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.
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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A 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!
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!