8 Bathroom Organization Tips

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The bathroom is a room you use every day, and it is a room you should keep neat and organized. The idea is to find your bathroom essentials with plenty of time to get ready for the day.

Use the following tips to make the most of your space and organize your bathroom essentials:

  • Take Control of The Clutter: The first step to organizing your bathroom is to take control of the clutter in your medicine cabinet, the space under the sink and drawers. You are going to pull out your inventory and get rid of anything that is expired or broken. Now, place the items you do not need to use right now in a bin, and keep the bin inside a closet until you need to pull them out.
  • Invest in Drawer Dividers: Drawer dividers are great for organizing your small toiletries, cosmetics, hair accessories and grooming tools. The dividers feature several compartments for organizing your essentials by size or group. You can find drawer dividers in most container, home and superstores.
  • Organize Your Makeup: If you have more than one drawer in your bathroom, designate a drawer to your cosmetics. You can use a drawer divider to organize the cosmetics, brushes and makeup remover. Another idea is to hang a metal strip on the wall for any cosmetics that come in metal containers.
  • Use Apothecary Jars: There is nothing wrong with wanting to add style to your bathroom, and glass apothecary jars can help you achieve that look. Use the jars to organize cotton swabs, cotton balls, soap and bath salts. You can line them up on your shelf, windowsill or vanity.
  • Invest in a Shower Caddy: You have already gone through your belongings and removed anything you are not using right now. You still need to organize the toiletries you are keeping in the bathroom. A shower caddy is great for organizing your shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and other essentials. The styles range from a corner caddy to a caddy that hangs from the shower head.
  • Use The Door: Have you ever thought of using the door as a storage solution? You need a place to hang your towels, robes and the sweater you are going to grab on your way out. You can use self-adhesive hooks or an over the door hanger with hooks to create a spot for these items.
  • Repurposed Towel Rack: Do you have an old wooden wine rack sitting around the house collecting dust? Dust it off and place it in the bathroom as a spot for your rolled up towels. You can use it for the family towels or place it in the guest bathroom.
  • Figure Out What To Hide and Leave Out: Items such as personal care products, skin-care products and medication can be hidden inside a closed cabinet or solid container with a lid. You may be tempted to hide the toilet paper, but this is actually an item you should leave out in plain sight. It allows you to keep track of your inventory, and it is convenient to the guests who may not want to bother you for another roll of toilet paper. One idea is to store the rolls inside a woven or wicker basket, and keep the basket where anyone can find it.

There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find your eye shadow or hair brush, and then not having enough time to get ready when you do find it. This is why it is important to clear out the clutter, find the right storage solutions and organize your bathroom.

10 Tips For Making Your Living Room Kid Friendly

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Once you have kids it seems like their stuff starts to take over your living room. It doesn’t have to be like that because there’s ways to incorporate your child’s belongings into the living room’s interior design. If you’re skeptical, here’s 10 tips on how to create a family-friendly living room that’s stylish, functional, and meets the needs of everyone in the house.

  1. If you have one or more tall bookcases in the living room, designate the lower shelves to your kids, and the upper shelves to your books. Keep it simple and tasteful by only placing one to three toys on each lower shelf.
  2. Another way your living room interior design can be child friendly is by making or buying a colorful open play tent or child’s size teepee. They can easily be put in a corner, and are just big enough for a young child, and some toys. It’ll be their own special space in the living room.
  3. If you don’t want a tent or teepee, just carve out an area that’s designated as your child’s space. This can be done with their own little rug, or with a mini table and chairs. Make sure to keep a basket nearby with their favorite activities, such as books for reading, or art supplies for drawing.
  4. Children’s artwork is no longer just for the refrigerator. You can have some pieces framed and put on the walls of your living room, or you can hang them on the walls without frames.
  5. Normally, kids writing on the walls is a no-no. If there’s an open wall in the living room, you can paint it with chalkboard paint. Up top display pictures, or your child’s artwork. On the bottom half your child can draw on it with chalk.
  6. You can also make the living room kid friendly by having a durable, and soft couch. Pick something that’ll last a while, and that can withstand stains. If you do have an expensive couch, think about getting a cotton cover slip for it. You never know when your kid might spill something all over it, and washing the slip cover is easier than getting the couch cleaned.
  7. Wicker baskets are a stylish way to store toys in the living room. If you have a tall end table behind or next to the couch, just place the basket underneath it for easy access. If not, putting in a corner will also look nice.
  8. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but if you have a young child, think about getting a rug. It’ll help keep your child safe if they fall, and prevent the wood from warping if liquid spills onto it. Because spills are inevitable, you might want to get a darker colored rug.
  9. Kids are unpredictable. You never know when they’ll fall, or run into a square coffee table. Think about replacing a coffee table that has sharp edges with a soft ottoman, or a round coffee table.
  10. Children’s art supplies seem to get lost, or misplaced a lot. Now there’s a way you can incorporate crayons, and colored pencils into your living room decor. All you need is mason jars, and some paint. Paint the tops of three or four mason jars to match your living room color scheme. Then fill one jar with crayons, another with colored pencils, and another with Popsicle sticks. They will liven up your living room with color, and make great storage space for your child’s art supplies.

Bookshelves: For More than Just Books

Feeling overwhelmed by your overstuffed book shelves? The difference between a jam-packed, cluttered bookcase and one that is thoughtfully designed and decorated is significant. If you have reached your limit with packed-to-the brim bookshelves that detract from your overall interior design, we have tips and tricks for culling unnecessary items, and decorating your bookshelves so they are inviting and attractive.

