Shed and Garage Storage Made Easy



Now that the snow is gone, every outdoor project I failed to complete last fall looms largely as the rains approach and the perennials begin peeking through the grass. The 2015 winter came suddenly, as it often does, and I haphazardly stashed every garden tool and accessory in my newly-built shed quickly before the first snow fell. With only a single pegboard for storage and no hooks or shelves, the shed is well, a mess. Fortunately, my workplace has lots of garage and shed storage accessories to get me organized and ready for my spring yard-cleaning tasks.

For shovels and rakes, the freestanding rack quickly organizes the weed whacker, shovels, rakes and other gardening tools. It accommodates 20 long-handled tools, 17 short-handled tools, an electrical cord – plus it has casters for short-distance moving. It’s made of resin, is fairly lightweight, and yet sturdy enough to store heavy tools.

The wall storage rack is an alternative way to store gardening tools. Made of metal, it holds up to 50 pounds of shovels, rakes, trimmers and other gardening essentials. This kit includes a single hook, a loop hook, a long-handled hook, two double hooks, and a 48-inch rail which mounts to studs or the wall using included hardware.

The ladder bracket is a super-inexpensive way to keep ladders upright and prevent them from falling over. It doubles as a wheelbarrow rack, so I purchased several. They’re simple to install with only two screws which come in the package.

For household hand tools and other gardening items, this Pegboard 32 Piece Kit has tons of components for many other storage needs. This includes two 18 x 36-inch steel epoxy-coated pegboards which won’t warp or degrade like common boards – plus a huge selection of storage accessories, including single, double and curved hooks. The bright white color will brighten my dim, windowless shed. Other sized and style pegboards are also available in our garage storage section.

For gas cans, spray washing supplies, and other items, a small cabinet is appropriate. We sell both resin and metal storage cabinets here. With an organized shed, now I can spend less time rummaging around for things and more time getting to the important business of yard cleanup!

by Laurie H.



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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.

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Star Wars Storage Combats Toy Clutter


ball gown prom dresses The last of the Christmas cookies are gone, the tree has been taken down, but the house is covered with all those new toys that Santa brought. Sound familiar? We love seeing the thrill and joy in our kids eyes Christmas morning, but we don’t necessarily love the clutter that comes with the holidays.  Toy storage is just one of our many job descriptions at It is important to utilize organizers and storage pieces that appeal to kids and entice them to want to organize. Lo and behold — our new line of Star Wars toy storage pieces. These awesome organizers come just at the right time — after the splurge of Christmas gifts and as the new Star Wars: Force Awakens film masters the box office. Using pieces like these branded organizers encourage healthy habits at a young age — ones that will follow kids throughout their entire lives. Let’s take a closer look: Star Wars Toy Storage.


  1. Star Wars Fabric Storage Bin: This fabric storage bin is collapsible so you can easily store it in a drawer when it’s not in use, and the removable rigid bottom keeps the bin upright so you can easily store items inside. The top of the fabric bin is completely open so you can see and retrieve stored items with ease. The durable cardboard interior structure offers years of reliable use while the polypropylene fabric provides long-lasting style.
  2. Star Wars Folding Play Mat (Millennium Falcon): Make it easy for kids to play on the go with the Star Wars Folding Play Mat. Crafted from soft, bendable fabric, this toy organizer is easy to clean. With young kids, it is important to keep toys and other surfaces disinfected; the sleek finish on this case can be wiped down with a wet rag or anti-bacterial towelette. A fabric handle makes this lightweight piece even easier to carry — especially for little hands! The multi-use design does double duty for play and storage; this storage case is also a race track play mat. Two zippers create a small storage case for race cars and other toys, or reveal a cool two-lane space themed track.
  3. Star Wars Toy Car Storage: Whether their favorite vehicles travel pavement or space, this carrier is made to transport them between home, school, friend’s homes and more. Crafted from durable tin, this lunch-box style organizer is made to withstand years. A strong latch keeps contents safely inside while an easy-to-use handle makes the lightweight piece easy to transport. Inside, this bin boasts 15 slots that are just the right size for toy cars, action figures and more.
  4. Star Wars Collapsible Toy Box: Kids can play on the go or transport their favorite toys thanks to the Star Wars Collapsible Toy Box. Crafted from soft fabric that is safe for ages 3 years and up, this box features a special coating that is easy to clean. The sleek surface can be wiped down with a wet rag for quick sanitation. This versatile piece is designed for storage and play. Four zippers follow the length of each corner; zip them all up and this piece turns into a lightweight storage box perfect for toys. Two velcro straps hold the lid on securely and two side handles make the entire piece easy to transport. Create a play mat by unzipping each corner and letting the piece lay flat. The inside surface is designed to replicate the inside of a spaceship, perfect for encouraging imagination and creative playtime. On the outside, you will see the faces of classic Star Wars characters.
  5. Star Wars Playmat: This activity mat is made from a soft fabric that features a protective coating; keep it sanitary with the easy wipe of a wet rag or disinfecting towelette. Measuring a large 3 feet by 1.5 feet, this play mat is perfect for the home or on the go. The pliable piece is simple to roll or fold, so you can tuck it away in storage or transport it. The large surface is great on tables, protecting hardwood from rough playing; it’s great on floors, creating a clean play space; even use it in the car to keep young travelers focused and happy. 



