Life Hacks: Rods and Hooks

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 20th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3e3dd1kv/
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Third in a series, this life hacks article will show how to maximize space and simplify life with inexpensive hooks and rods. "Rods aren't just for curtains, hooks aren't just for fishing" was an alternate title choice. Please enjoy this article either way!

Rods Aren't Just For Curtains

When more people think of rods or poles, they think of curtains -- window coverings or shower curtains. Or they think of fishing. Out on the lake with rod and reel and the hat with the hooks in it and lazy summer days. I, on the other hand, think of storage. Floor space is a premium for many people, and anything I can get off the floor or out of a cabinet is a plus for me. Also, my family tends to be both very visual and somewhat forgetful -- so having necessary items close at hand is a big help.

Hang Towels with S-Hooks

When my son needs to shower, he wants his privacy. He does not want (or need) Mom coming in to remind him about clean underwear, clothes, deodorant, towel, etc. But he is still a young man with many things on his mind, and the shower is low on his list of priorities. The bathroom we call "his" in our new home is very small and does not contain -- or have room for -- a towel cabinet.

Enter our friends the S-Hooks. We popped several S-Hooks onto the shower curtain rod and now he hangs his towels there all the time. (If you re-use towels between washings, and kudos to you if you do, this method will work for you as well.) This prevents him from forgetting his towel in a linen closet, eliminates the need to fold and store his towels, and keeps his bathroom floor neat and tidy, too.

Hooded Towels

We have added to our ease by using (in some cases making) hooded towels, but you can see I sewed hair elastics to one towel and that works, too. We bought larger S-Hooks that we can snap on and off the rod and move as we like -- have on side dirty/wet and one side clean/dry, spread the towels out along the rod or bunch them up on one side. Because the hooks keep the towel on the exterior side of the curtain, unlike the act of draping the towel just over the curtain rod itself, the towels don't slip, get knocked off or get wet as easily.

But I have a shower door, not a curtain rod...

Just because a bathroom has a shower door instead of a curtain rod doesn't mean these methods won't work. There are a couple of options. First, a curtain rod can be bought separately and placed inside or outside the shower door, depending on the intended use and convenient height (without banging one's head entering or exiting the bath). Many shower doors have a bar that extends the full length of the tub. Those can either be used in place of rods or rods can be placed in front or behind those bars. In instances where there is no bar, over-the door hooks might be a better option. Anyone can try different things once the idea is there and see which is the best use of space.

Storing Shower Tools

There are many tools available commercially for storing the items used in the shower -- they are often referred to as shower caddies. But I haven't found a shower caddy that fit my needs and my budget. So when someone mentioned putting an additional shower curtain rod in the shower for his/her caddy, I started to experiment. In my old bathroom with a full size tub, I extended this curtain rod to the maximum. Here, it is quite condensed, but with a combination of pocket pouch (which has seen better days) and S-Hooks, I have shower storage that can drip dry between uses and I don't knock over the bottles I don't need to get to the ones I need and use. Not only is there room for two bath scrubbers, for example, but there is also room for a squeegee which I use to remove water accumulations from the shower walls. (A minute or two with the squeegee after showers will reduce mildew-causing moisture buildup.)

Another Use for Rods

In many homes, a closet rod has been installed in the laundry room. I haven't found these rods very useful for hanging clothes. But I have found them to be a nice storage spot for empty hangers I will use. Even better, I now have a place for all my cleaners with squeeze bottles. Others have suggested installing a rod under the sink, but this works for me.

"Hooked" yet?

Many have over-the-door hooks for coats, and I do, too. I also have an over-the-door hook on my laundry door. When I remove items from the dryer (I hang more often than I fold), I grab a hanger from the bar over the dryer, pop a shirt onto it, and set it on the hooks. In my closet, my clothes all face the same way -- hung with the hanger hook forming the top of a question mark. My husband's clothes face the opposite way, so turn the hanger around when hanging his shirts. This technique took a little bit of getting used to, but now I use this technique to hang up and put away a dryer full of clothes in under five minutes -- eliminating the endless baskets of "is it still clean enough?" wrinkling laundry I used to have.

