Friday, August 22, 2014

How to Better Organize Your Under-Sink Storage

August 19, 2014 2:17 pm

Whether it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom, the under-sink area is like a no-man’s land of cleaning supplies, sponges, beauty products and, for many people, even a garbage can. Just because these spaces are hidden doesn’t mean that they should be disorganized, however. The under-sink area is an untapped resource for storage space, and these helpful tips will show you how to get everything in order.

  1. Empty it out. Before you attempt to organize the contents of underneath your sink, you should pull everything out and give the cabinet a good scrubbing. Then, toss out any old cleaning products or unused supplies to make room for the things that you use every day.
  2. Add some shelves. If you have enough height underneath your sink to do so, add a shelf to maximize that space. These are available specifically for the under-sink area at most home goods stores. Choose one that best fits under your sink, making sure to account for any low-hanging pipes.
  3. Group things together. Now that you’re ready to put things back, group your cleaning products and other supplies in groups that make sense. This will be different for different people, but an example would be to group all dishwashing supplies in one area, toss them in a small plastic bin, and slide it onto one of the shelves. If you’re tackling a bathroom under-sink area, group beauty products in one bin, cleaning supplies in another, and maybe place some replacement soaps and shampoos in a third.

Clutter Make-Over of the Month: Under-Kitchen Sink [Youcopia]
Curing clutter problems in under-sink cabinets [unclutterer]
How to Organize Under Your Bathroom Sink [VideoJug]

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Foolproof Packing Tips for Your Wilderness Getaway

August 13, 2014 3:11 pm

Even the least outdoorsy person can enjoy a camping trip, provided that you know what to pack. If you’re preparing for a trip out into the wilderness, these necessary items will keep you feeling comfortable and relaxed all weekend long.

  1. A great tent. Not all tents are created equal, so be sure to evaluate the type that you need before you embark on your journey. If you’re only spending one evening under the stars, then a simple two-person tent will do the trick, but if you’re spending a few days outdoors you’ll need something that provides more structure. You would be amazed at how many features modern tents have, so do a bit of research to find the perfect one.
  2. Medical supplies. No one ever intends for an accident to happen, but it always helps to be prepared. Pack a first aid kit filled with bandages, pain relievers, and other staple items.
  3. Water and snacks. Even if you’re really roughing it and only cooking over an open fire, it’s smart to pack a few snacks to tide you over until the next meal. Protein bars and bagged nuts are great options, and plenty of bottled water is also a must-have.
  4. Bug spray and sunscreen. Insect bites are some of the most common complaints from campers, and sunburn is equally miserable. These two supplies will save you a lot of discomfort on your camping trip.

What to Pack for a Camping Trip [USA Today]
How to Pack for a Safe, Healthy Camping Trip [U.S. News]
How to Pack for an Active Outdoor Vacation [Independent Traveler]
How to Pack for an Outdoor Adventure [Good Housekeeping]

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Splash Beneath the Petals at Wolcott Park

August 6, 2014 2:07 pm

Wolcott Park used to be a family farm, so its stretch of land has been a part of Hartford for many years. Today, the park is no longer a farm, but it's named for the family who owned it.

Now when the summer sun warms up Hartford in June, families and little ones begin to flock to Wolcott Park. It's the perfect place to cool down, since towering, twisting flowers spray water on kids as they run and play in the Splash Park. Just next door, there's a traditional playground that also brings Hartford residents out of the air conditioning. A trio of castle turrets wave their flags over slides and a tunnel—plenty of space for kids to crawl and play.

If you follow one of the short nature trails, you'll probably end up at a small pond. According to guests, it's a nice place to fish or simply sit for a while and observed wildlife. If you prefer a more active afternoon, however, the park also plays host to six tennis courts, two basketball courts, a soccer field, and a baseball field.

Wolcott Park
New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 361-3116

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