Your kitchen is likely one of the busiest rooms in your home. Unfortunately, kitchen organization is often overlooked or pushed to the side, which can leave you with a big mess when it comes time to prepare a meal. When you have a well-organized kitchen and pantry, the time you spend there can actually become rather enjoyable.
Have a Professional Help Out
Our goal is to create custom storage solutions that our clients will love. Kitchens are an ever-growing part of our business, and we love to help clients design the perfect storage solution for their kitchen. When you contact us for a free consultation, think about what is most important to you. Do you need more space, a better way to keep things tidy, a different look, or all of the above? We can custom design the storage solution that will suit all of your needs.
Keep Snacks Close By
If you have kids, you probably experience a mini-tornado in the kitchen whenever they come through for snacks. One way to keep the snacking well organized is to do some color-coding. Use wire baskets or plastic bins of a certain color to stash snacks. If the kids know their snacks are always in the blue containers, they’re much less likely to make a mess while searching for them.
Look for Space You’re Not Using
There’s probably a fair amount of unused space in your kitchen, but you may not have considered it for storage because it’s in an unusual area. Do you have blank space above the refrigerator, sink, or elsewhere? That space is potentially something that our experts can use to create new storage for you. There may be a great opportunity for brand new shelving and storage solution that you would never have otherwise considered–and you don’t need any major home renovations to get it!
Contact us anytime you feel a storage makeover is what you need. We can create custom storage solutions for your kitchen, closet, or any other room in your home. We are here to help and we look forward to speaking with you soon!
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Many of the goals and resolutions homeowners around the Suncoast set at the New Year start falling by the wayside about a month in. Once people start settling into their routines after the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, it can be hard to stick to the plans they made when they were full of end-of-the-year motivation. However, not all resolutions have to be big and lofty. It’s great to set more reasonable day-to-day goals for yourself. Sometimes the simplest ones end up making the biggest differences. In this post, More Space Place serving Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte shares five simple ways to be more organized this year.
1. Make Lists
Chances are you already make occasional lists of things like what groceries you need at the store. Take that habit and extend it into other areas of your life. You’ll likely find making lists can come in handy for a lot of things, such as chores, errands, and to-do lists at work. Whether you make the lists on your phone or prefer the pen and paper method, keeping lists of things you need to do can help keep you more organized overall.
2. Keep High-Traffic Areas Clean
The most frequently used areas of the home, like the kitchen and the living room, are also the ones most prone to clutter and messes. Keeping these spaces picked up and tidy will help keep your home more organized in general, and it will prevent clutter from building up to a point where it becomes overwhelming.
3. Clean As You Go
Similar to the previous point, cleaning as you go is a great way to stay on top of messes. This applies to cooking, laundry, and other tasks that leave things in their wake. When making a meal, put ingredients away as you use them and wash dishes once you don’t need them anymore. This will leave less to clean at the end of the meal. When you do laundry, put your clean clothes away as soon as you fold them. This will prevent clothing clutter from accumulating and creating more of a mess.
4. Sync Your Calendars
Keeping track of your own appointments, outings, and events can be hard enough. Add your spouse’s and/or your kids’ schedules to the mix and you’re likely to lose track of things. Syncing your calendar with everyone in your family or household will help keep track of all the different schedules, which will ultimately help streamline the planning of your own calendar.
5. Plan Your Meals
Blocking out Sunday afternoon to plan and prep your meals for the upcoming week can save you a lot of time during the busy workweek. Divide portions into individual containers that you can grab in the morning before you leave the house. Having your meals planned for the week will help keep you more organized, as well as save time for doing other things.
To learn more about enhancing your home’s organization and storage, contact More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte today! We offer free in-home estimates and consultations for creating customized storage solutions for every area of your home.
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Having an organized bedroom closet can seem like a distant dream to some homeowners in the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas. However, with custom closet systems from More Space Place, the concept of an organized bedroom closet is well within your reach. Feel free to pick and choose from the following 10 closet organization ideas to transform your bedroom closet into something truly special.
Start your organization process by going through your closet and getting rid of the things you never wear. Donate items in good condition to a local thrift store or charity.
