Entries from February 2012 ↓

Racks For Your Garage – Garage Garden Tool Organizer

Garage organization has become a recent undertaking of mine.  At first it was convenient to just pile up things that I didn’t feel like dealing with.  Until one day, I realized the chaos in my garage was causing more stress and headache.  The biggest problem in my garage was the disorderly gardening tools.  I have a lot of tools for yard maintenance and planting.  They were all scattered about the garage and often in difficult to reach places.  I would spend more time trying to sort through the mess to find the tool I needed than time using it!  So, after tackling the bins and boxes that needed to be sorted out in the garage, I finally tackled my gardening tool mess.

garage garden tool organizer

garage garden tool organizer

The key to solving my problem was this awesome garage garden tool organizer that mounts to the wall.  First of all, I was highly impressed by how easily it mounted to the wall.  It simply hangs by grommets that are spaced perfectly for wall studs.  A few screws and my new yard tool organizer was hanging up nicely and ready to be filled up!  Second, this wall organizer has plenty of pockets.  And the pockets range in size so I can store small hand tools and long pole tools appropriately.  But best of all, are the quick release buckle straps that allow me to hang oddly shaped items, such as my rolled up extension cord.
In addition to all the little organization benefits, I really love how this garden tool organizer mounts flat against the wall, so no more floor space is used up.  It looks so clean and tidy, and now I have more room to walk or store other things that can’t go on the wall.  And whenever I need a tool, I don’t have to go searching around the garage or climb over stuff to get to what I need – it’s all just right there!

Versatile Clothing Racks for Gaining Storage

Portable clothing racks run the gamut from stylish to inconspicuous and are a great way to gain clothing storage when you need it most. These hooks can be used to organize clothes, allow them to air dry or provide additional storage. Try a removable door hook or a more permanent option like a wall mounted one to suit your storage needs.

For small, occasional storage try the folding instahanger clothes drying rack. When placed on the back of a closet door it can be used to store a freshly pressed suit or outfit so you have everything you need to get dressed. This hanger can also be used to dry clothes in the laundry room, with a long bar that holds plenty of hangers.

instahanger

For occasional storage that can be used throughout the home try an over the door hook that can be carried from room to room, depending on where you need it. Use one in the closet to organize an outfit or in the laundry room to hang clothes. Gain additional coat storage in your hall closet or an extra towel rack in the bathroom. These hooks are ideal for situations where you only need a small amount of extra storage.

A department store style clothing rack set on casters is a fun way to store clothes, and provides more closet space. Place the rack at an angle in the corner of a room, store it in a guestroom for additional storage space or use it as a coat rack for your next party. Use it to display your favorite pieces and make dressing fun.

garmentrack

Gain storage for a handful of hangers or an entire closet full, simply choose a rack to fit your clothing needs. In no time at all you’ll have manageable closets that make finding the clothes you need easy!

Let’s Talk About Another Rack – Yard Tool Storage Rack

After the holidays are over, I find myself almost overwhelmed during that post celebration and craziness come down period.  But I’m quickly reminded that my favorite season is just around the corner – gardening season!  Even more than that, I love pre-gardening season, when the planning begins.  I start thinking about new plants that I want to introduce, furniture pieces I want to add, and start cleaning up the fall and winter rubble.  Theirs is so much enjoyment for me to be found in preparing the backyard for another season.

yard tool storage rack

yard tool storage rack

I own a number of gardening tools, including rakes, hoes, shovels and sprinklers.  This year, I’m not only going to tend to the garden, but tend to the manner in which I organize all of my garden tools.  Until now, I’ve kept them in a heap, leaning up against the wall by my back porch.  But it makes my otherwise pristine landscape look very unsightly.  And the tools always end up getting tangle with each other and eventually falling over when I need to get at something.
So I invested in a really great yard tool storage rack that hangs all of my tools neatly.  This rack was really easy to mount to the wall, which is convenient for someone like me, who just wants to get it done fast.  And I love how the hooks that hold my gardener tools slide along the metal bar.  It means I can move them and configure them however I need to!
Now that I’ve gotten my yard tools organized and tidy hanging up on the wall, I can start preparing the yard and doing my clean up, without having to worry about the rake and shovels detracting from the nice look of things!

