Tips for Children’s Storage

Kids are messy. It’s the truth. No matter how hard we try, everything always seems to tornado with them around and the second everything is clean you invite another mess in. It can seem overwhelming and unavoidable, and almost as if you’ll always live in a little bit of a mess.

We’re here to offer you a respite from the disaster zone – and give you tips and tools for making kids organizing a healthy routine and part of everyone’s daily life.

While it may seem that kids will never be clean, there are some ways to curb the mess and make cleaning fun and manageable – or at least add fun colors so the mess in your playroom as an aesthetic appeal.  

  1. DIY Multi-Purpose Shelves.

These will quickly become your best friend with your kids ever-increasing number of belongings – and they don’t need to be expensive! There are many you can make yourself that can serve as a book case, toy bin, organizer, shelf for pictures, etc. For inspiration, check out this one, this one or this one.

2. Sophisticate It

Kids décor can mean whatever you want it to mean! It doesn’t have to be loud colors or obnoxious prints if that’s not what you want. Toy organizers don’t need to be plastic and disrupt a space. They can also have a more sophisticated feel – like this or this. (Or even pull a fast one and upcycle something like this shelf made out of an old tire.

3. Expect the Unexpected

Toy organizing doesn’t need to include buying all new things – take a look around your house and you’ll notice many things that have a defined purpose that can also be used in a kid’s room. Tupperware, shoe organizers, spice racks, dish racks, etc. Take another look at various storage options around your home, it’s almost as if they’re all dual-purpose and also made to tame kids’ messes. Get inventive and find a new job for something you no longer need or already love to use in your kitchen, bathroom, etc.

4. Crap Buckets

Crap. Buckets. These are perfect for those teeny pieces of plastic that inevitably end up in the pile of stuff on the ground in a kids’ room. They’re not things you can throw away, because they obviously have some purpose, but that purpose is not clear. Crap buckets. Do it. And label with the kids’ names if you want to get really fancy.

5. Bungee Cords

These are a great addition if you want to create your own DIY crate for stuffed animals, or wrangle things into a corner. They stretch, hold, and keep their shape for years and years.

6. Don’t Underestimate Magnets

Use wall space! It’s there, and so many things can be attached via magnets and easily put back. Bins for coloring books, cups on the refrigerator, favorite drawings, cups full of crayons, etc. Create some much-needed space by expanding storage options upward!

7. Use Air Space

A continuation of the previous point, take up extra corners of the room with toy hammocks – a great choice both aesthetically and logistically. Take a look at a great example here.

8. Legos, Legos, Legos

In the eyes of your children, there are never enough legos. They pile up, get mixed up, can all fit together and can REALLY hurt on bare feet. If you’ve ever accidentally stepped on one on your way out of your child’s room at bedtime you know what I’m talking about. OUCH.

So how can we keep them off the floor and out of harm’s way? There are many ways – Ziplock bags, plastic bins, color-coded storage, storage by size, themed set, etc. Whatever your strategy is – define it now and stick with it. Save your arches and don’t leave it up to chance.

9. Outdoor Storage

Backyard storage is just as important in terms of organizing, enjoying your space and increasing the longevity of your toys. Designate bins per type of toy or child and make it a habit to return everything to its home after every Saturday outside.

10. Binders for Manuals

Ah, manuals. Often neglected but desperately needed in rare but nonetheless critical moments. We recommend saving all of them and organizing them in a binder if possible. You’ll thank us later.

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Food Storage Tips to Help Food Last Way Longer

Gourmet food is expensive and there’s nothing worse than throwing away fuzzy strawberries, mushy onions and brown apples with a heavy heart. You’re literally throwing away money!

Sometimes we can’t help it – something gets kicked to the back of the fridge and we forget about it until a lingering smell forces us to remember. But oftentimes food spoils quickly due to improper food storage. We want to save you from this fate!

This time around, we’re talking proper food storage habits and tips to remember the next time you load up at the farmer’s market. Fresh produce is the best when enjoyed fresh – so let’s keep it that way as long as possible!

