Summer’s here–time to tuck away all those heavy blankets, comforters, bedspreads and quilts. Easier said than done, of course, especially since they should only be put away clean. And getting them laundered or dry cleaned is a job in itself.
At least you won’t have to lose any sleep over how to store them. Here are four different types of effective blanket storage solutions:
- Zippered storage bags. A classic solution, especially if you have adequate storage space. The extra-large Canvas Blanket Bag is a good example–it has a clear side and zips on three edges for easy access to the contents. At 26 inches by 21 inches by 10 inches, it’s roomy enough to accommodate a king-size comforter and duvet cover. Zippered under-bed storage bags are also useful for blanket storage.
- Vacuum seal storage bags. To fit more blankets into less space, Jumbo Vacuum Clothes Bags are an efficient solution. These clear, heavy-duty double-zip bags allow you to compress the contents by using your vacuum hose to pull out excess air. (You can also remove air by hand, but the vacuum does a better and faster job.)
- Blanket hangers. The Comforter and Blanket Hanger features extremely sturdy chrome wire construction designed to support the weight of even the heaviest comforters. Providing 15 inches of hanging space, the open-ended design makes it simple to retrieve or hang any large folded materials. The hanging rod includes a non-slip rubber sleeve to prevent covers from falling off.
- Quilt racks. If you’d just like to be able to grab extra blankets easily, a quilt rack is a handy option. This type of blanket storage solution also allows you to display afghans, quilts and throws. The antique-style Quilt Display Stand has three bars, and each bar can be used to hang at least one blanket.
More types of blanket storage solutions can be found here.
Bathtub edges and shower corners seem to have a magnetic ability to attract everything from rapidly multiplying bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bodycare products to clutter-causing kids’ bath toys.
To declutter and organize these tricky areas, try these bath and shower organizing tips:
- Take stock of your “product inventory” and move out anything that doesn’t get used on a regular basis. Don’t hang onto products like shampoo that you tried a couple of times but didn’t like or ancient loofahs that you keep forgetting to use.
- If there are a number of items that get used frequently by different family members, consider having a shower tote for each person’s bath necessities.
- The most effective shower and bath organizers are those designed to utilize vertical space, such as:
- The Mesh Shower Rod Organizer features three large and three small mesh pockets to hold your shower items without collecting water, and a hook on each side for loofahs or shower brushes. The large lower pockets feature a hole in the bottom so you can store product bottles upside-down, eliminating the need to remove a bottle to squeeze out shampoo or conditioner. Designed to hang from your existing shower curtain rings or hooks, this clever shower organizer takes up virtually no space.
- The tension-pole InterDesign Corner Shower Caddy makes the most of corner space in a shower stall or bathtub. The four height-adjustable, self-draining storage baskets include one large basket and three medium baskets, one with a towel bar and one with hooks and razor holders. The pole adjusts from 5 feet to 9 feet high.
- The Adjustable Shower Caddy is an over-the-showerhead organizer with two large baskets that can slide from side to side and even reposition up or down to offer customized storage, allowing you to store larger shampoo bottles. The built-in dish on the bottom is sized to hold a large bar of soap; the non-slip grip hanger is augmented by a bottom suction cup that adheres securely to the wall.
More bath and shower organizing tips can be found here.
Whether you have just a few strings of pearls or a vast collection of neck jewelry, necklace organizers can make life easier.
Different types of necklaces require special storage. For example, chain necklaces ideally should be hung to keep them from getting knotted and tangled. Necklaces made of pearls, gems or beads can also be hung but ideally should be stored in a scratch-free environment such as a velvet-lined jewelry tray.
There are many types of necklace organizers to choose from. Here are three of my favorites:
- If you’d like to have your necklaces on display but also want to keep them dust-free, the Hanging Necklace Holder is your best bet. It features a removable lid with an easy-grip knob that attaches to 12 necklace hooks, providing quick access to the contents. Constructed of clear acrylic so you can view your necklaces from all sides, it keeps them safe from tangles and dust while looking great on your dresser or vanity.
- If dust isn’t a concern, the Spinning Jewelry Stand is a good bet. Five separate holders (each designed to hold four necklaces) are of varying heights to provide ample hanging room for different necklace lengths. The base can spin 360 degrees in either direction to allow for easy access to each necklace, and the raised lip provides additional storage for other jewelry items such as rings or watches.
- If you prefer to keep your necklaces in a drawer, the Neatnix Jewelry Stax Necklace Holder is ideal. The stackable and sliding design works with other Neatnix Jewelry Stax, and includes a flocked plastic insert with a faux velvet lining and seven long divided compartments designed to hold necklaces or bracelets. A protective clear plastic lid is also available.
More types of necklace organizers can be found here.
The best closet-clearing remedies are those that many people find impossible to administer consistently: seasonal wardrobe weeding, or perpetual pruning using the In/Out Inventory Rule (whenever a new garment is acquired, an older one is retired).
The alternative is to utilize every square inch of closet space, which is what closet organizing companies specialize in doing. But what if a professionally customized closet— or even a do-it-yourself version — seems like too much of a project?
The good news is that you don’t have to completely redo your clothes closet to create more storage space. A few efficient and economical closet organizers could give you just enough wardrobe wiggle room. Here are three of my favorites:
- The Rolling Pant Trolley–with 15 removable cedar hangers–utilizes your closet floor for slacks storage (and not in a wrinkled pile, either). This clever cart tucks away under hanging shirts or blouses and rolls out for easy access to 15 pairs of your pants and jeans.
- Another rollaway closet helper is the 7-Drawer Storage Cart, which can be used for storing folded t-shirts, socks, underwear and accessories.
- You can fit more clothes in your closet by using space-maximizing specialty hangers. A great example is the Tank Top Organizer, designed to hold up to eight tank tops, camisoles or swimsuits.
For more ideas on how to make the most of your clothes closet, read my post Clothes Closet Maximizers.