— Trinity International Industries

Versatility.  Who doesn’t love it?  I love pieces that are versatile because I’m getting more for my money!

TRINITY products are versatile!  Don’t let the name of our products limit what you can do with them!  Just because our 48″ Stainless Steel Table is listed under the Prep Tables category (because that’s what it’s mainly used for) doesn’t mean that it’s limited to that!  I have one in our garage by the washer and dryer to not only add shelf space, but also to serve as a space for folding clothes once they get out of the dryer!  (I do realize, however, that in certain parts of the country, you don’t have your washer and dryer in the garage because it gets too darn cold in the winter!)

Let me give you another example.

In August, we introduced our Expandable Closet Organizer in Bronze and EcoStorage™ Chrome.  Well, I had a space in my house that definitely needed organizing, and upon closer examination, I realized that the Expandable Closet Organizer would a perfect part of my solution!  And no, it wasn’t a closet that needed organizing!

We don’t wear shoes in our house, so, everyone has to take their shoes off right when they get home and put them on this shelf that I’ve had for a long time.  And, as you can see, it gets pretty messy, both on the shelf and in front of the shelf.  And the shelf is, well, ugly.

Very messy!

Very messy!

What I needed was to not only organize all the shoes, but also provide shelving space to put all the other stuff that has ended up on the floor!

So, I took the Expandable Closet Organizer and the 4-Tier Indoor Wire Shelving Rack (and bought 2 additional shelves), both in Dark Bronze, and created my own solution, and I ended up getting more out of my solution than I’d originally hoped for!

First, I assembled the Expandable Closet Organizer.  Our shelves are adjustable in 1″ increments, so, you can create custom shelving heights to meet your needs!  Since it looked like it would fit, I decided to put the trash can on the Expandable Closet Organizer!  It fit perfectly!  And with the hanging bar at the top (I ended up using only one of them), I was able to create a space for us to hang our jackets!  No more need for the over-the-door rack on a nearby door that was annoying because we couldn’t close the door properly or easily with the rack on the door!

Next, I assembled the 4-Tier Indoor Wire Shelving Rack with the 2 additional shelves.  We needed to have shelves for my husband, 2 toddler girls, and me to be able to put our shoes.  Being able to customize shelving heights to my needs was so helpful because I was able to create shelving heights perfect for all of our shoes!  And with shelf liners, my heels wouldn’t get stuck in the wires, and the dirt from my girls’ shoes wouldn’t fall down into my husband’s shoes!

All told, this project took about 2 hours because I was not only assembling products, but I was also putting things on the shelves and tidying as I went.  I am so thrilled with how it turned out!

Finished product!

Finished product!

Jackets

Jackets

I couldn’t put the upper-most shelf of the wire shelving rack too high, otherwise the jackets would get in the way of the shoes.

Here’s a close-up of what the shelving rack looks like.

Custom shelving heights!

Custom shelving heights!

How can you think outside of the box when it comes to TRINITY products and your storage needs?

 

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I read that it’s estimated that only 30% of us park our cars in our garages!!  That’s 70% who can’t park our cars in the garage (yes, me included!) because they’re filled with clutter!  And since our cars are investments that we need on a daily basis, let’s get our garages cleaned out so that our cars will last longer!

But, beyond being able to park our cars in the garage, we want to also make sure that we have, as our TRINITY motto goes, Everything in its Place.®

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to:

  1. Be able to park my car in the garage
  2. Not get frustrated by seeing piles of junk in the garage
  3. Find what I need when I need it

After quite a bit of research, here’s a plan of action.  (Inspired by “Snug House, Bug House” for those of you who are parents and have read that book to your kids…)

  1. Map it!  Measure your garage and map out where your car(s) will go and how much space you have on the perimeter to get everything organized.  Figuring out how much space you have to work with is crucial in being able to determine which TRINITY products will help get as organized as possible!
  2. Plan it!  You’ll likely need at least one full day, if not one or two entire weekends!  And make sure that you order/purchase everything you need before you start this project so you don’t have to put it on hold waiting for your organization products to arrive!
  3. Shop it!  Once you know how much space you have to work with, you can start to research what to buy to get Everything in its Place.® After all, you will want to make the most of your space!  See below for my recommendations on TRINITY products that will get you organized!
  4. Sort it!  Create 3 piles: Keep, Donate/Sell, and Dump and act on them accordingly.

