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It may feel as if you’re putting things in place by sticking an item in a box or drawer in your hallway closet, but over time clutter accumulates and it can become difficult to find things you need. Here are 4 steps you can take to get your hallway closet back in order!
1. If your magazines are starting to pile up, consider going digital after your annual membership ends. As for the magazine pile you’ve accumulated: spend some time leafing through the pages, take pictures of the content you want to keep and then upload the photos to Pinterest.
2. Sort through your towels and toss out those that you no longer use. You can also turn one-two towels into cleaning rags.
3. Throw away expired medicines and place face creams, along with other beauty products you don’t use in a bag. Some cosmetic companies including, MAC and Origins will give you a free product and/or sample in exchange for your empty product containers so not only are you left with an organized closet, but you’ll also score some nice freebies!
4. Take a look at how many sets of sheets you have and ask yourself, do you really use all of them? Most likely, you use two-four sets, so get rid of the rest. You can donate the sheets that are still in good condition and throw out the rest.
1. Take some time to clean before your visitors arrive; if you don’t have a lot of time focus on the common areas and especially the area where your guests will be staying. If you come across clothes and other items that you no longer use schedule a pickup and donate those things.
2. Do you have a spare room? If so, it’s a nice touch to place a towel, extra blankets and other necessities in the room. If there’s a closet, or a dresser in the room you can create some extra space for your guests. If you want to go the extra mile, consider placing a bouquet of flowers in the room.
3. If you don’t have a spare bedroom things are a little trickier, but fret not! If your couch pulls out into a bed you can make it up in advance, or right before bed if you need the couch during the day and early evening. Another option is to purchase an inflatable air mattress, or a feather bed that rolls up. When guests are staying in your living room it’s important to be mindful of their privacy and sleeping habits; if you’re a night owl and they aren’t you may want to consider offering your room to them.
4. Buy snacks and drinks that your guests enjoy- ask them for a list beforehand if you don’t know what they like.
5. Once your visitors arrive show them around so they know where to find things. If your guests are early risers they will probably want to know where to find the coffee!
6. In the bathroom leave shampoo, conditioner, and soaps out, unless you don’t mind sharing what’s readily available in your shower.
7. If your guests are visiting the area for the first time provide them with maps and write out a list of cool things to see and do. You can also provide your guests with an extra set of keys and that way they can come and go as they please.
8. Remember that it’s fine not to spend every minute with your visitors. Most likely, your guests will enjoy some time on their own and if they are staying for a long period of time it’s especially important to have some time apart. Additionally, while it’s a nice gesture to cook for your guests, it’s not necessary to cook elaborate meals every night. Instead, have food that can be quickly prepared on hand and enjoy dining out now and then as well.
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Are old magazines starting to pile up in your home? Rather than just tossing them out, take them to the gym! Your fellow gym-goers will love the new reading material and you’ll score a workout, plus more space in your home.
If books have become a problem too, just put them in a box and schedule a pick-up!