Space-saving cabinet trash containers


trash containerCabinet trash containers solve two common dilemmas: how to hide away a trash receptacle yet still have it easily accessible; and what to do if there isn’t enough floor space for a wastebasket.

Here are three types of super space-saving cabinet trash containers:

  • Both the Rack Sack Bathroom Trash System and the Rack Sack Kitchen Trash System (pictured) are wire-frame trash bag holders that mount directly to the inside of a cabinet door. The bathroom trash system can hold a 1-gallon Rack Sack trash bag. The kitchen trash system is larger and can be adjusted to hold either 3-gallon or 5-gallon trash bags. Both systems have plastic lids that are cleverly designed with a storage compartment for conveniently storing extra bags.
  • Sliding Cabinet Trash Cans consist of a slide-out steel frame that mounts to the base of cabinets and holds a removable trash container, available in several sizes.
  • Swing-out Trash Cans mount inside the cabinet and pivot out when the cabinet door is opened; a lifting mechanism automatically raises the lid and then closes it when the door is shut.  A removable interior container lifts out with a handle for easy cleaning

Other types of cabinet door trash containers can be found here.


Bedside Organizers


bedside organizersBedside organizers can make your bedroom a more peaceful and comfortable retreat.  Without them, the jumble of remote controls, reading materials, tissues, glasses and cell phones can create a condition I call “nightmare nightstand syndrome”.

Here are three types of bedside organizers designed to help you have sweet dreams:

  • Bedside caddies.  These space-saving organizers Bedside Storage Caddy - Black Denier Imagehave a support that slides between the mattress and box spring, and take up no space on a nightstand or the floor. They have multiple pockets sized to hold a variety of typical bedside necessities.
  • Remote control caddies. This type of caddy can be repurposed for holding more than remotes.  For example, the five sections of the Spinning Remote Control Organizer are handy for storing everything from eyeglasses to DVDs. Yet it takes up little space on a nightstand.
  • Dresser organizers.  The Charger Station Valet is a good example of a dresser organizer that can work well on a nightstand.  It features two compartments for keeping your smartphone and tablet safely stored, and each section has cord storage to keep cables tucked away out of sight.  Three other compartments are useful for holding smaller items.

Other types of bedroom organizers can be found here.




Scarf Storage Solutions


scarf organizerScarves seem to have a way of multiplying.  Individually they take up so little space (and they’re so pretty!), it’s easy to keep accumulating them.  But without a good system for storing them efficiently, scarves can create drawer drama and closet chaos.

Here are three different types of scarf storage solutions designed to keep your scarves tidy and easily accessible:



Medication Organizers


medication-organizingMedication organizers, aka pill organizers, can be lifesavers–literally.  For those who have serious health conditions, forgetting to take the right pill at the right time can cause potentially catastrophic consequences.

That’s why having an easy-to-use medication organizing system is crucial, especially if you need to take multiple medications on a specific schedule,

Here are examples of three different types of essential medication organizers:

  • Weekly pill organizers.  The Seven Day Pill Organizer and Planner lets you organize and store four doses of medications or vitamins for each day of the week. This thoughtfully designed system includes seven pre-labeled spring-loaded pill storage cases, a reminder card for documenting vital information, and a handy carrying case that closes securely with Velcro for safe storage and transport.
  • Monthly pill organizers. The MedCenter Monthly Pill Organizer is specifically designed to prevent double-dosing or missing a dose of important medication. It features 31 daily pill boxes that each have four separate dose compartments, a front storage tray to hold that day’s pills, and enough storage capacity for even heavy daily medication regimens. The dose compartments are pre-labeled to organize pills for morning, noon, evening, and bedtime doses. Easy-open lids make it easy to access pills in each pill box, and the boxes have red and green color coding to show when daily doses are complete. A front storage compartment on the organizer holds “Today’s Pills” to avoid confusion and prevent missing a day.
  • Travel pill organizers. The Divided Seven Day Pill Organizer consists of a clear plastic case containing seven separate pill containers (each a different color) with compartments for morning, noon, evening and bedtime medications and supplements. Each daily pill box can be managed separately and pops out with a spring for easy access. The compartments and the case have secure closure tabs to keep pills in their place. The organizer is a compact 8 inches wide  by 1 inch high by 4.25 inches deep, so it fits neatly in a handbag or carry-on luggage.

