Collecting sporting gear seemingly has become as much of a hobby as the recreational activities themselves. There are dozens of sports and each has its own type of equipment and accessories. But without an organized system for storing all your paraphernalia, you can end up spending more time playing hide-and-seek with misplaced gear than you do playing your preferred sport. Luckily there are some excellent space-saving sports equipment organizers available to help you stay on top of your game — or games, as the case may be. Here are three of the best:
- The Wall-Mount Sports Gear Rack features three racks sized to hold everything from basketballs and soccer balls to helmets. Specialty hooks on the side are designed to hold baseball bats and tennis rackets, while six adjustable hooks on the bottom section are ideal for hanging caps, jackets and small accessories.
- The Sports Bench Organizer does double duty as a ventilated sports storage container that’s also a comfortable bench with handrails.
- The free-standing Sports Equipment Organizer helps you easily organize all sizes of balls, skates, sticks, bats and other gear by utilizing a grid design that lets you move nine hooks around so you can configure the rack to fit your sporting storage needs. It also includes a basket sized to corral smaller items such as tennis balls.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply flush away all the clutter in our bathrooms? Too bad our commodes generally are not well-suited to this task.
One common problem is that the typical home bathroom tends to lack sufficient space for storing reasonable quantities of the most frequently used supplies. Toilet paper, for example. How do you keep enough rolls handy without displacing other necessities?
Here are three clever bathroom storage solutions for toilet tissue, all designed to make the most of limited space:
- If your restroom doubles as a reading room, consider the Toilet Caddy which actually does triple duty: It’s a toilet paper dispenser that also provides storage for three extra rolls of bathroom tissue plus magazines.
- The wall-mountable four-roll Toilet Paper Holder can also be installed inside a cabinet door.
- The Over Tank Toilet Tissue Holder is ideal for tiny bathrooms lacking floor space, cabinets and wall space–it hangs off the toilet tank edge and holds up to three rolls..
Accumulating accessories isn’t just a female preoccupation. Guys can be guilty of it too. OK, maybe most men don’t collect an infinite number of ties and/or belts, but there are those who have far more of these items than they’d care to admit.
Keeping such long and skinny accessories untangled and organized requires unique storage solutions: namely, belt and tie organizers. Fortunately most of the options for storing ties and belts are not only effective but surprisingly economical. Here are three space saving solutions worth trying:
- The 16-hook Spinning Tie Hanger is designed to spin in either direction and holds up to 16 ties or belts on independently pivoting hooks.
- The Round-A-Belt allows you to store up to 40 belts in only 3 inches of hanging space.
- For the obsessively organized tie collector, the Electronic Closet Tie Rack holds up to 70 ties plus four belts on a sleek unit that attaches to a closet rod.
Whether you have an actual desk or just a corner of the kitchen counter allocated for your home office, the right organizing tools can help you keep things in order. Specifically, a well-designed desktop organizer will allow you to process paperwork efficiently in almost any area of your home.
Here are three of my favorite desktop organizers which can be used in most offices but are especially good for the home office:
- The space-saving Desk Tray Organizer utilizes vertical space effectively by sleekly combining two stacking trays, a pencil cup and an organizing tray for corralling office supplies.
- The efficient Victor Tidy Tower Organizer features multiple compartments, including a top tray, an open slot, two small drawers and a large bottom drawer.
- The clever Monitor Stand Organizer does triple-duty as an ergonomic monitor riser, file holder and office supply station.
Bathrooms and kitchens are easy to make messes in, so why not make it easy to clean them up? Here are some simple yet strategic tips to help you maintain order and cleanliness in these areas:
- Keep a roll of paper towels on a handy dispenser near each sink. This will make it easier for anyone in the household to wipe toothpaste spatters off the medicine cabinet mirror or mop up mishaps on kitchen counters.
You’ll also never need to think about putting out guest towels for unexpected visitors. (Just remember to put a wastebasket in an easy-to-access spot. You don’t want a paper towel ending up in the toilet.)
- If you prefer not to use paper towels, another option is to install a towel ring for hanging a designated cleanup towel near sinks. Or consider an old-fashioned but still excellent towel-grabber. Even easier,
use an over-the-cabinet-door towel holder requiring no installation.
- A container of pre-moistened cleaning wipes is also helpful to have on hand in both kitchen and bathroom. A more economical alternative is Windex Touch-ups.
By taking a few seconds to clean up any areas right after they’ve been splashed or splattered, or at least at the end of each day, the need to ever do a major clean-up job is almost eliminated.
If you’ve got gamers in your household, you’ve probably got video game clutter. The multiple consoles and numerous accessories of PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and other popular games can create a special type of organizing challenge.
