Posted in Fab Finds, Organizing, Renovating & Rejuvenating, Solutions

My Art-Deco Bar Another Project! The Before

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco
My Art-Deco Bar Another Project!

I saw this online and I thought it would be the perfect piece to store all our drinks as well as look great in our very 1930s dining room. Please note that most of my staging projects lend a contemporary look when staging to sell, but it is always different in your own home, as the way you live is indeed different to when you place your home up for sale.

My latest project had to be repaired and restained as once home, I found it was coming apart at the back and needed to be thoroughly cleaned, repaired, reglued, and reinforced.  It also needed to be restained. New shelves to be made and stained as the old ones had buckled and would not support any weight. It was useful to have them as templates for the ones to be made. New knobs ordered as some were broken and the drawer to be lined. The reveal will come soon. 

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco

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Small Home Projects That Make Life Easier – Handbag Rack

Wall Mounted Handbag Storage
Wall Mounted Handbag Storage

In my last house we had several peg racks but in this house, we have a large closet and often smaller items are difficult to reach with all the overcoats for all of us plus guests. To make things easier I started hanging my handbag on the dining room doorknob, not really practical, so when out yard saleing on Saturday, I spotted this Shaker style 4 peg wall mounted wood rack that I thought would be perfectly placed under my shelf that holds my key dish and sundries. On Sunday after cleaning and polishing the rack, I drilled 3 holes in my plaster wall added 3 screw anchors and 3 screws and 20 minutes later it is up, holding my handbag and tote and anything else that I want to hang so it is ready to leave with me. Now that is what I call Style Organization!

Posted in Entertaining & Enjoyment, Ideas Worth Saving, Organizing

Getting Ready for Children Visiting – Craft Boxes

Custom Craft Boxes in Windsor
Custom Craft Boxes in Windsor

I have made up two craft boxes for my friend’s children, I know they like arts and crafts. It is fun and easy to do. You can also have them on hand for small guests to keep them occupied. Just make sure that the crafts are age appropriate, if you are not sure check with Mum and Dad.

Posted in Organizing

Getting it Ready – Fall In Love With Your Garden Again

Spring Clean your Garden Furniture & BBQ Windsor
Spring Clean your Garden Furniture & BBQ
Last year we were already sitting outside. This year not yet, however with April looming, make a note to clean your outside furniture, the BBQ and do what needs to be done on the next nice day, so that once the nice weather hits you can take the opportunity to really enjoy it by sitting outside before or after dinner with a drink with family/friends or by yourself taking a break listening to nature and enjoying a magazine, book, phone, or laptop especially when everything starts turning green and the flowers begin to bloom.
Posted in Organizing, Solutions

A Style Organization “Staging” Blueprint

Cleared in Tecumseh
Cleared in Tecumseh

Let everyone in the house know that a lot of effort, time, and money has been spent for you to enjoy your home while showing it for sale.

You can now park all three cars in the garage as all remaining possessions have now been cleaned and organized with everything flowing in a comfortable safe way for all the family and pets while reclaiming space within the cupboards and reorganizing the garages, the breezeway, the cabana and all interior levels for a more practical use. We have also itemized, cataloged and stored items that you wanted to keep with easy access in the designated storage rooms.

Now that all your rooms have been reclaimed for their proper use, by organizing them your house will be easy to show and will not leave buyers guessing their use.

Please take the time to look in all the rooms, closets, and cupboards to re-familiarize yourself with where items are placed and if you want to change something so that it works better please go ahead and do it or contact me. Just try to do it when you have some spare time such as the weekend or advise your housekeeper.

The house looks calmer and this will save time and energy on a daily basis. It is safe for all occupants as all the roadblocks have now been removed as well as being easier to move around and find all items needed as clutter has gone. You don’t have to worry about the “unknowns” and you get to enjoy and relax in your home at its best instead of being stressed out. It will be easy to tidy up when it gets occasionally untidy and it will.

