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Sharing Space with Others


Space is important to people living alone and with others. Valuable and limited, space comes in many forms that you can try to control. It can be your kitchen that you decide to fill with objects and supplies, or your living room that you decide to fill with guests. What we do with our space  is decided by us…unless you live with someone else. Sometimes you don’t have a choice who you live with (e.g. being born and living with your parents, siblings, etc.), but when you do, you should be careful.

Sharing space may mean living with a random roommate, or someone you’ve never met before and have no knowledge of their cleaning habits. This can be because of college or just trying to find a way to pay the rent money. Make sure your communication is strong with this person (random or otherwise), and you talk about boundaries. It’s important to keep some to yourself so that you don’t have to worry about others invading or changing around your organization. Talking about your concerns is one of the most important ways to be comfortable with your shared space.


One thing you can do is suggest divisions. Depending on the amount of space you occupy, this can range from curtains to storage bins. When I first moved in with my suitemates, I bought a toothbrush holder for us all to share. This and the counter it sits on was decided as an agreed upon shared space. Things such as my desk and drawers in my room are typically only for my use. Cabinets in common areas that are meant for everyone are divided and what is put in there is typically discussed. Be open to other people wanting to use space and other ways of organizing!


There’s a difference between the space that objects take up and the space that people take up. Clutter and a mess from objects being lazily thrown around can be annoying. People moving around where they are not wanted can be frustrating. Sometimes you’re not in control of the guests in your living space and that could be a problem with what they do to it and how their presence affects your mood. The idea is to make sure your roommate(s) are able to bring up who they will be having over and when beforehand, while you do the same.


After all, it comes down to respect. There are times when people can be invited into certain spaces, but everyone still has their own personal space. Some people may require more or less than others. It’s only polite to ask if you can come in someone else’s space or touch their things. And just because you did it once before, doesn’t mean it’s something they’d like now. Be aware of other people’s feelings and if they are uncomfortable with you taking up space in their home.

Organizing Your Goals After New Year’s

The New Year gives people a sense of refreshment and a clean slate. December is a crazed month that has people begging for a start-over button. With holidays, finals, and the cold, it seems to never end. You will only be successful in completing your New Year Resolutions if you take the time to plan and organize.

Normally, I have an indifference to celebrating the new year. I’ve watched years pass, not paying attention to the particular time in which goals are achieved. I would see it more as every goal should have a different time frame and you should constantly be trying to improve yourself regardless of the year or the time restraints of that year. While moving forward with this concept, the idea of having a specific time to stop and refresh yourself is intriguing.

The way you plan and set up your goals is important. Taking the time to consider how long they may take and giving yourself that time is better than throwing yourself into too much. Set up things you think are possible to achieve within short time periods and long time periods. You can vary your goals from “start writing grocery lists” to “getting over fear of heights.”

Make sure there is a mix of easy things to achieve to more difficult goals. This way, you can get the simpler things done and still feel accomplished, while slowly working on the larger goals. If these aren’t constant, you may end up being disappointed if you don’t follow through.

What are your goals for the year? What have you accomplished so far? Let us know in the comments!

Lets Spruce Up That Bathroom (Part Two)

Last week we took a shot at your bathroom organization, specifically your countertops and vanity areas. Click here to read last weeks part one if you missed it. so this week in our second part we’re gonna set our sights on your shower/bath area. First, I’d like to say, I sincerely hope that your bathroom does not resemble mine. My bathroom looks like its been hit by a bunch of tiny tornados, small yet brutal tornadoes which all happen to have names and also all happen to be my children. If your family is anything like mine that means you have multiple bottles of soap and same goes for conditioner and body wash and bar soap and scrubs and loofas and a hundred thousand other cleansing substances (a quarter of which are ever even touched). Unfortunately for most, normal sized showers and baths don’t generally have much storage for all those items, so here are a few of our favorite items for tidying up your bath/shower area.

(click on images to view product on site)

Affixx Metro Aluminum Four Hook System

Sleek lines blended with the rustproof properties of aluminum and AFFIXX® technology in compact bathroom storage. This product attaches to the wall with waterproof adhesive pads. The 4 hook system can be used to hold many things from loofas to razors. Perfect for all the multitaskers who shave / shower and maybe even brush your teeth in the shower (don’t judge me, its better than doing it in traffic). Specs below.

