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6
Sep

It’s football season people! Are you a football fan? And I don’t mean a “football” fan, I mean a FOOTBALL fan. A rabid fan, the guy (or girl) who paints their face team colors, and flies the team flag from those little obnoxious car flag poles.Then you need a Team Brute garbage can from Rubbermaid.  They’re not only fun and a good way to show your team pride, but they’re also a great edition to the house.

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Garbage can, you say? I do! Yes, it’s weird, I agree, and maybe it shouldn’t be wrapped under the Christmas tree but they’re so awesome! You can even do a little twist on it, since they are garbage cans after all, and get the rival team and throw garbage into their can. Dolphins fan? Throw your refuse into a Patriots can.

And you can get them in either NFL or NCAA teams, so teams are well represented, whether you’re a college or professional fan. Minnesota Vikings? Check. Texas Longhorns? We got ‘em! And since they’re Rubbermaid, you know that they are sturdy, reliable, and won’t break or crack easily, even if left out in the elements! Wouldn’t you want your favorite sports team represented at the curb on trash day?

Terry

 

7
May

Rugged, Reliable Rubbermaid Receptacles

See what I did there? For anyone that reads this blog, it’s apparent that I don’t do things normally. Well, normal for the average home owner. I pick up tips and ideas from businesses and incorporate them into our home. My Rubbermaid kitchen storage is straight out of the restaurant kitchen. My husband is a chef, and he uses the workhorses in the kitchen at work and swears by them!

We use three different types at our house; round, square, and rectangular. All are heavy duty, and all keep our food so fresh! The square containers are my favorites, and I use them for flours (of which we have five different types), baking powder, corn meal, coffee, etc. Not only does it eliminate messy, bulky bags, but keeps the critters away. Unfortunately in Florida, weevils are a big issue. Also, they have convenient measurements on the sides, so I can pull out how much I need accordingly, with minimal fuss.

The round containers I use for pastas. Like flours, we have a lot of pasta in the house. I’m Italian, so it’s what I do best and because of these fantastic containers, I buy a lot of pasta! Plus, I’ve used them for cereals, granola, flax seed and things like that, and they keep everything from going stale. I’m also keeping all of the Halloween candy that was left over in a spare. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

The last one that I use is rectangular ones, and these are really my all-purpose containers. I store marshmallows (in the bag, air removed), granola bars, energy bars, Pop-Tarts…any kind of boxed item that is packaged separately. I just empty the packages into the containers and voila! instant organization. I’m all about organization, if you haven’t read some of my other blogs. I highly recommend, especially for you organizational brothers and sisters of mine, to purchase some of these gems for your house as well!

9
Nov

Rugged, Reliable Rubbermaid Receptacles

See what I did there? For anyone that reads this blog, it’s apparent that I don’t do things normally. Well, normal for the average home owner. I pick up tips and ideas from businesses and incorporate them into our home. My Rubbermaid kitchen storage is straight out of the restaurant kitchen. My husband is a chef, and he uses the workhorses in the kitchen at work and swears by them!

We use three different types at our house; round, square, and rectangular. All are heavy duty, and all keep our food so fresh! The square containers are my favorites, and I use them for flours (of which we have five different types), baking powder, corn meal, coffee, etc. Not only does it eliminate messy, bulky bags, but keeps the critters away. Unfortunately in Florida, weevils are a big issue. Also, they have convenient measurements on the sides, so I can pull out how much I need accordingly, with minimal fuss.

The round containers I use for pastas. Like flours, we have a lot of pasta in the house. I’m Italian, so it’s what I do best and because of these fantastic containers, I buy a lot of pasta! Plus, I’ve used them for cereals, granola, flax seed and things like that, and they keep everything from going stale. I’m also keeping all of the Halloween candy that was left over in a spare. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.

The last one that I use is rectangular ones, and these are really my all-purpose containers. I store marshmallows (in the bag, air removed), granola bars, energy bars, Pop-Tarts…any kind of boxed item that is packaged separately. I just empty the packages into the containers and voila! instant organization. I’m all about organization, if you haven’t read some of my other blogs. I highly recommend, especially for you organizational brothers and sisters of mine, to purchase some of these gems for your house as well!

7
Sep

Garage Storage Solutions

Is your garage more of a storage unit than, well, a garage? Is it full of boxes and furniture instead of a car or two? Are your shelves bowing under the considerable weight of memories past? Do you ever wonder what’s buried in that dark corner under the canvas tarp? Do you WANT to know what’s under there?

