How to Organize Your China

The leaves are changing and the temperatures are falling…autumn has definitely arrived.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am going to give you some tips for organizing your china.  Whether you use china or other dinnerware, these tips will apply to any dishes that you use on an occasional basis.

First, you need to decide how to store them.  There are some great china storage sets available that allow you to safely protect, store and organize your dishes.  Most sets include quilted, breathable containers with zipper closures to keep them free of dust and bugs.  They also come with cushioned plate dividers to prevent chips.  You can purchase a set that includes containers for plates as well as serving pieces or individual containers to expand an existing set.

Next, you need to decide where to store them.  A china cabinet is a great storage spot, but many people don’t have this piece of furniture in their homes.  Alternative storage locations include upper shelving in your pantry or basement.  By keeping them up high, they are less likely to get broken, and it opens up middle shelves for items that you use more frequently.  If you take the time to organize and protect your dinnerware, you will find your holidays easier and more enjoyable, and you will protect you collection for years to come.


Donna Lindley, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Rochester Hills, MI-based Organize Your World, Inc.

How To Improve Your Office

October 4th is “Improve Your Office Day”.  Fortunately, Organize-It has many products that will bring order and remove clutter from your desk while helping you create a better work environment.  Here are some of our favorites:

Neatly label and mark important items in your home or office with a Brother P-Touch Label Maker. This label printer prints has a 15 character display screen and has three favorite keys that allow you to save and print frequently used labels in seconds.  You can print in three different font sizes and nine different font styles.  This label maker uses six AAA batteries (not included) or can run on the Brother P-Touch AC-Adapter, which is sold separately.

Offices often contain many electronic items, which means there’s usually a mess of cords and cables to organize.  To prevent people from tripping over loose electrical or phone cords on the floor, this Floor Cord Cover is essential to any office. Coming in dark gray and beige, this cord protector measures 15 feet long and can be trimmed down with a pair of scissors for simple customization. This cord concealer has a total of three channels to hide and cover your exposed cords. The largest channel is accessible on the bottom of the protector and is ideal for thicker electrical cords. The two small channels are accessible on the top of the protector and are ideal for thinner cords, like ethernet cables or phone cords. This wire protector comes with double-sided adhesive tapes for installation, which sticks to carpet, tile concrete or wood and is made from flexible rubber that lies flat and will not curl or pucker on your floor.  This cord protector is also available in a five foot size.

Prevent electrical cords from becoming tangled while keeping them away from the floor with these Adhesive Clips. Coming in a set of 18, these cord clips can be used to guide and maneuver wires and cords around corners, edges or curves to help conceal them behind pieces of furniture. Each set comes with 12 small clips, which have an inner diameter of 3/8 of an inch, and 6 large clip, with an inner diameter of 1/2 of an inch. 3M foam tape is on the back of each cable clip, which makes for a tool-free and hardware-free installation. These adhesive cable clips are available in black or white. Only the white clips are paintable to match the color of your wall or base board.

These White Interlocking Plastic Bins come in a variety of sizes and feature a specially designed locking lip so they can be joined together to create a custom organizer. Made from durable plastic, these bins also come in black and make great drawer organizers for the office, kitchen, bathroom or anywhere.

With these Squish Drawer Storage Organizers you’ll be able to organize any drawer! Available in a set of two or a set of three, these drawer organizers are made from silicone so they can squish into small or awkward spaces to provide separated storage.  Each set includes one rectangular and one square desk drawer insert.  These storage bins comes in seven colors:  white, red, blue, black, yellow, green and orange.

Every office needs a calendar, and this Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar Board is an excellent wall calendar for planning out and staying on top of deadlines, appointments, birthdays, holidays, and more. With its decorative wood frame, this dry erase board adds a classic touch to any office.  This calendar comes with a dry erase marker with magnetic clip, and two small magnets for posting notes, reminders, phone messages, and more.

Tidy up any cluttered workspace in natural, eco-friendly style with the Bamboo Desktop Organizer. This beautiful office accessory is constructed entirely of bamboo wood and offers six compartments with two drawers of versatile storage for paperwork, office supplies, stationary, and much more. Incredibly sturdy and stylish, the Bamboo Desktop Organizer has angled tiers that make accessibility simple. This organizer can be mounted on a wall, but hardware is not included. Because bamboo is one of the most highly renewable resources on earth, this is the perfect desktop accessory for individuals or businesses looking to go green.

