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  • Residence Hall Student Moving Tips

    There are many things a student has to deal with when they arrive at their new university. The life of a freshman is stressful at first, so they will need a lot of help if they want to deal with things in a more peaceful and useful manner. The following tips will point out the possible way you can make that happen:

    • Helping a student to move on campus can be pretty overwhelming for a good number of reasons, from the emotions of taking the kid to college to the simple logistics involved in moving. You will need to allow the student to navigate the move themselves. The sooner they start taking responsibility for this, the better.
    • You should do what you can t review the rules of the residence hall before you move. Make a checklist concerning the moving and make sure everyone is familiar with the policies of on-campus life so you can handle the move with greater ease.
    • You need to make sure you have an open-minded approach to the roommate your student will need to deal with. They will need to live with them for a whole year, adapting to the experience of working with someone very different from them. Emotions will be running high during this time, so you may need to forgive some outbursts due to nervousness.
    • Attending college means a significant step in moving away from friends and family, so homesickness is to be expected. The combination of this, the hope of seeing someone familiar and the inherent uneasiness of being in a new place will wreak havoc on the emotions of those in such circumstances, so you will need to do whatever you can to support the student in a way that doesn't interfere with their individuality, but it helps them emotionally.
    • Remember to help them with activities they may be familiar with, so they can get used to the new environment. This will help greatly with adjusting.
    • Put some photos, posters, quotes or anything else that reminds them of home and make sure you call them on a regular basis just to hear them.
    • Make sure they learn more about the local area, the students and more so they can have an easier time creating bonds with the class mates.
    • They can get in a club or a sports team, attend many programs and participate in events around campus to get used to their new status.
    • Make a routine of calling, e-mailing or texting with the kids so they can keep in contact, but maintain their independence and grow as people without constant control.

    If you need more moving ideas you can contact: Man with a Van Wandsworth

  • Earth Day

    Our Earth is a precious thing! It is important to recycle, think about our planet, and live sustainably every day. But especially on Earth Day. What are you doing for our beautiful earth today?

    Earth Day

  • Way Basics' Shelving Perfect for Tradeshows!

    Way Basics cubes and bookshelves are the perfect solution for your trade-show needs. Why you may ask?

    Well, they are lightweight, easy to put together, and don't require tools or an engineering degree to put them together. Best of all, they are eco-friendly and better for the environment! This last point is what attracted  Preserve  (a company focused on making better plastics that are better for our environment) to our products for the International Home + Housewares Show.

    Laurie, the Sales & Marketing Manager at Preserve, said:

    “As an environmentally conscious mission-driven company, Preserve was seeking a trade show shelving that would be an affordable, environmentally-conscious material with a clean, sleek look – and Way Basics shelving was the perfect fit! It was so easy to mix and match the shelving units to get the exact size and height we were looking for! On the day of the shows, assembly was a piece-of-cake. Plus, we felt good at the end of the show because we were able to donate and recycle any shelving units we had left over”

    Laurie and Preserve  did an amazing job with their trade-show display! Check out the pictures below and next time you are looking for the perfect trade-show solution, think of the simple solution of Way Basics!

    Way Basics cubes used for tradeshow

  • New Arrival Award!

    We are so proud to have been awarded the "New Arrival Award" for our Box Storage System by the Cribsie Academy. Cribsie Awards

    What is the Cribsie Academy you may ask? Great question!

    They are the most influential experts, head honchos, and celebrities in the baby and family industry! We were so excited to be rated and chosen by such industry leaders as Jessica Alba (Honest Company), Ali Wing (founder of Giggle!), and Liz Gumbinner (Mom 101) amongst many others! The Cribsie Awards are held every year to help families find the best products out their for their homes. We are so excited to be included and we hope everyone is inspired to get organized and build opportunities with Way Basics!

  • Let's Spring Clean Together!

    Spring Cleaning can be a real downer. But it doesn't have to be! Get the whole family/apartment/roommates involved and make it into a little party. Throw on some tunes and make plans that evening so you have something to look forward to! General Spring Cleaning tips also help things go smoothly so follow these for the easiest clean of your life:

    1.  Change the feel by adding some new blankets, textiles or pillows. Maybe swap with a friend so you each get a "new" place for no cost!
    2. Move from room to room so you feel like you are accomplishing something. Start small with mini goals and the time will fly by!
    3. Take a picture before and after so you can truly see the difference! Also something to keep the room in check in the future!
    4. Going all out and washing windows? Make sure you pick a cloudy day so they don't dry before you get to wipe them down.
    5. Clean under furniture! That's right, move it around. This will also allow you to try out some new locations for that beloved chair.
    6. Start from the top down. Dust the tops of cabinets and light fixtures and finish with the floor. That way you don't have to clean your floor twice!
    7. Our favorite: Make sure to equip yourself with a "Donate" and "Trash" bag in every room. This will inspire you to de-clutter!
    8. Feel like you don't have enough storage space? Check out our bookshelves and cubes for endless solutions!

