Kitchen Sink Organizing
March 13, 2018
How to Organize Your Sink for a More Efficient Kitchen
Our kitchen sinks get a lot of action, so it’s essential to keep them organized. They are a place where dishes, utensils and even cleaning supplies can accumulate and, when disorganized, the kitchen becomes less efficient (and less attractive).
If you find your sink area is frequently cluttered, do an assessment and toss items you don’t use. *You might also like our kitchen toss post on our sister site, Clutter Control Freak. If you never use a particular cleaner, maybe it’s because you don’t like it. Toss it or give it away. Feel free to let go of those gnarly old dish scrubbers too.
While you’re assessing what you don’t need, are there items that would be better stored beneath your sink (this would make for a cleaner counter appearance)? If you’re in the kitchen a lot, or if you cook a lot at home, you may find it’s better to have some items accessible and others neatly stored beneath the sink or on over-cabinet-door organizers.
Sink and Counter Organizers
Sink organizers come in countertop and in-sink models. This brush and sponge holder hangs over the kitchen faucet, providing draining storage for cleaning supplies. The OXO stainless steel organizer includes onboard drainage and keeps brushes and soap stationary while keeping soap corralled. Other sink caddies, including suction types are available on Organize-its sink organizing page.
Under-sink organizers are great for larger cleaning supplies, those less often used, and they keep things hidden from view for a tidy appearance. Sturdy steel pull-out models have double-tiered designs to hold lots of cleaners and supplies and an expandable plastic model is available for odd sink configurations and you can customize it to suit yours.
Over-Cabinet Door Organizers
Over-cabinet door organizers give you storage space in unused segments of your cabinetry. Provided your cabinet doors are a standard width, installation is easy—just hook it over the cabinet and instantly expand your kitchen storage. Great for small kitchens with inefficient built-in storage, over-cabinet door organizers come in a variety of designs to store, not only cleaning supplies, but food wraps, spices, pan lids and more.
Whether you have a large sink and expansive counter, or you live in a tiny house, you’re sure to find products to organize that area of your kitchen at Organize-It. Remember, a big part of getting organized is to frequently assess your belongings and ask yourself if you need them. The other two parts are having efficient storage implements and developing good, consistent cleaning and organizing habits.
10 Storage Essentials for your Dorm for Under 20 Dollars
March 8, 2018
10 Storage Essentials for your Dorm for Under 20 Dollars
Whether you’re living in a dorm, an apartment, or a house, you most likely can benefit from some extra organization. Here are 10 products that won’t break your bank, but will surely add flare and function to your home.
Denier Storage Bins
Simple yet attractive, our gray, fabric-covered bin goes with almost anything and can be stored on bookshelves, a closet shelf, or anywhere you need some extra storage. Socks, undies, shoes, or even paper or craft products may be discreetly stored while adding a neutral accent to your décor. Small and medium bins are available to accommodate your storage needs. Cost: $9.99-$12.99.
Woven Shelf Bin
For a warmer, earthier look, this woven basket-style shelf basket boasts a contrasting, washable liner and a 12.25 x 10.13 x 7.75-inch interior for lots of storage. It retails for only $8.39 and a larger one is also available for a couple more dollars. Cost: $8.39.
Stacking Crystal Clear Storage Bins
These crystal clear storage containers rock for small closets, under-bed storage, or for adding an extra bid of mobile storage anywhere you have an available surface. They’re stackable with removable lids, and the clear design makes for easy identification of your stuff. Cost: $18.99 each.
Nail Polish Rack
You may need a different color nail polish for each day of the month (or week). Even if you don’t, you’ll love this shabby chic nail polish rack, with three shelves for plenty of storage and an easy, slotted, hanging system. Simply add screws (and mollies) to your wall and slide the rack over them. Cost: $9.99.
Umbra Over-the-Door Coat Rack
Over-door hooks are lifesavers for living spaces with underequipped closets? If you have an empty door available, just pop this over the top—no tools required. Five hooks give you instant garment storage and Umbra included padded ends to protect your clothes. Cost: $19.99.