Here are some recommendations of TRINITY products to help get you organized:

  • Wire Shelving Rack.  Nearly everything I’ve read on getting the garage organized recommends using wire shelving racks versus closed cabinets so that it’s easier to find things, which makes perfect sense.
    • We’ve got, at this point, 11 wire shelving racks for you to choose from!  With the ability to customize the shelves on all TRINITY wire shelving racks in 1″ increments, you can create a wire shelving rack solution that’s perfect for your needs!  And did you know that the maximum weight capacity of each shelf for most of TRINITY’s wire shelving racks is 800 pounds, evenly distributed?  That’s a lot of stuff! (Note: No additional tools are required to assemble any TRINITY wire shelving racks!  A mallet would come in handy, though, to make sure each shelf is secure.)Wire Shelving Racks
  • Collapsible Crates.  They’re clear so you’ll be able to see everything that’s in there!  Plus, they come with lids so that the stuff inside won’t get dusty, and they’re stackable.  And the large ones hold up to 50 pounds!
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    Collapsible Crate (top view)

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    Collapsible Crate (side view)

  • Wire Baskets & Drawers.  All of TRINITY’s Baskets and Drawers can be installed on slides, and I’ve found them to be immensely helpful so, I highly recommend these.  If you install these on a higher shelf, you can store items that you want to keep out of your kids’ and pets’ reach, like paint, bleach, fertilizers, pest/rodent killer, etc.
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    TRINITY Basket on Slides

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    TRINITY Drawer on Slides

  • Tool Chests/Workbenches.  If you have a lot of tools, then a TRINITY Tool Chest or Workbench is for you!  All come with casters so you can easily move them around!
    • We’ve got a 27″ Stainless Tool Chest if you’re short on space.

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      TRINITY 27″ Stainless Steel Tool Chest (THL-RT22712)

    • The 41″ Tool Chest if perfect for you if you’ve got a lot of tools.

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      TRINITY 41″ Stainless Steel Tool Chest (TLS-0401)

    • If you want a unit that will not only store your tools but also serve as additional workspace, then our 48″ Stainless Steel Workbench is just for you!  (This is also a Costco exclusive and can be purchased at many Costco warehouses–except in the northeast–and on Costco’s website.)

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      TRINITY 48″ Stainless Steel Workbench (TLS-4801)

Check out how TRINITY was able to organize one garage on our Designing Spaces segment!

I’ll be getting my own garage organized using this plan and TRINITY products, so, stay tuned!

JCB

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Did you know that TRINITY’s best seller, by unit, is our 48″ Stainless Steel Table (with wheels and without wheels) which is NSF certified for food safety?  Over the years, TRINITY has sold hundreds of thousands of this table!

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Here are some reasons that products made with stainless steel are so popular:

  • Long-lasting.  Because of its resistance to corrosion and deterioration (e.g., rust, stains, discoloration), your stainless steel products will last you a long time if you take good care of them.
  • Easy to clean.  Since stainless steel does not absorb dirt and can resist smudges, fingerprints, and scuff marks, it’s easy to clean (cleaning tips below).  And, unlike copper, zinc, or brass, it doesn’t need to be polished to maintain its shine.  Why?  Basically, the chromium in the stainless steel, when it comes in contact with oxygen, creates a transparent film which protects it from corrosion!  And, in fact, if it’s scratched, it “self-heals”, which means it automatically regenerates this protective film.
  • Antibacterial.  Stainless steel is non-porous and resists germs and bacteria far better than wood or plastic.
  • Versatile.  Whether on its own or combined with wood, plastic, or glass, it looks good with minimal maintenance!
  • Hygienic.  There’s a very good reason that you’ll find a lot of stainless steel products in hospitals!  For home and commercial use, it won’t react with food and is perfect for meal prep and cooking.
  • Environmentally friendly.  Stainless steel is 100% recyclable!

We’ve got a few other stainless steel products in our catalog:

To keep your stainless steel clean, I’ve combed the world wide web and put together a list for you.  (Check out some tips which Houzz.com has put together here.)

