Sometimes you need to take pretty dramatic steps in order to make your home more comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable. That’s when you want to take advantage of the services of a design/build remodeler to help you think through, plan, and build the solution you’re after—because good design is key to getting the results you want. There are times, however, when you may just need a little help to organize the space you already have. Here’s a look at 6 tips for keeping your Naples home free of clutter.
That’s important because sometimes clutter can sneak up on you until if feels as if the clutter has taken over your home—and your life! We’ve all got those junk drawers full of things that were really important once-upon-a-time. Then time passes and the importance fades—and you’re left with junk drawers in which you can’t find anything. And sometimes the clutter spills out of the drawers and threatens to take over the whole house.
Here are some tips that can help you organize things a bit better.
1. Disciplined Drawer Use
We already mentioned the dreaded junk drawer above. Part of what makes them so unmanageable is that there’s a little bit of everything in them. Instead of having all kinds of things in one drawer, designate specific drawers for specific items. Restrict each drawer’s contents to one or two related things. Begin by cleaning out the drawers (and if you haven’t used something in more than a year, get rid of it! You probably don’t need the manual to that old VHS machine anymore). Then assign a drawer to one or two kinds of things. Maybe put candles and batteries in one drawer (both are things you’d use in a power outage). Keep items separate with interlocking drawer organizers. They’ll stay better organized and you’ll always know where things are.
2. Say Goodnight To Nightstand Clutter
Your master bedroom should be a place to unwind and relax (and here are some things to consider when creating the ideal master bedroom). But it’s hard to relax if your nightstand is covered with all kinds of things (and it’s no wonder you can’t find your alarm clock in the morning). Purchase some simple wooden dividers for your nightstand drawers (you don’t want your nightstand drawers looking like kitchen drawers), and then limit what you keep there to the things you’ll really use (reading glasses, notepad and pen, TV remote, lotion, etc.).
3. Rethink Your Linen Closet
You may have thought you’d never use all the space in your linen closet when you first moved in. Now it feels like it’s bursting at the seams. Maybe the problem isn’t that there’s not enough space—but that it’s hard to get at what you want. You might want to install smooth-glide shelves that pull out so that you can easily access sheets and towels at the back of the closet (instead of dumping everything in the hallway to get at the things in the back. And when you put things away again, make sure you put the items you use most on the middle shelves where it’s easier to get them out.
4. Make A Mobile Mini-Office
If you don’t have a dedicated room for your home office, important papers can get spread all over the place. A lot of them end up in the kitchen (where they get food and drink spilled on them). Or they end up in the family room (and get mixed in with newspapers and other reading material). One simple solution is to purchase a wheeled industrial metal wire cart that lets you keep current paperwork in one place—and move it to wherever you want to work on it. So if you’re working on your taxes, you can take all of the paperwork you need to the kitchen or dining room table and spread it out. Then when you’re done it can go back in a closet where it’s out of sight (but easily accessible if you need it).
5. Managing Kitchen Clutter
It’s not just paper and small items that can clutter up your home. Sometimes your kitchen can feel cluttered with small appliances, utensils, and cookware. If you have a pantry (such as the one you see here—click for a closer look) you might want to move some of those small appliances that you don’t use every day (mixers, blenders, etc.) into that space. They’re still accessible when you need them, but they don’t take up space on your counter—and that makes your kitchen feel less cluttered and crowded. Even building shallow storage space at the end of your kitchen cabinets (also shown here) helps you find homes for things that otherwise might clutter up the kitchen.
6. Goodbye Bath Clutter
Even your master bathroom can fall victim to clutter. One solution to that problem is to use more of the space that’s available to you. The kitchen you see here uses a mirrored cabinet that divides his and her sinks. It helps to keep items off of the countertops. And there is plenty of additional storage below the sinks. Click here for a closer look at this solution.
Of course another way to eliminate clutter is with a remodeling of your home that includes built-in storage space that’s designed to keep things organized and out of site. And a good design-builder can often find “wasted” space in your kitchen or hallways that you can take advantage of. That way you’re not taking up valuable living space. We’d be happy to help you think that through!