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Have you seen the new Rubbermaid Bento Boxes and Toppers???


I am in LOVE

Serious, serious organizational, OCD soothing, love!

Most storage boxes are just that, storage boxes. Bento Boxes are ohhh so much more. They are designed to organize your items rather than just storing them. See, the inside can be divided up into sections, divide and conquer baby!
Paprika Bento Boxes
Bento helps you organize with:

bento flex divider
Flex Dividers
Bento’s Flex Dividers allow users to customize the inside of the box, creating organization solutions that are perfect for a variety of needs. Flex Dividers pop open when needed, and simply pop back when not. Each Flex Divider can be opened or closed separately of the others to create a permanent home for belongings.

Bento Topper

Bento Toppers™ can be used in two distinctive ways. One way is that it can be a tray to display and contain items. By using Bento Toppers this way, you can create boundaries for items that can often take over a counter space such as magazines or mail. Use the Bento Topper on its own, or resting as a tray on top of a Bento Box to contain items like remotes while cov-ering the contents in the box below. The second way to use Bento Toppers is as a lid for the Bento Box by simply flipping over the Topper. This way you can hide things (such as personal bathroom items) that you do not want everyone to see but are needed for easy access.

Bento by Rubbermaid

Bento Boxes and Toppers come in variety of fabric designs and colors to compliment any home décor. The boxes were designed to hold common household items such as DVD & Video Games, File Folders, Mail, Toys, Hair Care Accessories, Audio & Video Accessories, Magazines, Board Games, Crafting Supplies and Office Supplies. Bento Boxes are stackable to make the most out of your space. Covered with polyester, the boxes are durable, yet easy to clean with a damp cloth.

You can visit the Adventures in Organization Blog to read how Rubbermaid and professional organizers use Bento Boxes and Toppers or, here are some ideas and tips for your active storage areas:

Tips for creating Organized Active Storage

Active Storage [ak-tiv stohr-ij] noun – a designated place for items used on a daily basis and accessed frequently

Creating Organized Active Storage that works for you:

Everyone uses active storage, in fact, I bet you have some sort of active storage in your home that is working for you! However, active storage items can also cause constant frustration if not stored correctly because we do use them so frequently and they are often stored in spaces where everyone can see them. So, here is some advice to getting your active storage organized and under control to make your everyday life a little easier!

Determine where you need work.

To do this, simply ask yourself these simple questions: What am I constantly looking for everyday (is it your keys, your son’s water bottle)? What has a place to go but I never put it there (is it your hair brush, your remote control)? What items are cluttering up flat services in your home (is it mail on your counter top or shoes by your front door)? The answers to your questions will help you determine what you need to find a new organizational solution for.

2. Take a step back and explain why it is not working.

You might have to do some investigative work here. For example, you find that you always leave your hair brush on you bed in the morning. You have a place for it to go in your bathroom but your headbands that you wear are in your closet so you take you brush into your bedroom to use it. Active storage should always be where you actually use the item. Or let’s say your kitchen counter-top is continually piled with junk mail and magazines. Be realistic with yourself and the time you have. You probably do not have time to read 5 magazine subscriptions each month but you do have time to read two. So unsubscribe to all but your two favorite. And finally, those keys you are always losing. Do you actually know where you should be putting them? If things do not have a designated home or a place to go once you are not using them, they will get lost.

3. Be creative and design a solution. Then force yourself to follow through and put things away for 30 days (that’s how long it takes to make something a habit).

Here are some tips to keep in mind: Make them easy to get to. If you have to walk into another room and open two drawers to get to it, you will not put it away. Make sure your things have a DESIGNATED home. Not, oh my keys go somewhere on my table but instead – my keys go in the left corner of the Bento Box on my table. Let everyone in your household know where the designated homes are for these items.

The Rubbermaid Bento Boxes and Toppers are currently available for purchase online at and will be available at retail in late October at Fred Meyer.


Bento Set

…one of you are going to WIN a set of Bento Boxes and Toppers for your home!!! (Retail value of $113.93)


TO ENTER: Leave a comment stating what room you could use Bento in the most.  Or just say I wanna win. Or Hi. Any will do. All entries must be received by Nov. 9th at 11:59 EST.

All entries must have a valid US or Canadian mailing address. Winner will be selected randomly and  will have 3 days to respond to the verification e-mail or another winner will be chosen.

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Did you know that Rubbermaid has a new line of GLASS storage containers? Ohhhh, watch me drool. These are so great. Glass. Doesn’t stain when you put spaghetti sauce in them and then try to heat it up in the microwave! That’s big folks. Really big! AND, you can not only store food in them, and microwave them but you can put them in the oven…and the freezer. These are perfect for all those 4th of July leftovers we are going to have this evening. Then tomorrow I can warm them up and eat all over again! Yummy!!


