Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Ultimate in Plastic Bins

For the ultimate in plastic bins, look no further than the 30.6 Qt Ultimate Airtight Box – Medium by Iris!  Of course plastic boxes have been around for ages, but with time they have certainly gotten much better.  These boxes prove that with their heavy duty latch system that keeps water out.  Another thing that they keep out, a major bonus in my mind, are insects!  Just think of all the great things you could store in these boxes.

30.6 Qt Ultimate Airtight Box

30.6 Qt Ultimate Airtight Box

The air tight design means they are ideal for storage in the garage, shed or even outside.   And they the plastic itself is extra thick, I was surprised because I’m used to the kinds of plastic boxes where you can cut through them with a utility knife, but I don’t think I could do that with these.  The benefit of that is that you will have them for many years of storage and organizing.  So if you are using them for clothes now, you can still use them for something else like linens later on.  They come in a set of 6 and a set of 2 to match your storage needs.
Here are some examples of things to store inside these bins:
•         Out of Season Clothes – Let’s face it, that is what most of us use these boxes for nowadays.  Also great for parents, when your kid outgrows one size of clothing and you want to save it for younger siblings without the clothes being damaged.
•         Gardening Tools – If you’re like me, your trimmers and gloves may not always make it back into the garage for storage, and the next thing you know there is a rainy day and your tools are rusty.  Why not keep an airtight plastic container by the back door of the house to make it easy on you to store your tools without risking water damage.
•         Kids Art – Save your child’s best artwork in an airtight box like this to keep it safe so that you can give it to them when they are older.  If you are worried about hoarding too much, set a limit on the number of boxes that you can accommodate.  If one fills up, its time to get rid of something before adding to the box!

Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser Bin – Just In Time For BBQ Season

What’s summertime without some time spent at the grill? Everyone loves a cookout, but creating an outdoor cooking space in the backyard can be a challenge. Finding the right storage for grilling supplies makes it easy to get the grill going without having to do lots of cleanup before. When it comes to grilling everything from fish to vegetables having the right tools ensure your next cookout will be a success.

Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser

Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser

The Kingsford Kaddy Charcoal Dispenser is ideal for storing barbecue fuel. Have a built in barbecue with storage in the backyard? Use this compact canister to keep charcoal dry and at the ready. If you don’t have outdoor storage and have to keep charcoal inside, this handy plastic bin is easy to carry and has a clear design that allows you to see what’s inside so finding it is a breeze. Storing charcoal in a dispenser keeps everything neatly contained so it can be stored anywhere from the pantry to the garage.

Once the grill is going make sure you have all the tools you need. When cooking harder to handle items like ribs or vegetables that can slip through the grill having specially design racks ensures everything stays in place and is properly cooked. A rib rack helps keep ribs perfectly positioned for cooking, while a grill mat with a finer mesh grid ensures items can’t fall through the grill or get too close to the heat. Don’t have enough prep space? Try a specially designed barbecue cutting board to add work space when it’s needed most.

When the grill isn’t in use it’s important to protect it from the elements. A grill cover protects your barbecue from dust and rain so your metal grill doesn’t rust and you can keep hands clean while grilling. Covers also prevent fading on painted grills. Look for a cover in a durable material with a snug fit so it stays in place.

Just a few tools and you’ll have everything you need!

Versatile Storage With a Set of 2 Iris Single-Drawer Cd Chest

Getting organized and staying that way didn’t used to be my forte.  Like some, I was a hard sell on the de-cluttering revolution at first.  I wasn’t sure how necessary it was until I had my first breakthrough on the clutter busting front!  Now I recommend to others that the best way to get started is to start with something small. Find one awesome organizer that you really like, and figure out its multiple purposes around the home.

set of 2 iris single-drawer cd chest

set of 2 iris single-drawer cd chest

For instance, this set of 2 Iris single-drawer CD chests is where I found my sea legs.  I almost overlooked these plastic storage chests when I first came across them, because I thought, “Well, I don’t really need much CD storage”.  But the trick to picking out organizer boxes that work for you, is to think outside of the box (pun intended) and get creative with the many ways in which you could use something.
Since most of my music is digital and I’ve only kept a few CD’s around, I only needed one set for its intended purpose.  They stacked nicely and did exactly what I needed them to do: keep the CD’s in one tidy, concealed place where I can access them easily when I need to.  But then I went on to applying these single drawer chests around the home.
In my bathroom cabinet, I utilized two more sets (total of four chests).  One drawer holds nail polish, one has hair accessories, one is full of cotton balls and the last keeps feminine hygiene products hidden away (but very easy to access).  I also used one of these Iris chests in the kitchen for my packets of tea bags, one in my office for small supplies, and several in my craft area for small scraps.
So the moral of the story, people, is that a CD storage chest isn’t always just a CD storage chest.  If you too don’t find that organizing comes naturally, consider my system of keeping it simple and finding that one piece that works for you!