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Pack a Picnic

Sydney Picnic Backpack for Two by Sutherland Baskets

Mix up your weekend with a picnic packed for two. Don’t think you want to lug a picnic basket with you? There are all sorts of updated picnic bags and backpacks that allow you to carry your food and supplies with you wherever you go. The Sydney Picnic Backpack for Two can be worn while riding your bike and has an organized interior that keeps everything you need, from plates to pepper, in place. This picnic set has everything you need for a classic picnic, so even though you’re roughing it, you can still serve a first class meal.

Just looking to pack your favorite bottle of wine? The Connoisseur Leather Wine Carrier comes with a compartment for storing a wine bottle and another for two acrylic wine glasses. Coming complete with a corkscrew and glasses, this tote has everything you need to enjoy a glass of wine. A strap on this bag makes it easy to carry over your shoulder. Use this tote to bring wine on your next camping trip or to an outdoor concert.

Not sure what snacks to pack? There are all sorts of simple recipes that can be packed up for the perfect picnic. Keep it simple with fresh bread and cheese or try wrapping sandwiches or wraps in parchment paper and some twine to keep your lunch contained. A small container filled with pasta or salad allows you to add an unexpected dish to your picnic. Don’t forget to pack some fruit or cookies for dessert.

Bringing a delicious meal with you wherever you go doesn’t have to be hard work, it just requires a little planning and packing ahead. Serve a four course meal or a simple snack in style with these portable picnic baskets.

Garage Storage with Magnets


Creating custom storage in the garage can be as easy as adding some magnetic organizers to your metal tool box or cabinet. Coming in designs that range from hooks to pockets, magnetic storage is an easy and unexpected way to add storage for smaller items. Metal lockers, cabinets or tool boxes make it easy to add magnetic storage.

 Stainless Steel Magnet Pocket

The Stainless Steel Magnet Pocket not only offers storage for pens and notepads on the fridge, it also makes convenient tool storage in the garage. Use one pocket or a few to create easy to access tool storage for smaller wrenches. The sleek stainless steel design also has a streamlined look perfect for the workshop.

EcoGen Short Magnetic Bin - by Design Ideas - 1720244

For even more pocket storage the EcoGen Short Magnetic Bin provides even more storage space. Use this pocket to store your bike light or other smaller biking accessories.

See and Store Containers - Set of 4

When it comes to storing nuts and bolts it’s best to have storage that keeps everything contained, but doesn’t keep it concealed. The See and Store Containers – Set of 4 comes with magnetized backs for attaching to the inside of a cabinet door. The see through lids make it easy to see the contents, so you can find the right bolt.

Magnetic Hooks

A magnetic hook can be a great way to store everything from rope to a keychain with the key for your bike lock. Coming in various sizes, these hooks can be used to hang whatever odds and ends you have lying around, from bungee cords to a cleaning cloth. Super strong magnets ensure these hooks stay in place.

Hardwood Backed Magnetic Tool & Cutlery Bar by Better Housewares

When it comes to versatile magnet storage the Hardwood Backed Magnetic Tool & Cutlery Bar makes a great addition everywhere from the kitchen to the workshop. Lined with two rows of magnets, this bar is designed to store knives and other cooking utensils, but it also makes for great tool storage. Use this bar to store wrenches, drill bits or screw drivers.

Home Safety

Staying safe everywhere from at home to on the road is always a concern. By being prepared and having the things you need to keep yourself safe you can cut out some of the worry.

Bio-Matic Fingerprint Lock by Itouchless by Itouchless

When it comes to protecting your home your first defense should be locks that are secure. Using a high tech finger print scanner this door lock keeps your home safe while ensuring that your whole family can get inside, even when they don’t have a key on hand, perfect for anyone with kids.

 Solar Security Light - Centurion

At night keeping the exterior of your home well lit is a great way to keep intruders at bay. The Solar Security Light – Centurion has an eco friendly solar design that allows this flood light to provide its own power.

