Boot trays are the best wet shoe storage



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.


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:


  • 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.


  • 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.

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Create the perfect home study nook

Our preparation for the new school year continues. This week, we’re focusing on creating the best home study space. Creating a comfortable place to hit the books not only increases the likelihood of homework getting done, but it encourages excellent organizing skills in other parts of life.study2

When creating your home study nook, keep two things in mind: schedule and time management. Creating a weekly schedule of when you plan to sit down, disconnect from the world and study is super important. Plan ahead and schedule time to get studying done so you can tackle it slowly throughout the week — instead of having to power through it all at once come the weekend.

Time management is just as important. When studying, it is ideal to allow yourself time to rest. Break up your studies into smaller pieces and reward yourself when you hit a checkpoint. Try to clear your mind for a few minutes without resorting to social media, television or conversations — and then get back to the books!

Of course, creating and outfitting your study place is the most important part.

Create the perfect home study space

  • Student planner: To start, you need to organize your responsibilities. Keep track of classes, homework, tests and more with this student agenda. This daily agenda has lots of room to jot down every day to-do’s. Dated for the 2015-16 school year, this planner has both monthly and daily calendars. Choose from multiple colors.
  • Dry erase calendar decal: Having a separate calendar for life’s commitments allows you to focus on homework within your planner, making it easier to keep track of assignments. A calendar for all of life’s activities is a must as well. This cool decal can be placed right above your desk. This way you can keep track of doctor’s appointments, family commitments and other things that don’t fit in your agenda.study1
  • Bulletin board: This contemporary bulletin board is the perfect mix of fun and efficiency. Pin up photos and ticket stubs as well as assignment outlines and more. This board comes with both 12 magnets and 12 pushpins.
  • Desktop organizer: Keep papers filed and organized. This cheeky desktop organizer is perfect for sorting files, important documents, even pencils or pens. The lighthearted “JUNK” text across the front adds fun to efficiency.
  • Wrist support note pad: Jot down last minute notes and reminders with this fun notepad. Designed to double as a keyboard wrist pad, this paper notepad includes 60 sheets. Like the desktop organizer, this pad has a sense of humor as displayed by its header: “Things I’ll forget to remember.”

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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.



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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.


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

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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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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 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.


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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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:

grill_set18 Piece BBQ Set

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.

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What You Will Need This School Year: Check List!

Back to school shopping has begun and we have the complete back to school check list for your children, whether they're in elementary school or college. Organize-It and StacksandStacks also offers hundreds of products to get your kids off to the right start this school year! Start here with our Grade School List. We also have a College Check List! Find them on Organize-It!

Garage Ceiling Storage – Organizer's Best Friend

Telescoping Ceiling StorageWe all have our go-to tricks when it comes to finding extra storage space in the home. Maybe it is as simple as looking at the back of your door, or under the bed. Well it just so happens that one of my favorites also tends be one of the most overlooked. Maybe it is because it is because of its location: the garage.

Closets and shoes are fun to organize, as are bathrooms. Those areas bring instant gratification when organizing the home. But the garage? Not so much. We don't hang out in the garage, and we certainly don't expect it to be a place of calm organization. So why the focus on this boring, dingy space? Read more

Go the Extra Mile for Guests this Holiday Season

Your holiday guests are traveling miles and miles to see you, why not meet them halfway? That is, with some extra TLC crafted out of things you might just have around your house.

Here are some great tips for stress-free hosting of holiday guests this year:

Teton Oak Leaf Wreath with Berries - Copper and Gold
Scented Candles: A quick, easy update to your decor with a few scented candles placed on the kitchen island or in the bathroom goes a long way toward enhancing the holiday mood for all in the home to enjoy. (Shown: Teton Oak Leaf Wreath with Berries – Copper and Gold, candles not included). Read more

Countdown to Fall…Tools to Make Yardwork A Breeze

Let's Get Serious about Fall! Just 11 days away and one of our favorite seasons, there's just something about fall. And there are leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. And other yardwork to do during this transition to winter. Here are some of the best fall yardwork tools to help you make the most of your work time spent out in the yard this season:

GutterBrush Rain Gutter Guard
Prevention is key when dealing with gutters. Not only does the GutterBrush Rain Gutter Guard save you time spent cleaning out those gutters down the road, it keeps your rain gutters in better condition, reducing rust issues for longer use. Like other gutter guards, this one keeps leaves and pine needles out but allows water to pass through. It remains hidden, however, fully inside the gutter for a neat and tidy look. Read more

Throwing a Successful Summer BBQ or Potluck

Deluxe Charcoal GrillSummer has barely begun, and I’m guessing you have already been to a number of barbecues, cookouts and potlucks. We humans sure love summer entertaining! Gathering with family and friends to gobble down good food, share stories, splash in the pool and soak in the sun is what we live for all winter long. But as we know, throwing a successful summer party is no easy task. There’s a lot to prepare, and a lot to handle once it’s over.

