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  • Improve Your Air Quality!

    Let's make this short and sweet. For ways to get rid of those nasty toxins and breathe in clean air, follow some of the tips below! 130206_Improving Air Quality

    1. Suck, Wipe and Prevent! - In general terms: vacuum it up, Mop what is left, and put a mat by all entrances so people don't track in allergen-causing dirt!

    2. Open windows! (Enough said)

    3. Bring plants indoors! It is amazing what these little suckers can do for air quality.

    4. Ditch the air fresheners - Air fresheners usually contain petroleum products which are no good for the lungs (or any other part of your body).

    5. Kill the mildew - Keep your home at a good level of humidity. Science terms are between 30-50% but some good pointers are: open a window after/ during showering, use air conditioners in the summer and humidifiers during the winter.

    6. NO smoking indoors

    7. Animals - love the little furry guys but be sure to clean up their fur on a regular basis.

    8. Test your home for radon - new or old, your home could contain radon which is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. Check out this website for how to test: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html

    9. Cut down on the fertilizer in your garden. Try compost instead! Much better smelling and better to inhale!

    10. Smile. Not really an air quality improver but it does improve the mood of a home!

    Any tips to add to the bunch?

  • Indoor Air Pollution Can Kill!

    According to the DailyGreen.com, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air pollution can be 2 - 5 times more polluted than the air outside. Mind numbing, isn't it?! Our homes are supposed to be a safe haven and yet they can cause allergies, asthma attacks and other respiratory conditions. At Way Basics, we would like to help you cleanse your home so it truly can be a place of solitude and health! Here are some of the most common causes of indoor pollution and what you can do to combat the dangers! 130203_Indoor Air Pollution

    1. Smoking - Sort of a "duh" moment there but think about how dangerous second hand smoke is in the outside world, and then trap all those carcinogens into an enclosed space. Even after cleaning, cigarette smoke sinks into everything. Suggestion: Make a designated outside smoking area. I know, I know, it isyourhome but think of your guests and family members, children, pets etc.

    2. Paint - It sure is pretty but also extremely toxic. Of course lead isn't an ingredient in paint anymore, but there are still other toxins that are released many days or months after an area has been painted. Suggestion: Ventilate, Ventilate, Ventilate!  Also look for low VOC or no-VOC paints (VOC is the organic compound that is toxic).  If you are getting a professional to paint for you, specify what you want because the toxic compound stays in your house long after they are gone!

    3. Dirt - Another no brainer, but dirt on the floor and furniture is the perfect breeding ground for allergens. Suggestion: This is a no fun one, but necessary, get your vacuum out and use it! Put on some music, pretend it is a mic, whatever it takes to suck those dust bunnies up!

    4. Household Cleaners - As they wage battle against the dirt in your home, they also attack your lungs and brain (metaphorically of course... sorta). Chemical cleaners are extremely dangerous especially for children and women who may be pregnant. You know that tip about processed food? Look at the label and if you don't understand the ingredients, don't eat it. Same sorta thing, if you don't know what is in the cleaners, chances are there are toxins that are killing the dirt and your brain cells. Suggestion: Buy or make non-toxic cleaners. Check out our Facebook tomorrow for our top suggestions (or Google "Home Made Non-Toxic Cleaners"!

    5. Formaldehyde - This is the one that we especially wage war on! Formaldehyde is just as dangerous as asbestos and mold and yet it is found in most of your furniture! Formaldehyde is used widely in the manufacturing of chipboard/ particle board (the stuff that all IKEA furniture is made out of). This stuff is extremely hazardous as it continues to release toxic gas into your household for as long as you own it. Scary, huh?! Suggestion: Buy furniture products that do not contain PCB or formaldehyde. Example, all of our zBoard products (ie. Storage Cubes) are completely non-toxic. Pretty cool, huh? zBoard storage shelves look and are in the same price range as IKEA bookshelves and yet are not releasing toxins into your home!

    Phew, that was a long one. I think I should go open a window and let in some fresh air while I let all this learning sink in (ps. opening windows in your home- KEY to decreasing pollution). This is just the start of our Healthy Home Campaign. Check our Facebook/ Google + tomorrow for some non-toxic cleaning product suggestions! 

    PS. I, Deborah, am the Marketing Manager for Way Basics and coordinating this month of Healthy activities! See me here ----> 

    and contact me through Facebook or by commenting below for any questions and suggestions!

  • Healthy Home Campaign: Schedule of Events!

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    Questions? Comments? Want more information about when a topic is airing?

    Let us know in the comments below! Let's get this discussion going!

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    Thank you ALL for an amazing past year! Here's to building possibilities in 2013!

  • A Holiday Card From Way Basics

    This year we celebrate 5 years!  This is all because of your belief in us and in what we are doing to help the world and keep each other organized!

    Thanks for all your amazing support. We look forward to a new year of innovation and building possibilities and communities with Way Basics!

    Happy Holidays!

     

  • Happy Holidays from Us to You!

    In this time of giving, we would like to thank you all for your commitment to helping the world through sustainable, eco-friendly organization (and for having fun with us along the way!).

    We would especially like to thank our Superfans (who connect with us weekly or even daily!) by awarding them a certificate of merit and a token of our appreciation! Check Facebook every Monday & Wednesday this month and see if you have reached Superfan status! If you have, email us at press@waybasics.com so we can send out your thank you gift!

    Thanks again for your support and Happy Holidays to all!

