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Garment Rack and Closet Quotes

Once in a while, I like to have a little fun with this blog share my favorite quotes.  You might be surprised that there actually are some great quotes out there related to closet organizing and garment racks.

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” – George Bernard Shaw.  Well said.  This is of course about the metaphorical closet, but I love the idea that we don’t have to be ashamed of our “skeletons”.

I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” – Sarah Jessica Parker.  Love that girl!  I’ll bet she has a fabulously organized closet for all her fabulous clothes.  That might be the inspiration for my next post – Celebrity Closets.  Hmmmmmm.

kaskadeA closet full of wire hangers can be the most dangerous place in the world.” – Paul Lynde.  I agree!  Best to get some nicer hangers like these Kascade Vertical Wood Hangers.  You can hang them along the rod of your closet or hang them vertically on each other to maximize closet space.  Plus the wood is much more sophisticated than metal or plastic hangers.

Behind every working woman is an enormous pile of unwashed laundry.” – Barbara Dale.  It’s true; whether you’re a working woman or a stay at home super-mom, we just can’t get everything done.  And for a lot of us, it’s laundry day which suffers the most!

I’ll leave you on that note because it got me thinking about this:  in today’s fast paced world we try and try really hard.  With almost endless resources to keeping our homes organized, it can be almost overwhelming at times.  Best we have a little fun and enjoy the ride, don’t you think?  That doesn’t mean abandon all of your household duties but lets cut ourselves some slack once in a while and have a good laugh!

 

New Product Alert! Simplicity Closet System

It’s time for us all to give in and admit that the standard one-rod closet just doesn’t work anymore. 

If it had, we wouldn’t have started inventing closet organizers like hanging shelves and shoe racks.  It has a nice idea and it served a purpose for many years but these days?  Well, there are a couple of issues.  One, we have more stuff.  Not just clothing, but accessories to go with them.  And we have seasonal clothes, formal wear casual wear, the list goes on!  And two, we simply have evolved and organization has become a part of our level of sanity and happiness.

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Enter the Simplicity 12′ Closet Shelving System by John Louis Home.  It takes the guesswork out of creating a custom closet.  Everyone wants the look and convenience of a custom closet, but not everyone is clever when it comes to construction and designing.  Here are my favorite features:

*Quality, solid wood construction                              *Modern yet timeless wood finish options
*Adjustable shelf lengths
*AFFORDABLE!
*Mounts anywhere, even outside of a closet

I know it seems intimidating to install a closet shelving system on your own, but the name Simplicity means it’s design to be easy for the average person, not carpenter.

Of course there are more complex versions available if you need something a little more elaborate and have someone to do the installation for you.  Either way, I believe amazing products like this further prove my point that no one is satisfied with the traditional closet.  And why should we be?  Look at all the benefits you get from a custom closet.  Everything is tidy and easy to find, plus you end up actually gaining closet space!  Someday (once we’ve really evolved) this kind of thing will be standard in all homes, even rental apartments.  No complaints here!

Garment Racks On The Go

Just because you’re going on a trip, doesn’t mean your clothes can’t be as organized away from home as they are at home…

Summer is just about here and most of us are planning at least one vacation.  Whether you’re going camping in the mountains or staying at a beach resort somewhere tropical, there’s a common issue.  We all want a better solution for keeping our clothes organized while traveling.  Sure, hotels have closets with hangers and most come with a dresser.  But is that enough?  It doesn’t seem to be enough at home which is why we have access to so many great closet organizers.

Here are some suggestions for making your closet away from home feel more like the closet at home:

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Portable closet shelves perfect if you’re staying at a hotel or family/friend’s house.  Because they’re made of fabric, they folds down nice and flat to fit inside your suitcase.  At home, you would typically use a hanging shelf like this for your sweaters, jeans and shirts.  It’s designed to help you when you don’t have a dresser or have run out of space in the dresser.  Apply the same logic to your vacation.  You might be staying somewhere (like a friend’s house) where they have a place for you to sleep, but no dresser for you to store your clothing.  With a travel closet shelf, you don’t have to keep your clothes in the suitcase the whole time you’re away.

If your vacation involves spending a lot of time in the car (camping or road-tripping), I have a couple suggestions for keeping your clothes organized without a suitcase.  Put a plastic chest of drawers in your trunk area and it’s like having a dresser everywhere you go.  You can even take it out and put it inside your tent and it’ll feel a lot less like you’re “roughing it” out there!  Better yet, use the Auto Clothes Bar – Expandable Garment Rack in your car for hanging clothes.  You wont’ have to worry about nice suits and blouses getting wrinkled in a suitcase while on your road trip!

Remember, for every clothing storage issue there’s a solution – even when it comes to travel.  I hope your summer vacation is fun, safe and memorable!