Entries from August 2012 ↓

Off To College And Organized Too!

Around this time of year one of the most comment inquiries I hear is are from flabbergasted parents that are sending their oldest child away to college. This is the first time their children are going to live away from the organizing hands of Mom and Dad; having their children ready to live on their own is very important to them, even to the point of near nervous breakdown!

3-Shelf Closet Organizer

3-Shelf Closet Organizer

The first thing I tell these concerned parents is to take a deep breath and relax – everything is going to be just fine. There are many ways to get your child prepared for the rigors of keeping a dorm room in order, and they are actually very simple and affordable.

A product I would recommend for a parent to get for their child is a 3-Shelf Closet Organizer. This hanging closet organizer is pretty much a standard fixture in the college dorm. Three shelves are good for shorter closets, but I would recommend getting a couple that feature more shelves.

There are a few reasons why these shelves are so popular with college students (and others that live in tight quarters). One reason for their popularity is first off, they are extremely inexpensive. For less than twenty bucks you can get the same storage that an expensive wood or metal shelf provides at a much higher cost. Because they are made from flexible fabric material, they are easy to pack up when it comes time to move out.

I have seen these organizers be used in a variety of functions, from standing in as de facto linen closets to serving as a shoe rack! I have even seen kids use them to hold their textbooks, though depending on what the closet organizer is made from, I would recommend avoiding this practice.

Easy to install onto any closet pole, hanging closet organizers are a great way to get help get your new college student ready to be organized!

Take Advantage Of Summer To Save Money

With long, hot days that never seem to end, summertime can be quite expensive on energy costs. For most of the United States, an air conditioner in the summer is not just a luxury, it is a necessity. Unfortunately, air conditioners can be pretty costly on your energy bill as they take a lot of electricity to operate. However, the good news it there are some things you can do to even out the cost of running an air conditioner all summer long.

A great way to utilize the excellent summer weather and cut down a bit on your electricity consumption is dry your clothing on an outside line or a drying rack. I for one get very sweaty in the summer, so I am always doing laundry to keep up with my demand for clean clothing. Drying loads upon loads of clothing can add up quite a bit on the energy bill. Cutting down on mechanical drying is a great way to lower your energy costs in the summer, bringing them down closer to spring or autumn levels. I like to take advantage of that hot summer air while I can – I find that it dries clothing just about as fast as a dryer!

Pullout Wooden Clothes Drying Rack

Pullout Wooden Clothes Drying Rack

The Clothes Drying Rack – Wall Mounted – wood is a great choice for those that have a space to wall-mount a drying rack. This is a great option because it does not take up any floor space and will always be right there for easy use.

Collapsible Clothes Drying Rack

Collapsible Clothes Drying Rack

However, some of us do not have a good spot to mount a drying rack – or others, like me, are renters and cannot be making permanent installations in the wall. In this case, I would recommend purchasing a product like the Collapsible Drying Rack. It is like this product is tailor-made for my situation. It can be folded down to a very small size, which is perfect for someone that is tight on space like me. It is pretty lightweight as well, so it I can move it all over the house so it is always in the sun.

While I try to cut back on my AC use to save on electricity, this just goes to show there are many other alternatives one can take to cut back on energy costs in the summer.

Save Space with a Wall Mount Ironing Board and Look Sharp

Many young people these days are opting to forgo a foray into the job market, putting that off and attending graduate school. These graduates are hoping that an advanced degree helps them when they do decide to enter to job market, plus they are able to bridge the recession by living off of student loans.

One of the most popular graduate school choices these days is law school. In fact, I can think of four or five people I know that have recently attended law school (including my wife!). It is a great way to get a prestigious knowledge of the law of the land, and is a great way to find work after graduation.

One thing to note about law school – it ain’t cheap. Unless you are a Carnegie, chances are you are going to be taking out a lot of loans and living as thrifty as possible. This means a very small apartment with a cheap rent and without a lot of storage space. There is one other thing to note about law school, and that is you are expected to be dressed to the nines, early and often. Having an ironing board to get your suits pressed to perfection is a necessity.

But where is one to store such a bulky item in a tiny apartment?

Fold Down Ironing Board - Pressing Perfection

Fold Down Ironing Board – Pressing Perfection

A great idea is to use a wall mounted ironing board such as the Fold Down Ironing Board – Pressing Perfection. What is great about this board is that it has feet that give the board better support than most wall mounted ironing boards. For those who are looking for something a little more simple, the Non-Electric Surface Mounted Wood Ironing Board in Cabinet by HANDi-PRESS is a great choice.

Non-Electric Surface Mounted Wood Ironing Board

Non-Electric Surface Mounted Wood Ironing Board

With one of these great wall mounted ironing boards, you will never have to worry about looking sharp!