    Spring cleaning can seem daunting but remember, you only do it once a year and you will feel so GREAT after!

    Ps. Still feeling stressed? Read our tips about how to bring Zen to your Spring Clean HERE!

  • The Zen Way to Spring Clean

    So, be honest. How is that Spring Cleaning going?

    Sometimes we dread tasks like cleaning and organizing because they are made out to be the bad guys. Let’s flip that theory on its head. I love to get organized mainly because it feels so darn good! Reducing clutter isn’t just good for your home, it’s good for your spirit! After all, that is what Feng Shui is all about: cleaning up clutter and helping you live a minimalistic life. Let’s explore five ways that help you lighten that load!

    1. How about that dreaded closet? I live by the rule that all clothes that have not been worn in two years should be donated. Of course I make exceptions for wool coats or items that are not needed on a daily basis, but this rule helps remind you of what is in your closet and what no longer works. Helping others is a feel-good activity and with those un-worn clothes gone you will feel like you can breathe again!
    2. You know medicine, sunscreen, and non-perishable food actually do have use by dates? Find those dates and use them!
    3. Instate a 24 hour rule for big purchases that are usually impulse buys. Do you really need another black purse? This helps you examine your decision and prevent clutter in your home.
    4. Remove toxic inducing, unfriendly furniture, and go eco instead! Did you know that formaldehyde is a toxin found in most furniture and can cause allergies and extensive health issues? Use formaldehyde-free furniture and bring plants into your home to help cleanse your air!
    5. Live with items that you love! Don’t feel obligated to keep something just because it was a gift. Surround yourself with things that inspire you and reflect who you are as a person.

    Just remember that your home is a big part of your life and the way that you care for it influences your happiness. So don’t dread Spring Cleaning, think of the positive ways you are helping yourself and your family towards a productive, inspiring year!

    Want more tips? Read our practical tips towards Spring Cleaning HERE!

  • Let's Meet Natalie!

    I don't know if you have noticed, but we have had some incredible new pictures of our bookshelves up on our site. This incredible work was done by a New York Photography student name Natalie. Because she is so talented and has such a bright future, we wanted to share more about her here. Remember, you saw her here first!

    Natalie is currently a photography major at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in my freshman year.

    She first became interested in photography around middle school. She started off with basic digital cameras, but switched to film because of multiple technical complications. (Wow!)

    She says that ,"it was a hobby that I never expected to amount to much, but it became a passion for me and I've been shooting since then. I'm not certain what I want to do in the future in terms of specific fields of photography because I enjoy shooting in very different styles (fine art, fashion, portraiture, weddings, etc.). I'm hoping that my time at NYU will help me to grow and eventually prepare me for where I need to be."

    We so applaud all your hard work and talent, Natalie! We think you have an amazing photography future and we are so happy to be apart of your hobby turned career. Check out more of her amazing work here: http://www.nataliefong.com/


  • How Paper Can Make a Difference

    Have you heard of Shigeru Ban? Maybe you have been lucky enough to watch his Ted talk or see some of his inspiring work in person. He is an architect. The only architect in the world making buildings out of paper. Ban began experimenting with paper buildings in 1994 after he discovered how much more architecturally sound it was that everyone thought. He also loved the idea that you can get paper anywhere in the world and it is therefore a universal building material.

    Due to this universality, he has been commissioned after natural disasters for buildings around the world to help bring shelter people who have lost their homes.

    slide09 After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake killed 70,000 people in China, he built a school so the children could keep learning. They constructed 9 classrooms in just one month
    After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ban constructed 50 shelters for the people in need After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ban constructed 50 shelters for the people in need
    anderson_mg_5524 Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral constructed after the Christchurch earthquake

    "I like to build monuments that are beloved by people," Ban says. He obviously has a deep connection to his work and to the people that he helps around the world. He is an inspiration to architects and people everywhere in his exploration of how common items such as paper have so much more use than what they were made for. Just like our zBoard, taking one product and recycling it into something that is so much more. We commend you Shigeru Ban and recommend everyone learn more about this incredible man.

  • Happy New Year!

    Welcome to the year of the wooden horse! The lunar New Year begins today with celebrations around the world welcome a fresh start. These celebrations are marked with parades, wonderful food, dragon dances, exchanging gifts and more! What do you do to bring in the new year?

    Postcard Template

  • We raised over $900!

    Did you know that $1.00 can feed a family of four in the Philippines. When we heard about the devastating effects of the typhoons hitting the Philippines, our heart went out to these people in need. From November 25 - 29th we donated 50% of our sales to the Philippine's Red Cross and YOU raised $983.84! Thank you everyone for your amazing contributions. Since 1994, the Philippine's Red Cross Disaster Management Service (DMS) has assisted over 22,579 families. This program not only assists those in need, but identifies hazard prone areas and sets up preventive programs. To learn more about their amazing work, click here.

    Again, THANK YOU for helping us make a tiny bit of difference!

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