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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Christmas tree storage solutions

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Everyone knows that reusable Christmas trees make holiday decorating easier and more economical.  But not everyone knows how to store them so they won’t get damaged.

Storing artificial Christmas trees safely can be a challenge.  Not only are they big and bulky, they’re easy to crush.  Luckily there are several types of effective Christmas tree storage solutions.  Here are three examples:

  • The Upright Christmas Tree Storage Bag is easy to use–it attaches to your existing tree stand and Upright Christmas Tree Storage Bag Imagesimply pulls up from the ground to enclose your artificial tree. Best of all, it allows you to store your tree fully decorated. Designed to accommodate Christmas trees up to 7 1/2 feet tall, the bag is constructed of heavy-duty polyester fabric with durable side handles for easy carrying. The upright design also has a smaller footprint than other types of tree storage systems, so it can fit in a garage corner or closet.
  • If your tree is taller than 7 1/2 feet, the TreeKeeper Expandable Rolling Christmas Tree Storage Bag is a good choice–it can contain a tree that’s between 6 feet and 9 feet high, thanks to a zip-out section that expands as needed. Made from a puncture-resistant nylon and polyester material, the bag also has three wheels that make it a breeze to transport.
  • For the largest trees, your best bet is the Large GreensKeeper Tree Storage Bag–it can hold up to a 12-foot-high tree.  This rugged Christmas tree storage solution includes a sturdy interior frame, a compression GreensKeeper Tree Storage Bag - Large Imagestrap that holds the tree in place and creates room for other holiday decor items, two rugged wheels, and padded handles for comfortable carrying.

Helpful tips for how to safely store artificial Christmas trees can be found here.

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Christmas tree ornament storage boxes

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To prevent decoration damage and disorder, Christmas ornament storage boxes are a must.  These special containers offer separate compartments for fragile bulbs and other pieces so you don’t need to wrap them individually.  The ornament-sized compartments will save you hours of packing and unpacking time, so you can enjoy the holidays more.

Here are three examples of well-designed ornament storage boxes:

  • The Christmas Ornament Storage box is a stackable,Christmas Ornament Storage Image see-through container capable of safely storing up to 75 round ornaments in individual sections. It includes three layers of corrugated dividers that can be manipulated or removed to accommodate larger or irregularly shaped ornaments. The hinged interlocking lid and built-in handles make it easy to stack and transport.
  • Another stackable option is the Vision Holiday Ornament Storage Box, with 36 compartments and a removable top tray.  The box has a clear vinyl window and handles, and folds flat for storage during the holiday season.
  • The Christmas Ornament Keeper features three storage drawers with divided sections designed to hold ornamentsChristmas Ornament Keeper Image measuring up to 3 inches in diameter. Each removable drawer offers 24 compartments for a total of 72 storage sections. All three drawers are housed inside the storage box, which has a front flap that folds down so you can easily access the drawers. The lid is removable for top access, and a clear vinyl holder in the front allows you to label the stored contents.

 

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Christmas light organizers

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Christmas lights are a joy to behold but a pain to store.  Unfortunately, poorly stored lights turn into tangled strings and broken bulbs, causing decorating delays and frustration. Not to mention the added expense of replacing damaged lights.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are three types of Christmas light organizers that can help keep your holidays bright and happily twinkling:

  • The Install and Store Christmas Light Storage system is a zippered polyester case containing three spools that provide tangle-free storage for up to three strands of 100-foot lights. The system also makes the light installation and removal processes easier thanks to the included Versa-Clamp that attaches to your ladder or gutter to hold the spools while you decorate.
  • The Christmas Light Storage Bag is a cylindrical case made of heavy-duty polyester, containing six plastic spools for winding up strands of lights. The bag has a zippered lid, a clear vinyl window and two handles for easy carrying.
  • The Christmas Light Storage Box is a polypropylene container that includes four removable plastic spools which fit neatly into Christmas Light Storage Box Imageslots in the sides of the box, designed to keep them suspended safely upright.  In addition to storing string lights, the box can accommodate garlands and extension cords.  The wing-hinge lid provides easy access to the contents, and the stackable design means you can store multiple boxes together.

 

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Holiday Wreath Storage Solutions

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A festive wreath on the front door is one of the simplest ways to decorate for the holidays. But when the season’s over, storing that wreath isn’t quite so simple.  Easy to crush, bulky, awkwardly shaped…it can be a challenge to keep a wreath safely tucked away without it taking up a lot of space.

Luckily there are now several types of wreath keepers designed to address those issues. So you won’t have to spend a lot of time “re-fluffing” your wreath next Christmas, here are three space-efficient holiday wreath storage solutions:

  • The Wreath Storage Bag with Direct Suspend Handle offers crush-proof storage in a space-saving design. It featuresWreath Storage Bag with Direct Suspend Handle Image a “direct suspend” handle with an interior clip that connects the outer handle of the bag with the frame of your wreath, so when you hang the bag, the wreath floats inside. This preserves the wreath’s shape by keeping it from being compressed against the bottom of the bag.  The zippered case is large enough to accommodate up to 36-inch-diameter wreaths, and has a padded carrying handle for easy transport.
  • For even larger wreaths, the Christmas Wreath Storage Bag is available in three sizes: 36, 48 and 60 inches.  It comes nestled inside a round zippered bag with a handle, which attaches inside the wreath keeper itself to provide extra storage space for Christmas lights and other decorations.
  • For smaller wreaths (24 or 30 inches in diameter), the Wreath Storage Container is a good choice.  Designed to stand upright, it’s made of heavy-duty plastic; one side is completely transparent so you can see your stored wreath. Six latches around the sides keep the container securely closed, and a large handle at the top makes it easy to carry.

