Welcome guests with the perfect entryway furniture

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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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Seasonal Clothing Storage 101

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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!

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Clothes Drying Racks – Everyone needs a good one!

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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!

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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.

Over The Door Cap Rack

Over The Door Cap Rack

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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How To Keep Your Home Green Even In The Heat

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30-Line 210' Steel Clothesline - by Household Essentials

30-Line 210′ Steel Clothesline – by Household Essentials

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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