Space-saving laundry baskets

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Traditional laundry baskets take up way too much room. Whether round, oval, square or rectangular, those hard plastic or wicker baskets are bulky space-wasters. (Especially since they’re empty half the time.)

When space is in short supply, collapsible laundry baskets are a better choice.  Here are some of my favorite space-saving laundry baskets:

  • The nylon mesh Pop Up Triple Laundry Sorter is more than just a collapsible laundry basket–it’s divided into three sections to help youPop Up Triple Laundry Sorter Image automatically sort your washables.  This clever laundry container features a flexible wire frame that makes it a snap to pop open and then, when empty, folds away quickly for compact storage.  The handles provide easy transport and also allow you to hang up the folded-up basket when it’s not in use.
  • The Pop and Fold Mesh Laundry Basket and the Pop Up Laundry Hamper are similar to the above but offer an open design (no dividers), with nylon mesh and flexible wire construction, and sturdy carrying straps.
  • A more heavy-duty option is the Rectangle Crunch Container–it’s made of canvas and features a PVC lining. Rectangle Crunch Container ImageThe lining is somewhat rigid to allow the tote to be crunched down, and to expand and stand up on its own. Simply open the tote and form it into whatever shape you need. Both the canvas exterior and the PVC lining can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth. Two comfortable handles provide easy toting.
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Crafty craft carts

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Craft carts are great storage solutions for more than arts and crafts supplies. With multiple drawers and compartments of various sizes, these handy carts can help you keep all sorts of supplies organized and easily accessible: office supplies, beauty supplies, gift wrapping supplies, pet supplies…

Here are three examples of well-designed craft carts:

  • The dual-sided Craft Storage Cart has three built-in drawers, a large open compartment and Craft Storage Cart Imagetwo open shelves on one side; on the back are four dowels, an open compartment and three smaller sections. The dowels can be used for storing ribbons, yarn, rolls of stickers and other spool-oriented supplies.
  • The slim 10 Drawer Storage Cart consists of 10 plastic drawers in five colors (two drawers of each color) on a steel frame.  Each drawer measures 12 inches wide by 15 inches deep and the five colors allow you to color-code stored items; the drawers can be easily rearranged into different color combinations.  Two of the casters lock securely in place to keep the cart stationary.
  • The translucent 12 Drawer Rolling Cart features four large drawers, eight shallow drawers and a spacious 12 Drawer Rolling Cart Imagetop shelf that can be used as a work surface.  The metal frame rises into handles on each side for easy transport. And since the drawers are semi-transparent, it’s easy to see what’s stored within them.

Other types of craft carts can be found here.

 

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Kitchen Drawer Organizers

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Are your kitchen drawers a disaster?  Any drawer has the potential to become a cluttered mess, but kitchen drawers are especially vulnerable since they’re used so often.

Deep drawers and shallow drawers present different challenges. Outfitting them with the right kitchen drawer organizers can make a wonderful difference.  Here are three of the most effective types of kitchen drawer organizers:

  • For deep drawers, the Umbra Kitchen Drawer Organizers set offers a flexible way to create and maintain order.  This is a simple pegboard system designed to keep food storage containers, cookwareUmbra Kitchen Drawer Organizers (Set of 2) Image and other bulky items in place. Two plastic pegboards are included in each set along with 16 pegs; one end of each board is extendable to fit larger drawer spaces (expanding from 17-3/4 to 21-1/2 inches in length).  The easily repositionable pegs lock into the pegboard to organize items of all shapes and sizes.
  • For shallower drawers dedicated to storing cooking utensils, the Silicone Drawer Organizer Set is ideal–it consists of a green silicone base mat (20 inches by 14 inches) that’s cuttable to fit any size drawer in your kitchen, along with 15 dividers (Divitz) which can be arranged on the base mat to keep utensils secure and prevent sliding. The silicone material is easy to clean and food-grade safe, and it’s also available in a neutral color.
  • For cutlery drawers, the Expand-A-Drawer Cutlery Organizer provides five sections for flatware and two large side compartments for kitchen utensils.Expand-A-Drawer Cutlery Organizer Image Constructed of smooth white plastic, the sides pull out to expand the tray from 9 inches to 16 inches wide. When the expandable sides are pulled out, two new compartments are created.  The adjustable compartments can be up to 3-1/2 inches wide, and the sections run the entire length of the organizer so they’ll fit long spoons and serving utensils.
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New shoe storage solutions

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A new year, a new resolution:  Get your shoes in order!

Choosing the right storage system for your shoes is half the battle.  I’ve written previously about the most space-efficient types of shoe organizers.  Now I want to share three of my favorite new shoe storage solutions:

  • The clear, stackable Easy Access Women’s Shoe Box fulfills the promise of its name–it features a front panel that lifts up and locks into place, making the contents extremely easy to access.  Womens Shoe Box - Easy Access ImageThis brilliant shoe storage system allows you to actually see all of your shoes at a glance and grab whichever pair you want, without ever needing to remove a box, no matter how high you stack them.  Each shoebox has ventilation holes to let shoes “breathe”. Designed to fit most women’s shoes up to a size 10 with a heel of 4 inches or under, it’s also available in a larger size that will fit up to a men’s size 12 shoe.
  • The canvas and chrome 10 Pocket Shoe Organizer holds up to 10 pairs of shoes in a freestanding unit that can be positioned either horizontally or vertically.  Attractive enough to be used in an entryway, this shoe organizer also works well inside a closet on the floor or on a shelf.
  • The Modular Shoe Storage Organizer is designed for use on wire racks or standard closet shelving.  Adjustable and removable panels allow the system to accommodate up to 22 pairs of shoes and boots (depending on shoe dimensions).  The compartments can be configured to hold all types of shoes, with T-connectors that slide up or down to adjust the size of the openings.

More types of shoe storage solutions can be found here.

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