Friday, April 28, 2006

How to Make Your Own Swimsuit


Summer is nearly here, and it is time to ensure the maximum amount of fun and relaxation for those fun, warm months. You have your pool and/or spa ready to go, but do you have that ideal, flattering swimsuit to showcase all of your hard work? As most women know, shopping for a swimsuit can be one of the most painful, depressing experiences known to man (or woman). Why not avoid all of the hassle of shopping for a suit this year, and make your own customized swimsuit, meant to fit your body exactly? Whether you are a novice or experienced sewer, you can create a fun, flattering swimsuit for your specific figure at a fraction of the cost of ready-made swimsuits. This brief guide to making your own swimsuit will get you started with the right pattern, fabric, and notions. After that, the sky is the limit with what you can do with your own homemade, incredibly personalized swimsuit.


Most pattern companies offer swimsuit patterns, but not all swimsuit patterns are equal in their merits. If you are looking for a swimsuit pattern that will be fairly simple, come in a wide range of styles, and provide the best fit for your unique body, there are a couple of pattern companies that offer the best swimsuit patterns for you. Patterns from Kwik Sew and Stretch & Sew specialize in swimsuit fabrics and provide the best selection of styles and the most consistent fit. Also, these companies take torso length into consideration when creating their size charts and patterns. Torso length is one of the most important aspects of sizing a homemade swimsuit correctly.


Most patterns will provide a size chart on the pattern so you can get the right pattern cutouts for your body figure. It is generally best to follow this size layout, but keep in mind that the best swimsuit size for you is anywhere from one to three sizes larger than the size you normally wear in pants or dresses. Spandex fabric does tend to grow a bit when wet, however, so be sure your swimsuit is not too large when you try it on for your initial fitting.


Most fabric stores carry a good selection of spandex and Lycra fabrics for swimsuits. While you may make a swimsuit out of any number of fabrics, including both cotton and velvet, a spandex-based material is the easiest to work with for your first homemade swimsuit, and it is the most likely to provide the stretch and coverage you need. Most spandex fabric comes in either two-way stretch fabric or four-way stretch fabric. Two-way stretch refers to the ability of the fabric to stretch and recover both vertically and horizontally while four-way stretch refers to the fabric’s ability to stretch vertically, horizontally, and from any angle. Four-way stretch fabric is likely to be somewhat more expensive but also more durable and elastic. Two-way stretch fabrics have a tendency to run but are still acceptable for use in a recreational swimsuit. Just keep in mind that they are less durable.

When buying fabric for your swimsuit, you will want to keep several different factors in mind. First, you will want to buy a fabric that has been treated for chlorine resistance (especially if you plan to do any swimming in your swimsuit). Most fabrics designed for swimwear are somewhat chlorine resistant, but you should ask the salesperson before you buy any fabric. Next, you will want to buy a fabric in a color and/or print that you feel comfortable wearing and that flatters your body. Keep in mind that darker colors and prints tend to slim and conceal while pastel and shiny fabrics highlight flaws. Before purchasing a fabric, hold it up to your body to ensure that the color works with your natural features. Finally, you will want a fabric that has the proper amount of stretch and recovery. Be sure to observe the stretch and recovery of the fabric before you purchase it.


To make a swimsuit that is truly opaque, you will also need to purchase swimwear lining. Most fabric stores carry lining in close proximity to swimsuit fabric. If you are using a light or medium color/print in your swimsuit, you will want to purchase enough lining for the front and crotch of the suit. An unlined back of the suit will allow for extra stretch to compensate for the lining in the front. If you are using a darker material for your swimsuit, you may need only enough lining for the crotch. You should try to match the color of the swimsuit lining as closely as possible to the color of your swimsuit material.


To actually assemble your suit, you will need thread, needles, and elastic for the armholes, leg holes, neck hole, and straps. The elastic you purchase should be treated for chlorine resistance, as chlorine has a tendency to break down the elasticity of untreated elastics. In general, cotton-wrapped elastics are best for comfort and reliability in swimsuits. Based on the pattern, you will probably need an elastic width of 3/8 inch for the armholes, leg holes, and neck hole and _ inch for the straps. To ensure the durability of your swimsuit, you will want to use a polyester or texturized nylon thread in both the needle and bobbin of your sewing machine. Feel free to play around with the color of the thread. This color does not necessarily need to match the color of the swimsuit and can be used to add decorative stitching to the body of the suit.

