Ten years ago Eric Koho noticed that home builders were designing increasingly smaller garages to make room for storage in the living space. So where do you put your canoe and mountain bike? Try overhead. Koho’s Garage Logix will mount industrial--strength storage racks on the ceiling above your car that can hold up to 1,000 pounds of your belongings. Starting at $260, garagelogix.com


Need an organizational expert? Snohomish’s Laura Leist and her clean team have been coordinating people’s clutter since she started her business Eliminate Chaos in 2000. She says, “We organize the visible and nonvisible forms of clutter, so the clutter in one’s house, but also invisible workplace clutter like busy schedules, loads of information, and time disorder.” The orderly guru is available for hire and dispenses tips in her book Eliminate Chaos: The 10-Step Process to Organizing Your Home and Life. eliminatechaos.com

 

 

James Young founded Mill Creek–based Nice with the dream of creating consumer--minded, locally manufactured products. To do that, he enlisted the help of over 1,000 Kickstarter backers to raise $37,498 in the fall of 2011. (Crowdfunding allowed him to connect with a customer base while avoiding pressure from big-time investors.) First off the Nice production line: CableKeeps, aquatic-inspired cord organizers for Apple products, made in Marysville from nontoxic, recyclable materials. $16, nicebydesign.com

 

When Craig Ranta was head of hardware development at Microsoft, he embarked on a project to create a self-sanitizing computer keyboard at the behest of the UK’s National Health Service. The software giant ultimately passed on his design, so when Ranta retired, he and his uncle Larry decided to bring it to market themselves. After each use, the Vioguard keyboard simply slides inside a special housing where germicidal UV rays kill 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria. Currently available by special order, the clean machine will go on sale in stores in 2014 for around $250. vioguard.com

 

In 2005 a small group of Seattle creatives led by longtime book publisher Ed Marquand bought up some empty storefronts in tiny Tieton, Washington, to form the artisan business incubator Mighty Tieton. Situated near a kite production facility and a goat-cheese creamery, Marquand’s fine letterpress shop and bookbindery produces handmade sketch pads, cards, and screen-printed stationery that he sells at Paper Hammer, in downtown Seattle. For your organizational needs, the Scenarios notebook comes with a multiuse planner with ledger columns, ruled pages, and a pocket for storing precious paper scraps. $20, available in store only, at 1400 Second Ave

 

 

After years of selling industrial cleaning products that caused health problems for his clients, Jim Rimer had a crisis of conscience and founded Vancouver, Washington–based Biokleen in 1989 to sell environmentally friendly alternatives. Today the company manufactures more than 30 household and laundry products that are biodegradable, free of carcinogens and respiratory irritants, and nontoxic to humans and aquatic life. For green-cleaning multiple surfaces, the Super Concentrated All Purpose Cleaner, made with grapefruit seed and orange essence, is formulated to cut through grease and dirt. $7.40–$7.72, biokleenhome.com



Published: March 2013