2. Consider Placement
Organize the clothes you are keeping into four groups: most used, least used, seasonal/specialty items (evening wear, etc.) and accessories. Your most-worn clothing should be placed at eye level in an area that’s easy to access. Everything else should be arranged in a way that makes sense to your tastes, preferences, and wardrobe.
3. Décor Solutions
Treat your closet like a small room as you plan and design custom closet solutions. Consider the flooring, new paint color for the walls, lighting, and additional touches to really make it your own.
4. Add Shelving
Custom shelving in your closet can make the storage of hats, handbags, shoes, and other accessories easy and convenient. Adding storage boxes with lids to some shelves can be ideal for storing smaller accessories and specialty items. Utilize dividers in boxes to keep track of the smallest items.
5. Incorporate Drawers
If your closet space allows, include built-in drawer storage for jeans, sweaters, casual shirts, and other folded items. These drawer systems can often eliminate the need for a dresser.
6. Optimize Vertical Space
Run shelving, accessory racks, and other custom storage elements from the floor to the ceiling to maximize the space in your closet. Storing seasonal or seldom-used items higher up increases a closet’s efficiency. The space above the highest closet rod near the ceiling is ideal for storing seasonal items or even extra linens, pillows, and blankets.
7. Strategically Placed Hooks
Make the most of every square inch of your closet by placing hooks in those tucked away areas that can be used for hanging things.
8. Consider Color Coding
When it’s time to put your wardrobe back in your finished custom closet, consider grouping like items by color. You’ll have an easier time finding your favorite pieces of clothing, as well as be better able to use a designer’s approach in creating color palettes, looks, and outfits.
9. Make Use of Suitcase Space
If you store your luggage in your closet, make the most of it by using the space inside. Seasonal items, such as coats and sweaters, as well as spare blankets and linens are just a few ideas.
10. Bench Seating That Adds More Storage
If space allows, consider adding bench seating and a small vanity to create a boutique feel in your closet. Select a cedar chest or similar box to allow your bench seating to also function as additional storage.
If it’s time to finally manifest the closet of your dreams, these 10 storage and design hacks can help make it happen. Contact More Space Place today for a free in-home consultation, or visit one of our convenient showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte!
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Whether you just got new custom closets installed or are in the process of designing them, you’ll want to take advantage of your new area as best as possible. Your custom closet could free up space for new creative projects that you never had room for with your old closet. Instead of merely hanging your clothes back up and shutting those closet doors, consider a few of the ideas below from More Space Place Sarasota to get creative with your new custom closets.
Create a Dressing Room
If the space allows, consider adding a few features in your walk-in closet to make it a special dressing room rather than just a clothes storage space. Add a fancy rug, a cozy chair, and perhaps a lighting feature like a small chandelier or a modern floor lamp to create a stylish feel. Don’t forget to bring in a full-length mirror as a finishing touch – this could even be attached to the back of your closet door!
Add a Pop of Color
Even if you don’t end up spending a lot of time in your closet, it’s important not to neglect this space. Instead of leaving the walls a boring white, pick up some adhesive wallpaper to create a feature wall. Bring in bright baskets or drawers to add a pop of color to your shelves. If you have a shared closet, consider color-coordinating spaces with paint or curtains.
Your closet can be a cozy place to get ready in the mornings, so why not set up a handy station? If the space allows, you can add the appropriate items to make your morning routine a breeze. Bring in a small vanity, equipped with a mirror and lighting for makeup, or acquire a small espresso stand and adorn it with your favorite brewer, cream, and sweetener. Whatever your morning calls for, a custom closet can be designed to allow you plenty of space to create the perfect morning station in your Sarasota home.
Curtains and Cushion Seating
If a good DIY project is up your alley, then you may consider making curtains or cushions for your new closets. Sew curtains out of any fabric you like, or pick up some premade ones at the store. Hang your curtains on suspension rods to enclose certain shelves and spaces. If you have a bench area or often find yourself perched on top of a set of drawers, sew up a seat cushion to add comfort and style to the space!
Customize Your Closets Today
No matter what your closet needs may be, there’s always a way to meet them with the help of our experts here at More Space Place Sarasota. Call us today for a free in-home design consultation and to get estimates for your new custom closet!
