Ring storage solutions

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Sometimes life feels like a three-ring circus.  But if you have a lot of rings, it can feel even more chaotic–especially if you don’t have a good way to keep them in order.

Luckily, whether you have just a few rings or a sizable collection, there are ring storage solutions to fit your needs. Here are three different ways you can store your rings:

  • Ring trays.  Jewelry trays are useful for storing large numbers of rings. The stackable Rings and Hoop Earrings Jewelry Organizer is a modular jewelry tray that features Jewelry Organizer - Rings and Hoop Earrings Image20 velvety knobs to secure your rings and keep them organized.  It can be used inside a drawer or on a dresser (an optional clear plastic lid is recommended for dust-free storage).  This ring organizer is part of a family of modular trays that stack together and slide for added convenience.
  • Ring boxes. Jewelry boxes that have multiple ring-size compartments are also ideal for storage of ring collections.  The Elaine Glass Top Jewelry Box is an elegant example–it has 24 equally sized compartments hand-lined in suede fabric, and a clear lid so you can easily view the contents.
  • Ring holders.  Ring holders are handy for holding just a few rings, especially when you’re washing your hands or dishes.  They’re also nice to have on a dresser or nightstand. Elephant Ring Holder Image This type of ring storage solution comes in a variety of whimsical designs, such as the bunny-shaped or elephant-shaped Umbra Copper Ring Holder (also available in other animal shapes in chrome).

More ideas for ring storage can be found here.

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Cosmetic Organizers

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Cosmetic OrganizersCosmetics create clutter.  Think about it:  Lipsticks, mascaras, eye shadows, eye liners, foundations, concealers, blushers…the list seems almost endless.  Even if you only have one of each type of makeup, it’s easy to have cosmetic clutter.

Luckily there are a number of effective cosmetic organizers designed to help you conquer cosmetic clutter.  Here are three excellent examples:

  • The Extra-Large Three Piece Make Up Organizer features three separate units: an extra-large drawer as the base and a nine-compartment cosmetic tray on top, including a removable lipstick organizer with 12 slots.Extra Large Three Piece Make Up Organizer Image All items can be used together–the tray stacked on the drawer and the lipstick organizer nested inside– or they can be spread out separately to create maximum storage possibilities. When stacked, items are secure since units interlock with grooved edges.  All pieces are made of heavy duty acrylic and the clear surfaces make it extremely easy to always find any item quickly.
  • The Danielle Socialite Acrylic Organizer has seven top compartments and three large drawers in a 15-inch by 10.5-inch footprint.  One of the top compartments is a lipstick organizer designed to hold up to 12 lipsticks. The clear acrylic lets you identify and easily access all your makeup, and the steel frame ensures long-term durability.
  •  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.

More types of cosmetic organizers can be found in my posts on Cosmetic Clutter Solutions and Makeup Drawer Organizers.

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Cutting board storage solutions

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Cutting Board HolderCutting boards can be awkward to store efficiently.  The variety of sizes and thicknesses makes it difficult to keep them orderly.  Effective cutting board storage also requires good air circulation so you can put the boards away when they’re not quite dry.

Here are three different types of cutting board storage solutions:

  • Cabinet door or wall mount. The steel Cutting Board Holder features a screw-mount system and pre-drilled holes for easy installation on cabinet doors, inside a pantry or on a wall.
  • Under shelfUnder-shelf storage baskets require no installation. Made of coated metal wire, these handy storage solutions are designed to slide onto a shelf and provide open storage below. They’re available in a range of sizes and finishes.
  • Roll-out.  The Roll-Out Kitchen Cabinet Tray Divider features smooth epoxy-coated roller slides, a half-inch-thick wood laminate base, and heavy-gauge steel wire tray dividers with a white finish. The unit fits in cabinet spaces with at least a 9-inch opening.

Other ideas for cutting board storage can be found here.

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Car Visor Organizers

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Visor OrganizersUtilizing your car visor for storage is an effective way to keep your glove compartment and front seat tidier. Car visor organizers are a simple solution for controlling common types of car clutter–especially paper clutter.

Here are three of my favorite car visor organizers:

  • The Visor Receipt Organizer features five deep pockets for efficient storage of receipts, directions, sunglasses and more.  Elastic straps make it fit neatly on most auto visors; a nylon cord also allows you to hang it from a knob. It includes a handy mileage tracker plus a pen and notepad for recording gas expenses and mileage, landmarks and other information while on the road.
  • The Visor Registration Wallet lets you keep your registration, proof of insurance and auto club card organized inside two clear plastic storage sleeves. Elastic straps allow you to attach the visor wallet to any auto visor, or you can simply fold it up and tuck it into your glove box or console. An outer mesh pocket is ideal for holding cash, toll cards and other small items.  The wallet snaps closed with powerful magnets to keep everything securely in place.
  • The Car Visor Organizer offers storage for notes, currency, sunglasses and all those little things you always need at your fingertips while on the road. It features Velcro installation, a loop for holding a tire gauge or pen, and five different pockets: a clear plastic pocket for keeping directions visible; a zippered pocket for documents; a zippered mesh pocket for currency; a padded pocket for glasses; and a side pocket for receipts, etc.

For more ideas on keeping your car organized, read my Conquer Car Clutter post.

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Answer: Laundry cart

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Q. I’m looking for a small laundry cart with a bar for hanging up clothes.  I’ve seen this type of cart in laundromats but I don’t need the industrial size, I only want it for my home. Can you help?

A.  I think the Chrome Rolling Laundry Cart from Household Essentials is exactly what you’ve been looking for.  It has a pole with a hanging bar above the basket section; the basket is 7 inches high by 23.5 inches wide by 19.5 inches deep, There’s also a wire shelf below the basket for holding detergent, softener and other laundry accessories.  

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Space-saving cabinet trash containers

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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.

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Bedside Organizers

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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.

 

 

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Scarf Storage Solutions

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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:

 

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Medication Organizers

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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.

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Answer: Vanity turntable organizer

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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.

 

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