question: i wish i could find a cute, convenient way to store my purses. here is a photo of my closet- did i mention a cheap solution would be great, too? -cassandra
answer: hi cassandra! depending on your collection and how prominently you’d like to display it, here are my suggestions:
- over the door purse rack: these $10 racks aren’t the prettiest things around, but they’re really practical for storing a large amount of purses in a small space.
- canvas hanging shelves: at $19+ a piece, this is a slightly more attractive solution that gives you room for both purses and shoes/accessories.
- clothes hanger holder: this $4.99 rack is similar to the ones you see on cheesy infomercials. hang your purses out on the rod, then collapse it down so they take up less space.
- pot rack + S hooks: i saw this idea on flickr and thought it could be a clever solution if kept neat and tidy. install a flat pot rack/rod from ikea and then use S hooks to attach purses. it will keep things nice and flush to the wall
- decorative wall arrangement: this isn’t for everyone, but if you have cute purses and aren’t afraid of open storage you can use a mix of just about anything (vintage hooks, old door knobs, etc) to create a pattern on the wall. then just hang your purses and display them as art or accessories, rather than something to be hidden in a closet
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question: long time reader, first time caller. my office at work has a door- a luxury I know many of my friends and colleagues don’t have. however, the door has a large window in the center that looks out to the restrooms across the hall. i’d rather not know the bathroom comings & goings of my coworkers, so i’d like to hang some window dressing that would obscure the view. however, i’d like to have them only hang about half-way down- enough to remedy the situation, but not full panels which would send the message to people that i’m consistently unavailable. here’s the rub: my office was once a sound-proof music rehearsal space, and the metal door originally cost $4,000. hence, i’m unable to drill into it to install blinds or short shades. a photo of my door is right here- what should i do? -matt
answer: hi matt! well, i think everyone can agree that an office view of the bathroom is less than desirable. however, if installing shades isn’t an option you’re certainly not without options. here are our suggestions for creative a semi-private office space that won’t give the impression that you want everyone to “stay out”.
- window films: i think this is your best, simplest and most cost-effective solution. whether you make your own or buy a pre-made set, these will give you some privacy but will still let light in and let people see you’re in and happy to talk. and the best part? you can peel them off when you leave your office one day.
- curtains: if you’d really prefer curtains or blinds, you can install them in the wall above your door, but you’ll need to slide them back and forth or up and down when you leave. certainly not as easy as the films above.
- magnetic/sticky hooks: if you want to put something directly on your door you can try 3M’s heavy duty sticky hooks, or a magnetic variety, and hang a tension wire between them. you can easily hang a small curtain from that wire that will move with the door when it opens and closes. then you just remove the sticky/magnetic hooks when you leave
hope these ideas help!