Dos:

  • Go with the grain
  • Choose a cleaning product and stick with it:
    • Diluted vinegar (to remove limescale)
    • Baking soda (to remove coffee deposits)
    • Alcoholic solvents (e.g., acetone) to remove adhesives
    • Chloride-free glass sprays (for polished, mirror-like surfaces)
    • Sprays and pastes specifically manufactured for use on stainless steel
    • Bar Keepers Friend
    • Goof Off (as recommended in one of our previous blog posts–don’t use this if you’re planning on putting food on your stainless steel!)
    • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Use a new rag each time (this tip from our very own Returns Supervisor, Ivan!)
  • Apply a small amount of mineral oil using a clean, dry, lint-free cloth (note: this will only polish your stainless steel, not clean it).
    • You can use baby oil, as well, if you don’t mind the scent!

Don’ts:

  • Don’t use a scouring pad as that will scratch the stainless steel
  • Don’t keep changing your cleaning product of choice
  • Don’t use cleaning products which contain chloride
  • Don’t use silver dip polishes (will corrode stainless steel)

As always, you can shop online at our website, where we offer free shipping all day, everyday!

JCB

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I’d like to introduce you to our new TRINITY Expandable Closet Organizer available now on our website!

There are a lot of different ways to organize your closet (just do a Google search for “ways to organize closet”) so you have to decide what method works for you.  For many of you who live in areas where there are actual seasons (hah!), there’s even more organization required beyond your closet because you don’t/can’t wear the same clothing all year round.  TRINITY products can help with all of that!  But, more on that in a later post.

The majority of closets don’t come with any way to organize your clothing aside from hanging them, and sometimes not even that!  So, you have to create your own solutions, and TRINITY‘s got one for you!  And, if you take Geralin Thomas’s great idea of creating four closet capsules for every occasion (everyday, business, workout, special occasion), you can easily create that system with TRINITY’s Expandable Closet Organizer!

Our Expandable Closet Organizer, which is available in both EcoStorage™ and Powder Coat Bronze finishes, is adjustable in both height (between 27″H to 51″H) and width (56″W to 78″W).  And, as with all our wire shelving products, the small shelves can be adjusted in 1″ increments to meet your needs.  Each small shelf can hold up to 20 pounds per shelf and come with bamboo liners to prevent the wire shelves from making creases in your clothing!  It’s also got 2 large shelves on top (also able to hold 20 pounds per shelf) so that you can store even more items that you may not need everyday access to.

TRINITY EcoStorage™ Expandable Closet Organizer, TBFZ-2701

If you want to see the TRINITY Expandable Closet Organizer in action, check out one of our four Designing Spaces segments (the part featuring the Expandable Closet Organizer starts at 4:05).

JCB

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Do you have a narrow pantry?  Take a look at this one!

Very narrow!

 

You can’t see anything that’s behind the stuff in the front!  Just imagine how much of a hassle it is to get to the stuff in the back!  Imagine how many times you find things that have expired because you forgot about them because you couldn’t see them!  Or maybe you don’t have to imagine either of those scenarios because this is what you live with everyday!

The TRINITY Wire Baskets on Slides featured in the previous post are too wide for this pantry, unfortunately.  This pantry was only 12 inches wide and the baskets are 13 inches wide so that wouldn’t work.  Luckily, we’ve got TRINITY Drawers on Slides that would fit perfectly because the drawers are 11.5 inches wide!  (And just in case you’re wondering, yes, the interior width is wider than 12 inches, but in order for the drawers to come out of the pantry–which is the entire point!–we had to go with the width of the pantry opening itself.)

The original plan was to install 3 drawers on slides (one for each shelf).  But, after installing the slides on the first shelf, I reassessed and decided, instead, to install one drawer on slides and a 2-Tier Drawer on Slides!

This was a bit trickier than the previous project because I actually had to remove the shelves to install the slides first to ensure that the drawers would fit properly, using the handy-dandy template for installing the slides.  Given that I only had a quarter of an inch of clearance on either side, I had to be really precise!  Oh, and readjusting the height of the shelves wasn’t an option, which is why that top shelf was left untouched.