  1. Cool Air Slows, Room Temp Grows

One thing to note at the very beginning is that the colder the air, the slower the food will break down and spoil. Generally speaking, keeping things in the fridge will keep them fresh for longer. There are some hard and fast exceptions to this rule that we will address shortly – but don’t be afraid to use that fridge for the right things at the right time!

2. Let It Ripen

Avoid placing items in the fridge before they’re ripe – as this will slow down the process and make it harder to sense when they’re ready to eat. After bringing your fresh peaches home from the farmer’s market – if they’re still too firm to eat, leave them out for a day or so – and then once they’ve ripened place them in the fridge to “freeze” them in that delicious state.

3. When in Doubt, Refrigerate. (With Exceptions)

Continuing on with the first tip, there are some things that should never be refrigerated, and instead kept in a decorative bowl on the counter. Bananas are the first thing – as the peels will turn black and they won’t ripen as the enzymes that enable them to ripen are inhibited.

The second item that should not be refrigerated is tomatoes. They lose their flavor in colder temperatures. ‘

4. Use Those Crispers!

Those drawers at the bottom of your fridge are not just another storage option for any item! They’re specifically designed to create a humid environment that’s optimal for most fruits and veggies. Use em!

5. Seal It Tight

Flour, although dry and not as obviously perishable will go badly quickly without the proper storage. Keeping it in a sealed container is the best option, rather than simply in the paper bag it came in. Whole wheat flour is even more sensitive to its surrounding environment – so seal it up and keep it fresh!

6. Potatoes and Onions!

Potatoes and Onions are also items that should not be refrigerated due to the cold temperatures that convert the starch in them to sugar. Onions as well are sensitive to temperature and need decent air circulation to stay fresh. Store both in cool, dark, dry places – but not next to each other as they’ll bring out moisture and gasses in one another and cause them to ripen faster.

7. Paper Not Plastic

Lettuce and other greens should be stored with paper towels for moisture and in paper bags with plenty of air circulation to keep them fresh for longer. Avoid tight plastic bags and only wash right before you’re ready to enjoy to prevent mold growth.

8. Freeze the Cheese!

Cheese lasts the longest in its original packaging in the refrigerator. Avoid re-wrapping, and consider the option of freezing to keep it fresh for nearly 6 months! It may get a little crumbly – but better that than letting the whole block succumb to mold growth.

9. Treat Herbs Like Flowers

Herbs can be stored like flowers – in a glass with some water and plastic wrap over the top. Keeps them fresher and more flavorful for longer.

10. Wait to Wash

A general rule of thumb is avoid washing anything until right before you’re ready to enjoy. It’ll keep it from breaking down, growing mold, losing its texture, etc.

That’s what we’ve got! Which storage tips do you already use? Do you have any fool-proof tips to share with us? Like and leave a comment below to share!  

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Back to School Organization Tips and Strategies

It’s back-to-school time! That magical time of year when the summer comes to a close and we all get prepped for another year of growing, learning, and endless amounts of paper coming home on a daily basis.

Seriously – what’s with all the paper?! And endless amounts of school supplies, new clothes, athletic wear, arts and crafts – the list goes on and on! Kids in school can be messy – and keeping things organized get can very overwhelming very fast.

The good news is – there are TONS of easy, low-cost solutions out there to keep things organized or at least under control as you head into another school year. We’ve gathered our favorite tips for you here.

  1. Go Through + Give Away

One of the best things you can do with a new school year is start it on a clean slate. That means going through everything and giving away what you don’t need! Or, correction… what your KIDS don’t need. 😉

This includes old clothes that no longer fit, worn out shoes, broken school supplies and stuffed animals they haven’t touched in years. Get rid of the old and make way for the new!

2. Label everything. Like, everything.

Spending money on brand new supplies only to have them lost the second your kid gets to school is annoying to say the least. In order to avoid this fate, label EVERYTHING your kid takes to school with their first and last name, and a phone number if appropriate.

