Answer: Hot hair tool holder

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Q.  I recently started using a flat iron and I’m getting frustrated trying to figure out how to store it while it’s still hot.  Any suggestions?

A. What you need is a heat-resistant silicone hair tool holder.  The Hair Straightener Holder is a good example.  It’s designed to keep a hot flat iron or curling iron safely stored on the bathroom counter, and it also folds up easily for travel.  Heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, it can store any curling iron or flat iron measuring up to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. A plug catch on the side keeps an electrical cord tidy and easily accessible.

The Curling Iron Storage Rack Hot Sleeve is another space-saving option–it can be hung from a towel bar.

 

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Answer: Recyclables storage

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Q. I am looking for a three-holders bin to hold bottles, cans and paper. What I have found is too small for a couple weeks collection. Any suggestions?

A. I’d recommend Stackable Recycle Bins –they are large capacity (18 gallons each) and come in a set of three, each a different color so you can easily color-code your recyclables. The bins are designed to stack with or without the lid to save space, and each has a carrying handle and a front flap that can stay open or be left closed.   

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Answer: Under bathroom sink shelves

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Q. The cabinet under my bathroom sink is 32 inches wide, 20 inches deep and 15.5 inches high; however, there is the plumbing trap and hot & cold water cut offs near the center of the bottom of the cabinet.  What kind of storage would you suggest for me to maximize this under cabinet space?  I would like two levels to maximize the storage.

A. There are two under-sink shelf organizers that should fit your cabinet–each is 15.5 inches high, 15.5 inches deep, and expand from 17 to 27.5 inches wide: the Under Sink Shelf Organizer and the Expandable Under Sink Organizer.  Both have two levels and are designed with adjustable panels that accommodate under-sink plumbing. 

 

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Answer: Stroller Organizer Bag

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Q.  As a new mom I’m finding out how much stuff I need to carry along everywhere.  I always seem to end up with too many tote bags hanging off my stroller handles and it’s often frustrating trying to find what I need in them. Is there some type of stroller organizer you can recommend?   

A.  The Stroller Organizer Bag solves the problem you’ve described.  It keeps everything right where you need it:  Velcro straps attach to your stroller handles and support a large mesh pouch (you can easily see what’s inside), a smaller pocket with Velcro closure, and two drink holders.

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Answer: Mouse-proof fruit storage

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Q.  Help!  We’ve got a mouse (hopefully not more than one) in our house.  We’ve set traps but keep finding evidence that it likes fruit.  The problem is that our family also loves fruit and we’re used to keeping fruit bowls on our kitchen table.  We don’t want to keep fruit in the fridge all the time or hidden away in closed containers and cabinets.  Can you recommend some kind of mouse-proof fruit storage that would work for us?

A.  According to pest control experts, out of all the foods rodents consume, their top two loves are generally fruits and berries.  So it’s no surprise that your furry invader has been making a beeline for your fruit bowls.

I have a couple of suggestions for you:

  1. A three-tier hanging fruit basket is a mouse-resistant solution to the problem of storing fruit so that it’s handy yet out of the way, while also providing good air circulation. Hanging fruit baskets come in a variety of styles and are economical as well as effective.  
  2. Grubpacks are strong, light, stainless steel wire mesh bags with a Velcro closure–they’re designed for camping but can be used anywhere. The rodent-proof stainless steel won’t rust and the Velcro closes tight. They come in five different sizes and have optional handles so you can hang them from wall hooks.
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Answer: Studio apartment kitchen storage

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Q. I’m furnishing a studio apartment to be used as a vacation rental.  I need a way of utilizing the space over a mini-refrigerator for storage of kitchen supplies, small appliances, etc., without having to install shelves.  What can you recommend for a space no wider than 26 inches and no deeper than 20 inches?

A.  You’re in luck–there’s a rack designed specifically for the needs you’ve described.  The Mini Fridge and Microwave Rack is 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep, sized to fit over most types of mini-fridges.  It has two adjustable shelves that are ideal for storing kitchen supplies and appliances such as a microwave.  

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Answer: First Aid Kit storage

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Q. I have not been able to find a good place to store a First Aid kit at home so that it’s easy to access in an emergency.  My medicine cabinet is full of other necessities and I don’t really have any other cabinet or drawer space that would work for this purpose. Any suggestions to solve this storage dilemma?

A. I recommend either the Wall Mount Home First Aid Kit Box or the First Aid Wall Cabinet–both are designed to utilize wall space and provide easy access.  They are similar except the bright red First Aid Wall Cabinet is larger and has two swing-out bins.

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Answer: Deep drawer organizers

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Q. I have a drawer in my vanity that is 11 inches tall and 9 3/4 inches wide.  I need a drawer doubler that will fit in the top of the drawer so I can utilize the empty space.  I have not been able to find a drawer doubler that will fit. Do you have any suggestions?

A. You’re right–they don’t seem to make drawer doublers for drawers narrower than 10 3/4 inches wide.  I think your best bet would be to organize by layering several drawer organizers, using a combination of stackable bins and stackable trays.  It all depends on the type and size of the items you want to keep in your vanity drawer, and how often you need to access them.

If you’d like to store haircare tools in the front of the drawer, the Blow Away Vanity Organizer would fit perfectly.

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Answer: Vertical storage

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Q. My husband had a stroke that affected his swallow mechanism, so it takes him a long time to eat and therefore a meal can take two hours. Because he is at the table so long, a lot of items he needs stay on the table for a long time.  I have tried baskets and trays, but the result is the same – a spread out mess on the table.  The table is next to a wall, so I know there must be some way to use that wall for vertical storage, but I don’t have time to shop.  Your suggestions will be much appreciated.

A. To create vertical storage on your dining table, I recommend a stand-alone, three-level tiered shelf organizer, designed to sit on a flat surface so you don’t need to attach it to the wall.  Also known as stair-step risers, they’re available in a variety of sizes and styles.

You might also consider using a three-tiered rolling cart next to or under the table that can be easily rolled away after mealtime.

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