Monthly Archives: July 2009

Affordable Closet Upgrades

Your wardrobe cannot easily be replaces, so upgrading a few things in your closet to help take care of it is not such a bad idea. It may surprise you to know that just a few touches can really update your closet, make it more efficient and help you to stay organized.

You need to make usable space for your things. This may involve adding shelves, racks, cubbies or additional bars. You can protect your wardrobe from damage if it is not crammed in between shoes, junk and other clothes. One way to make space where there is not much space to be had is to use space saving hangers.

You can use them to keep your coats, shirts, skirts and pants from getting crammed together. Plus, the new streamlined look will make your closet instantly look better. Select the right curvature or style for the kinds of clothing that you own. Space saving hangers with hooks are great for skirts and shirts with large neck openings. Ones with notches can hold items with straps for shoulders.

The flat design of slimlinehangers keeps clothes close together. However, they actually help them to hold their shape at the shoulder and back. They keep your closet in tip top shape, providing much needed space and organization. You can even piggy-back articles of clothing with cascading hooks to create even more space and have your clothes ready to grab at a moment’s notice.

You can further protect your wardrobe with a few more inexpensive accessories. Shoulder covers are especially useful for dark colored coats, dresses and suits. A build-up of dust can make you have to bring them to the cleaners before you can wear them again. Shoulder covers and garment bags protect the clothing that you do not wear often from dust.

If you have extra room to spare, you can add drawers, additional shelves, a laundry nook, or a specialty organization rack. Customize it to your personal needs. You may need simple hooks for handbags, robes and belts. Or you may want a special shelf up high for a lock box or jewelry. If you have a lot of board games to store, you may want a tall, slim series of shelves. A lot of people are moving towards using baskets or bins to hide away and organize small items while making their closet beautiful.

Be creative with the space that you have and you can utilize space that you didn’t know you had before. For example, how many inches are wasted behind your hanging clothes? If you move your hanging bar back towards the wall, you can free up space in the front of the closet for shelves, cubbies and hooks to go from floor to ceiling.

Once you get your closet organized with slimlinehangers, or space saving hangers, manipulate the space that you have and add accessories that fit your wardrobe and your budget, it will be much easier to keep things in order from then on out.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for slimlinehangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit

Small Closet Tips

A small closet can really cramp your style. Digging through piles of junk, finding your clothes wrinkled or piled on the floor and having no room to store anything can be a real nightmare. Having a small closet is not the end of the world, but it may require some creating planning on your part. Use these tips to turn your nightmare space into your little piece of heaven.

First things first, clear out the closet. You need to get rid of as much stuff as possible before you start. Shoes that are scuffed, too tight or out of date must go. If they just do not match anything or haven’t been worn in over a year, chances are you will never use them. The same goes for clothes. If there is a stain, it’s too short, too tight, or out of date, it has got to go. Again, if you have not worn it in a year, you probably never will.

If you cannot bear to give everything to charity, consider giving it to friends or having a swap party with friends. You can inspire all of your friends to clear out the clutter in their lives as well. Have a party where everyone brings over their gently used items to share. Purses, hats, belts and shoes are most popular. Whatever is left after the swap goes to a local charity. It’s a fun way to do a good deed and see what treasures your friends have been hiding.

Okay, back to the closet. If you do not have a lot of time or money, you will need to organize on the fly. Get some inexpensive bins for things like socks, swimwear, linens and storage items. Keeping things separated will not only keep things where you can find them, but also out of sight for an organized look. Baskets, canvas crates and other containers can go on a shelf, the floor or anywhere that you find room.

If you still have small stuff to organize, like hats, belts, ties or purses, consider an organizer that hangs from the door or bar. If those seem too flimsy for your taste, you might want to build or invest in some cubby shelves to hold the containers for you. Or, install some drawers or extra shelves specifically for these items.

Now you are ready to hang your clothes. If you still feel like you have more clothing than space, you will need to invest a little in specialty hangers. Use slimlinehangers to make some extra space. Cascade these hangers with additional hooks that let you hang multiple items on space saving hangers. With the use of slimlinehangers, you can quickly double or triple your hanging space and get that closet under control.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for slimlinehangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit

Get Your Home Organized for Back to School

Get ready parents, it’s time for back to school in just a few weeks. This time of year can motivate you to get everything organized and ready for the hustle and bustle of the school year. Your schedule runs so much smoother when your house is in order, so use these tips to get everything ready to grab and run on those hectic school mornings.

You probably do this every year. You start out the school year organized and committed to keeping everything in order. But by the summer, you’ve become the pack rat that you dreaded seeing ever again. School work can pile up, end of the year projects come home, the winter clothes come off and it’s off to the pool all summer long. Well, it’s time to get moving again. Don’t buy a single back to school item until you have made a space for everything that will be coming in.

Each child will need a backpack, pencils, crayons, glue, lunchbox, paper and more. Most of these things will end up staying at the school, so really you need to get ready for what will come home. You especially need to be ready for the things that come home that must go back, or things that come home that you want to keep. You may decide to dedicate an area of your entryway or your coat closet to these items.

If you have a coat closet, you may be able to hang coats on one side and install shelves and hooks on the other side. Each child will need a backpack hook. You can also label containers or large folders for each child’s work that you want to keep. When you look through their folders, you can quickly file the keepsakes and trash the rest. Keep a small trash bin at the bottom of the closet for this task. It will keep you from piling up the work on your kitchen counter or coffee table.

Next, you will need to have homework supplies handy. Use a metal bill tray mounted to the wall to keep loose leaf paper, construction paper and composition books. Then place a magnetic pencil holder to the outside with plenty of sharpened pencils and pens for quick and easy use. A hanging basket is a great place to keep crayons, markers, glue, glitter, pencil sharpeners, erasers and sticky notes. Leave notes for your kids on their backpacks that say things like “dentist appointment at 1:00”, “bring snack for the class today” or anything that you need for them to remember. A dry erase calendar used only for school is also a good thing to keep inside the closet door.

If you need to make space in your closet for all of these things, hang your coats on space saving hangers. Clips and cascading hooks can save you a lot of space. When everything is organized and ready to go, you will be too.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for slimlinehangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit