Must Have Travel Gadgets

Whether you’re looking to escape winter weather with a tropical getaway or already planning your spring break family vacation, there are a few must have travel gadgets you’ll never travel without again.

Luggage Scale by Taylor Precision
For anyone who likes to buy souvenirs or do a little shopping while on vacation a luggage scale is essential. It might not seem like a must have item when you’re packing, but you’ll wish you had brought one when you find yourself at the airport with an overweight bag. Look for a compact luggage scale that won’t take up much room and you can ensure you save yourself both time and money at the airport. Read more

Love in Paris Desk – Featured Product of the Week

Love in Paris DeskIn honor of Valentine's Day, this week's featured product is all about love, Parisian style. For example, I LOVE these new printed glass top desks. What a fun way to cheer up the home office! The Love in Paris Office Desk features a clear glass top with pink, black and red printed words and figures, complete with the Eiffel tower. This is a great, compact desk that works perfectly with a laptop or flat-screen monitor, or simply as a writing (or homework) space. The clear top and streamlined frame are perfect for tight spaces such as the bedroom or a small corner of the office, unimposing and oozing with style! Oh, L'amour!

Photos in Limbo

Accordion Photo KeeperA month or two after the holidays, I always feel like I have been bombarded with stacks of new photos! Like it or not, these pictures are simply not going to make it into frame or album for a few more months to come. So I have a few boxes on hand just for these photos in limbo. Photo boxes are an inexpensive organizing tool and are also quite often pretty. As much as I want to frame every photo of the kids, there are simply too many to make that happen. The photo box allows me to keep those precious shots without the immediate pressure of having to display them. I also like to keep these excess photos to give away to family and I like to think the kids might want to take them with them someday into adulthood. Read more

Dogs and Cats (Solutions)

Cat WashroomAbout a year ago my wife and I decided to adopt a dog since we had become settled in our new apartment and figured it would add some companionship and a give us reason to get out and hike every weekend. There was only one small issue, which is that we have had a cat for about four years and she is certainly the “queen of her domain”. We were a little apprehensive bringing the dog home for a “foster” night to test the waters, but it turned out to be a great fit and the two animals have become fast friends.

Unfortunately we ran into another little problem with the relationship our dog has with the cat – (brace yourself because it is gross) – she loves to raid the cat’s litter box. Read more

Jewelry Rax – Featured Product of the Week (for Accessories-Lovers)

Jewelry RaxThis week’s featured product is the Jewelry Rax by American Innotek Wall Mount Jewelry Organizer. This handy rack gets high grades in design for several reasons: it incorporates both trays and long hanging storage options all in one piece! Usually you find one or the other (but not both): trays for the drawers or dresser top and necklace hangers for the wall, but this unique piece is designed to hold it all. Read more

What is a Snobby, French Press Drinking Coffee-Lover to Do?

Coffee Picture - courtesy of nomilknocryIf you are like me, every day has to begin with a piping hot cup of coffee. Without that hot libation, my day simply is shot – and on a few occasions I have had to go without. Blurry-eyed and in a daze, I set about my daily tasks as if I was moving in slow motion. My wife and I prefer to brew our coffee using the French Press method because it is quick and (in my humble opinion) yields an exponentially tastier cup of coffee. Read more

Super (Organize Sports Equipment) Sunday

Sports OrganizerIn the spirit of the Superbowl, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight this Smart Organizer System for Sports! If you have kids or are into sports yourself, all of that sporting equipment is probably driving you bananas on some level. I like this sports organizer because it is wall mounted and includes a ball net, easy for everyone to use and it keeps equipment off the floor!

4 Weeks to an Organized Home: Week 4 – Conquer Those Cabinets!

4 Weeks to an Organized HomeCabinets are an ongoing battle for most of us, and I’m going to risk alienation on an organizing blog by saying: maybe that’s not such a bad thing. So go ahead and prepare yourself for a yearly visit into the depths of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. It’s a good exercise anyway because you can pull older canned goods forward so they don’t expire, and the same goes for medicines and toiletries in the bathroom. Plus you can dust and check for signs of mildew or pests while you are in there.

So grab a damp cloth, a recycle bin, and join me in this last step on our journey to an organized home.