3. Meal Prep for the Week

This can save monumental amounts of time in the morning and evenings getting breakfast, lunches and dinner together. Do a bit of prep over the weekend and plan out breakfast options as well as dinner plans. Stock the pantry full of easy to grab snacks for lunches, and store all of your lunch prep materials in the same place in the fridge.

4. Streamline Those Mornings

There are many ways to get this done – but making your mornings as easy as possible will make or break your school year. Keep the bathroom clean with the essentials grouped on the counter for your kids to use. Have a designated spot for shoes and backpacks where your kids can grab them in the morning on the way to the car. Set alarms with more than enough time to eat breakfast, get dressed and have the occasional meltdown as you begin the day. Starting everything off on the right foot will help you stay calm, organized, and decrease morning chaos as much as possible.

5. Keep the Car Clean

Depending on where you live and what your commutes look like, you and your kids probably spend a ton of time in the car. It’s your mode of transportation to all schools, activities, friends’ houses, movie nights, etc. It’s the epicenter of your whole schedule – and if it’s a mess, you’re going to feel like a mess. As much as you can – decrease the amount of stuff that accumulates – keeping little packs of essentials like chargers, band-aids and snacks. Vacuum once or twice a month, and attach pockets to the back of the front seats for your kids to store playbooks, toys or other activities.

6. Establish a Filing System

One essential thing to remember about the school year is it’s so much paper. Like, more paper than you could ever imagine. Homework, arts and crafts, newsletters, permission slips – the paper never ends. That’s why it’s essential to have an organization system in place so you’re ready for the cyclone when it hits.

Have designated folders for each of your children, as well as for yourself for school administrative stuff. Set these up now and label all tabs accordingly – this will save you a mountain of clutter later on.

7. Start a Supply Stash

You never know when your kid is going to need extra binder paper, a ruler, extra calculator batteries and magazine clippings. Keep a plethora of materials in a bin somewhere that you can whip out at a moment’s notice when a last-minute homework assignment pops up.

8. Plan Ahead

If you aren’t already, using a family calendar digitally or in paper form can be incredibly helpful in keeping everything organized. Note all school breaks, holidays and events now – as well as friends’ birthdays, parent teacher conferences and auctions. Refer to it frequently and update it whenever things come up. This way, nothing will be missed or catch you off guard.

9. Designate a Homework Spot

This services multiple purposes. Anchoring your kids to one specific place in the house for homework and productivity can keep them focused and help get homework done faster. It can also minimize mess as all of the crafts, building and coloring happens in one place. It’s a win-win.

10. Choose a Bedtime and Stick to It

One of the best ways to keep everyone together and in good spirits is for everyone to get a good night’s sleep – yourself included! Set a bedtime and stick to it. Routine, routine, routine.

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Moving With Pets: 5 Tips to Make it as Easy as Possible

If you think moving is stressful for us humans – imagine what it’s like for your pets! They have no clue what’s going on! They are now surrounded by a completely new environment with new smells, new sights and sounds – but similar humans, thankfully. J

What are some ways to ease this stress and make sure your pets get to the new home all in one piece? Here are our top tips on moving with pets and making the process as seamless as possible.

  • Take Them to the Vet ASAP

Different states have different vaccination requirements – so check with your current veterinarian early on and get it all squared away a few months before your move ideally.

  • Get your Carrier Early

Transporting animals obviously involves carriers no matter what method(s) of travel you’ll be using. Get your carriers early, put some of their favorite toys in there and leave them out to be explored.

  • Make Flight Arrangements With Care

Some airlines have changed their rules around animals in the cabin – limiting the number of them that are allowed. Additionally, making arrangements for them to fly underneath can be finicky – so it’s best to make all of these arrangements as early as possible and make sure you have all of the necessary documents, identification and other paperwork.

  • Make Their Space Cozy

One thing that will definitely calm them down is having a comfortable space to travel in. Make sure you’ve got a carrier that is the proper size, a few blankets, access to food and water (when appropriate) and some toys. Calming sprays and some treats can also do the trick if things get particularly anxious.

