Author Archives: Diana Augspurger

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From Closet to… Fridge?

It's easy to organize and fully access "stuff" with our clear drawers at https://morestorage.com/clear-shoe-drawer-set-of-p-282.html

This happy customer tidied up odds and ends in her fridge using our clear shoe drawers!

If you have a simply, sturdy, affordable fridge… it probably didn’t come with a lot of frills. We heard from one customer over the weekend that bought our Aberdeen stacking drawers and completely transformed her fridge just by adding two drawers! She says she keeps sandwich supplies in one, and kids snacks in the other – Bravo! for thinking outside the ‘box!’

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard from a happy customer who was using these products for something other than their limited original purpose: a glass artist several years ago sent us this picture of her bins being used to sort glass scraps:

“I love that the bins are completely clear and that they easily slide all the way in and out of the frame. It saves me valuable time to stay organized and to be able to easily move material back and forth from my work tables.”

There are so many uses for these drawers! https://morestorage.com/clear-shoe-drawer-set-of-p-282.html

Glass scraps organized in Clear Shoe Drawers from MoreStorage.com

There are so many uses for these drawers! https://morestorage.com/clear-shoe-drawer-set-of-p-282.html

Glass scraps organized in Clear Shoe Drawers from MoreStorage.com

There are so many uses for these drawers! https://morestorage.com/clear-shoe-drawer-set-of-p-282.html

Glass scraps organized in Clear Shoe Drawers from MoreStorage.com

Wishy-Washy Laundries ..a thing of the past

We have always mourned the lack of respect the  hardworking laundry gets despite being one of the most used areas of the house.  Often allocated little space, it’s as if it was a last minute thought. Most people will agree that a well appointed laundry is a pleasure to work in. Accessible cabinetry boosts the function up to utility room status where everything from light bulbs to hand tools can be squirreled away.

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Look up, look down, look all around for unused space….

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…behind a door where we found space for storing hangers used for hang-drying. This could easily be mop and broom holders also. Adjust your door stop so the hooks don’t hit the back of the door.

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…or like this drying rack that drops from the ceiling.

It’s hard to visualize where everything should go so utilize some professional expertise so you don’t waste any space. Our friends at Ironaway did a pretty good job with this project. Having the ironing board tuck away easily makes life so much easier. Good lighting makes up for the lack of a window. This project incorporates craft space which makes total sense.

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A pullout table can be hidden in drawer space, at your finger tips when you need it not only for your machine but also wrapping gifts or laying out a project.

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Divide at least one drawer for sewing supplies. Easily replace a missing button or tack a pesky loose hem which always seem to come loose in the dryer.

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At the very least, arm yourself with a simple sewing kit

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Small gadgets like the Neatfold can really add to your efficiency. This easy to install tool acts like a second pair of hands for folding sheets.

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The perfect laundry accessory

Don’t forget necessary functions like sorting…

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Folds flat to the wall when not in use

…and perhaps a spot for hanging, even if you don’t have the space for a rod.

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Now you see it, now you don’t!

Lastly, you can consider this compact, do everything, laundry centerfolding laundry center, folding ironing board

So now you can see how your laundry, small or large, can really add value to your life. Go forth and make it as powerful as your high efficiency washing machine!

The Microegg

Faster Than Drive-Through: A Perfect Egg Sandwich in Under a Minute

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A perfectly poached egg in under a minute?! It seems too good to be true, but that’s what the Microegg offers. We’re not really ones for endorsing unitaskers, but this little silicone box is pretty neat.

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Yes, the egg really will cook up in the microwave just the way you like it (the whites cooked through, the yolks runny in our case). Here’s how to create the perfect homemade breakfast sandwich in no time. Now, you really have no excuse to pick up drive-through for breakfast.

Cut an english muffin in half width-wise, or grab a few slices of your favorite bread then toast to your liking.

Meanwhile, coat the Microegg with cooking spray. Crack the egg inside the Microegg. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Close top securely and microwave for 25-60 seconds (depending on your microwave and how you like your egg cooked).

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When your muffin or bread is toasted, slather about one tablespoon of salted butter on each side. Carefully open the top of the Microegg and slip the egg on top of the bottom half of the english muffin. Add a slice of cheese (or avocado) to the top, close, and enjoy!

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Kitchen Scales

Any professional baker will tell you that for precise measurements you need a scale.

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Not only are scales a more accurate way of measuring ingredients, you create less mess! Simply put your bowl on the scale and turn the readout to zero then add your first ingredient, zero out the scale then pour your next ingredient – and so on. With a scale you can get away with using nothing more than a bowl and one spoon.

