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STORAGE, THE AGE-OLD DILEMMA

It does not matter if your house is 100 years old or brand spanking new, we all seem to think there is just never enough storage. It could be we harbor too many possessions or we really do need to come up with some creative solutions for our legitimate storage needs.

If you are lucky to have an attic, proceed with caution! Most experts claim NOTHING should be stored there, especially in very warm climates. But let’s face reality, if we happen to have the luxury of a large attic we will stuff it to the rafters, no pun intended. Knowing that, let’s follow some simple “hot climate” suggestions.

1. Don’t store anything up there you care about. No really. No important papers, family pictures, no wedding gowns or any other sentimental clothing. Mice, insects, moisture and extreme heat fluctuations wreak havoc with paper and fabric. Discoloration and mold can also form on your valued items.

2. No electronics. You probably don’t use them anyway if they are in the attic.

3. Paints, propane or any other hazardous chemicals should never be subjected to the high heat environment the attic holds.

HAVING SAID THAT, what can be stored up there? Lots of stuff! Holiday decorations, anything glass, kitchen items seldom used and of course luggage. But watch if the luggage is leather, natural materials tend to mold in areas of high moisture content. Toys galore can be stored if plastic and easily washed. If you simply must store items that are “iffy” for the attic, always err on the side of caution. Clothing can be vacuum sealed and placed in plastic containers. It is not recommended that anything be put in boxes, they disintegrate over time.

Basements hold similar issues. Moisture and insects can plague that area, as well. Place items in plastic bins and up off the floor and you should be good to go. This also applies to the garage.

OK! Let’s find some other potential places for storage. If a bedroom seems to not have enough floor space, try raising the bar in your closet and putting a small dresser in there.

Simply place it underneath shorter items.

Look up! Any space above your kitchen cabinets? Buy decorative boxes or baskets to store items rarely used. You can also use that space to display cherished glass or pottery.

Don’t forget the area under your beds. There are many products available that are made just for that space and some include wheels for ease of use.

A window seat built between 2 windows can add extra storage AND extra seating, as well.

Your closets hold the best opportunities for organization. Closet organizers are everywhere these days that fit any budget. Professional closet organizers can come into your home and transform your simple closet into a dream closet! Space will seem to have multiplied. But take heart, you can do that, too! Granted, it will probably not be as sophisticated as a pro job but it is just a matter of measuring and buying the proper sized pieces of the closet system. A list of the needed tools and directions are included. Don’t be afraid to try installing it yourself, you might just be thrilled at your results and the oodles of space you uncovered!

LET’S EAT OUT!
If superior fresh sushi is your thing you probably already know about Miitch’s Sushi Restaurant on Ohohia St. in Honolulu. If not, you are in for a treat! Don’t be deceived by the unadorned storefront, delicious treasures await you inside.

The owner, Craig Mitchell, is also a proprietor of a seafood company so you can expect the freshest fish in the the sushi bar. Season specials from Japan are typically on the menu as well as live New Zealand lobster, abalone, incredible bluefin toro and uni from around the world. If you are fortunate enough to sit at the counter you will be captivated as Masakazu Murakami wields his knife.

Mitch’s is BYOB and reservations are recommended. Why not give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

WHAT HAPPENING THIS MONTH ON OAHU?

June 2nd-25th……………………………………………….50th State Fair Aloha Stadium

June 3rd……………………………………………….North Shore Ocean Fest Turtle Bay Resort

June 9th-11th……………………………………………….Pan Pacific Festival Waikiki Business Plaza

June 10th……………………………………………….King Kamehameha Floral Parade From Iolani Palace to Diamond Head

June 17th……………………………………………….Hokulea Homecoming Magic Island

Kind regards,
Cathy, Mary and Jeff