Simple, realistic steps towards a paperless kitchen

The thought of creating a paperless kitchen may seem like a daunting task, but with the help of the right organizational pieces it can be easily done. Any home – small or large, contemporary or traditional – can be reorganized to limit paper products.

instagram_paperlessFirst, it is important to consider your household, the people around you and what level of change is appropriate for your lifestyle. Going paperless doesn’t have to be a black and white choice – any move in the right direction has its impact. It is important to communicate with your family and agree on a plan of action before implementing any large changes in your home.

Before you begin

There are lots of easy ways to make your own kitchen towels on the cheap. For specifics, check our Pinterest board on the same subject. If you’re not the hands-on type, start stocking up on towels when you find them on sale. It’s important to start loading up on towels before riding your home of paper products. You want to be ready to tackle life’s messes sans-paper before you run out of paper towels, napkins, etc. This way you can seamlessly transition from one lifestyle to the next.

Storage

Once you have stocked up on dish and hand towels as well as fabric napkins, it is time to find a storage solution that works for you. A lot of organizers love utilizing glass candy jars to keep clean towels at the ready. This allows you to keep towels near the sink or on the counter top without compromising neatness or décor. paperless_rags

For dish towels or other rags that may not be as pretty to display, consider re-purposing a plastic bag recycler. These handy bins are hidden under kitchen counters to create out-of-sight storage. Fill them with clean kitchen rags and easily access a towel whenever you need it.

Use and cleaning

Once it is time to throw towels in the dirty laundry, it’s necessary to have a receptacle in the kitchen. Utilize an over the cabinet waste bin to collect dirty towels. This small, stylish trash bin hangs over cabinet doors; you can hang them to sit either inside or outside the door. Doing this limits the need to do laundry more frequently, and keeping it tucked under the counter keeps any odors or stains out of sight.

Not all towels are ready to toss in the laundry after one use though. To allow them to dry properly and keep them at hand for another use, add extra areas to hang them. Over the door towel racks are the perfect way to create more storage without compromising wall space or creating permanent structures. These handy rods simply slid over kitchen cabinet doors without hardware or tools – plus, they’re padded to protect wood from scratches and signs of wear. These racks are also perfect for the bathroom!

Once you have these simple organizational hacks conquered, a paperless kitchen will be just another aspect of your everyday life. And then you can work to utilize it throughout the rest of the house!

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Go back to school with healthy packed lunches

Ready or not, here comes another school year. As the homework piles up, it’s important to keep your attention to detail. There’s no denying it, some days it is just easier to have the kids grab lunch in the cafeteria, but today’s lunchrooms are chock full of sugary drinks and salty snacks that begin a lifetime of unhealthy habits.

Utilize these handy pieces to create quick, easy and healthy lunches every day:

lunch1Japanese style lunch box

Let lunch get creative with this Bento Box style lunch box. Bento Boxes are a traditional boxed meal in Japanese culture. They typically have separate containers for rice, protein and veggies. Modern twists on this style create an easy way to pack a well-balanced, healthy lunch for work or school. This specific design features a nesting container with three cubbies and a lid – perfect for packing and separating items without using disposable plastic bags.

Reusable lunch wrap

lunch2If you or your kids or more of just the plain ol’ sandwich type, this reusable wrap is for you. You can pack any kind of sandwich without using plastic wrap.

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Snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Packing healthy snacks is super easy thanks to this cool double compartment container. This piece is designed to accommodate your favorite dips and sides, like hummus with carrots, celery with peanut butter and more. This case is awesome for lunches but is great for a quick study break snack you can throw in your purse, backpack, briefcase and more.

Salad container with dressing holder

The ultimate in healthy lunches: a simple salad. Not so simple to pack though.  Well that has changed. This handy container is made to pack your favorite salad, complete with a side of salad dressing. The leak proof container is also ideal for stir-f
ry, pasta and other dishes. It comes with a detachable ice pack so it’s super easy to keep foods cool during the day – this container can sit in your locker before lunch and stay fresh.