Power Dome - Portable Power Station

At home or on the go, having back up power on hand is always useful in case of a car battery that needs a jump or a power outage. The Power Dome – Portable Power Station provides portable power so you can bring it with you.

Tool Box - Mastercraft Lantern

Whether you’re running errands or going on a long car trip, you should never leave home without a car safety kit. Coming complete with a lantern and built in tool kit the Tool Box – Mastercraft Lantern has a compact design perfect for leaving in your trunk in case of emergencies.

53 Piece Roadside Tool Kit in Soft Sided Bag with Air Compressor

For even more roadside assistance the 53 Piece Roadside Tool Kit in Soft Sided Bag with Air Compressor has every scenario covered. Coming with an air compressor, booster cables, a flash light and other tools, this set has everything you need in case you have car trouble. A bag provides storage for all the tools, so all you have to remember to do is throw it in the car.

With a little planning you can be ready for any emergency.

Getting a Leg Up with Step Stools

Zerust Stand 'n Store Step Stool With Lift - Out Tray

From the highest pantry shelf to the back of the garage cabinet, sometimes you need a helping hand to reach those high up, hard to reach spots. Whether you only need one step stool, or one for workshop and one for the house, it’s easy to find the right one for your space.

Step stools aren’t just for adding some much needed height, they can easily serve double duty, like the Zerust Stand ‘n Store Step Stool With Lift – Out Tray. This stool has interior storage that is designed for keeping tools organized. Use this stool to reach shelves in the garage, as seating when working on a project or keep it nearby as tool storage.

For a compact stool try the EZ Fold Step Stool that folds completely flat for easy storage that allows this stool to be stored out of sight when not in use. Slim enough to fit between the washer and dryer, this is a one of kind step stool, ideal for using throughout the house.

When looking for a larger step stool for around the house you don’t have to compromise form for function. The Step Stool by Boraam has a classic design that doesn’t look out of place throughout the house. Use the fold out lower steps for reaching shelves and then fold them in to use it as stool seating at the kitchen counter. Both a step stool and counter stool in one, this is a versatile addition to any home.

Whether you’re short or tall, you can always use a helping hand around the house when it comes to the tallest shelves. Keep a step on hand and never find yourself short handed again, from the garage to the bedroom.

Garage Storage

When you have a garage or workshop that is a blank canvas or one that is full of piles of stuff but doesn’t have any storage, it’s time to invest in a storage system. Coming in a variety of designs and configurations, it’s easy to find a storage system that works for your space.

Granite Sandusky 3-in-1 Garage Storage System

 

 

If you’re looking to start with the basics the Granite Sandusky 3-in-1 Garage Storage System comes with three key storage pieces to get you going. Coming with a lower cabinet topped off with a shelf, a large cabinet and a wall mounted cabinet, this set has three kinds of storage so there is room for everything from sporting equipment to tools. With a heavy duty design, these cabinets can stand up to whatever you decide to throw at them.

Ulti-MATE Garage PRO 5-piece Cabinets

 

 

Add even more storage and counter space with the Ulti-MATE Garage PRO 5-piece Cabinets. With an additional floor cabinet you gain even more drawer and shelf space. Sleek hardware adds some style to any workspace.

Flow Wall Garage Cabinet Set by Red Star Traders

 

The Flow Wall Garage Cabinet Set by Red Star Traders combines wall mounted cabinets with an entire pegboard wall for easy to customize storage. Ample countertop space make it easy to set up shop. Use the individual hooks to create easy to access, custom storage.

 6 Piece Cabinet System

 

Made of durable steel the Coleman 6 Piece Cabinet System offers ample organization space with one large cabinet, three smaller cabinets and an entire cabinet of drawers. Filling an entire wall, this garage storage system adds a professional look to any workspace.

Whether you have an empty garage crying out for storage or a messy toolshed that could really use some organizing, adding a storage system is an efficient way to free up space and create a convenient place to work on projects.