Organize any cluttered workspace at home or the office with a Black Three-Drawer Desktop Storage Chest. A trio of clear plastic storage drawers each offer enough space to hold a full ream of copy paper, making this desktop organizer ideal for holding documents, office supplies, personal accessories and much more.

Keep frequently used documents, files, and templates right at your fingertips while sitting at your desk with the Desk Flip Document Organizer. This document display organizer features six clear plastic dividers which flip back and forth to reveal the documents behind, easily allowing you to find the specific document or file you’re looking for.

Organize your favorite writing utensils and other desk accessories with this Mesh Pencil Cup. The pencil cup keeps a pen, pencil, marker or ruler right at your fingertips, and is ideal for your desk, office or phone area. Plus, this pencil holder features durable steel mesh construction that is dent-resistant, prevents dust accumulation and is available in your choice of silver or black.

New Product Round-Up: Favorite Items Added in September

At Organize-It, we are always on the look out for new, innovative items that keep our loyal customers happy.  Our “What’s New” page is constantly being updated with great products.  Here are a few of our favorite items we added in September:

Turn your stationary car into a temporary office with this Steering Wheel Desk and Tablet Mount. Turn your steering wheel upside down and then place the car desk on the lower half of the wheel to create a temporary desk for writing or eating. The desk is strong enough to support tablet PCs or small, lightweight laptops. The universal tablet mount allows you to read your email or watch a television show on your tablet. The spring-loaded cradle can accommodate most iPads and tablets and gives you access to all the ports. So add these wonderful accessories to your car so you can always have a portable workstation handy.

When you’re looking up recipes on your tablet for cooking in the kitchen, the Computer Tablet Stylus – Kitchen Spoon can’t be beat. Even if you aren’t in the kitchen, you’re sure not to lose this unique device. Made of real wood with a functional spoon on one end, this stylus will take you where you want to go – on the web or in the kitchen.

Unclutter your counter or vanity with this smartly-designed Socket Pocket Cell Phone Charging Station. Made to install over any GFCI outlet, this charging station stores devices while they’re charging, keeping them off of your counters or work surfaces. It’s not limited to cell phone charging either – use other digital devices like MP3 players, Bluetooth devices, digital cameras – any gadget that will fit in the pocket. Made of plastic and easy to install (with your existing screws), this handy cellphone station will help keep you organized – plus your device will always be there ready to use.

These Stemless White Wine Glasses offer a stylish alternative to delicate stemware. These wine tumblers are designed for use with white wines, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. These set of four wine glasses are dishwasher safe, and each one has a 15 ounce capacity. The lack of the stem helps reduce spills and it adds a chic style to your dinnerware.

This Wall-Mounted Makeup Mirror gives you a handy place to style your hair or put on your makeup before leaving the house in the morning. The mirror has two sides; one side reflects normally while the other magnifies so you can easily apply your makeup. The swing arm allows you to position the mirror for a comfortable viewing angle, and when you are done you can tuck the unit against the wall. You can slide the arm up and down and adjust the angle of the mirror for different users. This wall-mounted mirror is perfect for use at home or in a professional salon. Installation is quick and easy with the included mounting hardware and instructions.

Easily hang up a grocery list, leave a note for your roommate, and more with this Small Clip Strip. This note holder uses a unique roller system that is more effective at holding paper than tape, pins, or clips. Simply insert the paper and it is held firmly in place; pull down to release the paper. You can hang this paper holder using the built-in magnets, adhesive strips (included), or nuts and bolts (included). So hang this Clip Strip anywhere in the home or office to display pictures or leave notes for family and friends.

Our Under Cabinet Spice Organizer is a flexible system for storing your spices and other small bottles. Turn unused space into a convenient storage system and get your spices organized. The organizer has a unique feature in that it pulls out and stops at a 45 degree angle, making your spices fully accessible. Made of attractive, clear-finished wood, it blends with most decors. Removable dividers mean you have maximum flexibility and can store bottles of varying sizes. Using this system saves you cupboard and counter space, which you’re sure to appreciate.

This Faux Leather Locking Jewelry Box provides a convenient way to keep your jewelry locked away while at home or while you travel. This jewelry box features a lift lid with interior mirror, and a drop front with an attached ring roll fan. An automatic tray, two drawers, removable earring cards, a covered compartment, and a hidden compartment give you plenty of room to store your jewelry essentials. You can lock this jewelry box with the included key and use the carrying handle at the top to easily transport it anywhere you want. So keep your jewelry secure while you travel or away from children’s hands with this Locking Jewelry Box.