Feeling inspired? Check us out on Pinterest for lunch ideas. 
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Go back to school with cool locker accessories

Go back to school with cool locker accessories

It still feels like summer has just joined us, but the beginning of another school year is drawing near. Every year we pile up the supplies, but it’s easy to overlook the details. As kids get older, maintaining storage and organization at school becomes more important. Help kids keep their lockers clean and their academics up with some of our customer favorites:

  • Adjustable locker shelf: Add storage and efficiently to any locker with this plastic shelf. Built to fit standard sized lockers, this unit features two shelves and a pull out drawer for smaller supplies. Available in black, blue or pink this shelf unit is perfect for all ages. Organize books and binders while maintain space for backpacks and lunchboxes with this handy shelf.backtoschool-1
  • Locker liner: Add personality to school lockers with this cool wallpaper. This decorative paper applies completely adhesive free – the magnetic sheets come in four pre-cut panels. Choose from a multitude of patterns: classic damask, blue polka dots, green stripes, leopard, zebra, teal paisley, pink chevron or purple scrolls.
  • backtoschool-2Magnetic pencil cup: Keep pencils, pens and other writing tools handy with this magnetic pencil cup. The brushed stainless steel finish is the perfect style to satisfy any age or gender. This simple piece the easiest way to stay organized at school.
  • Locker pockets: This hanging organizer is perfect for the locker. The fabric unit features five pockets to help sort all kinds of supplies. This piece even includes a mirror so kids can check their appearance between classes. The design includes a top hook to hang the piece and is available in either pink or blue colors.backtoschool-3
  • Designer locker white board: This handy little white board is the perfect way to remember homework assignments, important dates and more. Featuring a magnetic back, this white board holds on tight to inner out outer locker surfaces. It even comes with an included dry erase pen with a built in eraser. Choose from different patterns: purple damask, black polka dot, pink polka dot, blue flowers, blue scroll or leopard print.

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Enjoy this summer's herbs all year long

One of my favorite things about summer is fresh herbs. Even when I was in an apartment, I had all my pots lined up on the deck, boasting fresh bunches of oregano, basil, cilantro, rosemary and more.

Towards the end of the summer, when a distinct chill starts to creep through the air, I always debate what to do with my remaining herbs. I never have the space to bring the pots inside and keep them going – beside, I’m pretty sure my cat would just dig them up.

This year is different. I am prepared with loads of ideas to preserve and utilize all my leftover herbs.

Cubes

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herbs-1Yes, you can freeze fresh herbs. They actually last way longer this way and the flavors are so well preserved. There are lots of ways to go about this, but my favorite so far is freezing them in olive oil with an ice cube tray. I love this tray from CasaBella the best. The cubes are small and square so you can get good oil to herb ratio, plus the silicone makes it super easy to pop out the cubes without breaking them.

To do this, roughly chop up herbs and place them in the cube tray using equal amounts in each mold. Fill the molds with olive oil (or a different oil of your preference — coconut oil works well too, but I prefer the flavor of olive for cooking.) Freeze the trays and add a cube to recipes as you cook. You can remove the cubes from the trays after a day and throw them all in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag to free up the molds for other projects.

Oil

herbs-6Skip the freezing all together and create your own oil infusions. Glass oil bottles are inexpensive and easy to store. Slide bunches of your favorite fresh herbs into the bottles – maybe one with basil, another with rosemary or get creative and mix different flavors in one bottle – fill them with oil and leave them in a cabinet to infuse for no more than three months. Just like the cubes, this oil can be added to cooking and baking – or better yet, mopped up with some nice, crusty bread.

Butter me up

Photo courtesy goodlifeeats.com.

Photo courtesy goodlifeeats.com.

If you prefer to enjoy those fresh herbs sooner rather than later, compound butter is a great, inexpensive and almost effortless way to utilize them.

I’ve yet to meet a compound butter I will turn my nose up at. There are tons of recipes online, but the idea is so simple you can do whatever you want.

Throw two sticks of very, very soft butter in a bowl and set aside. Mince one tablespoon each of your favorite herbs — I love mincing up some fresh garlic as well. Throw in your herbs and mix with the soft butter until completely combined. Roll out some plastic wrap and scoop the butter on top. From there, form a long roll with the butter and roll the warp around it, twisting the ends. Let you fresh butter set in the fridge before using. Now you can add this tasty butter to baking and cooking – or snacking.

Outside to in

herbs-2If you do want to keep you herbs inside for the colder months, there are a couple easy transitions you can make.

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Bring the outside in by utilizing a cool window box indoors. The great thing about window boxes is that they allow you to maintain multiple plants in one pot, limiting clutter and mess. Even better, they typically come with mounting hardware and can easily be anchored to a kitchen wall, staircase railing, windowsill and other spaces.  Doing this allows you to tend to your herbs without hording space with multiple pots.

If you’re feeling a little more DIY creative, consider mason jar planters. These adorable alternative planters can make a great display piece for your kitchen. Mount a few to an empty wall or the side of your cabinets to create a playful spot for your herbs. The clear glass presents an opportunity to get creative too. Place rocks or cool glass stones in the bottom of the jars to accent your kitchen décor or color scheme.

