Have you ever walked into a friend’s custom-designed closet and thought, “Wow; that is fabulous! If I had this closet I’d…” What? Add more hanging bars, shoe shelves, jewelry organizers? The beauty of custom design is that you can add the accessories that you want.
Custom design enhances the functionality of not only closets but also garages, pantries, laundry rooms, home offices, entryways or mudrooms. Your whole home can be organized with your own personal touches in every room.
Tailored Living® organization specialists are whole home organizers. They come to you and by discussing in detail your unique use of living space they help design solutions that meet your specific needs, rather than trying to fit you into ready-made storage solutions.
Start with the basics
The first step is determining what you want to do with your space.
- If a garage, is it for cars only or do you have a laundry area and/or other storage needs? Is there a work bench in the garage or would you like to have a work bench in the garage?
- Is your over-crowded master closet a “hers” or a “his and hers?”
- Are your kids’ closets generically chaotic? (Hint: a teen’s closet should be different from a young child’s.)
- Is the kitchen pantry like the Bermuda Triangle--things go in and disappear without a trace?
- Does your laundry room/area make it easier or harder to get laundry done?
- Do you need dedicated office space in your home to work more effectively?
- Is your entry way or mud room inviting or intimidating?
We’ll take a quick home tour and see how Tailored Living can help personalize your living space to make life easier, reduce stress and establish order. There will be some valuable organizational tips along the way as we go room to room.
A Tailored Living custom closet design will maximize every inch of space, including capturing vertical space generally ignored in traditional closet design. A combination of cabinets, drawers, shelves and tiered hanging rods establish the basis for creating a customized closet whether for his-and-hers, a child’s or a shopaholic’s haven. With a variety of finish choices and accessories, you can personalize every aspect of a closet. Some of the options include drawer and shelf dividers, velvet-lined jewelry organizers, pull-out baskets with or without colorful vinyl basket wraps, valet rods, belt and tie racks, hooks, pant hanger racks, integrated ironing board, tilt-out laundry bins and an ingenious, space-saving spiral shoe rack for that awkward corner, and it holds up to 25 pairs of shoes!
Accessibility is the key to a well-organized pantry. Vertical storage captures valuable unused space, but tall shelving can be impractical for everyday use. Relegate top shelves to rarely used appliances, back-up supplies, or seasonal items. This leaves more “reachable” space for the things you and your family use constantly and makes tracking expiration dates much easier. Customize your pantry with deep or narrow shelves, pull-out baskets, spice or wine racks and cabinets. Adjustable shelf height lets you accommodate taller items such as two-liter drink bottles or family-sized cereal boxes. Lower storage shelves or baskets are “child-friendly,” making snacks and lunch box foods easy to grab.
Often considered the man’s domain, most garages actually serve all-family uses. Garages house laundry facilities, general storage, toys, tools and sporting equipment, just to name a few possibilities. An unplanned garage can become an organizational nightmare of wasted space. Tailored Living offers garage solutions that maximize space according to how you actually use your garage. Custom cabinets in a variety of colors and finishes, overhead storage and Gridwall Racks help get everything up off the floor and into functional space that provides ease of use for the whole family. PremierFlex™ garage floor tiles or our PremierOne® hybrid polymer floor coating protects and beautifies your garage floor and makes it easier to keep clean.
Not everyone has the luxury of an entire room just for laundry, but whatever space serves you as a laundry room can be maximized to organize the process. Upper and lower cabinets provide storage for laundry products so they are close at hand. Countertop space, valet rods, hooks or a pull-out ironing board all assist with turning dirty clothes into clean clothes and getting them back into the closets. Mastering the task with organizational accessories will save you time and energy.
Entryway or Mud Room
Life is made up of comings and goings and the nicer you can make them, the better. Clutter tends to accumulate in entryways and mudrooms as people drop off things, whether they belong there or not. Instituting some home organization solutions will help keep those areas clear and highly functional. Sturdy hooks for hanging coats, hats and scarves will eliminate piles on a chair or table. Cubbies for shoes will keep them up off the floor and give wet shoes and boots space to dry. Cubbies can even accommodate backpacks, lunch bags, purses or briefcases. You can personalize your space with shelves, a storage bench, hat rack, “last look” mirror or umbrella stand to make coming home more inviting, and leaving less chaotic with everything in its appointed place.
These entryway individual stations keep necessities from getting lost or forgotten.
Not everyone works from home, but most people have a home office of some kind. It may be just for paying bills, chatting online, or downloading recipes, but having the space organized will make it more comfortable and efficient. A home office may be multi-use or shared space with more than one work station. It could be a whole room, sharing space in a guest room, or just a nook in the kitchen, but with thoughtful design, your home office can accommodate storage, multiple users and all the equipment and cords you need! From a full L-shaped desk design to an alcove counter top, using cabinets, shelving and drawers you’ll be able to hide the mess and have pleasant surroundings.
I hope you enjoyed our home tour and that you’re inspired to get organized! Call (866) 712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you. Let Tailored Living help you get your whole home under control before the holidays arrive and busy schedules get even busier. Remember, organization is a beautiful thing.