Q. We have rolls and rolls of wrapping paper in the closet taking up lots of space and spilling over all the time whenever we go into the closet to reach for something. I bought one of those zip up pouch organizers but it didn’t seem to help as we have more rolls than that pouch can hold. Do you have any suggestions for what can contain various sized rolls of wrapping paper in an orderly, easy to access manner?
A. I recommend the Hanging Wrapping Paper Storage Bag, which can hang inside the closet door (it has an over-the-door hook) and holds up to twelve 40-inch-long rolls of wrapping paper.
The space-saving design makes it easy to access individual rolls of gift wrap as well as all the rolls at once, since the holder can be easily lifted off the door and moved to wherever you do your gift-wrapping.
It also includes a removable compartment designed to hold gift labels, ribbons and tape.
Feeling over-booked? If you’ve run out of room for all your books, you already know the obvious answer: Weed, sell, give away…
Easier said than done, of course. Letting go of books is particularly difficult for book lovers. So figuring out how to store the maximum number of books in the minimum amount of space is essential. Although bookcases are the most common type of book storage solution, they aren’t always the most efficient way to store books. Here are three unusual space-saving bookcase alternatives :
- The Conceal Invisible Bookshelf can hold up to 15 pounds of hardcover or paperback books in the smallest possible wall space. A stack of books appears to float on the wall since the shelf is designed to be invisible when in use. It’s also available in a double version that holds twice as many books.
Wall-mounted bookshelf pot racks
come in a variety of styles and are ideal for storing cookbooks or any other books you want to access in the kitchen. And they keep your most frequently used cooking utensils handy, too.
- The stackable Book Storage Box protects books from moisture, dust and paper-eating creatures in a basement, attic, garage or other storage area. Featuring a snap-close lid and two removable dividers, this plastic storage bin is easy to clean and roomy enough to accommodate books and periodicals of all sizes.
Locker organizers not only help maximize a small narrow space–they can save time and sanity, too. In the mad rush and scramble between classes (or in a busy workplace, or even at the gym), being able to quickly access materials and supplies can mean the difference between calm and crazed.
Here are three types of excellent sanity-saving locker organization tools:
- Locker shelves come in a variety of configurations such as stackable, adjustable and magnetic. One of the most effective locker shelf designs is the Hanging Locker Organizer, which features three rigid shelves (each with a flexible mesh side pocket) and adjusts from 20 inches up to 38 inches to fit both full and half lockers. Since it’s designed to hang from either a rod, hooks or a shelf, it can also be used inside a closet or cubby.
- Magnetic organizers are also available in a wide range of products. Mesh magnetic storage bins come in several sizes and are ideal for holding pens, notepads and other small supplies. (They’re best used on the back or side walls of lockers instead of the door since if it’s slammed they can fall off.) And magnetic hooks are handy for holding purses, bags, hats and other hangables.
- The Chrome Wire Locker Storage Basket, available in two sizes, is especially useful for gym lockers since it can accommodate bulky sporting goods and the open design won’t trap odors. The front loop tab makes the basket easy to pull forward from a locker shelf, almost like a drawer.