Cutting and Sewing Your Suit

After you have purchased all of the necessary elements of your swimsuit, you are ready to start cutting, sewing, and fitting your suit. In general, you should follow the directions of your pattern for both the cutting and sewing of swimsuit fabric (which can appear somewhat different than other fabrics). Remember to conduct several fittings before the final sewing of your swimsuit to ensure you create a swimsuit you will be proud to display all season long.

About The Author
Vanessa Lausch is a technical writer for She has produced several articles and fashion advice columns, as well as two swimsuit consumer information sites: and

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Introduction to Digital Photography

If you own a personal computer you are already on the way to becoming an expert in digital photography. (Actually, you can dabble in digital photography even if you don't have a computer, but that would make it a bit harder.) You will definitely need a digital camera, of course. Pick one that suits your needs and sensibilities--they come in all shapes and sizes!

When buying, remember that the cheaper cameras are usually like cheap traditional cameras - okay for snaps but not much else. But you can get really good results with reasonably priced cameras, particularly if you want to show them on a screen or the Internet. In general you want a reasonably high number of pixels in a new camera - 3 Megapixels should be enough for beginners. More pixels is not always better, since the quality of the lens and so on still matters.

Generally speaking the well known brands make good digital cameras, but the market changes so fast you need to look at a few online reviews.

There is no doubt that digital photography is big. People who tried traditional photography and gave up are finding digital photography really rewarding. There are a few reasons for this, the main ones being cost, creativity and freedom

1) Cost. In the long run, digital photography is cheaper than the analog equivalent. Of course, you'll need to consider the camera itself, as well as the price of ink and paper if you wish to make prints. Also, you'll need to have a computer, or at least access to a computer. But the cost of getting prints professionally developed is so sky-high--and so many snaps turn out badly--that digital is cheaper. And before printing you can check on your monitor to see which pics are good--and which should get deleted. No more paying for rubbish snaps! Moreover, many digital camera users post their pics or show them to friends via email without ever printing them out.

2) Digital cameras give us a great amount of creativity. Traditional photography took away our own control--we had to pay professionals to crop, enlarge or reduce. But with digital camera software we can take care of all of those things for ourselves. You can crop, change colors, and much more. Software makes it easy to do all these things.

3) Digital photography frees us from the constraints of traditional photography because we aren't using up rolls of film. Instead of having to change the roll every 24 or 36 shots, we can shoot away with abandon, and without worrying about the cost to develop all these shots. And we don't have to wait until the film is developed to see if we got good pictures. We can simply look at the screen!

Now that you know the above, consider the following:

Be willing to experiment a bit. Once you spend money on a good digital camera you can stop worrying about all the cash you're wasting on film--so give yourself the freedom to experiment and just feel things out. Lay on the floor, take pictures at crazy angles, shoot from far away, zoom in incredibly close, and so on. Take pictures of anything and everything that interests you, as this is the best way to stumble across fantastic pictures.

It's not just the camera you'll need to experiment with, however. Learn how to utilize the accompanying software, too. Reading through the manual or taking the computerized tutorial is well worth it--you'll see an improvement in your pictures as well as an increase in your ability to fix them after the fact. The people you show your snaps to will certainly be impressed!

About The Author
Professional photographer Deborah Kilgaron helps other people follow her path through her website Raising Profile Photography. Become one of Deborah's students - visit the Raising Profile Photography online community at

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bonsai Tree Care

If you are considering a Bonsai tree for that special person, there are a few things you should know to ensure that you end up with a nice healthy tree. First and foremost think about the conditions the tree will be in. Indoor Bonsai will generally need to be close to a window or be supplemented with artificial light. A small tray with gravel and a little bit of water under the tree will add humidity around the tree. It may not need to be watered every day but it should be checked daily as the small pots can dry out rather quickly.

Steps in bonsai care


Watering is the most important part in bonsai care. This is the crux of the art of bonsai. Most Bonsai tree that die are lost due to dehydration, either from lack of watering or from being kept in a low humidity environment (indoors) for too long. How often you should water is a common question people ask about bonsai trees. There is no hard and fast rule prescribed for the same. When the soil begins to dry out water your plant thoroughly until the excess water runs out of the bottom of the pot, signifying you're done. Remember, over-watering is as bad as under-watering, thus all the fuss about getting it just right.

