Product Review! (Home-based Business Organizing)

This week I chose a home-based business space that inspired me to find solutions for storage in a shared space.

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There was one particular item in this space that stuck out for me especially since I bought something similar to it a couple of months ago for my home business space.  That item was the rolling file drawers (found under the desk).

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I loved them so much that they put me in the mind of a similar product I purchased in December – a rolling cart by Recollections.

Recollections 9-drawer rolling cart

Prior to purchasing this cart, I was in serious need of storage for my business documents and office supplies so when I received a text from my local Michael’s craft store regarding a MAJOR sale on rolling carts, I jumped right on it.  I practically begged my husband to get me one and apparently it worked.  This cart retailed for around $80 and I got it for $29.  Um, yeees, a steal!  With a little assembly and an hour of my time, I got this baby up with very little fuss.  It contained simple instructions, a “tolerable” number of parts, and perfect storage for items such as 8.5 x 11-inch paper, files, tools, office supplies, etc.

   

Below are the pros and cons of this product based on my personal experience:

 

It is lightweight but solid (meaning, that it can hold up well and doesn’t come off as being cheap and unreliable).  I saved a lot of money on it from the sale but the quality seems good.  What I didn’t like was how sharp the metal tracks were while I was assembling them.  I cut myself pretty good but, nevertheless, I just knew to be a little more careful from that point out.

I love the wheels on this cart but they also come with breaks.  They snap securely in place to anchor the cart right where you need it.

With this unit, I got nine drawers – 6 smaller, flat drawers and 3 deeper drawers.  They are very durable, spacious, and slightly transparent.  Now, what I did not like was how tough it was to separate the drawers once I got them out of the box.  They seemed to be packed pretty airtight, which I’m sure was for the sake of trying to fit all of the parts into the packaging but, boy, was it a fight.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind during the assembly process:

  1. Be sure the metal drawer tracks are aligned correctly on both sides, especially prior to tightening the screws.
  2. Pay special attention to the instructions on the front of the box as well as in the manual.
  3. Tape the extra screws provided (yes, there is actually extra screws in the pouch) to the inside corner of one of the drawers so that you can identify what they belong to and should you need them down the line.

Well that’s my spill on Recollections’ 9-drawer rolling cart.  Overall, I think this product is great and can fill a range of storage needs in any home-based business and beyond.  I must also mention that I have not been contacted by any of the companies mentioned in this post to do this review.  It was solely constructed by the decision I made to provide it based on my personal experience.  If you have any questions or comments regarding this product, feel free to leave it below.  Don’t forget to repost and/or share.

Until next week, guys, enjoy the weekend!.. and get cracking on those overdue organizing projects.  Get organized, stay organized!

– Sy

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Home-based Business Product Fave!.. Really Useful Boxes.

Ever needed something to contain those little home office supplies that tend to accumulate on your desk?  Well, for the longest, I know I’ve needed a solution.  You know, something compact and would help me to keep my supplies organized and accessible.  One of the things that I stress with home-based business organization (… and the answer to my personal pet-peeve, might I add) is to store as little on the desk as possible.  So, this past weekend, I was doing some shopping for one of my projects and I found something that really caught my interest so much that I had to share it as the first of my product faves* posts.

Really Useful Box review

I found these very useful and durable little boxes whose name reflects just that.  From Really Useful Boxes Ltd. in the U.K., comes these 0.14 liter-stackable boxes perfect for storing small items.  They’re great for things like paper clips, pushpins, staples, and even a collection of thumb drives.  It’s also great for small household items, especially small toolbox items.  What I enjoy most is that they come in transparent colors so that you can see the contents in them without necessarily having to label them.  They have removable lids and tabs that snap firmly into place to keep everything inside secured.

I felt like a kid in a candy store for about a split second because I kept thinking about all those small, pesky items on my desk that needed to be properly contained and I mean come on… I know we’re professionals here but you can’t deny how cute they are.  You can store them away or on the desk with very little interference to your workspace.  They come in various sizes, colors, and styles.  I grabbed these transparent boxes for $1/each at my local A.C. Moore craft store.  You can also find them in one of your local Office Depot or Office Max stores.

Oh yeah, mama is a happy woman now:)

*I have NOT been contacted by any companies mentioned in this post to provide this review.  The decision to provide this information and the commentary was my decision and was based on my actual experience.