If your garage is anything like mine, then no, you really don’t. I’ve talked on this blog about how organized I am (or have deluded myself into thinking I am), but my garage is scary with a capital S. The only part that makes any sense is my laundry area. Other than that, I could have a whole colony of gnomes living amongst the leaning boxes and humped piles of storage bags.

My big fall project is garage organization, and frankly I’m terrified of what I’m going to find. I’m trying to psych myself up to it by treating it as an archaeological dig and we’re looking for the Ark of the Covenant or a crystal skull, but I haven’t made progress with that. What I have made progress with is starting to purchase the tools we’ll need to get it organized and hopefully stay organized! After I talk myself into NOT saving everything.

I’ve taken the liberty of listing a few of the things that I’m picking up to get the garage in shape, so hopefully they’ll benefit you as well. Happy organizing!

Shelving – sturdy shelving, preferable with doors, is the first step in successful garage organization. It can take the weight, and instead of seeing paint cans strewn everywhere, you see nice, neat doors.

Organizers -  Specifically wall mounted ones. They are perfect for hanging mops, brooms, rakes, etc. Most have latches AND hooks, so you can hang rope and extension cords as well.

Work spaces –  We’re purchasing a mobile work station instead of building one. Its more convenient for us, as neither one of us plays with power tools to build things, and we can move it around the garage for more space.

Garbage Cans – Heavy duty and not prone to breaking. We bought two of the Rubbermaid Brute garbage cans and they contain all of our refuse until garbage pickup.

Storage – Bins and boxes. Perfect for everything from books and albums to nails and screws. You can’t go wrong with a hefty supply of both. Plus, you can use them up in your attic and turn that room into scary hoarding storage space.

13
Feb

The Lost History of Rubbermaid

Rubbermaid, now an American institution of consumer products ranging from medical supplies to cleaning supplies and beyond, got it’s start thanks to a little-known western pioneer named Obediah Jones. His story is an unusual one indeed. He made a fortune in the early discovery of rubber, which he used in the construction of scarecrows that were far more durable than the straw and cloth models. He called these weatherproof scarecrows Rubbermaids.

Obediah Jones was born and raised in Virginia during the era of westward migrations of the late 1700s. He was a specialist in hand-made cleaning supplies and rubber scarecrows, but dreamed of exploring the wild west. After hearing of the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, Obediah used his rubber scarecrow earnings to travel west and claim his piece of private land. Unfortunately, in his haste Obediah accidentally stepped on an errant bear trap and lost his leg. His travels were slowed considerably, and by the time he reached the plains of what is now modern-day Oklahoma, all of the land was already claimed. Instead of giving up, OJ used his experience in molding rubber to create America’s first rubber prosthetic leg. You could say that this new leg gave him a considerable bounce in his step. Obediah decided we would push further west until he reached the coast.

Rubbermaid products in actionDuring this time, one of the biggest obstacles to traveling west of Oklahoma were crocodiles. At the time, ammunition was far too precious to waste on anything other than hunting for food but fortunately for Obediah, all he needed was his sharp wit and the abundance of the Great Rubbertree Forests of the old midwest. He would clamp the mouths of any offending crocodiles with his own design of elastic muzzles made from rubber, that are known today as rubber bands. By first wiggling his rubber leg out as bait, he would quickly render the crocodiles harmless.

Obediah Jones finally made it to California to live a full and happy life. He improved the lives of everyone around him with his Rubbermaid scarecrows and durable cleaning supplies. For twenty years in a row he was appointed the referee of the Annual Cart Derby of San Francisco, which was back then a heart-pounding recreational sport. His carts sported rubber wheels and were always the fastest. When Cart Derbies were eventually banned due to the number of fatalities involved, the racers were re-purposed as janitorial carts. Even today San Francisco is known for back-alley janitor cart races.

Even after his death on February 13th 1855, Obediah continued to create innovations that improved the lives of others around him. Obediah was lovingly buried in a monumental crypt made entirely of rubber, a testament to his innovation and durability. Oddly enough, this weatherproof burial chamber was the catalyst to the invention of Rubbermaid outdoor sheds.

ReStockIt.com commemorates February 13th as Rubbermaid day and remembers Obediah Jones, founder of Rubbermaid and true American pioneer. To celebrate his innovation, you can download a copy of the real Prairie Traveler, early America’s official guide to pioneering the perilous west.

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