Christy and I were eying these in the store one day and as we were drooling and discussing the endless possibilities we decided right them and there we had to have a set. I think that Rubbermaid must have had a spy in there listening to us ooh and ahh because a few days later they asked me would I like to try them out. Heck Yeah!!


Rubbermaid Glass can take your leftovers from the fridge to the oven or microwave and right to the dinner table. Clean up will be a breeze since these containers are also dishwasher safe. Made of crystal clear tempered glass, this container also has a removable rubberized gasket that creates a leak-proof seal.


Now, you can enjoy the organization benefits of the Easy Find Lids system with the versatility of glass. Like other Easy Find Lids products, Rubbermaid Glass containers have lids and bases that neatly nest for compact storage. Lids snap to bases and other lids to make finding the right lid a breeze. Glass bases are designed to stack neatly, which saves space and prevents them from getting stuck together. Rubbermaid glass containers are also ideal for reheating foods in the microwave and the glass bases are oven safe up to 425°F. Plus, a built-in gasket creates a leak-proof seal.

rubbermaid-glass-giveawayAND, Rubbermaid would like to send one lucky reader a set for their very own!

To Enter: Tell me in a comment: What is your biggest food storage issue?

All entries must be received by July 9th, 2011 at 11:59 PM.All entries must have a valid US mailing address. Winner will be selected randomly and  will have 3 days to respond to the verification e-mail or another winner will be chosen.

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Every year at Christmas I have several traditions that I look forward to more and more. The first is my wrapping paper. Each year I look for a different theme to use to wrap all of my gifts. This year I chose white wrapping paper and each person has their own color of ribbon and bows. It is very colorful but looks WONDERFUL with my new white Christmas tree. I will work on getting a picture up in the next few days so you can see.

The second is that me and my family will spend a couple of days in the kitchen making all sorts of goodies for our family and friends. My friends always tell me how much they look forward to treats from my kitchen. Every year one of the things that I struggle with is the packaging for my treats. It can get pretty expensive for designer Christmas containers but this year I have the PERFECT solution thanks to Rubbermaid and Sharpie.

Rubbermaid Holiday Packaging

If you are looking for a unique, fun, creative, personalized gift to share with your family and friends this Holiday Season, this is it. Simply make up a batch of your favorite cookies, fudge or other goodie and “wrap” them in a Rubbermaid TakeAlong decorated with some Sharpie Markers! I wonder why I never thought of this before. I am no artist so they are in no way professional looking but they are from my heart.

It is also a  great way to let your children be creative and be a part of the gift giving process. Plus, the TakeAlongs can be used again by the receiver so it is not another piece of clutter in their house!



Merry Christmas

Rubbermaid is offering you the chance to win a set of Rubbermaid Take-Alongs and a set of Sharpies (as seen above) to make your own containers to gift goodies in!

ENTER TO WIN: Simply leave a comment stating what one Holiday treat your look forward to the most is. All entries must be received by December 11th, 2010 AT 11:59 pm. All entries must have a valid US  or Canadian mailing address. Winner will be selected randomly and  will have 3 days to respond to the verification e-mail before another winner will be chosen.

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The winner of the Kroger giftcard:


The winner of the Rubbermaid Reveal Mop:

Emma Horton

I have been working on painting my bathroom this week. Yes, I said week. What should take normal people approx. 1 day is taking me forever. It is getting quiet comical because anytime anyone calls they ask what I am doing and I tell them painting the bathroom the stock response is now “STILL?” Yes, still. Ok, I am going to cross my fingers and hope that my Mother isn’t reading today…

When my house was my Mother’s house and her house was my house  she painted the bathroom this really dark blue. Who knows why, a good daughter doesn’t ask these things, she just did. So, now I am painting over a really dark yet bright blue. And it takes awhile. and I paint slow. And I started out all gungho, but I lost my gumption and get up and go somewhere along the way. I want to be able to snap my fingers and it be done…or I want Bric to help. Bric is the best painter I have ever seen but he hates to paint and he has been super busy this week. I did con Stephanie (my niece) into helping out for a couple of hours one evening but now she has gone back to college. Erin (my daughter) has gone back to college. Tate (my son) is a messy, messy painter and I would just rather not have his help than have to do it all over and fix messes. Marissa (friend of the girls who lives with us) is also reported to be a horrible painter. So, it is just me. I will go paint for a bit and then work on one of the other 50,000 things I need to get done and perhaps by the end of the week I might at least almost be done.

Meanwhile, I want an iPhone with the iphone warranty. I never really thought I wanted one but I have finally decided to get with the times and at least think about it. I know in the long run I would be pleased. It is just taking that initial jump. That and I am not up for an upgrade anytime soon and I hate the thoughts of shelling out that much for a phone.

So, now you know what is going on in my world, how are things in yours?

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