It’s easy to accumulate house plants. Finding room for them is another story.
Plants can take up a lot of space inside your home. But since certain indoor plants also function as air purifiers (according to the NASA Clean Air Study), an abundance of them may be justified. Unless, of course, your plant collection has outgrown your space and morphed into plant clutter.
Having efficient house plant storage systems can keep your indoor garden looking tidy. Here are four space-savers designed to help you make the most of your green thumb:
- The Urbio Wall Planter is a magnetic container that attaches to any magnet-friendly surface, such as the side of your refrigerator, or to a magnetic wall board. It can hold up to five pounds of anything (mail, vitamin bottles, office supplies, toiletries) but it works well as a small plant holder.
- The Corner Folding Bakers Rack utilizes vertical corner space, with four ventilated metal shelves set in a wrought iron frame that can be folded away when not in use.
- The Indoor Plant Pole is a spring-loaded metal tension rod that can be adjusted to fit floor-to-ceiling spaces of 7 feet to 8-1/2 feet, with three adjustable arms for hanging up to three plants at a time; each arm can support a 5-pound plant. It’s especially handy for when you need to temporarily bring outdoor plants indoors to protect them from harsh weather.
- The metal 3-Tier Plant Stand features three shelves that fold down individually for space-saving when not in use. The tops of the shelves are made from Travertine stone; the frame legs are flared outwards for stability. The Metal Plant Stand, with slate shelves, has similar features. Both can be used outdoors as well as indoors.
More types of house plant storage stands can be found here.
National Fire Prevention Week is coming up–time to clean out that junk drawer and organize your batteries! Why single out batteries? Because batteries stored in drawers surrounded by metal objects (including other batteries) and flammable items can be hazardous: Battery posts that come into contact with metal are capable of inducing enough heat to spark a battery fire.
So now you know why batteries shouldn’t be stored loose in a cluttered drawer. (There are those who also believe batteries last longer when stored in the freezer or refrigerator, but Everyday Einstein explains why that’s a fallacy.)
Luckily, there are battery organizers that make it easy to store batteries safely and accessibly. Some are designed to hang inside a cabinet door or on a wall; others are made to fit inside a drawer; and some even include a battery tester. There are even battery organizers that have all the above attributes. And there are portable battery caddies too. Here’s a sampling of the different types of battery organizers:
- The Battery Storage Rack (which includes a removable battery tester) can either be stored in a drawer or mounted using the included screws and wall anchors. It has compartments for four 9-Volt batteries, six D batteries, eight C batteries, 39 AA batteries 25 AAA batteries and five button batteries.
- The portable Storacell Original Battery Caddy is a compact, easy to access battery dispenser and organizer. It holds 12 AA’s, four AAA’s, two C’s and one 9-Volt battery. Originally designed for pilots, it allows you to dispense batteries with one hand for safety and convenience. It also provides terminal protection at both ends regardless of how the battery is inserted, and a built-in hook for hanging.
- The drawer-oriented Battery Storage Organizer is also portable, thanks to attached snap-close lid. Constructed from clear polypropylene plastic, it features four compartments sized for 12 AAA batteries, 12 AA batteries, six C batteries, and four D batteries.
There are also similar individual battery storage boxes made for specific sizes of batteries.
More battery organizers can be found here.
Pegboard storage systems are among the most versatile types of organizing solutions. And they’re not just for tools and garages–they’re also effective in bathroom cabinets, laundry rooms, closets, home offices and kitchens. (In fact, one of the most famous pegboard storage systems was in Julia Child’s kitchen–it’s preserved in the Smithsonian!)
Nowadays, the best pegboard organizers aren’t actually made of pegboard since metal (heavy gauge steel) has proven to be a better material. Thanks to metal pegboard’s strength and durability, there are many pegboard possibilities–the basic type with hooks has evolved to accommodate all types of holders, including baskets, bins, shelves, clips and pockets.
Here are several different kinds of effective pegboard storage systems:
- The Pegboard Basket and Hook Station is especially useful for laundry room, home office and crafts organizing–it’s a spacious wire basket with eight large hooks underneath; each hook is capped with silicone for added protection. It has attached pegboard hooks along with mounting hardware.
