Answer: Organizer for gloves and mittens

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Q. My daughter and I have accumulated quite a collection of gloves and mittens.  Any suggestions for how we can store them in a way that makes them easy to see?

A.  An over-the-door shoe organizer with clear plastic pockets works well for storing gloves and mittens; each pocket can be used to store one pair.  A good example is the Clear Vinyl Over the Door Shoe Organizer–it has 26 clear pockets that make it easy to both see and access the contents.  It fits on doors measuring up to 1-3/8 inches thick.

This type of organizer actually works well for a wide variety of items, such as socks, toiletries, and crafts supplies.
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Answer: Collapsible shopping cart

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Q. I am looking for a a large shopping cart that folds up small to fit in my car.  I want to use it for hauling groceries from car to kitchen. What do you recommend?

A. I think the VersaCart is one of the best reasonably priced collapsible shopping carts available.  VersaCart Reusable Shop Cart ImageWhen folded up it measures just 8 inches wide by 43 inches high by 9 inches deep. It weighs only 9 pounds yet features a steel frame and 120-pound weight capacity, heavy duty nylon bag with a fitted lid and water-resistant coating, ergonomic handles, double wheels all around, and swiveling front wheels.

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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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