8 TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET IN SUMMER

8 TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET IN SUMMER

It is the season to bring out all your bright, airy dresses and keep away those heavy winter clothes! Here are a few tips to get your closet ready to enjoy the sun, blooming nature and at times a bit of rain!

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1. Store your winter clothes – store your sweaters, blazers, shawls…after getting them cleaned. Fold and arrange them neatly inside spacious organizers which can be tucked away in the attic, loft or under the bed. This way, they won’t take up space inside your closet. See: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-clothes-organizer

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2. Get rid of clothes that you no longer wear – no matter how trendy an outfit, if you haven’t worn it in over a year, it’s time to give it away or donate to a charity. For expensive clothes, you can either try to sell it online or to a second hand shop. Also if a piece of clothing is smelly, has stubborn old stains, itches or doesn’t fit, it is time to consider losing them. We know it’s difficult, but still!

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3. Special care for delicate clothes – when you arranging those sheer summer fabrics in your closet make sure the hangers don’t snag on silk or chiffon materials.

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4. Dresses with fragile embellishments – when you hang them in the closet, make sure they don’t get squished among other stuff. Try to give them some space.

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5. Hanging long dresses – make sure they don’t touch the floor of the closet…the hemlines will tend to get dirty!

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6. Summer accessories – Now is the time to show off those funky fashion jewelry, cool sunglasses, or that hot bikini you have been dying to wear. Use drawer organizers to keep even the smallest things, neatly and within easy reach. See: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-drawer-organizer

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7. Summer shoes and bags – shoes like sandals and flip flops are usually light, fun and are in bright, fun colors! They won’t take up much space inside your closet. Or use the closet doors to hang them up. Same goes for bags too and use big bags to hold the smaller ones.

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8. One last thing – Try and sort stuff in your closet according to color or type, whichever suits your need. So put shirts together, frocks together, a separate section for pants or long dresses and so on. This will make finding things easy!

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Photo credits: A Personal Organizer, Better Housekeeper, 24-7 Style, Andre Addekar, Coily Cafe, Green Philly Blog, Houzz, Kiki’s List, Mui Fashion, Style Blueprint, Red Neck Couture, Society Girls Blog

HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT ORGANIZATION

Kids are super cute but they are usually mischievous mess-makers. So the earlier you start teaching them the value of organization, the more it will help them to succeed not only at school but everywhere else too.

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babbleStart with every day habits or routine like packing lunch box or school bag, getting dressed or even brushing teeth before going to bed. This will encourage them to remember and learn to do the essential things regularly.

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Designate a definite place and time of study. It should be a quiet place with least distractions. Encourage him or her to decide which assignments are priority. Sit with them to review the homework, things needed for school the next day or any special project work. You can install a pegboard near the study table to help organize papers, notes, art work, craft supplies etc. neatly.

3Use folders and files to sort and organize notes, assignments, completed work or work to do, separately. Make sure your child tries to do it himself gradually. Color code or label folders for ease if required.

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While choosing a school bag or locker or closet organizer to store all school supplies, make sure it has enough compartments to arrange different things easily. This is where toddlers start figuring out what fits in where and why they should separately stack things like books, notes, stationery, lunchbox etc.

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Teaching kids to clean up after play time or store their dirty laundry neatly is a cool way to teach them organization and also keeps the nursery clutter free. Will help you to breathe easy too! Use our incredibly cute toy organizers, storage sacks and multipurpose laundry bags to control playroom mess. The double flap organizers will help them separately store their toys, games, books, clothes and much more! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-animalstorage 

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Use labels for bins if that makes finding stuff easier. Like for instance “Everyday toys”, “Favorite Toys”, “Old Toys”. Keep the bins for old toys or clothes higher up on the shelf and the more frequently used ones on the lower shelves so that kids are able to reach them easily. Teach them to donate toys he no longer plays with…he will learn to care for others 🙂

happyorganized life Use our colorful drawer dividers to arrange your children’s inner wear, delicate items or accessories. Motivate them to do the arranging themselves. You can also paint an old dresser with chalkboard paint and label each drawer for different items! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-closetdivider 

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Get a funky, vibrant calendar for your little one’s room. Let them inculcate the habit of jotting down reminders like- things to do, household chores to help with or maybe something they need for school, exam dates, assignment submission dates and so on. Or encourage them to create check lists.

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When you go shopping, involve your kids while planning what things to get, which route to take. Even when you are planning a vacation, let them decide what clothes, games or essential items they want to take along.

ghk-kids-organizing-children-in-grocery-store-lgnAll these little ways can instill a sense of responsibility in your little munchkins and prepare them to evolve into sensible adults 🙂

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Babble, Good Housekeeping, Elle-Design, A bowl full of Lemons, Freshome, Cgvector, Clutterbug, Happy Organized Life

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PRECIOUS JEWELRY

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Whether you bought that gorgeous pair of earrings yourself, or were gifted that sparkling bracelet by a loved one or were passed on the famous necklace your family has owned over years…jewelry has always been close to a woman’s heart! So it’s good to care for them so that they can be cherished for generations…here’s how:

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1) Never wear jewelry while performing tasks like house cleaning, cooking, gardening to avoid damage from chemicals, sweat etc.

2) Apply makeup before wearing jewelry to ensure minimum exposure to chemicals in perfume, sprays, lotions and cosmetics

3) Never wear jewelry in swimming pools or spas, to avoid reaction with chlorine water which can cause discoloration or permanent damage.

4) Never wear jewelry during any form of contact sports to prevent physical damage.

Tips for cleaning jewelry:

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1) Remove any ornament before bathing because soap can make it appear dull over time.

2) Professional jewelry polishing cloths or svelte is best for cleaning jewelry. Tissues or paper towels might cause scratches.

