Daily Deal: Defeat Desk Clutter with a Computer Organizer

Don’t miss out on Day Three of our Black Friday Deals. With all the online holiday shopping we’re doing at home, it’s hard to ignore the disorganization or holiday mess we accumulate around our desks or computer areas. Defeat desk clutter with the efficient Computer Organizer. The stand raises your monitor 4-inches for comfortable viewing, adding storage underneath and on both sides. It also has a built in drawer underneath for keeping notes, pens and supplies out of sight and within reach. Don’t wait for New Year’s to start getting organized around the house. Find storage for Christmas, and gifts for everyone on your list with Lakeside’s Black Friday deals, available right now. And keep reading for facts about Santa’s worldwide Christmas trip.


Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 23rd)

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DAY THREE Holiday Fun Fact:

Santa Claus covers nearly 175 million miles in his worldwide Christmas Eve tour. He also has to consume over 260 million calories from cookies alone, and deliver over 20 million presents that would weigh around 700 million pounds. Santa also has to speak hundreds of languages to read all those notes and say “Merry Christmas” when necessary. Read on to learn several of those Christmas greetings from around the globe.


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Christmas Greetings from Around the World
Over 160 countries officially celebrate Christmas. With so many nations celebrating Christmas in so many different languages, it follows that a typical Christmas phrase like Merry Christmas is only one of hundreds of greetings from around the world. Take a quick trip around the globe and impress your friends during the holiday season with these unique Christmas greetings from every one of our planet’s seven continents.

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Fantastic Ways to Showcase Vacation Photos at Home

Whether you’re jetting off on a dream vacation, gearing up for a cross-country road trip or mapping out a fun summer activity schedule at home, chances are you’ll wind up with plenty of photos. All you have to do now is find a way to feature those great memories in your home. Don’t leave awesome snapshots sitting on your camera. Find out how to display your best shots with these fantastic products to showcase vacation photos.

Compose Your Creative Collage

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Tell your entire vacation story with the 21-Photo Collage Frame. It allows you to arrange photos in a stylish way by alternating between vertical and horizontal display slots. The frames hold a 4″ x 6″ photo, each. Plastic pane protects the photos. The entire collage mounts vertical or horizontal to fit your space. The Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collage makes it easy to protect and display vacation memories. The wall collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4″ x 6″ photos in plastic sleeves. The reinforced eyelets allow you to hang it up a variety of ways. Showcase the most memorable photos from your vacation with the 8-Pc. Sentiment Wall Photo Gallery. It includes frames that protect photos behind glass, as well as shelves and words. The main frame holds two 4″ x 6″ photos. Accent frames each hold 4″ x 6″ photo.

Preserve Those Precious Pictures

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If you’re looking for a storage option that also protects your photos, the 510-Photo Album fits the bill. The jumbo album allows you to show off 510 of your best 4″ x 6″ photos. Each page holds 5 photos on each side. The 3-ring binder design makes it easy to add and remove pages. You can also feature a cover photo. With the Laminator or Set of 100 Sheets, you can add a protective layer to photos. It has an ability to handle documents up to 9-1/2″ wide, using heat to laminate. It’s UL-Listed. The sheet set includes 30 name card sheets, 40 photo sheets and 30 letter sheets. Once you have your photos laminated, use the 1,600-Photo Organizer Case to sort and store. The 16 acid-free photo cases feature rounded corners that keep photos looking their best for years. Each inner case holds one-hundred 4″ x 6″ photos. An outer handle allows for easy transport, and the hinged design has snap closures to keep everything secure.

5 Dorm Essentials

It’s almost time to pack up and head to college. Dorm life is nothing like home — food comes from tiny refrigerators, showers are shared with 30 other people and two people have to squeeze their entire lives into a 12’x12’ room. It’s not always pleasant, but there are items out there to help you make the best of it. Here are 5 dorm essentials to help your room make you feel at home…even when you’re far from home.

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For lounging or as a an extra bed for weekend visitors, the Multi-Max Air Chair is not your ordinary air bed. Cozy and versatile piece of furniture changes from a chair to a single bed in a matter of seconds. The strong coil-beam construction offers firm support, while the flocked surface keeps you comfy. Sit on the chair during the day for studying, then flip out the bottom to stretch out and sleep at night.

