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May 16th, 2013 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month
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.
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
*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!
May 1st, 2013 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month, Hang it Up
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:
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!
April 9th, 2013 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month, Get Your Laundry Done, Hang it Up, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
No matter where you live, or in what kind of dwelling, a garment rack is a handy thing to have around. The typical rolling clothing rack can serve a variety of purposes, from storing seasonal clothes in the garage to adding a closet to any room.
The guest room in my home is actually located in a space that was designated as a small office or bonus room, so it did not come with a closet. I solved this problem by adding a Portable Spare Wardrobe Closet which acts like an instant closet. It even closes up for a tidy look in the room.
A good garment rack can also help save your laundry room from getting messy, overcrowded and a confusing. You can use it to hang clothes to dry, which will also save you some money on energy. If you use a hanging sweater dryer to air dry delicates, you can hang it from your garment rod rather than putting holes in the wall or ceiling. If you do not have space in your laundry room for a full size rolling garment rack, then there are a number of alternatives.
A wall garment rack saves you space and gives the same benefits of hanging clothes to store or dry. Use this kind of clothing rack like a usual closet rod, and even hang sweater shelves or a hanging shoe rack. Best of all, they can also be folded down when not in use.
As I said before, just about anyone can benefit from having a garment rack in the home. They can do more than just store and dry clothing – think of unique and creative ways to re-purpose a garment rack!
March 4th, 2013 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month
An overstuffed closet can present a number of problems for any person. When you have too many garments hanging on the rack, they easily get wrinkled and forgotten about. And it is pretty well known now that household clutter is a stress inducer for most people. It tends to be a reminder of how out of control things have gotten. De-cluttering around my house has not only become an activity I enjoy, but the more organized and tidy my home becomes, the more care free I am.
For me, the abundance of clothing I own has always been an issue. What can I say, I like clothes! And I have always had crowded, over filled closets with clothes smashed up against each other like sardines in a can. Which always means more wasted time looking for an article of clothing and having to re-iron it.
My solution to this problem happened when I started storing my seasonal clothing in the garage. Some items are multi-seasonal, but others really aren’t and you can afford to send them on a little vacation somewhere else in the house.
This Urban Valet by Honey Can Do was a smart choice. Here’s why:
- It is sturdy, but rolls around easily when I need it to, and it offers around forty eight inches of hanging space!
- You can hang long and short garments on it, and you can store other seasonal items such as winter shoes and accessories on the top, bottom and side shelves.
- The shelves that are incorporated into the frame provide more stability all over, than you would get with regular clothing racks, which tend to be flimsy and tip over easily.
November 27th, 2012 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month, Get Your Laundry Done
Just in time for holiday shopping, I have compiled a list of favorite clothes drying racks. “Why on earth would I buy someone a drying rack as a gift?”, you say. Because a clothes drying rack is something that every one needs! Get one for your wife, your sister, a friend, anyone who needs a new solution for hanging clothes to dry. I have made sure to include something here for everyone, including apartment dwellers, home owners and everyone in between!
This expandable drying rack is perfect for anyone. It has the ability to expand and contract to meet one’s needs. It holds a large capacity without taking up too much space:
For someone who doesn’t have a lot of space in their laundry room, or doesn’t have one at all, this countertop rack is ideal. Best of all, it can be folded down and stored in a tight space when not in use:
Another space saving solution for garment drying racks is something that hangs over the door, like this one:
Someone with a large family and enough space in their laundry room would benefit from a larger, more traditional drying rack. I recommend this one because it offers A LOT of hanging space:
Last but certainly not least, this over door drying rack is the simplest and smallest solution, to meet the most basic needs. It also makes the perfect stocking stuffer!
As you can see, drying racks come in all shapes and sizes and there is just about any kind available to meet everyone’s needs. Show someone you really care about them this holiday season with an unforgettable gift like the ones I’ve listed above. Happy Holidays folks!
Here’s where you can find these awesome clothes drying racks:
1. Expandable Clothes Drying Rack by Household Essentials
2. Countertop Drying Rack by Polder
3. Brabantia Door Drying Rack
4. 3 Tier Airer Clothes Drying Rack by Moerman Americas
5. Over the Door Hanger Holder – Set of 2
October 12th, 2012 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month, Hang it Up, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
Auto Clothes Bar – Expandable Garment Rack
Every once in a while I come across a really cool organizing tool. This week my pick is actually designed for use in the car. If you have a regular commute, you know how important it is to keep your car neat and tidy – it is essential to your well being on the road! This awesome car organizing tool is great for anyone who uses the services of a dry cleaner, or for anyone who has a long commute and wears a suit. This In-Car Expandable Clothes Bar is a must have to keep your business clothing in tip top shape. Whether you simply like to hang up your suit and change at your destination or you have a large load of dry cleaning to pick up, this car organizer is a wonderful solution! This hanging clothes bar simply hooks onto the existing handles in the backseat of your car and is expandable to fit most models. Then, voila! An instant closet rod in your car!
Here are some of my other favorite car organizers:
Glove Box Organizers – These range from envelopes to hold your registration and insurance paperwork to CD holders.