 On a daily basis you should consider the following: Create a routine that is right for you which includes the children.Get everyone to take 10 – 15 minutes to clear the daily clutter prior to bedtime. It can be as simple as putting laundry in the chute as well as getting things ready for the next day.

As all the laundry is done by your housekeeper on a daily basis and it is already incorporated into the routine adding any additional chores should be easy to control.

Little things make a difference such as:

  • Corralling things in trays so they are easy to relocate to their homes.
  • Always prune your paper pile-up on a daily basis
  • Keep all the coffee tables clear. At least 75%
  • Purge items no longer required by placing unwanted items in a box that is left in your closet – one per closet and once full schedule your favourite charity to pick up or take to a thrift shop to donate prior to a grocery shop.

For cleaning, create a routine where you can tell your housekeeper what rotation you would like them to clean. Cleaning on a weekly schedule and deep clean on a rotating basis.

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Style Organized! A Family Blueprint

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Your possessions have now been decluttered, spot cleaned and organized with most of your furniture and possessions to flow in a comfortable safe way for all the family while reclaiming space within the cupboards and reorganizing the interior for a more practical use. We have also stored items that you will need in the future with easy access to the crawlspace.

In addition, we have highlighted the items to be returned to family members, to be sold or consigned while already donating items you no longer want that will help others and now it is gone you do not have to think about it anymore.

Now that the family room and laundry rooms have been reclaimed, by removing the obstacles, you can now develop a routine that will be easy to follow.

Please take the time to look in all the rooms, closets and cupboards to re-familiarize yourself with where items are placed and if you want to change something so that it works better please go ahead and do it. Just try to do it when you have some spare time such as when someone else is at home.

The sitting room now has enough seating for family and visitors.

The house looks calmer and this will save time and energy on a daily basis. It is safe for all occupants as all the roadblocks have now been removed as well as being easier to move around and find all items needed as clutter has gone. You don’t have to worry about the “unknowns” and you get to enjoy and relax in your home at its best instead of being stressed out. It will now be easy to tidy up when it gets occasionally untidy and it will.

All wardrobes and storage shelves now have some space for additional items that you may want and everything now has a “home” so it is either stored away or on display. All filing is up to date. The like items are with like items.

On a daily basis you should consider the following:

Create a routine that is right for you which includes

Take 10 – 15 minutes to clear the daily clutter prior to bedtime as well as after the morning rush. Try to do this after lunch too so there is never too much to do at any one time and you are not overwhelmed.

Try to do something that is relaxing and enjoyable, such as walking around the block or yoga.

The laundry is a big one as small children and husbands generate so much, you will have to incorporate this into the routine and learn to control it as best you can as this is one area where it can become overwhelming. 

Although we did not spend any time outside, you have a lovely deck and backyard which you can enjoy this summer.

Little things make a difference such as:

  • Corralling things in trays so they are easy to relocate to their homes.
  • Always prune your paper pileups on a daily basis
  • Keep coffee tables clear. At least 75%
  • Purge items no longer required by placing in a box or taking directly to your vehicle.
  • Take 10 minutes to de-junk a drawer as needed.
  • Help the children become neatniks by tidying the toys away after each playtime and rotate toys so that not everything is out at the same time.

For cleaning, create a routine where if you hire a cleaner you can tell them what rotation you would like them to clean.

If you have a cleaner remove all clutter prior to them arriving so they can do a thorough job otherwise time will be wasted.

Cleaning on a weekly schedule and deep clean on a rotating basis.
In the bathrooms, start with putting the toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet and letting it sit while doing everything else. Do the same in the kitchen, spray sinks, countertops, and stove letting it sit for a few moments. Spray the dirtiest parts first, and then move around the room wiping everything down including the fridge. Then dust down cobwebs and dust light fixtures. Run your damp cloth along the baseboards and cabinet fronts, Finish with the toilet and clean the floor.

