With spring-cleaning just around the corner, senior interior designer Collin Kayser chimes into the blog with his tips on keeping homes organized. Most homeowners we work with want their projects to result in a beautiful and organized home. In a well designed home, everything has its place and each room has a function. Let’s see what Collin has to say on the matter.
#1 Organizational Drawers and Built-in Features
Collin loves to add organizational drawer and cabinet inserts to the kitchen when the budget allows. “Drawer storage is the most accessible, so adding organizational features only adds to their function.“
#2 Give Careful Consideration to the Function
Consider where and how you will use an item. This will help dictate its placement and readiness when needed. Create zones in a kitchen space. Think about prep zones, serving zones, cleaning zones, cooking/baking zones, breakfast zones, etc. This will help with the organization and planning the placement of items.
#3 Maximize Your Closet Spaces
You might not think of a designer being necessary for the closet, but GHID’s clients prioritize the closets in their Master Suites and plan them carefully. Besides selecting pretty cabinets and hardware, our designers put a lot of thought into the layout of clothing and shoes, as well as how clients’ accessories are stored and accessible. Different types of storage maybe better suited for certain items and your designer will help you take all this into consideration.
#4 The Golden Rule of Storage
A good rule of thumb for any storage space is: Keep the most accessible items within the standard reach range. Long term/occasional items can be stored up high or away from primary functions.
#5 Location, Location, Location!
Work to organize spaces where clutter builds up, like the entryway. You and your family know that shoes, backpacks, homework, and mail all have a place in your home, but when everybody gets home at the end of a long day, they tend to drop everything they’re carrying in a pile by the front door. Instead of trying to change how your family functions, why not add organization to their routine? A more organized system can eliminate the hectic 5-minute scramble for schoolbooks, coats, and hats as your family is leaving for the day.