Garment Protectors for Formal Wear

If you use your garment rack for out of season clothes storage or for storing special occasion clothes, you want to make sure that you are protecting those clothes the right way.  The most common threats to stored clothes are insects and moisture.  Both of these disasters can be avoided by keeping stored clothes covered in proper garment storage bags.  This dress and suit protector garment bag

dress and suit protector garment bag

dress and suit protector garment bag

is perfect for that job!  Garment storage bags should feature a zipper to fully close the bag for a good seal, ensuring water and bugs stay out!  I like this particular garment bag because it has one clear side that is made of PEVA , which is also an eco friendly material, but the best thing about it is that it allows you to see what is stored in each bag.  That way you don’t have to open up endless garment bags to find the right suit or formal dress you are looking for.  On the other side of this garment bag there is a fabric backing which serves two purposes.  First, it allows for some airflow to counteract the plastic front.  And secondly, it can provide valuable protection from sun damage.  A properly designed garment bag allows you to save suits, formal wear for years, keeping them safe from water, insects and sun damage.  If you have an open style garment rack in your home, a garment cover is a must have for those special clothes that you want to make last!
Here are some tips for buying a garment bag:
•    Look for a fully closed model.  Sometimes these are vinyl, sometimes canvas, polyester and even hard plastic clothes storage boxes are a great choice when you don’t have space on the closet rod.
•    Check to see how many hangers it can accommodate – some only hold one garment, great for formals, while others hold up to eight garments in one bag, which is a better choice for suits and business attire.

Open Garment Racks for Modern Homes

Many times, when I think about garment racks, I picture a covered garment rack.  Whether vinyl or canvas, I usually think about garment racks as being covered.  That is until I came across this collapsible garment rack with 4 shelves and double hanging rod, a totally open design, even the shelves are slatted for air flow and increased access.  I love the idea of a totally open garment rack, it has a very contemporary vibe to it.  It could be used in any room of the home for increased storage.  Create a bedroom or guestroom out of the office by adding this garment rack to the room, giving your guests somewhere to hang their clothes on their overnight visits.

collapsible garment rack with 4 shelves and double hanging rod

collapsible garment rack with 4 shelves and double hanging rod

Here are some more great ways to use an open shelf garment rack:
•     Sports Equipment – In the garage, this garment rack is perfect for jerseys and uniforms, cleats and running shoes.  The open shelves keep air circulating to reduce odors and keep the whole family organized and ready for game day.
•    Guest Room Closet – Turn any room into a guest room providing clothes storage
•    Hall or Coat Closet – If you have a large closet anywhere in the home that is lacking organization, this is a great tool for adding order to that area.  The closet rod can hold jackets, while shelves keep purses, shoes and other accessories neat and tidy.
•    Features of this garment rack include:
o    PVC connectors – these are sturdy and add a modern feel to the unit.
o    Five shelves offer storage of shoes, sweaters, purses, shirts and other folded garments
o    A double hanging rod to maximize use of vertical space – perfect for shorter garments like slacks, shirts and blazers.
o    Slatted shelves allow for air circulation and also contribute to the contemporary style of the unit.

Eco-Friendly Protection – Set of 2 PEVA Dress Bags

My wife is an attorney and unfortunately, wearing suits is just one of those things that come with the territory of being a barrister. She has pant suits, skirt suits, white suits, blue suits, black suits and beige suits, in fact just about any suit you can think of.
We live right down the street from a wonderful dry cleaner that is owned by a very nice man and they always do an amazing job, but I am beginning to suspect that we are single handedly financing his retirement. Just about every day either my wife or I have to make a run out to Lido Dry Cleaning, to pick up or drop off a suit.
(Side note: My wife has an insane boss who insists on his employees’ suits being impeccably clean. If an employee shows up with a stain or dust or animal hair on his or her suit they were sent home promptly. Even if the mess was obtained at the office, off they would go to change into clean attire. Now you can get a sense of how important a clean suit is to my wife.)

