Easy Mounting Tip for Hooks

In most of my homes storage space is limited and I need to go vertical in order to save space. Hooks and hangers are a great way to keep track of brooms, dust pans, mops, umbrellas, as well as bike helmets, skateboards and other outdoor items kids like to leave around the garage.

The problem with mounting hooks or hangers to the wall is that if the item is removed frequently the hook will eventually loosen and fall out, even if it is anchored into a wall. This leaves big holes that need to be patched and the hook needs to be remounted, sometimes several times. In the past I’ve often tried to drill into the wall studs, but there are only so many studs in a wall, and who wants bicycle helmets mounted 18 inches apart in the garage?

This neat little tip from my dad solved all my mounting troubles!

Mount a long piece of wood to the wall. (Make sure it is mounted into the studs) I used a 1 x 6 because there was a piece of it already in the garage when we moved in.

Then mount the hangers and hooks into the wood. You don’t need to worry about anchors or finding studs and it is easy to mount. No hitting sheetrock or the side of a stud when you are trying to mount the hooks!

This tip would also work great in a pantry or coat closet, just use a smaller piece of wood.

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7 Simple Ways to Manage Laundry This Summer

It seems like every few weeks we have a discussion on Facebook about laundry, and how much we dislike it. Although most people don’t actually dislike laundry, they dislike something about cleaning clothes, either folding, putting away, etc.

7 simple tips to help get your laundry under control

I hear from so many women that they love to wash and dry, but not to fold. Or they love to fold, but they hate to put away. Or maybe they hate to sort socks, no matter what, there is usually some part of doing the laundry they don’t like.

Here are a seven simple ways to get your laundry under control this summer.

Accept that there will always be dirty clothes and give up on an empty hamper.

I think one of the reasons we dislike doing the laundry is that it is a never ending process. How many times have we seen the bottom of the hamper? I haven’t seen it very often and I’m sure I’m not alone. Laundry is frustrating because no matter how hard we work to finish it, there will always be another pair of dirty underwear flung into the hamper. (Actually, you’re lucky if it lands in the hamper)

Stop trying to achieve a empty basket and be happy with maintaining a certain level of clean laundry. If we view laundry as something we maintain rather than complete, we’re halfway to victory.

Create a laundry schedule that works for you.

I could tell you that I do one load a day and two on Saturdays and that is the best way to stay on top of your laundry, but I have nine people in my family. You might only need to wash three loads of laundry per week. Or, you might like clean towels every day so you need to wash two loads a day instead of one. For me, doing a load a day helps me feel like I’m staying on top of things, but I have other friends who love having a laundry day. Figure out the best laundry schedule for you and your family and go with it.

Get caught up.

If you’ve been in laundry denial for the past several days, months, years, etc, you might need a catch-up day before you start your new routine. You can’t really start a daily laundry schedule if you have ten loads of dirty laundry piled up. Not only should you get caught up on the laundry, consider cleaning out the laundry room. We’ve never really had a great laundry room. It’s either been very small or in a high traffic area to it becomes the dumping point for all things including laundry. But, even in our small spaces, a neat, well organized laundry space will make getting the job done a little easier.

Stop folding clothes.

If you hate folding clothes (and many people do) stop doing it, not everything has to be folded. For many years my boys had a bin for their socks and underwear and a bin for their shorts. Shirts were hung in the closet. It kept folding to an absolute minimum. Not only did I spend less time folding, even as toddlers they could throw the clean clothes into the bins. Using bins meant I didn’t need to put away the clean laundry, it was so easy a two year old could do it.

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Make it fun.

The part of laundry that takes the most amount of time is folding. Make that time fun by turning on a favorite TV show or listening to music, you could even call a friend or video chat when folding the clothes. Occupy your mind with something other than folding clothes while you are doing and the time will go much faster. Before you know it the show will be over and the clothes will be folded and ready to be put away.

Get the kids involved.

Toddlers can collect the dirty clothes, sort by color, and even put some items away. As kids get older they can start doing their own laundry or even the laundry for their siblings. In my house the chore progression looks like this: collecting, sorting, putting away, washing and drying. Folding a load or two of laundry takes less than five minutes in my house because everyone helps get it done.

Finish the job.

While there will always be dirty laundry, you can finish the job of washing, drying, folding and putting away each load. Many people I know get stuck at the folding or putting away stage. I’ve been to many homes where stacks of folded laundry sit waiting on the couch or table to be put away, and they’ve been there for a day or two or three. Just do it! There are lots of things in life that we have to do even if we don’t like them. This is one of them.

If you don’t stay on top of Mt. Laundry, it will swallow you every time.

What is your biggest laundry challenge? 

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I know that many of you love digital and online storage to help reduce paper clutter in your home. AboutOne is a website that makes getting rid of paper clutter very easy! AboutOne is a secure online family management system that simplifies daily life by providing ONE location to store and manage household information, including: Health Records, Education Records, Home Records, Address Book, Family Memories, and Vehicle Records.

The more I read about all the features on AboutOne, the more impressed I am with its functionality and ease of use. One feature I really like is that it can be accessed from anywhere (using a computer). This is great for families who are separated during a move or business trip because everyone still has access to the same important information.

AboutOne is also very reasonably priced at only $30 per year. You can try it for free before you commit.

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Arm & Hammer Essentials: The Switch and Save Challenge

I’m excited to tell you about a new challenge I’m participating in this summer. I’ve been challenged by Arm & Hammer to try their products for four weeks and then share my thoughts about the switch. This month I’m trying Arm & Hammer Essentials fabric softener sheets. This is going to be a fun challenge as I try these products, many for the first time, and give some gift cards away too!

I have to admit I stopped using dryer sheets about six years ago. There was no particular reason for stopping, I just stopped. I didn’t think there was a big difference in how my laundry felt coming out of the dryer so I decided it was something I didn’t need.

This whole experiment reminds me of when my family stopped buying “real” bacon. We switched to turkey bacon and for years I thought it tasted like the real thing. That is until we were camping and our friends cooked up a pound of real bacon. Turkey bacon all of a sudden didn’t taste anywhere near as good as I thought it did when compared to the real deal.

For the past few weeks we’ve been using these dryer sheets and there is a BIG difference, especially with the linens. I got use to the crackle-ly towels and socks clinging to sheets over the past several years. But it sure was nice to use a towel that was actually soft. In fact for a time I thought my towels were just cheap, but in fact they were just stiff. The Arm & Hammer Essentials fabric softener sheets did a good job of minimizing static cling and gave my clothes a nice soft feel. My husband even commented that everything smelled nice.

I’m not one for overpowering smells when it comes to detergents so I was glad the lavender and linen scent was not overpowering. My linen closet while currently disorganized smells really good!

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is paying me to try different products. Save $1.00 on ARM & HAMMER Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets.  And then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.

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