Save precious space while keeping any room organized with a 6-Bin Storage Unit. This compact yet roomy unit has 6 removable nonwoven bins with convenient 4" handles. Use them to hold everything from bathroom to bedroom accessories. Tall and slim, the metal frame has plastic-tipped feet that won't scratch your floor. It has a small rack on top for extra space or light decorative items. The Purple choice bins come in graduated shades of light and dark purple. Assembly required; assembly hardware included. 56-1/2" x 10-1/4" sq., overall. Bins, 8-1/2" x 8" sq., each. Imported.

Save precious space while keeping any dorm room organized with a 6-Bin Storage Unit. This compact yet roomy unit has 6 removable bins with convenient handles. Tall and slim, the metal frame has plastic-tipped feet that won’t scratch your floor. It has a small rack on top for extra space or light decorative items.

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This Beauty Organizer gives you a handy place to store cosmetics, jewelry, hair accessories in the confines of a small dorm room. The organizer features individual compartments and drawers to help keep everything in its own place. The contemporary style of the organizer is versatile enough to match just about any dorm room. It can also be used on a desk to hold pens, notepads, rubber bands, paper clips and more.

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The Collapsible Fabric Hamper makes it simple to tote your laundry and detergent back and forth between the laundromat and your dorm room. The large main compartment holds dresses for sorority mixers, jeans for classes and sweat pants for studying, while the 2 side pockets are just right for socks and laundry supplies. The mesh fabric lets the contents breathe so dirty clothes don’t get musty. Its strong handles make it easy to carry when you’ve let your laundry pile and when it’s empty, it folds up to save space in the dorms.

Set of 2 Beaded Light Strings add a beautiful ambiance to any space. The 20 white LED lights combine with colored beads for a pretty glow. Convenient battery case means you can place them almost anywhere indoors. Set requires 4 "AA" batteries. Includes on/off switch. 55", each.

Set of 2 Beaded Light Strings give a dorm room a homey glow.  Whether you want your dorm to look festive or you just want soft lighting between study sessions,  the 20 white LED lights combine with colored beads for a delightful ambiance.

 

Home Organization 101

The start of a new year always feels refreshing, and it’s a time we all feel extra motivated to get our lives on track. Organization is one of the keys to a comfortable and successful year, so we’ve got you covered with these great tips to help you get started on a more organized life.

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Identify Clutter Culprits

Whether you’re a Feng Shui fan or not, we can all agree that a cluttered home can feel much more cramped and demotivating than an organized one. Start by identifying the areas of your home that are prone to attracting clutter, such as the entryway, the laundry room, your dresser, or the kids’ play area. If you’re low on space, think outside the box a little with hanging organizers, or repurpose items meant for a different part of the house.

Use Magnets For Small Objects

Sure, that fridge of yours might be a bit of an eyesore, with all the random magnets and yellowing receipts you saved so you could return something, but magnets don’t have to be the problem. You can use a magnetic strip in your bathroom to organize small metal items like bobby pins and nail clippers, or as a place on the fridge to organize your spices. (TIP: Use old baby food jars for spice organization by placing the lid-side against the metal fridge.) You can even use a magnetic tin rack in the bathroom to organize these items, which is even better than the strip because the tins will hold non-metal items as well, including hair clips and bands, studded earrings, cotton swabs, lip gloss and more.

Get Cords and Cables Out of Sight

Cords and cables are a huge contributor to a messy home, but luckily people all over the web have come up with hundreds of ways to keep them organized and out of site. You can roll them up nicely and organize them in toilet paper rolls, or clamp an office clip to the edge of a table or nightstand and run your charger cord through the end, letting it rest perfectly in sight without falling to the ground or getting tangled.

Another option when using a surge protector for multiple electronics, such as behind the television or under the desk, is to mount the surge protector in an accessible area, then wrap up the slack cords and secure them with a rubber band. Everything will stay organized and out of sight. Finally, if you have no good way to hide a messy surge protector in furniture, get a decorative cube box with a lid (wooden looks good) and cut a hole in the back. Place the surge protector inside and run all cables through the back hole. This is great for cube storage entertainment systems or standing desks.

Hang More Things

Do you have too many earrings and necklaces to fit in your jewelry box? We all know they’ll just turns into one big metal knot, with you heading to the store to stock up on more necklaces and dangly earrings. Instead, organize them by hanging them individually on a mesh jewelry holder or a large metal rack. You can also use this as a place to store decorative items like photos, as well as useful things like coupons and receipts. Another option for hanging is a pegboard. You can get numerous hooks to organize anything from kitchen utensils, pots, and pans, to outdoor garden tools, power tools, and anything you keep in your garage. They’re also great for hanging brooms and mops, or organizing your laundry room.

