How to Organize Your Craft Supplies Using Items Found At Greenwood Hardware

How to Organize Your Craft Supplies Using Items Found At Greenwood HardwareGetting organized is a common resolution for many people whenever a new year begins. If that was one of your goals or if you simply want to make your home a little tidier, you can do just that. Believe it or not, your craft supplies can be organized by using things you find at your local hardware store. It is a perfect blend of organization and function. You will find the tools you need to make your life a little easier and those special scissors easier to find at Greenwood Hardware.

Peg Boards

Wooden peg boards are easily attached to a wall. You can hang scissors, measuring tapes, ribbons and even a thread holder on the board. This way you can see everything! No more digging through drawers trying to find what you need. You can even make it a little prettier by tracing the outline of the scissors or other tools with a pretty paint color.

Tool Boxes

Tool boxes are a crafter’s dream. You can stash all the little bits and pieces in the drawers. Everything will have its place. Using a label gun to identify each drawer will make it that much easier to find exactly what you are looking for. You can go for a little portable tool box or a larger one that can stand up in the corner of your room.

Plastic Bins

Plastic bins at the hardware store are perfect for mounting to the wall or stacking in a bookshelf. It will help keep all the small bits and pieces in one place and together. You can choose bright colors to help make the area unique.

Nuts and Bolts Drawers

These small boxes contain anywhere from twelve to twenty small drawers. These are perfect for beads, buttons, and little embellishments. You can organize by color or size.

Wire Nut Boxes

These boxes typically have a single lid that covers the case. The case is divided up into small squares. Again, this is perfect for little beads and those tiny embellishments that are so easily lost. When you open the lid, you can see all of your supplies without opening drawers or digging through boxes.

These are just a few of the ways you can use items found at the hardware store to tidy up your craft room. They are so functional and much less expensive than the tools you would find at the craft store for keeping your items organized. Head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up everything you need to make your life a little tidier. Come on in, or contact us today.

 

How To Find Hidden Storage Spaces Around Your Seattle Home

How To Find Hidden Storage Spaces Around Your Seattle HomeCabin fever can get pretty intense in late winter. You may feel like the four walls of your house are closing in around you. Clutter becomes overwhelming, and you contemplate throwing everything away or donating it all so that you can have a little room to breathe.

What you may not realize, is you actually have lots of storage space around the house that will allow you to keep those little things you have been holding on to for whatever reason, without your house feeling cluttered. At Greenwood Hardware, we understand how much you will appreciate finding those little storage spaces around the house.

  1. Under the staircase. There is an incredible amount of space there that is often ignored. It doesn’t take much to cut a door into the wall below the staircase. You can make it into a closet or open the space up and build some shelves.
  2. The space between the kitchen cupboards and the ceiling is huge. You can store extra dishes, vases, knickknacks and so on. If you don’t want the items exposed, you can put them in pretty wicker baskets. The baskets will look like decorations, but will actually be hiding your stuff.
  3. Behind closet doors. Those over-the-door shoe hangers can be used inside the closet door to stash all kinds of things. Whether you need a place to store craft supplies, tools or whatever else that is cluttering up the house, you can keep it organized in one place without using up any space in the house.
  4. Garage cabinets. Your garage catches a lot of the overflow from the house. Installing a few cabinets is one way to keep the floor space while keeping your stuff out of sight. A single shelving unit in the garage can be used to store items you don’t use all the time, but still want to keep handy.
  5. A tool holder on the back door. Free up space in the pantry or closet by using a tool hanger to keep the broom, dustpan, and mop in one place. Placing the holder in the laundry room or on the back of a cramped broom closet frees up more space to stash more clutter!

Don’t let your stuff become the source of your frustration. Tidy up the house by using these hidden storage spaces. You will find what you need to maximize the space in your home at Greenwood Hardware. Come on in, or contact us today.

Five Tips to Save Money while Heating Your Home

Five Tips to Save Money while Heating Your Home - Greenwood HardwareAfter the holidays, you are probably looking for ways to save a few dollars. You can’t risk freezing in your own home by not using the furnace as much as you need, but you can make it a little less expensive to safe, warm and comfortable. The folks at Greenwood Hardware know how important it is for you to keep as much of your hard-earned money in your pocket and have some very helpful tips for you.

  1. Trap as much heat in your home as possible. Adding insulation strips around the doors will help. Using draft blockers on the bottom of the doors is also a good way to stop cold drafts.
  2. Invest in an infrared space heater. These are energy efficient and very effective at heating a room. There are different sizes of heaters. You will want to choose one based on your room size.
  3. Put heavy curtains on French doors, sliding glass doors and large windows. This will stop the cold from seeping in through the glass.
  4. Keep your furnace properly maintained. You want clean filters and ducts to prevent the furnace from working too hard. Typically, you only need to have the furnace maintained once a year. This one maintenance call can save you hundreds of dollars on heating costs.
  5. Lower the thermostat a couple of degrees and put on a comfy sweater and warm socks. Cover up with a throw when you are watching television instead of cranking up the heater. At night, lower the thermostat a couple more degrees. You can add another blanket to the bed and still be comfortable.

If you need insulation strips or want to learn more about infrared space heaters, head into Greenwood Hardware and talk with the friendly staff. The team is ready to help you save money on your heating costs by making your home a little more energy efficient. Come on in, or contact us today.

Ten Things to Fix Around The House In The New Year

Ten Things to Fix Around The House In The New Year The new year is a great time to focus on making your house a little better this year. Many people set resolutions about getting in shape or eating better, but doesn’t it make sense to also focus on something as important as your home? It is likely one of your biggest investments and it just makes sense you would want to keep it in good shape. The team at Greenwood Hardware is always ready to help you find just what you need to make your home a little better.

Check out some of the 10 things that probably need a little fixing up around your house.

  1. Taking care of the damaged caulking around the tub and shower is easy. It will make the entire bathroom look fresh and clean when you replace the old, cracked caulking with new, bright white caulking.
  2. Fixing the screens on your windows is easy and you will appreciate it in the spring when it is time to let the fresh air in.
  3. Repainting the spare room or a room in the house that has been neglected will breathe new life into the space.
  4. Fixing that leaking faucet in the bathroom will help reduce your water bill. Typically, all that is needed is a new washer, which is a very simple, quick fix.
  5. Replacing broken tiles in the kitchen or bathroom can be done in a single weekend. A little grout and mortar and fresh new tiles will give the space a huge face-lift.
  6. That cupboard door with a loose or broken hinge can be fixed within minutes. If new hinges are needed, it is a simple fix. If you have a squeaky hinge, a little WD-40 will take care of it.
  7. Patching any holes in the drywall can be done with a simple wall repair kit. You won’t have to worry about that unsightly hole in the wall caused by a door opening too hard. Putting a door guard over the area will prevent any additional holes.
  8. A loose door knob or striker plate can make closing and opening a door a problem. All it takes is a screwdriver to tighten things up. You can buy a replacement kit for very little if the handle is old or damaged.
  9. A squeaky floorboard can be fixed by sprinkling some talcum or baby powder over the area and using a broom to brush it into the cracks. The squeaking will stop!
  10. Add felt pads to the legs of your kitchen chairs to keep them from scuffing linoleum or hardwood floors. It is a simple peel and stick job that will keep your floors in good shape.

When you are stuck inside this winter, it is easy to get a little bored. Taking care of all the little things that are often ignored during the busy summer season is one way to pass the time. Head into Greenwood Hardware today to get the supplies you need to take care of those little jobs that have been pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Come on in, or contact us today.