Utilize these easy steps to enjoy your fresh herbs throughout the entire year.

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Ideas for innovative kitchen storage

Ideas for innovative kitchen storage

The kitchen is the hub of activity in your house. Even though it’s great to have a central gathering place and something in common that brings you and your family together every day (food), it can get chaotic pretty easily. Usually it’s not just home to pots, pans, appliances, and food, but also a catch-all for things like mail, keys, and purses–not to mention the infamous junk drawer. Even if you have a spacious kitchen with plenty of storage, keeping it organized is vital for everyone’s sanity. Here are a few tricks to keeping your kitchen neat and orderly no matter what the day brings.

Rolling cabinet trays and vertical drawers

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Ever just pile things on top of each other in the lower kitchen cabinets simply because you don’t feel like crouching down to put it in its proper place? Ever lose track a cleaning supply or a spice bottle because it was shoved behind 20 other items? One of the simplest kitchen hacks is installing rolling wooden or metal storage trays for your cabinets. Don’t forget about hanging racks on the insides of the doors that will allow extra storage space for smaller items. Vertical drawers are also a great solution because they allow you to save that precious horizontal space for bigger items.

Create this kind of storage space quickly and for less with the Slide Out Storage Tower. This three shelf storage shelf is perfect for storing dry goods, spices and more in the kitchen. The five inch wide shelf fits perfectly between stoves and counter tops – or even slides into the pantry.

Hanging utensils

In a small kitchen, the best thing you can do is take advantage of unused vertical space. While you could run out of counter space easily, you probably won’t run out of wall space. Hang vintage-chic baskets to store things like spatulas, ladles, and whisks. Not only will this save you counter space, it will also save you time while you’re busy cooking dinner.kitchen2

The Three Tier Seagrass basket is a great way to get this look. This sturdy basket lays flat against the wall and has a strong wooden handle to hang from. Each basket is large enough to accommodate large kitchen utensils, but is also perfect for storing napkins, take-out menus and more.

Coffee corner

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If you’re a coffee fan, you probably have a whole section of counter or an entire cabinet dedicated to coffee paraphernalia. Keep everything organized by building a shelf or two for your most-used (or favorite, or most decorative) mugs and other supplies. Not only will this probably save you time and space, it will also make a decorative statement if you want it to be one.

Create more shelf space with the Sliding Cup Rack. Install it to the underside of a cabinet or shelf above your coffee maker to create a perfect java spot in the kitchen. This rack holds 10 mugs while keeping them accessible and on display.

Magnetic strips 

Instead of having a clunky countertop knife holder, opt for magnetic strips on the wall. This can also help keep your kids safe from sharp knives and scissors–without the hassle of baby-proofing the drawers.

kitchen-4Available in both 18.5 and 10 inch sizes, the Stainless Magnetic Knife Wall Rack will help keep kitchen knives at your fingertips without compromising counter space. Perfect for smaller kitchens, this magnetic strip is made from long lasting stainless steel and is easy to clean. Knives stay accessible but out of the reach of children – and you have more counter space to get some creative cooking done.

Dividers for pans 

Pans are pretty easy to store without taking up too much space. But stacking them just makes it so hard to find the exact one you need when you need it. Save yourself the time and stop clanking around loud enough to wake the dead every time you want to make cookies by buying pan dividers. Don’t forget that cutting boards and cooling trays can easily slide in too.

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The 12-Inch Tray Divider in nickel finish is the easy way to add dividers to existing cabinet space. This divider is constructed from strong steel wire and comes with included hardware to install in any cabinet. Use it to easily organize cutting boards, baking sheets, muffin tins and more.

Fold-down table for two 

Even if you don’t have a breakfast nook, there’s still a solution for a quiet meal for two in the mornings. Fold-down tables can pull double duty by giving you a place to eat and also giving you more counter or work space when you require. And the best part is that it won’t take up a permanent spot in your kitchen.

The Fold-A-Way Kitchen Table is the perfect piece for a small kitchen – or small family. Designed to seat two, this table folds up to tuck away when not in use. This hardwood table can be used with both leafs up or just one if you need added prep space during a get together. Folded up and against the wall, this table takes up only about 10 inches.

Innovative shelving 

This homeowner opted for a metal bar, somewhat like a clothes rack, and hooks that hold a hanging shelf conveniently near the stove. There’s also a creative wine glass rack. Don’t be afraid to do whatever works best for you. There are no rules to follow for making your kitchen easier to navigate and organize. Do it according to your needs.

Find more ideas at modernize.com. Find these products and more at stacksandstacks.com.