For other ideas about medication organizers, read my post on Vitamin and Medicine Bottle Organizers.


Answer: Vanity turntable organizer


Q.  Your recent blog about Lazy Susans got me thinking I’d like a revolving organizer for my vanity counter. Are there any with more & deeper compartments than the ones you wrote about?  I’d like something that can hold toiletries and haircare supplies so they won’t fall over.

A.  Depending on how many toiletries and supplies you want to keep on your vanity, there are two main types of vanity turntable organizers to choose from:

  • The clear Spinning Vanity Organizer has four small slots, four small sections, and one center section, all sized to hold hair and makeup accessories. The center section is 3-7/8 inches high by 3 inches in diameter; the adjoining four sections are 2-1/2 inches round and 2-7/8 inches high; and the four slots are 1-1/2 inches wide and deep, and 2 inches high.
  • Metal mesh Makeup Carousels (available in a variety of colors) are double-decker spinning organizers that feature six storage bins (three on each level) spinning around a center section on each side of the handle.  The center section is designed for storing long and slender supplies such as makeup brushes and nail files.



Multipurpose storage space-savers


multi-storage space saversSmall spaces require thoughtful storage solutions. The key is to choose space-saving furnishings that fill multiple needs and that work well.  But finding the right multipurpose storage systems can be a challenge.

Here are three space-savers designed to make almost any room seem roomier:

  • Bathroom, Bedroom or Laundry Room. The slender Spa Bath Tower with Tilting Hamper (17 inches wide by 14.5 inches deep) has three upper shelves that offer easy accessibilitySpa Bath Tower with Tilting Hamper Image to towels, toiletries, laundry supplies, accessories or whatever else you want to keep handy.  The built-in tilt-out hamper is fun to access and cleverly conceals dirty laundry.
  • Kitchen or Home Office.  The Microwave Cart and Trash Hideaway also features a tilt-out storage area, but this one is designed to hide a rectangular trash receptacle (not included).  Above it is a drawer fitted with a removable bamboo cutting board that doubles as an instant serving tray. The top of the cart is spacious enough to hold a standard microwave–and it also works well in a home office for a printer or copier.
  • Dining Room or Craft Room.  The wooden Drop Leaf Table with Two Stools is an ultra-efficient space Drop Leaf Table with Two Stools - by Winsome Trading Imagesaver.  The drop-leaf table has a base that rolls on casters; two square counter stools tuck neatly under the table to create a mobile counter that can be used almost anywhere you need a workspace. The table also features two drawers plus a towel rack.  A larger version without casters is also available.

Ideas on other types of multipurpose storage space-savers can be found here.


Lazy Susan turntable organizers


lazy susan organizersLazy Susan turntable organizers aren’t just for kitchens and dining tables.  They’re also useful on desks, inside bathroom cabinets, and in craft rooms or workshops. The rotating design lets you easily access a variety of items from all sides.

A classic Lazy Susan consists of a single circular surface that spins on a base.  But there are several variations that make them more effective as organizing tools.  Here are three different types of Lazy Susan organizers that are worth a whirl:

  • Turntables with compartments.  The spinning Paper Napkin Holder has three sections: a large middle slot designed to store paper napkins (but also useful for holding notepads), and a small tray on either side for keeping small supplies handy. The Silver Mesh Spinning Organizer has four compartments for simple storage of frequently used items such as condiments on a tabletop, spices and toothpicks in a cabinet, or office supplies.
  • Two-level turntables. The 11-inch Two-Level Clear Lazy Susan Turntable can instantly help organize a cluttered kitchen cabinet, or be used on a table or countertop.  The two-level design consists of a raised level in the center measuring six inches in diameter, and a bottom level with an 11-inch diameter.
  • Double-shelf turntables. The Two-Tier Stainless Steel Lazy Susan Turntable features a pair of shelves to maximize vertical space. It offers approximately 5-1/4 inches of space between the bottom and top shelf.  Two-tier Lazy Susans also come in several other materials, including bamboo and plastic with non-slip rubber surfaces.