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Homeowners on the Gulf Coast love having a garage, but they don’t always love the chore of keeping it organized. Unfortunately, the garage is often one of the most neglected parts of a property. Not only does this make it difficult to find your lawn and garden supplies, but it can also make the area a safety hazard. Spring is the perfect time to change all that. From More Space Place Sarasota, follow these five easy steps to achieve garage storage, cleaning, and organization solutions that last!
1. Take Inventory of the Contents
While a garage is intended to be a place to store tools and landscaping equipment, it tends to become a depository of all the items that don’t fit anywhere else. Sporting equipment, camping gear, holiday decorations, and old kids’ toys are some of the most common items that find their way there.
The first step in your spring-cleaning endeavor should be to take stock of what you have. What belongs in the garage, and what should go elsewhere? Pick a day when you can expect clear weather and pull everything out of the garage and onto the driveway.
Next, divide it into designated piles in terms of where it will go, such as to the thrift store, the recycle bin, sold on Craigslist, the attic, the basement, the garbage, or back in the garage. You might even consider having a garage sale if you have enough items to part with. Be sure to take any hazardous waste materials to the appropriate disposal facility.
2. Make it Shine
A completely empty garage gives you the perfect opportunity to make it cleaner than it’s been in years. Scrub it from top to bottom, including clearing out the cobwebs from the rafters. Sweep out all the dirt from the floors and give them a good power washing. Make sure to let the space dry out before replacing your items to avoid mold and mildew growth.
3. A New Coat of Paint
This step is optional, but once the garage is completely clean, consider giving it a new coat of paint inside. At the very least, painting the floor can really give your garage a like-new feel, and it’s easier than you might think. You can paint it a grayish semi-gloss tone to simulate the existing concrete and completely eliminate any oil or paint stains from the past.
4. Spruce Up its Contents
Take a close look at what you’ll be putting back into the garage and clean any items that could use it. Tools can accumulate dust, dirt, and grime, and now is the perfect time to give them a good cleaning since they’re already out of the garage. Test any mechanical equipment to make sure it works properly, and repair anything that needs it.
5. Address Your Garage Storage & Organization Needs
Now is a great time to strongly consider investing in a custom garage organization and storage system. Assess your needs based on what you’ll be putting back into the garage. Do you need hooks for hanging tools, bicycles, or other equipment? How many shelving units and bins with drawers do you need for optimal garage storage? Consider your current and future garage organization requirements carefully and let the experts at More Space Place Sarasota help you create a system built specifically for your lifestyle.
Garages across Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte are naturally prone to disorganization. Use these five steps to spring clean your garage this year, and enjoy a cleaner, safer, and more organized space for many seasons to come! Contact More Space Place today to schedule a free in-home garage storage estimate.
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Achieving an organized lifestyle often stems from having an organized and orderly home. If you feel relaxed and put together in your own space, the feeling can filter out into other areas of your everyday life. At More Space Place Sarasota, we are big believers in the power of a custom closet solution. This storage method is the most efficient and effective way to maximize all your available space, and it’s completely designed around your individual needs. Here we’ll explore three ways a custom closet can improve your life.
A Streamlined Morning Routine
One way a custom closet can help improve your life is by streamlining your morning routine. For many Sarasota residents, the morning is the most hectic time of day. Between getting the kids ready for school, getting ready for work, and organizing your list of errands, any way you can get relief in the morning is helpful. A custom closet can make getting ready in the morning a lot easier. Designing a personalized storage system for your wardrobe and accessories will help you keep track of everything and ensure you can find what you need when you need it. Implement an adjustable shelving system that can modify as your needs change. Belt racks, jewelry drawers and dividers, and built-in drawers and cabinetry all work together to create an efficient and organized closet system to streamline your morning routine.
Minimize Cleaning Time
Another benefit of a custom closet is it can minimize the time it takes you to clean and pick up your space. When everything has a designated place, putting laundry away, hanging your coats, and tidying up takes less time. Spending less time cleaning leaves more time for the things you want to be doing. In addition to making it easy to clean, a custom closet also helps your bedroom maintain its organization. With easy access to storage, keeping your space tidy takes minimal effort. It becomes more convenient and less of a chore.
Save You Money
A third way in which a custom closet will improve your life, one that’s typically overlooked, is it can help save you money over time. With more space for your clothes to hang and fold, your belongings will stay wrinkle-free and in better shape for longer. This means fewer trips to the dry cleaners and fewer replacement purchases. It will keep everything either in view or easy to find, which will also prevent duplicate purchases.