Tie and Belt Hanger
Hang all of your belts and similar accessories right in your closet on this small-profile tie and belt hanger. At only five bucks, you can add another one for scarves, necklaces or other accessories (or see below). Cost: $4.99.
Ring-Style Scarf Hanger
For dedicated scarf storage, this open-ended scarf hanger keeps your accessories organized for only a tiny investment. Cost: $2.99.
Over-Door Shoe Organizer
Shoe addiction isn’t really a problem unless you have no place to put them, right? Well, that may not be true, but I liked the way it sounded. For small or inefficient closet situations, this over-door rack stores 18 pairs of girl shoes in an ordinarily-unused space behind a door. Cost: $19.99.
Store it, lug it and wash it! This fabric laundry tote is lightweight yet rugged, and includes a heavy-duty carrying strap. The clean, black and white design enables you to pretend doing laundry is cool. When not in use, just fold it up and stash it in a drawer or on a hook. Cost: $16.99.
Compact Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer
Small enough to set on a vanity, and portable enough to stash on your dresser in shared-bath environments, this four-compartment organizer keeps your blushes, lipsticks and sundry beautifying tools organized and accessible. Cost: $15.00—on sale for $9.59.
March 6, 2018
Garage Organizing Ideas to Get Your Garage Organized Once and for All
Spring is the perfect time for garage organizing using ideas and products from Organize-It. Getting your garage and shed in order prepares you for spring and summer activities including biking, gardening and general yard maintenance.
Gardening and other tools tend to get misplaced and mishandled when not properly stored. Wall-mount and freestanding tool storage options are available, as well as cabinets and pegboard systems. When your garage is organized it means you have more time for the tasks you love and spend less time rummaging for tools.
Here are some excellent products for getting your garage or shed organized once and for all.
1. Yard Tool Standing Rack
Made of lightweight, yet sturdy resin, this tool rack holds 20 long tools and features some rolling casters for limited movement around your garage or shed.
2. Double Tool Holder
Made of sturdy steel with a 65-pound weight capacity, this easy-to-install rack holds two pounds and costs $7.99. Buy a bunch and put them wherever you need them.
3. 36-Inch Wall Tool Rack
This tool rack features 36-inch rail with 8 ultra-hold hooks (10-pound capacity each) fastens to a wall for conveniently corralling your favorite garden tools.
4. Tool Rack – 5 Dual Hooks
Simply designed with epoxy-coated steel wire, this tool rack sports 5 dual hooks for hanging pruning shears, rakes and all of your gardening equipment. It measures 30.5 inches long and fits nicely between shed or garage studs.
5. Pegboard Tool Organizer
Triton takes the traditional pegboard organizer to the next level with this coated steel 32-piece kit, which includes everything you need to organize your shed, workbench or gardening station.
6. Garage Storage Lift for Rafters
Store sports equipment and other items in unused space in your rafters with a garage storage lift – and spare you back by using the convenient cable lift features.
7. Ladder Lift
Simple and efficient, this ladder lift makes storing cumbersome ladders easy while utilizing unused rafter space in your garage or shed.
8. Collapsible Storage Crate
Collapsible storage crates are sturdy, yet compact when you don’t need them. Just collapse flat and stash in a corner when not in use.
9. Adjustable Shelving System
An adjustable shelving system gives you the freedom to configure the shelves exactly as you need them in your garage, basement or shed.
10. Bike Hoist
Store your ride during the off season with this easy-to-use and install bike hoist. It helps keep your garage floor clear and prevents bikes from toppling.
11. Garage Grid Storage Rack
A Garage Grid Storage Rack system gives you ultimate freedom for garage organizing just the way you need it. Lots of add-on accessories are sold separately for custom builds.
12. Garage Grid Sports Rack
The Garage Grid Sports Rack holds basketballs and other sports equipment securely within the Garage Grid Rack system (sold separately).
You also might enjoy this Clutter Control Freak blog post on shed storage.