November 7th, 2012
||The zBoard material used in Way Basics products is versatile, eco-friendly, and simple to use. This Holiday season, fashion brand bebe installed custom zBoard storage cubes as part of their window display. This project was completed with Great Big Picture, a supplier of in-store graphics to many of the nation’s top retailers. All bebe stores internationally will have the cubes this Holiday. It’s amazing to see that companies like bebe care about our environmental impact since many of these display are temporary and end up in landfills. With zBoard, after the promotion, they can simply be recycled and one day find themselves back as new Way Basics products. Let’s get ready for the Holidays!
October 29th, 2012
Way Basics is overjoyed to bring you this Tip Tuesday by Aby Garvey. She is a creative organizing expert and the founder and co-owner of www.simplify101.com. Simplify 101’s mission is to make getting organized simple and fun! Get a taste of simplify 101—and the organized life—with their FREE, simple-to-follow guide How to Create a Command Central Binder . If you’d like to learn more about simplify 101’s online workshops, check out their free workshop How to Change Your Life in 10 Simple Steps.
It’s hard to believe that November is almost here. And you know what that means: the holidays are right around the corner! Whether this thought fills you with excitement or dread, there are some simple things you can do to get organized for the holidays and make the season a joyful and stress-free time of year. Here’s how to get started.
1. Start with the end in mind. For just a minute, think about how you felt on December 26th last year. Were you relaxed and satisfied, or were you exhausted and relieved that the holiday rush was? If the latter, think about how you’d like to feel this year, not only on the 26th, but throughout November and December. Then, distill this vision into a simple statement. My statement is “the joy is in the journey,” and it helps me stay focused on what really matters throughout the holiday season. What do you want this holiday season?
2. Make a to-do list and assign time slots. Once you have your vision for the season in place, make a simple to-do list of all the things you typically do this time of year including shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, sending cards, baking, entertaining, and so on. Then, do a sanity check, with yourself and your family. Which items on this list support your vision for the season? Which tasks get in the way of creating the type of holiday you really want? Give yourself permission to simplify your list and edit out those tasks that don’t help you create the kind of holiday season you want. Then, pull out a calendar and schedule the tasks you will do.
3. Start early. The best way to ensure you create the kind of holiday season you envisioned in step 1 is to start early. Take action on steps 1 and 2 this week—and then make a little bit of progress on your to-do list each day. By working on your holiday to-dos a little bit at a time throughout the season, you’ll alleviate stress and create space for the people and activities that matter most to you.
By following these three steps, you can create a holiday season that is centered on what is most important to you and your family.
P.S. If you’d like a complete system to organize every aspect of the holiday season, my Get Organized for the Holidays online workshop is for you. This workshop gives you tools to simplify your holiday to-do list, including printable forms to organize everything from shopping, to entertaining, to gift wrapping, to scheduling activities and to-dos. Class begins Thursday, November 1st and runs through December 20th. During this time, you’ll have access to a private message board where you can ask me questions. I’ll answer them within one business day (often even faster) so it’s like having a professional organizer “on-call” throughout the holiday season. You’re invited to join the fun. And you’re invited to create a stress-free, joy-filled holiday season this year and for years to come. Get all the details and sign up here!
October 24th, 2012
Dear Devoted Way Basics Fans,
Thank you so much for your continued support! We are so sad that Facebook has asked small businesses like us to pay to promote our page. Unfortunately, at this point only 10% of you will see our daily organizational tips, customer photos, and eco-friendly news posts. This is so sad because we miss your interaction and involvement! YOU make the Way Basics community what it is!
To continue connecting to the Way Basics community, you can do the following:
- Hover your mouse over the “Like” button (see pics below) and select “Show in News Feed.” You could also add us to an interests list (may we suggest: We <3 Organization!) You can access those interest lists by clicking on the Facebook icon on the left and seeing your groups and interests.
- Check out our page for our daily tips, tricks, and suggestions relating to organization and living eco-friendly!
- A “Like” or “comment” doesn’t hurt every once in awhile. In fact, it helps increase the likelihood that you will see our updates!
Of course, you can always check out our blog (here!) and Pinterest or Twitter (@waybasics) for all things Way Basics!
You make this community special, and it has been really sad to think that we have only been reaching a small percentage of you! Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in the social-media world soon!
The Way Basics Family
October 17th, 2012
We have had lots of fun in the past with messy room contests, and we have decided to run one again this month with a Halloween theme!
Prize for WINNER: $150 to waybasics.com. (Prize for us: making your room mess-free!)