 Hannah West is a soon-to-be published Young Adult author based in Dallas, TX. She specializes in fiction but enjoys dabbling in diverse writing projects and currently writes for Modernize.com.

Five steps for a clean and organized garage

Did you know that there’s a day dedicated solely to cleaning your garage? National Clean Your Garage Day takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day every year, but it’s not too soon to get a jump on the mess. If there’s no room to park your car in the garage, it might be time for a good old fashioned throw and stow.

1. Declutter

Cleaning your garage takes a whole lot of elbow grease and some serious determination. Set aside at a full day, or even a weekend to get the job done. Get friends and family to pitch in to make the job both quick and entertaining.

Go through absolutely everything – boxes, bags and storage tubs – all of it! Sort items into three categories: keep, donate and toss. Sort the keepers into broad categories to be stored later. Anything you wish to donate should be taken where it needs to go as soon as possible. Don’t let it sit around and clutter things up!

garage12. Contain

Once you have your belongings sorted, you’ll need to contain them. Stackable clear-plastic bins with lids are your best option for larger items. Clear jars, painted soup cans or even kitchen food canisters are all handy for sorting hardware and small items.

Keep your kids’ toys contained in a safe corner of the garage away from any potential dangers (sharp tools, flammable liquids, chemicals, etc.) Make sure they are easily accessible and labeled with large print and graphics so little ones know what items belong to them.

3. Store

The best thing you can do to keep your garage clean is to store items off the floor whenever possible. You'll free up room for your car and avoid large areas of clutter.

The garage ceiling is the perfect spot for hanging long, flat items you don't use every day, such as ladders, lumber, skis and snowboards. Be sure to check clearance when hanging shelves from the ceiling so as not to interfere with your garage door's operation or scrape the roof of your car.garage2

Pegboards are a great way to keep things off the floor. They are easy to install, can be cut to size, and painted to match your garage decor. They also keep things visible; you can draw the outline of the tools on the pegboard to easily tell at a glance if one is missing.

Use tool racks to keep garden tools, brooms and mops out from underfoot.

4. Secure

Chemicals are a common household danger for children and pets. Keep pesticides, paints, antifreeze, and other chemical substances in their original containers and in a locked cabinet. Teach kids what is and is not safe to touch and consider getting a sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers to warn children of poisons.

 

5. Maintain

Rain, leaves, bugs and dirt will find their way inside your garage if the doors aren’t sealed well.

John Morris of Gold Label Door explains, “Weather seals keep the weather out. This keeps the garage clean and dry.”

If the bottom of your garage door doesn't sit flush with the floor, create a snug fit by attaching a rubberized threshold seal where the door lands to save some cleanup time.garage5

To keep seasonal insects at bay, use a pesticide perimeter treatment to stop them before they get it.

As for general maintenance:

  • Keep a bag of kitty litter for absorbing oil and grease spills.
  • Sweep and hose down the floor regularly.
  • Go through your belongings and donate or toss what you don't need at least once a year.
  • Cleaning out your garage may seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little bit of help and a touch of organization, you’ll find yourself parking your car where it belongs before you know it.

Liz Greene hails from the beautiful city of trees, Boise, Idaho. She’s a lover of all things geek and is happiest when cuddling with her dogs and catching up on the latest Marvel movies. You can follow her on Twitter @LizVGreene.

Tending: Photo-realistic rugs start a conversation

The search is never ending for that perfect rug. The size, shape, color, design, especially the price – all these factors go into, what is typically, a focal point of a room. Now that detail can be an explosion of personality and comfort in your home. The FoFloor rugs from Bungalow Flooring are the coolest new way to soften hard floors and create depth.

These rugs have been selling – pardon the cliché – but like hot cakes. And it’s not hard to see why.bungalow-4

These lively floor mats are made with woven polyester faces that capture near photo-realistic images and graphics, adding a distinguishable element of depth to any space. With a wide selection of a variety of images and sizes, you are sure to find something to bring out your personal style.

The image quality is what really makes these mats stand out. With a choice of anything from tile mosaics and cozy cabin wood, to stone walkways and graffiti walls – the choices are endless.

These rugs are built to last too. They’re manufactured from 4-mil neoprene, which offers low profile construction that also creates comfort when standing on hard surfaces. These mats are designed to eliminate bunching under doors, tripping hazards and the skid resistant backing will not curl or crack. These one-of-a-kind rugs stay in place on hard surfaces like wood, concrete or tile – although they are just at home atop carpeting in your living room or bedrooms.

