Wellness Mats – Be Kind to Your Legs This Holiday Season

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Wellness Mats are just what you need as the holidays approach. Why? Long hours spent standing, chopping, dicing, rolling flower, processing are fatiguing to your body and hard on your legs and back. Wellness mats provide .75 inches of cushion for your feet and legs and help keep your blood circulating properly as you prepare your bountiful meals. They work by displacing and suspending the weight of your body, giving comfort to your joints and assistance in maintaining a good posture.

They come in multiple sizes, color choices and patterns to match your decor. You may be thinking, “but I can get a rubber rug and the dollar store for a few bucks.” Well, yes you can but it won’t have the padding, the quality, or the health value of WellnessMats brand mats.

Furthermore, high-quality Wellness Mats have the following features, not found in cheap hardware store mats:

  • 99.9 percent anti-microbial.
  • Stain and chemical resistant.
  • Flame resistant.
  • Heat and puncture resistant.
  • Non-curling, beveled edges for safety.
  • Patented polyurethane construction for long life.
  • 20-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Wellness Mats are smartly-designed with the user in mind. Beveled edges provide a smooth transition, so you won’t trip when stepping over them. They’re slip-resistant and sturdy, providing comfort wherever you stand. They’re great for using in front of the sink or stove, or anywhere you are likely to be standing for extended periods of time. Think dishes, rolling dough, slicing vegetables, etc.

In addition to the kitchen, Wellness Mats are also great for using in front of workbenches, your craft station, your potting bench and other workstations. Note that they are designed for at-home and professional use. You have probably seen them in places like salons, in fact.

Anti-fatigue mats reduce stress on your ankles, legs and back and minimize spinal compression while reducing exhaustion. This holiday season, be good to your body and gift yourself with a Wellness Mat. You won’t regret it and neither will your legs. Wellness Mats are on sale this week for 20-percent off at organizeit.com and stacksandstacks.com thru 11/28/2016.

Nail Polish Organizers

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Nail Polish Organizers – 3 Great Ideas for Decluttering Vanities

Nail polish organizers are something we never think to buy, and yet, they can make our lives so much easier. Nail polish has catastrophic potential when mishaps occur, so why not take a little extra care to prevent that from happening? If we could get through life without feeling the despair of Passion Red on light blue carpeting, we would be lucky. Nail polish organizers keep your polish upright and safe from you and your naughty cats, who, incidentally, enjoy Passion Red on any color carpeting.

Nail polish organizers come in a huge array of sizes and styles suitable for everyone, from the occasional get-pretty-for-a-date user, to those who must have an expansive array of nail polish – in every shade and finish – in order to feel sexy and complete. Here are several of my favorite nail polish organizers.

1. Spinning Nail Polish Organizer – Spinning nail polish organizers give you complete access to all of your nail polish bottles with only a slight turn of your wrist. This 30-bottle nail polish holder (shown in main photo) boasts center storage with four sections for nail files, buffers and other manicure tools. Clear acrylic makes it easy to identify your colors and the raised sides ensure that nail polish bottles don’t spill.

2. Acrylic Nail Polish Organizer – The occasional nail polish user will love the simplicity and compact size of this 12-compartment organizer. It measures 9.5 W x 3.5 D inches, taking up little space, while keeping your nail polish standing upright and ready to use.

3. Nail Polish Organizer Rack – With two shelves and room for 22 to 44 bottles of nail polish, this versatile metal rack looks as lovely as it is useful. The bottom shelf has about 2.88 inches of depth, plus plenty of clearance for storing small bottles of any kind (think lotion or shampoo). Rubber feet keep it from marring your vanity, and the scalloped open-wire design provides visibility while adding a decorative accent to your room.

There you have my top three picks, but you may need to check out our other nail polish organizers on our website. Plus, we have an enormous variety of cosmetic organizers, if you’re in the MOOD to organize, which I’m sure you are, since you made it to the end of my blog post.

‘Til next time.

Love,
Clutter Control Freak

You also might enjoy this how-to for another way to organize nail polish on the Organize-It blog.

Lost Socks

Lost Socks

Lost Socks – The Antidote

We all have them – well most of us. Lost socks. Orphaned socks. The one that got away, ran away, got eaten – or disappeared into the sock black hole never again to be found. We keep the orphaned socks, hoping the mates will show up some day, like the tomcat who went out carousing. Only the socks usually aren’t out rollicking. They are, sadly and simply, lost socks.

The bag of lost socks may hang on the back of a door or in a closet – a big dumb clump of fabric and annoying reminder of a careless moment (or twenty). I have had such a bag for ten years. Every year or two, I dump them out, take another assessment, and then put them away after another failed attempt at matching.