Trunk Organizers – I’ve seen great tools for organizing the trunk of the car, such as little handles and stands that keep things from rolling around while you are driving and large canvas carriers that hold grocery bags upright. There are even specialty trunk organizers for golfers, tennis players and more.
Kids Car Organizers – With these, it’s important to make sure that your child can reach the items that they need so that you won’t have to turn around and help them. I love the organizers that fit over the front seat headrests as they take up no extra room in the car and offer easy access for little ones to their toys.
October 11th, 2012 — Durable Racks, Hang it Up, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
One of the biggest keys to succeeding while you are away at college is to keep your workspace and living spaces as clean and organized as possible. As someone who learned to change my ways and plan ahead to stay organized after consistently struggling to keep my surroundings structured while in college, I am an excellent authority on the subject. Unfortunately, I learned to get organized after I graduated from college, which did my academic career no favors but has prepared me for the world of employment. Learn from my mistakes and successes and you will find being organized is easier than you ever expected.
The Variety Stash – Hanging 23 Pocket Organizer
One of the biggest road-blocks to organization while in college is the simple fact that there is not much space in the dorm to store everything you need to survive for a semester. From snacks and cleaning supplies to notebooks and clothing, there are a lot of items that need to be stored and not much room to put it in. Because of this dilemma, it takes a great deal of ingenuity to get all of your stuff stored into the often cell-like college dorm (especially for freshman who always end up getting the worst dorms on campus).
A great way to save space and add organizer to your dorm room is to utilize every space available for storage. Over the door organizers are a great way to maximize under-utilized spaces in the dorm and have a variety of uses, from handbags to backpack and from jackets to classroom supplies.
The Variety Stash hanging 23 pocket organizeris perfect for catch-all organization and storage in the dorm room. This organizer has a variety of pocket-sizes, making it perfect for storing everything from pens to notebooks. What makes this organizer perfect for the dorm room is that it provides the perfect place to store small items that always end up cluttering a dorm room and making it uncomfortably messy. When there is an item that you cannot find a home for, simply find a slot in this organizer to keep the item, clearing up the coffee table, counter or desk that it would inevitably end up on.
Over the Door Hooks with Basket – by Richards Homewares
Over the door racks are also a great accessory for the bathroom. In my experience, one of the most hotly contested areas in dorm-life is keeping the bathroom organized and separating your property from your dorm-mates’. An over the door hooks with basket is a great addition to your dorm bathroom. This rack has five hooks so you can assign a hook for each roommate, clearing up the icky and confusing game of “Whose towel is whose?” There is also a large shelf area that is great for storing extra bathroom materials and cleaning supplies for the bathroom.
Of course, not all of college is studying and hard work. Video games, music and movies are all important parts of social life in the dorms, so keep all of your gear organized by using a game storage over the door rack. This rack makes it easy to keep your games, controllers, gaming guides and other entertainment materials organized and in one convenient place. This over the door rack might have to be more of a supplemental organizer for your media, as many college students have gargantuan music / movie / video game collections, but it is a great way to keep frequently used items close at hand.
Over-the-Door Message Center
Lastly, communication with your roommates is a key component to keeping the dorm room organized and comfortable. Using an over the door message center is a great way to keep track of chores and to let your roomies know what your plan is for the day. The top corkboard is perfect for posting paperwork, bills and other items that always end up lost when left on the desk or counter-top.
With these space-saving and dorm-organizing over the door racks, you are one step closer to having an organized semester, perhaps for the first time in your college career!
September 10th, 2012 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month, Get Your Laundry Done, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
With so little space it can be difficult to find storage in your dorm room for everything from clothes to books to sports equipment. Getting creative with the space you have is the key to keeping that tiny closet from getting overrun, because nobody wants to open their closet doors in the morning to fight with an avalanche of stuff!
Bed Lifters – Wood by Richards Homewares
What’s the one piece of furniture taking up most of the space in your dorm? The bed! By adding bed risers to your standard dorm bed you can take advantage of unused space and add convenient storage. Coming in a variety of styles and heights, there is sure to be a bed riser to fit your bed and storage needs.
The Bed Riser comes in several heights and features a streamlined design that looks like it’s part of the bed frame. This way your storage needs can be customized based on just how much extra space you add to the under bed area. Only need a little lift? Add the Bed Lifters – Wood that come in two wood finishes, perfect for matching with a wood bed frame.
Not sure just how much extra height your bed needs? Try the Adjustable 8 piece Bed Raiser for a versatile design that allows beds to raised at intervals so you can place the bed at just the right height. These stacking bed raisers are also easy to reuse at home when college is over.
Now that you’ve got so much new storage space you can organize it further with some under bed storage bins. Look for long bins that make the most of all that space with a split, lift top lid on one end for easy access. You can also treat the under bed area as an extension of your closet. Add bins with drawers to store everything from sweaters to shoes.
August 21st, 2012 — Durable Racks, Hang it Up, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
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
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!
August 15th, 2012 — Durable Racks, Get Your Laundry Done, Hang it Up, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
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
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
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.