The three points mentioned above are not the only ways a custom closet can improve your life. To learn more or to schedule a free in-home design consultation, call the experts at More Space Place Sarasota today! We look forward to working with you and helping you create the perfect custom closet for your storage needs and personal style.
In many residences across the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas, closets can get overlooked when cleaning up your home. “Out of sight, out of mind” may be the motto these homeowners use when talking about the state of their closets. However, having efficient and effective closet storage and organization throughout your home can help improve the overall feel of the house. Here we’ll explore ways you can organize some of your main storage spaces to help create a more serene and clutter-free home environment.
The primary closet for many people is the bedroom closet. Whether you have a small reach-in closet or a spacious walk-in, keeping your personal closet organized, although often a challenge, can help influence the organization of the rest of the closets throughout your home. Starting here will help you get into the flow. First, clean everything out of your closet. Go through your items and make a serious effort to get rid of everything you no longer want or need. If this is something you’ve been putting off doing for a while, you’ll most likely be surprised at how much stuff you’ve accumulated over time. Once you’ve pared down your belongings, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of storage you need for your remaining items. To take your organization one step further, consider installing a custom closet system in your Sarasota home. With custom-built shelving, hanging systems, and drawers made specifically for your space, your closet will be maximized for your own personal utility.
Linen & Utility Closet
Often in a constant state of disarray, the linen or utility closet can be an intimidating one to tackle. Maybe you have struggled with figuring out how to keep your bed sheets and towels from getting balled up and shoved to the back. Or perhaps you feel you don’t have enough storage space for your things. The simple addition of some shelving dividers can turn your linen closet from a chaotic mess to a nicely organized storage area. Dividing your closet into smaller sections makes it easier to keep like items together. It can also help linens stay folded and neatly stacked. If your utility closet doesn’t meet your storage needs, perhaps a custom closet design is the solution you’ve been looking for. More Space Place of Sarasota offers professional storage and organization services. We design and build all of our furniture in our own factories, making any custom design a breeze. Our expert team can help you design and install the perfect solution for your closet.
If you have questions or if you’re ready to start creating your own custom closet system, call More Space Place Sarasota today! We offer free in-home design consultations, and we look forward to working with you.
In many Sarasota homes the living room isn’t just a living room. It’s a place to gather with friends and watch a Sunday football game, or an oasis to recharge and read a good book on a Wednesday night. On other days it may serve as the social center of a dinner party, or even function as a children’s playroom. The best living rooms are ones that are transitional. They aren’t devoted entirely to TV watching, nor are they purely meant to host social gatherings. The key to creating a multipurpose living room is to design it with your needs in mind and choose furniture that encourages flexibility. We suggest designing an entertainment center that fits your needs and choosing varied seating options.
Custom Home Entertainment Center
Although it’s easy to settle for buying a ready-to-install home entertainment center, this is a common trap homeowners fall into during the living room decoration process. Often times picking a stock entertainment center turns a living room into a modest home theater. The TV quickly becomes the point of focus in the space and the entertainment center only serves to house a television. In order to create a living room for more than just watching movies or sports, homeowners can work with a designer to create a custom entertainment center that also focuses on their storage needs.
The combination of visible and nonvisible storage in a customizable entertainment center allows homeowners to hide electronics, like game controllers and various cords, when they’re not is use. Visible storage offers an opportunity to decorate. Homeowners can keep books in open shelves, as well as photographs and other memorabilia, all of which communicate to living room occupants the room is for more than just television. Custom media centers can span entire walls to maximize storage and decorating options, something non-custom entertainment centers don’t offer.
Varied Seating Options
Another key component of designing a transitional living room is providing a multitude of seating options. A sectional couch that includes a chaise at one end is a great option, because it allows occupants to either sit up or lie back when watching television, and also provides more seating space when guests arrive. Homeowners should also keep in mind their floor is a seating option as well. Small children may prefer to play on the floor, just as some individuals would rather watch a movie lying on the floor with a blanket rather than sitting on a couch. It’s worth investing in a comfortable rug if your living room isn’t carpeted. An ottoman is another great seating option, especially for dinner parties, because it can function as additional seating or as a platform for appetizers.