I’m going to address three key issues and offer up some solutions for making your barbeque or potluck easier and better than ever: Read more

A Smarter Entryway

With summer activities in full swing, it's time for many of us to rethink the mudroom. The entryway should act as a sort of filter for the rest of the home, catching shoes, clutter and even debris before they enter the main living areas of the home. This will save you valuable time when cleaning and when getting ready to head out the door in the morning. Here are some great entryway organizers to get you on your way to a more peaceful entry to your home:

Naples Hall Tree
The Naples Hall Tree is great for a large, unused wall. It has a bench for sitting on while getting ready and a lift top that allows for extra hidden storage – great for shoes, beach bags, towels and sporting equipment. Read more

Holiday Entertaining with No Rules

rustic table-scapeI see a lot of cool things happening in party planning right now. The trend in fall party decorating seems to be rustic, cozy and casual with some antique influences and best of all – no rules! You no longer need to go with the traditional “pumpkins and leaves” theme when accessorizing your home for a holiday party.

And you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Go to the thrift store to mix and match antique dinnerware and glassware pieces. The in-cohesive look is in style and so charming. An old beat up dinner table suddenly has chic appeal, so forget the tablecloth and dress it up with a lace runner or simple linen placemats. Read more

Fall Cleanup for the Holidays

fall cleaningIn the spirit of “Spring Cleaning”, each fall I also like to give the house a good, thorough cleaning. Maybe because it feels like we are about to close up the house for the winter or are getting ready to hibernate. In addition to that, the holidays bring many opportunities to entertain family and friends.

While I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, at least where cleaning is concerned, I will treat it as though I am. Read more

Travel Packing Tips

Travel Packing Tips With the holidays fast approaching there is sure to be lots of traveling coming up, whether you’re going away for Thanksgiving or flying to see family for Christmas. This can be a stressful time of year and having to pack everything from suits to presents doesn’t help matters. That’s why staying organized with a few travel products, even when on the go, is the key to a low-key holiday season. Read more

How I Fit My Entire Family In My Home For Thanksgiving

crazy ThanksgivingAs I mentioned before in my previous post, this year the arduous task of hosting Thanksgiving for both sides of my family has fallen to me and my wife. As I was writing about the best way to store and preserve all of that leftover turkey and stuffing, I recalled another hurdle that I cleared the first time I hosted Thanksgiving:

“How am I going to fit all of those family members into my dining room?” Read more

Tips To Get Your Kitchen Ready For The Holidays

holiday cookingWith the holidays on the way it’s the perfect time to get your kitchen prepped for all that entertaining. Get a head start and whip that fridge and those cabinets into shape by ensuring storage is organized and everything is easy to find so you don’t have to make any last minute trips to the grocery store.

Making sure you have everything needed for a big family dinner can be daunting, but by stocking up in advance on the things you can you can means you’ll have less to buy at the grocery store right before the holidays. Read more

Why I Just Can’t Let Go of my Vegetable Garden

winter vegetablesFor me, gardening feeds my soul. Of course it’s fun if it feeds my belly too, but getting my hands in the dirt, daily watering and fertilizing make up one of the pleasures in life that make my heart sing. So why should I give this up during fall and winter, a time when, frankly, my soul needs all the calories it can get?

Luckily, I don’t have to stop gardening during the winter, and neither do you. Read more

Shed Organization For The Non-Handyman

fall garden shedOne of my favorite leisure-time activities is maintaining my garden and landscaping the spacious yard that surrounds the house. Unfortunately, winter-time in my region is not just hibernation time for bears – my yard tools and gardening supplies too have an extended stay in the shed awaiting them from October to March.

While I have the good fortune of owning a home on a large piece of land, my property only has one shed to store all my tools. Our home does not include a garage; it only has a carport that is built into the house, storing extra tools there was not an option because they would be too exposed to the elements. Read more

Getting the Guest Room Ready for Holiday Visitors

sofa bedLet’s face it, most of us do not have a room that is dedicated just to guests. More often than not, our guests are sharing a space with a computer, a treadmill, toys, or some combination of those items.

During the holidays in particular, guest-stays tend to be longer and you want them to be comfortable, assuming you want them to come back, of course.

Here are solutions to some common problems that plague the guestroom: Read more

De-Stressing Holiday Travel

fall road tripFor many people, the decision to hit the open road for a long road trip during the fall season can be a double-edged sword. As I mentioned before in my last post, there is typically less construction during the fall and the weather tends to be more bearable (as in the weather is not too hot – I’ll get into the reverse of this later on). On the other hand, there are quite a few drawbacks to traveling during the fall and winter months. Some of these include the likelihood of inclemently-cold weather and devastatingly brutal pre-holiday traffic in October and November – not to mention the typical issues you deal with on a road trip during any time of the year. For me, the best way to stay cool, calm and collected during a long road trip in the autumn season is to prepare ahead of time. I ensure all of the organizers and travel comfort items I need are packed away, a key to successful travel. Read more