PEVA Dress Bag - Set of 2

PEVA Dress Bag - Set of 2

I needed to find a way to keep my wife’s suits from getting so dirty; half the time it was just from the dust the suits collected while hanging in the closet. We have a dog and a cat, and believe me they can create a whole mess of dust in our apartment.
I went to StacksandStacks.com to research ways to keep my wife’s suits from becoming so disheveled and dusty, and came across what may not be the solution, but is a step in the right direction.  The set of 2 PEVA eco-friendly dress bags holds four suits each, providing enough storage for eight of my wife’s suits. Of course, just two was not enough for us; we had to get three sets of two!
Adding these storage bags to our closet has been a pretty good investment; I have to go to the dry cleaners a lot less. My wife is a very careful eater, so now she only has to come home to change out of a suit once a week!

Save Space In Your Closet

I absolutely hate it when I run out of closet space in my bedroom and just cannot find a good place to keep my newest garments. They always end up strewn messily across the floor, giving my home the look of a Hazmat site. Sometimes I try to save my floors from the disastrous mess and stuff my clothes into drawers, giving my room a false sense of order. In reality though, the drawers are so stuffed full of socks, shirts, skirts, slips and shorts that I cannot even pull the drawer out to see what is contained within.

One solution for this clothing catastrophe is to purchase loads of bins to place all of your clothes into. The problem with this solution to clothes storage is twofold. For one, bins still take up a ton of space in your closet or bedroom, therefore not really solving the problem at all; two, bins can be hard to organize and make it difficult to find what you are looking for, especially early in the morning when you are all groggy and haven’t had your coffee yet.

4-tier skirt hanger

4-tier skirt hanger

The perfect solution to closet and bedroom storage issues is to maximize your closet by using tiered hangers. With tiered hangers, you can place multiple garments in nearly the same amount of space as just one! There are all kinds of tiered hangers, including tiered shirt hangers, tiered slacks hangers or even a 4-tier skirt hanger.

With all the extra closet and bedroom space you will save by using tiered hangers, just think of all the options you have to recreate the space: You could turn part of your closet into a dark room, or a mini recording studio, or better yet, for you ladies you could turn the closet into a vanity room.
Find all sorts of tiered clothes hangers online at StacksandStack.com, under the metal hangers category.

Luggage Racks are a Different Kind of Garment Rack

folding luggage rack by winsome trading company

folding luggage rack by winsome trading company

Let’s face it, sometimes you want to put a garment rack in the guest room to make your overnight visitors more comfortable, especially in rooms where there is no closet (such as the office), but you just don’t have the space.  And in fact you might actually be reducing the comfort level in the room by adding bulky organizers!  If you’re in this boat, then a luggage rack, like this folding luggage rack by winsome trading company might just be the solution you’ve been looking for!  A luggage rack technically is a garment rack, it’s just in a different form.  I think luggage racks are a fun addition to the guest room or office or bedroom, because they make the room look just like a hotel room, a fun way to show your overnight visitors that you really and truly care about their comfort level!  When choosing a luggage rack, there are so many different styles and price points, how to choose?
Here are some things to think about when purchasing your first luggage rack:
•    Style – Yes!  Luggage racks can serve a style purpose in the home.  For example, if you have a contemporary styled bedroom, look for metal or wood racks with clean, modern lines.  If you have a traditionally styled home, a wooden luggage rack with fabric straps may be the way to go for a country or French cottage feel.
•    Folding – I always recommend that people choose a luggage stand that folds.  This way you can keep it in the back of the closet when you are not hosting overnight guests.  Otherwise you are talking about adding a little bit of clutter to the room that is simply unnecessary.
•    Price – A very cheap luggage rack is probably not a good idea – how embarrassing would that be if guests set their suitcase on the rack and it broke?  Very.  I would go mid-range.  Above a certain price point, any added benefit is probably just aesthetic.

