Let it slide: A pull out tie rack keep things tidy

There are a million and a half ways to organize neck ties, but have you ever thought of utilizing a belt valet? These handy storage pieces mount inside your closet and slide out on smooth ball bearings to make your accessories accessible. The durable, strong construction of these hidden hangers is guaranteed to last years. Try these models: 

This nickel Sliding Belt Rack is made from commercial grade steel.  Seven sturdy hooks securely hang ties, belts and more without damaging delicate fabrics. It can be mounted to slide out to the left or right, so it can easily accommodate any closet system. Hooks can hold multiple accessories a piece and hardware comes included for easy installation.

For more storage, check out the Custom Closet Slide-Out Tie Rack. Boasting 18 strong prongs for hanging your favorite neckties, this tie valet is made from strong aluminum. A charming oil-rubbed bronze finish compliments any decor. Mount it to the wall, the inside of a closet or cabinet door – anywhere that is easily accessible.

Find these products and other like them at StacksandStacks.com.

Hanging Belt Storage: Throwing Ya’ll For a Loop

Here on the Tie Racks Blog, we tend to stick to discussing ways to store your ties and other formal attire. While it may seem like a bit of a banal subject to base an entire blog on, that is not true. In fact, it is a very banal subject to base an entire blog on! So today instead of talking about tie storage, I am going to go off the beaten track a bit and talk about hanging belt storage.

Hopefully I do not alienate my dedicated Tie Rack fan base by going off of the beaten path a bit. If you are offended by this excursion into the world of belt storage, please bear with me. I assure you that there is much to be gleaned when it comes to hanging belt storage and the ways in which it can make your life easier.

Hanging Belt StorageNothing is worse than not knowing where your belt is. Unlike a tie, which is easy to forgo, going beltless can be a huge mistake. First of all, many of us have pants that are a size too big, or maybe even more if you have recently lost weight. In these cases a belt is absolutely mandatory for everyday attire. If you cannot find your belt you could be looking at a world of hurt. In fact, I have seen people improvise with belts made from rope, internet cables and even file clips!

Of course, these jerry-rigged belts are certainly the furthest from being formal wear. In fact, this is something you would expect to see in some backwater small-town where the only issue of GQ you can find is a 6 year old quarterly fashion report in the dentist-slash-plumber’s office. You definitely do not want to come off as being of this mindset, right? In order to avoid this embarrassing look, just use hanging belt storage in your closet to keep looking sharp.

For those that need to upgrade their hanging belt storage, look no further than the Cedar Belt Keeper. This belt rack offers four hooks, which should be plenty of space to store all of your belts.


Traveling Tie Storage for Out of Town Formal Events

Well I am going on the road to a very important encyclopedia salesman conference in the great state of Nebraska. Off to Wichita where I will meet with fellow traveling book salesman that specialize in selling these incredible reference books to people all over the country. Of course, I want to impress all of my peers by looking my most incredible, so it is important for me to have the proper traveling tie storage.

You see, the encyclopedia salesman conference is actually quite a shallow place. In order to get the best book deals, you need to look sharp as a tack and be as witty as a fox. Well I certainly have no issue in the latter category, but sometimes I look – how should I put it – frumpy. I definitely need every advantage I can get to look my very best, and that includes getting high quality traveling tie storage.

Traveling Tie StorageLuckily the week before I was set to travel halfway across the country to the big annual convention, I found the perfect traveling tie storage. While having a neatly pressed tie is only one small piece of the looking-great puzzle, it is definitely an important one. When you walk up to someone behind the card tables and greet them, from their vantage point the tie is the first thing they see. If you have a stained, wrinkled or frayed tie, you can kiss that sweet encyclopedia Britannica contract good bye.

The traveling tie storage that came to my attention is the Deluxe Tie Case. This leather traveling tie storage accessory is very compact, so it fits easily into your luggage. This leather tie case is very pliable so it can be stuffed into your suitcase, as long as you keep it flat and don’t fold it.

The leather exterior is pretty stylish too, which is important in the occurrence that I bring a beautiful Bible saleswoman back to my room after the Reference Mixer Hour. I just can’t have something like polyester or faux-leather cramping my style!


Travel Watch Case for a 19th Century Time Piece

Travel Watch CaseI received a really great watch for Christmas. I do not consider myself to really be much of a watch-wearer (I mean, these days almost everyone just uses their phone as a time piece). However this wasn’t just some fancy-pants Cartier or Rolex watch – no this was a vintage time piece that my great-grandfather wore in World War One. I knew that to keep this watch in all of its antique glory I would need the appropriate travel watch case whenever I went on the road.

And as a traveling encyclopedia salesman by day and men’s organizational blogger by night, I need to take that watch on the road with frequency. As in, I spend about three quarters of my lifetime on the road, and the rest in my small bachelor apartment in El Monte, CA. So I need a travel watch case that not only provides unmatched protection, it also has the strength to last through repeated uses.