Each pattern comes in at least three sizes, including: area ( 66 X 46 inches), runner (60 X 25 inches) and large (36 X 23 inches.)

If you love color, the Big Bloom is perfect for you. This vibrant, floral rug is the spitting image of a full garden bouquet. Pink and yellow daises as well as mums sit together to create a striking image, perfect for the bathroom, bedroom or craft space.

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If you have more of a classic style, either the Cottage print or Herringstone Path will blend in seamlessly with your décor. The cozy log cabin print of the Cottage rug is the perfect addition to any cabin, vacation home or just any décor of those who would rather be up-north.  The stone path print offers the same classic, charming characteristic.

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Crafters will love the Basket Weave print. This rug features an up close image of a standard bamboo basket weave. The large print is sure to pop out alongside any home décor.

And for those who dream of the beach, the Nautical print is ideal. An up close image of starfish and seashells on a clean, sandy beach adds the calming effect of lounging at your favorite water-side spot. Highlight nautical themes in the bathroom, master bedroom and more.

bungalow-5Finally, as if you need more reason, these rugs are American made. Strong, quality craftsmanship is a guarantee and Bungalow Flooring FoFloor mats are machine washable. So use them anywhere in the home and don’t worry about messes – simply throw them in the wash when needed.

Add style, comfort and what is sure to be a conversation starter to any area of your home with one of these fabulous photo-realistic rugs.

As always, find these products and more like them at stacksandstacks.com.

Celebrating all things made in America

In the United States, a lot of holidays hold significant meaning for different people. We all incorporate our own family traditions to create a personal memory. But there are a select few days that — despite whatever labels you choose to adorn yourself with — produce the same shinning pride and gratitude within all of us.fireworks

Independence Day, July 4th, the Fourth of July – this day is one, small 24-hour time period to admire and cherish this beautiful land we call home.

With that pride comes a desire to produce and consume items with the sought after “Made in America” label. This year, as we gather to celebrate our independence, let’s show our gratitude for the hardworking men and women who continue the tradition of quality American craftsmanship.

Stacks and Stacks is proud to offer a variety of products made in the USA. Here are a few notable ones:

Sterilite

Sterilite products have helped simplify and organize our lives for more than 75 years. Manufactured in the U.S., their storage solutions are found in homes, schools and offices. You may even be surprised to find out how many of their products are already in your home.

steriliteOne of their most common products is the Plastic Storage Basket. This basket, complete with handles and ventilation holes, is available in three different sizes. This storage piece is perfect for putting away kid’s toys, stashing cleaning products under the sink, transporting small items throughout the home and more.  Anything you can think of, this handy little basket can handle it.

While Sterilite is great for the classic storage pieces we love, they are always creating new items as well. A newer piece from them is the Stackable Containers. Made from durable clear plastic, this container is made from two interlocking bins with a top lid. Side latches keep the two containers and lid securely together. Perfect for craft items, small tools, school or art supplies and more, this portable organizer is ideal for the home or office – or traveling between the two.

Buddeez

Another American made brand that is quite popular on our site is Buddeez – their entire product line is manufactured here in the states. Buddeez made their debut on the market with their keep-fresh Bread Dispenser. This handy item remains the only bread dispenser on the market. Designed to store an entire loaf of sandwich bread in the bag, this tube-like container allows you to easily access every slice.buddeez

Buddeez is also known for their Bag-In Dispenser for Bulk Foods. This food-safe plastic container is designed to store and dispense bagged bulk items – like sugar, rice, cereal and more – right in the bag. The side handle and top flip-open lid both make pouring easy.

This piece is a popular one, and the reviews prove it: “I use these containers to store cereal. It helps dry cereal from going stale in the box. The containers fit nicely in my cupboard. I highly recommend them. They'd also be great for rice!”

This year, celebrate our great country by supporting local manufacturers.

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Out of sight, but not out of mind: the miracle of deck boxes

Summer invites so many occasions that require organizing — and most of them are outdoors. But there are numerous ways to simplify, sort and move on to the next project.

If you have a lot of patio pieces or even gardening supplies you don’t want tucked too deeply into the unreachable depths of the garage, consider deck boxes. These sturdy, weather-proof storage pieces are an excellent alternative to over-filling your garage or shed.

