10 Best Portable Closets | March 2017
- shelves are amply spacious
- can be secured to a wall
- the bottom is not enclosed
- works vertically or horizontally
- cubes have individual doors
- not suitable for anything heavy
- weighs just 12 pounds
- front curtains tie back when open
- somewhat difficult to assemble
- made from moisture-proof fabric
- lifetime guarantee
- limited hanging capacity
- nonwoven fabric cover
- movable sturdy hanging rod
- reinforced frame for extra strength
- convenient see-through window
- completely enclosed to keep dust out
- light enough for one person to move
- sturdy enough to support heavy coats
- configuration is customizable
- feet are adjustable for leveling
The Benefits Of Proper Organization
Keeping your home properly organized and free of clutter plays an important role in keeping necessary stress from creeping into your life. While it's not necessary to fully embrace the tenets of feng shui, which involves the achievement of an ideal, harmonious balance in one's surroundings, it is helpful to have a dedicated home for all the various accoutrement of your daily life. When every object you regularly use has a dedicated "home" for those times when it is not in use, you will save yourself time and frustration by avoiding the search for said item and by always knowing where to place something when you have again finished using it.
One of the largest obstacles to proper organization comes from a dearth of physical space available for storage. Most homes offer a limited amount of dedicated, built-in storage space such as closets and cabinets, and most pieces of furniture in a home are quickly filled. Beyond the room in the garage or attic (presuming one lives in a single family residence in the first place) or the bins under the bed, there tends to be limited real estate in a home that can be utilized for effective, versatile storage. Most items of furniture are purpose built, with dressers accommodating smaller articles of clothing, for example, and cannot be used for storing a wide range of items.
To compensate for the limited flexible storage space available in the home, we see the popularity of the portable closet. These handy units can be quickly and easily set up when needed and just as readily removed and deconstructed when not, and while in use, their generous size and modular design offers easy storage space for all that which previously had no dedicated home.
Why Portable Closets Make Sense
Portable closets are great storage solutions for many reasons, but they offer one benefit over all others: in most parts of the country (and the world), storage needs tend to shift several times throughout the year. During the cold winter months you will want ready access to your jackets, scarves, gloves, heavier shoes, and so forth, and erecting a portable closet in a bedroom, mudroom, or foyer might make perfect sense. In the summertime, you might need much less clothing and you might be able to stow your winter apparel away in boxes and deconstruct that closet. While most portable closets aren't aesthetically pleasing enough to be welcomed as permanent fixtures in a bedroom or entryway, options are durable and sturdy enough to serve for years of use, so consider putting a portable closet in a basement or garage where it will be less visible but still helpful for storing those items you need to access all year round. And that always available dedicated storage space means less stress, and that's something else you will enjoy in all seasons.
Many college students or those living in smaller studio or efficiency apartments also turn to the portable closet as a semi permanent storage solution. There are portable closets available that can accommodate a dozen pairs of shoes, multiple hanging garments, and a host of folded shirts, skirts, and pants with ease. If you can accept the appearance of a portable closet in your smaller home, then you will create much more free space to enjoy.
A portable closet can be a great way to make houseguests who will be spending a good number of days visiting feel welcome, while also ensuring that their belongings don't take over your home. This can also be true during your own temporary "move" as when a room is being repainted or is otherwise undergoing renovation or repair that necessitates your temporary vacancy.
Portable closets are also helpful for use during the production of a television program, a movie, or a stage play. These units can help keep costumes and props sorted and maintained for the duration of a project, and can then be tucked away back into the production company's storage space at the conclusion of the program or the show.
Choosing The Right Portable Closet
Even the most expensive portable closet money can buy will rarely cost more than one hundred dollars. When it comes to selecting a portable closet, consider your needs, not your pocketbook. Some portable closets feature multiple shelves and can be used as everything from a pop-up linen closet to a spot to store basketballs, soccer balls, baseball gloves, and helmets. Other units offer plentiful hanging space and can help keep your dresses, slacks, and suits wrinkle free and ready to wear.
But the chances are good that you won't find a portable closet that can do both. A portable closet does not follow the "Swiss Army Knife" approach in its design; it can serve properly in only a limited capacity.
Ironically, despite how easy a portable closet makes it to access its contents, often the best use of these items is for long term storage of items you don't often access. Many portable closets can be zipped shut, protecting garments, linens, and other sundries from insects and other pests. If you have a gown or tuxedo, for example, that you want to preserve but that you rarely wear, tucking a portable closet into the back corner of a basement or attic is a good way to keep your garment safe while keeping the rest of your home neater and less cluttered.