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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Answer: Organizer for vitamins

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Q. My husband takes about 20 different vitamins and supplements and the bottles are always cluttering up our kitchen counter.  He also sometimes has difficulty opening and closing the bottles. So I’ve been trying to find an organizer-dispenser that can accommodate up to 20 separate batches of large tablets and capsules. But all the ones I’ve seen are either made for small pills or they don’t have enough compartments.  Do you have any suggestions?

A. I think the 20-drawer Small Parts Storage Cabinet could work well as a space-saving dispenser and organizer for vitamins.  Each clear drawer can be pulled out completely for easy access when filling, and you can put adhesive labels on the drawer handles for identification.  (If you use Erasable Labels, you’ll be able to make changes easily when needed.) Small Parts Storage Cabinet Image

The only drawback is that this is not a totally air-tight container; therefore you might want to store it inside a cupboard, on the most accessible shelf.

More ideas for vitamin and pill organizers can be found here.

 

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Answer: Hanging recycling container

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Q. I recently had a really awesome wooden shelf with hooks built in the hallway leading from my kitchen to the garage. The recycling container that holds the recyclables until they are wheeled to the street is in the garage. Rather than making a trip to the garage every time I am disposing of an item, I would like to find an attractive lined “laundry bag” of sorts to hang on my new shelf.  It would be convenient and look nice, as we and guests pass by and through the hallway. Can you help me?

A. I think a laundry bag could be awkward for holding recyclables since you’d need to use both hands to access the opening.  A better alternative is the Canvas Door Knob Hamper, which has an open top for easy access, a slim profile, and a hook for hanging and carrying. Canvas Door Knob Hamper Image

If you’d still prefer to try using a laundry bag, two that might work are the Large Canvas Laundry Bag and the Laundry Bag With Strap.

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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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