- Wall Control Pegboards come in a wide variety of styles (even pegboard jewelry organizers) and in eight colors; the pegboards feature slots (for holding brackets) as well as hook holes.
- The modular metal Garage Wall Storage System and Tool Organizer is a hybrid–it’s a pegboard system attached to a frame that also features shelving, wire baskets, hooks and bins. It includes an array of interchangeable and expandable components made from heavy-gauge epoxy-coated steel. The mounting hardware provides a variety of hanging storage options for saws, hammers, screwdrivers, pruners and other household and gardening tools.
For more pegboard organizing ideas, check out the Family Handyman’s Organize Anything With Pegboard.
Ah, the classic junk drawer. Filled with items that you just know if you ever discard them, you’ll finally need them. A jumble of seemingly useless yet occasionally useful odds and ends.
An organized junk drawer may sound like an oxymoron–but think about it. How handy would it be if you could quickly find whatever you needed, instead of wasting time rummaging around and getting sidetracked by things you forgot you had?
Junk drawer organizers are available in a variety of configurations. The best ones offer some type of flexibility. Here are five effective types of junk drawer organizers:
- Double-decker. The Junk Drawer Organizer consists of two trays: a sliding top tray that’s about half the size of the bottom tray. Together they comprise 22 individual compartments of various sizes. Decals are included that can be used to designate specific sections for a variety of items such as pens and pencils, notes, scissors, stamps, and screwdrivers. The trays can also be used side by side for more drawer coverage.
- Modular. Interlocking Plastic Bins are useful for creating a completely customized drawer organizer. The bins come in various sizes and feature an interlocking lip so they can be easily joined together.
- Sliding. The Acrylic Expandable Drawer Organizer is a clear tray with multiple compartments, designed to slide on drawer sides to allow quick access to items in the drawer space below. The tray features square rails to fit on drawer side frames measuring one-half-inch thick, and expands to fit in drawer spaces measuring 11 to 18-1/2 inches wide. The clear acrylic lets you see what’s in the drawer beneath the tray.
- Adjustable. The Bamboo Adjustable Drawer Organizer includes three removable dividers that can create anywhere from six to 13 storage compartments.
- Dividers. The Expandable and Adjustable Kitchen Drawer Dividers kit components include a pair of spring-loaded dividers that fit in drawers measuring 17-1/2 inches to 21 inches long, plus three additional slide-in dividers that provide for greater custom organization.
For more types of drawer organizers that can help you get your junk drawer in order, read my earlier post on makeup drawer organizers.
Is your purse like a black hole that constantly swallows up your wallet, keys, phone, glasses, pens, coupons or whatever else you’re frantically looking for? An organized purse may seem unattainable, but there’s hope.
Purse organizer inserts not only make sure your purse stays organized, they also make it easy to switch purses. These handy handbag organizers feature interior and exterior compartments sized to neatly hold just about everything you like to carry in your purse. Here are three examples of purse organizer inserts that can create and maintain order inside even the most chaotic purses:
- Pouchee Purse Organizers feature nine exterior pockets (including one that’s perfect for holding pens), two metal ring handles at the top, and a magnetic snap closure. The interior has three main divided sections, one zipper pocket inside (ideal for carrying cash), two small interior side pockets and a wide slip pocket sized for receipts or coupons. The Pouchee is available in several styles and a range of colors and materials.
- Chameleon Handbag Inserts come in six sizes and both a structured and unstructured version, all with 16 pockets; one of the designs even has a removable pocket.
- The RFID Blocking Purse Organizer provides plenty of pockets inside and out, plus protection from tech-savvy identity thieves with long-distance RFID readers. It features RFID blocking technology that prevents unauthorized access to credit card numbers and other personal information. The four inside pockets are elasticized at the top; there’s also a large central interior pocket, three open outside pockets and a long zippered outside pocket.
For other purse organization ideas, check out my purse organizing tips and purse storage solutions.