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A small kitchen scale is also great for measuring out your meals to help with portion control, weight loss, and healthy eating.

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Kitchen scales mean better results when cooking, simple portion control, faster cooking, and less mess and cleanup!

 

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Happy New Year!

You would think that  being in the storage and organization business my home would have a masterful array of tidy drawers and spiffed up closets with a side of storage savvy garage cabinets.  It does. However, it also takes some effort to keep from collecting too much and overwhelming those same spaces with tidbits of nonsense that we drag in the house and don’t get around to using or throwing out. There is also that added burden of living with others who may not be like-minded (ahem, husband) about what we keep (or buy for that matter- really, the jumbo case of baked beans?).

If you didn’t get around to making a New Year’s resolution I have a suggestion. One drawer, one closet, one shelf at a time. Don’t try to eat the whole cake when one piece can be very satisfying. Nothing feels as good as order in your home.

The Kindness of Cooking

It’s an amazing time of year for family. Joyful. One way to share that with our families is through our cooking. Good food is an expression of our creativity and in a way delivers comfort to those close to us. It’s a kindness that we offer all year. However, at the holidays, it has special meaning. It ties all of us together at the most basic level and for the most important reasons. It’s a point of remembrance- your grandmother’s cookies or your aunt’s cranberry relish. We honor our past and pass those memories on to our future- our children and grandchildren. At this very busy time of year, we wish you time to cook and all the joy that serving your treasured family recipes can possibly bring.

Small Space Living Attitude

I just read an interesting quote from architect Mark Schratz when talking about his 980 sqft home “It’s not minimal living; this is just small-scale living” he said. I think he hit the nail on the head. I hear that phrase a lot “I’m a minimalist”. Mark’s take is that minimalist living is not just pared down but also stripped bare while small scale living seeks out rich textures and high quality materials used in small spaces. Big difference.

In a recent article about his design philosophy, he speaks of his mechanical spaces functioning like a Swiss army knife- everything intertwined and dual purposed. I love this way of thinking and it speaks to my own sense of design. As you seek to organize your life and remove clutter, remember that living efficiently doesn’t have to mean living without warmth and character in the home. I have found that the smaller and more functional something is, the more likely it will be expensive as it often is multi-tasking. For example, I once saw a wall separating a kitchen and bath made from opaque tempered glass. This was not an inexpensive solution (and not the image I am posting as an example) but one that saved inches of floor space while flooding the bath with natural light from the already bright kitchen. It was genius. What will they think of next as the world embraces smaller and smaller living spaces as the norm again?

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Neatfold...can you say it’s a gift from heaven? Seriously….Ok, maybe a little exaggerating but this simple bracket does make folding sheets neat, easy and fast. Martha Stewart once wrote a whole article about folding fitted sheets. I kid you not. Obviously America has a real problem here. If she had the Neatfold she wouldn’t have had to do that. Honestly, a cabinet with crisp linens all lined up in tidy stacks is a joy to behold. Visually, it creates a sense of organization immediately. It won’t sort them into twin, full size, queen or king. Nor will it separate towels from bath mats. After all, you have to do SOMETHING to make this your dream closet. Add a few baskets for managing small toiletries and medical supplies and your new closet will become a fabulous asset rather than a daily nightmare.

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A Word About Quality

If I told you that this cutting board is 36 years old would you believe me? I bought it when living in Germany. It was the right size, made of the right wood and the price…not the cheapest but also, not the most expensive. It’s going to last me another 36 years I think as it still looks and performs pretty much like new. I have history with this little board. It sat beneath the chopped Thanksgiving mushrooms in 1978, an apple for my 4 year old in 1981 and under chicken for soup when my favorite aunt died in 1996. I use it nearly every single day and there is no replacement for the simple pleasure of slipping it beneath the blade of my knife.

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I have long preferred to buy something once and buy it well. I’m convinced that this has saved me a LOT of money over the years. Am I occasionally tempted by cheap price? Sure. I have learned to look a little deeper into my purchases though. Some expensive things are just about the label. Some cheap things are simply made to be disposable and that’s ok if you’re buying paper plates and napkins. There are no hard and fast rules. What I do know is this- don’t let your eye drop to the bottom line price and let that be your driving decision to buy. Most importantly, will it give you lasting pleasure because it was made well? Consider the service provided. Look at the durability of the materials. And lastly, ask yourself how long you expect the purchase to last you. One year? 5 years? Twenty years?  Make your purchase accordingly and don’t expect to pay paper plate price for something you want to last like stainless steel.