For your bedrooms, sitting rooms, and family rooms. Dust down any cobwebs and light fixtures. Dust all other furniture and picture frames; Change the sheets if needed if you’re in a bedroom. Run your duster along the baseboards, and then vacuum. Wipe down doorknobs and light switches.

Depending on your rotation deep cleaning every spring and fall is ideal with some jobs being done less or more often.

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Style Organization’s Green Initiative for Windsor & Essex County

Downsizing & Decluttering in Windsor
Downsizing & Decluttering in Windsor

Downsizing or decluttering? You don’t have to wait until you move, Style Organization recommends that you sort through your things regularly just like recycling. The list of things that are no longer allowed to be thrown away is growing and here is my current list for Windsor and Essex County. When I help people organize we go through rooms one by one and if any items are no longer wanted we place them in the following categories.

  1. Give Away
  2. Sell or Consign
  3. Get a Second Opinion if you think it may be valuable
  4. Donate
  5. Taking to the dump if local garbage pick-up does not take the items
  6. Recycle
  7. Destroy
  • For giving away, this may mean items promised to children or friends and this is the time to do it.
  • Selling may be using an online auction, or at an estate or garage sale.
  • We recommend using an appraiser for valuables which may be placed on consignment or sent to auction.
  • Donating to charity shops or shelters
  • Recycle properly using one of the many local initiatives listed below
  • Destroying an item that may hurt others such as a child’s car seat.

For items that cannot be sold and are no longer used, many local authorities have e-waste programmes where electronics of all kinds, including televisions and cell phones etc, that can no longer be thrown out in the garbage as electronics become toxic when left in a landfill.

The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority Windsor / Essex County residents can drop off the following electronic devices free of charge: for more information http://www.ewswa.org

 The Public Drop Off Depot is located in the City of Windsor at:

3560 North Service Road East, Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 on the corner of E.C. Row and Central. Call: 311 (City of Windsor) 

In Essex County at:Transfer Station #2 located at 2021 Albuna Townline (County Rd. 31) in the Town of Kingsville. Call: 519-326-2816. Waste Reduction Hotline: 1-800-563-3377

  • The EWSWA has a drop-off area for electronics at all Public Drop Off facilities (Windsor, Essex, and Kingsville). Windsor/Essex County residents can drop off the following electronic devices free of charge:
    • Amplifiers
    • Audio and video players and recorders (DVD and VCR players)
    • Cameras
    • Cell phones
    • Computers and peripherals
    • Copiers
    • Fax machines
    • Monitors
    • Pagers and PDAs
    • Printers
    • Radios
    • Receivers
    • Scanners
    • Speakers
    • Telephones and answering machines
    • Tuners
    • Turntables
    • Televisions
    • Video projectorsDrop Off Your Old Rechargeable Batteries:  Essex County and City of Windsor residents can drop off their rechargeable batteries for free at either one of the Household Chemical Waste Depots located in Windsor / Essex County. A Rechargeable Battery Recycling Station has been set up for your convenience

Safety Tips from EWSWA

Be sure to clear your computers, cell phones and electronics of all confidential or personal information. Exercise care when handling and transporting bulky or heavy monitors and televisions. In particular, cathode ray tubes, found in older televisions and monitors can shatter under pressure. Sturdy work gloves are a good idea when carrying or moving heavier electronics. Don’t take your computer or its components apart or expose it to heat or flames. This can be dangerous to you and the environment.

Or you can make some money to put towards a new laptop by listing yours on eBay or Kijiji  (just remember to erase your personal files, photos, and music first). Reduce your tax bill and boost your karma by donating your computer — there are plenty of nonprofits, schools, and charities that will put that PC to good use. Locally you can go to http://www.cfkcanada.org/and they’ll find a worthy recipient for you. Or just bring your old computer with you when you go to buy a new one. Many manufacturers and retailers — including Dell, HP, Apple, Sony, Toshiba and Best Buy — will recycle your old computer for free.

