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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.

Insta-Hanger

As always, if these products don’t suit you be sure to check out www.morestorage.com 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 MoreStorage.com.

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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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.