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Storage & Decorating

If you are going to decorate and add pieces of furniture or accent pieces to your home, why not make them function as well as pleasing to the eye. If you were to ask 100 homeowners to tell you the one thing they would like to improve on in their home, you would probably hear the same answer from everyone more storage. This is a problem especially prominent with older homes where closets were very small and kitchen cabinets even smaller.

You can create more storage space in your home by going through the following steps:

Look around to see if there is any existing options for storage and make a determination as to what type of items would fit best in those spaces

Once you have determined the best use for the drawers, closets, cabinets/cupboards, and shelves, put a label on them for about a week so other members of the household will get used to the new location of items.

Keep the items that you will use most often in places that are the most convenient. For the items that you seldom use, consider getting rid of them or putting them in boxes in the top of a closet.

Keep your belongings categorized. If you have wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows, purchase a plastic container so you can keep all the items together. For sporting equipment, you can buy a wire rack/shelf unit so all the equipment can be stored together.

At least twice a year, go through all your belongings and the belongings of the family and put things in a box to give to your favorite charity or set them aside to be labeled for an upcoming garage sale.

Use baskets to store smaller items. You can line the basket with cloth and then tie with ribbon to make them attractive. Then label them so you know exactly what is inside and discipline yourself not to just throw things in any basket. Instead, take a moment to put things in the appropriate basket.

Use doors or cloth to close off the areas that do not need to be seen

Remember that to get and keep your home organized, two things need to happen. The first is that again, you need to be disciplined. This lifestyle change will probably take some time to get used to in that you will never again be able to just toss things in a draw to hide them from public view. Second, you need to expect that there will be both change and growth. Therefore, plan on needing new boxes and baskets, and think of things you can get rid of throughout the year.
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