There’s no place like home. And when you take the time to transform your home with fresh room organization ideas, you quickly find that it’s easy to make home your family’s favorite place to be. Here are our top tips for organizing the spaces you use most.
It’s one thing to think about organizing your home and it’s entirely another to get the job done. So, give yourself a helping hand by making a list of the spaces you want to organize and then rank them in priority order, starting with the one that frustrates you the most. Making an organized change there will give you the confidence you need to face the rest of your list. Then pull out your calendar and commit to a schedule, one room at a time.
Clean Up and Start Fresh. The first step to organizing any space is to empty it out so you can see just how much space is available to create a home storage solution that finally meets your needs and wants. The key is not skipping the step where you give that empty space a good old fashioned deep clean. And when you do, you have the perfect opportunity to give yourself a clean slate by reimagining the room from top to bottom. Think about making cosmetic adjustments like a fresh coat of paint, a just-right light fixture, or new flooring so that when you install your new custom master closet, you’ll have a beautiful and functional space that’s as stylish as the rest of your home.
Keep, Donate, or Discard. Take some time to sort through your things with the goal of keeping only what you love and use. Why? Because no matter what area of the home, there’s a good chance you only use a small number of the items that you have stored in that space. This is especially true for closets. So, after you identify what you use and love, then donate the things you don’t need or use and discard the things that are in disrepair. And if your small closet has you stumped, check out our article on How to organize your small closet.
One for One. Speaking of small closets, a reach-in closet is often the smallest closet in the home and it also just happens to be the closet you’ll find in your kids’ rooms too, which means there’s a very real challenge to keep these small spaces organized and clutter-free. So, teach your family that for every item you bring into the house, another item needs to leave. While it might take some getting used to, it’s the surest way to make sure that every newly organized space remains clutter-free. And it’s your secret to winning the battle over those piles of clothes your teens are so good at creating.
Don’t Forget to Decorate. It’s easy to overlook incorporating home storage solutions or home décor into the space that is truly the hardest working room in your home. In fact, there’s a good chance that your washer and dryer are running right now. But that’s exactly why it’s important to give your laundry room a second chance to quickly become your favorite space. Just because doing laundry is mundane doesn’t mean you can’t love the room you are in while you spend time doing it. So, think about the home décor trends that you love and bring those into your laundry room, just as you would any other space in your home. And before you know, you might just find you don’t mind a daily load of laundry nearly as much as you may have in the past.
A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place. Every room has items that are necessary and unique to the space they occupy. So, it’s important to make it clear to everyone what goes where. This is especially true in a space like your pantry where you want to make getting the ingredients the easiest part of making your next family meal. That’s why it’s not enough to just organize your space but to also share with everyone how they can find what they need and how they can help keep things clean by returning them to the same space when they are done. Intuitive home storage solutions with features like open baskets and shelves go a long way to helping everyone follow the plan.
Hang it up. No matter what doorway into your home you use most, it probably feels like an obstacle course to find you your way out or come back in. Between the mountain of shoes and anything else that might have been dropped on arrival, finding anything you need is more like looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s why a well-placed hook can be a lifesaver. The perfect home storage solution for keeping coats, backpacks, and keys in check, they can also be the ultimate peacemaker keeping everyone’s items in their own special place. So, take a fresh look at your entryway with hooks in mind and you’ll find yourself getting out the door in no time at all.
Work Smart. If you find yourself working from home occasionally or full-time and managing your family more than full-time, giving yourself a home base is the key to getting it all done. And we don’t mean working from the kitchen counter while you cook dinner at the same time, although we know you can do that without missing a beat. A home office and family command center are the kind of organized living resources that help you make the most of the time you need to spend doing what you need to do. With handy file drawers, a dedicated space for the technology you depend on, and just the right dose of personal style, you’ll have everything you need to work smart so you don’t have to work hard. And that helps you get one step closer to doing what you love.
Maximize your Space. If maximizing every space in your home is on your to-do list, then it’s easy to understand how hard it is to give up an entire room for guests if you only host them a few times a year. And even if they do come more often, you’ve got plenty of reasons to use that space in a dozen other ways that bring a sense of organized living into full focus for you and your family. So, consider installing a space-saving Murphy bed. There when you need it, gone when you don’t, it makes it easy for everyone to get a sound night’s sleep. And just as easy to enjoy the room in the way you want all the other days of the year that you don’t have guests.