These outdoor organizers are moisture-safe and fade resistant, perfect for harsh winters and brutal summers. The uses for these convenient chests are limitless:

  • Store patio furniture cushions or covers
  • Stow away garden tools and flower potsdeck-box-1
  • Store the weed whacker, lawn waste bags or other lawn maintenance tools
  • Dry off and protect pool noodles, toys and other summer water accessories
  • Keep charcoal and BBQ accessories dry
  • Create an outdoor toy chest for those kid favorites that spend summer in the elements
  • Create extra seating for outdoor get-togethers

The options are limitless with different styles, sizes and color. Here are a few of our favorites, by size:

Small: Outdoor Storage Seat (Rated 4.8 out of 5)

This 22-gallon storage bin is designed to create space and seating. Stow away garden tools and other outdoor necessities within its water-proof, moisture safe interior. When closed, this storage box turns into a secure and comfy seat to add around the patio table or just to rest during your outdoor work. This bin comes in a fade-proof beige color that accents any patio décor with ease and is protected all year long from sun bleaching. Constructed from heavy duty resin, this outdoor piece is sure to power through year after year of hot summers and biting winters.

Medium: Deck Box with Wheels (Rated 4 out of 5)

deck-box-2If you’re doing a lot of work or entertaining throughout the yard, this rolling deck box is the perfect solution. This larger storage piece has a 73 gallon capacity, perfect for furniture covers or pads. In addition to the convenient casters, this box has side handles to make transporting a cinch. This storage container is made out of a durable poly-resin that is perfect for standing up to the weather.

Large: Outdoor Storage Box (Rated 4.1 out of 5)

The classic – this outdoor deck chest is the king of deck boxes. Its 99 gallon capacity easily accommodates patio cushions, lawn tools, garden necessities and more. Also weather-proof and moisture safe, this box is top of the line. The lid even has a spot to attach a lock so contents can be kept safe from any would-be intruders. Store it alongside the shed, on the patio and tucked beside the house – your belongings will always be safe in this durable storage piece.deck-box-3

Add any one of these backyard beauties to your organized outdoors and enjoy the satisfaction of organizing yet another part of your life.

As always, find these products and more like them at stacksandstacks.com.

Father's Day gift ideas: king of the grill

There are few places in life where dad has claimed his thrown. We won’t mention the obvious others, but the grill is for sure the one spot dads everywhere lay claim to every summer.

As Father’s Day falls on the first day of this awaited season, it is only fair to celebrate with his favorite summertime activity.

Our line of Barbeque Accessories is the perfect place to start for Father’s Day gift ideas. Here are just a few of our favorites:

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Give the man the tools for the job. This outstanding barbecue tool set is filled to the brim with everything you need for a five-star cookout. The set includes:

  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Large fork
  • Large knife
  • Baster brush
  • Grill brush/scraper
  • Metal skewers (4)
  • Corn-on-the-cob holders (4 sets)

Charcoal Dispenser

If your pops prefers charcoal over propane, this plastic charcoal container and dispenser is ideal. The American-made container can hold up to 25 pounds of charcoal in or out of the bag. The entire piece is completely waterproof and features a side handle for easy carrying and pouring.

pizza_pan14 Inch Pizza Pan

You may think this cast iron pan is made for the oven, but this thing is right at home on your grill. It’s even heating creates an excellent, golden pie every time. You can also utilize it to roasted veggies or potatoes on the BBQ. It even comes pre-seasoned for quick and easy use.

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Finally, a sure Father’s Day win is gifting dad the best to protect his baby. Grill covers are an excellent way to prolong the life and quality of any grill. We have loads to choose from, but our favorites are the Casco Black Polyester Grill Cover and Deluxe Vinyl Barbecue Cover. Both covers are rain, snow and humidity safe as well as crack resistant in temperatures as low as negative 20 degrees. The Polyester comes in four different sizes while the Deluxe is available in six; all come with a five-year limited warranty.

Add the sizzle of summer to Father’s Day this year with these products and more like them at stacksandstacks.com.

ORGANIZE-IT PURCHASES WEB DOMAIN STACKSANDSTACKS.COM AFTER COMPETITOR GOES OUT OF BUSINESS

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ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – Organize-It, a retailer for storage and organizational products, purchased specific assets only from on-line competitor StacksandStacks.com. The assets acquired include the stacksandstacks.com domain name along with associated blogs, website code database and email list. Organize-It already operates OrganizeIt.com and Organization-Store.com, making StacksandStacks.com the Michigan-based company’s third website in the storage and organization genre. Organize-It will be taking the StacksandStacks.com website concept to a whole new level with a new design, better service, and eventually an expansion of both the Organize-It and Stacks product mix.
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Spruce Up Your Garden!

Happy Spring! Preparation for your garden should begin with cleaning up the space, eliminating old leaves and and debris, and checking the soil, then let the planting begin! Once your gardening has begun, here are some ideas to make the rest of this season a little bit easier on you and to make your garden space a little more fun!