Must Have Car Accessories : Organizers

Tired of having a messy car full of odds and ends? By adding car accessories like a car organizer in the trunk or on the back of a car seat you can help get things in order.

 

Puff N' Stuff Combination Car Litter Bag and Tissue Dispenser

 

When on a long car trip it’s easy for trash to start piling up in the car. Keep trash contained while on the go with the Puff N’ Stuff Combination Car Litter Bag and Tissue Dispenser. Fastening over the back of a car seat, this car accessory makes it easy to add a trash container to the car. The top of this container makes it easy to stash trash and then keeps it contained. A built in compartment for a tissue box and two drinks offer storage as well.

 

Car Entertainment Organizer

 

For anyone who likes to keep the backseat entertained with music and videos while on a long car trip, the Car Entertainment Organizer is a must have. With individual compartments specially designed for storing CDs and DVDs, this organizer makes it easy for the backseat to access their favorite movies and music. The top also includes a built in compartment for tissues.

 

Cargo Net by Talus

 

If you have a trunk full of sports equipment rolling around, the Cargo Net by Talus helps keep everything contained with a clever mesh design. This oversized cargo net is great for storing awkward items like basketballs or baseball nets. Simply attach this net to the headrests of the backseat.

 

Trunk Organizer with Cooler by Picnic at Ascot

 

From groceries to tools, the Trunk Organizer with cooler is a great choice for keeping things sorted. The middle compartment features a cooler, perfect for keeping frozen items cool on the way home from the grocery store or for keeping drinks cold on the way to a picnic. Use the other open compartments for keeping grocery bags upright or storing a first aid kit.

Whatever you have rolling around in your car, there’s a car organizer that can turn the interior of your car into a well oiled machine.

Bike Tool Storage

Keeping an organized workshop requires having the right kind of tool storage, for everything from nails to hammers. Having tools organized makes it easy to get right to work, so you don’t have to waste time searching for the tool you need. Whether you need lots of tool storage or only a little, here are some great tool organizers for creating an easy to use workspace.

Craft and Tool Organizer Chest - 16 Drawer

Small bits and pieces can be the most difficult to keep organized. By adding the Craft and Tool Organizer Chest to your work table you can keep everything in it’s place. Clear compartments make it easy to see the contents of each drawer. This way you don’t have a bunch of loose items rattling around in your drawer.

Portable Tool Chest - 2 Drawer

 

For classic tool storage add the Portable Tool Chest – 2 Drawer to your workshop. Slide out drawers and a lift top provide plenty of easy to access tool organizational space. This portable toolbox can be moved around the garage, so tools are always within reach.

 20 Inch Cantilever Metal Toolbox by Excel InternationalThe 20 Inch Cantilever Metal Toolbox also has an easy to carry design that folds out for easy access to the interior shelves. The long handle also makes this toolbox easy to carry, perfect for carrying tools on the go.


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For endless tool storage nothing beats an entire wall of storage. A pegboard like the 84 Piece Pegboard System offers easy to customize tool storage where you need it most. You can choose to hang this pegboard over your workbench or cover every wall for an extensive tool collection. Use a set of special hooks, like the 64 Piece Pegboard Hook Kit to create the kind of storage you need most.

Add any one of these tool storage solutions to your garage individually or a combination of them to create the perfect workshop storage.

Workshop Must Haves

Whether it’s the lighting or the tool storage, creating a workshop that makes it easy to work on your bike, and doesn’t feel like work to deal with is important. Identifying the problem areas in your workspace is a good way to make working on your bike or doing a little work around the house that much easier.

Wireless LED Puck Light by Lancer & Loader

 

Think adding lighting to your workshop is a project in itself? Think again, the Wireless LED Puck Light by Lancer & Loader adds lighting where it’s needed most. Wireless design allows this light to go just about anywhere since it doesn’t have to be plugged in.

