Maximize your wardrobe with a clothes drying rack

I’ll admit, it may seem strange to add a drying rack to your closet, but if you struggle with limited space, hear me out. I have lived in rentals of all sizes and I have had to get creative with my clothes storage more than once. One of the more convenient ideas that I had during my time as a seasoned renter was the clothes drying rack. There was one bedroom in particular that had no closet whatsoever. I had a small dresser for the basics, but there are a few pieces that just had to be hung up. I kept them in the laundry room for a short period, but it was too inconvenient in the mornings when I got dressed. Then it dawned on me — why not move that rack to my bedroom?

So I did some searching and I found a tension rod style drying rack that was perfect. This slim design fit perfectly in a corner of my bedroom, allowing me tons of vertical space without cluttering up treasured floor space.

The unique style features multiple arms that can be swung around and pointed in any direction. Tucked in the corner, I would turn them all in towards the wall and only swing them out when I was searching for something. This not only allowed me space, but let me keep it flush with the wall so it didn’t jut out into the room.

I bring this idea up because I recently moved into a smaller home. It has all the features I love, but I compromised a little on storage. I knew going in that was something I could work on. Once again, it proves how important maintaining proper organization is. By cutting down my wardrobe (how often do you really wear that those leather pants) and utilizing organizers in creative ways, I can enjoy the things I love about my smaller home.

This rack would work wonders in any tight space: small closets, laundry rooms (of course) and like I said, the bedroom.

If you’re troubled by a clutter, organization or storage issue, try to think outside of the box and around the house.



New Product Alert! Get kids organizing early on…

Whenever I see new organizing products for kids, I wish we’d had cute things like this when I was little…

elephantI think at best, my room had the standard dresser, bookshelf and closet. My sister and I actually shared the bedroom, so besides our beds, we pretty much didn’t have anything to ourselves.

This Elephant Ensemble by Innovative Home might have prevented some of our arguments over space and territory.  It has the basics: a clothing hamper, storage cube, waste basket and hanging storage basket with tiers. If we’d had this sort of thing, we might have been more enthusiastic about keeping our room clean.

And especially because it comes in other cute kid-friendly designs, each of us could have had our own theme, making it extra special.

I mean, why not learn about organizing early on? You learn to tie your shoes, make your bed, stuff like that. Obviously, no child is going to put organizing at the top of their list of favorite things to do (most of us adults don’t even feel that way about it), but it couldn’t hurt to guide them in that direction with cute organizers for their bedroom.

I know that I feel more inclined to stay organized when I have attractive looking containers and organizers, so maybe our kids can feel the same way?

Morning Go Smoother With An Organized Closet

When starting to outfit your first apartment there are a lot of basic closet storage items you simply can’t go without. Investing in items that are durable and can be used for years to come means you won’t have to waste time and money replacing cheaper alternative. Having the right storage tools makes life and getting dressed a lot simpler.

Giant Hanger - 12 Pack - White Plastic Hangers

Giant Hanger – 12 Pack – White Plastic Hangers

When outfitting the closet it’s important to have the essentials, from the right hangers to the proper shoe storage. Don’t mess around with dinky hangers that don’t keep your shirts off the closet floor. Use the Giant Hanger – 12 Pack – White Plastic Hangers to keep everything from jackets to dresses in their place and ready to wear. Built in hooks keep the straps of dresses where they should be, while the wide design of this hanger means clothes can’t easily slip off.

Shoes shouldn’t be stored in a pile on the floor, you can use anything from an over the door shoe rack to a floor shoe rack to ensure each pair maintains its shape. Modular racks are a great option for a growing shoe collection and that way you don’t have to get rid of your old rack when you have to many shoes to fit on it.

Does your closet have a built in shelf? It can be hard to keep items organized on an open shelf. Add some dividers so you can keep everything from handbags to sweaters neatly stored. Need additional shelf space? Consider adding a hanging shelf to store anything from shoes to shirts.

These tools give you what you need to keep your wardrobe organized and give you a head start on a fabulous closet. With these items you’re on your way to the closet of your dreams!

Garment Rack of the Week has a Shelf!

This week’s choice has everything you want in a garment rack and more!  The Chrome Garment Rack with Top Shelf is an all around A+ choice for storing clothes in the bedroom, office, guest room or even out in the garage.  Why?  Well, let’s just start with style.  This garment rack has a fun, refreshing modern design to it.  The mixture of materials also gives it a mixture of colors and finishes, with chrome being the main highlight which we know is great for the contemporary style minded.

