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Welcome guests with the perfect entryway furniture

Expecting guests for Christmas? Make sure you have the space in your entryway for all of their stuff.

When I was a kid, my parents would always heap guests coats and bags in one, unmanageable pile on the bed in their bedroom. This set up is undesirable for many reasons. It makes it awkward for your guests and yourself. Not only do guests now have to break up the festivities to inquire about their belongings if they want to leave, but they are forced to dig for their jacket under the mess. Plus, it invites guests into parts of your home that, if you’re like me, you’d prefer they stay out of. Between dinner prep, cleaning the living room, bathroom and more, there is no time left to clean my bedroom when I’m expecting guests. So why invite them in there?

All of this is easily avoidable.Embedded image permalink

One simple Google search will show you that there are millions of ways to accomplish an accommodating foyer without construction. Simple pieces  of entryway furniture create vertical storage that is great for holidays or everyday use.

I want to draw attention to one multi-purpose entryway organizer in particular. This sleek black design from Whitmor covers all bases. It has hooks for coats, a drawer for personal items, shelves for bags or wallets and an umbrella cubby for wet items. Here are the specifics:

  • Constructed from durable, long-lasting wood in an espresso finish.
  • A single drawer gives you concealed storage space for accessories.
  • Three shelves offer space to store and display a wide array of items.
  • Eight double hooks at the top provide space to store coats and hats.
  • Bottom stand holds long umbrellas upright and securely in place.
  • Prevents you from tracking debris past the entryway of your home.
  • Instructions are included for a quick assembly process upon arrival.

I love this piece because it does so much and still looks good. It’s not clunky or over-sized; it looks great in small and large rooms alike and will always be helpful.

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Every home needs a good garment rack!

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.

garmentrack

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.

wallgarmentrackA 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!

Seasonal Clothing Storage 101

garment bagsA great way to keep your closets clutter-free is to store your out of season clothing elsewhere.  That means, during the winter your summer clothes go into storage and vice versa during the summer.  Don’t worry if you do not have a garage, there are plenty of places to find storage around the home – you just need to know where to look for it!  When it comes to managing clutter, especially when it comes to clothing, I absolutely treasure garment bags, which come in various styles.  Some garment bags hang over the closet rod to keep long coats and dresses stored, while others are designed for packing up sweaters and keeping them under the bed.

Ideally (if you have a garage) you should keep a garment rack in the garage for hanging items.  That way, all you have to do is transfer the hanging clothes to the garment rack and zip them up in some sort of protective storage bag.  You’ll want that bag to have good strong seams, somewhat rigid to maintain shape, and be transparent so you can see through to what’s inside.  Never go the easy route and use garbage bags, folks, you’ll regret it!  If you do not have a garage for storing seasonal clothes, you will have to be a little more creative.  But it is not difficult – utilize space under the bed, under the sofa, in a hall closet, etc.

Space Bags and other containers which use a vacuum to suck out the air are a dream come true for people with limited storage space.  Use those to hold your sundresses and tanks in the winter and your sweaters and scarves in the summer.  No matter how you go about it, you are sure to find that storing seasonal clothes is the key to having an organized and de-cluttered closet!

Clothes Drying Racks – Everyone needs a good one!

Whether you have access to an automatic dryer or not, manual line clothes drying is a necessity for almost anyone!  Some of us don’t have a machine to dry our clothes and even those of us who do, often have to line dry delicate garments.  I have noticed that line drying clothes is becoming popular as a “green” way of living.  It cuts down on energy use and will save you a little money monthly (and everyone is looking to save a penny here and there in this economy).

Now, you can find just about any kind of clothes drying rack for sale out there on the internet.  Whether you need something to hang a whole load outside, a few garments in your laundry area, or a load over the bathtub in your tiny urban apartment.  There are laundry racks that hang over the door, mount to the wall, stand over the tub, extend from the wall, and everywhere in between! The reason this topic interests me is because it applies to just about everyone.  Even if all you need to hang dry is a blouse or pair of stockings here and there.