Buy More Space

No, this doesn’t mean you need a bigger home, it just means you should be willing to spend a little money on organization sometimes. Sure, if you’re great at DIY projects, you can make most organizers, but those of us who attract clutter also have a tendency to procrastinate on projects (which is where a lot of that clutter comes from). Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and spend a little time online or make a trip to one of those amazing stores with organization ideas for everything. With the right inspiration, you can double your home’s storage space and free up the kitchen table for things like eating together as a family.

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Making the Most of Small Spaces

Small-Living-SpaceYou’re crowded, cramped, always tripping over your things or other people, and feel like you have to navigate a maze to get from the living room to the bathroom. Sometimes it can feel like a cave. Whether you are living in a small house, tiny apartment or dorm room, or are just stuck with too many people for the home you have, living without enough space can be challenging and frustrating.

You have two options here: complain about it, or tackle the problem head on and fix it. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your small space.

Cut the Clutter
The first step you should take is to get rid of clutter. Having too many things trying to fit in a small space will make it feel even smaller. Ask yourself what you can live without. Are all those thingamabobs and doohickeys essential to your happiness? Do you really need those sweaters you haven’t worn since middle school, or the cappuccino-maker that hasn’t been turned on in 3 years?

This is not the time to be softhearted or sentimental. If an item actually does have sentiment to it, by all means keep it. However, if you are creating sentiment where there is none, then be ruthless and toss it. If you can’t bear to throw it away, then give it to charity, recycle it, or have a yard sale and earn a few bucks.

Getting rid of clutter will make the room feel more open and less cramped. After doing that, it is much easier to follow the remaining steps.

Double-duty Furniture
Make your space multitask. You have more than one thing to do a day don’t you? So why not make your furniture do more than one thing, too!

Grab an ottoman with storage inside that you can also use for extra seating. Use an open bookshelf as a room divider, or invest in a futon to use as a couch during the day and a bed during the night. Instead of just putting a table under the window, use a trunk or chest that can double for storage and a window seat.

Another way to use furniture to its full potential is to have a way for it to disappear when not in use. Beds that fold into the wall, chairs that store inside each other or small tables with drop leaves for that dinner party you are having, but that can then be dropped once again to create more room.

Creative Storage
There are places for storage everywhere; you just have to look harder for some than others. There are of course the more obvious closets and under-the-bed areas that work great for storage. But simple additions, like a spice rack to the inside of the cupboard door, a shoe racks on your closet doors or a turn table to awkward spaces can bring so much more space to your home.

Instead of having the awkward space between the cupboards and ceiling just gathering dust, add more cupboards or more shelving. Add shelving above the toilet that goes up to the celling to make use of wall space, and put double rods in closets for twice the hanging space.

Check for dark nooks and crannies that you can use. You may have to be inventive with the spaces available, but you can make them work. If you have an unused wall—and it’s allowed in your lease if you’re renting—take off the sheetrock, refinish the wall, and create in-wall shelving. These are especially handy behind open doors and other places that would otherwise be unusable.

Downsize Furniture
Huge furniture in a tiny room will only dwarf the room and make you feel even more cramped than you already are. Choose furniture that fits the scale of the room. Instead of one large coffee table, choose two smaller end tables. Instead of one big sofa, try a loveseat and a chair or two. Pick a flat screen TV if you can to save space. If you hang it on the wall instead of placing it in an entertainment center, it will open up even more floor space.

Pick a bed with a small headboard, as that can make the bedroom seem smaller, or have a headboard that doubles as shelving. If you go for the shelving option, you can even consider getting rid of your dresser to open up space. In your kitchen, pick small scale appliances—there are some fridges that take up no more floor space than the cupboards—and compact countertop appliances. If you can find appliances that serve more than one function, that’s even better.

Fool the Eye
There are ways to trick your eyes into thinking a space is bigger than it is. Glass is your friend with small spaces; a table with a glass top will blend into its surroundings and keep the eye moving. Mirrors and light-colored paint on the walls will reflect more light and create a bigger-looking space. Neutral and monochromatic furniture, floors, drapes, and walls also make space look larger, and you can include a pop of color with small accents to create focal points.