Eventually, the lost socks get converted into dust cloths and then relegated to the trash soon after. It’s a sad thing, a widowed sock. Dusting with one is only a reminder of the thing that’s missing. I discovered something recently though, that put an end to my lost sock problem – SockPro Wash Organizer Discs. They’re made of flexible rubber and have non-destructive grips that hold your socks together. The rubber is completely safe for the washer and dryer and super-easy to use. Simply pull your socks through the center and the built-in soft teeth grip them, holding them in perfect pairs.

If you make it a habit to insert your sock pairs into the SockPro as soon as you take them off, you’ll never lose another sock. They come in sets of ten and are inexpensive – well worth the cost to keep your socks happily married forever.

Love, Clutter Control Freak
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Closet Storage

To get the most out of your closet space, think vertically.:

Shelf Dividers

To get the most out of your closet space, think vertically. One simple way to do that is to utilize shelf dividers. If you have a classic small closet (like myself), you’re probably working with just one rod and one top shelf.

That top shelf typically becomes lost space because you throw some shoes or sweaters up there and call it a day, but by using shelf dividers you can create space that can be used vertically. Use dividers and stack folded clothes or shoe boxes without worrying about them tipping over. 

I recommend acrylic dividers because they do not have perforations like wire ones, and therefore keep items more secure.

Check out this one from Stacks and Stacks. Made from sturdy acrylic, these dividers are easy to install, do not require hardware and fit on any shelf measuring up to 3/4 inch thick.

Hanging Organizers

The possibilities are limitless with hanging organizers. There are lots of different styles to help get your closet space in order, including: belt organizers, scarf or tie organizers, shelves, bins, shoe pockets, hanging jewelry organizers and more. Out of the whole lot, I cannot live without a scarf hanger and hanging shelves.

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Scarf hangers are very versatile and can be used to corral scarves, belts, ties, layering pieces like camisoles and more.

This 10 hook organizer is my favorite because all of the hooks are parallel, never on top of each other, so you never have to remove other pieces or search under them to get to the item you want. A rubber coating keeps items from falling to the floor, too. And at just $4, you can’t beat the price. 

I also love using hanging shelves/cubbies. Again, thinking vertically will transform so much dead space in your closet into usable storage. This five shelf hanging organizer lets me organize simple pieces without over crowding the closet. I used to hang each camisole and t shirt, but now I can keep them nicely folded and still accessible.

Over the Door Organizers

Last on the list of must-have closet organizers is over the door storage pieces — especially for shoe storage. Leave the bottom of your closet open and use over the door organizers instead. The standard vertical pocket shoe organizers you see everywhere really don’t work as well as you’d like, that’s why I tend to opt for something with larger, horizontal pockets like this closet door organizer.

This organizers fits great on the inside of your closet door and holds up to 26 pairs. I also like to stick hats, handbags, stockings and other accessories in the pockets. Three top hooks keep it secure over any door measuring up to 1 3/4 inches thick.

 Shop OrganizeIt.com for custom closet designs and schedule a free consultation today!

Modern alternatives to Christmas tree skirts

 

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I’m really excited about Christmas this year. You see, it’s my first winter in my house and that means it’s the first time I can have a fresh tree for Christmas. My apartment before (and most here in Michigan) did not allow them because of the fire hazard. In my jolly excitement, I’m trying real hard not to go overboard with ornaments, lights and the whole mess.

As I’ve enjoyed decorating my own home for the first time, I have had a real interest in minimalism. I am trying to incorporate that into my holiday decorations. I have an excellent vintage tree topper, some hand-me-down glass bulbs from my parents and the perfect hand-knit stockings. Simple and classic, that’s what I like. But there is one element, that for some reason, I cannot agree upon. Tree skirts.

I just don’t like them; and while I realize I can scrap the detail all together, I would like some element under the tree.

A few months ago we started working with an awesome manufacturer, Bungalow Flooring. Aside from their innovative photo-realistic rugs and padded floor mats, they make some really cool Christmas pieces. If you hadn’t already guessed, my favorite is fit for your tree. Buy Bridesmaid dresses NZ at discount price at Topbridal.co.nz

The Bungalow Tree Mat is a round rug designed to protect hard floors from tree stands. Available in multiple designs — and each in 19 different colors — these mats are a great modern alternative to your mama’s old tree skirt.

Patterns include snowflakes (at right), little Christmas trees or reindeer.

You can choose colors from purple to orange, from teal to yellow; my house is all reds and teals so I think I’m gonna go with the basics and opt for the bright, cheery red.

A polypropylene front and rubber backing is skid resistant as well as resistant to mold, mildew, rot, cracking and other wear. The wide border helps contain any spilled water and dirt, keeping floors clean.

Measuring 35 inches in diameter, this protective floor rug is great for any area of the home. Now that I can do a fresh tree, I just may consider adding one in the master bedroom too. Imagine waking up to the wonderful scent of blue spruce every morning. Does it get any better?