Pots and soil

The soil you use affects rooting, feeding, watering and transpiration, it is where half your tree lives so this is the second biggest consideration in maintaining your bonsai. While the needs of individual species vary greatly a good rule of thumb is 30% grit, 70% humus for deciduous trees, and 70% grit with 30% humus for evergreen-needled plants. Bonsai trees should be fertilized with a water-soluble fertilizer once or twice per month during the growing season. However the choice of fertilizer may vary depending on the species you've chosen to miniaturize. Always apply fertilizer when the soil is wet. Bonsai trees are intentionally allowed to become root-bound in their containers, and the roots too, are pruned.


A bonsai plant is pruned in two ways viz. branch pruning and root pruning. Pruning of branches is performed in spring. Much, but not all of the new growth is removed. Branches are selected early on as the only branches to be allowed to prosper, while the excess branches are mercilessly pruned off. The main factor in maintaining bonsai is the removal of all but the most important parts of the plant. Bonsai is all about the reduction of everything just to the essential elements. Also Bonsai trees are intentionally allowed to become root-bound in their containers, and the roots too, are pruned. But root-bound plants won't thrive forever in that condition and, indeed, bonsai trees must be re-potted every two or three years to furnish the roots with fresh soil.

Changing the shape of the tree

Bonsai tree wiring is an advanced skill to grow the bonsai into an art form. Desirable branches are wired to control the direction in which they grow. Wiring can do a great deal to change the shape of the plant, but it can also do a great deal of damage to the plant if done incorrectly.

To sum up

This may seem like a lot to do to just to buy a little tree, but it's no different than any other informed purchase, just as you wouldn't buy a fish without having a special home for it you should have a special home for your Bonsai tree.

About The Author
Rob Mellor owns This website helps people find out more about the bonsai tree. Please visit the site for more information on bonsai tree care

Monday, April 24, 2006

Rare and Beautiful World Coins

Ideas for Collecting Coins from Around the World

Collecting world coins is a fun hobby that gives you the feeling of travelling the globe vicariously through your coins. A collection of world coins offers a unique insight into the culture and history of other countries, and encourages you to learn at least a few words of a variety of different languages. World coins can also be an interesting step into the world of coin collecting, because it is a relatively inexpensive pastime. Many of the coins are still in circulation, making them easy to find and light on the pocketbook to buy. Oftentimes, children start their coin collections with world coins for this reason.

Ideas for Collections of World Coins

While some people may enjoy collecting world coins haphazardly, simply enjoying whatever coins they happen to come across, others prefer more of a challenge. While it may be impossible to collect every coin from around the world, you can create a lovely coin collection that is challenging and fun to complete by selecting a particular theme to pursue.

The most obvious theme for a collection of world coins is a concentration on a specific country. If that idea seems a little bit stale, you can also broaden your collection by concentrating on a region or aspect of a country. For example, you could start a world coins collection from South American countries, nations where English is a national language, or from island nations.

Another interesting possibility is to combine two interests by concentrating on a favorite thing or hobby outside of coin collecting. For example, a coffee lover might collect world coins from countries that produce coffee beans, or an auto enthusiast might collect coins from countries that produce his or her favorite automobiles.

You don’t have to use countries as a central point of your world coins collection, however; you can also build a collection around a specific motif on the coins themselves. Some people have collections of coins featuring a particular animal, such as an eagle or a panda bear. Others concentrate on flowers, trees, or birds. Someone interested in military history might enjoy a world coins collection featuring famous fighters, for example.

Another idea for starting a collection of world coins is to concentrate your efforts on coins from a particular year. Some people really enjoy collecting world coins that were minted in their birth year, or which commemorate another date that is important to them.

If none of those ideas appeal to you, perhaps you’d like to concentrate on a specific metal used to make the world coins. While precious metals like gold and platinum are obvious choices, some people enjoy putting together collections of world coins minted from common nickel or copper.

If any of these ideas have inspired you to start a collection of world coins, you might want to pause a moment before you start building a collection, and check out the prices and availability of coins matching your desired theme. It won’t be much fun to start a collection of gold bullion coins, only to realize that you can’t afford more than one or two pieces. A few minutes with a world coins catalog will help you decide if your ideal theme for a collection is also feasible with your budget.

About The Author
Charles Roman
Coins and Coin Collecting : your guide to getting the very best from your coin collection.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Bird Watching Binoculars - Critical Bird Watching Equipment

Avid bird watching enthusiasts often look like pack mules hiking to a gold rush in the west. Bird watching binoculars are one of the critical pieces of equipment they carry.


There are a lot of issues when it comes to choosing binoculars for bird watching. Optics and personal preference seem to be the foremost, but here is a list of issues you should consider.