Key Product Features:

  • Multi-hook rack
  • Four storage hooks
  • Works on most smooth surfaces
  • Made of rustproof aluminum
  • 6.18″ X 1.5″ X 2″

Next let’s take a look at one of my favorite shower items, our double corner basket… The only thing that beats the functionality of this basket is its looks.

Endure Double Corner Basket

This shelf is great for those of you who go a little overboard with the hair care products (I’m guilty) Everloc Endure Double Corner Basket has a weight bearing of 30 pounds and includes 2 shelves so that you can store more. The wall-mount Double Corner Basket snugly fits into any corner to optimize space. It is a perfect fit for small baths and showers. Even compact kitchens benefit from extra corner storage The basket’s patented dual action suction cups offers unparalleled performance that far outlasts the competition. And they install with minimal fuss–no tools no drilling and no surface damage making it perfect for DIYers renters and busy people everywhere. I took a solid two weeks to figure out how to put together a corner desk, I’m no Bob Vila and I had this basket hanging in just a few minutes.

Key Product Features:

  • Chrome-plated stainless steel corner basket organizer with 2 stacked baskets
  • Patented Dual-Action suction cup system
  • Holds up to 30 lbs
  • Reusable on a variety of non-porous surfaces: no tools and no surface damage


And last but surely not least we have our good old, reliable, shower caddy…

Stainless Steel Shower Caddy

Most shower caddies eventually rust away. Not so with our stainless steel shower caddy. Hang it right over your shower head. The clean lines of the shelf compliment any bath decor. Two suction cups help secure the caddy to your surround. Two hooks hold your loofahs or washcloths and the two shelves contain your body washes and shampoos. This caddy is as sturdy as they come. This won’t be the cheapest shower caddy you ever bought but it will be the last.

So, all in all, if you’re able to add any of these items to your bath/shower situation you’ll be sure to clear up some of that dreaded bathroom clutter. Your days of tripping over conditioner bottles and falling ever so ungracefully in the shower are over! However, these are just a few of the large selection of bathroom products we stock that can take your bathroom to the next level. Click Here to view our entire selection! and as always we hope we were of some help. until next time folks!


Lets Spruce Up That Bathroom (Part One)

Hi again! Last week we talked some about making your laundry room as efficient as possible. this week we’re going to direct our attention towards the dreaded bathroom. The bathroom (or rooms plural if you’re lucky) is one of the most important rooms in your home. It might be the room where most of your family gets ready to tackle their day (AKA argues over who gets to go first), or even get unready after a long day before hopping into bed. There’s no doubt about it, the bathroom gets a lot of action (if you have children you surely know what I mean, and it’s not always good action) so we’re splitting up this post into a two-part series. Next week we’ll cover the rest of the bathroom/shower area but for this week we’ll be focusing on saving some precious counter space in a spot that has many uses. From makeup and vanity to oral hygiene and hair drying, a lot happens in that small space so as per usual before you go ripping your hair out (because then you’d have nothing to blow dry in your neatly organized bathroom) let us show you some products that could take your bathroom to the next level.

I don’t have enough fingers to count how many times I’ve had a mini tantrum in the bathroom while blow-drying my hair. it doesn’t help that most blow dryers weight 33lbs and are the size of an assault rifle but out of everything in that bathroom I’ve surely knocked over more stuff with that blowdryer than anything else and I’ve never had a good storage option so usually I’m trying to drag it out of the bathroom drawer while the power adapter and cord are picking up brushes among other things to come along for the ride. these next few products definitely alleviate that issue. Click on the images to view products on site for pricing and descriptions.




My personal favorite is the Mybella styling station above, keeps my bazooka sized hair dryer and curling iron out of sight completely and takes up very little space on the inside of a cabinet door which would otherwise go unused.

One of the other red flag areas of my bathroom is my lack of counter space and general counter and drawer organization. So, that being said, when I need a specific item that usually entails picking up between four and six items to check underneath or behind before I take the dive into the draws to dig through my piles of makeup, Q-tips, toothpaste and the occasional kids toy. it wasn’t until I started utilizing drawer organizers that organization zen was achieved. The products below are some of my favorites.






