Israeli Products of the Week / Get Organized With Help From These Friends

Baby, it's cold outside. Why not take advantage of your time indoors with products that make tidying up easier?

Israel finally got a real blast of winter weather recently, with snow stranding Jerusalemites and northerners at home and heavy rain prompting those elsewhere to snuggle under down blankets or cuddle around space heaters.

Things may be getting back to normal, but it's still nippy out there – meaning it could be fun to spend more time indoors, cooking soup and drinking hot cocoa, watching movies, curling up with a good book or playing Candy Crush Saga. Or if you've made a New Year's resolution to be more organized next year, now's your chance to get a head start with some pre-spring cleaning.

As anyone who's visited the Container Store knows, there are a bazillion products out there whose goal is to help whip messy lives into shape. At least a few Israeli designers have gotten in on the act as well, creating useful gizmos that make getting organized way more fun than it should be.

Designer Shahar Peleg, for example, tackled a problem that we’ve all experienced at one point or another: being lost in the loathsome jumble of cables that we generally try to ignore under our desks or behind the TV/media storage cabinets in the living room. We all know how aggravating it can be to unplug the TV, when what you really wanted to reboot is the modem.

All it takes to clean up this mess is a little acrobatics, but not on your part. Enter a little family of helpers designed by Peleg called the Mark Brothers – “acrobats” that perform the amazing feat of creating order from that nagging knot.

Just attach one acrobat per cable, fill out the label on its face and – voila! – you’ll be able to identify which appliance he belongs to (TV, printer, modem, phone, speaker, etc.) in no time.

39 shekels (about $11) for a pack of five at Peleg Design

Once your cables are sorted, you can turn your attention to the laundry. For a helping hand in that department, designer Oded Friedland – a founder of Israeli design studio Monkey Business – has got you covered: He produced the Pegzini family, another acrobatic clan of assistants (featuring character design by Inbal Hoffman), to lend a hand.

This set of five laundry pegs transforms your clothesline into a high-flying circus act, as jugglers, acrobats and a monkey riding a unicycle hold your tees and towels in place while they dry. Unfortunately, the Pegzinis don’t come with a safety net, so you’ll still have to do your best not to accidentally drop any undies onto your neighbor’s laundry line. If it's too cold to hang-dry laundry outside, these can double as chip-bag clips until it gets balmier.

59 shekels (about $17) for a pack of five; available here

Finally, for those of you who need more help remembering little day-to-day stuff than cleaning up, say ahoy to designer Inbal Hoffman’s keyboard pirates. These little black buccaneers slide between the rows of letters on your keyboard and hold up notes for you to see. But that’s as far as these mateys go – it’s still up to you to take care of what’s written on those slips of paper.

35 shekels (about $10) per pack; available here

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