  • Security

Make sure your pets are microchipped, have updated information on their collars and have spare photos on hand in case your pets get lost. In a new space, you never know what could happen – and the last thing you want is a lost pet on top of everything else. Do your due diligence now to keep your pet safe and cared for.

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8 Steps to Actually Organize Your Office

The home office – it’s a breeding ground for mess. No matter what you do for work – you probably have stressful moments and that stress can manifest very easily in your physical space!

Cleaning up this space can calm the mind and the body – leading to more productive work and more satisfaction!  

The good news is there are many ways to organize that office and keep it clean ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Let’s dive in!

  1. Go Through and Throw Out

This is one of the most important first steps you can take. Over time, a lot accumulates in our offices. Old papers, opened envelopes that are now irrelevant, broken knick knacks, old chords to electronics you no longer have, etc. This stuff gathers and clouds your space – and therefore your mind. Throw it out!* Trust us, it’ll feel so good and your clutter-free space will feel just like new.

2. Find Your System

Everyone operates differently! When it comes to finding a space for everything and everyday organization – find what works for you. It might look radically different than what works for someone else and that’s okay! Bins, (clean) piles, file folders, etc – it’s all good in our book as long as you stay consistent.

3. Make a Home for Everything

Adding on to the previous tip, make sure you know exactly where everything goes. Your unpaid bills, your stapler, extra stamps – it should all have its place. This might mean coming up with a bunch of different categories if things don’t fit neatly into a few different labels. This is okay! A lack of clarity of what goes where is where piles come from – avoid this.

4. Label, Label, Label

After you’ve decided where everything goes – label it! Labels will make it even clearer and help you stay consistent with putting things back where they go.

5. Deep Clean Consistently

Clean your office as often as you clean your bathroom! Or every other room in the house! Wipe your desk surface down, sweep underneath and dust off those picture frames. Organization goes deeper than just loose papers- make it a clean place from the inside out!

6. Avoid Sticky Notes

We don’t want to outlaw sticky notes by any means as they’re an incredibly useful tool! However, overusing them is a quick way to visually clutter your space in a way that isn’t helpful. If you’ve got too many around chances are you aren’t able to focus on one and read what it says anyway! Keep them to a minimum, and have a miscellaneous notepad where you take quick notes and transfer the info to where it belongs shortly after if necessary.

7. Invest in a Good Chair

We can’t emphasize this enough. Spending hours hunched over a computer or bent in a weird way puts a ton of stress on our bodies and over time, can create lasting effects. Save your back, hips, neck and other key joints by investing in an ergonomic chair. There are so many on the market now and the heavy price could save you hours of physical therapy and even surgery later on.

8. Decorate

After all of the organizing and cleaning – it’s time to make it fun! Make your space a place you want to be and curate it to your taste. Adding fun colors, objects with meaning and pictures of loved ones can all make it a place that’s fun and comforting as well as one for discipline and work.

After all of these steps we hope your work-from-home routine improves and you’re able to find more fun and clarity of mind in your home office.

What tip worked best for you? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

** When throwing out your office junk – donate what you can and throw away e-waste responsibly please!

Storage Containers: Paper or Plastic?

Ahh yes. The age old question – paper or plastic? In the grocery store, we leave it up to you (if your state hasn’t banned plastic bags that is!) But in terms of storage containers, we’ve outline some pros and cons for you with each one so you can make an informed decision that fits your priorities as well as what you’re looking to store.

In terms of which material is better, it depends! There are a number of factors to consider including where you’re storing, what you’re storing, how much space you have, your budget, how long you’re looking to store, etc.

Sounds like a lot – but not to fear! We’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in!

Cardboard Boxes

Pro: Store Using Minimal Space

  • One of the biggest pros to cardboard boxes is their ability to be disassembled, folded and stored with very minimal space. If you’re lacking space for storing your boxes after use, know you’re going to use them again in the near future and need something light but durable – cardboard is a really good option.

Con: Not Super Durable

  • After a few heavy-duty uses, cardboard boxes get worn down and lose strength and durability – go ahead and replace them when needed. Using them longer than you should can result in a big pile of your belongings crashing to the floor, which might cost you a bit more than new boxes would’ve!

