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Storage Warrior | How to Maximize Storage in Your Home

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The key to minimalism is an open layout with no clutter.  However, minimalism is a lifestyle and does not happen overnight.  Getting rid of all your stuff at once and decluttering an aggressive approach.  A more practical matter is investing in more storage options.  The best storage options serve more than just one purpose.  When designing your space, especially smaller homes, you need to facilitate your space as much as possible.  Here are three easy ways to add storage to your design and help declutter your home more:

Ottoman

The key to minimalism is not going out and buying more furniture without eliminating some of the items you already own.  A good general rule of thumb to use in the beginning is for every one piece of furniture purchased, eliminate two.  An ottoman is a functional seat that can serve as an end table and includes internal storage.  For your own home, you will want to find an ottoman that complements your design theme.  Theses multifunctional furnishing can transform your design not only aesthetically but functionally as well.

Coffee Table with Enclosed Storage

Minimalism is a double-edged sword.  Some minimalist will lean toward Mid-Century Modern Design; however, this style likes to include open furniture to help make the space feel airier and more accessible.  Yet, if you want to store your belongings, they are very noticeable.  A coffee table with enclosed storage can still look great but adds a little more functionality.  Plus, almost all living room sets are not complete without a coffee table.  Adding a coffee table with storage can help you eliminate books, magazines, remotes, and other odds and ends in the living room.

Cube Storage

Cube Storage has been a trend for the last decade, and it has really been a great solution to tuck away unwanted clutter.  Create bins with labels to store mail, miscellaneous tools, or even shoes.  Cube storage is excellent to help create an aesthetic solution for storing your belongings.  You can get a wall unit or invest in a floating unit as well.  Find a style that best complements your home.

Under-Bed-Storage

Do you decorate for the holidays, and are you looking for a spot to tuck away your holiday decor?  Try investing in some under-the-bed-storage units.  With wheels on them, they can easily slide in and out from underneath your bed.  This can help you keep holiday decor and seasonal clothes easily accessible throughout the year.

Learning to see areas in your home to facilitate as storage is critical.  Just remember that minimalism does not happen after night.  Scrutinize your space and determine the best plan of attack. Start with a game plan, and you will be pleased with the end result. Best of luck!

Tips for Clearing Clutter

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Getting rid of clutter goes hand in hand with deep cleaning. Find out how to get rid of clutter the easy way. The best way to cut ties with things you have been holding on to is to ask yourself a few of questions about the item in question.

Do I have the space available to keep storing this item? If the answer is no, then toss or donate the item. Space is so valuable and you always seem to need more of it. If you could store other things, which you use on a regular basis, clear out this space and put it to good use.

Do I have another item that serves the same or similar purpose? If yes then you need to consider which item is more practical. Also consider which item is easier to store and takes up the least amount of space.

Am I holding on to this broken item with intentions to fix it? If yes then you need to consider if it is worth saving. Ask yourself: “Can I fix this in the next two weeks?”  “Do I currently have the resources to fix it?” if your answer is no to either question then you should let the item go.

Have I used this in the last year? If you have been able to go about your day to day life without using this particular thing for a year, then chances are you do not need it. You may want to consider tossing it even if you have only used the item once or twice during the past year. Unless the thing you have been holding on to is Christmas decorations, it should be under serious review.

Have I been keeping this for sentimental reasons? We can become attached to things easily. Just by looking at an item can create a sense of nostalgia and we are leery of losing those feelings forever. Keep smaller sentimental things that can be put into a scrap book or a small box.

Keep this list of questions so you can de-clutter throughout the year. This list will help you keep the important items and cut ties with the rest!

Building Your Own Home Office

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

 

With a home office, you can easily work from the comforts of your own place.Whether you are a writer, artist, engineer, doctor or accountant, your home office should contain good furniture and accessories. They should make you feel focused but still very much at ease. Ergonomics is very important in reducing the risks for injuries, especially for repetitive movements such as typing.