    Best,

    Way Basics

    Ps. A note of our gratitude from us to you,
    Use WBHOLIDAYS2012 to get 20% too!
    Until Dec 31st then this coupon will expire
    So be sure to gift organizational storage to help inspire…
    (cleanliness ☺ )

    PPs. If you look closely at the image, you will get some hints about our new Spring products! :)

  • zBoard Custom Cubes in bebe Holiday Window

     

    The zBoard material used in Way Basics products is versatile, eco-friendly, and simple to use. This Holiday season, fashion brand bebe installed custom zBoard storage cubes as part of their window display. This project was completed with Great Big Picture, a supplier of in-store graphics to many of the nation's top retailers. All bebe stores internationally will have the cubes this Holiday. It's amazing to see that companies like bebe care about our environmental impact since many of these display are temporary and end up in landfills. With zBoard, after the promotion, they can simply be recycled and one day find themselves back as new Way Basics products. Let's get ready for the Holidays!
  • Tuesday Tip: Getting Organized for the Holidays

    Way Basics is overjoyed to bring you this Tip Tuesday by Aby Garvey. She is a creative organizing expert and the founder and co-owner of www.simplify101.com. Simplify 101’s mission is to make getting organized simple and fun! Get a taste of simplify 101—and the organized life—with their FREE, simple-to-follow guide How to Create a Command Central Binder . If you’d like to learn more about simplify 101’s online workshops, check out their free workshop How to Change Your Life in 10 Simple Steps121029_Organizing for the Holidays

    It’s hard to believe that November is almost here. And you know what that means: the holidays are right around the corner! Whether this thought fills you with excitement or dread, there are some simple things you can do to get organized for the holidays and make the season a joyful and stress-free time of year. Here’s how to get started.

    1. Start with the end in mind. For just a minute, think about how you felt on December 26th last year. Were you relaxed and satisfied, or were you exhausted and relieved that the holiday rush was? If the latter, think about how you’d like to feel this year, not only on the 26th, but throughout November and December. Then, distill this vision into a simple statement. My statement is “the joy is in the journey,” and it helps me stay focused on what really matters throughout the holiday season. What do you want this holiday season?

    2. Make a to-do list and assign time slots. Once you have your vision for the season in place, make a simple to-do list of all the things you typically do this time of year including shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, sending cards, baking, entertaining, and so on. Then, do a sanity check, with yourself and your family. Which items on this list support your vision for the season? Which tasks get in the way of creating the type of holiday you really want? Give yourself permission to simplify your list and edit out those tasks that don’t help you create the kind of holiday season you want. Then, pull out a calendar and schedule the tasks you will do.

    3. Start early. The best way to ensure you create the kind of holiday season you envisioned in step 1 is to start early. Take action on steps 1 and 2 this week—and then make a little bit of progress on your to-do list each day. By working on your holiday to-dos a little bit at a time throughout the season, you’ll alleviate stress and create space for the people and activities that matter most to you.

    By following these three steps, you can create a holiday season that is centered on what is most important to you and your family.

    Happy Holidays!

    Aby

    P.S. If you’d like a complete system to organize every aspect of the holiday season, my Get Organized for the Holidays online workshop is for you. This workshop gives you tools to simplify your holiday to-do list, including printable forms to organize everything from shopping, to entertaining, to gift wrapping, to scheduling activities and to-dos. Class begins Thursday, November 1st and runs through December 20th. During this time, you'll have access to a private message board where you can ask me questions. I'll answer them within one business day (often even faster) so it's like having a professional organizer "on-call" throughout the holiday season. You’re invited to join the fun. And you're invited to create a stress-free, joy-filled holiday season this year and for years to come. Get all the details and sign up here!

  • We Miss YOU!

    Dear Devoted Way Basics Fans,

    Thank you so much for your continued support! We are so sad that Facebook has asked small businesses like us to pay to promote our page.  Unfortunately, at this point only 10% of you will see our daily organizational tips, customer photos, and eco-friendly news posts.  This is so sad because we miss your interaction and involvement! YOU make the Way Basics community what it is!

    To continue connecting to the Way Basics community, you can do the following:

    1.  Hover your mouse over the “Like” button (see pics below) and select “Show in News Feed.” You could also add us to an interests list (may we suggest: We <3 Organization!) You can access those interest lists by clicking on the Facebook icon on the left and seeing your groups and interests.
    2. Check out our page for our daily tips, tricks, and suggestions relating to organization and living eco-friendly!
    3. A “Like” or “comment” doesn’t hurt every once in awhile. In fact, it helps increase the likelihood that you will see our updates!

    Way Basics Facebook

    Of course, you can always check out our blog (here!) and Pinterest or Twitter (@waybasics) for all things Way Basics!

    You make this community special, and it has been really sad to think that we have only been reaching a small percentage of you! Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in the social-media world soon!

    Best,

    The Way Basics Family

  • Messy Room Contest!

    We have had lots of fun in the past with messy room contests, and we have decided to run one again this month with a Halloween theme! Way Basics halloween_messy_room_contest

    Prize for WINNER: $150 to waybasics.com. (Prize for us: making your room mess-free!)

    Please see the instructions below:

    1. Submit your messiest room (because mess = scary) by emailing us a photo to press@waybasics.com (by Oct 26th)

    2. We will pick the messiest rooms, post on Facebook and then YOU bribe, cajole, plead with your friends and family to vote for you! (by liking/ commenting on your picture)

    3. WINNER with most likes/comments will be selected Oct 31st!

    (Check out our Facebook album"Halloween Messy Room Contest" for more details!)

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