Better yet, Bungalow Flooring manufacturers all of their products right here in the United States. I love these mats and it makes me even happier to support a U.S. manufacturer.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving recipes: Use a ricer for the best mashed potatoes

Yes, the turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving Day dinner, but there are many key players. My favorite every year is the creamy, buttery mashed potatoes — no one can make them like my mother. This year, I finally asked: what’s the secret?

Using a ricer instead of whipping or hand mashing potatoes creates smooth, lump-free spuds fit for melted butter, gravy or both. Cook’s Illustrated recently put a few model to the test and picked two models on our site as their top two favorites.

  • RSVP International Potato Ricer: This food press features a sturdy handle and pot hook so it stays in place while you process your potatoes. The rectangular shape makes it easy to fit spuds of all sizes, plus the interchangeable disks allow you to master a range of different textures. It’s also a great model for making your own baby food or removing extra moisture from cooked greens. Plus, it’s dis-mountable and dishwasher safe!
    Cleaning: ∗∗∗  Ease of Use: ∗∗∗  Performance: ∗∗∗
  • OXO Three in One Adjustable Potato Ricer: This ricer from OXO is made for more than one job. The adjustable grates are great for ricing potatoes, but can also be used to cube veggies for soups and other recipes. This model also features a pot hook so it can be rested on the side of your pan while you process potatoes. Made from stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, plus it is safe to use in the dishwasher.
    Cleaning: ∗∗∗  Ease of Use: ∗∗1/2  Performance: ∗∗∗

Tips for the best mashed potatoes:

  • Season the cooking water: potatoes can be bland and the best way to season them is to salt the water you cook them in.
  • Get butter and cream warm before adding: Using cold cream or butter can cause potatoes to get gummy. Heat up the butter and cream beforehand.
  • Infuse: Steep crushed garlic and your favorite herbs in your warm butter before adding to your potatoes. This way you get flavor without lumps or chunks.
  • Use a ricer: Obviously, using a ricer will give you the smoothest potatoes, but make sure you do it while the spuds are still hot.

Holiday baking with fresh spices

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The holiday season is fast approaching and with it comes loads of cleaning, shopping, decorating and of course — baking! While you’re prepping for your holiday feasts, consider using fresh herbs and spices instead of the market shelf dried variety. Storing and preserving these fresh goodies is simple with the right tools and using them can add that extra oomph to your recipes.

Whether you have left over homegrown goods from your summer garden or want to preserve fresh items from a local market, there are plenty of options to get the job done.

Many spices are sensitive to direct sunlight and intense heat, so they should be stored in a cool, dark area that is still within easy reach of your prep area. The best places to store your spices are inside cabinets and drawers, which keeps spices within easy reach. You can also store spices on a counter top away from any windows.

Fresh herbs

elegant evening dresses Keep all your excess fresh herbs stored away until you can use them with the Progressive fresh herb keeper. The water reservoir offers hydration for stored herbs, ensuring they stay fresh for several days in the refrigerator. Now you can keep fresh herbs readily available so you can enjoy fresh basil, rosemary and other spices in your signature dishes. These savory choices are a perfect addition to Thanksgiving Day turkey and more.

Spice mixtures

If you like to create your own spice mixtures and meat rubs, you need a convenient place to store your concoctions. Our spice balls provide tons of storage space to store large amounts of spice mixtures so you can keep a large quantity of herbs on hand. You can store smaller spice mixtures in our spice shakers, which allows you to sprinkle your favorite mixture over steaming plates of food.spiceshaker

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by spices, especially blends. But it’s really as simple as trial and error. Mix your favorite spices, see what you like and what you don’t.

Here’s one to try this holiday season:

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

  • 3 tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Mary Joesten contributed to this story.

Boot trays are the best wet shoe storage

 

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Autumn showers are coming our way and soon enough — snow! Prepare your foyer now for muddy rain boots and wet snow boots. Boot trays are an inexpensive, manageable way to combat wet floors and salty stains.

Our friends at Bungalow Flooring have these awesome boot trays that have had me waiting for fall all summer long. We offer a few different styles but all Bungalow Boot Mats are:

  • Available in 18 UV resistant colors to blend into any household.
  • Constructed from heavy-duty, premium-grade polypropylene fibers.
  • Excellent at absorbing excess moisture and trapping dirt particles.
  • Designed with a rubber bottom to prevent the mat from sliding around on the floor.
  • Made with materials that are highly resistant to mold, mildew, cracks and crushing.
  • Complete with a wide border that ensures water and dirt are kept on the rug and off the floor.
  • Keept clean by washing in the machine and hanging out to dry.
  • Wonderful for use in the foyer, mudroom, hallway, porch or garage.
  • Made in the United States.

