Organizing Product Favorites: March 2015
Here it is: the top-secret list of the 6 organizing products I’ve been buying in bulk and using to transform my client’s spaces this month. Drawing back the curtain just for you.
This box is perfectly designed to help hide a mess of cords, as has been proven in numerous home offices this month. Feed the cords into the side slots, corral the bulk of their length inside the box, put the lid on and whabam. What cords? Be advised the twist ties provided gratis are a joke as in har-har as in not happening. But that’s not what you were buying anyhow.
2. Rattan bins
These are great quality woven bins. I used a bunch in a client’s son’s room this month and not only did they look great, they hold their own like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t know what I meant by that either but we’ll return to the point: they’re great!
Then I got one for myself and all month-long I’ve been impressed with it. It’s sturdy, has a flat bottom (unlike many other woven bins), has a handle on either side, and it’s not so bad on the eyes. Then! I went onto the Container Store’s website to investigate further and lo and behold!
“These exceptionally gorgeous bins are handcrafted in the Philippines, in a small town called Antequera. The company is family-owned and employs 3,000 people from across 15 towns – more than half of the population is employed in weaving these outstanding baskets! The production has helped spur economic development in the area. The rattan used is incredibly strong – in fact, this rattan and the weaving technique used is often incorporated into the making of furniture.”
So, like, win-win-win-win, right?
It’s occurred to me lately that although I’ve mentioned these particular storage boxes before, their basic-ness has kept me from showing them the love they deserve. Which they do.
The Container Store knocks it out of the park with a few of their items, meaning that although the products can be found in various iterations sold by other retailers, their version is just better than the rest. (For the record, as has been previously blogged, these files are most certainly one example.)
I have been buying these storage boxes by the 20s and 30s the past couple of months. They’re one of the more affordable container options by far, they’re available in numerous sizes, and they can be counted on to organize most any area. Any. They just do what you need them to do. And I do. And so should you.
(These favorites posts are quite the shit shows, huh?)
Again, these will come as no surprise to anyone who’s been Living Simply for a while. These Dream Drawers are an instant fix for closet drawers, especially. I lost count of how many I bought in March. Suffice it to say, a lot.
5. Umbra flip-down hook racks
(Available in lots of colors and sizes including, Solid oak, multi-colored hooks, White, multi-colored hooks.)
As with the Rattan bins (#2), these hook racks have proven to be unexpected all-stars. I bought the solid oak with multi-colored hooks with a client’s son’s room and we liked it so much we got another one for him, plus a white one for her daughter, and a nickel and brass for the entryway.
It’s not so much the flip-down ability of the hooks (although that can hardly be considered anything other than an added bonus), as it is the obvious quality of the thing, itself. It’s solid; heavy and hefty enough that you can feel secure in hanging a soccer bag from its hook, yet still maintains a relatively unobtrusive profile. Plus they install easily and really, they look pretty great.
I vaguely recall a long-ago post decrying the need for specialized scarf hangers. And while it’s true that you can certainly opt for alternative, DIY storage methods, I’m happily eating my words now that the scarf hanger has gone velvet. The slim, velvet scarf hanger qualifies itself as idiot-proof and space-efficient. What more is there?
P.S. comment below if you happen to have a clue where the month of March disappeared to.
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