“WHERE are my KEYS?!” The answer is, of course, “right where you left them”–possibly hidden under whatever you dropped on top of them while looking for something else. (Tip: Never–even for a moment–put a bigger thing, such as a newspaper or a jacket, on top of a smaller thing, such as keys or a cell phone.)
If you’re tired of misplacing your keys and /or forgetting to take certain items with you when you leave your home, consider getting a wall-mounted organizer for your entryway. Here are several well-designed wall organizers that can help keep keys and other necessities from getting misplaced:
- The Magnetic Stainless Steel Entry Organizer features two key hooks; three magnets for holding notes, lists or photos to the magnetic surface; and three separate slots thoughtfully sized to stash mail, a cell phone and a pen or marker. The magnetic front is also a dry erase surface, handy for jotting reminders.
- If you need a wall organizer with more key hooks and more room for mail, etc., the
Wall Mail Organizer and Key Holder and the Scroll Mail Organizer and Key Rack each offer five hooks and three tiers of storage.
- Hanging up key-rings on hooks is just too much trouble for some folks. The Wrought Iron Calendar Frame is a good option for those who prefer to throw their keys into a horizontal holder yet want the space-saving benefits of a wall organizer. It consists of a metal mesh basket attached to a decorative calendar holder which gives you a highly visible way to note scheduled appointments. The basket also has room for mail and other by-the-door essentials such as cell phones, sunglasses, pen and pad of sticky notes.
More types of key organizers and wall organizers with key hooks and additional features can be found here.
It’s that time of year when it seems like half the country is moving into dorms and the other half is helping them–or at least advising them on how to organize the often less-than-spacious accommodations.
In most dorm rooms the only over-sized furnishing is the bed. Dorm beds are usually 80 inches long, about six inches longer than a standard twin. You can put that extra half-foot to work by using these dorm-friendly storage solutions:
- The Storage Pod Bed Riser Set maximizes under-bed storage space via two separate functions, utilizing four bed risers and a multi-compartment storage pod. The bed risers raise a bed six inches so you can store more stuff underneath, while the pod, which attaches to any of the risers, has a large compartment for notebooks, books and papers as well as smaller compartments with slits to accommodate chargers and cables. The pod is cleverly designed to spin 360 degrees for easy access to whatever you put in it–keys, remotes, cell phones, snacks, magazines, etc.
- Under-bed storage drawers are another way to make the most of the space down under while also keeping stored items dust-free. The Iris Stackable Under Bed Storage Drawer features a low 6-1/2 inch high frame enclosing a clear removable drawer; if you use bed risers you may be able to stack two drawers and create a mini dresser under your bed.
- The Bed Caddy is like a condensed nightstand that hangs from the side of your bed, with a tissue holder and six pockets in various sizes for storing almost anything you like to keep close at hand. Dorm beds are long enough to allow you to comfortably fit more than one bed caddy along the bedside.