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Portable Closet Storage for the Polar Vortex

Wow it has been incredibly cold these last few weeks! With temperatures in the single digits all over the country (if you are lucky!), people have been finding new and inventive ways to keep warm. Of course, the oldest and most time honored method of staying warm in frigid temperatures is layering. This requires a lot of storage space in the home so you can store those layers efficiently and neatly. With portable closet storage, you will not have any issues finding a place to keep all of your winter wear.

One issue with layering is that it takes a whole bunch of storage space in order to keep all of that winter wear organized. That is why you will probably have a difficult time keeping all of your cold weather gear in your built-in closets. Instead, use portable closet storage to increase your bedroom or closet’s total clothing storage space.

What is great about portable closet storage is that while it provides a great deal of storage space when you need it, it folds down compactly when you do not. This is vital in the summer months when you don’t need so much storage space, but you need to have floor space to walk around (and perhaps room to air dry your laundry in the warm summer months).

A great portable closet storage option is the Honey Can Do Storage Closet. This closet is a very subtle addition to the bedroom with its clean lines and white color. The closet is really durable and long-lasting, so you can use it every year. You’re going to need portable closet storage a lot more in the future with all this climate change, so make sure you get it right the first time!

Portable Closet Storage

Full disclosure: I wrote this blog post about the polar vortex that is sweeping the nation for the comfortable confines of an office with all of the windows open and a breezy 70 degree Southern California day just outside the door. Some people have all the luck, eh?

Shelf Organization for the Cramped Dorm Room

It’s already mid-August, and you college students know it is time to start getting ready for dorm life! Whether you are a returning student or a first time fresh-person, you will need to stock up on storage and organization accessories, and stat! One of the best ways to be organized in the dorm is to have the proper shelf organization.

Dorms are not exactly well-known for their spacious accommodations. One of the keys to enjoying dorm life is to find the hidden storage opportunities around the room. A great way to increase your shelf organization space is an under-mounted shelf! These unique shelves basically are screwed onto the bottom side of a flat surface. This adds a convenient place to organize paperwork and other smaller items.

For those that are looking to organize books and paperwork in a more visible way, the Cardboard Magazine File is a must-have shelf organization piece. This durable but lightweight file is perfect for organizing magazines, books and papers in a vertical fashion. This file fits onto a shelf and is a great addition to a desk or closet shelf.

Shelf Organization

If you want to save shelf space for more important items, use the Modular Cube Storage system for catch-all storage. These cubes and drawers are perfect for everything from clothing to linens to foodstuffs! These versatile shelves are just the thing you need for the dorm, providing easy-to-access and convenient storage in any setting.

Shelf Organization

With these helpful suggestions for dorm shelf organization, you will have no problem keeping it together this year. Now you can save time searching for items and use that time to study even more! Nothing feels better than totally blowing the curve for everyone else because you had the most study time. Use these easy and helpful storage suggestions to get a leg ahead of everyone else!

Closet Shelving as a Birthday Present!?!

Under just about any circumstance, giving someone a shelving unit as a gift can typically be a dicey decision. While many do like to get practical gifts, most of us are just looking to get some cool new toys for the home. Closet shelving as a gift is usually met with general disappointment.

Even I, as a person that is considered to be a dedicated connoisseur of the art of home storage, rarely if ever would place a wall-mounted floating shelf anywhere near the top of my Wish List. However, I have decided that there is one particular home-storage and organization related item that makes for an excellent gift.

Maybe you are like me and have a large walk-in closet but are unable to find an efficient, cost-effective way to make the most of the space. Well, adding a closet shelving system can make an incredible difference. Though closet storage systems do not make the most exciting present, they are the perfect choice for providing your home with a sense of greater organization.

Closet Shelving

While the walk-in closet in my bedroom is very spacious, it is lacking in useful shelving for storing all of our clothing. As of right now, our closet looks like a disaster area, with clothes stacked on top of each other, shoes all over the floor and accessories scattered around – basically a huge mess. Adding a modular closet shelving system is the perfect solution for getting the closet organized. What is great about this modular system is I can pick and choose the pieces I want, ensuring I don’t waste money on storage pieces I have no need for.

For our closet, the perfect accessories were:

1.)    The Standard System, which included

  1. Three 12″ x 24″ shelves
  2. Three 12″ x 72″ shelves
  3. Five Wardrobe Bars
  4. 9 Bar Spacers
  5. 4 Angle Brackets

2.)    A wall-mounted shelf tower, perfect for putting our folded clothes

Wall Mounted Shelf

3.)    An under-mount tie and belt rack for organizing all of our accessories

Under-Mount Tie and Belt Rack

4.)    A deep wire basket for catch-all storage

Deep Wire Basket

5.)   And lastly, a few additional shelves for the shelf tower


Corner Wall Shelves for Every Occasion

Today we have a guest blog from one of my good friends, who I have known since middle school and has a home-storage dilemma on his hands:

Unfortunately for me and my ever-fading sanity, I have been living in a tiny studio apartment for the last 3 years. I would love to make an upgrade to a one-bedroom but unfortunately that is a little bit out of my price range for the time being. What makes living in a cramped studio apartment so frustrating for me is that I barely have enough space for all of my belongings, which I have been lugging around with me for the last five years or so.