Please see the instructions below:
1. Submit your messiest room (because mess = scary) by emailing us a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org (by Oct 26th)
2. We will pick the messiest rooms, post on Facebook and then YOU bribe, cajole, plead with your friends and family to vote for you! (by liking/ commenting on your picture)
3. WINNER with most likes/comments will be selected Oct 31st!
October 3rd, 2012
We are proud to announce our partnership with the amazing Vine.com. Vine is an online destination for natural, organic and sustainably-made products. Of course we were overjoyed to help them stock their online shelves with our zBoard products.
Described directly from their PR team, “Featuring everything from paraben-free skincare and gluten-free snacks to reclaimed wood furnishings and solar-powered electronics, Vine.com makes life easier for consumers who want to access to green products and shop for them in one place. Customers receive free 1-2 day delivery on orders of $49 or more.” Best of all, all items are backed by Vine.com’s 365-day guarantee return policy.
We are so excited to partner with them and join the ranks of other amazing brands such as Seventh Generation, Inhabit, Method, Happy Baby and more! Be sure to check them out and let us know what amazing new eco-friendly products you find (comment below!).
September 25th, 2012
We love partnering with organizations that have goals and values that align with others. Like Way Basics, Project Green Dorm, is all about taking simple steps in our every day life to help take care of the planet for generations to come. Project Green Dorm (PGD) is a back-to-school resource to help students move from “conventional to conscious living” in their every day choices. At Way Basics, we are proud to announce that we have helped college student, Amanda, reach her goal of greening her dorm room.
Way Basics donated some of our green storage cubes to the cause and are overjoyed to help Amanda, and Project Green Dorm, spread their message of sustainability for the future. Check out the awesome video of this project Going Green in College Dorms and keep spreading the word about the importance of safety and sustainability in our homes and planet!
September 9th, 2012
For some of us, vinyls will never go out of fashion. That amazing sound, the colorful album jackets, CDs and MP3s just can’t replace them! This is why we (Way Basics) created our Super Storage Cubes. We knew that vinyls deserved all the organizational love as other media, but it is often tough to find shelving units that will fit your record collection.
Our Super Storage Cubes were made for you to lovingly organize, and re-organize your collection. After all, that is what Way Basics is all about, “Building Possibilities.” See, it IS possible to find the perfect storage unit that will compliment and coordinate with any room in your house or office! Give those vinyls the respect they deserve and use our recycled, Eco-friendly, Super Storage Cubes!
Customer Photo: Dyland Dekay- Bemis Vinyl Storage
September 6th, 2012
“Over the years, I’ve been steadily running out of room. I’ve reorganized, hemmed, hawed, and even moved hundreds of books into boxes for storage, a travesty to my viewing and collecting pleasure. This past summer, I replaced nearly all my bookshelves with a solution that’s given me more room in the same footprint. Its allowed me to put nearly all my books back on display, whilst still giving me room to grow.
The “Before”: Never enough room The “After”: Floor to ceiling!
Cube storage is a go!
These are Way Basics cube storage: six individual Storage Cubes and one Storage Cube Plus create a column that rises to about an inch and a half from my ceiling. Though they don’t lock together for stacking, wedging something into the remaining space provides enough stability that I’ve no fears about jumping four- or six-year-olds. (I’m not kidding, either – that was actually part of my stress-testing.)
The cubes are made out of recycled cardboard, which makes them quite light at 4.4 pounds each. You build a cube by sticking the pieces together with double-sided adhesive tape from 3M. You might be saying “cardboard?! adhesive?!”, and you wouldn’t be alone. But, besides the weight, they seem indistinguishable from the standard MDF or particleboard shelves you can buy cheaply nowadays. The colored laminate hides any indication they’re made of cardboard and, when they’re properly built and have rested for 24 hours, they’re quite sturdy. I’ve moved around cubes full of heavy books without mishap (and by supporting the required backboard, of course).
More inches with the same foot
If you look at my “before” pictures, you’ll see the standard department store shelves I’ve had for years, with lots of wasted vertical space above the book tops. This is both because you only get a certain number of shelves (one of which is hardwired near the middle for stability) and because there tends to be only one optimal way to place them. A single shelf gives you 26.75 inches (″) of horizontal space. For a three shelf unit, that’s a total of 80.25″, or 133.75″ for a five shelf unit.
