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Keep your winter gear under control

Keep your winter gear under control

Unless you’re the queen or king of organization, you likely have boxes or bags in your home stuffed with winter wear. Tangled scarves, mismatched mittens, bulky coats and stray boots – these are just a few of the items you can expect to invade your foyer or mudroom this winter, especially with the winter we’ve already been having. With just a little effort, you can cut down on the clutter and hopefully prevent yourself from buying the same winter wear items over and over again.

A home for everything – Regardless of your storage method of choice (bins, baskets, lockers will all do the trick) it’s important to give each family member an area for their own stuff and make them accountable for it. Add a little flair to each family member’s area by personalizing it with a monogram or nameplate.

Multi-purpose storage – You know those plastic shoe organizers that hang over the back of your closet door? They are ideal for storing smaller loose items like mittens, scarves, hats and umbrellas. Buy an organizer with clear pockets so you can easily identify its contents. Because these hang vertically you will save plenty of closet space, too!

Choose hooks over hangers – Let’s face it, kids are busy little creatures and they are much more likely to hang their coat on a hook than they are to take the time to use a hanger. Install hooks or pegs under an entranceway shelf for hanging wet coats and scarves that need some drying time before stashing away. The inside of the closet is another great place to introduce these handy organizers.

Make the most of your space – Use that empty space below your coats in the closet. Add a pull drawer system, or multi-tiered shoe racks in order to put that space to good use.

Wash away those holiday stains with ease

Wash away those holiday stains with ease

If you did a lot of entertaining this holiday season, there’s a chance you have ended up with a few little presents you didn’t actually want – stains on your carpet or furniture. Parties are filled with festive drinks, food and fun and the chance of a splatter of gravy or a few drips of red wine making their way to your carpets or upholstery is pretty high. Don’t let an accidental drip or dropped glass ruin a great party. Arm yourself with these stain-fighting tricks:

Coffee and wine stains: From hot chocolate to peppermint martinis and sparkling wine, these concoctions can make any holiday party feel extra special, but spills on clothes, furniture and table linens are bound to happen. Soak the fabric in a chlorine-free and colour-safe solution and mix with water to remove the stubborn stain.

Food residue: Don’t panic if you had gravy dripping down your blouse or cranberries smeared on your holiday table runner. Simply blot away as much of the excess stain as possible, and then soak clothes and linens overnight in a solution of water and stain remover. When ready to wash, add an extra scoop of stain remover to your wash to boost detergent for better overall cleaning and whitening.

Everyday dirt: Friends and family tend to make frequent appearances during the holidays, which mean extra dirt, mud and snow get tracked inside your house. Easily remove the mess from your carpets and rugs by applying an oxygenated-based stain fighter solution directly to the affected area. Wait one to five minutes, blot well with a dry towel, rinse with water and then let it dry.

Stress less about the mess this season by keeping a tough stain remover on hand. When next year’s festivities roll around, you’ll be glad you packed away your holiday décor clean and spot free.

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