Controlling candy clutter

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Candy is dandy–especially the day after Halloween when you can get all you want at half price.  And if you have a sweet tooth, it’s almost impossible to resist the lure of all those bargain bags of “fun size” candy bars, hard candies, chewy goodies and other sweet treats.

Unfortunately this type of indulgence can lead to a serious condition known as C.C.: Candy Clutter.  Unless you have good storage systems for keeping your candy inventory fresh and organized, those candies can create chaos (until they get eaten up, of course).  So here are three types of candy containers that can help you keep the spirit of Halloween alive year-round:

  • The OXO Good Grips Snack Jar is a clever update of the classic candy jar.  A specially designed pop-top lid fOXO Good Grips Snack Jar - 5 Quart Imageeatures an airtight seal to keep everything fresher longer; the lid opens easily with the touch of the center button, which pops up to become an easy-to-grab handle.  It holds up to 5 quarts of candies or other snacks; also available in 2-quart and 3-quart sizes.
  • The Dog Treat Container is ideal for candy storage–it’s see-through and stackable with an air-tight, easy open flip-up lid.
  • The Double Food Dispensing Canister, designed to keep sweets and other edibles fresh for up to 45 days, makes it easy (and fun) to access two kinds of candy side by side.   Double Food Dispensing Canister - Black ImageIt’s also available in three different colors.

 

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Space-saving Spice Storage Solutions

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Variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes.  But once you’ve accumulated a variety of spices, keeping them organized can become a challenge–especially when your spice space is limited.

Here are three different types of space-saving spice storage solutions designed to help you store the maximum number of spices in a minimum amount of space:

  • Up to 36 spice bottles can be organized in the Expand-A-Drawer Spice Organizer which holds spice bottles at an easy-to-read angle and expands from 12 inches to 24 inches so it can fit in a variety of drawer widthsExpand-A-Drawer Spice Organizer Image.  It allows you to see all the spices at one glance so you don’t end up purchasing spices you already have, and keeps them easily accessible–“right at hand but out of sight,” as one reviewer put it.
  • If you have more wall space or counter space than drawer space, the clear acrylic 20 Bottle Spice Rack Organizer is a good wall-mountable option that can also be kept on a counter or even attached inside a cabinet door. The set includes 20 three-ounce spice jars, 48 pre-printed labels and 12 blank labels.
  • The steel and metal mesh Spice Drawer Organizer provides an easy way to make the most of your cabinet space, with three pull-out drawers contained in a compact 8 3/4-inch-wide unit that holds up to 18 small or large spice jars.Spice Drawer Organizer Image The drawers pull out and down for easy viewing (especially useful if you want to store the spice chest on an upper shelf).  The set includes 60 pre-printed labels and 30 blank labels.
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Answer: Clothes rack cover

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Q. Where can I buy a cover for my clothes rack? Dimensions: single pole 56 inches long – 68 inches tall (from top to bottom) – 24 inches deep (wheel to wheel base).  I need a cover with easy access and brown or clear in color ( solid material or clear material). Thanks for your help!  Garment Rack Cover Image

A. This clear Garment Rack Cover could work–it can be used with a rack measuring 67 inches tall by 63 inches wide by 23 inches deep.  The actual dimensions are 72″H x 64″W x  24″D.

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Door Hinge Storage Systems

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Feeling unhinged by a lack of storage space?  Maybe it’s time to put your door hinges to work as hosts to hideaway storage solutions.

Hinge-mounted cabinets and racks offer a way to utilize wasted space while providing easy access to frequently used items. Here are three types of space-saving and innovative door hinge storage systems:

  • Cabidor’s Portable Storage Closet gives you a sleek place to store toiletries, cleaning supplies, packaged foods or other items you’d like to keep handy yet out of the way.Portable Storage Closet - Mounted Image It provides eight 4-inch-deep shelves (six adjustable and two fixed) in a portable cabinet designed to hang off any door hinge.  No tools are required for installation but there must be at least 3 1/2 inches from the center of your hinge pin to the side wall when installing to a corner.
    Another version is the  Hinge Mounted Mirrored Cabinet which includes a full length mirror on the exterior.
  • The Hinge Mounted Mirrored Jewelry Cabinet is also portable and easily mounted with no extra tools required.  It features two mirrors–a long one outside plus a wide one inside–and a velvet-lined interior with 24 necklace hooks, 12 bracelet hooks, 85 earring slots, 25 ring slots and one keepsake drawer.
  • The Hinge-It Clutter Buster Door Towel Rack helps keep towels and clothes off the floor by offering easy-to-reach storage in your bathroom, bedroom or laundry room.  Four arms that Hinge-It Clutter Buster Door Towel Rack - Chrome Imagecan be rotated individually add approximately 6 feet of hanging space behind any door.  Easy to install (no drilling), and it also works well for air-drying damp or wet items–not just towels but laundry, swimsuits, wetsuits, etc.
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Answer: Cosmetic drawer inserts