Chrome Garment Rack with Top Shelf

Chrome Garment Rack with Top Shelf

Read on to find out what else I love about this garment rack:

Casters – I think that every garment rack should come with wheels on it like this one does.  Let’s face it, you will always have a need to move it in and out of the way, no matter where you are using it.  The casters make that job easy, and also make it easier to clean under.  If your garment rack is stationary, you are not going to vacuum under it, yet the dust will still be gathering down there.

Adjustability – This rack has arms that allow the total closet rod hanging space to adjust from 41.25″ to 66.75″, and it does so without looking bulky and imposing on the room too much.  You can draw those arms out when guests come to visit and then push them back in when they leave.

Shelf – I love it when there are additional storage methods incorporated into a garment rack.  This one has a shelf on top which is a great place to stack sweaters or t-shirts and other non-hanging items.  It also makes it a great choice for storing all of your uniforms and sporting equipment in the garage.
Shoe Rack – That’s Right!  This garment rack also has a shoe rack built in.  Need I say more?

An Extra Sturdy Garment Rack For Extra Storage

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.

Steel Garment Rack with 2 Shelves and Hanging Rod by Intermetro

Steel Garment Rack with 2 Shelves and Hanging Rod by Intermetro

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 steel garment rack with 2 shelves and hanging rod by Intermetro was a smart choice.  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 and bottom shelves.  I believe 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.  Also, it comes in either white or chrome so you can actually choose the one that suits your taste.

Over the Door Rack for Bulky Coats

Living in our nation’s third largest city, the bustling metropolis of Chicago is absolutely wonderful. There are just so many benefits to living in a bustling, faced paced, diverse urban center. I am always able to find things to do, places to see, food to eat, and I am never bored living in the city. This city is truly is one of the greatest places on earth. However, there is one serious drawback to living in Chicago.

over the door rack for clothes hanger

over the door rack for clothes hanger

For those that do not know, the Midwest has famously terrible weather. In the winter, it routinely gets below zero and the winds are bone chilling. In order to survive in this region of the United States, a full arsenal of heavy jackets is a must have. Without warm jackets, you will simply freeze; there is no way around it.

Unlike Antarctica, where a heavy jacket is a must have year-round, the summers in Chicago are equally brutal, but not for their chilliness. Summers in the Midwest get incredibly hot and humid making a jacket is the last thing you need taking up closet space.

This creates quite a large dilemma; where is one to store all of these heavy winter coats that are completely obsolete in the summer? A great solution for winter jacket storage is the over the door rack clothes hanger. This rack hangs over a closet or bedroom door, providing extra space for hanging coats, jackets and more.

The rack is made from coated metal, giving it excellent durability. This over the door storage rack has space for fifteen racks, and is able to support up to 40 pounds, which is plenty of strength for every one of my oversized down jackets.

This over the door rack and other space saving closet organizers can be found online at Stacks and Stacks!

Garment Racks For A Dream Closet

Creating a dream closet doesn’t mean you have to start big. Garment racks are an easy way to store clothes in smaller spaces like a studio and then become handy as your collection and storage space expands. When storing clothes in an open space organize clothes by type and then color to create an organized look that also makes it easy to coordinate in the morning. Place favorite pieces, like a dress or nice coat at either end to show them off. Really tight on space? Get creative and add closet organization shelves for storing anything that can’t be hung, like bags, shoes or sweaters.

medium duty 5ft z-rack clothing rack

medium duty 5ft z-rack clothing rack

When you finally have the closet space you need a garment rack can still by useful. Combine a rack with some garment bags to properly store seasonal clothing in a guest room. This makes it easy to keep the clothes you want to wear up front and center in your closet and protect out of season clothes. A garment rack also makes convenient clothing storage for a guest room that doesn’t have a closet. All you have to do is add some hangers and guests can easily unpack.

If you’re lucky enough to have a large closet or entire room to dedicate to your wardrobe than the storage options are limitless. A garment rack like the medium duty 5ft z-rack clothing rack is ideal for a dream closet. With a heavy duty design and set on casters this rack can easily be moved. Organize clothes by season, such as heavy winter coats on one rack and summer dresses on another, then rearrange these portable racks so you have easy access to season appropriate clothes.

For wardrobes big or small a garment rack can help get organized and store clothes so they are ready to wear for years to come.

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, 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.