Saving Space in a Yard Sale

Yard Sales are notorious for running out of space before running out of items. But space can be increased -- and items moved closer to eye level -- with hanging racks, ladders, items on hangers, and rods in new and interesting places.

With wooden walls, a temporary rod can by nailing two loops of rope to the wall and placing the rod through the loops.

If you are a little craftier, use spare wood to create a rack a rod or dowel may rest on. Cement block holes will also hold dowels in place to raise the height of items for sale.

Closet Storage

Finally, we stored five extra games in an overfilled closet using over-the door hooks, linked S-hooks, and tote bags. The interlocked S-Hooks we used here were left over from a closet set bought when our son was very little and could not reach clothes on the standard height closet rod. The tote bags are old gifts, convention freebies, or similar -- bags that I knew I would find a use for and couldn't bear to just throw away. Now each bag contains one game and either the game or the bag can be removed from the S-Hooks without disturbing the others -- compared to how they would stacked on a closet shelf. With more S-Hooks, or a different closet organizer, I'm sure we could go door top to door bottom -- and the door still shuts!

Hooking Up

I certainly hope I've hooked my readers up with lots of new and inexpensive storage and display ideas. Let me know how I did in the comment section.

Further Reading

Here are my previous life hacking articles:
Cardboard -- join over 500 viewers for some amazing and creative repurposing ideas.
Kitchen -- simplify life in the kitchen with these handy tips.

Other "around the house" or organization-solutions articles to enjoy:
About Towels
Dishwashing 101
Life After Death
Moving
Creating a Bulletin Board

Please check out all my articles via my Wikinut profile page.
Feel free to like my Facebook page or to visit my website, www.phylcampbell.com.

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Bar, Closet Bar, Closet Rod, Curtain Rod, Hangers, Over-The Door, Rod, S-Hook, Shower Rod, Space-Saving, Storage

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
21st Jun 2014 (#)

you are brilliant me dear...this is a most interesting and useful piece indeed...hugs...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks, my friend!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Look at you a know it all, very interesting post as well informative , cheers for the weekend Phyl

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Ha! Thanks, Fern!

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author avatar snerfu
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Indeed shower curtains remind me of that scene from "Psycho"...I hope there are no strangers lurking around Phyl.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Goodness, I hope not!! I saw a Hitchcock exhibit and know they used chocolate syrup in the film. Anyone care for ice cream? ;)

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Interesting read.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks.

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author avatar WOGIAM
21st Jun 2014 (#)

These are some valuable space saving tips and suggestions, thanks for sharing them.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jun 2014 (#)

And I only now noticed that MGB changed the categories. I never know how to place things, so special thanks for doing that.

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author avatar Ptrikha
24th Jun 2014 (#)

Great tips- and I can see you are also using Head and Shoulders Shampoo?

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author avatar Ptrikha
24th Jun 2014 (#)

Great tips- and I can see you are also using Head and Shoulders Shampoo?

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Well, I was attempting to turn all the bottles around so the labels were not exposed. Head and Shoulders certainly is not paying me to promote them, neither is any other product I use. But I do use that product. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Well-written and illustrated down-to-earth tips for clean and orderly living. Write more!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks, n.c. ! I have enough tips for maybe one more article. I am hoping more inspiration will hit. People are constantly telling me something I do is interesting or quirky; if it can help someone else I am happy to share.

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author avatar vellur
25th Jun 2014 (#)

Great uses for rods and hooks, you have given me many ideas, thank you for sharing. Very useful.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks, vellur!

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author avatar Utah Jay
26th Jun 2014 (#)

Our family, like yours, likes to hang thing, but I still learned from your post.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks, Utah Jay! Maybe if you write about what your family does, I can learn something new from you!

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author avatar Carol
27th Jun 2014 (#)

Great tips for every day life.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Carol!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

You have a creative and practical take on interior decoration and house keeping, Phyl. Interior decorators are in demand; maybe, your skills can earn money too. You are indeed multi-talented, I learned from this post, thank you - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

In this country, form is valued over function by anyone who pays for outside advice. But I value that you may have learned something from me, and certainly appreciate you, Siva! Best!

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Good tips.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks!

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