Answer: Scarf storage

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Q. I’m looking for the best way to store scarves. I have many and I now store them in hangers, about 5-6 per hanger. Any better ideas to keep them visible and space saving besides putting them in a dresser drawer?

A. You’re on the right track. Storing scarves on hangers is one of the most space-efficient ways to keep them easily accessible.  Scarf hangers 18 Hole Scarf Hanger Imageare designed especially for storing multiple scarves and are available in a wide variety of styles and configurations, such as this 18-Hole Scarf Hanger.

Another space-saving option is the Extending Closet Scarf Organizer, a sliding rack that mounts to any side of your closet and pulls out so you can access up to six scarves. Closet Scarf Organizer - Extending Image

 

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Answer: Magnetic calendar

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Q. I am looking for a wall calendar (with dates all ready on it) for 2017 that will fit on the side of my refrigerator. It needs to have a magnetic back. Can you help?

A.  I’m happy to help.  The 2017 Monthly Magnetic Calendar is a 12-month calendar that has magnets on the back.  Measuring 11 inches wide by 8-1/2 inches high, it should easily fit on the side of your refrigerator.  It features ruled lines for notes and vinyl tabs that hold the pages in place.

Other types of magnetic calendars can be found here.

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Answer: Under-shelf basket

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Q. I have a small office space, and I would like to have a paper tray that hangs under the bottom shelf of a suspended book shelf.  I will keep a special kind of printer paper in it, and the printer will be sitting on a shelf about a foot below it. Do you know of any paper holders like this?

A.  What you are looking for is called an under-shelf basket.  Made of wire, these handy storage solutions are designed to slide onto a shelf and provide open storage below. Under-shelf baskets are available in several sizes and colors.   York Pantry Storage Basket Image

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Answer: Clear bins with handles

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Q. I just moved into a small apartment with very limited storage. There are two cabinets over the refrigerator. Inside dimensions are 11″ deep, 11-1/2″ wide, 12″ tall.  I would like to find bins of some kind that I could slide into the cabinet and pull out  – preferably clear, but they don’t have to be. They don’t have to be as tall as the cabinet either. They should have handles, or a way to attach some kind of handle, for easy access, because the cabinets are not real easy to reach. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A. Depending on the size of the items you want to store in that small space, there are several possibilities. Here are three Pantry Organizer Imageclear plastic bins–all 10-1/2 inches deep including handles–which could fit in your over-the-fridge cabinets:

More types of clear bins with handles can be found here.

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Answer: Sorter for mail, magazines and catalogs

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Q. I am looking for a sorter for the hallway near my garage. It mostly needs to hold magazines, catalogs and mail. Keys are not necessary but definitely a plus. Any suggestions?

A. Depending on the number of catalogs and magazines you want it to hold, there are several options. Scroll Mail Organizer and Key Rack ImageOne good example is the Scroll Mail Organizer and Key Rack–it provides three spacious tiers of storage so you could designate one each for magazines, catalogs and mail. It also has five keys hooks.

More mail sorters can be found here.

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Answer: Recycling system

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Q. I am looking for a space-efficient recycling system for collecting batteries, cell phones and ink cartridges at our “Green” school. I need 3 containers in all, that won’t take up much room in our school hallway & will encourage parents to drop their items in easily so I can periodically collect the batches to send off to the recycling plant. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

A. I think the Stackable Recycle Bins could work for your school hallway–they come in a set of three, each a different color (green, yellow and blue) 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.   Stackable Recycle Bins (Set of 3) Image

Another good recycling system (but pricier) is the Stainless Steel Three-Compartment Step Recycle Center, which features three step-open compartments with removable bins for storing and organizing recyclables.

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Answer: Storing fabrics

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Q. I am needing to transfer and store various fabrics: extra shower curtains for vacation rentals, bedspreads I alternate seasonally on our guest houses, and fabric for planned projects, curtains changed out, etc. I have them in overly large bins that are impractical, large, heavy to move or stack or store anywhere. They are now cluttering up my bedroom edges. I have a closet space I think might hold some of this after I purge some more. It stands 68-70 inches tall (space inside is higher due to framing) 18 inches wide, 20 inches deep.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A. I recommend storing all of these items by hanging them–folded carefully–on heavy-duty open-ended hangers. Comforter and Blanket Hanger ImageThe Comforter and Blanket Hanger (pictured) is a good example.  This type of storage solution also works well for storing tablecloths and quilts.

For additional hanging space, you can install towel bars on the inside of the closet door, or use an over-the-door towel rack which requires no installation.

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Answer: Storing framed photos & artwork

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Q. I’m trying to organize an unearthly amount in a basement. We live in a very small home. We are using a basement bedroom for storage. In our previous home I had a very large photo collage wall full of black-framed family adventures. I don’t have plans to put it back up….yet. I also have large frames of artwork that we rotate throughout the house. I have a 5 foot square area all taken up with these frames and stored art. I have no idea how to manage it. Ideas?

A. Your framed photos can be stored in a large multi-drawer chest such as the Iris Wide Three-Drawer Storage Chest.  Be sure to layer them with a piece of cardboard between each framed piece to prevent scratches, and label the drawers to make it easy to identify which photos are inside.Iris Wide Three-Drawer Storage Chest - Black Image

For storage of the large framed artworks, simply stand them upright in a cardboard carton; to protect the frames, sandwich them between cardboard or poster boards that are slightly higher than the frames so you can label them (like file dividers) for easy identification.

 

 

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Answer: Packing dress-up clothes for a trip

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Q. I’m planning a six-week stay with family in Oregon, but the only luggage I have is a couple of old-timey suitcases and I can’t afford new specialized luggage. Most of my clothes won’t pose a problem but I have to take a fancy lace dress and shoes to wear to a wedding. Can you suggest a way to pack them that won’t (a) wrinkle or crush the dress any more than necessary, and (b) arrange and pack the shoes efficiently so they don’t crowd out other necessities?

A. Since I’m not a packing expert, I did some online research and found these excellent step-by-step instructions for packing dresses wrinkle-free inTravel Shoe Case Image suitcases.                     There’s a recommendation (at the end) that shoes be packed in a separate suitcase, and the explanation makes good sense. But if you need to pack shoes in the same suitcase as your dress, a Travel Shoe Case should solve the problem.

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Answer: Pot lid organizers

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Q. I have such a problem with my pot lids. I have a large cupboard approx. 25″ w x 13″ h and 23″ deep. Any suggestions?  Chrome Roll-Out Lid Organizer Image

A. There are several types of pot lid organizers that could work for your cupboard, but my top recommendations are the Chrome Roll-Out Lid Organizer Lid Maid Cabinet Organizer Imagewhich can accommodate up to 18 pot lids; and the Lid Maid Pull-Out Lid Organizer, with a storage capacity of up to six cookware lids.  Both are also able to hold cookie sheets, trays and cutting boards.

Although pull-out organizers require installation, they make life easier on a daily basis by allowing you to easily access the far reaches of your cabinets.

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