Successful Home Management Requires Access To The Proper Tools

By: Heidy Cantrell

Managing a home has always been a tough job, but having to do so on a really tight budget is a gift that many housewives have conquered with flair and precision.

Hubby often thinks that his job is the toughest, but he would be lost when it comes to rearranging the families clothing needs at the twice-yearly change in temperatures, when winter clothes come out of storage and summer clothes go into storage, and vice-versa. Even managing the clothing needs of a house-full of growing children would be enough to cause the average husband to go prematurely gray. Yet, women manage these kinds of changes year-in and year-out with barely a complaint, as if the process were second nature to them.

It Is All About The Tools Available

Just as a man values his screwdriver-set and socket-set for those odd jobs around the house, a woman's success is frequently dictated by the tools she has at hand.

For example, have you ever tried to sweep a rug without an electric vacuum sweeper, with one of those push-around sweepers, or with a broom? For a rug that has gotten dirty, one is often best to carry it outside, hang it up, and beat it with a stick like they did before the invention of electricity. But, this is useful only when one can "carry" the rug outside. If the rug that needed cleaning was actually carpet, carrying it outside will not be an option, and cleaning it without the aid of electricity is pretty much an uphill battle.

Having the right storage tools in the kitchen can also mean the difference between food that can be preserved for long periods of time and food that spoils overnight. Cellophane is a great tool if someone is wrapping a sandwich for a few hours, but macaroni and cheese must be stored in a bowl and cellophane is not a good product for putting a good airtight seal to a bowl. When storing foods that need to be kept in bowls, it is always best to have a bowl with a lid that is made to fit the bowl. Cool Whip containers are great if one is on a really tight budget, but most housewives are happy to get a set of Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers for food storage.

Beyond The Kitchen

It is the American Way to gather things, lots of things. And most American families do this activity on a regular basis. Many gatherers reach a point where they believe they have too many things, so they do spring-cleaning and garage sales to reduce their collection of things.

Most of the people who came of age or grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930's became lifelong pack-rats, due to their experience of not having many things for so many years. Those of us who came of age in later decades tend not to have pack-rat tendencies, except for some who had personal experiences of want in their own personal lives.

Either way, gatherers and pack-rats alike need to reorganize their lives from time-to-time, and that often includes gathering their stuff and putting it into storage. But, storing items in an orderly manner requires the right tools --- storage containers appropriate for the task.

Space Bags were a brilliant idea in concept, but they did not live up to their true potential for most consumers. A simple pinprick hole in a Space Bag will defeat its design and purpose. Even a pinch of the Space Bag during the zipping of the bag could render the bag useless to its owner.

For proper storage of items, a storage container needs to protect its contents from the weather, moisture, bumps, tears, and insects. Had the Space Bags lived up to their promise, they could have done all of these things, but durability seems to be the weakness of Space Bags in the experience of my household.

The storage container in widest use around my house is the Rubbermaid storage containers. We have them in all shapes and sizes, each designed to store different quantities of stuff. We consider them essential to the proper management of the stuff we use in our home. They store winter clothes and keep the insects away from them during the summer, and they store summer clothes, protecting them from the high moisture of winter.

Creative Storage Ideas

To make things a little bit easier around the home, Rubbermaid has designed several models of outdoor storage sheds to help keep things neat and organized around the house, yard, patio, deck or garage. These storage units are sturdy, weather-resistant, strong, convenient, easy-to-access, and will last a lifetime.

Rubbermaid's outdoor storage sheds have been developed to serve many specific purposes, including the storage of outdoor toys, yard tools, outdoor equipment, cleaning supplies, brooms, buckets, rakes or even water hoses. If you can think of anything that you do not have a storage area for and you don't want to keep that item outside in the elements, chances are that Rubbermaid has built a storage solution for that specific product already.

Rubbermaid has developed horizontal and vertical outdoor storage sheds to help their customers meet their specific needs. Some people prefer horizontal Rubbermaid outdoor storage sheds, because they offer a lot of storage in very compact places. Other people prefer the vertical Rubbermaid outdoor storage sheds, due to aesthetic reasons.

Rubbermaid storage sheds come in taupe and evergreen or grey. These units are not only weather-resistant, but they are also practically maintenance-free and can be washed with a water hose. Pad locks for security are also usable with these outdoor storage systems.

Some units are a bit more spacious and are available with durable flooring. Assembling these storage units is easy and generally requires less than 30 minutes to assemble.

Two of the many models that have been very popular are:

1. The Rubbermaid Small Deck Box is specially designed to help you keep your deck or patio organized at all times. You can use it for ice storage or to keep all your grill accessories handy. This incredible Rubbermaid outdoor storage shed can be bought for around $100 or less.

2. The "Rubbermaid roughneck modular large vertical double-deep outdoor" has durable, double-wall, resin panels that lock together easily.

The Rubbermaid storage sheds are all molded in grooves to accommodate six wood shelves if needed. Molded-in anchor grooves also permit anchoring into the ground. The prices for some of the horizontal outdoor sheds start around $200 to $500. Prices are higher for some of the larger and vertical sheds. Considering the durability and easy-maintenance, the money spent on any of these Rubbermaid outdoor sheds is well worth it.

The Right Tools Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

As with any project, the right tools make the job easy to accomplish. When it comes to storage, Rubbermaid is one of the industry leaders who provide housewives and homeowners with the right tools for the job. The Rubbermaid Storage Sheds are an excellent storage tool for those folks who might be running out of space in their sheds and in their homes. At least give the Rubbermaid products a look; you might just find that a number of their options could be the perfect solution to your storage problems.

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Heidy Cantrell writes about family and home management. You may have read her work in some of the more popular women's magazines. As a lifelong fan of Rubbermaid storage products, she was genuinely excited when she learned about the new line of Rubbermaid outdoor storage sheds. To learn more about these products, visit:

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