The area must be spacious enough to contain a desk and the necessary equipment you need, but it does not have to be too grand. A table beside the window in a peaceful room inside the house can already act as a simple home office. Furniture with casters can allow you to move things around. A good layout will let you to move from the desk to another work area such as the computer table without difficulty.

Storage options such as drawers and shelves should be able to hold the office supplies, and be easily reachable. Labels can help in organizing the items. In small spaces, tall bookcases or shelves mounted on the walls can utilize the vertical space.  For those working with larger spaces, a lounge chair or even a couch can be included and used for short breaks. 

To attain greater efficiency, proper lighting should be installed within the home office. Task lighting can facilitate reading, writing, drawing, printing and other actions necessary to complete the work. A desk lamp or lighting fixtures installed beneath the wall-mounted shelves can brightly illuminate the work area.

Aside from artificial lighting, natural lighting should also be considered. Daylight affects the mood and productivity of a person – plus, it can also help to reduce the strain caused by the light fixtures and computer screen on your eyes. If the office table is placed right by the window, blinds can be used in order to control the amount of sunlight coming in. 

The color scheme of the area can also affect productivity. Uplifting colors such as yellow can boost energy, while pale colors such as green can calm your mind. For a personal touch, framed photographs and artwork can be hung from the walls.

Like any other spaces, a home office should be tailored to its user and the type and volume of work.Even in such a simple space, an industrious but enjoyable atmosphere can promote good work habits and help you expand your career.

 

Glass Shelves in the Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tips

16592717_SGlass shelves are a versatile storage option for the bathroom.  Glass shelves can be hung throughout the bathroom. In smaller spaces, like a bathroom, the glass will take up less visual space than a wood or painted shelf.

Glass shelves virtually disappear into the wall behind them. If you use a floating shelf design like in this bathroom, the shelf will blend in with whatever is behind it. This allows your beautiful backsplash to be uninterrupted by the shelf. This is important when you have an intricate pattern like a mosaic or border.

Tempered glass is always a good idea in a bathroom for a shelf or a shower door. Tempered glass will not shatter into shards, which can be dangerous in a bathroom with its tile or wood floor.  If you have a glass shower surround, glass shelving in the room can unify the design.

Glass shelves can be hung above the toilet as well as above the vanity.  You can vary the depth of the shelf depending on its use and placement in the bathroom. Thicker shelves can be used to store extra toilet paper, jars of Qtips and cotton balls, or even extra washcloths and hand towels in neat rolls. Smaller shelves can hold toothbrushes and toothpaste.

No matter the material you choose for shelves in the bathroom, make sure you secure them to the wall with the proper screws for your wall type. Going into a stud is always a good idea when hanging a shelf that will hold any weight.

Organize Your Playroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

Do you have a playroom that is out of control? A toy box that has vomited its contents? Stacks of books, magazines, video games and CDs? Bet you that all those things belong to your children. Now is the time to conquer the clutter chaos and teach your kids how to organize their stuff on their own.

Yes, this may sound like torture, but teaching kids organizational skills will not only help you keep your house tidy, it will also help them learn how to pick up after themselves.

To get started, if your kids are old enough to read, write down what you would like them to do.

Reward your children for a job well done. Bribes of money and gifts may help, but it is better to lavish them with praise. Let them play their favorite music (at their preferred volume) while they work, take before and after pictures that you can post on Facebook to brag about their achievement or make their favorite meal for dinner.

Teach your kids the 12-month rule. If you haven’t used something or worn something in twelve months you probably won’t so you can donate those items to charity or have a garage sale to sell them.

Those piles of magazines, pictures and school projects can either be read on-line or scanned and stored electronically. They know how to do that better than you do.

Give your kids somewhere to store their stuff. Your kids cannot put things away if there’s no place for them to go. Work with them to choose fun (inexpensive) shelves, cubbyholes, bookcases or storage boxes. Help them label and decorate the boxes (they can pick silly names to make it fun).

Remember the more involved kids feel in the process, the more dedicated they will be in keeping their space tidy and that’s good for everyone.