 

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Great Deals for the Garden from Griffith Creek

With Spring just around the corner, do you have that urge to get out in the garden like I do? We have gathered some great promotional items (and promotional prices!) from Griffith Creek to get you started on the path towards a healthy, productive and organized garden this year. Sale lasts thru May 31st.

Raised Garden Bed
With a planting depth of 15", this Raised Garden Bed is perfect for growing flowers and plants, but also vegetables. The elevated design means no bending over and allows for storage underneath, a great choice for apartment patios and small backyards. Includes a coconut fiber insert, as shown. $175 with free shipping.* Read more

Smarter Hangers… for an Organized Closet

clutterfree-cascade-hangers.jpgWe are always looking for smart organizing tools for the home, and everyone's favorite topic this time of year is the closet. Instead of looking for ways to add more storage to your closet this year, why not look for ways to use your closet more wisely? Enter these smarter hangers, the ClutterFREE Cascade Hangers. Available in packs of 50 or 100, these clothes hangers have thought of everything for you, truly one of the best closet hangers around.
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Ironing Board and Step Ladder, All in One Package

Ironing Board & Step Ladder ComboYou heard me right, this week's featured product is two common household helpers packed into one design: the Ironing Board & Step Ladder Combo. It is great inventions like these that keep our homes tidy and clutter free. Whether you live in a studio apartment or a larger home but you simply want the laundry room to be tidier, this unique ironing board and step ladder combination helper is a wonderful tool you can have at your disposal. And the great design naturally takes space efficiency even further. Thanks to the extra weight from the step ladder, the ironing board can rest vertically against the wall when not needed, instead of leaning out into the room and taking up extra floor space.

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Not Your Grandma's Basket

While baskets may be one of the most versatile storage tools in your arsenal, you shouldn't have to sacrifice your modern style to reap the benefits! Neu Home has a wide selection of baskets that provide the same catch-all storage effect you are looking for around the home, but each boasts an updated style to match your contemporary lifestyle.

Modernize your home with one of these trend-forward storage baskets:

Riviere Trapezoid Basket
The Riviere Trapezoid Basket is ideal for rolled up hand towels, magazines and more. Made of wood and canvas. Read more

Product of the Week: Over the Door Baskets for EVERYTHING

Over the Door 6 Basket UnitWell, almost everything anyway! This week's featured product is a new take on an old favorite: The Over the Door 6 Basket Unit by Neu Home – A simple over the door rack with baskets! We've all seen over the door shoe racks, accessory racks, pockets and coat racks, but it has been a while since I have come across one of the most versatile styles of OTD organizers: the type that simply offers baskets for storage on the back of the door. This handy helper (also available as a 4 basket unit) is a wonderful storage solution for pretty much any space. Here are some great ideas for putting this Over the Door Basket System to work around your home: Read more

Furniture Sale – Two Weeks Only!

For two weeks, get the best pricing on select furniture from Wholesale Interiors at StacksAndStacks.com. Known for its transitional to modern designs, Wholesale Interiors furniture company presents versatile styles to the busy, contemporary home.

Here are our top picks for every room:

Belden Linen Modern Slipper Chairs
Living Room: The set of 2 Belden Linen Modern Slipper Chairs features button tufting and wheeled front legs for a subtly classic look. Read more

Ever Seen a Shoe Rack like this?

Round Shoe OttomanIt's a footrest! It's extra seating! It's…a shoe rack? The Round "Shoe" Ottoman with Removable Top takes sneaky sneaker storage to a whole new level! Ideal for a variety of settings in need of storage, this shoe organizer has endless benefits, style and uses:

Use this storage ottoman in the living room, office, or bedroom. Do you have a teen at home? This sturdy, modern style storage bin can hold their shoes and much more, right in their own room, while giving their friends and extra seat during study or play time.

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Jewelry Storage (In Honor of Valentine's Day)

With February, the month of love, in full swing, now is the time to take stock of your gems and your jewelry storage system (or lack thereof). We've taken some of the guesswork out of the process for you, with promotional (lowest!) pricing on the most popular Jewelry Armoires and boxes by Nathan Direct:

Hudson Jewelry Tower
The Hudson Jewelry Tower ($38.99 with free shipping*) is the number one choice for the vanity in the bedroom or bathroom. It boasts a mirror on one side and hanging necklace hooks on the other, with pink felt lined compartments on the interior. Read more

The Dreaded Space Behind the Door… And What to Do with it.