Because the apartment I live in is just so small and I am so lacking in appropriate closet space, in order to keep my things from piling up on the floors around me, I have to use wall shelves for storage.  The problem with this solution is that now that I have been using this method for a couple of months, I have run out of space along my walls for more shelves. There are shelves on literally lining the entire perimeter of my studio apartment. I spent the last weekend finding some solutions for how to add even more storage and display space to the apartment.

I am sure you are thinking the answer is obvious – “Just get a shelving unit, man!” But what you may not realize is that there is just no more floor space left in my 300 square foot for a bulky shelving unit.

After hours of scouring home-improvement sites and clutter-reducing blogs, I finally came across the perfect solution to adding more storage to my tiny studio apartment without: adding wall mounted corner shelves to the room! These shelves are perfect because they utilize the only space along my walls that has not yet been filled with wall storage shelves. Now I am able to store all of my belongings along wall shelves.

Corner Wall Shelf

The solution to all of your home-storage problems??

Cleaning up Kiddies with Toy Storage

As a parent, one of the most frustrating aspects of child-rearing is getting them to realize the importance of organization. It is good to develop cleaning and organization habits early on so they do not grow up to become “pig-pens” – this is where toy storage is important.

It can be really exasperating to explain to the little ones about the importance of putting all of their toys away after they are done – but not two hours later as you go downstairs to grab a midnight bologna and cream cheese sandwich you take a tumble in a cartoon-esque manner because someone left their Hot Wheels city fully assembled.

How’s a Parent To Teach Toy Storage?

One of the best ways to teach storage and organization to little ones is to provide them with the correct toy storage options. There are a wide variety of kid’s storage options, from the more practical to the themed and fun storage bins. From toy bins up to decorative toy chests, there are many different options for getting your kids to put their toys away.

Toy Storage

One of the most space-efficient choices for toy storage are uniuqe storage options. These unique products provide a fun and innovative way for your child to learn the importance of cleaning up after themselves.  Some hanging organizers have two mounting points, proving a hammock-like place to keep your kids stuffed animals, actions figures and more. Other hanging storage items dangle down and feature a variety of clips to hang the toys from.

With all of these storage options, you would think it would be a simple task to get your children to clean up with themselves. You can make it fun, you can make it easy but most of the time it just takes perseverance that I know you have deep inside of you! Best of luck getting those kids in order!

A Well Thought Out Dorm Room – Closet Shelf Organizers

It’s not too late to get organized in the dorm room.  Maybe your child has just moved in and realized that she didn’t have quite everything she needed from the get go to stay neat and tidy.  One thing many people forget when planning to move into the dorms are closet shelf organizers.  They come in a wide range of styles, and they are really the icing on the cake when it comes to achieving an organized dorm room.  Closet shelf organizers either sit on or mount to the existing closet shelf that is found over the closet rod.  They can also be used on other shelves though too, such as a linen closet.  The main purpose of these handy organizers is to keep clothing in the right place, and reduce the amount that spills on the closet floor!

Shelf Dividers - Set of 4

Shelf Dividers – Set of 4

Here are some of my favorite styles and how to use them:
Slide On Dividers – these slide right onto the shelves and stand upright, no mounting required.  They are great for dividing up stacks of sweaters, jeans, t-shirts and other foldables.  This set of 4 shelf dividers has a modern look and is ultra-durable, so it can be used for many years (and many living situations) to come.
Stacking Bins – These usually have an open front for easy access, and since they are enclosed on three sides, they are perfect for accessories and smaller items like socks, scarves, purses and even flip-flops and flats.
Extra Shelves – small wire shelves that are freestanding are great for placing on the closet shelf.  They divide up the space vertically, allowing you to access clothes without a whole pile tumbling down on top of you.
Baskets – Have an extra basket lying around the house?  Use it on top of the closet shelf to keep your loose accessories contained.
A little organization goes a long way when dealing with tight spaces!

Closet Shelf Help

Making the most of your existing closet shelf is a priority when you are organizing your closet.  The shelf above the closet rod, which you will find in almost every closet, is a great place for storage of clothing, office supplies, shoes and pretty much anything else you can think of.  So how can you make the most of this space?  Often you will find that you stack sweaters, pants or shirts high up on that shelf, only to come back later and they have fallen down.

