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Halloween Solutions using Thirty-One Products

Halloween is coming up fast! Don’t just celebrate with candy and costumes — take this opportunity to organize your supplies!

For your decorating, clean out those bulky plastic bins or old cardboard boxes and put your supplies in the Large Utility Tote! To make it even more storage friendly, add a Top-A-Tote! You can easily see what’s in each tote using the clear PVC window at the top with your supplies safely zipped up inside!  These totes are flexible, sturdy, and have convenient handles! Whether you just set out a few fall-themed arrangements and a candy bowl or build a haunted house on your lawn, Thirty-One can really help you clean up the holiday clutter!

 

Don’t just hand out your candy from a bowl this year! Use a Mini Utility Bin! This neat bag has easy to grip handles on the sides, and can hold lots of candy.  You can also use a few Littles Carry-All Caddys to sort your kids’ candy when they get home. Whether you’re separating it by type (lollipop, chocolate, gum, etc) or per child, these small totes will help keep everything tidy as you inspect their treats! You can also use them to ration out the candy so that no one eats too many sweets in one sitting!

 

For keeping a flashlight close at hand, get a Wristlet Key Fob. Most small or keychain flashlights have a keying or loop at the back. Just attach the flashlight to the key fob. This a very comfortable way to carry a flashlight while you walk around your neighborhood. You’ll have a light always in reach, but your hands can be free if your little ones need a costume adjustment or just help crossing the street.

To get the most use out of your kids’ costumes, put them in a Super Organizing Tote and fill it with other great pretend props like paper crowns, fake treasure, and other small toys. This tote has a zippered top, five pockets, and two mesh side pockets.  This bag can be a big hit on a chilly fall afternoon and lets them use their imaginations instead of a game console.

 

Have a safe and fun Halloween with these great solutions using Thirty-One products!

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Easter Made Easy

Easter is April 8th!  Why not make this year’s Easter baskets something the kids (or grandkids) will use all year?  The Mini Utility Bin makes adorable, useful baskets that can fit all those goodies, sweets, eggs, and treats, but when Easter’s over, they don’t have to become more clutter to fill up you holiday storage with more seasonal decorations.

Get that little girl in your life a Mini UtilityBin in the Flutter pattern for a butterfly filled Easter Sunday. Add a butterfly net and a book on identifying butterflies to make her Easter basket a fun and educational Spring treat to remember!

For your young man, try the Mini Utility Bin in Camo! Give him a kite building kit and add extra kite tape & string for those windy-day repairs to keep him out enjoying spring and away for his video games.

After the egg hunts and other Easter festivities, they can use their totes all summer!

Turn the Mini Utility Bin into a Sunday School Satchel! It can fit their Bible,a  notebook, and a pair of sneakers or flipflops to save their dress shoes if your church has outdoor activities in the Spring.

These bins can be used as Playkits to keep toys, bottles of water & healthy treats handy for Saturday or after school playdates.

Other Thirty-One products like the Littles Carry All Caddy or All In One Organizer also make great Easter baskets! Pick they style that best suits your family’s Easter celebration!

You can also personalize these bins with a name or special nickname to truly make their Easter basket “Theirs!”

Remember that Easter is less than 3 weeks away!

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Decoration Round Up!

For Simple, Organized Clean up: Choose Thirty-One!

Now 2011 is gone, and 2012 is here. You’ve made you resolutions – maybe to be more organized for the New Year – and before you looms a discouraging, messy task: de-decorating.  It’s time to take down your Christmas tree and garlands and wreaths and lights.  Maybe your New Year’s Eve party banners are still hanging, maybe you’ve got one of those lawns with the elaborate Christmas scenes.  No matter how much or how little you put up for the holidays – now it’s time to take the decorations down.  Why not start 2012 organized?

Sort Before your Store!
“This year, I’ll organize my Christmas decorations when I put them up.”

Did you have to untangle lights and garlands and tinsel this year? Save yourself the hassle: organize your decorations as you put them away.  Take a Large Utility Tote and take down all the decorations in one area – do the kitchen, foyer, living room, dining room, etc separately.  Now, empty your Large Utility Tote into an Oversized Storage Bag. These great storage solutions zip closed, have a clear PVC window for holding a label, and fit into larger plastic storage bins to keep your decorations neatly sorted and together over the long year to come!

 

Ornament Organization Preparedness Suggestion (Oops!)

Let the kids help out!  Give them each a Littles Carry-All Caddy and have them take a specific kind or color ornament off the tree. This speeds up your clean up and keeps your ornament sorted! Be mindful of your ornaments though – for example, if you have a toddler and dozens of fragile, heirloom ornaments, maybe you should find another way he can help out. Later, sitting down with a Littles Carry-All Caddy full of ornaments as you carefully pack them back into their boxes or containers is a lot easier than taking one or two off the tree and trying to juggle them and the containers as you take them down – plus, this method can cut down on your post-holiday “oops!” moments when an ornament slips through your fingers or is accidentally knocked off the tree as its neighbor is removed.

Taming the Reindeer

If you have outdoors decorations, don’t lug them inside handful at a time or spent hours out in the cold trying to sort them into the various storage bins you have for them.  Take a Square Utility Tote outside with you, round up one or two items and take them into your garage to do your storage organizing out of the wind and weather.

