Though it may seem that some years Houston skips straight from winter into summer, there are a handful of pristine spring days when the Chamber of Commerce seems to get all of its promotional images for the city. When perfect spring weather fades to spring thunderstorms, take advantage of being stuck inside to get the house organized. Clever gadgets and storage solutions from a variety of Houston retailers provide ways to pack away the winter wear for the other 11 months of the year when heavy coats are not needed in Houston. Having winter gear organized and stored in a centralized location will make finding it easier the next time a “Blue Norther'” sneaks in during the late fall.
Even during the coldest of winters, the weather in Houston still remains mild enough for a bicycle ride. Year-round bicycle use means that they should be stored in a spot close at hand, but out of the way. Bering’s Hardware has a solution to this cycle conundrum. The store has been a Houston institution since 1940, and with two locations, both stores offer more than just hardware. Household goods, cleaning supplies, garden products, coffee, gourmet treats, decorative gifts, and yes, hardware, are available at Bering’s Hardware. Among the items sold is a wall-mounted bicycle rack for $40. This rack holds two bicycles and has a shelf for storing a helmet. Be sure to sign up for the Bering’s Hardware mailing list to get coupons in the mail to save money on most purchases at both Bering’s locations.
6102 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
3900 Bissonnet Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
Hours: Mon to Sat – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (both locations)
Keeping Cabinets Clutter-Free
Organizing cabinets and closets takes more than just putting things in boxes and stacking them. With cleaning supplies, the problem of keeping all of them close at hand becomes difficult. A cleaning closet can quickly become cluttered from glass cleaners, surface cleaners, floor wax, bathroom cleaners, laundry detergent, sponges, mop heads and cleaning gloves. A sliding double drawer turns a single cabinet into a two-tiered rack that pulls out for easier access to items in the back. This gadget can be found at Buffalo Hardware on Westheimer for $70. Use it to organize winter gloves in an entry closet, spices in a kitchen cabinet, or pet supplies in a utility room.
2614 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 524 1011
Hours: Mon to Sat – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dealing With Decorations
Holiday decorations are typically only out for one or two months of the year. When spring time rolls around, if the Christmas lights are still hanging from the gutters of the house, it’s time to take them down and put them away for storage. C&D Hardware in the Heights sells holiday decoration bags to keep wreaths and lawn ornaments free of dust and dirt while they are in storage. These bags range in price from $12 to $13, depending on the size of the bag. Buy extra decoration storage bags to keep pool toys dry and away from pests during the winter months.
C&D Hardware & Gifts
314 E. 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Put It In Pots
Large pots are not just used as landscape planters. Decorative terra cotta pots, such as the wide variety from Thompson + Hanson, can be used inside the home too. Store heavy winter blankets inside large pots in the corner of a bedroom for an unexpected storage solution and room accent. The bottom of a deep pot is a perfect hiding place for a small space heater during the summer months or desk fan in the winter. Using terra cotta pots as a storage option proves that beauty can be practical.
Thompson + Hanson
3600 West Alabama
Houston, Texas 77027
Hours: Mon to Sun – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When making over home storage, many neglect to use the space overhead. Installing shelves in the garage opens up space that might have otherwise gone unused. This space can be used to keep boxes of holiday decorations, winter clothes or car supplies. Dixie Overhead Shelving offers customized shelves for storage near the ceiling in a garage. Unlike the plastic shelves sold at many chain home improvement stores, Dixie’s shelves are made of durable metal, able to withstand more weight than plastic shelving. Dixie does not have a showroom, but the business can be contacted via phone or email to make an appointment for an estimate.
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Dixie Overhead Shelving
Increase Storage Space
When reorganizing a home for spring cleaning, consider adding new cabinets or replacing the old ones. New cabinets do double duty by increasing the storage space and adding to the decor of the room. My Cabinet Source in the Heights makes custom-built cabinets. They also create storage units for wine rooms and outdoor kitchens.
My Cabinet Source
635 West 19th, Ste 206
Houston, Texas, 77008
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – by appointment, Sun – call for hours
To get a jump-start on home organizing, this Houston-based professional home organizer can help. Hilary C. Henderson is the founder of Comfort Home Organizing and has special rates for spot organizing. She charges by the house or by the square foot based on the level of clutter.
Comfort Home Organizing
5100 Westheimer Road, Ste 200
Houston, TX 77056
Hours: Mon to Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Store It All
When things become too cluttered inside the house, do not send winter wear to the garage where heat, moisture and pests can wreak havoc on sweaters and coats. Place unused holiday decorations and winter gear in a climate controlled self storage unit, like those at Houston-based Big Tex Self Storage. Both locations offer access to the storage units seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Big Tex Self Storage
5500 E. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Houston, TX 77015-3263
(281) 452-STOR (7867)
9722 N. Sam Houston Parkway E.
Humble, TX 77396
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Call for seasonal Sunday hours
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. She is currently covering Home & Life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.