Giant Plastic Clothes Hangers – Good For All Clothes

Growing up, my family was very poor.  There are certain things in my adult life that I absolutely reject, because they remind me of growing up poor.  For example, I can no longer stand the taste of natural peanut butter.  You know, the kind that comes with a layer of oil on top and you have to mix it for hours and it still tastes awful?  Another thing is red apples.  The cheap ones that have a half inch thick layer of wax on the top and are bland and mealy on the inside.  Bless my parents for providing me with healthy food as a child, but being young, I just could not understand why a nice Granny Smith or Gala was out of the question.

giant plastic clothes hangers

giant plastic clothes hangers

But the biggest one is metal clothes hangers!  The kind that come from the dry cleaners.  And no, our metal coat hangers did not come from our dry cleaning (because we simply didn’t send our clothes to the dry cleaner – being poor) they came as hand-me-downs from other peoples’ dry cleaning.  They’re awful!  They snag clothes, bend up under weight, and just look ugly.  And good luck hanging delicates from those metal clothes hangers, you might as well throw that lovely spaghetti-strap little black dress straight onto the floor!
So, now that I’m an adult I treat myself to the luxury of not using metal clothes hangers.  Sure, most people wouldn’t consider that a luxury, but I do.  My favorite alternative to metal clothing hangers is the plastic kind with the notches.  Not the plastic hangers with little wimpy hooks for straps, but the actual cutouts that keep garments firmly in place.  I found these giant plastic hangers and was so pleased with the first set of twelve, that I bought five more sets!
There are so many things I appreciate about these white plastic hangers. First, they all look tidy and uniform hanging on the rod in the closet.  Second, they are oversized which is perfect for my collection of jackets and coats.  They even work great with my husband’s suits!  Third, their cutouts for straps are perfectly designed.  Not only do they have a notch for sliding things in, but an additional little hook so I can choose whichever way works best for my needs. Most of all, this set of twelve plastic clothing hangers so affordable!  You only pay nine bucks for the whole set.

Double the Space in your Closet Instantly

For maximum clothes storage in the closet, you must check out the closet doubler double hanging closet rod.  This nifty tool hangs on your existing closet rod and instantly doubles the hanging space with a bar hanging below.

closet doubler double hanging closet rod

closet doubler double hanging closet rod

This is perfect for hanging any shorter garments.  Skirts, shirts, folded slacks, jackets and blazers, they all fit perfectly on this double closet rod.  Whoever thought up this idea must be some kind of organizing genius!  When you look inside an average closet, you see clothes hanging on top, and then you look down and usually what you find is totally wasted space underneath the clothes!  With this closet organizer, there is no more wasted space.  And you don’t have to install anything.  All you do is hang the rod from your existing closet rod.  It’s very sturdy, too.  The metal sides and wooden rod bar are stiff so there’s not a lot of swaying and swinging.  Here are some more great ways to use a closet doubler:
•    Kids room.  A closet doubling rod is really ideal for the kids’ room or nursery.  Since all of their clothes are short hanging, you will have no problem fitting whatever you want in there. It could be a great solution, too, for rooms where brothers and sisters share a closet, allowing them to each have their own space.
•    Garage – In the garage, you can hold anything from jackets to sporting equipment on these closet rods.  For example, jerseys, sweaters, ski clothing and more all can be kept off the garage floor, neat and tidy on a closet rod!
•    Coat Closet – Maximize the storage capabilities of your coat or hall closet by using a doubling bar.  You will fit twice as many items in the same amount of space – a great idea when you have guests over for dinner!