3) Regular cleaning is ideal. Remember that alcohol solution can do wonders but bleach is a disaster! Use warm water while cleaning.

4) If jewelry is damaged or broken, don’t clean it before repair…the problem might worsen.

5) Since prevention is always better than cure, regularly check your ornaments for loose stones or any kind of damage.

Tips for jewelry repair: 

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1) Try to prevent any damage as much as possible to keep costly repairs away. Regular inspection helps!

2) Before trusting a jeweler with the repair, check for reviews and referrals of their work.

3) Be careful when the jeweler quotes a price for the repair. They should ideally have a standard price for a particular repair.

4) Learn exactly how the repair is going to be done.The procedure should be explained to you clearly so that you know, it will be done correctly.

5) While picking up a repaired piece, ensure that it has been done as requested and there are no flaws. Also the item should be perfectly cleaned and polished.

Storing and organizing jewelry: 

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1) The best way to keep your jewelry safe is to organize them neatly in a jewelry box. At Uberlyfe we have a host of boxes to suit myriad needs…compact, travel friendly ones, large spacious ones for use at home and even locker sized ones for the bank!! Available in different styles, colors and designs, they are simply awesome for all your “precious” requirements. All boxes are made from premium MDF with leatherette outside and velvet inside.

Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-jewelrybox 

2)  To prevent tarnishing of ornaments, keep anti-tarnish strips in the organizers to absorb oxidants!

3) Maintaining a detailed description, value and photograph of each jewelry piece is very useful in any unfortunate lost or stolen situation.

4) Always use an organizer while travelling with jewelry to prevent any damage or misplacement.

Photo courtesy: Why of Fashion, Indian Roots, Maipearls

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHES?

It’s simple to make your lovely clothes last in a good condition for a long time if you take just a bit of care! Here are some small and easy ways to guide you…

After undressing, if you want to wear the same outfit again soon, then definitely put them on hangers! They won’t crumple and the fabric will be protected and look good. Put the rest in a hamper to be washed.

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Avoid getting food stains on your clothes. You will just need to eat a bit carefully and still if you get some, dab ice water or seltzer on them so the stain does not set. Never rub!!

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Wash clothes often using a gentle cycle for delicates. Never use liquid bleach in the wash and always separate colored items from whites. It’s best to avoid chemical bleaches, instead use pure soap with bicarbonate (baking soda).

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Drying clothes in sunlight or open air is much healthier than using a dryer. The latter besides using up a huge amount of electricity, will also wear out your outfits or fade colors quickly. You can use a clothes rack indoors if it’s not sunny. Always iron clothes when they are slightly damp and if you have to use a dryer, the temperature should never be too high. It will tend to wrinkle your clothes!

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After drying clothes, hang them up neatly so that there are minimum wrinkles. Smooth out the fabric with your hands. You can use our light but robust clothes storage boxes to arrange all items neatly and keep the dust and insects away. It will reduce closet clutter and you can tuck them away even under the bed or in the attic when space is lacking!! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-brownclothstorage; http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-greenclothstorage  

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If you keep clothes, inner-wear in drawers or dressers, fold them neatly. Use our savvy drawer organizers to neatly arrange your delicates, ties, socks, scarves, handkerchiefs or other small accessories. You will marvel at how easy your life will become! http://tinyurl.com/amazon-uberlyfe-organizers

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Though washing clothes is good for enhancing their long life, don’t overdo it! Often, simple airing can work wonders for the oil, dust or perspiration that accumulates over time.

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Sometimes, denim can develop creases during a wash which are hard to get rid of! In that case before ironing, just grab it by the waistband, raise your arms and give it a good flick. Repeat if required. Also folding clothes along their seams keeps them in good shape and utilizes space efficiently.

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Finally instead of buying expensive padded hangers for heavy or fragile items, use layers of tissue paper, old socks or hand towels to get the same result!

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IDEAS FOR A SMART CLOSET!

An organized closet is a must simply because it saves you tons of time that is lost when you are hunting for that favorite shirt or a tie or that skirt you reserve for special parties! We know that there are few things more harrowing or frustrating than not being able to find what you want…so here are some tricks that will help you bid adieu to closet clutter forever!

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 Firstly, clever designing goes a long way in using space efficiently when it comes to proper utilization of a closet or wardrobe in a small apartment. You can replace the usual swing out doors with curtains or hanging screens or sliding shutters.

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 Simple shelves with partitions have always worked and are still popular…they help to segregate items with ease!

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 It’s always good to decide what clothes you want to wear the present season so that you can store them close at hand or on lower shelves. For the rest just stash them away in lidded bins or organizers, on higher shelves or top of the closet! Check out our super cool products to help you: http://tinyurl.com/l3e3cen  

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If you are thinking of an inexpensive structure to organize your clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories and so on…take a clue from this image below! A concoction of sturdy rods and wire baskets or racks can do wonders 🙂 Use our clothes / inner wear / accessories organizers to make tidying up, effortless:  http://tinyurl.com/l3e3cen 

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Use the backside of your closet doors to hang stuff. You can go for simple hooks or steel racks specially to support sports equipment! Using a pegboard is also a great idea or fixing hooks on the rods to hang bags can be extremely useful.

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 Get a stylish umbrella stand to hold your sunshades, canes or yoga mats!

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 Categorize your clothes as much as possible for instance keep your formal shirts, tees, trousers, skirts, tops separately. The same goes for handbags, shoes, ties, belts, scarves, delicate wear and so on…makes it simple to spot!

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Finally, installing some lights inside your closet will help you see and pick the thing you want!  And it looks lovely too..

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 Photo credits: Apartment Therapy, Real Simple and Freshome