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An Expert's Guide to Closet Organization

January 8, 2016 2:36 am

(Family Features)—How many times have you put off organizing your closets? The issue doesn’t lie with your habits—often, it’s a lack of storage solutions that makes organizing intimidating, says professional organizer Barbara Reich. To quit procrastinating once and for all, it’s best to install functional storage systems—set-it-and-forget-it tools that help you keep your closets in order without constant upkeep, says Reich.

Start by determining your overall goal. Are you simply organizing what you have, or do you need to purge unused items? Don’t be afraid to get rid of things you don't need or won't wear, Reich says. Remember that items in good condition can be donated to those in need. 

Once you've determined just how much you'll have to organize, consider what systems will best fit your space and needs. Reich recommends do-it-yourself closet organizers, which are affordable, easy to install and adjustable. Accessories such as drawers, fabric bins and shoe shelves can also help personalize the space.

After your new system has been put in place, hang as much as possible—this makes it easier to see what you have, says Reich. Group and place like garments together, and position clothing you wear most often in a place that is most accessible.

Remember to stay consistent, Reich adds. Have a plan in mind when you purchase new items. A good rule of thumb is the 1:1 ratio: for every one item you purchase, remove one item from your closet.

Source: ClosetMaid

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5 Tips for Safe Christmas Tree Removal

January 8, 2016 2:36 am

O Christmas tree, how low are your branches?

Like many homeowners, you’re probably wondering when to take down your Christmas tree. Did you know that the longer the tree remains in the home, the greater the fire risk becomes?

“Christmas trees are very flammable,” says National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli. “Trees dry out the longer they remain in the home, and can be consumed by fire in a matter of seconds.”

NFPA statistics show nearly 40 percent of Christmas tree fires occur in January—and though they are not common, they are much more likely to be serious when they do occur.

When removing your Christmas tree, the NFPA recommends the following safety tips:

• Use the gripping area on the plug when unplugging electrical decorations. Never pull the cord to unplug any device from an electrical outlet, as this can harm the wire and insulation of the cord, increasing the risk for shock or electrical fire.

• As you pack up light strings, inspect each line for damage, throwing out any sets that have loose connections, broken sockets or cracked or bare wires.

• Wrap each set of lights and put them in individual plastic bags, or wrap them around a piece of cardboard.

• Store electrical decorations in a dry place away from children and pets where they will not be damaged by water or dampness.

• Use your local community recycling program, if available, for tree disposal. Trees should not be put in the garage or left outside.

Source: NFPA

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