I take it as a given that the majority of you have a limited budget. Very limited when it comes to organizing-specific expenses. And because of that, I see it as my duty to keep you well-informed about which products are worth your (presumably) hard-earned dollars, and which ones aren’t. Today we’re going to cover the latter.
I should note that my decision to disclose inside information on these two particular items doesn’t point to their vast inferiority in relation to other products. These aren’t the two most abominable products ever to be manufactured. They are simply the two that have been on my mind lately. Alright, without further ado, the Don’t Buy Me’s:
Canvas hanging shelves
The promise: An inexpensive way to add additional shelving to your closets.
The truth: They are, in fact, inexpensive. As in cheap. In my experience, these wannabe shelves stay flat for as long as they remain unused. Put them to your purpose and their “reinforced” bottoms will quickly begin to sag. Hanging there in midair, they are also likely to tip and sway, making it difficult to retrieve or replace anything without upsetting most of the other items nestled a few “shelves” down.
What if I already own these? First, don’t feel like a doofus. You had good intentions when you purchased these. But you were (a little bit) deceived. Make the most of the canvas hanging shelves you’re stuck with by only stocking them with lightweight items. This will delay the whole sagging process described above.
The take-away: Canvas shelves just aren’t the real deal, and your clothes will know the difference, especially when they end up falling onto the floor. I say you’re better off just shelling out for some actual shelves.
The promise: keeps your scarves organized. Has lots of holes for lots of scarves. Whoopee!
The truth: Ok, so these aren’t actually a bad buy at all. They will do just what they promise. I’m putting these under the “waste of money” category because they simply aren’t necessary. If you’ve got the cash, then sure, go ahead and splurge. If you don’t, don’t fret. You do not need a special hanger for your scarves. You can just as easily hang scarves sans holes. All you need to do is tie your scarf in a neat little knot on your average hanger. (Hold the scarf up to your hanger. Make a loop with your scarf by folding it in half. Bring the two ends up and through the loop, knotting over the hanger. Pull, et voila!)
What if I already own this? Hang your scarves up, hooray!
The take-away: This a functional product, just not a necessary one. I say save your pennies for a latte.
Of course these are only my humble opinions. If you hold that canvas shelves are the best thing since The Container Store we can still be friends. I’m just trying to look out for you, my little pups, ok?