Our girls love dressing up. When you are four and two (or 30 and 32), slipping into the Land of Make-Believe brings extraordinary possibilities. Pop on a black hat, and suddenly your slippers are worn leather boots, and your wand is a chipped sword. You are a pirate, and you can “arrrrgh…” and “me harty” with the best of ’em.
But wait, it gets better….
If you take all of the clothes off of the rack (and they’re on hangers, so it’s pretty easy to stack them neatly), a blanket quickly changes the rack into a puppet theatre.
The height is perfect for standing preschoolers to act out their dramatic shorts. The rack is on wheels, so kiddos can easily move it away from the wall or wheel it into the living room when it’s performance time. It’s even wide enough to hide three bodies (a Hubby and two little ones) during an exuberant production of “Two Highly Talkative Bugs, The Teeniest Fairy Ever, and A Very Confused Frog and Shamu”.
You can see that Lucy is *just* tall enough to puppeteer in this play. But then, she’s only two-and-a-half. Her puppets are mostly just happy to be there. I figure that we have years of puppetry left with our garment-rack-turned-stage.
The ideas for a garment rack are endless. It can become part of a fort (and because they’re adjustable, the rack can be the “peak” in a fort house). It can become the background for an impromptu stage performance. Add string and a hole punch to craft time, and your rack is suddenly an art gallery. And when the kids have stopped pretending that Froggie has a sore throat and that the littlest-fairy-in-the-whole-world has virtually no attention span (which is what our latest performance focused on), then the rack is still useful! Parties, weddings, garage sales, attics: extra space to hang clothes and coats is always useful.
If you’re a blogger (and oftentimes, if you’re reading a blog, you’re also a blogger!), garment racks can be incredibly useful. Throw a neutral fabric over the rack, and you’ve got a great background for your photos. Now you don’t have to clean up all of that chaos in your kitchen. Just roll out the rack, throw a blanket over it, and bam! Toys and dirty dishes are hidden! You are a domestic goddess! With a garment rack! Hear you roar!
Okay. I’ve used enough exclamation marks for now.
Keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist, in your aunt’s house, or in the flyers. Garment racks are brimming with playroom potential!