With the Way Basics cubes, I can get four shelves in the same space as a three shelf unit. A single cube offers 11.75″ of space. For the bedroom’s side wall, which had two three shelf units, I had 160.5″ of horizontal space. Replacing those shelves with cubes gave me 188″. Since the cubes fit into tinier nooks than the full-blown shelves, I was also able to fit a fifth column on the side, bringing my total up to 235″, nearly 5½ feet of extra horizontal space in the same footprint.
For floor to ceiling columns, something I could never do with department store bookshelves, the extra space gained is even larger. With six regular cubes and one plus-sized cube per column, I maximize the height for most of the books I own, while still allowing room for the various oversized items I have. You can see the Plus-sized cubes in the first or second rows of the floor to ceiling photos.
Other conclusions and a happy-faced Morbus
The fact that there are more “walls” to cube storage is actually a benefit in disguise: with most cheap bookshelves, your shelves will start to sag over time. It was a habit of mine to flip my shelves, like a mattress, every six months or so. With cubes, every horizontal shelf is reinforced either by the floor or the top of the cube beneath it. I haven’t had them long enough to notice any sagging, but my guess is that it won’t be a problem. No more mattress flipping!
Way Basics storage cubes come in a variety of colors, and I spent many an hour drafting up cute little patterns and schemes in a drawing program. After building a 5 x 7 pattern (for the bedroom’s main wall), I found that you don’t really notice the pattern unless you actively look for it. I switched over to single colors per column (for the office walls), and they become a bit more noticeable. If color isn’t your thing, they also offer black, white, and a few wood grains.
I’ve looked into storage cubes before, but always found them to be too expensive (locking wooden crates that cost a ton to ship), too bookshelve-y (a single unit with nine cubicles defeats a lot of the advantages of cube storage), or too flimsy (full plastic walls that weren’t sturdy enough, milk crates that didn’t have enough flat surfaces, etc.). The Way Basics cubes have none of these problems, and after two months of testing and three months of completion, I’m quite thrilled with the result!”
- written and reprinted with the permission of Morbus Iff (click here to see original post)
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August 29th, 2012
Way Basics loves companies that are similarly minded and we have found a kindred spirit in GreenCupboards!
GreenCupboards is an online retailer that specializes in certified organic, fair trade, cruelty free and environmentally friendly products (and foods) for low-impact and healthy living. They have a staff that thoroughly researches every brand and product they offer online (called the Green Compliance Team, how cool is that?). This year, the GCT asked customers about what being green means to them and came up with 24 eco-traits to help decide what products they should offer and how to filter the products online!
Whether you are looking for Vegan, Gluten Free, products made in the USA, or products made with reusable materials, search happy; as GreenCupboards has done the research for you! Just as Way Basics’s goal is to build possibilities and help you organize your home, GreenCupboards goal is to create the most extensive resource for eco-friendly living! Way Basics is so pleased to be included in GreenCupboard’s carefully selected products and you can find them here! Bonus, GreenCupboards offers free shipping on any order over $49, a different “deal of the week” every week and complimentary carbon neutral shipping. Happy shopping with Way Basics and GreenCupboards!
Find them at: www.greencupboards.com
August 28th, 2012
We asked, “The room in my house that needs organization most is __________?” and Maureen Liz answered, “My 8 year old daughters room – can we say TOY STORE LOL.” We loved her comment so much we decided to grant her wish and compile some tips about organizing a kid’s room. Enjoy and thanks Maureen for a great answer!
1) Organize, sort and store – Kid’s rooms are often lacking in space so make sure that their room isn’t crammed (not that we want their stuff overflowing into other rooms). A great example is winter/ summer clothing. Make sure to sort and separate the clothes and store the opposite season way up high in a shelving unit or in another room (garage/ basement?).
2) Get them involved!- Kid’s are definitely more likely to try and keep the room tidy when they are the ones that have to help with the organization. As soon as they are old enough, make sure they are apart of the organizing action (even with little ones, get them to sort through their favorite books or dolls).
3) Get down to their level- Obvious one but make sure they can reach their most used items and need help with the less used items. You could even put the toys with lots of pieces on a higher shelf so they have to ask permission to play with it (and you can remind them that they must put it away when they are finished!). Use clear plastic boxes where possible to organize clothes, socks, etc so they can see what they are grabbing for!
4) Keep your Children SAFE- One of the key things with kids’ rooms is that furniture made out of particle board is full of formaldehyde! This is very dangerous for kids (and anyone) to breathe in. Make sure to use our products for organization solutions whenever possible as they are non-toxic and lighter than particle board. No squished fingers here!
Hope these ideas were a bit of help! What other tips do you have?