Answer: Butter storage

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Q. Is there a tidy & hygienic way to store a stick of butter that lets you keep the wrapper on it? I’ve tried various butter dishes but those all seem to be designed for wrapper-less butter.  Also I need it to fit 5-inch by 1/4-inch sticks.

A. I think the Stick Butter Container could be exactly what you’ve been looking for, and it’s only $1.99. Perfectly sized to accommodate a 1/4- pound stick of East Coast-sized* butter (5 inches by 1-1/4 inch by 1-1/4 inch), the form-fitting design doesn’t waste any space inside the fridge. And it lets you leave the wrapping on the butter so you can easily measure out tablespoons later. Crafted from clear BPA-free plastic, it has a hinged lid that snaps closed to keep the stored butter fresh.

*  Find out why sticks of butter are long and skinny in the East but short and fat in the West–this article explains the mystery.

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Answer: Laundry cart

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Q. I’m looking for a small laundry cart with a bar for hanging up clothes.  I’ve seen this type of cart in laundromats but I don’t need the industrial size, I only want it for my home. Can you help?

A.  I think the Chrome Rolling Laundry Cart from Household Essentials is exactly what you’ve been looking for.  It has a pole with a hanging bar above the basket section; the basket is 7 inches high by 23.5 inches wide by 19.5 inches deep, There’s also a wire shelf below the basket for holding detergent, softener and other laundry accessories.  

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Answer: Vanity turntable organizer

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Q.  Your recent blog about Lazy Susans got me thinking I’d like a revolving organizer for my vanity counter. Are there any with more & deeper compartments than the ones you wrote about?  I’d like something that can hold toiletries and haircare supplies so they won’t fall over.

A.  Depending on how many toiletries and supplies you want to keep on your vanity, there are two main types of vanity turntable organizers to choose from:

  • The clear Spinning Vanity Organizer has four small slots, four small sections, and one center section, all sized to hold hair and makeup accessories. The center section is 3-7/8 inches high by 3 inches in diameter; the adjoining four sections are 2-1/2 inches round and 2-7/8 inches high; and the four slots are 1-1/2 inches wide and deep, and 2 inches high.
  • Metal mesh Makeup Carousels (available in a variety of colors) are double-decker spinning organizers that feature six storage bins (three on each level) spinning around a center section on each side of the handle.  The center section is designed for storing long and slender supplies such as makeup brushes and nail files.

 

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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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