Monthly Archives: June 2012

Organize Your Paper Clutter

Don’t let spring pass you by without getting a good spring office cleaning in! Spring is a great time to get the messiest rooms in the house organized and under control. It’s easy to let odds and ends pile up on your desk or on the shelves. From the office at home to the one at work, storage for paperwork is often the easiest way to get things in order.

File Box - Wicker w/ file rods & lid - Letter size

File Box – Wicker w/ file rods & lid – Letter size

For convenient and attractive file storage in a compact design the File Box – Wicker w/ file rods & lid – Letter size is a great choice. With a wicker exterior this file box is functional and adds a decorative look to any space. It is even compact enough that it makes a great storage choice for a small office area in the kitchen or living room.

Have an office overflowing with paperwork and file boxes that are calling out to be organized? A Box Organizer – File Box Shelving Systemis the perfect solution. Holding 18 file boxes this shelving unit makes it easy to read the labels on each box so you can always find the paperwork you’re looking for. This unit can even be placed in a closet if it is a home office that needs sorting out.

Box Organizer - File Box Shelving System

Box Organizer – File Box Shelving System

Office waiting areas or even the living room at home can get quickly cluttered with magazines. Adding a magazine storage rack like the Mesh Magazine Rack-12 Pockets-Silvergives magazines a convenient place to be stored. This design makes it easy to look through the titles. This wall mounted rack can also be a handy way to store paperwork by your desk.

Mesh Magazine Rack-12 Pockets-Silver

Mesh Magazine Rack-12 Pockets-Silver

Finding paper storage that suits your office organizational needs is one quick way to make the workday more manageable and your office space more enjoyable!

Having The Right Organizing Tools

For some people, home organization can seem like a daunting task.  I used to feel that way because I knew the clutter around my house bothered me, but I didn’t yet know the basics for getting clutter under control.  Having an organized home does not mean that you can’t own stuff.  That’s a common misconception for people who are just beginning their clutter busting endeavors.  You can own stuff; you just need a place for everything.  And not a place as in a messy drawer or closet where you toss things you don’t want to deal with, but some sort of receptacle to keep that “place” organized.

coated wire basket

coated wire basket

Organizing bins are becoming increasingly popular and I use them everywhere to keep things tidy.  A bookshelf can become a place to store small odds and ends if you add an attractive shelf basket.  Throw blankets don’t have to be in a messy heap on the couch if you find some sort of stylish bin to store them.  Freezers can be a very messy place, because we tend to just toss bags of frozen foods in a pile.  Then they become hard to find and we forget what we have on hand.  A coated wire storage basket is a great solution for this.  I also use wire storage baskets in the bathroom under the sink for cleaning supplies and in the pantry for opened bags of chips and other oddly shaped snack containers.
It’s also a good idea to have several larger bins around the home for catching those things that get left lying around.  Galvanized utility bins come in a handy for just about any storage task.  They come in a set of six at a very low price and can hold anything from magazines, to cleaning supplies, to stuffed animals, to backpacks by the front door.

galvanized utility bin

galvanized utility bin

So if you have put off organizing projects because you feel intimidated by the huge variety of products available, remember that bins are highly versatile and you can pretty much buy them before you even know how you’re going to use them!

The Latest in Green Recycling Tools

Staying Green to help out our planet earth is everyone’s responsibility.  Luckily, because of time and necessity, many products have been invented, tested and updated to make almost every area of green living easier for all to achieve.

Some of the most basic ways to live green include walking or riding a bike instead of driving everywhere, composting or even just putting your food scraps into the yard waste (if your city allows it) and helping to keep the beaches and parks clean.  But before all of those suggestions came, recycling was invented.

I remember even as a kid when the recycling bins came to our neighborhood.  There was a certain color for metal, a certain color for paper, etc.  I even remember stomping on empty beverage cans with our feet, collecting them in a bag and taking them to the recycling center in exchange for change.

can pactor

can pactor

Luckily recycling has become a no-brainer for most people, and there are tools, like the Can Pactor – Crush and Store Aluminum Cans that can make it easier for those who are still resisting recycling to accomplish their goals.

And businesses and other commercial places are starting to come around with recycling as well.  One of the greatest products I’ve seen that is designed to make recycling easier for businesses are the Half Round Recycling Bin – Cans and Bottles and Half Round Recycling Bin – Paper.    These are commercial style recycle bins that can be used absolutely anywhere, indoors or out.  I love that they come in bright colors (or black if you want) and the bold letters clearly state what type of recyclable item goes where.

square recycling bin

square recycling bin

They even come in other shapes, like this Square Recycling Bin – Paper and are basically modular – you can mix and match shapes and sizes however you want!  Whether you are a seasoned green-leader or simply new to the game, there are many products out there designed to make every type of green living easier for you.