Luckily Ragar, a company that makes some of my favorite men’s storage items, has an amazing  Leather Travel Watch Case that is perfect for my needs. This travel case is made with genuine leather, giving it an upscale look that is almost the equal to my early 20th century watch.

The case has two metallic snaps that keep the travel case firmly closed. There is nothing more distressing to a traveler then opening the valise and discovering that your watch has slid out along your steel toed Doc Martins! Who knows what kind of scratching damage can occur from just one minor slip-up?  The snaps on this travel watch case deftly prevent that from happening every single time.

Well this travel watch case is perfect for my needs, and I am glad that I found it. I have a long trip ahead of me into Ohio, the Winter Vortex and the great unknown. Wish me luck for I may never see the sunny skies of Southern California again.

Formalwear Storage Options For Any Man’s Needs

Formalwear storageThere are many ways for a man to keep his bedroom neat and organized. While this blog tends to focus only on the ways in which you can hang your tie, there are many other choices when it comes to finding the perfect organization for your bedroom and closet. These formalwear storage options range from racks to stands and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and finishes.

Formalwear storage is very important to get right; otherwise you will be looking at costly dry cleaning costs. Or worse, you could outright ruing your suit and other formal accessories and actually need to replace them. That can be much more costly than just getting some appropriate formalwear storage options from the outset.

3 Unique  yet practical formalwear storage optionsFormalwear Storage

The Oxford Valet with Chrome Hardware is a great piece of formalwear storage, offering style and organization. This valet includes a pants bar, a hanger for coats and a tray for loose change, your wallet and your phone.

Another great choice for formalwear storage is the Landon Wooden Dresser Top Valet. This is a simple and compact way to really transform your formalwear storage situation. This valet is made from wood and provides a place to keep loose items like watches and rings, plus a small drawer to keep valuable items.

Formalwear StorageLastly, use this Deluxe Tie Case to keep your ties organized when you are on the go. This formalwear storage is important because when travel with ties, you do not want to arrive at the destination with a wrinkled, messy tie. That leads to emergency visits to the dry cleaners, which can be a difficult task if you are on a tight time schedule.

There you have three great formalwear storage options that keep you organized in the bedroom and looking your very best at all times!

A Holiday Wardrobe Valet from Great Uncle Stewart

I got a great gift this Christmas that I just cannot wait to tell you all about. It is pretty perfect for this blog, as it relates to organizing and storing formalwear such as ties. What I am talking about is the wardrobe valet that I got from my Great Uncle Stewart this year.

Old Uncle Stewie is known to be a bit of a crotchety old man, the kind of guy that scowls at children playing and laughs at a stray balloon floating away from a playground. No shock to anyone that he is single and has remained a bachelor for his entire 70 year existence.

But the one thing about Stewart that really defines his persona is his sharp sense of fashion. You’d think a grumpy old man that has been single his whole life could not care less about the ebb and flow of fashion – but not old Stew. No he is always at the forefront of haute couture. And he wants to make sure the rest of his family follows suit.

Wardrobe ValetOf course, he has been bitterly let down by most of the rest of my family. But he must have seen something in me that made him decide to gift me a wardrobe valet. Maybe it is my snappy holiday ties, or my Tommy Bahama shirts that I love to wear to family gatherings.

But anyways I got this amazing Proman Lancaster Wardrobe Valet to store my ties, slacks and shirts on. It is made from solid wood, giving it an extra-durable quality and an eye-catching appearance that looks amazing in my bedroom.

The wardrobe valet includes features such as a built in tray, a PVC-covered pants bar, and a jacket hanger to keep my suit fresh and wrinkle-free. Now the next step is to go out and buy a suit…


Tie Rack Buying Guide For the Fed-Up Spouse

Oh man, there are only 4 more shopping days before Christmas! That means if you have been slacking off on your man’s shopping list, then it is high time to kick right into action. I mean, what have you been doing all of December? Napping after eating too much turkey on Thanksgiving? Here is a Tie Rack Buying Guide to help you wade through the vicious world of shopping for a middle-aged man.

Sorry for the tough love up there – I actually do understand your predicament a bit. I mean, he doesn’t have a ton of hobbies outside of working and gardening, so that eliminates that well. He always has the most state of the art electronic device, so there is no way you can get him the latest-greatest electronic. He doesn’t give a lick about fashion, so you could go the boring route and just get him some shirts and underwear, but what kind of spouse does something like that?

Tie Rack Buying GuideSo you are pretty much out of options. Luckily, his job forces him to wear a nice pressed tie every day so maybe a new storage device for all his ties is in order? Let us take a look at this tie rack buying guide so you can find the perfect accessory for his closet.

My favorite tie racks are ones that rotate and provide ample storage for your ties. These racks are pretty cool because they are modern and state of the art, giving him another electronic device that he never even thought of!

