February 11th, 2012 — Garment Rack of the Month, Get Your Laundry Done, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
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
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.
January 10th, 2012 — Practical Uses for Garment Racks
One of the best ways to keep an organized and tidy closet is to store seasonal clothing elsewhere, like in the garage or under the bed. Even if your closet is not cramped with clothes, it still makes a lot of sense to keep on hand just the pieces you’ll need, given the season. So in the summer, my jackets and sweaters go into storage (except for a few light pieces for those rare cool summer nights) and likewise with tanks, shorts and sun dresses in the winter. Not only does this free up space in my closet, but I find to be it easier and less distracting when picking out outfits. And this may or may not happen for you, but I also find that every time I open that box of seasonal clothing, it is like getting all new clothes!
Now, cardboard boxes are not a good idea for seasonal clothing storage. The first problem presented by cardboard boxes is water damage. You just never know if a ceiling will leak or if the garage will accidentally flood. Mildew is virtually impossible to rid from clothing, so it is just not worth taking the chance. And there are many other problems related to storing your seasonal clothes in a cardboard box. Vermin could get into them, they could get squashed, or even given away during a spontaneous spring cleaning project.
Heavy Duty Vinyl Clothes Storage Bag
I only store my seasonal pieces in vinyl storage bags, such as this Heavy Duty Vinyl Clothes Storage Bag. Sure, it is obvious why these are the ideal storage solution for clothes and blankets, but I will give you the insider’s perspective on what is so great about them.
· Being able to see clearly to the inside is a HUGE help!
· The zipper placement creates a very large opening for getting things in and out in a flash.
· They’re soft sided for fitting into tight spaces, but they are also quite sturdy so I can stack multiple units.
November 28th, 2011 — Durable Racks, Garment Rack of the Month, Practical Uses for Garment Racks
Frameless Suit Bag
Finding more storage space in your home can seem like an impossible task, especially when it comes to seasonal clothing. Bulky winter coats, sweaters and boots can be especially difficult to store. Often it’s more of a challenge to find the extra room than it is to figure out how to store it. When every possible inch of closet space is full it’s time to get creative!
Sweaters bags are a must for storing your favorite knits. Easily stretched out by hangers, sweaters are best stored folded flat. Make sure they have been properly clean before packing them up so no moth damage occurs. Storage bags are also a useful when traveling, you can pack all your shirts together or use them to keep outfits organized, then towards the end of the trip you can use them to store dirty clothes.
Garment racks are an easy way to gain clothes storage when closets are full. Ideal for using in bedrooms when you live in an older home without closets or want to create additional storage in an extra room or garage. To keep clothes in good condition add a Frameless Suit Bag that creates a portable, mini closet. A frameless zippered suit bag from Stacks and Stacks is easy to transport and doesn’t take up as much room as a dresser or wardrobe. Clear vinyl design makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Under bed storage bins are a great way to make the most of unused space. Slide out bins with lift tops are an easy way to store items you don’t need everyday. Add risers underneath your bed frame and you can gain a few more inches of storage for larger bins. Platform bed frames with built in drawers are an even more convenient form of under bed storage. Easy to open drawers make it good storage for items you need more regularly, like sweaters or shoes.
November 17th, 2011 — Durable Racks, Futuristic Garment Racks, Garment Rack Justice, Garment Rack of the Month, Garment Racks can Save Lives
As we all tighten our budgets, we are looking for ways to save money in every area of our lives. We find ourselves asking questions like: How can I make my car last longer? How can I stretch my grocery dollar? And how can I shop for clothing less? Fortunately, the last question has an easy answer. To spend less on money on clothes, you’ve got to use what you have better. With clothes, that means you will want to take better care of them to make them last longer. There are many ways to do this, and one of the easiest and cheapest methods is to use vinyl hanging shoulder covers.
Vinyl Shoulder Covers
These nifty clothes saving inventions couldn’t be easier to use. Simply hang your clothes up as you normally would on a hanger, gather a few of those hangers together and then slip one of these plastic clothes storage bags over the top of the hanger. This helps with everything from dust and water stains to damage from moths and other insects. And since they are crystal clear, you can still see everything that you have in your closet.
Here are some additional ways to make your clothes last longer:
1. Cedar - Cedar is a natural insect repellent and smells heavenly, doing double duty in the closet and helping to extend the life of your clothing. Look for cedar hangers, sachets and other products.
2. Washing Carefully - Don’t be lazy with your laundry. Following the manufacturer’s instructions on washing and drying can save wear and tear, extending the life of your garments substantially. Example: If it says wash in cold water, then do so. Not HOT water, not WARM water, just cold.
3. Out of Season Clothes Storage - store clothes that are out of season properly, taking careful care to keep them free from moisture damage. Sealed plastic boxes and garment bags are two simple ways to do this.
Get your Vinyl Shoulder Covers at Stacks and Stacks!