8 Ways to Get Organized in the New Year

Is “staying organized” one of your New Year’s resolutions? It’s not easy to keep clutter away when life is busy and time is short. Here are 8 ideas to reduce the mess—and the stress—and get your home organized this year.

Give an old cabinet or piece of furniture from ReStore new life as a way to organize your entryway.

  1. Repurpose an old cabinet or buffet as an entryway storage system for mail, notes, keys and more.
  2. Keep your mudroom tidy with a bookshelf-turned-cubby for shoes, sunglasses, scarves and other outdoor accessories.
  3. Hang a whiteboard or chalkboard in a common space for writing lists, notes and messages. Use different colored markers or chalk for color coded organization.
  4. Stack crates of all sizes in your bathroom, bedroom or closet for easy-to-access storage of towels, books, shoes and more.

    Make your own shelves out of moldings and lumber found at ReStore.

  5. Break out the old suitcases you never use and pack extra bedding, towels, or seasonal clothing in them for under-the-bed storage.
  6. Look for multi-functional furniture that contains storage areas to give you both seating and organizational space.
  7. De-clutter your tables and counters by keeping trinkets, picture frames and other décor on floating wall shelves.
  8. Save floor space by hanging baskets on the wall of a playroom, child’s bedroom or nursery for easy storage of toys, blankets, diapers and other accessories.

Habitat ReStore is here to help you cut the clutter this year. Check out the ReStore’s wide variety of gently used home improvement materials and find exactly what you need to get organized.

Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2013

As a new year approaches, we start to make a list of our resolutions. What will we do differently this year? How can I make my life better? For 2013, let Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity help you keep those resolutions on track all year long. Here are some of the most popular resolutions and ways we can help you stick to them:

Event attendees view art pieces at the 2012 “Home is Where the Art Is” event.

Enjoy Life More: We get so busy in our lives that sometimes we forget to take a moment and enjoy what’s around us. In 2013, take the time to see what’s new in our community. LAHFH can introduce you to local artists at our “Home is Where the Art Is” recycled art show and silent auction on Feb. 2, 2013. See how these artists turn reclaimed items from our Habitat ReStore into works of art. You’ll have the opportunity to bid on the art pieces in a silent auction.

Riders of the Purple Sage cheer on their team mate at the 2012 Tour de Habitat.

Lose Weight & Get Fit: Some of us say this every year and by the second week of January, we’ve already blown our diet and can’t find the energy to go to the gym. However, this year will be different because Tour de Habitat will give you a reason to go to the gym. The annual stationary bike race and fundraiser has teams of six riders taking turns to pedal for 15 minutes. Form your teams now and start training for the event on Mar. 9, 2013!

After Tour de Habitat is over, you can keep in shape by training for the Fargo Marathon. LAHFH has formed a GoFar Charity team and as a team member, you’ll receive lots of perks including VIP gear check and hospitality room in Charity village. Visit http://www.active.com/donate/LAHfH to register and join our team.

Spend More Time with Friends & Family: If you’re looking for something new to do with friends and family, come out to a construction site and help us a build a house. Volunteers don’t need construction experience since our crew leaders will train and help you along the way. We also provide all the tools and materials. Take a break from the lake this summer and get your hands dirty with LAHFH. You’ll be helping a family build their new home while you build lasting memories with yours.

Get Organized: Do you have unfinished projects around your home? Or maybe you finally want to organize the garage. Habitat ReStore may have just what you need for a lot less than those big box stores. The local home-improvement thrift store offers quality new and gently used building supplies, furniture, appliances and much more. We also accept donations, so check with us before you dump any furniture or appliances.

Volunteers worked together to build the Nelson Family’s home in 2012.

Volunteer:A popular, non-selfish new year’s resolution that can change your life as well as countless others. LAHFH has many ways for you to volunteer. Whether it’s joining a committee to donate your talents and expertise or spending an hour each week working at the ReStore, we have volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule.

To see a full list of volunteer opportunities, visit our website at www.lakeagassizhabitat.org and click on “Volunteer”. You can also contact us directly at 218-284-5253 ext. 2 or at habitat@lakeagassizhabitat.org if you’d like more information or if you have questions about volunteering.

Is ‘Exercise More’ on Your New Year’s Resolution List? Do you want to help Habitat?

Tour LogoThen start a Tour de Habiat team!

You’re probably wondering what is ‘Tour de Habitat’ or how do I get involved? Each year Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity holds Tour de Habitat-an annual stationary bike race where teams compete against each other to raise money for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds support the building of homes for families in need in Cass and Clay Counties; making homeownership a reality for these hard-working families in our area. In 2012, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity hopes to raise $40,000 through Tour de Habitat.

SBT at Tour

Team Spinning, Building Together at the 2011 Tour de Habitat

At Tour de Habitat, teams of six cyclists compete against each other for most miles biked, and most dollars raised for Habitat.  Each team member takes their turn to see how many miles they can pedal a stationary bike in one 15 minute-heat. Prizes will be awarded to both individuals and teams for the most money raised, most miles ridden, plus many more!

As a rider, you can work towards achieving your New Year’s resolution while helping to raise funds and awareness for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.  Working out isn’t your resolution?  That’s fine too!  You can still spend a fun Saturday afternoon leisurely pedaling and cheering on your teammates as you work together to make a lasting difference in the lives of local families.

How Do I Get Involved?

Start by building a team: Building a team is easy!  Find 5 friends, coworkers, relatives, etc. and come up with a team name.  Then register your team by having each member set up their individual fundraising page at: www.firstgiving.com/LAHFH and follow the Team Checklist.

Team Checklist

  1. Form a team of six riders and designate a captain. Register teams by February 24, 2012.
  2. Hold a team meeting. Decide on a team name, rider order, a theme or make a miles/funds challenge to another team.
  3. Set Fundraising Goals: $250 minimum per cyclist ($1,500 for the team). Create your own fundraising page at: www.firstgiving.com/LAHFH.
  4. Ask for help reaching your fundraising goal.  Reach out to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, book club members, associates, Christmas card list, etc. and ask them to help you, help Habitat!  Use your fundraising page to securely raise money online up to the day of the event. Turn in “off-line” pledges (cash/checks) by March 2 at the LAHFH office (210 N 11th St. in Moorhead).
  5. Come ready to have fun on Saturday, March 3rd at Courts Plus Fitness Center!

So get started on your New Year’s resolution today – Bike to Build and Start a Team!

Call Jackie at 218-284-5253 x2 or email habitat@lakeagassizhabitat.org