Celebrate New Year’s Eve with class — and good food


We’re just starting to reach the calm after the storm of Christmas, and here comes New Year’s Eve. If you hosting this event, it can be easy to give in and let it get out of control. But this celebration can be simple and elegant. Here are some tips to ring in your new year with less work.

  • Serve small plates: Since most of your party-goers won’t be arriving until later in the evening, you don’t need to plan a large meal. Make prep and clean up easier on yourself by serving small plates or horderves. Divided serving dishes make it super simple to present small offerings like olives, nuts, cheese and more.
  • Utilize serving trays: While we’re on the subject, serving trays will be your best friend. With them, you won’t clutter up your surfaces with your normal plates. And some designs, like this one with room for ice, are designed to keep your food cold all night — so food is fresh for all parry-goers, no matter what time they show up. Tiered serving trays are also a great investment; these decorative pieces are also super convenient because they allow you to present more options without taking up previous space.
  • Use a serving caddy: Keep plates, napkins, flatware and serving pieces all in one area. These awesome caddies make it even easier for guests to help themselves to food. Opt for the disposable plates and flatware, too.



1.) Bamboo Entertaining Set

2.) Serving Caddy

3.) Three Tier Serving Tray

4.) Appetizers on Ice Serving Tray

5.) Divided Serving Dish


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

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!
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  • 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.
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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.

Prepping for Thanksgiving Day dinner


Ready or not, here comes Turkey Day — AND your hungry family. If you have been honored with the chore of making dinner for the fam, make it easy on yourself with the proper tools.

 Must-have kitchen gadgets for a Thanksgiving feast

  • Electric knife: I know it seems goofy, but this Electric Knife from Cuisinart will make it super simple to cleanly slice up your bird or ham come the big day. Carving a turkey can be a real chore, but this handy blade takes the guess work and grunt work out. It comes with a solid hardwood stand and handle storage so you can keep it properly stored and it will be like-new every year. Switch between the two stainless steel blades, designed for carving meat and bread respectively. A safety button and a four foot cord makes this electric knife user-friendly and safe for everyone.
  • Immersion blender: Whether you’re looking to perfect your gravy, mashed spuds or whip up a great soup with that leftover turkey, an immersion blender is a must have. This particular model from Cuisinart comes with three different attachments to do the work of a food processor, a power whisk or drink mixer plus a blender. Two speeds and a 200 watt motor allow you to chop, puree, blend, whip and process.
  • Food chopper: Chop veggies for your stuffing, pecans for pie, garlic to spice up your potatoes and much more with this easy hand chopper. The plastic base allows you to chop without the addition of a cutting board. The covered design also keeps you hands out of the way, so you can cut and dice without worrying about slicing your fingers. This safe, easy to clean (throw it in the dishwasher!) and user-friendly chopper is a great addition year-round.
  • Food processor: Cut your prep time in half with a food processor. This one has a three cup bowl and convenient handle that allows you to easily measure ingredients. This counter top appliance is perfect for chopping veggies and making sauces like cranberry relish.

Holiday baking with fresh spices



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

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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




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 neighbor. 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.

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