Refrigerators, Freezers, Window Air Conditioners, Portable Dehumidifiers

EnWin Utilities, with support from the Ontario Power Authority, has a program that offers to pick up older refrigerators and freezers as well as window air conditioners and portable dehumidifiers from residents of Ontario, and fully decommission them in an environmentally friendly manner. Please call 1-877-797-9473 to schedule an appointment. 

Pharmaceuticals

Residents should bring back all medications and pharmaceuticals to their local pharmacy as well as sharps/syringes for proper disposal – free of charge.

Packaging peanuts

Packaging peanuts can be returned to a UPS store – instead of being thrown in the garbage.

Print Cartridges 

Staples makes recycling these a no-brainer — just bring in your old cartridge, and they’ll give you $amount off your next one. PS: Many manufacturers, like HP, offer mail-in recycling programs too. Or take to Cartridge Worx to refill.

Clothes & accessories

If they are in style and in good condition you can take them to your local consignment store where you will make some money. Selling online any new (or barely used) name-brand clothing and accessories is always popular on eBay, Kijiji, and Facebook. Have some fashionable friends? Have a clothing swap where everyone brings a set number of items and then takes turns to pick something. Any leftovers can be donated. For a more social way to recycle your closet, throw a swap party. Think of it as a grown-up version of trading baseball cards. Plus, swap parties are a great way to clean out your closet and update your wardrobe (for free!). Leftovers can be donated to your local Charity Shop or woman’s shelter. 

Heres how to hold one. https://styleorganization.com/2014/10/29/style-organize-a-clothing-exchange/

Furniture

Listing unwanted furniture on Kijiji or Facebook is a great way to make money for home improvements without much effort. Even if you can’t get someone to buy that orange corduroy couch, list it for “free” online and save yourself the cost of having it hauled away. The Salvation Army or your local charity/thrift shop will come to collect your old furniture — free of charge — and in return, you may get a tax break not all do (just remember to ask for a receipt!).

Sports Equipment

J&R Sports Connection will buy your used sports equipment (depending on the condition). Go to https://jrsportsconnection.weebly.com/ Or again donate your old gear. 

Books

Old coffee-table books and special editions can be sold to specialty bookstores or on Amazon.com. Old books & paperbacks can be donated to the Goodwill Bookstore or a charity such as a raise a reader in Windsor.

Video Games, CDs, DVDs & Vinyl 

Go to http://gamecycle.ca/ or Dr Disc on facebook in Windsor to trade and sell new and used CD’s, Vinyl, DVDs, Band Shirts, and Posters. 

Eyeglasses

Donate your old glasses to Lions Club Gift Of Sight Eye Glass Program who will recycle your old glasses to help needy children and adults worldwide see clearly.

Tools, Materials & Appliances

Got some old tools lying around? A decent appliance you no longer want, some leftover lumber? Donate it all to Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex Inc Email office@habitatwindsor.org  When they sell your donations they use the profits to fund new projects.

 

FYI The following is a partial list of products that are banned in Canada. It is illegal to sell or give them away. If you have any of these products in your possession, destroy and discard them so that they cannot be used.

  • Baby walkers
  • Infant self-feeding devices
  • Jequirity beans or anything that is made with jequirity beans
  • Lawn darts with elongated tips
  • Polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA

The following is a partial list of products that must meet regulatory requirements under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or the Food and Drugs Act and its Cosmetic Regulations

Baby Gates

Baby gates that have diamond-shaped openings or “V” openings at the top larger than 38 mm (1 ½ in) are illegal to sell in Canada. A child’s head can get caught in these openings and the child could strangle. Baby gates must come with information that identifies the manufacturer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture and information regarding instructions for use and installation.

Car Seats

Car seats must have a National Safety Mark and meet current regulatory requirements. Remember that it is illegal to sell car seats that do not meet the current regulatory requirements. You should always check with the manufacturer before selling a car seat. Car seats must come with warnings, guidelines for use, installation instructions, and date of manufacture. Do not sell a car seat that is past the lifespan recommended by the manufacturer or that has been in a vehicle during a collision. Before selling a used car seat, check with  Transport Canada ( 1-800-333-0371 or http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety) for more information and to find out if the car seat has been recalled. Also, be sure that it is in good condition with no missing parts and with functioning anchoring systems.

