From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center – Divinely Organized
Stylish Organization Projects That Pay For Themselves
Hello c4 followers. My blogging buddy, Kacey is back. Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog. And she wanted to stop by today to help those of us with organization issues. I hope you will enjoy Kacey’s article as she shares Stylish Organization Projects That Pay For Themselves
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Walk-in closets, basements and attics are, for some homeowners, the storage systems of their dreams. In reality, though, many homes simply aren’t equipped to hold and help you organize all of your stuff — and that can leave you feeling cluttered or otherwise overwhelmed by everything you have.
But you don’t have to tear your hair out trying to work with minimal storage spots. Instead, you can try creating some storage solutions of your own that will do double-duty as eye-catching design accents and functional places to put your stuff. Here are four organization project ideas:
- Multifunctional Bedside Table
The simplest of bedside tables have four legs and a tabletop, no more, no less. As such, they can become a place where books, water glasses, reading glasses, important papers and jewelry all add up.
A simple solution to this problem is to invest in a nightstand with shelves, drawers or both. That way, you can store everything you need at arm’s length when you go to sleep without creating clutter. Some larger bedside tables provide enough space for you to store smaller clothing items, too, so you can get even more out of your nightstand than just a tabletop.
- Sleek Wall Shelving
Even if you don’t have enough floor space for a bookshelf, you don’t have to give up on your dream of storing all of your books and knickknacks in a stylish, functional way. Just look up and at all of the walls in your home: there, you can hang floating shelves to hold onto all your accessories without sacrificing any floor space at all.
Floating shelves can work in just about any room of your home, too. Even if you don’t have a book collection to put on display, you can use hanging shelves to showcase art, family photos, and even kitchen dishes, bowls and mugs.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, you already know it has great storage potential. The only problem is, you probably don’t want to put too much of your stuff outside — a garage exposes your belongings to too many of the elements, as well as to potential damage from pests and other unexpected factors.
In order to make your garage a viable, safe storage space, you’ll have to spend a little time insulating it and making it more like the interior of your home. In fact, there are plenty of benefits to insulating your garage: not only will it become a more stable storage area, but you can also make it a more useful part of your home. You can spend time outside working on DIY projects and crafts once it’s well insulated and just as warm as your home’s interior.
Your best bet, of course, is to hire a professional to insulate your garage for you so that its temperature is regulated and the air is dry and ideal for storage. Although it may be pricy to do, insulating your garage will add value to your home, which is especially good news if you plan to sell your home at some point down the line.
- Dual-Purpose Furniture
We already mentioned a multifunctional bedside table, and that’s just one example of the many pieces of furniture with hidden storage you can buy for your home. Again, it’s all about square footage: why not dedicate as much of your home’s floor space to storage as possible? This is especially helpful if you can still make your home’s furniture functional and comfortable for you and your family.
Take, for example, a kitchen storage bench. Your family can slide onto the seats for nightly meals, of course, but you can also unhinge the bench’s top to store things inside of it. You can find ottomans that open, too, giving your living room a bit of hidden storage. Bed frames, too, can be built to include drawers that make the space between your mattress and the floor a great storage space as well.
Even if a piece of furniture doesn’t have hidden storage, you can still find pieces with multiple uses, thus cutting down on the amount of furniture you need in your home. This is especially valuable in small apartments where items should have multiple uses. A cozy lounge chair that unfolds into a single bed is great for guests who come to visit, while foldaway tables help you maximize floor space when you’re not eating or working on the table’s surface.
Time to Start Organizing
With multifunctional furniture, better shelving or the transformation of your garage into a safe storage space, you’ll find your home is so much easier to organize. And, if you combine the power of all four of the above ideas, you’ll barely notice the fact that your home doesn’t have the walk-in closets you once dreamed of. And, most importantly, your home will work even better for you and your family, which means you can stay there happily for years to come.
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Kacey, thank you for visiting and sharing with us.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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