Another great rack for men that need to wear business clothing to work is a belt rack such as this Cedar Belt Rack from Woodlore. The rack is sturdy and made with a cedar wood backing, which helps eliminate odors and keep clothing smelling fresh as a forest!

With these two items off of my tie rack buying guide, you will certainly impress the man in your life!



Closet Odor Control to Limit Dry Cleaning Trips

One thing that I find difficult when it comes to tie storage is keeping your tie smelling fresh. Ties are one of those unique pieces of clothing which cannot be run through the wash when they get smelly. They need to be taken to the dry cleaner, which can be a huge inconvenience when you do not have one nearby. Luckily there are some preventative measures you can take for closet odor control. When you control the odors in your closet you ensure that your ties do not start to stink. This will avoid unnecessary and costly trips to the dry cleaners all the time.

It really is not hard to ensure your closet stays odor-free at all times. The steps you need to take for closet odor control are so simple; you will wonder why you have not been doing them this whole time. While it is not as easy as just inserting some car-fresheners into your closet (though that may just work), it is pretty close to being that easy. The first step you need to take is log onto your computer and fire up StacksandStacks.com

When you look at their selection of clothing care items, you may notice that there are some strange looking wood blocks available. Those strange looking wood blocks are the key to having a successful closet odor control campaign. You see, these simple little wood blocks are made from cedar wood, which are a staple when it comes to clothing storage.

Closet Odor Control

These little cedar wood blocks emit a pleasant “wood-y” aroma, which permeates throughout the closet and the contents of your closet. The fresh smell is a great way to achieve closet odor control, driving out the musty smell of clothing that is stored in an enclosed space for long periods of time.

Not only do these cedar blocks keep your clothing smelling fresh, they also ward off fabric-eating insects such as moths. So do yourself a favor and pick up some Cedar Aroma Blocks for your closet odor control today!


Holiday Travel Storage for You and Your Ties

This year for Thanksgiving I traveled to visit some of my in-laws. Now, I love my extended family, but let’s just say we don’t have a whole lot in common with each other. They are from the East Coast (Long Island to be exact), and believe it or not, people out there can be a bit more traditional than this laid-back Southern California guy. I am used to wearing a pair of flip flops and a Tommy Bahama shirt on Turkey Day, not a three-piece Italian suit! I needed to bring some Holiday travel storage to keep my formalwear looking sharp and up to their traditional standards.

So the story starts when my wife tells me we are flying to New York for the weekend. It has been a few years since we visited her family during the holidays. And with good reason – who knew it was so cold and miserable out there? Not only did I need to think long and hard about the right kind of holiday travel storage I needed, but I also needed to review my winter-coat inventory. This amounts to just one old winter coat that I used to wear in college.

Holiday Travel StorageSo as we got packed for the trip my wife casually mentions just how, well, un-casual Thanksgiving is at her parent’s house. Slacks, a coat and of course a snazzy tie is pretty standard around those parts this time of the year. So instead of just packing up all of my stuff in a briefcase, I knew I needed to supplement my holiday travel storage with my handy-dandy Deluxe Tie Case.

What is great about this tie case is that if fits right in with your holiday travel storage and provides a wrinkle-free environment for your ties. There is nothing worse than getting to freezing-cold New York and realize you are going to have to make a bunch of trips to the dry-cleaners to get your ties pressed.

And considering I am here writing this post after Thanksgiving, you know that I survived this trip. I even managed to avoid dipping my tie in the mashed peas!

Valet Stand Provides Upscale Styling for Classy Guys

A few weeks ago we discussed some of the best upscale storage options for gentlemen with refined taste. The need to have the best storage for your clothing and accessories is very important to upscale gentlemen, so there is no cutting around the corners. Well I came across an amazing new valet stand that provides excellent storage for all of your accessories, from ties to watches and more!

This men’s valet is not all that much different than your standard rack, though it has an incredible solid wood construction. The detailed curves on the top of this men’s valet give it an eye-catching appearance, perfect for enhancing the already impeccable décor of your bedroom. The deep mahogany finish of this valet stand looks great in any setting, and makes your bedroom something a true gentleman would be proud of.

Valet StandThe valet stand that I am talking about doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to titles. Simple called the “Valet Stand”, this storage accessory provides so much more than its title lets on. This valet stand includes a small box that is perfect for keeping your phone and your other accessories safe from the reaching hands of your butler or cleaning crew.

Other features of this valet stand include a bar for storing your ties (hence the mention on Tie Racks Blog) and a tray for storing other small items. The storage versatility this incredible bedroom valet stand provides everything a man needs to keep his bedroom organized. Anyone that sees your bedroom after adding this stand will think “My goodness gracious, what a gentleman!”

So now that you have some guidance as to how to keep your bedroom and accessories organized, you are ready to go be a true upscale gentleman. So just take my advice and stick with the Valet Stand – your upscale credentials will appreciate it!