The trick to storing frequently used supplies is to keep them as accessible as possible, yet out of the way when not in use. Easier said than done, of course. Kitchen wrap storage can present a special challenge since there are so many different types and sizes of food wraps involved.
Plastic wrap, foil, wax paper, parchment and baggies all come in a variety of options, and more variations seem to be offered each time you check the supermarket shelves. Limit yourself to the kitchen wraps that work best for your household and store them in a way that works well for how you use them. Here are a few examples:
- If you have a shallow drawer directly under a counter area where you frequently prepare foods that require wraps, why not use it for storing those wraps? Even if you don’t have a spare drawer, you can easily add an Under Shelf Storage Drawer underneath a counter or shelf.
- For economical, effective and simple storage in almost any cabinet space, it’s hard to beat the basic Kitchen Wrap Organizer–it sits on a shelf (or counter) and can fit up to nine different boxed wraps.
- If you prefer to use wall space, the Silver Mesh Mounted Kitchen Wrap Organizer is attractive and compact yet roomy enough to hold your most frequently accessed food wraps; it also works well mounted inside a cabinet door.
- If you want to store your wraps inside a cabinet door without having to drill holes or use adhesive, consider an over-door organizer. They’re available in a variety of sizes and styles.
‘Tis the season of barbecues, picnics and patio parties. Outdoor dining is delightful, but it does require specialized storage solutions for your picnicking paraphernalia and other al fresco accessories.
Here are some of the best products designed to keep you organized so you can relax and enjoy all your outdoor meals:
- The Collapsible Cooler Basket is an insulated space-saving alternative to the classic picnic basket–it folds flat for storage and has a leak-proof food-safe lining, a zippered lid and a front pocket for wet wipes, condiment packets, baggies and other picnic supplies.
- The Table Caddy is a vertical organizer with compartments sized for napkins, ketchup and mustard packets, salt & pepper, hot sauce and more; and it stays in place even on slippery table surfaces with a Slip Stop grip.
- The clamp-on BBQ / Campsite Organizer keeps grill supplies and other necessities organized and easily accessible–it mounts to any grill or table and features four double-sided hooks for barbecue utensils; a paper towel holder; and a shelf for spices, etc.
- The Trunk Organizer and Cooler does double duty as both a car trunk organizer and a picnic helper. It has two roomy side compartments plus a central zip-top insulated section for keeping items cold or hot. Two handles make it easy to transport, and it folds flat for compact storage.
“I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.” – Imelda Marcos
Whether the size of your shoe collection rivals Imelda’s or you have a more minimalist approach to accumulating footwear, there are storage options for almost every space, budget and type of shoe. Shoe organizers come in many styles, including racks, cubbies, underbed chests, stackable drawers, hanging pockets, and boxes made of clear acrylic.
Here are three of my favorite storage solutions for footwear of all kinds:
- The Shoe and Boot Storage Rack is a free-standing organizer that accommodates shoes and boots of almost any height. It features four tall rectangle compartments for storing tall boots upright and eight square compartments for everything from sneakers to high heels. Plus it’s attractive enough to keep out of the closet.
- The Over the Door Shoe Storage system can hold up to 18 pairs of shoes of all sizes, in or out of shoe boxes. The shoe rack is designed to slide over a household door of any thickness or it can be permanently mounted to a door or wall.
- The Floor to Ceiling Shoe Tree is a tall revolving shoe carousel featuring a tension pole designed to fit in spaces with ceilings up to 9 feet tall. It has six tiers with room for up to 36 pairs of footwear, plus a rotating mesh storage basket at the bottom for storing socks and other accessories. The height of each tier (including the mesh basket) is adjustable to accommodate shoes of all sizes.
Today is International Space Day–the perfect day to take stock of your living space, your work space and, of course, your outer space. If you’ve ever wished you had more room in any of those spaces, here’s how to make the most of what you have.
- Declutter. Less stuff = more space. Although getting rid of clutter doesn’t technically give you more space, removing excess stuff invariably makes a place look and feel more spacious.
- Doorganize. Most doors–including cabinet doors–
can be put to use for maximizing space. Fortunately there are now many types of organizers specifically designed to utilize doors. A good example: The Freedomrail Over the Door Organizer which allows you to create a customized adjustable storage system for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, laundry or any room.
- Double-duty furnishings. The best space-savers always serve at least two purposes, such as this well-designed bench that provides both seating and storage for shoes and accessories. Likewise, there’s a storage ottoman that converts to a small coffee table with a serving tray and also stores a matching footstool. The key is to choose space-saving furnishings that fill multiple needs and that work well. Resist the impulse to get space savers that are more clever than useful.