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Q. ​I’m attempting to get my wife and I more organized and could really use your help. Below are the dimensions of 7 drawers in our bathroom I would like to order acrylic inserts for. Any assistance you can provide in letting use know which of your products best match up dimensionally to the space in the drawers is greatly appreciated!
Left/right  Front/back  Deep
1ea – 23 1/8 x 16 5/8 x 2 2/8
2ea. 12 1/2. X. 17. X. 3 1/4
2ea. 12 5/8. X. 16 1/2. X. 5 1/4
2ea. 14 1/4. X. 16 1/2. X. 5 1/4

A. There are three types of acrylic (clear) drawer organizers I’m recommending because each offers a different way to customize the number of sections or the size:

  • Clear Drawer Bins are modular and come in four different sizes: 4 x 16 x 3 inches; 4 x 12 x 3 inches; 4 x 8 x 3 inches; and 4 x 4 x 3 inches.
  • The 12 Section Acrylic Drawer Organizer (9.5 x  6.5 x 1.38 inches high) features 12 storage compartments with eight removable dividers.  Acrylic Drawer Organizer - 12 Section Image
  • The Acrylic Expandable Drawer Organizer expands to fit in drawer spaces measuring 11 to 18-1/2 inches wide.  Designed to hang across a drawer, it has square rails to fit on drawer side frames measuring up to 1/2 inch thick so it can slide for easy access to the items below, which are easily visible because it’s clear.
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Freezer organization

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“Hell freezes over”–could that be a caption for your disorganized freezer? Not only for the contents but for when you plan to organize it?

If so, you’re not alone. It’s common for freezers to become frosty caverns of clutter, clogged with mystery meats, forgotten leftovers, fuzzy ice cube trays and all manner of frozen foods.

But freezer organization isn’t difficult when you have the right tools. Here are four types of organizing products that make it easy to get your freezer organized and keep it uncluttered:

  • Freezers rarely have enough shelves (which is why foods often get piled), so it’s wise to utilize shelving options such as the Refrigerator Organizer, which features three adjustable shelves that allow you to store up to four items or containers of varying sizes.
  • To neatly corral all types of frozen packaged foods yet keep them easily visible, Refrigerator Bin - 12 x 8 Inch Imageclear stacking Refrigerator Bins come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
  • Pull-out Cabinet Baskets let you access foods that would normally get lost in the far reaches of your freezer.  Sized for smaller items, they require no installation.
  • The Erasable Food Storage Container Labels kit includes 70 reusable food container labels that are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe and feature a smooth laminated surface which allows you to erase and reuse them over and over.  Also included are one ultra-fine marker and one permanent ink eraser.
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Cosmetic clutter solutions

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Cosmetic clutter isn’t pretty. All those little pots, tubes, palettes, applicators and other makeup necessities have a way of creeping like kudzu over every available bathroom counter and vanity surface.  How can beauty supplies be so unbeautiful?!

Quantity is often a contributing factor. Obviously it’s important to periodically weed out any cosmetics you don’t use on a regular basis.  But even if you’re good about weeding, you may still have enough makeup to create cosmetic clutter.  That’s why choosing the most effective counter-top and vanity organizers is crucial.

Here are three cosmetic organizers designed to maximize your make-up counter space:

  • The Acrylic Organizer with Drawers is a sleek space-saver offering five levels of storage in a one-square-foot unit. Acrylic Organizer with Drawers Image  Four clear drawers are topped by a clear compartment with a hinged lid that can be left open to accommodate taller products.
  • The Make-Up Carousel is a two-level Lazy Susan-style organizer that features six mesh storage bins in only a nine-inch-diameter footprint.  The rotating design provides easy access to all your cosmetic supplies.
  • A more portable option, the Bathroom Vanity Tray, has adjustable compartments.  Ten removable panels Bathroom Vanity Tray Imageallow you to create up to 25 custom storage pods, and the convenient carrying handles make the tray easy to transport.
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