Just when we thought we had every available space in the house expertly utilized, the makers of the Heidi Shelf go and prove us wrong! This patented, unique shelving system by Foremost makes use of what may be the last wasted space in the home: Behind the door. As you might have already noticed, the space behind any door is tapered when the door is open, making it impossible to fit any substantial shelf back there. But the Heidi Behind the Door Shelving System solves this problem by using a tapered design itself (down to 2.5" deep at the corner), allowing it to fit seamlessly behind a door whether it is open or closed. Available in several colors and a junior size for the kids room!

Heidi Behind the Door Shelving System in Black:
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Vintage View Wall Mounted Wine Racks

Let's get serious here. The wine craze is not going away anytime soon. Time to think about permanent storage solutions for your wine collection. And what better way, in keeping with the rustic wine country decor theme, than to use a wall mounted wine rack that allows you to see your whole collection? With Vintage View's wine storage collection, you are one step away from easy wine storage in the home. Models range from 9 to 36 bottle capacity and are available in two finishes: platinum and black.

The benefits of this type of wine rack add up quickly: They take up no floor or pantry space, great for homes that are short on space. Plus they add a rustic wine country charm to your decor. Use them in your kitchen, dining room, study or anywhere else around the home!

Eighteen Bottle Wall Mounted Wine Rack – $89.99 with free shipping:
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Organize ANY Space with Modular Storage Cubes – On Sale!

Modular Storage Cubes from Way Basics make organizing any space in the home a cinch! Our entire collection is on sale now up to 35% OFF! Even better, these storage cubes are made of 99% recycled materials and a cinch to put together. Sale Ends Feb 13th.

Start with cubes in an array of colors, from Kid-friendly to elegant wood finishes and two different sizes.
6 Stackable Open Modular Eco Storage Cubes Plus
Stack them however you want: Think square, rectangle, step-ups or a simple line up on the floor under a window. 6 Stackable Open Modular Eco Storage Cubes Plus – $118 with free shipping* Read more

Two Valentine's Sales…Just In Time

If you want to shop online for Valentine's gifts, start now to avoid costly last minute shipping fees! We've got just the deals for you with these great promotions:

Red Vanilla Glassware: Elegant Glass Sets for both gals and guys! Starting at $35.49 with free shipping.*

Set of 6 Samba Martini / Dessert Glasses
Go modern with drinks, and classic for sweets! Set of 6 Samba Martini / Dessert Glasses – $38.99 with free shipping. Read more

The Smart Office – Modular Organizers for the Desk

Be the one with the smart office. By using modular organizers, such as the Stack & Style system from Empire Imports, you can customize your desk to fit your unique organizing needs at home or in the professional office. Available in two luscious wood finishes, these desktop organizers are perfect for guys and gals alike! Each piece measures 13.5" x 11" at its base and features rounded edges on top to interlock with other styles.

Stack & Style Desk Organizers Kit 1
The Stack & Style Desk Organizers Kit 1 shows just one of many possible desktop combinations, using some of the pieces shown below. Read more

Winter Closet Cleanup

CedarStow Standard Suit Hanging StorageWinter is a great time to organize the closets! Don't believe me? Here is why, and how:

Why: You are stuck inside anyway. Why not make the best of that time by getting control of those inside areas of the home that drive you nuts the rest of the year?

How: Before you start emptying out your closet, have a thorough look at what's not working in there.
1. Pay special attention to sagging clothes rods, hangers popping out towards you, items falling on the floor. Read more

Fresh Wine Bars: Two Options

This week's featured product comes in two styles, each boasting clean lines and a crisp white finish. These white wine cabinets are designed with transitional style in mind, perfect for fitting into a wide range of home decor styles, from retro to contemporary. The white finish allows them to stand out against colorful walls, making an instant design statement by drawing in the eyes.

White 60"H Ladder Style Bar Unit:

White 60

At just 24" wide, this wine bar has a significant presence in the room, yet can squeeze into tight spaces just the same. The open front allows for a view of your wine collection, set cubby style underneath built in stemware storage racks. A medium sized top allows for just the right amount of drink pouring and mixing space for you and your friends. Read more

Holiday Storage from Honey Can Do – On Sale for Five Days Only!

There are just four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year instead of five. Many of us will start setting up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. Take this opportunity to take stock of your holiday storage needs so that you are ready for a quick and easy take-down come January 1st.

Right now, our complete collection of Honey Can Do home storage (including Christmas decor storage) is on sale! Sale ends November 24th, 2013.

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If you purchase just one thing this Christmas that is storage related, let it be the 40" Canvas Gift Wrap Organizer. Inexpensive and featuring a sleek underbed-friendly design, this gift wrap organizer has a spot for everything. Read more