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  • Messy Room Contest!

    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! Way Basics halloween_messy_room_contest

    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 press@waybasics.com (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!

    (Check out our Facebook album"Halloween Messy Room Contest" for more details!)

  • Retailer Highlight: Vine.com

    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. 121003_Vine

    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!).

  • Helping Students Go Green

    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.Screen Shot from video

    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!

  • Vinyl Storage Solution

    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!

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  • Way Basics Story

    "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)

    What's YOUR story? Email us to share! (press@waybasics.com)

  • Retailer Highlight: Green Cupboards!

    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 120829_GreenCupboardsenvironmentally 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: http://www.greencupboards.com

  • Tuesday Tip: Kid's Room Organization

    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?

  • LYDONY's New York Kind of Organization

    Making the most of your living space in the home or office is something we all have in common. Big

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    or small, finding the most efficient way to organize your belongings can be tricky. In today's market, there is a wide variety of storage organizers, most of which are made to be disposable and not last beyond a few years. With this new age of build it yourself, disposable furniture it is more important than ever to seek out green solutions.

    We at Lydony pride ourselves on seeking out the greenist products we can find and incorporate into our lifestyle. Based in New York and Los Angeles, we know first hand from our years of city living how important it is to optimize our space. In each city, along with many others like it, space is a commodity.

    In New York, creative floor plans and the city's ever growing population continue to push people to use innovative ways to make the most of their space. Living in New York is an experience and for many, moving into a NYC apartment for the first time can be shocking. In some situations a closet, or lack there of can make all the difference to potential renters. However this is a situation that can lead to very creative organizational ideas.

    From this, New Yorkers make tough decisions every day over which possessions to keep and which to rid of. With just under 25,000 restaurants in NYC to pick from, many keep their kitchens to the bare essentials, even using silverware drawers as menu drawers. No washer/dryer in your building? Drop off service can be found at the nearest corner. Everything you could possibly need is a 2-3 minute walk away and if not multiple forms of public transportation or taxis are just a hand in the air away.

    Over the years, we have picked up a few storage tricks. With only one closet for two in an apartment, wardrobes, dressers and a handful of shelves are a must. For those of you like us who love to cook, you know very well that sometimes kitchen must haves take on an entirely different meaning and require counter space - also a rarity in a New Yorker's world. Rather than use our dishwasher for washing dishes, we opt to hand wash and use our dishwasher for storage of pots, pans, glasses, and cooking equipment. A controversial idea to many of our friends who would love to have a dishwasher and frown upon our use of it as storage, but this clever idea more than meets our need and helps us make the most of our space.

    Since the majority of apartments are small, if you have a messy area it is extremely noticeable. Organization is key to keeping the apartment looking clean and also for sanity. One space repeatedly misused and overlooked is the entertainment area. The place where many people spend the most time is often the most cluttered, but doesn't have to be. With remotes, accessories, decorations, and tangled cords, storage cubes are a phenomenal way to make the most of the space surrounding your entertainment set up and store all that come with it. Purchasing a large, bulky, multi-level organizer not only takes up more precious space than needed, but also increases the amount of needless items you keep. One or even two Quad Cubes can keep your TV and entertainment center clean, sleek, and double your space by providing cubby squares below and a TV stand above.

    Living in a major city is very fun and exciting with all that is going on, however it can prove to be a challenge in our tight quarters. Being smart about organizing your belongings is the key to making sure your time at home is just as great as your time out in the city.

    Written by Lydia of Lydony

  • Back to School Organization

    Prepping for back to school can be a nightmare and all organization seems to fly right out the window! Below are some tips and tricks to stay on top of the mess utilizing our very own organizational products! Sara Fiellman Customer Photo

    1) Homework station: If you have more than one kid, you know how tough it is to keep the homework/ school notes/ books in order. Our suggestion, use our multi-colored storage cubes! Have each kid choose their favorite colored cube and deem it "theirs!" They can decorate it, sticker it, draw on it, and best of all, you can drill in them that their work goes in their colored cube!

    2) Growth spurt nightmare: How do those kiddos get so big so fast? I am sure there are loads of clothes in your kid's closets that could be donated, handed down, etc and before school starts is the perfect time to do it! Maximize closet space with our storage cubes and shelving units.

     

    3) Backpack Drop Zone: The hardest thing to get a handle on (besides endless homework papers) is the backpacks, sports bags, cheer leading bags etc, that seem to spring up everywhere. Who knew one child could need so many different bags? Make one central location for all bags/backpacks so there is no thought needed as those kiddos race in the door. To make this zone less cluttered (and hazard free) get the bags off the ground and into storage shelving units.

    The main idea behind these tips and tricks is that it is important to make things as clear and easy as possible now before the craziness starts. Give it three weeks and you won't have time to reorganize so grasps these last few days of summer (get the kiddos involved with picking colors/storage units) and get organized! To help you with this we have created a 20% off coupon code for your back to school use! (WBB2S20, expires 9/30).

    Happy Organizing and remember we are always here to lend a helping organizational hand!

  • Thank You!

    Way Basics loves giving back to our community, even when the giving is thanks and admiration. The following is a little thank you note dedicated to our amazing bloggers and media contacts that we work with daily. 120614_ThankYou

    To all you stellar individuals,

    Thank you so much for your efforts and willingness to help spread the Way Basics word over the past few months. You all make my profession a real pleasure. I love opening my email and seeing a new idea or comment presented by you brilliant individuals! Way Basics loves building possibilities and you all bring our vision and possibilities to life! We are a company of differing opinions and ideas, and that is what makes us so strong. Thank you for helping us by sharing your own ideas and reviews. You are all a crucial part of the Way Basics family! From all of us to you, THANK YOU!

    All the Best,

    Deborah (and the rest of the Way Basics crew)

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