Shelves removed

Shelves removed for installation of slides.

Here is what it looked like when I was done.

Pantry, After Picture 1

It just looks nicer!

Pantry, After Picture 2

This is so much more functional now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might be thinking to yourself, “Hmmm.  It looks like there’s less that fits on each shelf because of the size of the drawers.”  While that might be true, just imagine how much more functional the pantry is now that the drawers can be pulled out to get to the items in the back!  No need to pull out everything in the front to get to the back!  No more items expiring because you couldn’t see them!

What you think lose in square inches, you more than make up for in functionality!

And the best part is that these improvements cost the homeowner less than $90! It’s $29.99 for the Drawer on Slides and $49.99 for the 2-Tier Drawer on Slides with CA tax (with free shipping) from TRINITY!

What are you waiting for?  You can shop online at our website, 24/7!

–Jane

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TRINITY’s Internal Brand and Culture Ambassador, Jane here!

Do you have a plethora of plastic containers and lids taking over your kitchen?  Do you have lids that don’t have matching containers, and vice versa?  I’m convinced that we need a plastic container support group.  We all bring our orphaned lids and containers, match ’em up, and go home with complete sets!

But, until I can get a support group together, I had to do something about the mass (and mess) of Tupperware/plastic containers and lids in my cabinet because I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Plus, I was inspired by what I saw our products could do on the Designing Spaces shoot so I was confident I could get Everything in its place.™  (If you missed the first segment on Lifetime, go to the Designing Spaces’s websitewww.designingspaces.tv–and watch it at your convenience!)

Here’s what it looked like before:

Before TRINITY Basket w/slides

What a mess!

We couldn’t get to anything in the back because that would require taking out everything in the front. Hence, the only things that we ever used were the plastic containers and lids in the front. And, because there was no method in the madness, it was difficult to put containers back into the cabinet when we were emptying the dishwasher.   And do not get me started on how frustrating it was to find a lid when we needed one!

But, never you fear!  TRINITY’s EcoStorage™ Wire Baskets with slides in Chrome, a drill, a Phillips head screwdriver, and some elbow grease to the rescue!

First, though, let me tell you a little bit about our Wire Baskets.  I should add that we also have options of a single drawer and 2-tier drawers, depending on what you want to store. All of these products provide an easy, cost effective way to reach items in the back of your cabinets, and also make the most of your space!  Rather than spending a lot of money to have custom cabinet solutions built, you can install TRINITY sliding baskets and drawers into your existing cabinets.  The slides are installed on the bottom of the drawer or basket, allowing them to fit multiple cabinet widths.

TRINITY EcoStorage™ Wire Basket w/Slides - Chrome

TRINITY EcoStorage™ Wire Basket w/Slides – Chrome

TRINITY EcoStorage™ 2-Tier Wire Drawer w/Slides - Chrome

TRINITY EcoStorage™ 2-Tier Wire Drawer w/Slides – Chrome

TRINITY EcoStorage™ Wire Drawer w/Slides - Chrome

TRINITY EcoStorage™ Wire Drawer w/Slides – Chrome

 

To install the basket onto the slides, all you need is a Phillips head screwdriver.  For installing the slides, there’s a template that’s included to show you where to line up the slides.  You will need a drill with a Phillips head drill bit for that part. (And make sure the batteries for your drill are fully charged!  Mine weren’t.)

I didn’t even have to take out all the glassware and the shelf to install the slides and baskets!  (If I would’ve had to do that, well, I’m not sure that I would’ve completed this project!)

Here’s what it looked like when all was said and done!

Everything in its place.™

Voilà!

Lids and Containers all in their place!

Lids and Containers all in their place!

Not only was I able to completely organize that entire bottom shelf and toss some stuff (how on earth does one end up with twice as many Ziploc lids as containers??), I was also able to take all the containers and lids from another cabinet and put them in this cabinet!  Now I’ve got space for another TRINITY EcoStorage™  basket and slides to get even more organized!

Do you have cabinets that need to be more organized or that you need to get organized?  I have no doubt that our TRINITY EcoStorage™ Wire Baskets with SlidesTRINITY EcoStorage™ Wire Drawer w/Slides – Chrome, and/or TRINITY EcoStorage™ 2-Tier Wire Drawer w/Slides – Chrome could help!

