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Get your kids ready for those trips to their Grandparents’ house during summer vacation!

A Square Utility Tote can help grandparents cope with toys and projects that will be temporarily filling up their home. This solution will also help prevent “where’s my toy?” syndrome because your kids will have a central location to keep their games and toys during their visit.

This will also help keep their Grandparents’ home from looking like hurricane-grandkids demolished it.

While backpacks like the Upperclassman Backpack are great suitcases for younger children, teens & preteens might prefer something with a little more space like the Retro Metro Weekender or City Weekender Tote.

Send along a Storage Tote to act as their travel hamper – keeping dirty clothes away from the clean ones even far from home.

For the youngest summer visitors, unpacking into unfamiliar closets and chest of drawers can be a hassle. Send your little ones to Grandma’s already unpacked! Just pack their clothes in the Oversized Storage Organizer. When they get to Grandma’s house, they just slide it under the bed. Now Grandma won’t have to dig through a backpack to find socks the next morning!

 

In case of swimming, include an Expand-A-Tote Day Extender  with all your kids’ swimming needs like deflated intertubes and floaties, nose plugs, waterproof sun block, etc.

 Add in the All-In-One Organizer with important things that need to travel with your kids or items that their Grandparents might not have for them: medication & instructions, waterproof sun block, kiddies’ Band-Aids, Insect repellent, and anything else you can think to add. Keeping these items in a single tote can keep things running smoothly at Grandma’s house – and save Grandma a lot frustration later.

These products make the trip easier for everyone and let them focus on the time they spend together – not trying to sort out whose sock that is and where are the pool toys. Isn’t that what you really want when your kids stay with their grandparents – for your kids and your parents to play together and connect?

 

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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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Divide & Conquer Clutter!

Divide & Conquer Clutter!

Don’t wait for Spring to start cleaning out closets and reorganizing your home.  Who wants to stay inside on a beautiful Saturday in April or May? Why not use the dreary days of winter to get organized so you can go spend the pretty days out enjoying yourself?

Start Small

You can’t reorganize your home overnight and trying to do it all at once or just tackling a complicated or large space can make you want to throw up your hands and say: “I quit!” A house isn’t built in a day — what would make you think you could clean it in one? Focus on small goals.

Pick a small room or area for your first project – like your linen closet. Do you have wobbling towers of towels, washcloths just waiting to spill over and unfold, or stubborn fitted sheets that never look good folded? Try stacking them in Short Utility Bins or Square Utility Totes for shorter shelves. Thirty-One’s colorful prints will make your closet attractive while the totes or bins keep your closet in order! Plus, laundry’s a snap! When you’re about to fold a load of towels or sheets, stop by the linen closet and take one of the emptier bins or totes with you!  You can fold the clean items neatly and put them up without any hassle!

Stay Enthusiastic with Short Bursts of work!

It’s easy to look at a cluttered garage or paper-piled home office and feel overwhelmed by how much needs to be done.  Don’t get discouraged by those complicated tasks! Break a big job up into a series of simple tasks.

Start by setting up your task list!

All-at-one, you might spend hours getting your home office in order, but not if you break it up into a series of smaller tasks! You can work for just a few minutes each day, getting organized little-by-little, and you’ll feel accomplished when you complete each task!  To make a long task list more palpable, try to keep your tasks small enough that each should take 15 minutes or less.  

I’ll use organizing your home office as an example.

Sit down at your office desk or table.  Set a Collapsible Cube at your feet and start neatly stacking papers in it. Don’t worry about sorting them now — other than keeping your current bills separated and easy to find. Also, don’t open any of the drawers yet — we’re just clearing off the surface.

Now use a Little Carry All Caddy to collect all the office supplies off the desk: Pens, pencils, sticky notes, note pads, envelopes, staplers, tape, etc.

What’s left on your desk? Leaving in place essentials like your computer, phone, and lamp, look at everything else that’s on the surface. If you’ve got decorative items, make sure none of them are in your way. A potted plant can brighten your workspace, but if you constantly have to reach around or over it to get to supplies or file papers, consider moving it somewhere close-by but out of your way.

Next, look at your work area. If your desk has drawers, decide what you want to put in them (hanging files, supplies, extra printer paper, etc) Don’t be overly concerned about what’s in the drawers now. You’re re-organizing; not just rehashing your old routine!

Finally, set out the Fold-And-Go Organizer and list the tasks you’ve just set up to do later:

 

 

 

 

Your Home Office Organizing Task list

1.  Empty One Drawer  (Only One at a Time)

  1. Put Any Papers in the Collapsible Cube
  2. Put Any Office Supplies in the Littles Carry All Caddy (if it’s full, use a Short Utility Bin)
  3. Whatever isn’t paper or an office supply into an All-In-One Organizer
  4. Wipe out the drawer.
  5. Sort what goes back in the drawer. Only put it in if it belongs in that drawer.
  6. Repeat for each drawer.

2. Sort Office Supplies from the Littles Carry All Caddy into the appropriate drawer

(If you don’t have any drawers for them, or like to keep supplies on your desk, use the Littles Carry All Caddy! You can fill it with pens or neatly standup your notepads with a few pens and pencils tucked in the mesh pocket on the front.)

3.  Clean Up Your File System

Whether you’re using a file cabinet & hanging files, an accordion folder, or ring binder with dividers:

  • Make sure that all labels are neat and easy to read.
  • Clean out any clutter or unnecessary papers.
  • Designate an “Inbox,” “To-Do,” or “Bills to Pay” tray or slot.
  • Try the Hang-Up Home Organizer as your “Inbox/To-Do List/Bill To Pay Tray.” It’s got space to hang your calendar, keep up with upcoming bills, flyers from your church or school, incoming mail, etc!

4.  Make your planning calendar handy & remind yourself to use it!

  • Use a physical calendar to track your family’s schedule (& your own!).
  • Keep it in reach of your “Bills to Pay” tray so you can easily mark off or add due dates!
  • The Hang-Up Home Organizer is great for that!

5.  Sort the papers out of the Collapsible Cube into your file system.

  • Be sure to have a recycle bin on hand for waste paper

 

How long did you spend clearing off your desk and making your task list? Probably not longer than 30 minutes!  You’re not done yet, but you do have a set plan of tasks ready to tackle.  Each of the 5 tasks on your list shouldn’t take you more than 15 or 20 minutes to complete, and if you finish one task a day, you’ll be finished in less than a week — without spending your entire day off or staying up past midnight to get everything sorted and put away!

Try this Divide & Conquer method for your next organizing project. With Thirty-One’s great organizing and storage products, you’ll be amazed by the results!

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