Bashability isn’t really a word in the English language, but it certainly applies to bird watching. The bashability of binoculars refers to how tough they are. For instance, if you drop them on the driveway while loading the car, will they hold up? What if you drop them off a small cliff? I, err…"a friend" once did this on the cliffs above Torrey Pines beach in San Diego. More than a few people have been surprised to learn that binoculars go out of whack when bashed. Now, I realize you would never drop them or subject them to anything but the finest treatment, but just check them for me.


I like wine. I drink wine. Unless I am standing at the cash register, I can’t really tell the difference between a $10 bottle of wine and one selling for $100. Bird watching binoculars seem to run along the same lines.

You can buy bird watching binoculars for as much as $1,000. Heck, Victoria’s Secret or Neiman Marcus probably have diamond encrusted ones for $100,000. Do you need to spend this money? No. My personal experience has revealed binoculars in the $200 to $400 range perform well and I’ve never missed a sighting because of their quality.

Obviously, you can spend whatever you wish, but keep in mind you don’t have to go overboard. Plus, binoculars without diamonds tend to still be on the beach once you make it down from the cliff.


This may sound obvious, but you need to buy binoculars that are comfortable. Ideally, you are going to lug these babies around for 10 or 20 years. Make sure they "fit" your face and spacing of your eyes. Also, make sure they don’t weigh too much. After a few hours of birding, this can become an issue.

If you’re going to be a birder, you’re going to need binoculars. Like wine, you can go overboard on them, but don’t need to.

About The Author
Rick Chapo is with - makers of writing journals. Bird watching journals are great bird watching gifts for bird watching tours and vacations. Visit for more bird watching articles.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Quick and Easy Formula For Pottery Buying

Did you know that pottery buying is actually an easy process?

People spend their weekends digging through all sorts of rummage sales, yard sales, and specialty stores looking for the perfect piece of pottery to go in their home. In fact, there is an incredible home furnishings store in our city that has simply amazing pieces of pottery that anyone would love to buy (including us). However, we are constantly amazed by the large amount of people who don’t have any idea what the different types of pottery are and how to buy the right type of pottery for their home. Pottery shopping is actually a fairly easy process once you get the hang of it. Follow these simple steps and you will be ahead of 95% of pottery buyers who end up paying more and getting less.

1. Get educated on the different types of pottery. Can you tell the difference between Stoneware pottery and Polish pottery? Pottery comes in many different styles and can sell for all sorts of different prices. Spend the $7 on an informative pottery book from and truly take the time to learn all about pottery and how to tell the good stuff from the bad.

2. Use the internet to familiarize yourself with pottery.Guess who is the #1 used car dealer on the face of the earth right now (and probably for the foreseeable future)? Ebay. Guess who also has extensive pottery listings? That’s right: Ebay. Ebay isn’t just for swapping beanie babies anymore. There are immense amounts of people who sell things on Ebay including lots of pottery. If you simply watch what is selling on Ebay and the prices that they are going for, you can get a pretty good idea of what the new and used pottery market is like offline too. I’ve generally found most ebay items to sell for at least a 25% discount to new offline merchandise.

3. Finally, you must compare pottery prices. Without proper price comparison, the other two points are almost meaningless. There are tricks to getting the best deal on pottery by comparing prices and no one should buy any without price comparison.

About The Author
Amy Metz is the author of "Pottery Shopping: Price Comparison" Grab your free copy at

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Renting a Villa in Holland

Holland, a country renowned for having unbelievably flat terrain, windmills and tulips at every turn, traditional images of canals, and its new face as a modern European nation is a must see for the traveler headed to Europe.

Holland is a country with seemingly unlimited opportunities to explore the culture and dive into magnificent beauty in the form of rolling landscapes and perfect backdrops. From the busy pace of life in the streets of Amsterdam to the stunning medieval towns like Utrecht and Delft, Holland is a place for all.

So why a Villa?

A villa usually offers much more than your average hotel. A villa usually comes equipped with a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and sometimes balconies. Some even come lawns, private pools and even tennis courts.

Because you have a full kitchen, you can save quite a bit of money by cooking instead of eating out. This also gives you ample reason to visit the local markets which is a fantastic experience when visiting places like Holland.

Also, a villa is normally rented in one week blocks so you can hang the hat and relax without the worries and concerns that can come with hotel rooms. Simply unpack your bags and start feeling and living the experience of a true cultural journey.