When looking for a rack to dry garments and laundry, consider your needs.  First and foremost: capacity.  Are you going to be drying whole loads of laundry or just a few pieces at a time?  Secondly, consider how much space is available; do you have a laundry room, a back yard, or just a space in your bathroom?  Will you need to use a wall mounted drying rack to save floor space, or will you have to go with a freestanding rack because the landlord won’t abide wall damage?  Whatever your needs, there’s sure to be a perfect clothes drying rack out there for you!

The Coolest in Car Organizing Gear

Auto Clothes Bar - Expandable Garment Rack

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.

Keeping A Small Space Organized

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

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 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

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!

Tips To Do Your Own Laundry In College

Laundry for Dummies Kit

Laundry for Dummies Kit

As a brand-new college freshman, many young people heading back to school for the fall are beginning to make some eye-opening discoveries: They are meeting new people from all over the country (and sometimes even all over the world); they are having their world-view opened up to a variety of perspectives; and, they are taking new and exciting courses that were never before offered at their high schools.

Of course, not every single new discovery is quite so positive: College freshman are also learning that there is no one to make your dinner or force you to eat healthy; procrastinating until the night before a big exam never works; it is now on you to drag your body out of bed and make it to class in time; and perhaps most important of all, Mom and Dad are not there to do your laundry anymore, and yes, you smell terrible when you do not do laundry for a month.

While some brand new college students will have to learn these lessons the hard way, one way to be prepared for college dorm life is to have convenient laundry accessories at the ready, such as laundry bags, totes, cleaning supplies and more! All too often with college students, if there are multiple barriers preventing a chore from being completed, it gets put on the back burner and often never gets done (this is a bad, bad thing when it comes to cleaning your stinky, sweaty socks!).

The Laundry Kit for Dummies includes everything a brand-new college student needs to keep their laundry organized and keep them looking their best. This unique laundry accessory kit includes a collapsible laundry hamper, two bags for washing delicates, plus two dryer balls that are the perfect substitute for dryer sheets. Rounding out this perfect laundry set is a lint roller and a table top ironing board so not only will the college student smell pleasant, he or she will also have crisp and lint-free clothing.

With all of these new experiences to be to gleaned upon first arriving at college, it makes life much easier for your incoming college freshman to be prepared for as many of the more obvious first-time-college lessons as possible. Preparing them with everyday essentials such as laundry accessories is the perfect way for them to put their best foot forward.

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Tight On Dorm Room Storage? Look Under The Bed!

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

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.

Dorm Accessories Get Really Basic

plastic hangers

plastic hangers

I remember the week before I started college.  My mom took me to the local drugstore to purchase “the basics”, or what she thought I would need to set up my dorm room, and to set up my new life as a professional student.  A few of the things I probably would have thought of on my own (toothpaste, deodorant), but beyond that, I have to admit that I was clueless.  She had been “furnishing” my life for 18 years up to that point for me, but now she was about to send me off, and clearly, by the look of the list she brought along, she wasn’t quite ready to hand over the reins for some reason.
It went something like this:  “Laundry Detergent?  Check.  Staples?  Okay, if you say so!  Roll of Quarters?  Huh?  What do I need those for? “
If you are in the shoes my mom found herself in (some 15 years ago, I might add), you’ve probably got the basics down yourself.  But here are a few more things you may not have thought of that you should add to your back-to-school shopping list:
·         Plastic Hangers – Why? They’re just so darn cheap!  And something I know that my mom forgot to send up with me (Imagine my surprise that closets don’t come complete with hangers).  Wire is great too if you have a bunch left over from the dry-cleaners (and free).
·         Roll of Quarters  (or two or three) – Yep, your not-so-much munchkin anymore is going to have to do his laundry all by himself, and he will have to pay for it.  And if you think he’s going to run out to get change when he runs out of clean sox, think again – he’s got better things to do now.
·         A jump-drive – also called a flash drive, barely yet invented when I was in college, but now an absolute must-have for every student.

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!