    Here’s what works in cabinets:

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4 Weeks to an Organized Home: Week 3 – Closet Mania!

organize the closetFear not my friends, closets are easier than you think to organize. They have something going for them that you might not have thought of: they don’t have to be pretty. When you are organizing any other area of the home, you have to consider aesthetics, but with the closet, not so much. This allows you to search high and low for unused storage space and to make use of inexpensive storage items (plastic). Read more

Finding the Right Jewelry Storage

Finding jewelry storage that’s fits your collection as well as your décor can be a challenge. With so many different types of jewelry storage to sort through it can be hard to find that perfect jewelry box or armoire. Here are a few jewelry storage options to help you store and display all your favorite pieces.

Neatnix Jewelry Stax - Four Compartment Organizer
If you don’t usually wear a lot of jewelry and have a small collection then in-drawer storage is the way to go. Taking up minimal space a tray with built in storage compartments is a compact way to store your jewelry, just clear some space in your dresser or nightstand drawer. Read more

Must Have Laundry Accessories

Keeping clothes looking their best requires a well outfitted laundry room, with everything you need to care for your wardrobe. From laundry storage to tools, there are all sorts of items that protect your clothes and make doing the laundry a little easier.

Mesh Laundry Wash Bag - Set of 2
Mesh bags are a must for washing delicate items that could easily get snagged on a zipper while in the wash. Simply throw items in, zip it up and you can wash without worry. Read more

4 Weeks to an Organized Home: Week 2 – The Office

Week 2 - The OfficeMake your office work for YOU. Another major source of headaches in the home, the office can be a place of calm function, but more often than not, it is the center of the perfect storm of the entire house. It’s important to remember that 90% of what is bothering you is the actual desk TOP, because, well, it looks messy! If you can keep that desktop free of clutter, you are well on your way to making peace with your office space.

    Now, a list of what really works in the office:

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Cheers to Stemware Storage!

Cheers!I know I might be a little late on this one, but those of us who went on vacation the week after New Year's may just still be cleaning up after Christmas. This year I invested in some beautiful champagne flutes as I hosted both Christmas and New Year's eve at my house. So I'm adding to my fancy-dish storage collection a special keeper for my festive glassware. Stemware chests come in all sizes, colors and various degrees of protection. There are even special chests for balloon style wine glasses. You certainly don't have to do this for your everyday wine glasses, but it's a great idea for special-occasion glassware, and in particular, champagne glasses (because what else are they for but special-occasions, right?) For something as fragile as thin glass, I suggest a hard-shell outer box with dividers on the inside, like this fluted stemware storage chest. Stemware storage boxes do a much better job than the old cardboard and newspaper diy models, and are relatively inexpensive – a great investment to keep your glassware in great shape in between uses!

Seasonal Storage Solutions

Overhead StorageWhat better way to start off 2013, than to get your home organized? Tackle all those projects you weren’t able to get to over the holidays. Find better ways to store and organize around your house so it’s tidier and more efficient. Put a fresh coat of paint on your walls to mark the season of new beginnings! When it comes to organizing, the biggest thing I preach is storing your seasonal items. That includes seasonal clothing, home decor, dishes, linens, shoes, etc.

To get you excited about seasonal storage, here are some of my favorite picks that cover all sorts of organizing tasks. Read more

After Holiday Clean Up

Ornament KeeperIf you enjoy the holidays but find all the clean up exhausting, this might be the year to get all your holidays decorations organized and easy to pack up. By having the right storage for all your favorite holiday decorations you can save time and energy after the holidays. There are a number of decorations that can use special storage, like artificial trees, wreaths, ornaments and gift wrap.

Keep those family ornaments safe and sound the other eleven months of the year with custom ornament storage. The Ornament Keeper provides lots of storage in one compact space, with three trays each safely storing up to 20 ornaments. Read more

Holiday Wrap Drivin' you Nuts?

Gift Wrap OrganizerIf you find yourself at the end of the holidays with more ribbons, bows and tissue than you know what to do with, there are some easy and space-efficient ways to store it away for next season!

    Here are my picks for gift wrap storage systems this year.

  • Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer (shown). This is a new one this year and I just love it. Next to under the bed, hanging closet organizers are my favorite for extra gift wrapping supplies. This one is designed for wrap and accessories, and who doesn't have a pile of those lying around? What a great idea and it only takes up a few inches in the closet!
  • Which brings me to my favorite wrapping paper storage method: Under the bed. It's almost like rolls of wrapping paper were designed to slide under the bed. This new Holiday Green Gift Wrap Organizer with Handles is perfect for Christmas wrap or any other occasion!
  • And finally, a Greeting Card Box – such a cool idea. I love to buy funny birthday cards as I see them throughout the year. With this box you can organize them (plus all of your Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday cards) for year-round use.

  • How do you keep holiday gift wrap under control at your house?