If you’ve got a lot of decorations outside, consider using multiple Large Utility Totes & Tall Utility Bins.  Fill each tote or bin, take it back to the foyer or garage, and then get another. Once you’ve filled up all your totes, go inside, have a little cocoa to warm up, and start sorting what you’ve brought in.  This can break up your un-decorating and make a huge un-do-able job more like a series of small, manageable tasks. This method is especially helpful if your early January is busy as you can set a goal of filling and sorting one tote or bin every night after work or  add to ‘Filling & a Tote with Outside Christmas Decorations’ to your kids’ after-school chores.  If you have decorations that require adults or adult supervision to take down – like lights on your roof or up in tall trees – be sure to tackle those first as a family.

Be careful and safe when you’re climbing ladders or step-ladders outside or in!

 

Wrapping & Gift Storage

You might remember my Wrapping Station article before Christmas. Don’t just empty your wrapping supplies into a storage bin and forget them! You’ll have birthdays and anniversaries this year!  Refit your wrapping station with birthday, anniversary, and generic wrapping paper and put it away in a utility or storage closet.

Another of your resolutions might have been to buy gifts early this year.  Maybe you even found a few during the After-Christmas sales.  Have you ever hidden gifts thinking: “I’ll get my Christmas shopping done early! Of course I’ll remember putting them here!” And then find the gifts long after they were appropriate for their recipient? (Like buying a princess doll for your little girl and finding it in a storage bin the same year she gets her driver’s license.) Don’t do it this year! 

Use an Oversized Storage Bag to keep up with friends’ and more distant relatives’ gifts. You can easily label these long, wide bags and they have handles on the side. You can slide them high in your closet, but if your kids find it, they’ll know it’s presents for grandpa or Mrs. Baker down the street – your Santa Secret remains safe!

For hiding your kids gifts, you’ve got to be more subtle.  Big items – like bicycles and play sets – are difficult to hide for a long time, but for medium and small gifts, again the Oversized Storage Bag works great!  You can slide it under your bed or on your top pantry shelf with a misleading label like “Cook Book Literature” or “Miscellaneous Pot Lids.”

Here’s the secret to NOT MISPLACING the gifts your buy early! Right now, right this minute open your calendar (physical or electronic). Now write yourself a note for the beginning of November – “The Christmas Gifts I bought early are in the Thirty-One Bag in the top of my closet” – or wherever you store them.  Whatever storage you use for your gifts, write yourself a note and put it up inside the lid, “Update Location on Calendar” as a remind that if you move it, you need update the note in your calendar to know where it is come November.  Also, tag gifts as you get them – even if you don’t wrap them, put a label on them with the name and event like “Sarah’s Birthday” or “Jack – Christmas.”

Don’t forget to keep a list! No one wants to forget birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and Christmas presents! Put a list in your calendar of gifts to get – when you buy one of those gifts, put a check by it or write “In Box.”

 Start you New Year off right by getting organized and staying organized all year!

 

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Thirty-One on the Today Show!

This morning, Friday December 16th, Thirty-One CEO & Founder – Cindy Monroe – was on NBC’s Today show!

Find out why by watching the clip here: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/45697024#45697024

Several SEDs and I were all in the crowd – you can pick us out by looking for the pink Santa hats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so proud of what Thirty-One has accomplished this year, and I’m glad to be a part of such a caring and giving company!

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Caroling Care Packages!

Go Sing! Give more than just the gift of song! Use these Thirty-One Ideas for great take-a-longs!

 

Christmas Kindness Care Package

If you like to give gifts to the home your carol to, stock up on the Little Carry-All Caddy! This small tote is the perfect gift bag! Fill it with holiday treats, colorful tissue paper, or just a box of tissues! Try some of these combinations:

 

Caffeine Caddy
For coffee-lovers and busy neighbors!

Littles Carry-All Caddy in Winter Wonderland

• Teal Tissue Paper

• Several Instant Coffee Singles Packets or a bag of coffee/espresso

• A handful of holiday chocolates

 

 

Season Sensation

• Littles Carry-All Caddy in Pin Dots

• Red & Green Tissue Paper

• Candy Canes + Peppermints!

• Tinsel

• A Holiday Potpourri Packet or Seasonal Teas

 

Winter Goodybag

• Littles Carry-All Caddy in Windsor Argyle

• Box of Hot Cocoa

• Seasonal Mug

• Silver or Gray Tissue Paper

• Wrap with Ribbon or Gift Scarf

 

Christmas Traditions

Littles Carry-All Caddy in Black Parisian Pop

• Deep or Bright Red Tissue Paper

• An Orange & Apple
• Wrapped Sugar Cookies or Gingerbread Men

• Candy Canes

 

Adding a Christmas Card signed by your carolers is a nice touch to any caroling gift!

Don’t forget to Take Care of your Carolers!

Cocoa on the Go-Go!
Keep your carolers warm & toasty!

Carry a Thermal Tote full of tightly closed travel cups of cocoa or put a thermos & a supply of Styrofoam cups in the All-In-One Organizer to pour-&-sip as you go! (Take a long a plastic bag to put your used cups in!)

Tea or Cider can also help carolers shake off the shivers!

 

Caroling Kit
Get your carolers ready with this ingenious little kit!

Little Carry-All Caddy in Windsor Argyle

• Flashlight / headlamp

• Hand warmers

• Caroling book/pages

• Travel Mug/Cup

• Candle with Spatterguard

 

Candle Caddy!
If you’re going to carry candles for your caroling, consider this creative caddy!

Mini Organizer in Black Parisian Pop

• Spare Candles & Spatter guards (protect those hands!)

• Lighter/matches

• Mini-First Aid Kit & Travel or Kitchen Extinguisher (for emergencies)

About Town Blanket (in case one of your carolers gets a chill!)

 

Carol with Care!
Be safe and stay warm while you spread holiday cheer!

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