Now some of you out there may be lucky enough to have an actual vanity so keep in mind these drawer organizers can be used with that as well, nothing ties these down to just bathroom use, I’ve actually used these to organize my crafting items as well.

I’ve dealt with my fair share or messy bathroom countertops but my days of violently knocking things over then screaming uncontrollably at 6am while digging through elbow deep piles of god know what in my drawers just to find that elusive mascara are over! In our next blog post we’re sticking with the bathroom but heading towards the shower! see you there! Don’t worry, I don’t mean like, see you in the shower…. I won’t see you there. you get me, right? Goodbye for now folks!

Laundry Room Efficiency

Hi again! In our last post we did our best to help you get that kitchen under control. This week (if you’re lucky enough to have one) we want to help out with your laundry room. Having a laundry room can be an indispensable asset to any home, but if you find yourself walking to said laundry room and chucking a pile of clothes onto the floor and walking away, the benefits of having that room are diminished. To milk your laundry room for all its worth its best to have an organized approach as to not drown in a pile of clothes that wreak like a high schoolers jockstrap. We’ll show you some products that you can use in order to keep your laundry room running like a well-oiled washing machine (see what I did there?)

First, you should at minimum make sure you have some kind of separation. Dirty clothes in and clean clothes out, seems simple? Not when you have multiple family members adding or subtracting to your laundry situation. If you’re not alone in your household laundry can get mixed up easily and believe me you’ll NEVER find that favorite sock of yours again. just let it go. For the real deal launderers out there these may be the remedy.

Bamboo Quad Sorter

Pictured above is our Bamboo Quad Sorter. For the connoisseur in laundry sorting, the Bamboo Collection Quad Sorter is an upscale, natural piece that adds modern elegance to any laundry facility and beautifully coordinates with any décor.  4 black bags hang from wire handles fitted over a sturdy frame.  The wire handles make transferring bags to and from the sorter nearly effortless (load-size depending, of course).  Once free from the frame, the bags can be detached from the handles for easy washing.  Smooth rolling casters and handles on each end of the cart facilitate movement while two locking wheels fix the cart in place when you have it in position. If this isn’t to your liking check out another one of our sorters below.

Antique Bronze Sorter

Above is our Antique Bronze Sorter. Featuring washable polyester bags in natural flax, this 4-Bag Sorter allows you to divide and conquer even the highest laundry summits. Know the size of your loads with a glance. Keep whites, lights, darks, and delicates separate from the start or keep normal wear separate from the really dirty gear. Each washable bag hangs from wire handles that fit over the sorter’s sturdy steel frame, so you can sort, lift, and wash fearlessly. With an antique bronze finish and streamlined design, this Sorter provides an attractive alternative to the wicker hamper. Roll from surface to surface on its smooth rolling casters and scale your cloth mountains. Go, sort, and conquer.

Either one of these sorters will surely help you conquer those towering piles of stinky clothes. However sometimes one of the biggest issues that come along with a laundry room is space. what good is a laundry room if you cant move about freely slinging & folding clean clothes at a blistering like an assembly line worker? Here are a few products that may help you save some valuable space.

Drop Down Ironing Board

The Ironaway A-46 (pictured above) seeks to make all that difficulty disappear and leave you with crisply ironed clothes with a minimum of hassle. Neatly installed on the wall, the Ironaway stores the iron and provides an electrical outlet all in one place. For all the fancy technical specs click on the image to view it on our site. This product will surely score you some “space points”.

Over The Door Mount For Board & Iron

This is how you store an ironing board when space is at a premium. On the back of a door of course. This rack easily slips over the door frame. It is constructed to hold either a T-leg or Y-leg designed board. No tools required. It even holds the iron. The perfect solution for craft or sewing rooms when occasional pressing is needed. Chrome. 6″ long bracket for use on doors up to 1-3/4″ thick. Also extremely easy to assemble.