Compact Adjustable Utility Cart by Luxor

 

Even if you don’t have room for a tool bench, you can still have one place to store everything. Set on wheels the Compact Adjustable Utility Cart by Luxor adds mobility to your tool set, so you can move all your tools within reach of your next project. When you’re done, you don’t have to worry about putting everything away, simply roll this cart back in your workshop or the closet.

Large Shelf with RackIf you’re looking for more permanent storage the Large Shelf with Rack provides open storage in a compact design. This wall mounted shelf is a quick and easy way to add storage without taking up any space, making it a great addition to a small garage or workshop.

Hardwood Backed Magnetic Tool & Cutlery Bar by Better HousewaresOnly looking to add a small amount of open storage for your most commonly used tools? Then use a magnetic bar for screwdrivers or small wrenches.

Tool Hanger KitIf you like the easy access of a magnetic tool bar, but want to store larger items than the Tool Hanger Kit is for you. A variety of hooks provide storage for any and all your larger, hand held tools.

By adding the right storage you can create an easy to use, clutter free workspace that makes any project a snap.

Bike Maintenance Basics

If you’re just getting into biking, keeping up your bike, with all the various parts and different tools can seem overwhelming. Here are a few tips for keeping your bike in good shape.

Of all the upkeep you’re going to have to do on your bike, it’s your tires that you’ll probably work on most. All tires lose air, so having a tire pump is a must. Thinner tires probably need air daily, while thicker tires only need to be filled up about once a week.

When going out for a ride it’s important to be prepared for whatever types of accidents or repairs you might need to do. Going on a long ride? Then you should carry with you whatever key tools you might need to make a repair since you might find yourself far away from help. Usually find yourself riding in the city? City streets are more likely to have broken pieces of glass on them, so think about bringing along what you need to patch a tire.

Keeping your bike clean is another way to ensure it stays in top shape. While you don’t need to clean it after every ride, a wipe down with a dry cloth once a month is a good way to keep your bike looking good as well as riding well.

Giving your bike a through tune up once or twice a year is a good idea for anyone who bikes regularly. You can either check out your bike yourself or bring it in to your local bike shop, either way regular maintenance is the best way to prevent any serious issues with your bike that could lead to accidents.

When learning how to tune up or fix your bike the most important rule is to stick to what you know. Never try to fix something on your bike unless you’re sure what you’re doing, if you ever need help there’s always your local bike shop to help you get your bike back in top shop.

The Ultimate Workbench

Heavy Duty Workbench with Single-Drawer by Edsal

When you have the space to work on your bike but not the tools it’s time to invest in all the storage you need for creating the ultimate workbench. From tire pumps to bike stands, there are all sorts of tools and accessories to collect for working on your bike. Having what you need to keep all that organized is the best way to keep your bike in its best possible shape.

If you don’t already have a workbench then the Heavy Duty Workbench with Single-Drawer is a great choice. Having a countertop to work on is a must when repairing tires or spokes, and this workbench also has lots of built in storage. Use the lower shelf for storing large items like a bike stand, while you can use the built in drawer for smaller items and the pegboard backing for hanging tools.

Already have a workbench but still need extra storage? There are all sorts of organizers that make it easy to add the storage you need. The Heavy Duty Utility Rack adds easy to access storage without taking up any additional room. For classic tool storage add the 20 Inch Cantilever Metal Toolbox to your workbench for portable tool storage with lots of individual compartments for keeping things organized. For multifunctional storage the Zerust Stand ‘n Store Step Stool with Lift provides seating, perfect while working on your bike, as well as storage inside.

Looking for more portable seating that makes it easy to move around your workshop? The Scooter Seat has a durable design ideal for the garage that is set on casters that allow you to move from your bike to your tool storage.

Whether you have an entire workshop dedicated to your bikes, or a corner of the garage you use for tune ups, it’s easy to find the tools you need.