So, what are you waiting for?  You can browse our full catalog of products and shop, all on our website (www.trinityii.com)!

And, if you happened to catch my previous post on how I organized my pantry by mixing and matching TRINITY products, I’m very pleased to report that I’ve been able stay organized ever since, and not a single thing has ended up on the floor!

 

 

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Do you have an oddly-shaped space that you want to organize with TRINITY products but at a glance, none of our products seem like they’d fit?  That’s precisely the problem that our Internal Brand and Culture Ambassador, Jane Chang Bright, encountered with a space in her house!  But, with a little creativity, Jane was able to find a TRINITY solution!

She has a coat closet in her house that the previous tenants brilliantly used as a pantry by putting in a plastic shelf.  And ever since she saw TRINITY products at work on the Designing Spaces shoot a few weeks ago, she was inspired to make better use of that space!  A wire shelving rack with baskets on slides seemed to be the perfect solution.  There was so much wasted space between the shelves, and yet there wasn’t enough space, explaining why all that stuff ended up on the floor!

Here’s the before picture:

See all that wasted space?

See all that wasted space?

Because the coat closet is under the stairs, the shelving rack couldn’t be too tall or too wide.  The slanted ceiling (think of the “room” that Harry Potter slept in at the Dursley’s house) creates a very oddly-shaped closet, limiting both the height and width.  None of TRINITY’S shelving racks seemed like they would work!  In fact, nearly all of them are too tall and too wide and the one that is the perfect height (the 4-Tier Indoor Wire Shelving Rack in Dark Bronze) doesn’t have shelves deep enough for the baskets.  Grrrr…

But, where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Jane got creative and mixed and matched!  She used poles from the TRINITY EcoStorage™ 4-Tier Corner Wire Shelving Rack to get the height that she needed, four shelves from the TRINITY EcoStorage™ 5-Tier Wire Shelving Rack (which have 36″ wide shelves–perfect!), and installed 4 baskets with slides and voilà, she had perfect storage solution!  The only tool she needed was a Phillips screwdriver for the slides!

Here’s the after picture:

No more wasted and unusable space!

No more wasted and unusable space!

 

With TRINITY shelving racks, you can customize your shelf heights in 1″ increments to meet your needs!  Jane can easily readjust the shelves in the future if she needs to!

So, don’t let a room or space that’s an odd shape or size discourage you from using TRINITY products to get organized!  You can get organized, like Jane did, by mixing and matching our products!

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Who doesn’t wish they had a bigger closet?  Just think of all the ways you’d organize your closet if you had more space – by color, by season, by type… the possibilities are endless!  Unfortunately, most of have are stuck with what we’ve got, and we’ve got to make the best of it.

See how Peck Life used some collapsible crates and wire shelving to tidy up her closets.

  • Clear bins to see what’s inside
  • Lids to keep the dust out
  • Crates to hold clothes that are too small, too big, or out of season

TRINITY collapsible crates in closet.

We’ll keep on the look-out for more closet organization ideas.  We all know we can use whatever ideas are out there.

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Imagine the possibilities…

Blue eyed owl used a wire shelving rack to organize and wheel around her collection of vintage goodies.  Managed to give herself some “mental clarity and productivity”.

TRINITY Shelving Rack.

Happy to help anyone make their Etsy store more manageable.  Who doesn’t love Etsy?   =)

More uses to come…

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Bamboo cutting boards are all the rage.  They’re eco-friendly as a renewable resources, and they’re beautiful.  Here’s some tips on how to care for your bamboo board:

  1. Wash your board after each use with a solution of mild dish detergent and warm water.
  2. Apply mineral oil to the board.  This will keep your board looking nice for a low time to come.  Gently heat the mineral oil on low heat, and apply to the surface with a cotton cloth. Allow the oil to soak in for about 15 – 20 minutes before wiping the excess off.

Mineral oils can be found in drugstores or online.  Do NOT use vegetable oils on your boards as these oils can spoil and ruin your board.

Do NOT put your bamboo board in the dishwasher.  This will irreparably damage your board.

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