Holiday Organizing

Great organizing tips for the holidays at http://www.marthastewart.com

Organizing for the Holidays

Organizing for the Holidays

A Box with Dividers for Fragile Ornaments

A segmented cardboard box — whether store-bought or a wine box — is great for sturdier ornaments. Our editors recommend cardboard boxes, which don’t trap moisture as plastic bins do. If possible, avoid storing decorations in the basement or attic, where humidity and temperature fluctuate throughout the year. Instead, opt for a closet or under a bed.

Easy Storing for Christmas Lights

Next year, don’t spend a minute sorting through tangled webs of holiday decorations. Keep lights organized by winding each strand around a piece of cardboard cut to fit inside a plastic bin.

Bows

Ribbon card holders descend from extra-large tuxedo bows, bound tightly in the middle f

or a billowing effect; cards slide into “pockets.”

How to Polish Silver by Real Simple’s Easy 6 step Process

Silver Tea Set

Silver Tea Set

Beautiful silver pieces shouldn’t languish at the back of a shelf. Removing tarnish might seem like a time-consuming task, but some simple household products make for an easy clean―no backbreaking scrubbing required.

1. Wash your silver in mild soapy water

Start by washing your silver items with mild dish soap and warm water.

Tip: Avoid the dishwasher, the extreme heat can warp items.

2. Place silver in a pot lined with aluminum foil

Make sure the pot has a well-fitting lid.

3. Mix ingredients with boiling water

In a separate pot, bring a quart of water to a boil; mix in a 1/4 cup baking soda and a couple of teaspoons of salt.

4. Pour the solution into the pot

Cover the pot once you’ve poured in this mix. The solution will cause a chemical reaction that should remove any blackness from the silver. This could take up to five minutes.

5. Rinse and dry your silver

Remove silver from pot, rinse with clean water, and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Tip: Prevent tarnish by storing silver in acid-free tissue paper or unbleached cotton muslin (found at fabric stores) inside a resealable bag.

6. Touch up with polish

If your piece is still looking a little tarnished, finish the job with some silver polish.

Organization for New School Year

Study Space

Study Space

Ways to get your child ready for school by Office Candy:
If you haven’t done so already, make a folder for each child & the grade that they are in this year. That way you will already have a place for all of the paperwork that is going to be coming home in the next few weeks.

If you refer to a piece of paper regularly I suggest that you either laminate it or place it in a plastic sleeve to protect it.

Go through your children’s school calendars and enter any upcoming dates from now through the school year.

Color code your calendar so that family members can easily find what applies to them, where they need to be and when.

~Office Candy