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Good Practical Simplicity
zBoard was born in 2008 with the innovative technology for a non toxic storage shelving solution. It is simple and made from a material we use in our daily lives... paper! Isn't it incredible that recycled paper can be created into a super strong paperboard used to build modular bookcases, wall shelves, monitor stands, benches and more? The possibilities are endless with paper, and the Way Basics creative team is super excited to announce another addition... introducing the zTube!
Rather than panels as the sides of a shelf, this collection uses tubes to create a robust frame for an airy open style shelving. This model and timeless design allows for versatile organizing and displaying ideas. Multiple units can align together to create a room divider, media center, shoe rack, closet shelving.... what are your ideas? We can't wait to see your creation!
Assembling the zTube collection is still just as easy, tool free and hardware free! Like all Way Basics products, our materials are non toxic, formaldehyde free, and VOC free to create a healthy space whether it be in your home or work space. Enjoy building possibilities with Way Basics!
We partnered with Elizabeth for a honest review for the Arlington Modular Organizer so she can organize her children’s play room. Take a look at her review at her site Being MVP. The Arlington helped her unclutter her children toys and be more organized. She found Way Basics very easy to put together because its tools free Elizabeth is enjoying her modern and chic organizer, the way she likes it as you can see here. Her children’s room is now eco-friendly as Way Basics products are sustainably made from non-toxic, VOC and formaldehyde free zBoards.
She enjoyed Way Basics so much a few weeks later she reached out to review the Salinas tower to organize her shoes. How could we say no? The Salinas tower helped her neatly organize shoes for easy access so you can easily choose what to wear and also with the different shelf sizes, she is able to organize different shoe styles be it sandals or even boots. Read more about Elizabeth’s experience here at her blog being MVP.
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The happiest people are the ones who make others happy and here at Way Basics that’s what we do for our customers, each other, and everyone. We donated several Quad Cubes to Long Beach Elementary School to help students stay organized and to provide each student with a compartment for their school things. We love how creative the students were with the zBoards, mixing and matching the colors to build an even more colorful Quad Cube Don’t you agree?
The thing about giving is you don’t expect anything in return. When you receive these sweet thank you notes in the mail box from the students it just makes our hearts smile to see their enthusiasm. We are so glad to be part of this and that we had a part in the student’s daily lives and helping them be more organized. Building possibilities together in the classroom!
Got an idea to organize your space? Our team is here to help you get organized. With Way Basics peel, stick, done assembly, getting shelving and storage organizers up and running takes only minutes, not hours. Even better is our zBoard material is made from recycled paperboard so it's non-toxic, formaldehyde free so it's healthy for your home and our environment.
Need help with selecting styles? Live chat with us on our page. Many of our products can be stacked to create a large storage solution. Check out our design gallery for real customer photos. Here are a few styles to get your creative juices flowing.
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Looking for the perfect storage solution for your vinyl records collection? Look no more. Way Basics designed the Super Cubes specifically for organizing your record albums with the audiophile in mind. Simple, clean designed cubes are stackable to expand your shelving as your collection grows. Like all Way Basics products, setting them up is a breeze, just peel, stick, done. Take a look at customer photos below how others have stacked, organized, and enjoyed their vinyl collection.
Available in 4 colors: black wood grain, espresso wood grain, natural wood grain, and white. Each cube only $35. Get organized today and shop here.
At Way Basics, one of our favorite things is seeing all the amazing organizational creations that you all come up with! We have designed our products to be simple, modern, and conducive to whatever creative touch you put on them. Whether you are organizing a kitchen, office, bedroom, or closet, your creative choices are what makes our job so much fun!
Today we want to celebrate your creative brilliance and highlight some of our favorite customer creations with the Box.
Do you have any photos of your Box system or other Way Basics's products? Be sure to share them on our Share Page for a chance to win $100 to www.waybasics.com.
Thanks again for being a part of the Way Basics' community and sharing your creativity with us!
At Way Basics, we love going above and beyond for our customers. We love our products and love getting you and your family organized. This is why we have someone on call to answer all your questions and help you make educated choices for your home.
Here is one of those stories:
Last month our customer Googled "rectangle cube" and came across our products but she wasn't sure what to buy! She contacted us through e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and asked for help with a space that she wanted to get organized. She sent in some pictures, measurements of the space and the idea of what she needed. She was looking for a 4 shelf system to store boots and back packs in her front hall.
This was her "before picture"
Hanna, our amazing customer care woman, looked through our products, calculated the space our pre-configured Freedom Shelf which has a similar modern, unique feel but different dimensions.
Hanna recommend having 4 Cube Plus at the Bottom, 2 Rectangle Plus for 2nd row shelf, 2 Cube for 3rd row and 1 Cube on the top. This has a total measurements of 56.6" in Height and 53.6" in Length.
Look at the difference it makes!
When asked about the favorite part of her job, Hanna replied, "Helping customers and making them feel that we care." I certainly think Hanna did a fabulous job here! What is your Way Basics story?
Human beings don't typically live in the branches of trees along with birds and squirrels, but there are still ways to make your home earth- friendly. Organizing, decorating and cleaning a house while regarding the natural environment will keep the process more focused, will teach your family how to treat the earth well, and will improve the health of everyone who lives in your home.
Of course, if you are just now building a home or moving into one, it will be easier to incorporate some green ideas into the household. But, if you've lived in one place for years, don't fret - it's still simple to begin some green habits. Approach your decor with love for the planet in mind and everyone wins.
