Is there a mom alive who doesn’t simultaneously love and despise reusable water bottles? Water bottles have saved me from the horror that is watching my children try to drink from public drinking fountains without contracting the plague more times than I can count. I love them so much that each person in my family has at least two to their name: one for using plus one in the wash. Even I have a couple of them: one for home and one for barre and Pilates classes at the studio. But OH MY WORD, the clutter.
They have fallen on my head after rolling off of the top of the refrigerator (bad place to try to keep them, FYI). More than one has clanked and slammed down the stairs to its untimely squished death after a storage basket upended because kids were wrestling near it. I shoved them all over my kitchen counter waiting for the insides to become bone dry after a trip through the dishwasher because I have a serious fixation with not putting a lid on a wet bottle. No more wire hangers? No. I’m fine with wire hangers. No more wet water bottles with lids in place so they can fester and grow bacteria ever! And I’m not going to even TRY to count how many water bottles have been retired because their extra proprietary, funky shaped lid went missing in our black hole of a kitchen catch-all drawer.
I tried everything I could think of to organize them: wine racks, shoe holders, laundry baskets, and even -out of sheer desperation- plastic grocery bags hanging on hooks inside the basement stairs. Every one of them failed because of one major flaw: nothing had a place where we could store the odd lids and still actually see them. Every one, that is, until I found this Michael Graves Design Over-the-Door Basket Organizer from JCPenney. There are two main differences between this bad boy and an over-the-door shoe organizer.
- The nifty mesh pocket at the top lets you drop in the un-matched lids or tops or straws for the water bottles and still keep a visual on them. No black hole happening there.
- The baskets (or shelves) hold everything from small 1-cup water bottles to the largest canteens (in the top basket) and everything in between. They even hold our 1-liter Sodastream bottles neatly.
To say that I’m a fan of this basket organizer is to put it mildly. I recommend it to all my mommy-friends who have been overrun with water bottles.
MAJOR BONUS: The kids can find their own water bottles and lids for all their summer excursions into the great wild that is our backyard or the playground or picnics or bike-riding with friends, or…or…or… You get the idea. Summer just got a little easier.
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lots of stackable shoe racks help keep down on the clutter
I make my life easier by cooking a bit extra during dinner. The leftovers become my lunch the next day.
Gina M says
Gina M says
My summer lifehack is to make up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and freeze them for an easy make-ahead lunch option for my son.
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Lisa Stone says
Oh Rebecca, you have SOLVED my situation. Because at my house, water bottles are neck-and-neck with cans of spray-on sunscreen as the summer-go-to items most likely to roll around my counter-tops and my car (where they make a noise like nails on chalkboard).
So I’m going to get this little gizmo for the casa and also something for the back of my seat so that I can organize the madness. Thank you! Now, tell me, doctor, what the heck do I do with the pool towels that are being left all over creation at home and abroad?
shared on twitter -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/480883140886806528
I like to carry a “busy” bag for my kids to keep them entertain while we have to run errands
dress shoes for work
Brooke @ Blushing Noir says
I seriously think I’m not creative enough to come up with my own life hacks but I love reading everyone elses! I always keep note of them to try at home!
What a nifty idea! I keep a running list of freezer items – to help us make sure to eat leftovers in a timely manner.
Debbie B says
i posted a tweet:
Debbie B says
fixing enough to eat at night so that i have something leftover for my lunch the next day
MARIA simon says
planning in the mornings and being prepared is all we need to run smooth 🙂