Thankfully there are video game storage solutions called gaming stands expressly designed to accommodate all of these digital diversions and more. Here are three well-designed yet completely different examples:
- The Gaming Computer Desk includes a variety of thoughtful features such as a cable management system, a charging station and even a drink holder.
- The Game Keeper 4-Tier Wire Gaming Tower has space for up to three consoles, six controllers and 70 games in a compact unit that rolls on locking casters and includes a slide-out shelf.
- The X-Cube Gaming Storage Unit is a compact stackable unit with two drawers and handles for portability.
Q. My attic is so jam-packed with stuff. I get frustrated when I want to find things but cannot! Every time I go in there I resolve to clean it up, but the task seems so overwhelming that I never can bring myself to do anything. Any tips for getting started? (Then I’ll move on to the storage shed!) Thanks.
A. Here are five steps for getting started and moving forward:
1) Prepare several spacious boxes or bins pre-labeled for Donate, Sell, Recycle, Relocate (for any items that you decide to remove from the attic for storage elsewhere) and last but not least, Trash–the largest container.
2) Take a few “Before” pictures.
3) Then motivate yourself by creating noticeable results quickly: Begin by decluttering the easiest and most visible clutter area or segment. Decide what is the quickest thing you can do to that area that will have a visible effect: clearing off a surface? cleaning out boxes that are obstructing an area?
4) Set a ticking timer for 15 minutes to give you a sense of urgency and see what you are able to accomplish.
5) When the buzzer sounds, step back to evaluate–then re-set and keep going until you achieve enough results for taking “After” pictures.
“Reduce, reuse, recycle” — this catchy environmental mantra has become familiar to most of us. What’s not as familiar is the variety of space-saving storage solutions designed to make those three R’s easier to integrate into your household routine.
Recycling bins have tended to be unattractive space hogs that belonged outdoors or in the garage. So in many households, recyclable materials are often tossed in the trash simply because it isn’t convenient to recycle them. Fortunately there are several home recycling systems that are refreshingly streamlined and easy to use. Here are some of the most efficient and attractive storage solutions for maintaining a “sustainable” home:
- The Stainless Steel Three-Compartment Step Recycle Center features three step-open compartments with removable bins for storing and organizing plastic, glass and other recyclables. Each recycle bin section has a color-coded step pedal for easy identification.
It’s also available in a two-compartment version.
- For under-the-sink convenience, these Double Recycle Bins provide an out-of-the-way recycling station in an under-sink cabinet. The roomy removable recycling containers glide out on ball-bearing guided tracks and allow you to keep recyclables easily separated and ready for removal.
- Simplehuman has an entire line of attractive and efficient dual-bucket home recycling systems.
Cleaning supplies can create clutter unless you have an effective storage system for them. The trick is to keep your supplies streamlined–so you don’t accumulate more types of products than you actually use–and also instantly portable.
One time-honored technique is to utilize a classic cleaning caddy–the simplest option. But if you need something more comprehensive for keeping your cleaning accessories organized and easily accessible, the Chrome Pull Out Cabinet Organizer is a well-designed solution. It makes the most of your under-sink storage space while providing an efficient carry-all.
You can also use even the most minimal wall space to store housecleaning tools and supplies. The Cleaning Storage System by Casabella® is a sleek two-part system: one part stays on the wall while the other is portable. The wall-mounted section includes four grips for mops and sweepers; three hooks for cloths and brushes; and two separate bag storage compartments. Atop sits the removable caddy for storing and carrying your cleaning necessities.
“Wearing multiple hats” is something that many people claim to do – but how are they
storing all those hats? Different types of headgear require different storage solutions, so here are a few to consider:
- For baseball cap collectors, Over-the-door Cap Racks provide a budget-friendly, space-saving way to store up to 16 caps. If that’s not enough to contain your cap collection, consider the Perfect Curve Cap Rack: it can hold up to 36 baseball caps for storage or display over a door, on a wall or even hanging from the ceiling.
- Storing ladies’ hats safely in a way that keeps them dust-free is another type of storage challenge. Hatboxes have been
around for centuries but there weren’t any major variations until relatively recently. Now there’s the pyramid-shaped yet uniquely stackable Millinery Vault. This clever contraption (available in clear plastic, and in pink or red cardboard) is designed to protect hats and save space. A coordinated carry-handle makes them easy to transport.
- For storage and transport of cowboy hats and other brimmed hats, there’s the hinged Brim Styles Hat Storage Case, which includes a mirror and adjustable hat rest.
||Brim Styles Cowboy Hat Storage Case