Pro: Stack Easily in Storage

  • Whether it’s in the back of a moving van or in a longer-term storage unit, cardboard boxes are designed to all stack directly on top of one another and not take up any extra space. If you’re pressed for space, this can really help use vertical space efficiently.

Con: More Exposed to the Elements

  • Cardboard boxes are not as sealed as other options on the market – and therefore leave your belongings open to potential infestation from bugs, rodents, moisture in the air as well as liquid leaks and spills. Whether or not this is an issue depends on where you’re storing your goods.

Plastic Bins

Pro: They’re Reusable  

  • Unlike cardboard boxes, plastic bins can be reused over and over again for years with very minimal wear and tear. Also, many have different colored tops than can be used to categorize storage seasonally or based on family member!

Con: Bulkier, Generally Take Up More Space

  • Due to the bins being made of sturdier material, they can take up a bit more space than cardboard boxes.

Pro: More Protective

  • Plastic bins have the ability to seal completely and with a harder exterior they’re the superior option when looking for something that’s protective from the elements

Cons: More Expensive

  • Durable plastic bins will set you back further than cardboard boxes will. This comes down to how often you will be using them, and whether you need something for a longer-term storage option.

Overall, plastic bins are our choice for the superior storage option – no matter your circumstance. They will pay for themselves in a few move’s worth of cardboard boxes and provide longer-term protective storage as well.

You can find some excellent options at your local Costco, online on Amazon and other storage supply centers!

How to Organize Your Bathroom (Even If It’s Small)

Ahh the bathroom. No matter what, it seems to gather clutter and mess – and for good reason! It’s one of the most frequently used rooms in the house while also being one of the smallest. Many of us run in and out of it without paying it much thought, but this is a surefire way to accumulate a buildup of clutter and make the smallest space seem even smaller.

Taking a few extra moments each day to keep things organized can make a huge difference in the state of affairs.

Here are some top tips for keeping your bathroom space organized and clean, no matter how small it is, from organization experts.

  1. Only The Essentials

Only use the bathroom to store what’s absolutely critical for use in the bathroom. Extra cleaning supplies, rolls of toilet paper and that Costco-sized box of Q-Tips can go in the hall linen closet.

2. Go Vertical!

Use the vertical space in your bathroom for storage as much as possible. Tall shelves behind the toilet make a great decorative storage option, and shower caddies that stand upright can create a large amount of storage for shampoo and other cosmetics without taking up a ton of room.

3. Work With the Seasons

Sunscreen and certain moisturizers are better for the summer, and can be switched out once the warmer weather hits. Similarly, colder weather can mean a heavier conditioner, or different eye makeup. Switch it all out just like you do with your wardrobe! Making a consistent habit of getting rid of expired products or ones you no longer use can also eliminate clutter and make the space one of calm and serenity.

You spend a little of each day in your bathroom! Make it a space you love to be in, and the joy of your morning and nighttime routines will radiate into the rest of your life.

Check out our other blog posts on storing in the winter, summer, as well as our series on specialty items like electronics and formalwear!

How to Store and Care For Winter Bedding in the Summer Months

The summertime is all about playing outside, taking summer trips to exotic locations, excursions into the great outdoors and long days relaxing on the beach.

The summer is also all about relaxation – and in order to sleep soundly you need a bed that’s not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

So what should you do with your warm duvets, heavy blankets and wool during these warm summer months? Storing them properly is essential to maintaining their longevity, avoiding smell as well as damage so they’re ready to go once the temperature drops and winter sets in again.

The good news? You don’t need ample linen closet space to make this happen effectively! There are plenty of alternative storage options available that will achieve the same result.

First things first, you’re going to want everything to be super clean when you put it in storage. You should be washing your comforter way less than your bedding – as exposure to water and moisture aggravates it. Wash your sheets more than your actual bedding to decrease the need to wash larger, bulkier items.

When laundering bedding these are the best tips to follow.