Villas can be a little more expensive, but if you time it right they can also be quite a bit cheaper. Don't forget to calculate in the money you will save by not having to eat out as much and in a place like Holland the savings will be very noticeable.

As far as location is concerned, it doesn't get much better.

Take Amsterdam for example; some consider Amsterdam to be one of the most visually impressive capitals in the world. It is a place where you can also journey through centuries of history aboard a canal boat or explore the array of excellent museums and enjoy breathtaking sunsets. The Netherlands has far more than just its capital though, with a slew of impressive cities including Arnhem, The Hague and Rotterdam.

Unpack your bags, take a shower, and explore. You've got all week in your Holland vacation villa!

Go ahead, take the plunge and give a villa a try at your next vacation destination. You won't be let down.

About The Author
Mij Gnow is the creator and administrator of Travel Corridor (, a comprehensive resource to vacation places around the world. Read his global travel articles and travel tips to help you decide your next vacation destination.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Fake Grass

The history of artificial or fake grass is to say the least an interesting one and arose out of the social desire to in-effect ward off what could be seen, as far back as the 1950s, as an increasingly unhealthy tendency by youngsters not to exercise.

History has it that birth of synthetic grass began through attempts by scientists trying to develop a type of grass that would not only allow children and adolescents to play on regardless of the weather condition but encouraged them to do so, in other words, a surface that they enjoyed using or a user friendly surface. Hence the advent of fake or artificial grass.

The result was one of the early prototypes of what we now know to be fake or artificial grass. The earlier types were not only hard under foot and made for impracticality especially where sports and children were concerned given the tendencies to fall but were very unpopular. Conversely, however, in terms of workability and endurance this surface proved itself worthy, with the originally playing field where the fake grass surface was installed lasting twenty years of solid wear.

Claims that in terms of practicalities due to poor drainage and its tendency to rot fake grass has limited applicability are unsubstantiated. Furthermore, highly contentious arguments revolving around the argument that artificial grass causes more on-field injuries when used in sports-grounds is again unfounded and may be derived from factions wanting to see this type of surfacing a thing of the past. The claim by the industry is that if laid correctly no problems should occur. In fact, if anything, this type of surface should encourage better drainage enabling competitive sports to continue play with less interruption time due to rain.

Today the advances in artificial grass surfaces are enormous and can’t be down-played. It is common practice to no longer use asphalt as an underlay beneath the surface of the grass which has increased the shock absorption provided by the grass, decreased the retention of heat during summer and further improving the drainage ability of the grass. Finally and possibly most importantly no longer does fake grass look, both on and off T.V like the earlier versions of fake grass, that is, FAKE.

Typically artificial grass is approximately 3cm thick (from base to blade tip). The material of the ‘blades’ themselves are a polyethylene-polypropylene blend which are then woven into a mat-like backing (much like that of carpet). The only maintenance that is recommended is that the surface be given a once over each month, which involves rubbing it down. It you were to get this done professionally it is estimated that it would cost no more than a couple of thousand dollars a year. While this may initially sound a lot when compared to the water costs alone for the real thing – there is virtually no comparison. For those still sceptical and missing the small things associated with ‘real’ grass consider this. In America, consumers missing the smell associated with cut grass can purchase, that is right, purchase a can whose contents promise that ‘just cut smell’!

But wait there is more……in addition, other requests by customers have included wanting to have the newly laid ‘fake’ lawn have the same effect as when you just cut real grass and there are the alternating light and dark bands of grass. This too can be achieved…..ah the marvels of modern society.

Once perceived as being exclusively for those at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale, time-and resource-poor, fake grass has now become the stable for all regards of income bracket. With everyone becoming increasingly time-limited and wanting immediate results - ‘visual’ perfection – artificial grass answers both these requirements.

As already mentioned fake grass has many advantages being both low maintenance, cheap and providing reliable year-round good looks for those concerned with their gardens aesthetic appearance. Especially in areas where water is particularly scarce and or for areas whether there is heavy usage – i.e. constant foot traffic – then fake or artificial grass may provide a practical solution. What is more, with fake or artificial grass there is no limit to the amount of area you wish to cover and up-keep is negligible especially when compared to the requirements of real grass. Golfing greens require the employ of a number of full-time ‘green keepers’ whose job it is to solely look after the lawns!!!! For those without this luxury in budget or time the alternative is clearly …….fake grass. No need for pesticides, watering, mowing, and replacing of dead patches etcetera.