File storage solutions


file storageAs tax time looms, it’s wise to think about file storage  Tax records and other rarely accessed documents don’t need to be stored in file cabinets (unless you have an abundance of file drawer space).  For example, file storage boxes are stackable and can provide more flexibility.

Here are three types of effective file storage solutions:

  • Split-lid file boxes.  This type of file box features a lid that’s hinged in the middle, allowing you to access files from either end without removing the lid. The Split Lid Stacking File Box (23 inches wide by 13.75 inches high by 11 inches deep) is also clear so you can easily identify the contents of each box, even when they’re stacked. Runners along the interior hold letter-size hanging files in place. The Stackable Split-Lid File Box is similar but smaller (14.25 inches wide by 11.25 inches high by 10.5 inches deep).
  • Collapsible file boxesCardboard file boxes are the best known and most economical type of collapsible file storage.  Their main advantage (aside from cost) is that they take up little space when not in use.
  • File box storage racks. If you need to store at least 6 file boxes, a file box storage rack is advisable. The File Box Storage System is a good example–it features 18 slots to securely hold file boxes or file storage totes (sold separately). Constructed from durable PVC, the rack is strong enough to support up to 1000 pounds. Clamps to secure the rack to a wall are included.  Another option is the Heavy-Duty Storage Rack, designed to hold up to 80 letter/legal archival boxes.

Desk organizers


desk organizersDesk organizers can help you achieve and maintain an orderly desk.  Their function is to store a variety of supplies and paperwork while keeping everything easily accessible.

Different types of desk organizers are designed for each area of a desk–desktop, drawers and under-desk.  Here are three efficient examples:

  • Desktop organizers.  For the most visible part of your desk, there are many organizing options to choose from.  One of my favorites is the space-saving Bamboo Desktop Organizer–it has a slim profile (just 5 inches deep) yet features six tiered compartments in several sizes plus two drawers, all sized to hold the most frequently accessed office supplies.  The back compartment even accommodates letter-size file folders. It’s also wall-mountable.
  • Desk drawer organizers. Cluttered desk drawers are easy to organize (and keep organized) when you have the right system.  Drawer organizers can be modular (individual bins) or have multiple compartments. The multi-section style may have adjustable or fixed dividers, or both, such as the Bamboo Adjustable Drawer Organizer–it includes three removable dividers that can create anywhere from six to 13 storage compartments. (For more drawer organizer advice, read my post on junk drawer organizers.)
  • Under-desk organizers.  If you need more space for keeping supplies handy yet out of the way, an under-desk organizer can provide a simple storage solution.  I like the Under Desk Pencil Drawer–it mounts underneath a desk surface and has six compartments, including a front tray area.  Ball-bearing slides make it glide out and retract smoothly.

More desk organizing ideas can be found here.


Answer: Hot hair tool holder


Q.  I recently started using a flat iron and I’m getting frustrated trying to figure out how to store it while it’s still hot.  Any suggestions?

A. What you need is a heat-resistant silicone hair tool holder.  The Hair Straightener Holder is a good example.  It’s designed to keep a hot flat iron or curling iron safely stored on the bathroom counter, and it also folds up easily for travel.  Heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, it can store any curling iron or flat iron measuring up to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. A plug catch on the side keeps an electrical cord tidy and easily accessible.

The Curling Iron Storage Rack Hot Sleeve is another space-saving option–it can be hung from a towel bar.