  1. Use cold water and a delicate wash cycle.
  2. Make sure your dryer is big enough to fit your comforter – if not take it to a laundromat to avoid damage.
  3. Be sure to use low to medium heat when drying.
  4. Don’t put too much into the dryer as it can damage both items in extreme circumstances. A dryer should never be more than halfway full. Plus, you want to leave enough room for your comforter to fluff up again! Dry your sheets separately and remove everything from the dryer as soon as its done. This will avoid wrinkling and other wear and tear.
  5. Check the label! Some bedding requires hand wash or dry cleaning only – follow these instructions carefully for best results. Above all, the manufacturer knows best.

After you’ve cleaned everything – storing properly is your second step to success and protecting your bedding from mold, mildew, damage, wear and tear and critters for years to come.

Here are some steps to follow for optimal storage:

Let It Breathe

  • Allow the fabric to breathe and avoid tight plastic bags that constrain fabric and make it a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
  • Some alternative storage options include cotton storage bags, comforter hangers, or acid-free boxes with tissue paper.

Avoid Damp Storage Areas

  • Humidity is the ultimate thing to be avoided here – do not leave valuable bedding exposed to the elements in these hot summer months.

Explore Creative Storage Places

  • Storing them in a linen closet, under the bed, or in the attic will certainly do the trick, but decorative storage baskets, ottomans, or hidden in armoires also works!
  • Storage doesn’t have to be boring and don’t worry if you feel like you don’t have enough of it! There’s always a way to find more space somehow. Make it fun and add a decorative element to your home in the process.

Fold Properly

  • Folding properly is the key to using storage efficiently!
  • Make sure you don’t stack blankets on top of comforters that are made with goose or down feathers as it can crush them and create bunches within the comforter
  • Roll blankets into a ball and tie with a ribbon if needed to avoid this effect, thus making them easier to access and use

Tips for Freshness

  • Place a few dryer sheets within the piles of bedding before it’s stored – this will keep it fresh for longer while it’s in storage
  • DIY odor absorber – combine baking soda with a few drops of essential oil in a jar, punch some holes in the top and place it in your linen closet or bedding storage area for prime freshness
  • Hang blankets in the sun! Once you remove your blankets from storage and launder them fully dry them on a clothesline on a bright sunny day. The sun acts as a deodorizer and kills bacteria that causes odors.

Take a few extra steps now and save your bedding from potential damage in these long glorious months of summer when you don’t need it! Once you want to get cozy again and protect from the chill, they’ll be ready.

Summer Storage Tips for Skis and Snowboards

As the winter comes to a close and the snow melts, the purpose of skis and snowboards lays dormant for the summer and storing them properly becomes tantamount.

As you change out your snow gear for sunscreen and pool floaties, it might be tempting to just throw your skis in the garage and deal with the consequences come colder weather. Avoid doing this! Taking the extra time now will save you a lot of time, money and headaches when the powder is fresh and you’re delayed because of rusty skis!

Here’s our comprehensive guide to preserving your skis during the offseason, and keeping them in tip top shape so you’re ready to glide once the first snow falls.

8 Steps for Optimal Ski/Snowboard Storage:

  1. Clean Your Skis

The first step is to wipe down your skis with a damp towel to get rid of any obvious debris. Let them dry properly overnight, and then move on with the rest of the maintenance routine.

2. Reduce Binding Tension

This is not totally required, but can help save the retention of the springs on your skis over time. The springs that fasten the bindings can wear down with excessive use, and reducing the tension when they’re not being used is a great way to preserve them.

You can do this by lowering your DIN, accessible via the screws in the tow and heel pieces. Use a screwdriver to turn the screws counter-clockwise until you reach a low number on the DIN scale.

Before you do this, be sure to note what your DIN was already after being set up by a professional so that you can return it to this number once you’re ready to ski again.

3. Inspect Your Edges

Your edges are crucial – take a look and make sure there aren’t any nicks, scratches or other damage that should be addressed before storage so you can start the next season on the right foot!

4. Prepare Your Bases

Use base cleaner and a plastic brush to run all the way down your ski at the base, removing any leftover wax and residue from the season, 2-3 times is good enough to get most of it. After this, use a nylon brush to get rid of leftover debris.

