry room a little more special with a laundry room mat, which not only adds some pizzazz to your space but it helps keep your feet comfortable as well. Bungalow Flooring offers a variety of laundry-inspired floor mats – some of which have witty verbiage – to accent your laundry room and make it more comfortable to work in. The larger floor mats are big enough to sit in front of a side-by-side washer and dryer.
Your pet deserves to have a special place of their own when eating meals! Make their “dining room” extra special with the addition of a pet feeding mat. These mats are designed to keep your pet’s food and water dishes secure in one area, and the colorful designs are sure to please their humans! A couple of the pet feeding mats are customizable, allowing you to add your pet’s name to the mat for a truly personalized touch! Several materials, sizes, styles, and designs are currently available to make your pet’s feeding station truly unique.
Update your holiday decorations with a couple of well-placed floor rugs and accent mats. Bungalow Flooring offers Halloween, Christmas, and other holiday floor mats so you can showcase your love for your favorite holidays! You can even add a Christmas Tree Rug (pictured below) underneath your live pine tree to ensure needles, water, and other debris are kept off your floors. Decorative raised images encircle the outside of the floor mat to add visual appeal.
Don’t forget about your car floors! We spend a lot of time in our cars, but we don’t spend a lot of time cleaning them, so make sure you limit the dirt you track inside with car rugs! Use these floor mats to protect the well-used areas of your car’s interior. Keep the floor in front of each seat, and the cargo area in the back, protected from harm with these durable floor mats. These auto mats are made of the same material as the Bungalow Flooring doormats for a durable, and reliable construction.
Organize-It is proud to partner with Bungalow Flooring! See the video below to learn more about this amazing company.