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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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Don’t End Summer Unprepared!

It’s time to start planning because soon you’ll have to put away Summery things. Odds are your family’s not done with outdoor toys and summer clothes just yet, but that’s why now is the perfect time to get ready! Don’t wait until fall starts to plan for storing your family’s summer stuff. Thirty-One has some great solutions to make storage neat, simple, and effective.

Why worry about hunting a bulky box of summer clothes out of the attic or garage next year when you can just slide a discreet Thirty-One Oversized Storage Organizer under each of your kids’ beds?  Use the Oversized Storage Organizer to keep summer clothes from being lost in the bottoms of closets. You can neatly fit lots of summer clothes in a single organizer, and since it’s only 8” tall, it slides under almost any bed!

You’ve probably got some summer toys to put away, too: outdoor nets, rackets, balls, and swimming accessories. Don’t shove them into a plastic storage bin and hope that nothing makes a hole in your inflatable raft or tube. Smaller inflatables and toys can fit into a Zipper Pouch – like arm floaties, diving sticks, etc. For larger inflatable pool rafts or lounges, the Expand-a-tote Day Extender expands to 20.5”high by 17” wide with 8.5” deep with a zip closure. Be sure that your inflatable pool items are completely dry and deflated before you start folding or rolling them up. Not only are you protecting your pool or beach toys for next year, but your storage space will look much more attractive filled with Thirty-One prints!

Get a Donate Bag.

While you start getting your home organized for the upcoming school year, remember to donate things that you and your family no longer need or want. Try setting up a Large Utility Tote in your laundry room or the garage. Tell your family that it is your “Donation Bag.” When it gets full, transfer the contents to a plastic bag and drop it off at your local donation center.  As your kids get new school clothes, have them clean out anything from last year that doesn’t fit or that they just don’t like to wear.  Don’t forget to check your closet too!

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Summer Rummage Readiness

Get ready!

Whether you call it a rummage sale, garage sale, yard sale or flea market, Thirty-One has a tote for you this summer.

For those holding yard sales, use the Mini Organizer as your portable cash register & yard sale management base! Keep some extra labels and pens handy in case you need to reprice some items.  Use the exterior pockets like a change drawer – keeping your quarters, nickels, and dimes separated and easily accessible for quick transactions! Your phone can also fit comfortably in one of the 8 pockets! A small notebook will fit easily in the tote itself if you’re tracking your sales.

If you’re participating a large yard sale or need to carry your items a long way from where you store them to were you’ll sell them, use the Large Utility Tote to make your set up and clean up times a breeze.

You can pack your items in the tote, and unload them at the display tables without making so many trips back and forth. This also saves you from lugging cumbersome boxes everywhere.  If you have items left at the end of the day, just line your Large Utility Tote with a trash bag and fill it up!  You can take the trash bag out and drop it off at a local donation center!

For shoppers, the exterior pockets of the Organizing Utility Tote help you organize the necessities while keeping them in easy reach: water bottles (more than one if you’re taking your kids), hand sanitizer, and even one of those tiny battery-powered fans. There’s still room for your keys, phone, and wallet in the large exterior pocket or mesh side pockets!

At the same time, the interior of the bag makes a great shopping tote! You can put your finds in it without having to worry about a plastic sack ripping, and the straps let you carry it comfortably and keep your hands free!

 

Don’t Forget to Take Your Lunch!

 

Dedicated shoppers often picnic at their cars.  Consider building a picnic kit with the Mini Organizer: small paper plates, napkins, cutlery, and cups can all fit in that handy tote!  Don’t forget the food!  For one or two, the Lunch-To-Go Thermal is a great solution! You can easily fit an ice pack, a simple lunch, and drinks in this zipping tote.

 

Families of 3 or 4 should move up to the Picnic Thermal Tote.  This tall tote can fit a small tower of sandwiches and even a 2 liter bottle!

 

 

If your group is larger or if you want to include extra snacks for the car ride, get the Market Thermal Tote! This large tote is great for keeping a large picnic lunch ready and cool without taking up as much space as a cooler. Plus, if you find great produce buys at the flea market, you’ve got a cool place to keep your veggies for the ride home!
If someone in your family has food allergies or a restrictive diet, consider taking individual lunches in the Thermal Tote or Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote.  These totes can fit each person’s individual lunch and snacks, and if you’re pressed for space, they easily fold up and out of the way!

Get ready for your summer rummage sales in style with Thirty-One!

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Superbowl Party Plays

Superbowl Awareness

Party His Socks Off!

