Hope Wissel

Product of the Week: Catch All Bin

The holidays are quickly approaching, okay so maybe not as fast as everyone wants you to believe BUT Christmas is only 9 weeks away.  You would think it was next week with all of the holiday decorations showing up in the stores, right?  It would be nice to get through at least Halloween before they started with the Christmas trees but since it isn’t going to happen, I figured I might as well join in the frenzy.

Every Monday for the next 8 weeks, I am going to do a “product of the week” with tips on how you can use this AWESOME product or who it would make a great gift for.

First up is the Catch-All Bin from Thirty One.  Why will you or someone you know love it?  One product with many different uses.  The Catch-All-Bin can be your answer to household clutter and disorganization. It has a large, open space and a convenient handle for easy transport, which makes it the perfect storage solution for toys, and those shoes in the entrance way.

It goes great in the guestroom to hold grooming supplies, toilet tissue, rolled up towels or throw blankets.  Why not put it in your bathroom or under the sink so everyone can stop yelling for mom when things run out?  The truth is, they will probably still call for you to help them but at least you can direct them to just one spot.Organize your kitchen pantry by using it to hold your spices and seasonings, canned goods, napkins,and even your KitchenAid.  Yes, it will hold up to 25 pounds!!!!  Know someone who just moved into a new home?  Fill the Catch All Bin with a bottle of wine or two, some glasses and snacks.  How about giving the baker some new recipes and the ingredients to make some yummy new treats?

Have some crafters on your list or maybe a seamstress or two?  Not only will the Catch All Bin hold a sewing machine but think of all of the fun notions you could fill it with for the hobby person on your holiday list.Tired of the “gift bags”?  Hate to wrap presents?  Why not use the Catch All Bin as your wrapping?One product with a multitude of uses.  What are the key reasons YOU will love Thirty One’s Catch All Bin?

  • Structured shape stands on its own
  • Collapses for easy storage
  • Single handle for easy transport
  • Large, open space
  • Monogramming and personalization options available
  • Approx. 13.5”H x 17.75”L x 8.5”D

Who on your shopping list would LOVE one of these?  Need help with personalization?  Let me be your personal shopper.

There is still time to take advantage of my layaway plan too.  Fill out the form below and let me know.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday – Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken


Thank you Carla Joy for sharing this recipe.

“Seasoned, browned chicken breasts slow cooked with lemon juice, garlic, and chicken bouillon. A wonderful ‘fix and forget’ recipe that is easy and pleases just about everyone. Great served with rice or pasta, or even alone.”

Prep Time: 15 m     Cook Time:  3 h 15 m
Serves 6 people.  Calories: 192 per serving

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a bowl, mix the oregano, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture into chicken.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken in butter for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Place chicken in a slow cooker.
  • In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic, and bouillon. Bring the mixture to boil. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 hours.
  • Add the parsley to the slow cooker 15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.

What is YOUR favorite recipe?  Share it with us for a chance to win a thermal from ThirtyOne.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Clear the Clutter

Fall Cleaning Tips

 

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The summer has ended  – okay so there is 10 more days till the official start of Autumn but for the most part, we are all shifting into a new season.

Who can resist the urge to refresh and clean the house after a long summer? A chance to start cleaning out BEFORE the holiday craziness hits us, right? For many, we have had the air conditioning running non-stop for what seems like forever.  It is a great opportunity to open the windows, let in the fresh air and start fresh.  I mean, let’s be honest, how many of us really did much cleaning during the lazy days of summer?

Here are some tips to make fall cleaning easier and more effective.8058e40a360a443d9acb526c528fa7e61. Start with the closet.  As we switch out the summer clothes and move in the fall/winter clothes, it is a great opportunity to purge what we don’t wear.  You would be surprised at how many clothes and accessories are piled up on the closet. Rather than keep unnecessary things around, follow this rule: If an article of clothing hasn’t been worn for at least a year, it’s time to get rid of it.

2. Fall cleaning means cleaning from the top to the bottom. As people clean, dust and grime floats through the air and settles on furniture and flooring. To keep the areas that were just cleaned free of residue while working, dust the tops first, then the bottoms. Clean floors the very last.

3. Go through kitchen utensils and dishes while fall cleaning. A lot of clutter can build up in the kitchen over the course of a year. It is a perfect time to match the Tupperware bottoms and lids, then toss the lids that there is no bottom.

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4. Go through the linen closet and discard shabby towels or linens. Turn them into dish towels, cleaning rags or get rid of them entirely. If bed sheets have lost the elastic around the corners, it’s time to let them go.

5. Organize the pantry. Put things in groupings together, such as dry or canned goods. This helps everyone keep track of just what groceries are really needed, and can prevent duplicate buy due to pantry disorganization.  Make sure you check the expiration dates too.  If you stock your pantry with staples that you use a lot, make sure you rotate them so you use the oldest first.

