Q: I live in an older home. The cabinets where I keep my spices are 7.25 inches wide × 10 inches at opening and very deep. I need a simple slide/glide for spices. Do you have anything that will work?
A. Your cabinet dimensions certainly present a challenge but I think the Pantry Roll-out Storage Baskets could work since there is one that’s 7 inches wide by x 21.5 long. The baskets are actually designed to work with a roll-out system that is too large for your cabinets, but you could use them individually without the system–even though they won’t “glide” on a rack, they’ll slide manually.
Although gift-giving is associated with the holidays, luckily this delightful custom isn’t limited to one special season. There are always birthdays, weddings, graduations and other present-worthy occasions to celebrate…and these events create a year-round need for gift wrap.
Of course it takes more than mere wrapping paper to do the job properly. There’s also tissue, ribbons, bows, sparkly confetti, shredded filler and tiny gift cards. Such delicate items are awkward to store safely–as is gift wrap itself, whether rolled or flat–so it’s easy for them to create clutter.
If you don’t have an ideal space for storing and using gift-wrap supplies, there are several types of gift wrap organizers that can help make the most of your “present workplace.” These range from simple plastic containers sized to hold rolls of wrap, to hanging devices with multiple compartments sized for all types of gift-giving gear.
A popular alternative to gift wrap is gift bags, which now come in a seemingly infinite range of sizes, shapes, patterns and materials. The Gift Bag Organizer is designed to keep them tidy, undamaged and easy to access–it features three divided sections so you can arrange the bags by size, plus separate compartments for storing tissue paper and scissors, ribbons or cards. For the true gift-bag junkie, the Hanging Gift Bag Organizer holds up to 150 gift bags.
Q: I purchased 2 boxes of these on a clearance shelf at Marshall’s and just love them. They are a product of Dial Industries but they will not sell to the public. Where can I purchase more of these?
A. Fortunately, the Dream Drawer Dividers are readily available online & at stores such as Target and Walmart. A similar expandable drawer divider that’s sized for kitchen drawers is also available.
It’s true that e-mailing holiday greetings saves trees, time and postage. For many people, however, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without the time-honored tradition of sending and receiving cards.
But greeting cards also can be a source of both seasonal and year-round clutter. They create two types of card-related challenges: how to display cards you’ve received and how to store cards you plan to send. This is especially true if you’re sentimental about saving cards from family and friends, or if you stockpile greeting cards to send for every conceivable occasion.
One type of decorative solution for displaying cards is the Photo Display Stand. Another option that holds even more cards is the Umbra Hangit.
If you like to keep on hand a selection of cards for celebrating holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc., the Greeting Card Organizer is a good system for storing and organizing cards, with six removable tabbed dividers for categorizing.
Lifestyle experts are fond of suggesting that people should “use the good china and crystal every day.” But most of us prefer saving those pieces for holiday meals and other special occasions. And keeping fine china and crystal stemware in perfect condition between uses requires specific storage solutions.
Often simply referred to as china keepers, these protective containers are designed to prevent chips, cracks, scratches and breakage.
For fine stemware storage, there are padded cases for every shape of glass from wine goblets to Champagne flutes.
Wineglass racks are usually a better choice for stemmed glassware that is used more frequently since they keep stemware fairly safe yet easily accessible.
Setting a beautiful table requires more than fancy tableware when you’re entertaining for Thanksgiving or any large gathering. The humble table leaf only gets dragged out when company comes, usually staying tucked out of sight the rest of the year.
There seems to be no consensus on the best way to store table leaves. Some furniture experts recommend keeping them upright and straight — not leaning — to minimize warping; others insist that only horizontal storage will prevent warping.
The only thing everyone agrees on is that you should try to keep table leaves as close as possible to the table, and store them in a closet rather than in a garage or other potentially damp storage area so that they will be adjusting to the same relative humidity as the table.
Whether you choose to store your leaves vertically or horizontally, a table leaf protector is a wise and inexpensive investment to guard against scratches, dirt and dampness.
Table leaf storage bags are usually made of heavy flannel or felt material to protect the wood from scratches, but some are constructed of vinyl for protection against moisture.
The ceaseless search for more storage has brought to light the potential of the often under-utilized underbed area. Long considered an awkward space best suited for burying bags of clutter during the ritual “company’s coming” cleanup frenzy, the bed’s basement is now perceived as an acceptable place for storing all types of foldable attire from sweaters to swimsuits, as well as shoes and other accessories.
To organize this formerly chaotic frontier, there are now many types of under bed storage saviors: plastic drawers, wheeled boxes, zippered containers and shoe racks–all sized to fit underneath most beds.
For bed frames that aren’t quite high enough to accommodate underbed containers, there is a simple and inexpensive solution: bed risers, also called bed elevators, which give beds a 6-inch lift.
Another option requires more of an investment: the storage bed, a type of platform bed with built-in drawers–and no empty spaces for dust bunnies to breed!
With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, now is a good time to get your kitchen in order.
Ideally, all of your cooking implements — pots, pans, utensils, small appliances — should be located where you can access them easily when you need them, yet out of the way when you don’t. Easier said than done, but not impossible if you utilize a few specialized storage solutions:
• For keeping pots, skillets and other types of utensils accessible without using counter or cabinet space, hanging pot racks are great space-savers. They come in a seemingly infinite number of styles — some feature a shelf or include lights. If your wall space is limited, the ceiling-mounted variety is ideal.
• If your pot lids have a tendency to go AWOL, the Roll-out Lid Organizer can help keep them at your fingertips. The slide-out rack holds up to 18 lids (it can also hold cutting boards and baking trays) and prevents them from getting lost at the back of a cabinet.
Note: Roll-out organizers require installation.
• An appliance garage
is a countertop device featuring a tambour (roll-down) door designed for concealing bulky, frequently used items that tend to live on kitchen counters (e.g., blender, mixer, slow-cooker). Because it converts the space between wall cabinets and base cabinets into storage compartments, this type of unit also requires installation.
Q. My son has an extensive rock collection. He has large rocks as large as the size of your head to very small rocks. Right now he has all of these rocks scattered on his desk in his room. Do you have any suggestions for organizers or a way for him to organize these rocks so they are no longer cluttering his desk?
A. I would imagine that your son enjoys looking at his rock collection, so it’s important to store the rocks in a way that will make it easy for him to see them. My recommendations are:
1) To display the larger rocks, utilize wooden shelving or bookcases with adjustable shelves; or a cubby unit.
2) For smaller rocks, use clear plastic multi-compartment containers with adjustable dividers.
Q: Do you have roll out organizer racks for vanity cabinets 21 inches deep and 18 inches wide?
A. You’re in luck–there is a roll-out cabinet organizer that has dimensions very close to what you asked for: it’s 21 inches deep and 17-inches wide.
Other 21-inch deep roll-out organizers are narrower, such as this two-tiered version.
Also known as pull-out baskets, this type of cabinet organizer transforms back-of-cabinet “black holes” into accessible storage space.