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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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The Amazing, Adaptable Cosmetic Bag!

One of Thirty-One’s most versatile products is the Cosmetic Bag! This bag is 9.5″ high x 12″ wide x 4″deep with one exterior zipper pocket, an interior zipper pocket, and wipable PVC lining!

Glove Box Organizer

Keep your car documents neat and easy to get to! Use the exterior pocket to hold your most current registration and insurance information. Fill the main compartment with your car’s manual, a tire gauge, a small flashlight, a notepad, and pen. For the interior pocket, consider getting a small car accident kit.  Having your important car documents and a few necessary supplies easy to reach and easy-to-carry saves you from digging through papers and other clutter in a disorganized glove box.

Everything Emergency Kit

Combine your travel First Aid, Emergency Sewing, and Clean-up Kits in this one awesome bag! For easy & quick access, put things you’d need fast access to in the outer pocket – like a stain pen, travel wet wipes, and other emergency cleaning supplies.

Since you’re not likely to need it as often, put your sewing kit supplies in the interior pocket: all you need is a couple of needles, a couple of impartial thread colors, a pair of mini scissors and some sizes of buttons and you’re in business.

Use the main compartment for your first aid kit supplies, and add a Mini Zipper Pouch to the large middle compartment to keep the smaller parts of that kit from slipping to the bottom of the bag.  The Cosmetic Bag is big enough to hold extra sun block, an elastic bandage, and a bug spray right along side your Mini Zipper Pouch full of ointment, band-aids, and creams!

With its comfortable handles, this Everything Emergency Kit is easy to pick up as you head to the car or take it along with you to the park!

Travel Mate

If you’re looking for a small day-tote to carry with you on a walking-tour this summer that can still hold the essentials, then the Cosmetic Bag is just what you need! Keep copies of important travel papers (a black & white copy of the photo page of your passport, phone numbers for your hotel & the embassy or consulate, etc) in the interior pocket. The exterior pocket is ideal for a travel guidebook, maps, and your phone or small digital camera. Keep your receipts neatly out of the way in a Mini Zipper Pouch in the main compartment along with a Wristlet Wallet or Five Pocket Clutch! All of that and you’ve still got room for a bottle of water and space for a few souvenirs!

Quick Trip Diaper Bag

Not taking any long trips? Why not be ready for the short ones? Pack the essentials for baby care in this great bag and get going! Diapers, a changing pad, and wipes easily fit in the main compartment of the Cosmetic Bag with space for a drink and a small toy! Hand sanitizer in the interior pocket along with a stain pen and a couple plastic grocery sacks make it easy to clean you up too!  Use the exterior pocket for snacks or comfort items – like pacifiers or rattles. For long visits or excursions, you might need something bigger – like the Organizing Utility Tote – to keep up with all your baby needs, but for those little errands and fast trips, it’s nice to have something so compact to carry it all in!

Cosmetic Bag

Don’t forget that it’s still a great carry-all for your beauty supplies! Whether you want to keep your everyday makeup in something that travels well, or you just need something that can keep your supplies organized without taking up a lot of vanity space, the Cosmetic Bag is a great beauty organization solution!  Add a Mini Zipper Pouch to keep your brushes all together or separate out your eyeshadow colors from everything else. Remember that the PVC lining will let you wipe-away any residue that trickles out of your powders and pigments!

All in all, the Cosmetic Bag is a fantastic addition to anyone’s organizing resources!

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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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Summer Savvy

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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Book Club Companion

Discussion is the heart of the book club, and the majority of time should be devoted to discussion; so don’t waste time struggling with noisy plastic bags or damage your book trying to stuff it into your purse.  Thirty-One offers some great solutions for book lovers!

A Book Club Companion

Combining the All-In-One Organizer with the Fold-And-Go Organizer, creates a simple, elegant solution to meet your book club needs.

The All-In-One Organizer is 8″ high, 12″ wide, and 6.5″ deep with a mesh pocket on each 6.5″side, and it had two sturdy handles.  As a Book Club Companion, it holds:

  • A Good Book (or your ereader/iPad)
  • Reusable Coffee/Tea Cup or Water Bottle
  • Reading Group Guide (if any)
  • A Binder for Any Handouts from/for Book Club
  • Container of Cookies or Snacks to Share
  • The Fold-And-Go Organizer
    • A Notepad for Your Notes (if your book club uses notes)
    • Your Bookmark (or spare marks for referring to passages)
    •  A Pen and/or Pencil

The Fold-And-Go Organizer is 5.5″wide and 8.5″ high. It has a 50 sheet Notepad, interior pockets – one with a hook-and-loop closure and the other with an elastic top opening – and an elastic band closure.

Bundling your book club supplies into this mobile companion gives you an organized solution that leaves you a free hand to carry in a dish for a potluck meeting or shake hands with new members while offering the flexibility to travel to someone’s home, a meeting at the library or even a coffee shop! It also keeps your book club supplies neatly together to make getting ready for a meeting a snap!

Also, the All-In-One Organizer can be personalized! “Book Worm” “Book Club” “Heavy Reader” or “Keep Reading” are a few suggestions, but it’s completely up to you!

Don’t Forget the kids!

Libraries across the nation will soon start their summer reading programs for children, why not get a head start on keeping your kids’ reading organized!

Get an All-In-One Organizer to keep up with their library books.  Use the Fold-And-Go Organizer to keep the library’s hand outs (rules, etc) handy! Add the Hang-Up Home Organizer!  It’s 42″ high and 22.5″wide with2 clear note card sleeves, 2 large clear pockets (that can fit a standard sheet of paper), 4 pockets with clear ID slots. It holds 3 markers and includes 1 dry-erase marker! You can display your children’s progress on the reading list or on the library’s reading charts in the clear pockets! You can even make  reading wish lists!

If your library doesn’t offer a reading program, you can always make one to share with your kids. Why not read a book together this summer? Choose a book, pick a time (after dinner works well), and sit down together without phones, the TV, or video games and take turns reading out loud.

Strengthen their literacy skills, help them be more conformable speaking to groups, and foster their imagination all while spending time together!

And if their schools have summer reading lists, you can display those too! Having a reminder out were you can see it can help your children stay organized and save all of you from having an unread book hanging over their heads in the last weeks of summer vacation!

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