Don't buy a sustainable sofa unless you're going to dress it with green pillows. Pillows stuffed with natural fibers, such as cotton and goose down, are preferable for the environment and ensure better air quality. A great place to obtain earth-friendly decor is at flea markets, farmer's markets and other places where local artisans display their craftsmanship. Try an original painting, or something made by a member of the community from wood or other natural materials. These are great opportunities to keep synthetic items out of the home environment.
Don't forget the appliances when you go green. Low-flush toilets, kitchen appliances that consume less energy and CFL or LED lights are all good options. In general, appliances that have the Energy Star approval are efficient choices.
It's not just what you put inside your house that makes it green -- it's how you maintain those belongings, from cleaning to organization.
Containers If you're stumped about what to use for organizing smaller items in the kitchen and bathroom, try re-purposing old shoe boxes, cans that held soups, and jars that held pickles and spaghetti sauces.
You can also make your own containers out of products such as zBoard, a nontoxic material that doesn't require nails or tools.
Paper vs. Online
Most financial institutions offer you the option of online statements, rather than paper ones, so take them up on it. Get in the habit of paying your bills online. Use an e-reader to enjoy magazines and newspapers. You'll cut down on the amount of paper that gathers in the corners of your home and maintain a greener lifestyle.
When an item is no longer necessary, such as a toy your child has outgrown, make a habit of gathering and donating them to charities so that someone else can enjoy them. You'll be recycling in the best possible way - another family will find a use for your products and your home will be less cluttered.
Cleaning Household Products
Instead of buying an all-purpose cleaner at the nearest supermarket, why not make your own products for keeping kitchens and bathrooms clean? It's more fun, and you probably have the things you need in your pantry.
• Baking soda and water - This solution cleans just about anything, from tiles in the shower to kitchen countertops.
• Lemon juice and vinegar - If you're dealing with mildew or grease, douse with either lemon juice or vinegar and scrub vigorously with a brush.
• Soap and tea tree oil - You can make a homemade disinfectant that rivals bleach by combining water, liquid soap and several drops of tea tree oil.
Remember, green doesn't stop inside the house. Tend to your flower or vegetable garden with products that are better for nature.
• Set up a compost bin with vegetable peelings, garden waste, plus newspaper and other fibrous material to create a compost pile.
• Allow birds that eat garden pests to thrive in your garden. Encourage them with bird feeders.
• Use acetic acid (about 20% acid, 80% water) or oils made from citrus and clove for earth-friendly weed killing solutions.
These items might disturb other plants, so use with caution. The process of having a more eco-friendly home environment can take time. But the rewards for your family and for the earth are numerous.
Garret Stembridge is a member of the Internet marketing team at Extra Space Storage, a leading provider of self storage facilities. Garret often writes about sustainable practices for the home and for businesses. The Self Storage Facility in Philadelphia has been retrofitted to reduce energy consumption.
Customized closets and storage systems seem like something of a dream. Something that you only see in HGTV and Home Network styling shows. It doesn’t have to be that way. Way Basics has created a storage system that you can customize for your needs. Introducing the Freedom Shelf! This shelving system was designed with simplicity and customizability in mind. You get to choose your color, number of shelves, and height of shelves; just like a customized storage system! The kits that comprise the shelves are described below, but remember that you can always contact our customer care team if you have an issue. We can talk you through your order so you get exactly what you need!
Start with the height of the shelf:
Freedom Kit Short: Freedom Kit Short is the smallest shelf in the Freedom Kit Set. This 5.3" interior height small shelf is perfect for DVD players, your CD collection, and horizontal knick-knacks that you want to organize and display in your home.
Freedom Kit Medium: Freedom Kit Medium is the mid shelf in the Freedom Kit Set. This 6.5" interior height shelf is perfect for game consoles, stereos, smaller books, knick-knacks, clothes and shoes that you want to organize and display in your home or office.
Freedom Shelf Tall: This 11.2" interior height tall shelf is perfect for books, recorders and tall vases that you want to organize and display in your home.
Decide how many shelves you want:
You can build your custom shelf as tall as you want! Just decide how many kits you want and order a Middle Shelf to go between each kit. Remember, we are always here to help if you have any questions.
Purchase a Top and Bottom:
Just like with any shelf, your new customized storage solution needs a top and bottom. Just make sure to add that to your cart and you will be good to go!
Customized storage solutions usually cost over $1000. With this new Freedom Shelf system, you can get a storage solution for a fraction of the cost. The benefits of customized shelving are never ending! Some of the amazing benefits are:
- The shelves will fit into your space and there will not be any wasted space
- Way Basics’ Freedom Shelves are put together with our easy no-tool system which means no confusing instructions and no chance for squished fingers (from a hammer and nails)
- Since the shelves are put together in the room you are organizing, you don’t have to risk damaging your walls or hiring a helping hand to maneuver a large bookcase
- Use bins or baskets to get organized within your shelves
- The Way Basics’ Freedom Shelf are perfect for garage organization and the tallest shelf is the perfect height for winter boot storage
- Our shelves are built to last and protect the environment!
Custom shelving units are the perfect organizational solution for any space in your house. Just remember to measure up your space and let us know if we can assist with ordering or design ideas. And don’t worry about damaging the earth with your new shelving; Way Basics’ Freedom Shelves are made with the same zBoard that is used to make our cubes. zBoard is our awesome patented product that is made fro 99% recycled paper! No extra trees will be cut down for your custom shelving solution. Doesn’t that feel great? Custom shelving at a fraction of the cost and helping recycle at the same time!
This is just one way Way Basics is helping you with simple home organization. Best of all, we love helping you and your family!