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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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5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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