Garment Racks for Beginners

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If you are new to the world of organizing, you may be thinking to yourself, What is a garment rack?  In fact, garment racks are nothing new themselves, they have been around for ages.  In the olden days, they usually took the form of a large, bulky armoire, and while it is still possible to find a full size, wooden clothing or bedroom armoire, many people are foregoing those classics in favor of modern, updated, lighter style garment storage racks.

Here is a run down of the basic different types of garment racks, what to do with them and where to find them:
Covered Garment Racks – These models have a few benefits over other garment racks.  One is that they are designed to offer a bit more protection to your clothing.  It all depends on what the fabric is made of, though.

 

Vinyl covered racks, such as the Easy View Crystal Clear Vinyl Wardrobe Closet offer maximum protection of your clothes, especially important if you are storing them in the garage or shed.  Fabric covers, like the 48″ Portable Wardrobe with Shelves offer some protection and could still work in the garage, as long as there is not too much moisture.  A model like this Wardrobe Center keeps dust and insects out, while still allowing for some air flow. It is compact enough for use in the guest room.

Rolling Garment Racks, like the Double Bar Rolling Garment Rack and single bar garment rack are great for use inside the home as a coat rack or as extra closet rod space.  The beautiful wooden design is a premium choice and enhances any room’s decor.  Casters make it easy to roll this stand in and out of place.
Simple Garment Racks – For the most basic of garment storage stands, the Fol-D-Rack simply can’t be beat.  It has an ultra-minimalist style and a great price point.  Plus it is portable, a big plus!

Other Types of Garment Storage – Not all garment racks are large, some come in smaller packages with just one type of storage in mind, like this Pant Trolley with Cedar Hangers.  This is great for the office worker who uses slacks everyday.  The rack is space efficient and eliminates wrinkles.

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Graduation Gifts for Him

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Excalibur Wardrobe Valet - With 3-Outlet 2-Prong Extension CordIn keeping with our graduation gift theme (cuz it’s not too late!), here are some great gift ideas for guys! When a young adult graduates from college, you want to look for a gift that is truly special and, most importantly, useful. Theoretically, your student will be setting up a new life for himself, which may include moving out on his own.

Here is a list of fun graduation gift ideas for that special guy in your life: Read more

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Think Collections When Choosing A Gift

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Looking for a gift for that recent grad setting up their first apartment? While they need pretty much everything, it can be difficult to think of a present that is practical and fun. Storage for a collection of their favorite items can be a great solution, you just have to figure out what they like and find the right storage solution.

For any young woman with a love of bags or shoes an organizer is a welcome addition to their closet. A hanging bag organizer is a great storage solution for anyone with so many bags they don’t know what to do with them. Look for one with individual slots so taking it out doesn’t cause an avalanche of bags. This makes finding the right bag a breeze. Looking for a present for a serious shoe lover? Consider getting them a shoe rack with a fun, modern look to give their closet a stylish touch.

For any guy with a serious hat collection storing and displaying them in a small apartment can be a problem. With a storage option like the CapRack 36 it’s easy to keep them all in one place and in good shape. Fitting over a door this rack can be used on the inside of a closet door for concealed storage or on the back of a bedroom door so they are all on show.

Movie lovers who have DVDs scattered all over their apartment will appreciate a sleek DVD rack so they can always find the movie they’re looking for. DVD organizers come in sizes big and small so it’s easy to find the right size. Consider a modular option so they can add more storage space as their collection grows.

Give a gift they can enjoy for years to come and that helps them enjoy their favorite collection in their brand new place!

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Old Faves Get a Modern Look

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umbrella standSometimes it seems to me that much of the good stuff has already been invented. I’m not talking technology here, I’m thinking more along the lines of stuff for the home. But many of us prefer a more modern look to our home decor style, so how can we incorporate these old fashioned items into our contemporary decor scheme? If you are a weekend DIY-er, you can certainly update the look of a piece of furniture simply by changing up the color. If you are me, you simply look for already -made fashionable upgrades to some old time favorite home accessories. Read more

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An Unexpected Entertaining Necessity

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The warm weather months can be a great time to entertain, but hosting can be a lot of work. From freshly pressed table cloths to appetizers there is so much that needs to get done before the guests arrive. Make sure you don’t get stuck in the kitchen all night while you’re guests enjoy themselves. With the right tools, planning and preparing for that next dinner party or cocktail hour it can all seem like a breeze.

