Saturday, November 5, 2011

Get Your Meal Prep Area in Order With the Right Kitchen Organizers

No one enjoys preparing an evening meal in a cluttered kitchen, especially at the end of a tiring day. So you should take the time to put your meal preparation area in order with the right kitchen organizers. Doing so will make life much easier. You don't want to be looking for a clear space on the counter or stove top to rest your hot pot lid or cooking spoon. The Lid and Spoon Rest is the perfect spot for those items and it's always ready to help you out. One half of this storage tool is a handy spoon rest. It has a slight bowl shape so even the messiest cooking spoon won't drip onto your counter. The other half of the tool holds your pot or pan lid in an upright position, making it easy to set aside and easy to grab, too. The unit is made of stainless steel with rubber feet so it won't scratch your counter...and it will stay in place while you're using it.

Protect your kitchen counter from knives and stains by using a prep board. One of the nicest is the Prep Board with Angled Sides. Made of end grain acacia wood, this is a durable as well as lovely kitchen preparation accessory. Chop all your veggies and fruit on this convenient surface, wash it in hot, soapy water and then use it as a handsome tray. Do you enjoy frying foods but hate having to drag out several different containers to hold your flour, egg, bread crumbs and other ingredients? Take a look at the Breading Tray Set. This three-section tray is perfect for holding everything you need. Place your ingredients in the order you plan to use them, and you'll find that preparing breaded foods is simpler-and less messy-than ever. The three compartments detach for easy hand washing, and then they stack in a small area, saving you something else important: storage space.

When you have limited prep space in your kitchen, you might have trouble finding room for your colander and then the space to drain the water from it after use. When it comes time to rinse your fruits and vegetables, reach for the Over Sink Rinse Basket. Hang this handy metal basket over your sink, rinse your produce and then leave your fruits and veggies in the basket until all the water drains away. The white finish is crisp and clean, and the design is contemporary and so utilitarian.Another handy prep tool for your kitchen is the Sugar Dispenser with Handle. This plastic container holds a five pound bag of sugar-in the bag or out of it. You can simply open the top of the bag, drop it inside the sugar dispenser and then snap on the lid. The lid has a flip-up spout that allows you to pour sugar directly from the container into your measuring cup. No spills-nothing is simpler and more convenient. The container is air tight so the sugar will remain dry and fresh.

But sugar isn't the only food you can store inside the Sugar Dispenser. Flour and other dry goods can be stored and dispensed from this handy tool.Don't litter your preparation area with spice bottles. Keep them out of the way but within convenient reach with the Spice Clip Set. You can affix these handy clips on the wall or inside a cabinet door. Each clip set holds four jars, and the Spice Clip Set comes with three, so you'll be able to store twelve spice bottles with ease and keep your kitchen prep area organized.The Scrap Trap is a great little tool that will keep your preparation area clear of debris. It is a receptacle that fits over the front edge of a kitchen drawer or the top of a cabinet door. Position it in your prep area and as you slice vegetables, shell shrimp or trim fat, you'll use the included scraper/brush to scrape the debris right into the Scrap Trap.

When you're done with your prep work, simply open the drawer or cabinet and lift the Scrap Trap away to the trash can. Empty it into the trash and then place it directly into your dishwasher. Made of durable white plastic, it holds up to two quarts of almost anything you can throw at it.Everyone needs to keep a towel handy when preparing food. But who wants to toss it on the counter where it can pick up bits of food or soak up liquids, rendering it almost useless when it comes time to dry your hands? The Over Drawer Towel Holder is the key to keeping your kitchen towels handy but clean. The holder fits over the top of any cabinet door, so you can place it wherever you need to keep a towel within convenient reach. Made of brushed stainless steel, it also looks bright and contemporary in any kitchen.These are just a few of the handy organizers that will keep your meal prep area in order. You'll appreciate them so much that you'll find cooking the pleasant and productive task it's meant to be.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Closet Organizers for Taming Overflowing Wardrobes

Americans spent nearly $326 billion on their wardrobes in 2009, the last year on record. Unlike food or gasoline, clothing costs have fallen. And because clothes are historically cheap, people are buying more of them. This has resulted in storage issues for millions of fashion-conscience consumers. The average bedroom closet is busting at the seams. Work and casual clothing and accessories are getting harder and harder to store in one place. Many are forced to store seasonal apparel in their attics or basements. But there is a way increase storage space by arranging your wardrobe efficiently.

Closet Organizers
Sold in most department stores and home improvement centers, closet organizers are an effective and affordable way to get your wardrobe in order. Let us take a moment to review a few of the most popular types of organizers.

Where to start?
The more cluttered the closet, the more difficult it will be to find what you need. Many waste minutes each day searching for something in an overstuffed bedroom closet. As a general rule, it is best to start at the bottom and work your way up. That means creating valuable floor space. Women have an especially hard time finding room on their closet floors because they typically own more shoes and they store them differently. The girls are far more likely to keep their expensive shoes in their original boxes and stack them in their closets. And since the average woman has nineteen pairs of shoes, more than twice as many as the guys, this practice wastes an awful lot of space.

Clear shoeboxes
These organizers may not save much space, but they will save you time in the morning, since you won't have to go opening 19 cardboard boxes, you can simply see what's inside. Of course, they do take up a lot of room, which is why we suggest that you only purchase a few of them for your most precious pairs and store the rest in one of space-saving options below.

Shoe Racks
Most shoe racks can comfortably and compactly store a dozen pairs of shoes. We like the adjustable racks that offer separate tiers and can be expanded to fit nearly any bedroom closet. The advantages the shoe rack offers are high visibility and space saving. The only obvious drawback is that it does not protect shoes from damage or debris, which might not make it the best option for expensive footwear. But even so, the rack is an excellent option for women who have large collections of shoes that are worn regularly.

Shoe Cubby
No, they aren't just for children. In fact, the standard shoe cubby is arguably the best organizer on our list. Not only can it accommodate dozens of pairs of shoes, but it also protects them better than the rack. The compact, open-faced boxes let you see your shoes while it keeps them save and frees of floor space.

Specialty Hangers
Even if you have an enormous wardrobe, it is easy to put it in order with a few specialty hangers. These hangers are designed to store and protect certain types of clothing. For example, all delicate fabrics should be stored on padded hangers. Using any other hanger could cause them to lose their shape or to stretch.

All button-down shirts should be hung on plastic hangers and sport coats and suits require wooden hangers. Last but not least, a standard belt hanger can be used to store bras, camisoles, scarves and belts, of course. It is a breeze to arrange even the most unruly of closets by hanger material. It is important to remove all wire hangers as soon as possible, since they do not properly support clothes and may actually ruin them over time. We also advise against storing anything in plastic dry-cleaner bags because they deprive fabrics of air, not to mention the fact that they are bad for the environment.

Folded Clothing Storage
Most people like to keep all of their clothes in one place. If you have a commodious closet, it may be possible to store folded clothing like sweaters in it. After all, storing delicate sweaters on an open shelf is easier and safer than stuffing them into a drawer. The best way to store finely-knit clothing is with the help of a sweater divider. There are many different models on the market today. We prefer sturdy dividers that are made of metal and can be securely fitted to the bottom of the shelf. They look a bit like large napkin holders, but they keep several sweaters and other folded clothing separated into nice even stacks.

No matter how crowded or unruly the closet, organizers can help you put everything in place.

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