Keeping Summer Supplies In Check with Plastic Bins

Keeping all those summer toys contained can be a challenge. From pool toys to baseball equipment there are always items kicking around the house that could use a place of their own. Using heavy duty storage boxes to keep everything organized and in its place is an easy way to store them year round.

A large, sturdy bin like the Plastic Storage Box (set of 6) 30 gallons is perfect for storing camping supplies, or other seasonal toys that only get used in the summer. Bring these bins out of storage when warm weather rolls around.

Plastic Storage Box (set of 6) 30 gallons

Plastic Storage Box (set of 6) 30 gallons

For items you want access to year round a clear bin makes it easy to always find what you’re looking for. The Clear Storage Box-44 Qt.(6) clips closed and has a durable design great for holding larger, heavy items. A stackable design makes these boxes easy to store everywhere from the closet to the garage.

Clear Storage Box-44 Qt.(6)

Clear Storage Box-44 Qt.(6)

Don’t have a garage where you can store all your heavy duty items? Use bins like the Set of 6 Large Clip Boxes for convenient under bed storage, perfect for the apartment. A clear design makes it easy to see the contents of the box, so it can be pulled out and you can immediately see what’s inside. This bin also has a narrow enough design that it can be stored underneath a couch or in a closet. Holding everything from sporting equipment to pool towels, these bins are a great choice.

Set of 6 Large Clip Boxes

Set of 6 Large Clip Boxes

There is always a good use around the house for storage bins, even when they are no longer needed for summer toys. Use them to store holiday decorations, seasonal clothes or anything else you can think of. These durable bins will last for years to come and will always have a place in your home.

Thinking Ahead for Smart Storage

It’s never too late, or too early, to start thinking about Christmas storage.  Since we are right about at the middle of the year, you might still be putting away last year’s holiday decorations (hopefully not the case), or maybe you are looking for deals on next year’s holiday storage finds.  Whatever the case, many people now use fake Christmas trees instead of the real deal.  Fears about fire and other environmental concerns, combined with the invention of very realistic faux trees has increased the number of people using them as the centerpiece of their holiday décor scheme.  So many people are wondering, what is the best way to store my Christmas tree during the rest of the year.  It’s obviously going to be too big to fit in your typical plastic bin.  So how do you accommodate these medium to large size faux plants?  Here are some ideas to get you started:

Artifical Christmas Tree Box

Artifical Christmas Tree Box

Artificial Christmas Tree Box – This one is great, as it is made of extra thick plastic and clear on the sides so that you can see what is stored inside.  The lid locks to keep insects, moisture and dust out so that your tree is ready to go next year.  The red lid allows you to spot it easily in the garage and lets you know that there are holiday items stored inside.

TreeKeeper PRO - Rolling Tree Storage Stand

TreeKeeper PRO - Rolling Tree Storage Stand

TreeKeeper PRO – Rolling Tree Storage Stand – This is another one of my favorites, as it is the easiest I’ve found to use.  You simply store your tree inside, pull the cover up over the tree for storage.  And during the holiday season, you roll down the cover which becomes a tree skirt and hides the base!
Lowest Budget Idea – If you can’t spring for an official tree holder, simply use large leaf yard waste bags.  The dark brown or black ones work best, as they keep sunlight out, reducing the possibility of fading.  Slide one bag up from the bottom and one over the top, seal with duct tape.

Airtight Storage Containers and Plastic Bins to Organize Everything!

Every organized home should have a good set of airtight storage containers for storage of, well, pretty much everything.  My pick for this category of plastic bins is the 62.8 Qt Ultimate Airtight Tote – Large – Set of 2 because the medium size is just perfect for so many different storage needs.  If you are storing large sets of clothing or bulky sweaters and linens, for example, then you need bigger boxes than these.  But for most storage jobs, including many clothes storage needs, the 62.8 qt. size is just about right.

62.8 Qt Ultimate Airtight Box - Large

62.8 Qt Ultimate Airtight Box – Large

One of the things I like about this particular model, which also can be purchased as the 62.8 Qt Ultimate Airtight Tote – Large set of 4, is that the plastic is extra thick. This is not the type of plastic that you can slice through with a utility knife.  This is, in fact, much stronger than that, a thicker plastic that is still clear enough to see what you’ve got stored inside.

Which brings me to the second thing I like about them which is that they are easy to see through.   This comes in handy when you’ve got, say, five or six of them stacked on one another in the garage.  That way you don’t have to open each box to get to your stored item of choice, you can look first to see where it is.  One word of caution here – if the boxes are being used outside or in a sunny spot, the sun can fade clothing that is stored within the box.

And the third thing that is so great about these plastic boxes is the airtight lid.  The snapping buckles hold the lid down tightly for an (almost) airtight environment.  This is great for keeping bugs, water, moisture, dirt and a variety of other damaging items out of your clothing or whatever else you are choosing to store.