Purse Organizer - Park-a-Purse

Purse Organizer – Park-a-Purse

One solution to this is to use shelf dividers that are specifically designed for the closet.  These handy tools simply slide onto your wooden shelf and create a vertical divider that keeps stacked items neat and tidy.  Another great tool for the upper closet shelf are bins, which contain items, but offer less access to stored items, so it’s a better solution for things that you don’t need daily access to.  A third option is to use wire shelves which divide up the space vertically.  This also helps to keep clothes from falling over and makes it easier to grab from the pile without causing a closet avalanche!  If you have other items that you would like to store up there, like shoes or purses this is a great place to do that. The Park-a-Purse – Purse Organizer is an inexpensive closet organizing tool that can be used high up on that shelf or even on the floor if there is space.  Each purse has its own compartment, perfect for accessories lovers.  It can also be used for smaller shoes, especially ladies footwear like pumps.   Other ideas include plastic bins for out of season clothing, toys, personal items and more.  Whatever your closet organizing needs are, there are plenty of closet tools to help you out on your way to a more organized wardrobe!

Get Your Kid’s Organized

Kid’s bedrooms can be difficult to keep organized, with toys and clothes scattered all over the place. Designing storage so little ones have easy access to toys and plenty of organizers for clothes is the best way to manage the mess. Especially with very small children it’s important to keep in mind what items you want within reach and what you want to store on higher shelves.

Kids Hangers with Clips

Kids Hangers with Clips

With kids outgrowing clothes left and right, kids wardrobes can be hard to keep up with. Keeping everything organized and up to date is that much easier with the proper storage. Especially when kids are small keeping those little shirts on hangers can be a challenge. With the right hangers like the Kids Hangers with Clips (12) clothes will easily stay in place. Built in clips are perfect for storing skirts or pants.

Adding closet organizers with bins is a good way to keep clothes sorted and folded. Perfect for pajamas or shirts, bins are a great way to store clothes where kids can reach them so they can get ready in the morning or for bed on their own. Hanging closet organizers is another great way to provide easy to access storage and they can be removed when they are outgrown.

When you have a new baby at home you can quickly end up with clothes for the baby at all ages. Using baby clothes closet dividers is a great way to keep clothes sorted so when the baby grows into them they aren’t forgotten.

Modular shelving can be a practical choice for kids bedroom storage since it can grow with your kids. Use stacking cubes for books so shelving can grow with their library. Add baskets to the cubes for convenient toy storage. In no time bedroom pick up will be cut in half!

Dorm Room Shopping Tips

When you are preparing to send a child away to college for the first time, there is a lot of planning that is required. Nobody wants to be the parent that sends their children woefully ill prepared to live away from home for the first time, having to mooch off of their roommates just to get by. Often what happens is parents send their kids to college with way too much stuff, and then the dorm room ends up looking like a monsoon hit it.

wire shelf dividers

wire shelf dividers

Of course, it is better to be safe than sorry, and I would recommend erring on the side of sending too much stuff with your child, but also send them with ample organizational items. This will help avoid having them shove everything under the bed or even worse, just shove it in the closet or leave things on the floor.

One must-have for the dorm room is a good, spacious laundry hamper, preferably on wheels and with a lid. The lid is a necessity because it keeps the laundry in the basket, and not all over the floor. The wheels are a great accessory because they make wheeling the hamper when it full of dirty clothes significantly easier.

Another great organizational accessory is an item for closet shelves. Adding wire shelf dividers is an excellent way to split up the space of a larger shelf. These are the perfect items for a dorm, because often two or three students need to share one large shelf. This just makes it much easier to delineate the space.

A final accessory that is perfect for dorms is under bed storage bins. These bins are great for college dorms because usually the beds in dorms are elevated to accommodate extra storage. With a clear bin, your child will have a great place to store extra linens, notebooks and writing utensils, fall / spring clothing (depending on the season), dry foods and snacks – really any smalls items. This helps clear out what little drawer and shelf space is in the dorm and keeps the place tidier.

The Wonders of Folding Bookcases – By C.G. Roxane

ave you ever had the need for a bookcase in your home? Everyone certainly has, but how about a book case that can be broken down in mere seconds, transported, and then reassembled with ease? Yes, it’s possible, and I’ve discovered how – A folding bookcase.

The world of folding bookcases was unknown to me, perhaps it is to you. But once you research the incredible benefits of a terrific “folder”, you’ll be amazed you hadn’t heard of them sooner. Everyone should consider adding a folding bookcase or two to their homes! I selected a classic 4 tier corner bookcase for my condo, and it’s worked wonders to add visual flair and intrigue to my standard, run-of-the-mill decor. It actually worked so well, I’ve decided to use them in every room in the house. I’m creating a library comprised of wood bookcases that can be folded!

Folding Bookcases

Folding Bookcases

They are so strong! My 3 tier folding bookcase, which I purchased at Stacks and Stacks at a very reasonable price, is constructed of bamboo, which is just great. It looks like regular wood, but it’s just really so much better. What is so great about collapsible, folding bookcases is that they are always generally readily available in many different colors, and constructed of many different materials, perfect for all the different rooms in my home!

Next, installation! It’s incredibly easy. When I installed my folding bookcase, I thought it would fall apart — how could something that is folded flat ever become a bookcase that could carry my have tomes and noels — but it did. Boy did it! In fact, you’re free to place anything you want on these powerful bookshelves, from houseplants to picture frames to candles! The options are limitless!

I did not think it would be possible, but I added a folding bookcase to my home!

You can too.