Children’s Jewellery

Lead is a soft, heavy metal that is often used to make inexpensive jewelry. Lead is very toxic. A child can suffer from lead poisoning if they suck, chew, or swallow jewelry containing lead. Jewellery containing lead, which has a protective or decorative coating, is not safe since children can easily chew off the coating. It is illegal in Canada to sell children’s jewelry that contains lead above the allowable limit, so if you are not sure whether a children’s jewelry item contains lead, do not offer it for sale.

Children’s Sleepwear

Do not sell loose-fitting children’s sleepwear made of cotton, cotton blends or rayon as they burn more easily. Loose-fitting children’s sleepwear includes nightgowns, bathrobes, and loose pajamas. They should be made of polyester, nylon or polyester/nylon blends.

Tight-fitting children’s sleepwear includes pajamas and sleepers (with tight cuffs at the end of sleeves and pants legs, close fit to the body). They are less likely to make contact with a fire source and are likely to burn more slowly. They can be made from cotton, cotton blends or rayon.

Corded Window Coverings

Children can strangle on cords and bead chains of blinds and curtains. Looped cords and long pull cords can wrap around a child’s neck and act like a noose. Reselling these products is not recommended because safety devices, warning labels, and instructions to keep pull cords out of the reach of children may be missing. 

Cosmetics

Used, old, or damaged cosmetics should never be sold. These products may contain harmful bacteria that could cause skin rashes or lead to infections. Additionally, second-hand cosmetics may be missing required labeling information, such as ingredients, warnings, and directions for safe use. A cosmetic is defined as any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth, including deodorants and perfumes.

  • Note you may see vintage cosmetics sold but it is usually for the packaging and not for use.

Cribs, Cradles, & Bassinets 

It is illegal to sell cribs that do not meet the current regulatory requirements. Cribs manufactured before September 1986 likely do not meet these requirements and should therefore not be sold. Health Canada does not recommend using cribs older than 10 years as they are more likely to have broken, worn, loose or missing parts, and be missing warnings or instructions. Cribs, cradles, and bassinets must come with information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, date of manufacture, and assembly instructions. They must be in good condition, with no missing parts. It is also important that the mattress used fits snugly with a gap of no more than 3 cm (1 3/16 in) between the mattress and the crib, cradle or bassinet. The spacing between the bars should be no more than 6 cm (2 3/8 in). Cribs, cradles or bassinets with visible signs of damage, missing parts, or missing information should be destroyed. The side height of cradles and bassinets should be at least 23 cm (9 in). Cribs must have a side height of at least 66 cm (26 in) when the mattress support is in the lowest position. Crib corner posts must be no more than 3 mm (1/8 in) high. The mattress support must be firmly fixed to the end panels. Cribs that have a floating mattress support system with S or Z-shaped hooks are not safe and must not be sold.

Garden Torches

Garden torches (i.e. Tiki torches) are composed of two parts: a shaft that is placed in the ground or mounted on the side of a deck which is usually made of wood (bamboo) or metal; and a metal fuel reservoir with a wick. The wick and the reservoir, containing kerosene, citronella or another liquid fuel, usually sit on top of the wood/metal shaft. Ingestion of these fuels can cause serious adverse health effects in children including death. Many of these products sold prior to 2008 did not meet Health Canada’s regulatory requirements which set out specific labeling and packaging. It is illegal to sell garden torches missing the required labeling or packaging.

Ice Hockey Helmets and Face Protectors 

Ice hockey helmets and face protectors sold in Canada must carry a sticker indicating they meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) and clearly showing the standard number. If the standard number is not present, discard the product. Ice hockey helmets must also have a chin strap and a label with the date of manufacture. These items must not be sold if previously subjected to major impact, if older than five years, if showing signs of damage, or if parts are missing. Be careful as damage done to helmets is not always visible. If you are unsure of a helmet condition, it is better not to sell it.