5. Wax it Up!

Rub some wax on the base of the skis to prevent burning as you iron the rest of the wax on. Drip hot wax all down the ski, and use an iron to melt it onto the base evenly. 2-4 passes up and down should set your skis up for the offseason and keep air, moisture and dirt from damaging the blades. Lastly, protect your edges by rubbing wax on them again.

6. Store Properly

After all of this extra effort, the container you store them in matters! Your ski bag is a safe bet – as the manufacturers made it for protection and longevity. Somewhere cool, dry and out of direct sunlight is of paramount importance.

Garages, basements and attics tend to be a little too exposed to the elements, so try a closet or under a bed.

Position them naturally in storage – avoid putting pressure on any one area in particular.

7. Don’t Forget Your Booties!

Boots need some love too! Don’t forget them – they’re just as important!

Pull out the liners and make sure they’re dry and clean before inserting them back in. Buckle your boots loosely so they maintain their shape in the offseason. Check your toe and heel pads to see if anything needs replacement or repair, and store them with your skis – in the same cool, dry place.

8. Wait For Snow

Once snow falls again and you’re ready to hit the slopes – scrape off all of the storage wax, tighten up your DINs again and you’re ready to go! If you really want your skis to glide, apply a fresh layer of wax.

That’s it! Skis are an investment, so take care of them in the offseason! It takes just a few steps to preserve something for years to come.

Tips for Storing Ice Cream This Summer

Sure seems like we’re getting very close to the glorious summer season, and we don’t know about you- but we couldn’t be more excited!

With the summer comes all sorts of seasonal treats – barbecue, fresh berries and ICE CREAM.

We’re a huge fan of this sugary treat and typically have a few pints (at least) in our freezer.

There’s nothing worse than when you’re craving a scoop or two after dinner, you go to serve yourself some and… there’s a line of ice crystals lining the top. Major bummer.

According to some chefs and ice cream experts, this is usually a sign that the ice cream is past its prime and has depreciated in quality. Worse case scenario – it’s expired and could make you sick. Yikes!

Never fear! There are ways to avoid this! We’ve got a ton of tips and tricks for you to store ice cream like a pro. Follow these and you’ll be well on your way to keeping your ice treats as delicious as possible. 🙂

Winter is Coming

The key to your ice cream’s longevity is keeping it COLD. As cold as your freezer can go. Like… Winterfell cold. (Any GoT fans out there?!)

Brands like Ben & Jerry’s have freezers that are cold enough to keep ice cream fresh for years. However, you can do just fine without this amount of freezer power. Just try to keep your pint as cold as possible. Lower that temperature as much as possible and place them all the way at the back.

Avoid Drafts!

In any given household, odds are the freezer door opens and shuts at least a few times a day, if not more.

All of those temperature fluctuations, though, are harsh on your ice cream. It’s the most susceptible to losing quality and freshness with the influx of hot air – so store it at the very back to avoid this. Or better yet, store in a freezer that you don’t open a lot, if you have access to this!

Cap it Up!

Make sure that cap is solidly ON when you put that ice cream back in the freezer. You’ll want minimal amounts of air or other things floating around to get inside. Wrap some saran wrap around it too to guarantee maximum freshness.

Pay Attention to Those Ingredients!

Ice creams that have more sugar in them will lose quality and freshness faster! Sugar is one of the first things to go and depresses the freezing point of ice cream making it harder to store at a temperature cold enough.

There’s no need to avoid the sugar all together – just keep it in mind when buying, storing, and enjoying!

Did You Make the Ice Cream Yourself?

Homemade ice cream goes bad faster than store-bought, mainly because store-bought ice cream has stabilizing ingredients in it that homemade ice cream doesn’t.

Don’t fret! This just means you need to enjoy your hard-earned sweet treats faster. Many experts recommend within 5 days, if you can even wait that long.

That’s it! Enjoy those flavors for us this sunny season, and let us know of any storage hacks you love for ice cream in the comments below!