With the Superbowl 2 weeks away, it’s time to make those Super Sunday Party Plans!

Portable Party!

Even if you’re not a football fan, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen when everyone else is partying in front of the television!

The Serving Tray Basket is a great way to carry coffee table appetizers from the kitchen to the couch in one trip! Plus, with a removable liner, clean up is a lot easier than carpet spot-cleaning!

Unintentional Messiness

There will be spills, crumbs, and confusion; be prepared for them!   Fill a Square Utility Tote with extra napkins, paper towel rolls, your preferred carpet spot pre-treater, & a handheld wet-vac. Now set it somewhere close to the action but out of the way like behind or beside your couch, under the coffee table, or next to you entertainment center. If the excitement causes a mess, you won’t have to run and hunt for any of your trusted supplies.

Don’t forget to have a trash bag handy! With napkins, toothpicks, wing bones, and other disposable/messy components, appetizers and snacks can make clutter & chaos fast! Keep your trash bags looking tidy with a Tall Utility Bin.

Personal Chip Sacs!

Passing a big bowl of chips can get dicey – especially in tense moments when your team is making a big play.  A simple solution is: stop sharing! A big bowl of chips can make a big mess with just one fumbled pass.  Line a few Littles Carry All Caddies with a small paper sack or plastic wrap and set the big chip bowl at your snack buffet with a handy scoop or large tongs.  Your guests can refill their chips as needed — and this tiny tote’s handle makes party plates overflowing with appetizers and chips a thing of the past!

Napkin Caddy & Sauce Bottle-olier

Keep all your sports fans happy by keeping their favorite sauces & condiments handy! Whether adding a dash of hot sauce or a squirt of ketchup – make sure your guests can easily get to what they want without missing a big play! Fill the 5 exterior pockets of a Mini Organizer with a variety of sauces, condiments, or spices and add extra napkins & flatware to the large inner pocket for extra convenience!

Get that Tailgate Feel Indoors (without the mess)

Want that tailgater vibe within sight of your tv? Put a few ice packs (not loose ice) in the Thermal Container and fill the rest with drink cans! Now your guests can get that “reaching into the cooler” moment without a drippy, ice-melting-to-a-puddle cooler scratching up your floor. Plus, the Thermal Container comes in small or large so you can choose the size that best suits your party’s needs.

 

Decorating & “Undecorating”

Don’t let your excitement get smothered before the game! Decorating with Thirty-One is a breeze!  Set out your supplies, then organize them in an Organizing Utility Tote. You can keep tape, scissors, and other small necessities in the side pockets and easy-to-reach while your hang streamers, banners, or signs.

Keep a little notebook and pen is the largest side pocket! Brainstorms for next year’s party or just your next party often hit while you’re hip-deep in setting up today’s party.  Don’t let those great ideas get away! Jot them down & keep them with you without leaving your decorating halfdone. Plus, when it’s time to take it all down, you can note anything that needs replacing (torn tablecloths, ripped streamers, etc).

Take the Party with You!

If you’re not partying at home, Thirty-One products can still make the party go smoother.

Expand-A-Tote Day Extender — If you’re going tailgating or to a barbeque, pack a few cold weather necessities in this versatile tote! An extra throw or blanket, firstaid kit, and handwarmers can come in very handy. With the Expand-A-Tote Day Extender, you can keep them all right at your side, and if the day warms up, you can unzip the middle to expand the tote and keep up with any accessories that are too hot for the party: scarves, gloves, caps. Telling your kids to put their gloves in this tote will help them keep up with their gloves and save you from discovering that they’ve lost a glove at the tailgate-party when you’re getting them ready for school the next day.

Large Utility Tote — Don’t make six trips! We’ve all done it. Walk from the car to the house, car to the house – carrying ugly plastic sacks with extra chips, drinks, a bag of ice, spare cups, and whatever else you’re taking to your friend’s party.  Just neatly stack it all in a Large Utility Tote and set it in your trunk. When you get there, take out the tote and make one trip to the house.  Once inside and empty, you can put yours and your kids coats in the tote to make getting them ready to go outside in the cold a little easier!

Zip-Up Pencil Pouch — Don’t want to be tied down to a large purse or tote for the party? Pack those necessities that won’t fit in your pocket in the Zip-Up Pencil Pouch. Keys, cellphone, tissues, and other supplies easily fit in the pouch, and the pouch will tuck into your coat your jacket! Or with a Wristlet strap you can keep the pouch close by without keeping your hands full!

 

Thirty-One products can make your party go smoother! Whatever your plans are, remember to have a great time!

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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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