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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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12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

Featured photo credit: NA via istockphoto.com

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