A pressed tablecloth is the perfect foundation for a perfectly set table. Don’t waste hours toiling with a hot iron, use the Empressa Steam Press to quickly and efficiently press table linens. Pressing a much larger area than a standard iron, this steam press makes it easy to breeze through ironing so that everything from the napkins to a button up shirt are ready for the party.
Don’t get stuck in a hot kitchen while you’re guests wonder where the host or hostess is. Consider serving some fresh, chilled fruit or veggies as a healthy appetizer. These can be prepared before hand and stored in a bowl with dividers and a compartment for ice in the bottom so everything stays chilled even after it has been served. This way guests can have a refreshing appetizer and enjoy time with their host.
Looking for a way to serve guests drinks without having to turn yourself into the bartender? Choose a mixed drink for the evening that can be made ahead of time and simply serve it in a lovely pitcher or drink dispenser. For a decorative touch add garnishes to the pitcher that compliment the drink of your choice, like slices of lemon or sprigs of mint.
These tools can make it seem like you had a staff of twenty helping to get ready even when it’s all you!

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Outdoor Furniture – Pick of the Season

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Garden Leaves Park BenchIf you’ve got the outdoor space, you should definitely consider adding an outdoor bench to your patio furniture collection. Why? Because no other piece of furniture beckons you to come and sit, relax and enjoy a bit of nature like a garden bench does. Maybe it’s because we grew up sitting on benches at parks or at Grandma’s house, I don’t know for sure. All I know is that a garden bench adds charm and functional seating to any outdoor space.

My pick of this season is the Garden Leaves Park Bench, which features a beautiful cast iron leaf design on its back. Why? Read on… Read more

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How To Keep Your Home Green Even In The Heat

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What with running the air conditioner or having blowing fans throughout the house summer can seem like a difficult time to take any environmentally friendly steps around the house. That doesn’t have to be the case though! Make the most of that hot summer sun with items that span from the traditional to high tech.

Don’t waste money drying clothes in the dryer when a classic clothesline can do the job just as well. Adding a clothesline like the 5-Line Retractable Clothesline is a convenient way to gain drying space when it’s needed. This clothesline features a retractable design so the line can be stored out of sight when not in use.

Looking for a more heavy duty drying option? The 3″ Diameter Clothesline Post or the 30-Line 210′ Aluminum Clothesline provide lots of clotheslines for drying. These clotheslines are great for a larger yard with lots of space for a more permanent option. A clothing line is a must have in the summer when there are always towels from the pool that need to dry. Keeping clothes out of the dryer is also a good way to cut down on the wear and tear of drying in a dryer.

Like to enjoy the backyard at night? Save energy by choosing outdoor lights that stores up sunlight with built in solar panels so you can enjoy your garden night and day. Coming in a variety of designs and styles it’s easy to find lighting that looks great with your décor and works with your lighting needs. Consider using solar powdered lighting in the front yard as well. Light up your address plaque or front walkway with a solar powdered light so the light doesn’t have to pull power off the grid.

With a few small steps you cut back on energy use and energy bills which is good for the environment and your wallet.

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Grad Life: Part Four – When Your Graduate Moves Back Home…

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Magnetic Board - by BlomusThere’s a reason that some refer to them as “The Boomerang Generation”. With a sharp increase in college graduates moving back home because of poor job prospects and rising student loan debt, parents are having to rethink their empty nest plans. All of a sudden, moms and dads are finding themselves in the situation of being roommates to their own children who are now young adults.

Moving back home is a great idea for some recent grads, as it allows them to get their financial footing, paying off some debt while searching for jobs in a tough economy. How can parents and young adults set up the home to make this tricky living situation more palatable? Read more

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Bed Risers, Organizer’s BFF

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Black Bed Risers - Set of 8I think many professional organizers will agree with me that Bed Risers are a wonderful tool for getting the house organized, starting with the bedroom. Whenever a client has run out of room in her closet and is desperate for more storage space, the first place I look is under the bed. And if there isn’t any space down there, she is always relieved to hear that we can create that space in an instant.

Bed risers come in all shapes and sizes, here are some of my favorite picks and tips on using them: Read more

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