We live in the age of the workaholics. Our jobs become our number one priority, meaning that we tend to neglect some other aspects. Like our home. Which a perfect time for an Interior Designer to step in and help get your home organized. Here are some great “tools” to use around your home.
Command centers are becoming a hot new thing! Whether in an apartment or a house, these centers can fit in your space. If you are feeling crafty, try more of a DIY look. Another option, that would take some planning, could be hiding your center in the side of a kitchen cabinet. It gives a clean appearance to visitors, while still being organized for you.
Drop zones are perfect for one of the entries into a home. They keep all of our “junk” that we are constantly using in a common location. Shoes, coats, bags are all great things to have in this space. There is also the opportunity to hide some less used items in bins or upper cabinets, like in the image above. If you place does not have the space, remodeling a closet could be a good option.
One of the most commonly wasted spaces in a home would be under any sink. There are always fake panels or decorative detailing. The image above shows one way of using the extra space. By having a custom drawer, the space is the back becomes useable. A simpler, more cost effective solution could also be adding a tilt-out drawer for smaller items.
There are many ways to organize underneath your stairs. They are another common place of wasted space, and typically become a junk collector. In the circumstance, like above, when there is a closed wall room on either side of the stairs, front pulling drawers are a good option. If there is open room on the sides of the stairs, then some custom built-ins would be a great organizational feature.
Kids can make organizing hard. Messes tend to be a common occurrence and putting toys away are just out of the question. However, sometimes making your child feel just as important can make a huge difference. Treat their little cars like you do yours by giving them their own garage. Everything now has a place and your kids are sure to be the “cool kid” around town.
Empty picture frames are a great way to showcase a child’s art, family pictures, or even vacation mementos. They can be placed anywhere throughout the house, from bedrooms and offices to game rooms and living rooms. Items are easily changed in and out, allowing the homeowners the freedom and flexibility of switching things up more frequently.
Quick organizational tools are all around you. Simple changes can make the biggest differences. Here a homeowner saw the potential and uses a pillow case to store the matching sheets.
I love this trend that is quickly catching on. Based on your typical kitchen rolling island, these carts can be converted to store almost anything. In college dorms, you see women’s beauty supplies filling the trays. My neighbor loves to use her’s for her indoor plants. Other uses could include: books, shoes, food, clothes, crafts, tools, etc.
Storage baskets, crates, cubbies, etc. are another hot item right now. I bet I could walk into any home goods store right now and find some version of one. Whether being bought brand new, or repurposing something old, storage boxes are all over. I would also have to admit that I am pro crates and baskets. There is just something about them that bring a “homey” feeling to a space.
Ottomans are probably my second go-to item for increased storage, right behind bins and crates. I love how they still have their aesthetic appeal, while secretly keeping all my items hidden to my guests. It also allows for easy access if I need to quickly grab another blanket or something. Although, I love the image above. Many think right away to either bedrooms or living rooms when they hear me say ottoman. However, another great place for them is offices. No one will ever have to see another ugly filing cabinet. Plus, they are great to rest your feet on!