Still looking for a little more space? maybe a rolling clothes rack is taking up too much real estate? Install a few of our Insta Hangers (pictured below) onto the walls of your laundry room for an immediate space gain. These things are Fantastic (even in your closets). When you need it, pull the cover open and drop the steel rod down for a sturdy 12″ of hanging space that holds up to 50 pounds! (that means if your kids won’t leave you alone while you’re trying to get laundry done you can just slip a hanger into their shirt and give them a place to “hang out” while you finish up in peace! (Totally kidding we don’t recommend that). When you don’t need it, the InstaHanger closes with a flip of the rod. Perfect for the laundry, a sewing room or entry closet. Even the garage could use one. The Insta Hanger cover is injection molded plastic, available in either white or black.


As always, if these products don’t suit you be sure to check out for many more products that can surely help you take full control of your home organization!


Kitchen Time!

So, in our last post we showed you some products that could be used to tidy up that dusty old garage of yours. This week its time to get at that pesky kitchen. There are many ways you can find yourself sinking in a mess of your own making in the kitchen, crowded Cabinets, messy disorganized pantry or even large insects all over (kidding, that’s all you, we cant help you with that one) can lead to feeling like you’re preparing your families meal in the middle of a war-zone and nobody wants that (and if you do you’re very strange and not to be trusted). Let’s get to gettin’ throw on that imaginary swimsuit and dive in head first.

Open up those cabinets, do they look crowded? PROBABLY! If you’re running into space issues within your cabinets there are a few things you can do to maximize the verticle space within your cabinets. Check these out…

On the left we have the Ashley tiered shelf organizer. With this you can neatly organize spices and other small jars in your cupboard. Three tiers allow for multiple levels of organization and ensure that all of your items remain within sight and easy to reach. This item is also great for arranging medicine bottles in the bathroom.

Pictured on the right is our York expandable shelf organizer. The Bronze Expandable Shelf Organizer is functional as well as a stylish accessory for storage. This expandable shelf makes a great addition to any kitchen or bathroom providing more space in your cabinets. It consists of an appealing and durable steel build, and its adjustable length conforms to any size up to 22.75″ wide.

Next up is the pantry, where everyone hides the good stuff. The only space in the house the kids will try to break into at all costs, snack heaven. If you’re anything like I used to be you probably “organize” your pantry by weight. Which means the heavy stuff on the bottom with all the lighter stuff stacked 4ft high on top of it ready to fall down if someone breathes on it the wrong way. You don’t want to lose the family pet in an avalanche of snacks and canned goods so let’s see what we have that can help you make better use of that pantry space.

Pictured on the left we have the two-tiered corner basket. This 2-Tier Corner Basket will help declutter your home in an instant! With its endless amount of storage options, you can organize your kitchen pantry closet.

On the right is our Basket-N-Half sliding organizer. Place tall items on one side shorter items on the other, eliminate lost air-space!  The half-basket mounts to the left or the right, so you can cater its design to your kitchen.  The lightweight design will not overstress your shelving, while the strong glide construction keeps you rolling smoothly.  Easily find all of your goodies and be able to reach them!  With a liner so smaller items don’t fall through, you are ready to stock up!

I hope you like some of our products that can help you get the most out of your space. If for some reason these don’t fit your tastes there’s MUCH more available on

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?



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.

The perfect laundry accessory



Paper Squeeze

We love Saturdays in the store. People come in with napkin drawings seeking solutions for tough spaces. Some break out their cellphone photos in hopes that we can wave a magic wand and make it all disappear. Others come with scaled drawings on graph paper and detailed explanations of how their dream space should perform. Many have nearly lost hope that there’s a solution that will ease their storage pain.

Someone stopped by yesterday asking how we could maximize their home office closet that is filled with paper supplies, DVDs and manuals etc. Can we add drawers or pullout trays? That works if you have a wide door opening but not so much for a closet that is 40″ wide with a 30″ door where the drawers will either smack the door frame or cut off access to the corners.

The best solution sounds awfully simple but it’s the most effective. Your savior will be adjustable shelves…and plenty of them. Yep..not too deep, not too high, just right.. adjustable shelves. Most closets will have 4-5 shelves in them but we’re thinking more like 8 spaced anywhere from 6″-12″ apart. Use a center support on anything more than 27″ wide to avoid bowing. Add bins for small products like boxes of staples or paperclips. Avoid stacking too high – it’s a pain to pullout the bottom item. Use the extra shelves to separate the stacks. With this kind of flexibility, you can flip things around like a giant game of Tetris until everything slips into a spot giving you…. home office nirvana.