This might sound bland and boring, but will not only make the room seem larger, but will also camouflage odd angles or other oddities in the room. It will also make it easier to create seasonal changes, like dark orange throw pillows in the fall to red and green for Christmas. Just have fun with accents, textures, and wall art to let your personality shine through.

Follow these tips and watch as your space transforms from a cramped, crowded, cave to an open oasis for all who visit.

Melanie Hargrave is a wife and homemaker whose pride and joy is her family. In addition to spending time with her husband and daughters, she loves being outdoors and sharing her experiences with others through writing, which includes anything from Vancouver plumbers to local photographers.

 

5 Storage Ideas You Didn’t Think About

storage-ideasWhether you have a compact apartment or a sprawling house with a spacious yard, you probably still wish you had more room for easily accessible storage. Almost everyone has that one junk drawer or packed closet that defies your organization attempts, but you can tame the clutter when you get creative with other places that haven’t yet been filled. You might have more room than you think when you make the most of these overlooked storage spaces.

1. Keep Looking Up – Most storage solutions have their feet firmly planted on your floor. Bookcases, bureaus and chests are always a valid option for carving out more storage, but going vertical opens a whole new dimension for attractive storage. Shelves can line walls almost to the ceiling. Put items you rarely use such as your Thanksgiving turkey platter on display on upper shelves and save lower ones for items you use daily. Another possibility: tall, narrow storage cabinets that make the most of a room’s upper reaches. By removing or reducing the footprint with vertical storage, you gain more floor space.

2. Open Doors to New Storage Space – Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms are notorious for not having enough room, but they all have at least a door or two on which to hang storage equipment. A spice rack inside a cabinet door lets you keep favorite flavors within easy reach while making room on shelves. Because the rack won’t let smaller bottles hide behind larger ones, your herbs and spices also stay organized. The same principle also works in bathroom and bedroom closets with over-the-door systems such as the Closet Mates Connectable Storage center. Keep jewelry, shoes, handbags and other accessories visible so you’ll wear them more often by storing items in mesh or clear plastic.

3. Go Diagonal – How do you fit a 20-inch utensil into a drawer that’s only 12 inches deep and 10 inches wide? If you remember your geometry classes, the answer will come easily to you. By dividing the drawer diagonally, you create a storage solution that’s as elegant as it practical. Instead of keeping small and large items in a tangle in your kitchen drawers, arrange diagonal dividers and use the smaller compartments for items that otherwise get lost in the shuffle. Never dig through a pile of wooden spoons and tongs to get to your measuring spoons again!

4. Use Wall Space – If you’re willing to tackle a minor construction project, you may be able to find space for irregularly shaped or small items between the studs in your walls. Unless your home has thick walls or an unusual layout, you won’t have room for deep bookshelves, but you can probably fit a medicine cabinet, built-in spice rack or wine storage in a wall. Removing plaster board, installing shelving and framing the new custom storage area isn’t a job for novice do-it-yourselfers, but with the proper home improvement tools, it’s a one-afternoon job.

5. Take It With You – Sometimes, you have plenty of space, but it isn’t convenient to use. A multi-purpose room should have options beyond over-stuffed cabinets and closets. With rolling storage systems, you can put spaces to different uses. Store your sewing equipment in a rolling cabinet and bring it out only when you’re working. Keep a computer or television on the cart for easy removal when it’s time for the kids to do their homework.

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5 Tips for Easy DIY

Forearm-forklift-strapsEveryone loves the after shot of a before-and-after DIY project, but the steps you take to prepare beforehand matter most when you’re the one doing the work. Whether it’s something as simple as adding new slipcovers to furniture to pull a look together or completely redoing a room for a new purpose, preparing for a do-it-yourself job before you apply the first brushstroke of paint is key to a successful transformation.

1. Get Organized
Having your supplies at your fingertips makes any DIY job easier. When your tools are within reach, you can take care of little do-it-yourself repairs around the house before they become bigger problems. It’s easier to find decorating inspiration when everything you need is in plain sight too. Turn a corner of your garage, utility room or sewing room into your do-it-yourself headquarters with storage tools that make the most of your space and keep essential equipment at the ready. Some cabinet storage solutions work for a variety of uses. A turntable bathroom organizer is great for medicine bottles and hygiene items, but it’s also an excellent caddy for tubes of beads and sequins, fabric paints or other small items for detail work.