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7 Tips and Tricks for Decorating Your Bookshelves Like a Pro:

  1. Take One Shelf at a Time. There’s no need to tackle your whole bookcase at once. Just take once shelf at a time, which can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. It makes a great unwinding process at the end of the day, or before bed. Just put on some soothing music and jump in.
  2. Cull the Stacks. Most of us end up with way more books than we will ever read again. Culling the stacks is the first step in keeping your shelves from becoming cluttered. Start by dividing your books into three piles:
    • Absolute keepers. The books that have shaped you, changed your perspective, and you are sure you will want to read again and again. These books are like literary family.
    • Forgot you had ’em. These books were quick vacation reads or passed to you by well-meaning friends and family. Some might have lofty authors that you just never got into (we can’t all be bibliophiles). If you don’t plan on reading it again, or didn’t finish it, it should be donated.
    • On the fence. If you can’t decide, keep an “on the fence” pile. The more culling you do, the more ruthless you will become and going through this stack again will be quick.

    Don’t forget about your local libraries. You can always order a book for pick-up through your library, meaning it’s free and doesn’t require permanent residence on your shelves.

  3. Pull the Books to the Front. When you replace your books, resist the urge to move them to the back of the shelf. Instead, align them towards the front of the shelves. It looks more uniform and saves you a bit of dusting.
  4. Alternate Your Stacking Direction. Switch up the way you stack your books. Some can be aligned vertically, and others horizontally. This creates different shapes within the bookshelf grid, and often allows for more “white space” as well, so they don’t look so full.
  5. Create Space. Speaking of white space, it’s important that your book shelves leave space around books and decorative objects. No space = the jam-packed, cluttered look you were eliminating in the first place. You can create space by intermingling books, pictures, vases, or objets d’art, or by leaving some shelves for books and others for your decorations.
  6. Match Your Objects. As you continue through your sorting process, consider how your objects are related. Try to create symmetry by placing similarly shaped objects together on a shelf, or keep photos in one area and pottery in another.
  7. Color Coordinate. If you really want to decorate your bookshelves like a pro, learn to color coordinate them with your space. Choose accents that pull out the colors that are already an integral part of your room’s palette. Or, you can make book covers for some of your paperback books, to provide a higher-quality, color unified appearance.

These simple tips and tricks can use up the better portion of a day, or can be worked on little by little throughout the week (or month!). Either way, the end result will be a more harmonious book display that works to enhance your interior decor.

How to Increase Your Storage Capacity

If you are an interior decorating aficionado, you understand the importance of creative storage. We decorators need room to store all of our seasonal decor, textiles, and favorite items when they are relaxing in the off-season. Plus, I don’t know a serial designer out there who doesn’t also love to entertain, which means even more storage for platters, dishware, and glasses. Sometimes, interior design is just as much about what you can’t see as what you can.

Here are some room by room ideas for how to increase your storage capacity in some of the most unlikely spaces. This can help you to store all of the extras that tend to become cluttered if you aren’t too careful.

The Kitchen. If you are planning a remodel, forget about the color wheels and cabinet door styles for just a moment (I know, it’s hard to do!). Instead, focus on how your cabinet and wall spaces can be functionally upgraded to the limit. Smart and organized kitchen storage is a reverent sight to behold, and we all shake our heads in wonder when we see it in person. The time you spend to be thoughtful now, will pay off for years to come.

Your Staircase. What? The staircase? Yes! The staircase is one of the most overlooked storage opportunities in the home. It’s vast, and it has lots of empty spaces that could be full of specialty cocktail glasses, seasonal cook books, and interior decorating accessories. If you happen to be in the process of designing your home, bully for you because you can begin working with your architect or contractor to modify the planned staircase. Otherwise, you can hire a contractor to take a look at your staircase and some of these pictures, to determine how your staircase(s) can be amended.

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The Laundry Room. Don’t let a single wall or nook in your laundry room or mudroom go un-purposed. If you see a blank space, think shelves. If you see a drawer space, think pull-out organizers. If there is a wide open closet, determine how the space can best be used. It’s amazing what well-planned storage (even in a small space) can do to reduce clutter in your interior decorating plan.

The Bathroom. If there is one room that is the most prone to clutter, it is probably the bathroom. We are usually in there in a flurry, and there are often deep-set cabinets that quickly become a mish-mash of stuff if you aren’t careful. However, just like the kitchen, you can create pull-out drawers and organized shelving and cabinetry that will help you keep things neat, stored, and clutter-free. Also, in an open floor plan, walls are usually a part of the building’s structure. However, bathrooms are the one spot where interior walls may only be functional, in which place they can be used for more hidden storage opportunities.

Closets. It can’t be emphasized enough what a difference an efficiently organized closet is. You will gain loads of usable space by making the investment in a professional closet design. Or, you can spend time at a local home improvement store and buy pre-made closet organizers that will also do the trick. Either way, the more space you have to store things, the less visible they will be in your actual living space.

Taking the time to redesign functional storage spaces will pay off in the form of an organized, clutter-free, and spacious interior design.

Whether you need help with interior decorating, or are looking to redesign your storage spaces, we can help. Contact Kristina Wolf Design, Inc. for modern interior design expertise.