Playpens

Do not sell playpens that have protruding bolts or torn vinyl or mesh. Playpen mesh must be small mesh, such as mosquito-type netting. Playpens must not have more than two wheels or casters or the ability to attach additional wheels. When selling a folding playpen, ensure that all locking mechanisms work and set-up instructions are included. Playpens must be accompanied by information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture.

Strollers and carriages

Strollers and carriages made before 1985 should not be sold as they may not meet current regulatory requirements. Strollers must come with a lap belt and crotch strap that is solidly attached to the seat or frame. Ensure that the brakes, as well as the locking mechanisms on folding models, are in working order. Make sure that the wheels are securely attached. Strollers must be accompanied by information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture.

Toys

Toys that are in poor repair, broken, have sharp edges or points, or plush toys with loose eyes or noses are not safe and should not be sold. Recently, there has been an increased number of recalls on toys with paint containing lead; check that toys have not been recalled before selling them.

Toys With Magnets

Check toys for loose magnets before selling them. Products with loose small powerful magnets should be kept safely out of the reach of children. Unlike traditional magnets, small powerful magnets, such as rare-earth magnets, have a very strong magnetic pull creating a unique safety concern. They are used in a wide range of items, from building toys to science kits or board games. Small powerful magnets that are loose or contained in a very small item are dangerous because they are easily swallowed. If more than one magnet is swallowed over a short period of time, they can attract one another through the intestines and create a blockage or slowly tear through the intestinal walls. The results can be fatal. Older children are known to play with these small powerful magnets in their mouths: using them for fake tongue or cheek piercings, attaching them to braces, etc. Teach children to keep powerful magnets away from their mouths.

Examples of other items that could pose a safety hazard:

Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing

Drawstrings on children’s clothing should be removed prior to sale. Drawstrings, especially on snowsuits, jackets and hooded sweatshirts, can become caught on playground equipment, fences or other objects.

Helmets (Other Than Hockey Helmets)

Helmets, such as bicycle, in-line skating helmets, and equestrian riding helmets, are designed to protect the head against a single impact. It is not recommended to resell these products.

High Chairs

Before selling a used high chair, make sure it is in good condition and that there is a restraint system that consists of a crotch strap and a waist belt that is easy to fasten. All latching and locking mechanisms should be in good working order.

Infant Bath Seats and Bath Rings

These products are not safety devices. Many babies have died when they were left alone in a bath seat or bath ring, even for a short time. Reselling these products is not recommended because the suction cups or other means to attach the product to a tub can be ineffective. Reselling infant bath seats or bath rings can be especially dangerous because any warnings and/or instructions that could have alerted a caregiver of the serious drowning hazard related to these products may be out of date or missing entirely.

Common second-hand products that must meet safety requirements under the Radiation Emitting Devices Act:

Microwave Ovens

Ensure that the microwave oven is in good working order and is accompanied with instructions for use. It is recommended not to sell a microwave oven with noticeable damage to the door or door hinges, as there may be excessive microwave leakage.

Personal Stereo Systems (for example MP3 Players, Portable Media Players)

Instructions for safe use should accompany the device and there should be a functioning volume control enabling sound levels to be listened to safely without risk of hearing damage.

Donations in Windsor & Essex County

Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and St Vincent de Paul give tax receipts, which will now be for the tax year 2019. They will send you a tax receipt after placing a value on the items you have donated. You need to provide the following. Name, address, email and telephone # of person who will receive the tax receipt. All goods being donated must be in the garage OR at the ground level ready for pick up. Salvation Army picks up in Amherstberg on Fridays speak with Clay. Will not pick up any of the following: entertainment units, beds/sofa beds or large appliances but when picking up large items will pick up small appliances and household items as well as clothing in box or bag. 1720 Walker Road Windsor N8W 3P4 On.  Call519 258 6938 ask for pick-ups Windsor Essex & Amherstburg.