2. Take It With You
Bringing your tools to the project instead of taking the project to your workspace is often more convenient. Using rolling cabinet storage and portable tool boxes lets you keep your supplies nearby as you make necessary repairs or let inspiration guide you. It’s easy to put off that paint retouching job when you don’t have your tools handy, but with easy-access carts and caddies, you have everything you need and can tackle the project with a minimum of fuss.

3. Plan Your Budget
Almost any project costs less when you do the work yourself, but a miscalculation in the beginning could lead an economical project into big cost overruns. Budgeting tools help you get a handle on expenses and figure out if it’s the right time to embark on that home improvement project. When you sit down with your calculator, consider opportunity costs too; your time is worth money, and you may find that it makes more sense to buy some parts of your project already made than to do everything from scratch.

4. Take Care of Your Tools
Before and during any improvement or repair job, keeping your tools in good shape is vital to a successful project. Painting a large room in a day may not be practical, but by wrapping paint rollers in plastic, you can pick up tomorrow where you stopped today. For outdoor projects, keeping tools and supplies in working order makes lawn and garden care simple. Having to disentangle your hose or clean your lawn mower before you use it can be enough to dissuade you from starting a new improvement project. Keep your equipment ready to go and take advantage of your cleaning, mowing or organizing urge when the mood strikes you.

5. Turn on the Lights
After you’ve done the work, treat your latest DIY project as a masterpiece and give it the lighting it deserves. The right lighting has the power to transform a room and make a home project look professional.

Buyers’ Picks – Items we Love: Pet Food Container

Our buyer’s pick this week  is from our Pet buyer, Tim. His pick is the Pet Food Container with Scoop. This is a great container for dog owners, whether you have a large dog or a small puppy. Here is what Tim had to say:

The Pet Food Container with Scoop has been even more useful than I had expected.  With two dogs in the house, the mutts can definitely move through some kibble in a couple of days.  I can dump a whole bag of dog food in this container which means no more trips to the garage to get the rest of the bag.

The best thing about the container is that because it has an airtight seal it keeps that dog food smell out of my pantry.  I mean, it’s nice that the puppies get fresher tasting chow, but now my pantry doesn’t smell like a pet store.  Other cool features?  I can spot check through the clear sides to see how many noms are left for the dogs.  The included scoop keeps my hands clean during dinner time.  Finally, I can roll this bad boy in and out of the pantry with ease.  The pups now know that the sound of rolling wheels mean it’s time to eat!

Organization Navigation

Start the New Year off right by getting your home in order.  Below are some clever tips for organizing your home for 2012. Ref. realsimple.com

(1) Using reusable tote bags for shopping is a must.  Even so, everyone has a stash of plastic grocery bags.  Organize those bags by storing them in an empty tissue box under your sink.

(2) Kitchen cabinet space is tricky to keep well organized.  Place a small tension rod about 4 inches deep in your drawer.

(3) Store lids standing up in the front part and pots and pans on the other side.

(4) Make your storage functional.  Use seating that doubles as storage for gaming & entertainment equipment.

(5) Being organized it not just about putting things away, but also by making neat what is out in the open.  To organize messy cords behind your TV/computer, try using Velcro tape.

(6) Avoid drilling holes in your walls to create more shelf space.  An under shelf organizer slides on the shelf you already have to add space and functionality.

New Ideas to Get Ready for the Fall!

As the end of August comes closer, the end of summer unfortunately does too.  Lakeside Collection’s new Christmas Catalog has many new items to help with the transition from summer to fall.  Whether it be doing a little fall cleaning, or updating your wardrobe!

A new customer favorite for helping in organizing is the Universal Game Storage Ottoman.  This ottoman offers plenty of space for video games and all the accessories that go with it!  It could be a wonderful addition to any family room, living room or even your child’s bedroom!  It not only offers extra storage but extra seating.

If it is updating your fall wardrobe you are interested in, Lakeside has you covered as well!  Check out our amazing deal on the 2-Pk. Women’s Sweater Wraps.  This flowing, easy-fitting knit wrap cardigan adds a dressy look to jeans and a tee, or can beautifully complement your favorite dress or slacks for work or a night on the town.  The 2-Pk. is available in Chocolate & Rose or Black & Royal.

Be sure to check out our website for many more great ideas!