Choose from attractive square, diamond, leaves or fall patterns.

 

Fall storage: Patio furniture covers

The leaves are starting to turn in my neighborhood. I keep thinking it’s too early, but then I remember we are at the tail end of September. Then I also remember — with a sigh — that autumn doesn’t just mean bonfires, hot apple cider and warm sweaters. It means raking leaves, sealing windows and — ugh — storing patio furniture.

While it is ideal to store patio furniture in the shed or garage, if you’re like me,  it’s not always possible. My sad little one car garage can only do so much. That’s why furniture covers are such a blessing. These durable protective guards protect against wind, snow, sleet, rain and whatever else Mother Nature has to throw at you.

We’re all familiar with the standard table, chair and even grill covers that protect our belongings all winter long, but what else are you forgetting to cover? A quick search brought me to these unique covers that I had never though of before. I know what I’m doing this weekend:

Heater covers

Patio heaters are an awesome thing to have on cool summer nights and brisk fall evenings. They make it possible to use your patio through spring, summer and fall so you can get the most out of your outdoor space before the snow falls. Once cold weather hits, how do you store it if you do not have the indoor space?

These covers are designed to fit your patio heater snug and tight. A full-length zipper makes it super easy to cover and remove this protective guard. The polyester blend is perfect for all extreme temperatures and is sure to protect as well as preserve the quality of your fixture. PVC undercoating provides a waterproof seal with a splash guard to keep off moisture and salt associated with northern winters. They even feature air vents to reduce moisture and condensation on the inside.

Window air conditioner covers

If you live in an apartment or have an extra window unit in the bedroom, you know that air conditioner sits unused all winter and needs to be cleaned before turning it back on in the spring. But have you thought about covering it during the winter? A waterproof guard keeps your air conditioner dry and clean during the off-season. The easy-to-use design features an elastic hem that keeps the cover in place throughout all weather conditions. You can choose from both square and rounded versions, sure to fit which ever style unit you have.

Swing covers

Patio swings are also difficult to store. They’re large, hard to move and it is a real pain to take them apart just to reassemble in the spring. They too can be covered to protect against moisture, wind and debris. Buckles hold this cover closed and allows it to protect your outdoor swing with PVC coating and a splash guard to create a moisture-safe, waterproof seal. The elastic bottom with cord allows you to fit this cover perfectly to what ever style swing you have.

Aside from these clever covers, you always want to make sure you protecting any chairs or tables you have remaining outside.

Find these awesome winter solutions and more at StacksandStacks.com.

 

 

 

Wind chimes create a soothing outdoor escape

The delicate sound of garden wind chimes creates the perfect at-home escape from the busy world.

wind-chimes-2We are constantly adding new collections to our site and recently we found this excellent wind chime manufacturer, Woodstock Chimes. This family-owned business is based out of Hudson Valley, New York. Woodstock Chimes creates and produces high quality, unique pieces that are sure to provide a sense of calm and joy to any age with their world-famous sounds.

When the catalog of wind chimes hit my desk, my first thought was, “but summer is over!”

How wrong I was. Gentle autumn breezes create the perfect environment for these timeless melodies. Crisp air and the traveling twinkle of wind chimes is the perfect setting for carving pumpkins, picking apples, and enjoying warm cider and donuts.

Here are of my favorites:

Habitates

  • Plays the notes found in the patriotic song, America the Beautiful.
  • Playful, light melody will have your soul soaring on the breeze.
  • Named to honor the role nature’s habitats play on the eco-system.
  • A lifetime tuning guarantee is offered through the manufacturer.
  • Hang the wind chimes out in the yard using the ring at the top.
  • Creates a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere – perfect for relaxation.
  • The wind catcher displays a carved dragonfly, butterfly, or owl.
  • Antique copper finish and steel plated constructed wind catcher.
  • Chime tubes are crafted from bronze-finished, recycled aluminum.
  • Top piece and clapper are made from Bubinga-finished ash wood.

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  • Offers a relaxing atmosphere to your backyard garden or seating space.
  • The chimes move with the breeze to create random patterns of sound.
  • Hand-tuned to a universal five-note pentatonic scale for rich notes.
  • Rich and deep musical notes are created as the wind ruffles the chimes.
  • A lifetime tuning guarantee is offered through the manufacturer.
  • Use the top ring to hang the wind chimes from any outdoor hook.
  • Tubes are crafted from durable, recycled aluminum material.
  • Clapper, wind catcher, and top piece are made from ash wood.
  • Comes in several color combinations to blend into any space.
  • Makes a unique gift for the music lover on your holiday list.
  • Named for the third planet in our system we call home; Earth.

Find these products and more at StacksandStacks.com.