Entries from January 2012 ↓

Store Out Of Season Linens In Underbed Clothes Storage Chests

Whoever invented the idea of “under bed storage” is a genius in my book.

What did WE do before there was such a thing as an under the bed chest?  By “we” of course, I mean people like me who do not have a lot of storage space.  Because I am a “city person” I have always lived in small apartments, usually old dwellings that have limited closet space.  Sure these places have lots of wonderful, old character but really lacking in the storage space department.

Now, I have a weakness for linens, especially duvet covers, of which I have at least eight.  I like to change out my bed linens with the seasons because it is fun to have new looks going all the time.  Sometimes I even rearrange the artwork on my walls to coordinate with whatever bedding scheme I’m rocking.  But that is beside the point.

set of 2 clear vinyl underbed clothes storage chest

set of 2 clear vinyl underbed clothes storage chest

My dilemma became, “What to do with all these sheets and duvet covers I have collected?”  The solution to my problem arrived in the form of this set of 2 clear vinyl underbed clothes storage chests.  While these under bed chests are great for storing seasonal clothing such as sweaters and jackets, I have found them to be most essential to storing by extra linens.  I use a chest for each season of linens, and because they are clear I can easily see inside without having to open them up.  These underbed chests fit perfectly where they’re designed to go and when I have moved homes in the past, they simply pick up and go, so I don’t have to pack them in a box.
I encourage everyone to do the same as I did, and put that wasted space under the bed to good use!

Surprise Your Guests With A WallSaver Wooden Luggage Rack

WallSaver wooden luggage racks

WallSaver wooden luggage racks

When I go home to visit my family, I always stay with my mother, which is such a treat.  She loves having “her baby” back for the weekend and does everything she can to make me feel welcomed and cared for.  Those visits are such a special time for my mom and me.  And she gets all excited when she gets to fuss over my accommodations and put thought into every little detail.  The fold out couch in the guest room gets a cozy down mattress topper and pretty bedding.  Fresh flowers greet me when I get to my room, as well as a set of matching towels and a ceramic cup for my toothbrush.  She never falls short of making my place to stay feel even fancier than a five-star hotel!
One thing that I think she is especially proud of is her WallSaver wooden luggage rack that lives in the closet.  I mean, I had only seen suitcase racks in hotels until the last few times I stayed at my mom’s house.  They are just so convenient when you have to unpack and pack your suitcase. Or especially, if you have to live out of your suitcase, it puts it up at a comfortable height for retrieving clothes.  I think my mom takes pride in her enthusiasm for taking care of houseguests and making them feel comfortable, and this luggage stand really shows it.
The WallSaver suitcase stand is especially cool because it has this bar in the back that keeps your suit case from banging against the wall and damaging it. I have appreciated it when I stay there so much that I put one in my own guest room to help visitors feel extra comfortable when staying for the weekend!  And as a bonus, when it’s not being used as a rack for luggage I can use it to stack blankets and pillows!

Organize Your Closet With A Heavy Duty Vinyl Storage Bag

One of the best ways to keep an organized and tidy closet is to store seasonal clothing elsewhere, like in the garage or under the bed.  Even if your closet is not cramped with clothes, it still makes a lot of sense to keep on hand just the pieces you’ll need, given the season.  So in the summer, my jackets and sweaters go into storage (except for a few light pieces for those rare cool summer nights) and likewise with tanks, shorts and sun dresses in the winter.  Not only does this free up space in my closet, but I find to be it easier and less distracting when picking out outfits.  And this may or may not happen for you, but I also find that every time I open that box of seasonal clothing, it is like getting all new clothes!
Now, cardboard boxes are not a good idea for seasonal clothing storage.  The first problem presented by cardboard boxes is water damage.  You just never know if a ceiling will leak or if the garage will accidentally flood.  Mildew is virtually impossible to rid from clothing, so it is just not worth taking the chance.  And there are many other problems related to storing your seasonal clothes in a cardboard box.  Vermin could get into them, they could get squashed, or even given away during a spontaneous spring cleaning project.

Heavy Duty Vinyl Clothes Storage Bag

Heavy Duty Vinyl Clothes Storage Bag

I only store my seasonal pieces in vinyl storage bags, such as this Heavy Duty Vinyl Clothes Storage Bag.   Sure, it is obvious why these are the ideal storage solution for clothes and blankets, but I will give you the insider’s perspective on what is so great about them.

·         Being able to see clearly to the inside is a HUGE help!
·         The zipper placement creates a very large opening for getting things in and out in a flash.
·         They’re soft sided for fitting into tight spaces, but they are also quite sturdy so I can stack multiple units.

Wardrobe Center Saves the Day

I just moved into the cutest little apartment with my cat.  It’s a single bedroom apartment at the top floor of a gorgeous old Victorian.  I love old homes because they come with so much character that you just don’t see in apartments anymore.  Sure, the fixtures are old and there are probably 85 layers of paint on the walls, but I can really appreciate the attention to detail people had back in the old days.  The windows in my little abode are my favorite.  Again, they’re old and a little drafty but they are just so beautiful!  And Snowball, my kitty, loves to curl up and bask in the sunny windows.  She looks so perfect when lying there, almost as if she were designed for this home.

wardrobe center

wardrobe center

So, the only real downside I see to living in this gorgeous old apartment like this is that it doesn’t have a closet in the bedroom.  Seems a little strange to me, since people wore such big clothes back in the day, but whatever!  At first, I wasn’t sure what to do.  I mean, I don’t have a ton of clothes, but enough to necessitate a closet.  I thought about going the regular garment rack route, but then what about my shoes and accessories?  The answer to my question was found in this really great wardrobe center I found online at Stacks and Stacks.  It’s basically a portable closet.
This portable wardrobe is so handy, I’d almost take it over a regular closet any day!  Not only is there a closet rod for hanging clothes, but also the cover has a lot of pockets.  There are pockets for my shoes and others into which I stuff my socks and undergarments.  The best part about this covered garment rack, though, is the removable laundry bag on the side.  My apartment doesn’t have a washer and dryer in the unit, so I have to carry laundry down to the basement.  This wardrobe makes that task so much easier!
And in case you were wondering, yes, Snowball approves of it too.