Posts Tagged ‘closet organization’

Reflections on EXPO 2010

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Trade shows always require an enormous effort in planning and setup just for a few days of meet ‘n’ greets with our existing customers and hopefully with a few new customers as well. Last week’s Closet & Home Organization Expo, held in Long Beach, California, was no exception. But we always thoroughly enjoy this annual event and the opportunity to see friends, colleagues and clients.

Having done this for so long now, setting up the actual booth with our many new products goes quickly. Here’s a shot of our finished exhibit:

Sidelines' EXPO Booth Display

Sidelines' EXPO Booth Display

This year we previewed some brand new products coming out later this year for the kitchen and pantry. These are pretty nifty pull-out racks that glide in and out silently on soft-close, ball-bearing mechanisms, so they feel light as air since there’s no effort needed to move them around. Here’s what our “kitchen products” wall display looked like:

Sidelines' Kitchen Products

Sidelines' Kitchen Products

On the left side you can see our new, tall Pull-Out Pantry Rack. And then our smaller and shorter Pull-Out Adjustable Cabinet Rack is shown in the middle at bottom, under the PressFix ironing board which is folded up, stored away.

We had lots of comments on these new items, most of which leaned towards the “this is so long overdue for the industry” type sentiments. We think so too! These will be available later in the year. (Watch this space for a future release date on these.) They are currently available for standard depth kitchen cabinetry (greater than 19” deep) in several widths and all with adjustable height ranges.

A couple of the other big previews we showed off at EXPO was on our “closet products” wall. We unveiled two new sliding mirror products for mounting on closet section side panels. Here’s the small one that’s designed as a three-panel model:


3-Way Mirror and Deluxe Double Rack

This one is only two feet tall, and the side mirrors hinge in over the main mirror for easy storage. You can also see our new Deluxe Double Rack mounted above the mirror in this photo. The DDR is actually a hardware plate added to our existing Deluxe Tie, Belt or Valet Rack units so that you can double the amount of rack storage (of your choice). You can use two tie racks, or belt racks, or one of each on either side of this new hardware plate.
We’ll have more on all these new products as they become available. There were several more items unveiled at the show. Keep checking back for more news from the organization front!

You Have To Start Somewhere

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Why do we let things pile up around the house?? Simply put, life gets in the way! We set out with the best of intentions to keep things organized but time gets the best of us and so unwanted clutter is born. It comes in many forms – a messy pantry, countertop clutter, a closet disaster or a child’s untamed play room. Whatever your clutter may be now is a good time to get it under control. In our last blog we told you that it does not matter where you start because every person and each home is different, you just have to start somewhere!

So in an effort to abide by the age old rule of “You can’t fix others until you fix yourself,” start where it will benefit you the most – your bedroom closet! Organizing your space will hopefully motivate you to begin organizing other parts of the house too!

Before attempting a closet overhaul you must take everything out. This will help you really see the space you have to work with and locate your closets best features. Do you have shelves that could be used for something other than what you were using them for? Do you have floor space for shoe storage? These are important questions to ask, not only to maximize the space you have, but to decide if you need to invest in any closet organizing tools. This is also a great time to replace all of your old wire or broken hangers with new durable hangers. Your clothes will thank you for it!

Speaking of your clothes, it’s now time to go through everything you took out of the closet and divide it all into three groups: Trash, Keep, and Donate. Try things on and make sure they still fit, if they don’t you know what to do! Follow your gut; if you have not worn it in a year or if it is torn or tattered, get rid of it. Use this rule as your guide and get to sorting. This goes for all of your shoes too!

Once you have decided what you are keeping separate it into groups that make sense. Our suggestions: Work/Business, Casual/Everyday, Formalwear, and Seasonal Items. Within each of those groups separate your clothing further into sub-groups like long sleeve, short sleeve, dress pants and jeans. You can always go one step further and group everything according to color. No matter what you decide, separating will keep you organized and will also ensure that everything has a place!

Finally it is time to put everything back in. Now that you know what your closets best features are, you know where to put everything! Keep the commonly worn items in plain site for easy access and go from there with the rest. Get Excited! You probably gained ten minutes of your morning back just from organizing your closet. Hopefully the result was worth it and you are now ready to keep moving forward on your journey for home organization. We wish you luck and don’t forget to donate! – SC