Answer: Hat storage for lots of hats

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Q. I’ve got probably about 18 hats. I haven’t found any good solution to how to store them…hat boxes take up too much room and it’s hard to see what’s in each unless you take it down and look inside or through the front if there is a transparent window. The ways to organize baseball caps won’t work with women’s hats!  Can you help?

A. Storing women’s hats safely yet accessibly can be a real challenge. Here are three different types of hat storage solutions:

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Answer: Nail polish organizers

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Q.  My 16-year-old daughter has a nail polish collection that rivals a manicure salon. She has dozens of bottles and needs a way to store them so they’re not all over the place. Can you recommend any nail polish organizers that will accommodate her growing collection?

A.  Depending on how many dozens of bottles of nail polish your daughter has collected so far–and whether you want to plan for future acquisitions–there are two nail polish organizers that could work well for her:

  • The clear Acrylic Nail Polish Rack holds up to 40 bottles and can be kept out on a counter or in a drawer..
  • The two-sided Nail Polish Organizer Case (pictured) holds up to 60 bottles and includes a compartment on one side designed for storing emery boards, cotton pads, nail clippers and other nail care supplies.  It also has a hinged door on each side and a handle for easy portability.Nail Polish Organizer Case Image
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Answer: Baseball cap rack

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Q. My husband has managed to accumulate a dozen baseball caps and he leaves them piled on his dresser.  He does wear them all so I’m not asking him to get rid of any, but I hate how messy they look.  Can you recommend something that will keep them organized or at least tidier?

A. Over-the-door baseball hat racks are an effective and space-saving storage solution for cap collections. I think the Perfect Curve Cap Rack might be the best choice for your husband’s accumulation.  It has 12 clips so he could use one for each of his dozen caps.  

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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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