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Declutter Before a Hurricane

“A tropical disturbance is forming outside Florida” is an anxiety provoking phrase for most South Floridians.

Many of us have heard the horrible stories of Hurricane Andrew or have lived through the havoc a major tropical storm or hurricane created and we don’t take our chances with mother nature.

And yet, we often find ourselves out of breath and in a mad rush to prepare at the last minute. Cluttered garages, loose backyard items, and sheds with a disarray of stuff that hasn’t been touched in several years tends to get in the way when we are looking around to prepare for a natural disaster.


Getting rid of clutter in the home is a great way to be prepared during a disaster and to protect your family. Stow Simple will help jumpstart this process with minimum work on your end. Simply schedule a time for them to drop off high-quality bins for free, fill them up, and they pick-up when it’s convenient for you. They’ll take them to their secure storage facility and will redeliver whenever you need them back. Simplifying your life and creating a safe environment for you and your family couldn’t be any easier with Stow Simple.

Residents in high surge areas or low lying flood zones like Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Brickell and many other areas can rest assured that Stow Simple services your areas. Don’t let clutter disrupt your safety during a disaster. Prepare ahead of time so you can easily access important items when lights are out and also have clear spaces for moving about in the case of flooding or tornadoes.

Here is a fantastic disaster preparedness checklist and family communication plan worksheets. It’s a good idea to check in with loved ones to update emergency meet up sites ahead of any disaster.

Call: (888) 544-6050 for free storage pickup.


Combat Clutter with these 8 Colorful Hacks

Add a pop of color while you combat clutter. These 8 colorful decluttering tools will not only help keep you organized, but also bring a smile to your face (Punky Brewster approved).

Combat Clutter Hack: #1

Need a cute reminder where to leave your purse and keys? These bright beauties will ensure your bag and keys are always within reach.Keep Keys and Bags in One Place

americausa.com, $23.99. Get them here.

Combat Clutter Hack: #2

The ultimate collection of practical, space-saving kitchenware, this colorful set comes with mixing bowls, measuring cups, a sieve and strainer that all happily stack together.

Colorful Nesting Bowls


uncommongoods.com, $50. Get them here.

Combat Clutter Hack: #3

Keep important tools handy with these colorful magnetic stickers.

Tools for your Tools

americausa.com, $14.99. Get them here. 

Combat Clutter Hack: #4

Better than a basket, try this cozy remote tidy to keep your remotes all in one finable place.

Remote Control Caddy

j-me.com, £12.50 . Get it here. 

 Combat Clutter Hack: #5

Craft, art supplies, toys, office items and more are wonderfully organized with this ingenious, portable system. The multiple colors can be used to color code contents or simply to add a burst of interest to a room.

Combat Clutter Storage container

containerstore.com, $12.99. Get them here.

Combat Clutter Hack: #6

Have a favorite color? We love cyan. These silicone cyan kitchen utensils look great in our Stow Simple kitchen. They are sure to brighten up your kitchen too.

Combat Clutter Utensils_blue

amazon.com, $14.99. Get them here.

Combat Clutter Hack: #7

Need a mobile way to keep things organized? Try this 10-drawer organizer. Assign each color a theme to easily remember what you have stowed.

colorful files

amazon.com, 39.99. Get it here.

Combat Clutter Hack: #8

Keep all of your desk accessories under control. This four piece set allows you to organize all of your small accessories from pens, pencils, and markers, to rubber bands, paperclips, sticky notes, pushpins, and more. They are available in almost every color of the rainbow.

containerstore.com, $11.99. Get it here.

7 Home Organizing Hacks Under $100

The act of simplifying can be profound. When you declutter you create breathing space. Calm and clutter do not go hand in hand. So why not try these 7 home organizing hacks to simplify your home and life this summer.

All of these home organization ideas use IKEA products that are under $100. IKEA provides an easy and  inexpensive way to hack your way to a more organized summer.

Home Organizing Hack #1: Convert the Rast 3-Drawer Chest into a Stylish Workspace 

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Need some extra storage space? Try converting the versatile Rast 3-Drawer chest into a stylish workspace. Add a plexiglass-covered core door atop a pair of wooden legs for a chic upgrade.

Rast 3-Drawer Chest, $35; ikea.com

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Home Organizing Hack #2: Use the Verifier Bag Dispenser as a Gift Wrap Organizer

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Don’t know how to keep your wrapping paper organized? This plastic bag dispenser keeps your gift wrap rolls out of the way, yet visible.

Verifier Bag Dispenser, $2; ikea.com

Courtesy of Interior Candy

Home Organizing Hack #3: The Mosslanda Picture Ledge is a Versatile Way to Gain More Counter Space

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I don’t know about you, but I never have enough countertop space in my bathroom. The Mosslanda Picture Ledge is a godsend. For $6 you can create attractive and functional shelving.

Mosslanda Picture Ledge, $6; ikea.com

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Home Organizing Hack #4: Fintorp Rail + Hooks = Organization

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The Fintorp Rail is a simple rail, which when you add hooks can be used to organize almost anything.

Fintorp Rail, $9; ikea.com

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Home Organizing Hack #5: The Roskog Utility Cart Holds Endless Possibilities

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This little metal rolling cart is popular at IKEA because it is useful in every room of the house. Use it as a portable manicure station, liquor cart…. the possibilities are endless.

Raskog Utility Cart, $30; ikea.com

Courtesy of Polka Dot Chair

Home Organizing Hack #6: Makeover Your Tall Billy Bookcase 

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These classic shelving units provide the base for many makeovers. By adding architectural molding, a rolling ladder, and a Fintrop Rail (see Hack #4) you can create an elegant library look.

Tall Billy Bookcase, $70; ikea.com

Courtesy of Makerista

Home Organizing Hack #7: Create a Kitchen Island with the Short Billy Bookcase

Short billy beforeShort Billy afterThis half-sized version of the Billy Bookcase is twice as versatile. Stack them, house them side-by-side, or place them back-to-back to create engaging and useful kitchen storage.

Short Billy Bookcase, $50; ikea.com

Courtesy of Golden Boys & Me

Additional ideas courtesy of House Beautiful