6. Rearrange the furniture.  I actually LOVE this part of fall cleaning.  Now, if you don’t have a lot of space, a  simple change of the wall hangings, or arrange the end tables differently can make a difference. Those little things can add a sense of freshness to a room, and can inspire a sense of fun to the fall cleaning. Wash the curtains in the room and add a plant or a focal decorative point.

7. When the housework is done, scrub all the floors completely. If it is carpet, shampoo it. If it is linoleum or wood flooring, get in the corners and scour and mop. This is also the time to use a floor polish or shining product on the floors. At the end of the work, the house will be left gleaming and everything will be organized and in easy reach.

These small tips can make a house an oasis of comfort.  What are your best tips for Fall cleaning, share them with us!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Hope Wissel, Unclutter Your Life

Tips On Organizing Your Closet

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Would’t you like your closet to be neat and organized?  I can remember my mom always talking about “Fall Cleaning”.  This was when we cleaned out the closets and got organized.  They usually didn’t stay that way for long but that was the plan.

The Joyful Organizer is always sharing great tips on getting and staying organized.  I LOVE her goal for the closet – if only it was that easy, right?

The goal of closet organization is simple… Get your clothing, shoes, and accessories in order so that you can get dressed quickly and easily, wearing outfits that you love! 

Here are her top tips for Closet Organization:

  1. Start by trying on everything in your closet. This is tedious, however, it is the only way you will really know what fits, what looks great, and is still in good condition.
  2. Face all of the hangers in your closet in one direction. As you wear items, have them laundered, and return them to your closet, turn them and face them the other way. This is a great way to separate the clothes you wear from the one’s you don’t.  This is a GREAT idea because I always say “of course I wear everything in here”.
  3. Ask yourself the following questions about a garment before deciding to keep it?
    Do I love it?  Is it in good condition?  Does it make me feel great about myself?
    It is in style?  It is comfortable?  Could someone else use it more than me?
  4. Take a look to find any wasted space in your closet, and try to maximize it. Consider adding another hanging bar, or shelves close to the top or bottom of the closet. These changes are quick, inexpensive and can add a lot of space to your closet.  I did this when I moved into the condo because the closet space was small.  It really did help.
  5. An easy way to make a big difference in your closet is to use hangers that are all the same type. This creates a uniform appearance in your closet. The goal is to have all of your garments hanging at one height, on a hanger that is uniform in width. This way you will never lose clothes by not being able to see them.
  6. Use your door space. By adding an organizational tool, like an over the door shoe rack, you can add a significant amount or storage space to your closet. Keep in mind these are also great for scarves, belts, etc.
  7. Just like you would sort through your clothes, its important to sort through your shoes. Shoes that are not worn frequently, such as occasion shoes, can be stored in a small plastic box on a shelf in the closet. This keeps them out of the way and also prevents them from getting dusty and beaten up. Again, ask yourself the questions above in Number 3, and make decisions about what shoes to keep.

Organize your closet how it works for you. Some organizers suggest grouping by genre, other suggest grouping by color, and some by outfit. It’s not important how to group items, just make sure it works for you.

If you need some organizational products for your closet (or any area of your home), check out the “For Your Home” by Thirty One.  Need some help in deciding what products work best for your home – try a Product Experience.  Contact me for more details:

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

The Power of 3

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What do you think of when I say the “power of three”?  How about The 3 Little Bears, 3 Musketeers, 3 Blind Mice, or 3rd Rock from the Sun.

A very wise and successful mompreneur, Desiree Wolfe, encourages that we do things in our business by 3’s.  I know, I was skeptical too.  I always thought that giving someone 2 choices was the way to go – I mean it always worked with my daughter when she was growing up.  I gave her two choices, either of which I could live with.  She got to feel like she had control and it was one less battle to fight.

The truth is that the brain loves the number 3.  When you add any more, it gets confused.  Take one away and people feel like they don’t have enough choices.

Here are some suggestions:

  • 3 sets of products on display.  I know that I want to show EVERYTHING but it becomes overwhelming for guests.  The NEW Thirty One catalog has THREE chapters – For You, For  Family, For Home.  So maybe 3 products from each collection is enough?

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  • 3 offerings on your website.  For those of you that create your own website, I have heard many times that a person only will click THREE times to get to where they want on your site.  If they have to click more than that, they will move on to something else.
  • follow up 3 times.  The money is in the follow-up, right?  When I am intentional about my calls and follow the 3 method, good things happen.  Here is what my 3 plan is: 1 – the day after a party or an online order is placed just to thank them for their order.  2 – about 2 weeks AFTER the order has arrived to see if everything is okay.  3 – About 70 days out to see if there are any problems and they are still enjoying their product.  Thirty One has a 90-day no reason for return policy if an item is not personalized.  If you are hostess coaching BEFORE a party, 3 calls to keep the excitement going and ensure a successful party for your hostess.

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What ways do you use the Power of 3 in your business? Share your tips with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!