Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to Avoid Drowning in Paper Clutter

Have you noticed that even in the so-called digital world of today, we are still drowning in paper? Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, brochures, flyers, and old-fashioned mail – they continue to find their way into our homes somehow.

Some is welcome, some not so much. I’ll be the first to admit a weakness for reading material. I always carry a book, magazine or newspaper around with me and often can’t resist picking up some more to bring home.

But what comes in must go back out again eventually, or a mountain of paper will grow. Following a very simple system of sorting, reading and recycling will help you avoid clutter and still enjoy your reading material. By getting the paper flow under control, the important things won’t get lost and the unimportant things won’t pile up. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

How to Live in Harmony with Kids’ Toys

We adore our kids. We can’t resist showering them with toys and gifts. Nor can their grandparents. Nor can lots of other relatives and friends. And so, whether intended or not, kids these days end up possessing a lot of stuff. Gradually we notice our formerly lovely grown-up homes being taken over by games and toys, many of which have zillions of little pieces.

With a bit of organization, it’s possible to live in harmony with this kid stuff. Don’t be afraid to take back your living room – it does not have to involve a Grinch-like removal of toys. These three tips will help keep things neater without banishing all the fun from the living area.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A well-organized transition to spring

Has spring finally arrived where you live? After such a cold and long winter in many parts of the U.S., many of us are breathing a sigh of relief to see spring blossoming all around. Depending on your location, spring can be the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors before the heat and humidity of summer set in. So let yourself be inspired by the warmth and sunshine to clean and organize your outdoor space.
Making the transition from months of cozy indoor living to the great outdoors requires a little preparation. Those balconies, decks, patios and yards are often a mess after a long winter, and it takes some effort and organization to make them pleasant again. Here are some ideas for your spring clean and a few tips on how OTTO Storage Stools can be useful outdoors.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The OTTO Story

We’re inspired to create products based on our own experience. New ideas come to us all the time! Products we would find useful in our own home. Products we think our kids and friends would love, too. But in reality, the path from idea to product takes time, testing and experience.

The OTTO Storage Stool is a good example of how our patience and perfectionism led us – eventually – to what we think is a great product.

We’ve always loved ottomans – the ultimate in flexible and portable furnishings. But traditional ottomans can sometimes look stuffy and, dare we say it, old-fashioned. We wanted to modernize the ottoman concept and make it multi-functional, fun and appealing to all ages. What’s more, we wanted a product that is designed and made in the USA, yet still affordable. The result? OTTO.