Habitat for Humanity, will pick-up most large items with the exception of beds, huge armoires/entertainment centers or paint.
3064 Devon Drive, Windsor, ON  
519 969-3762

St Vincent de Paul 354 Chilver Rd Windsor, ON  519 253-7481

Missions Thrift Store, formerly Bibles for Missions 375 Giles Blvd E, Windsor, ON N9A 4C4 519 250 9628 Missions will pick up furniture and appliances donated.

Goodwill There is a drive-through donation center on Front Street in Lasalle. There are two retail stores at 1643 McDougall St Windsor, ON 519 256 1919 and at 11145 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON N8R 1B1 519 956 2610  

Value Village
6711 Tecumseh Rd E Windsor, ON 519 944 1372 & 4322 Walker Rd Bldg 1, Windsor, ON 519 250 0199

 *Please note this is just a guideline to help you and is updated as the information comes in. Programmes change often. Please check online and/or by telephone to see that any programme is still running. You can also ask if your favourite Charity shop will take your goods. There are more Charity and thrift shops in the area that are not listed here and if you are not on this list and would like to be included please fill in the contact form below with your information and I will add you to the list. Thank you.

 

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Real Easy Food – Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Dried Fruits

Truthfully, it has been cold, so pull out your slow cooker to make oatmeal for any morning. Simple take:

8 CUPS OF WATER
2 CUPS STEEL CUT OATS
1 1/2 CUP ANY DRIED FRUIT
1/4 TEASPOON SALT (OPTIONAL)
PLACE ALL IN A LARGE SLOW COOKER, COVER, & COOK ON LOW 8 HOURS.

IN THE MORNING ADD A LITTLE MILK OR CREAM AND SERVE WITH SOME MAPLE SYRUP.

DON’T SLEEP IN TOO LATE!

*, ADJUST RECIPE FOR THE SIZE OF YOUR FAMILY.
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Countdown to Christmas Part 4 – After This Enjoy!


Style Organization decorates for Christmas
Style Organization decorates for Christmas

Reminder, your last list!

With just over two weeks to go here is the last checklist to getting it done easily while still enjoying the season.

  • Take the family on a drive at night to see the Christmas lights.
  • Record a special message on your voicemail.
  • Put up your tree. If it is a real tree, keep the stand full of water.
  • Trim the tree with (if not already done), the family. Make it a mini party.
  • Cook any special dishes and freeze until needed.
  • Have a family baking day. Cookies anyone?
  • Start giving out gifts and tips.
  • Finalize the Christmas menu.

Stress Busters:

  • Company coming? Put out nuts, antipasto, cheese, crackers, and fruit.  No additional cooking or shopping required.
  • Serve beer and wine only.
  • If time is short rent china and glasses from a party supplier, no washing up!
  • Get enough sleep and exercise.

Shopping List:

  • Stock up with snack supplies and batteries.
  • Place any special orders for fresh turkey and platters.
  • Ingredients for dishes that you plan to make ahead.
  • Restock any drinks and Liquor that you may have already used up.
  • Anything that you forgot to buy from last week’s list. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Carolina at Style Organization

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Style Organization’s Countdown to Christmas – Part Three

Gift Wrapping at Style Organization
Gift Wrapping at Style Organization

Your timely reminder reprinted as requested! 

With just over three weeks to go! Here is your weekly update.

  • Set up a gift wrapping station with gifts, paper, fabric, tape, and ribbon.
  • Wrap a few gifts each day.
  • Start decorating the inside of the house.
  • Give special outfits and jewelry the once-over before wearing.
  • Plan any special shopping days for children and older relatives.
  • Make and freeze your favourite soup/stew for a quick meal.
  • When shopping for gifts, ask for a gift receipt to make any returns easy.

Stress busters

  • No time for a manicure? Use clear nail polish for shiny nails.
  • Red lipstick and a statement necklace or chandelier earrings will take you stylishly through the evening.