7 Organizing gadgets I found on my travels

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I love to travel.  I enjoy exploring Canada, North America, South America, Europe, The United Kingdom, Asia and Australia.  I will go almost anywhere.  Whether you travel in-person or virtually it is a joy to see new places, people, cultures and ideas. One of the fun things I like doing on my travels is finding things relating to organization. Sometimes the items are good product solutions, show a novel way to use a product, encourage recycling,  a fun invention or a thought provoking work of art.

A Good Product 

I found these stacking laundry baskets in a store.  I like them because they stack in a way that you can place items in either basket without unstacking them.

A plastic white laundry basket stacked ontop of a blue plastic laundry basket.


Novel Solutions 

Once again I was shopping and noticed this shoe organizer that was being used in a novel way.  It was holding maps that were for sale.  It was easy to see the titles on the maps and quickly purchase the one you needed. 
A white shoe organizer with clear pockets hanging on a bookcase with maps in the pockets


One of my hotel rooms had this garbage can.  It is divided into 4 sections for recycling – plastic, paper, glass, cans and waste.  I thought this was a fantastic way to get travellers to recycle.  Everything was disposed of in one place.

A grey metal waste can with 4 compartments for garbage, paper and recycling.


Fun inventions

The first time I saw this I was a little confused.  It is a tap and hand dryer all in one.  No dripping across the floor to get a paper towel or use a hand dryer mounted on the wall.  It also is a no-touch device that makes it easy to have clean hands when you’re done washing. How does it work?  You wash your hands under the tap, the water is turned on by a sensor.  Then you move your hands to the right and left ( I like to call them the airplane wings) and the air turns on to dry your hand.

A tap and hand dryer all in one


I enjoy seeing furniture that has more than one purpose.  These tables can be used as seating, they store nicely under each other and they are eye catching home decor.

Glass coffee tables that slide under each other for storage.


Thought Provoking Artwork

Sometimes my organizational find is artwork.  This piece is called Organization.  It is oil on canvas, 1933-1936,  painted by Armenia born, American artist Arshile Gorky.  I wonder why he called it that.  Any thoughts?

A geometric painting called organizing


This metal sculpture is by Ruth Ewan, 2019.  It is called the Silent Agitator.  Ewan’s clock is based on an illustration by Ralph Chaplin. It is a nod to the  Industrial Workers of the World labour party. (IWW). It is also a new timepiece adding to the historical collection of ones that helped sailors know what time it was.


A metal sculture of a clock with the letters organizing on the face.


I saw this very creative way to share donations.  Items are bagged and tied onto a fence.  Anyone can take an item they can use.

Donations tied to a fence for people to take.



I have not traveled to Nepal, a friend has.  She sent me this picture with the caption, competition?  It was fun to see a very similar logo in another country.

An orange sign with the word home with a roof drawn over it.


Here a just a few fun organizing finds from some of my travels.  Which one do you like best? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Linda Samuels on September 12, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    What wonderful travel finds, Julie! I can see you were in New York. I recognize the “Time to Organize” clock that sits on the High Line (love it there!) This past weekend I went to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In the bathroom, they had faucets/dryers like the one in your photo. A very cleverly designed piece. I lets you do everything in one spot. The dryers being over the sink keep the water from splashing over everything.

    And that “Donation” fence is amazing! What a wonderful idea. Happy Travels!

    • Julie Stobbe on September 14, 2022 at 8:18 am

      That Time to Organize clock is in more than one place. I saw it in Scotland. Thanks for letting me know it is also in New York City.

  2. Julie Bestry on September 14, 2022 at 2:09 am

    I am with you! It’s so much fun to find organizing related items when traveling. When I went to Italy and the UK, I geeked out about paper organizing products.

    I love the items that you selected. The stackable laundry baskets are intriguing, and I’ve never met a double-duty shoe organizer that I haven’t liked! But that hybrid faucet and hand dryer? Brilliant!

    • Julie Stobbe on September 14, 2022 at 8:20 am

      It always amazes me how organizing items jump out and attract my attention. The people I am with usually don’t even notice it. It is so interesting to see how organizing is woven into our society through products, ads, art and inventions.

  3. Charmaine Grace on September 16, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Love them all. The stacking laundry baskets reminded me of how I used the baby bath tub to pack things when we went camping when my son was a baby. Double use, storage and bathing baby.

    I think my favourite was the faucet that you can dry your hands with.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 16, 2022 at 10:01 am

      Items that have more than one purpose always make for less clutter. The first time I saw the hand wash dryer all in one I was glad there were instructions on the wall. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

  4. Katherine Macey on September 19, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Stackable laundry baskets? Stunning! What a fun way to learn about some new organizing ideas.

    • Julie Stobbe on September 21, 2022 at 10:25 am

      I had fun writing this article. I really liked the stackable laundry baskets that you can put things in the bottom basket when they are stacked.

  5. Janet Barclay on November 24, 2022 at 8:35 am

    These are all really nifty, and I love the way you’ve presented them in this post. That divided garbage can is so practical – it would take up so much less space than separate containers, though you’d likely need to empty it more often.

    • Julie Stobbe on November 24, 2022 at 10:36 am

      That is the trade-off. Having a recycling system that doesn’t take up much space, is easy to use and needs to be emptied off or large cans that take up space and are only emptied once. It is about the person’s style which will work best. It can be a combination where in one room, guest room, the small can is great and in the kitchen larger containers are needed.

  6. Seana Turner on February 15, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    Some pretty fun finds, Julie! I too was puzzled at first by that faucet/hand dryer. But it works really well, and keeps all the drips in the sink, right?

    Neat to see organizing in all its facets around the world. That clock in something, even if the meaning of the word is slightly different.

    • Julie Stobbe on February 19, 2024 at 5:22 pm

      The funny thing I now realize is I notice anything about organizing right away. Everyone else misses it. It is part of what makes traveling fun for me, seeing different organizing techniques, supplies and artwork than I would see in my own area.

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