While slow to catch on in many Westernized countries, Asian nations who are resource tight have long used fake grasses for their play-grounds, private lawns and commercial turfs. Furthermore, using fake grass removes the threat of degradation by human or other pests. The laying of fake grass is also immediate – like that of carpet. Another advantage is that is does not have to be a permanent fixture but can be lifted at any time.

About The Author
Brad Slade
HCOA is a directory of information on mowers, tractors, fertilizers, grass and outdoor appliances. For more information you can visit their website at

Monday, April 03, 2006

How to Organize Your Cabinets - Containers

I just did my Tupperware cabinet last weekend. I can tell you exactly what I did and you can determine if this system will work for you.

Pull EVERYTHING out of the cabinet. Wipe down the cabinet while it's empty.

Look through your pile and determine what pieces you never use. Don't put them back. Put them in a bag and donate them to Good Will, Salvation Army or sell them on eBay.

Look through your pile again and seperate the items into two more piles. One pile is the items you use all the time. One pile is the items you want to keep, but only use occasionally.

Go through each pile, examine each item and find its matching lid. If anything is damaged or missing a lid, write down the tiny numbers from the bottom of the Tupperware piece along with a description of the item.

Starting with the occasional use items, stack them the best way possible and put them away. Since these are only occasional use items, they can go in the back of the cabinet. Keep the lids seperate. (You can stack more together without the lids.) Then put away the often used items closer to the front of the cabinet. Again, keep the lids seperate.

Either use one or two pieces of Tupperware to hold the lids or order The Place For(tm) Seals. Contact your Tupperware rep with your list of items that are damaged or missing lids (only Tupperware brand, of course) and they can get you replacements.

About The Author
The Author: K.C. Gagne is a WAHM and website owner of, a site designed to help women add balance to their lives. K.C. is also an independent Tupperware consultant. Her Tupperware website is

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Closet Organizer Tips

While searching for that perfect closet organizer to suit your storage needs, it’s important to consider how much space you need. Sometimes it’s hard to throw beloved items away for the sake of storage space, but you don’t necessarily have to if you have the proper closet organizer. If you’re trying to create storage space as well as organize your closet in a more efficient manner, there are several items available for purchase that will make your task easier.

InstaHanger Stacks and Stacks has a unique closet organizer for sale called the InstaHanger. The instahanger takes up a very small amount of space and can hold up to 60 pounds of clothing. It attaches to the wall and can be closed when not in use, making it a flexible and unobtrusive closet organizer. The InstaHanger is perfect for indoor or outdoor use because it is made with weather resistant materials.

Another closet organizer gaining rave reviews at Stacks and Stacks is the Campus Closet Collection. Campus Closets are modular, stackable closet organizers that provide extra storage drawers for sweaters, towels, toys, undergarments, and everything else in your closet that requires a storage solution. Each drawer on these closet organizers slides in and out for easy access, and the entire closet organizer is durable and capable of supporting extremely heavy loads.

For extra floor space, consider using hanging storage closet organizers. Stacks and Stacks sells these items specifically for shoes, dresses, sweaters, and accessories. They hang directly on the closet rod, allowing for additional vertical storage. If your closet floor is cluttered, vertical storage is a helpful solution.

wicker basket A visually appealing closet organizer is a wicker basket or a rope basket. sells wicker baskets in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Baskets are a great way to fold and store lesser-used items such as off-season clothing or extra towels. You can place a group of baskets on top of another closet organizer, such as a storage cube, for extra versatility.

A closet organizer is also made specifically for neckties and belts. Stacks and Stacks sells several different types, such as a motorized revolving tie rack, tie hangers, belt hangers, Woodlore belt keepers, and a combination belt and tie storage solution. There is a closet organizer in this category for everyone’s taste, as they are available in a variety of colors and styles.

While we’re on the subject of accessories, Stacks and Stacks also offers a closet organizer for hats and caps. Whether you have 8 hats or 42 hats, there’s a storage solution to fit your specific need. This closet organizer can hang on the back of your closet door, on the closet rod, or on the wall. For larger hats, Stacks and Stacks also sells hat boxes in a stylish, modern design.

Jamb. For extra storage of clothes and towels, Stacks and Stacks also offers the Jamb It Slack Rack. This closet organizer is installed easily on to the door jamb and can hold up to 10 items. This is a very creative storage solution, as most people would not expect to find extra storage space on their door jamb.

About The Author
Brian Channell is an entrepreneur and manages several businesses. Please visit for more home organization tips and ideas.