More holiday wreath storage solutions are also available.

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Gift Bag Organizers

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Gift bags are real timesavers, especially around the holidays when you’ve got multiple gifts to prepare.  It’s so much quicker to pop gifts into festive bags than to laboriously wrap them.

But since gift bags come in a seemingly infinite range of sizes, shapes, patterns and materials, getting overwhelmed with gift bag clutter is a potential hazard. Luckily there are now gift bag organizers designed to keep your bag inventory neat, undamaged and easy to access. Here are three well-designed examples:

  • The Gift Bag Organizer has a main compartment with three divided sections–helpful for arranging your bags by size–plus separate compartments for storing tissue paper and scissors, ribbons or cards. The tissue paper storage section features tiered hanging rods to keep sheets of tissue safe and wrinkle-free. With an inner frame for support, this organizer is relatively compact (18.5 inches wide by 22 inches high by 8 inches deep) yet can accommodate bags up to 11 by 19 inches. An attached zippered lid and side handles make it seem like an elegant mini suitcase for your gift bags.
  • A similar option is the Snowflake Gift Bag Organizer–it has the same dimensions as above, but features a hanging accessory pouch for holding small supplies. It also includes a removable lid.
  • For the true gift-bag collector, the dual-sided Hanging Gift Bag Organizer is hard to beat–it has enough pockets to hold up to Hanging Gift Bag Organizer Image150 small gift bags (or about 100 of varying sizes).  The pockets are clear, making it easy to view contents at a glance, and are sized to accommodate most sizes of gift bags. The space-saving design can hang on a closet rod, with a swivel hook that rotates 360 degrees so you can quickly access all the pockets on both sides.

 

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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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Choosing a bakeware organizer

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Love to bake but hate to deal with your cabinet of piled-up baking paraphernalia?   If you’ve got the baking bug, it’s easy to accumulate baking pans in multiple sizes and shapes, along with cupcake trays, muffin tins and cookie sheets.  Of course, keeping them in order is another story.

The trick to organizing bakeware effectively is upright storage (think books on a shelf or files in a drawer).  Instead of piling your pans, use vertical organizers to keep bakeware standing on end–they’ll be easier to view, access and put away.

To help you choose the right bakeware organizer, here are three efficient and economical options:

  • The Adjustable Bakeware Organizer Rack has slots for organizing up to six pans or trays. The metal dividers Adjustable Bakeware Organizer Rack Imageare removable to accommodate different widths of bakeware, and are designed to make it easy to see and grab whichever pan you want to use.  The rack also can be mounted either horizontally or vertically.
  • A similar option (although not adjustable) is the Wire Bakeware Rack, with four 2-1/4-inch-wide slots sized for storing several types of bakeware.
  • The space-saving Bakeware Organizer is an Bakeware Organizer Imageover-the-cabinet-door storage solution that requires no installation. Designed to accommodate bakeware measuring up to 12 inches wide and 18 inches high, this organizer is best for slender items since it’s just 3-1/2 inches deep.  It fits standard cabinet doors up to 3/4 of an inch thick and has padded brackets to protect cabinets from scratching.

 

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Clutter-free Coffee Tables

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Coffee tables tend to be clutter magnets.  Of course, any horizontal surface has the ability to attract piles of mail, stacks of magazines and misplaced remotes (often hidden under the mail and magazines).  But the expanse of a coffee table, plus its close proximity to a sofa, increases the likelihood of pile formations.

If you long for a clutter-free coffee table, there’s hope.  Here are four clever coffee tables that feature a variety of handy storage solutions:

  • The sleek Coffee Table With Magazine Rack has six double-wide pockets (three on each side) designed for storing magazines, catalogs or slim books. Constructed of solid oak (available in three finishes) with an easy-to-clean melamine top, this streamlined coffee table could also function as an entryway bench. Tip: You can add additional storage with a storage ottoman that fits neatly underneath the table.
  • The ultra-modern Noemi Coffee Table with Storage Compartments features hidden storage located under the sliding tabletop.  The top glides open to reveal four compartments (one large and three smaller) that offer plenty of space for stashing whatever you want to hide away yet keep at hand.
  • The classic Timber Coffee Table has two drawers that are sized for storing remotes and accessories, and a lower shelf that’s ideal Timber Coffee Table - Black Imagefor holding books and magazines.
  • IKEA’s BOKSEL coffee table offers an adjustable shelf, a smooth-running drawer with pull-out stop that keeps it in place, and casters for easy mobility.

There are also a number of coffee tables that simply include a shelf, a feature which gives you an easy way to keep the top clear– at least theoretically.

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