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The 11 Organizing Stations You Need In Your Home

The 11 Organizing Stations You Need In Your Home

Are you a feeling a bit disorganized at home? Can you never seem to find a pair of scissors, your smartphone charger, or perhaps a roll of gift wrap when you need it?

Creating organizing stations at home helps corral and contain commonly used household items. You’ll always have what you need at your fingertips and you’ll know exactly where to look for items when you need them.

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Read on for a couple of organizing station basics as well as a list of 11 common and helpful household stations:

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Station Building Basics

  • Think location and containment.
    Your organizing stations should be located in a room or area of the house where they will be most needed or used. Contain your supplies using baskets, boxes, plastic bins, tubs and the like. Depending on how much space you have, a cleared off shelf in a bookcase, nook, closet or pantry, or even a small mounted shelf on the wall might just do the trick to store your station supplies.
  • It’s not about size.
    You might have a small or a large amount of space to use for your stations, but remember it’s not about size; it’s about having the necessary materials readily at hand for your needs. A scaled-back or smaller version of one of the stations below can still be extremely helpful.
  • Mix and match stations as needed.
    The below stations are only a general suggestion; feel free to incorporate items from different stations to create your own unique multi-task station.

The 11 Organizing Stations You Need In Your Home

  • Mailing/Correspondence/Bill Paying Station
    This is for all those random paper and correspondence items that pass through your home. You could create an area on a desk, on your kitchen counter, or on a side table near the front door. Items you might want to include in this station: notepads, envelopes, pens, pencils, stationery, scrap paper, stamps, paper clips, scissors, stapler, bubble mailers, flat Manila envelopes, packing tape, clear cellophane tape, measuring tape, checkbook and calculator.
  • Wardrobe Station
    Clothing scrapes and mishaps are bound to happen. Be ready for any wardrobe malfunction so you can look your best. Items you might want to include in this station: safety pins of all sizes, straight pins, lint roller, fashion tape, various threads and needles, buttons, small pair of scissors, clear nail polish (a quick-fix for hosiery runs), nail file, small mirror, shoe polish, shoe brushes and old rags.
  • Fix-It Station
    Ever have to tighten a bolt or hammer a nail in your home? Keep things in ship-shape order with this station. Items you might want to include in this station: scissors, duct tape, masking tape, paper and wood glue, scratch eraser, heavy-duty permanent glue, permanent marker, laundry marker, hammer, wrench, screwdrivers, twine, thin ribbon or string, twisty ties, thumbtacks, ruled or measuring tape, level, pins, batteries, garbage bags and wax.
  • Cleaning House Station
    Light dusting and house upkeep was never easier with this helpful station. Items you might want to include in this station: heavy-duty cleaning wipes, paper towels, old rags, dusters, gloves, cleaning sprays gels, cleaning brushes/scrubber, apron or old shirt, covering for your hair, masks and garbage bags.
  • Gift Wrap Station
    Birthday, anniversaries, or impromptu parties, you’ll be ready to wrap and roll out the door in no time! Items you might want to include in this station: wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon, bows, silk flowers, gift bags, tape, scissors, cards, envelopes, twine or string, glue, labels, gift cards in different denominations from various stores, pens and markers.
  • Charging Station
    The digital age requires a place for you to effectively charge your devices and be prepared for emergencies. Items you might want to include in this station: extension cords, power strip, batteries of all sorts for your different devices, chargers for various devices at home, flashlights, instruction manuals, candles, matches, travel adapters and headphones/earbuds.
  • Bag Drop Station
    A bag drop is a great a place to temporarily store your personal belongings when you’re in transit. Items you might want to include or keep at this station: purse or wallet holder, house keys, car keys, sunglasses, cell phone, cell phone charger.
  • Child’s School Station
    Make sure your children have a place to put their belongings after school and on weekends. Items you might want to include in this station: backpacks, lunchboxes, schoolbooks and notes, surplus school supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, calculators, paper, etc.) sports and music equipment.
  • Recycling Station
    It’s easy to reduce, reuse and recycle with this handy station. Items you might want to include in this station: different bins for recycling glass, metal and paper, paper shredder, clear and black garbage bags, scissors, twine, twisty ties, tape measure.
  • Car/Travel Station
    A great station or area for those impromptu road trips. Items you might want to include in this station: tissues, paper towels, wipes, chargers and adapters for your devices, paper maps, non-perishable snacks, water bottles, plastic utensils and straws, zippered plastic bags, small garbage bags, car manual and copies of insurance and registration.
  • Health/Wellness Station
    A collection of items for your comfort when you are out and about in the great big world! Items you might want to include in this station: hand lotion or salve, contact lens solution, eye drops, tissues, baby wipes, antibacterial gel, sunblock, lip balm, cough drops or throat lozenges, bobby pins, hair elastics, pain reliever of your choice, antacid, back up medication dosages, small water bottle.

What other stations might you set up in your home so you can find what you need in a pinch?

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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