Rethink the Obvious. How many times have you found yourself thinking “If only I had more room!” You’ve figured out how to organize your home and maximize your space but it still not enough. Maybe you are dealing with how to keep the dog clean and your doorway clutter-free. Or maybe you want a place for your kids to hangout that gives them some freedom while keeping them close by. If you have a garage, then you have all the extra space you need. The key is changing the way you think about it. So, take some time to evaluate what makes sense for the obvious home storage solution needs in your garage. And then ask yourself how you can streamline those to make room for something more. You’ll be amazed at how fun and exciting it is to discover you had the answer waiting in your garage all along.
Living a life well organized is a journey, not a destination. At Inspired Closets, we work with you every step of the way to make sure that you not only love the process but you love your finished custom home storage solution even more. From our initial visit during your free consultation to working together to create your design, we listen to your wants and needs, making sure to solve your organizational challenges. And when it comes time for installation day, we help you prepare and navigate the process so that you and your family can maintain your busy schedule without missing a beat. Helping you transform your home with custom solutions that help you get and stay organized is what Inspired Closets is all about. We can’t wait to work with you to make home your family’s favorite place to be!
Working from home is here to stay and with it, the need to make your home office as on-trend and organized as the rest of your home. Arguably one of the most important spaces in your home, check out our favorite home office interior design ideas for you to consider as you create a dedicated workspace just for you.
Our promise to you is a custom closet experience from beginning to end that leaves you feeling inspired. Custom means uniquely you, and for us, it’s not about creating a new space, but rather creating a uniquely you custom closet space that you’ll absolutely love. A custom closet that you’ll love for years to come. A closet system you’ll want to tell your best friend about. A custom closet you’ll want to show your sister over FaceTime, if necessary.
How much does a custom closet cost? It’s easily the most frequently asked question and the answer is: It depends – mostly on the size of the space and what we’re putting into that space. When considering a custom closet, the easiest way to think about cost is a simple phrase, “more product = more cost”.
Yes, you can! Designing a closet is a process and we want to make sure that the final design is one you’ll love for years to come, which is why we use proprietary software that allows you to compare different designs with the click of a button. Wondering if you have enough drawers in your design? Swapping out a few shelves and replacing them with drawers is an easy change. Want to see an entire section change from long hang to double hang? Again, our design s...
For closet design and installation time, it all comes down to size. The larger the closet, the more opportunity for customization, and in turn, the more time it might take to design and install your custom closet. So while a reach-in closet can be as fast as half a day to a full day, a walk-in closet typically takes a day or two, and a room-size boutique closet can take three to four days to complete.
Together we will design a space that can change with you over time, and that built-in flexibility is the key. Your custom solution is created uniquely for you, so we make sure we understand your needs from the start and design a space that will take care of those needs now and in the future. We want your final installation to feel like the rest of your home so we make sure to consider your interior design style while making recommendations.
There’s nothing like adding that perfect piece of jewelry or scarf to your outfit to finish the look. And the same is true for your favorite handbag too. So we make finding all those accessories easy. Space-saving jewelry trays are an easy insert in any drawer and they are especially well placed in a custom closet with an island.
No matter how big or small your home is, shoes present an organizational challenge. Most shoe racks, shoe shelves, and closet shoe organizers take a one-size-fits-all approach which can lead to disorganization and frustration. So we work with clients to relieve that frustration by creating closet shoe organization solutions to keep each pair organized.
When you decide to install a custom closet in your home, you are choosing to add a new structure that will be there for years to come. So it’s important to know what your custom closet materials are made of and how to care for them so that they will always have that same fresh look they had on installation day.
Getting and staying organized at home can be a challenge, and it’s even more of an issue when your closets are small. That’s why we asked professional organizer and Inspired Closets Vermont co-owner Elizabeth Warren to share her favorite small closet organization ideas. Here are her tips for how to make the most out of the space you have to create an organized closet you’ll love.
We lay this foundation during your initial design consultation, taking the time to get to know you and evaluate your space. Our proprietary software enables us to offer you a collaborative experience where you can see your design come to life and make changes in real-time so you’ll know exactly what it will look like once it’s installed.
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