There is nothing like the feeling of coming home after a long days work to be greeted by the clutter of yesterday. It’s exhausting to have to clean and organize the same spaces in your home everyday. That’s why the best solution is not just to clean and organize, but to keep the mess from reappearing. Of all the cluttered spaces in our homes, the most vulnerable to excess clutter are the entryway/mudroom and the closet spaces. These tips will alleviate the clutter build up in these two hot spot spaces in your home.
Entryway / Mudroom
- If you have an entryway without anywhere to store coats, shoes, purses or other important items then take time to organize your items into keep, toss, donate and re-locate piles.
- Once the items are removed, brainstorm ideas on the best way to use your entryway space. Do you need baskets for shoes or bags? Hooks for coats or keys?
- Sometimes the best solution is to make one simple change, like relocating less worn items to the bedroom.
- If you are adding a new entryway or mudroom organization system then make sure to let your family know just how you would like to have the new space organized.
- Choose your first, most cluttered closet or shelf to begin organizing. Remove all the items in the space and sort using the keep, toss, donate, and re-locate method.
- Once the space is empty, think about ways to improve your closet area. Is it set up in a logical way, with the most important items easily accessible? Is there a hamper or basket for laundry? Do you need to add more dividers?
- Try and simplify and limit your clothing options so that your closet space doesn’t not attract excess mess.
- If the clutter seems uncontrollable the best solution can often be a custom closet system tailored to your exact organization needs.
By spending some time organizing these two clutter-attracting areas you will greatly improve the look and feel of your home.
Do you have an area in your house that needs a custom storage solution? To start the process of customizing your own space, browse our options and accessories section for ideas and inspiration. Then set up an appointment for a free in-home consultation with a member of our Chicago space saving design team. Or you can call us toll free at 1-800-4-CLOSET.
Back in January we covered an 'Out of Sight' home office & guestroom designed by Sue Tinker here at Closet Works. Her extraordinary design for the guest room featured woodgrain laminate, pillow style door and drawer fronts, designer slender pulls, frosted gass inserts in doors, meganite solid surface countertops, a custom designed moveable deskleg, and a full murphy bed.
Sue's design was selected as the winner in the 2014 Top Shelf design awards for a home office over 150 Square Feet. Congratulations Sue!
Is Tangerine totally tasteful?
Is turquoise a required "must have" for the upcoming season? And how do you tie that in to home decor?
And who comes up with these "hot color trends" anyway?
Join us, along with interior designer Erik Kolacz, Contrast Design Group, for an informal and informational afternoon at our Clybourn Showroom - Saturday, November 3rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Kolacz will share the latest insights on color trends and give you some terrific inspiration on ways to incorporate these trends in to your decor.
And this event serves double duty as we kick off our "Pack The Pantry" seasonal giving event.
We've teamed with the Lakeview Food Pantry (http://www.lakeviewpantry.org) and are asking everyone to bring non-perishable food items to help "pack our pantry" that we can then give to the Lakeview Food Pantry to help residents of Lakeview who are in need.