More Space Place offers a wide variety of custom-built entertainment centers. They’re designed to compliment the space they’re in, as well as to maximize both functionality and visual appeal by hiding wires and other electronics. We proudly serve the greater Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas and we look forward to helping you create the living room of your dreams!
Summer is in full swing here on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and that means more time for fun and less time for cleaning and organizing your home. Like many homeowners in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Port Charlotte area, you might be experiencing garage clutter as a result of all the activity. More Space Place is here to help! Below you’ll find how to declutter and organize your garage in five easy steps.
1. Recruit Family Members Or Friends
First, make sure you don’t have to take on this project alone. Making it a family project or offering a few close friends dinner in exchange for their help will significantly speed up the process. Give each person a task to help make the job as efficient as possible.
2. Separate Your Items
Designate three different areas for all of your items–keep, donate, throw away. Go through everything and decide what you want to keep and what you don’t. If your garage is extremely cluttered, don’t be afraid to be aggressive in the “donate” and “throw away” areas. You likely won’t miss a lot of this stuff when it’s gone. If you want to collect things for a garage sale, make a fourth “sell” category.
3. Organize The “Keep” Pile
Now that you’ve narrowed down the items you’ll be keeping, it’s time to figure out where to put everything. Separate your items into related categories. Useful ways to do this include organizing things based on how frequently they’re used, and items that are used together. This will allow you to find what you need when you need it, and make sure your regularly used items are easily accessible.
4. Hang Bulky Items
One common problem in garage organization is finding a place to store the bulkier items so they won’t be in the way or take up valuable floor space. This is where the walls and ceilings come in handy. These larger items, such as bikes and kayaks, can hang from hooks on the ceiling or the walls. For those items you use less often, employ the ceiling. Many people in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte areas like to use the wall for bikes if they use them more often. That way they’re much easier to access and put away.
5. Keep It Clean!
Once you’ve got everything cleaned and organized, do your best to keep it that way. You’ll be happier with your space, and you won’t have to do the big clean again anytime soon. If you’re ready to go further and create a custom garage storage system for all your items, contact the experts at More Space Place today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations.
Here in Sarasota, it can be hard to keep up with the demands of everyday life, especially with a time-consuming career. If the only energy you have in the morning is devoted to making your coffee, the last thing you want to do is spend time looking for your favorite tie or bracelet. Having an organized custom closet can be the difference between a relaxing morning and a stressful day. The experts at More Space Place Sarasota have come up with five things every modern professional’s closet should have to maximize organization and efficiency.
1. Tie Rack
If your job’s dress code requires a tie, you’ve probably accumulated a collection of them. Having a place to store your ties where they are out of the way is key. All of them should be visible and neatly hung to avoid wrinkling. With a tie rack, you’ll be able to quickly find the one you’re looking for every time.
2. Jewelry Drawer
Jewelry can be one of the most frustrating things to organize. Finding somewhere to safely store your cherished items, especially the smallest ones like earrings, can be a challenge. A jewelry drawer allows for purposeful organization and safekeeping. Separators inside the drawer keep bracelets in their designated section without getting mixed in with necklaces, allowing you to keep track of what you need.
3. Shoe Shelving
There are many different options for shoe storage. Shelving is a common choice for custom closet owners, whether cubby style or slide out shelves. Both of these methods are great at keeping your shoes off the floor and paired neatly together. Depending on your closet space, one style might work better than the other. For example, if you have high ceilings, a vertical cubby system might work well. Slide out shelves can work nicely in long, thin closets.
4. Multi-Level Hanger Rods
This feature is an underrated closet space saver. Multi-level hanger rods can double the space you have for clothing storage by stacking one row on top of the other. You can use this system for clothes that don’t require as much hanging length, such as sweaters, jackets, and shirts.
5. Fully Extendable Drawers
Another feature your custom closet should include is fully extendable drawers. It’s especially important for a working professional to have an appearance to match. These drawers will keep your folded clothes tidy and wrinkle-free by providing them sufficient storage space. It’s easy for clothes to get bunched and crowded in traditional dresser drawers, but with extendable drawers you’ll be able to easily see and reach every article of clothing.
If you’re ready to talk to one of our design associates and get started planning your own custom closet, or if you have questions about other storage solutions, contact More Space Place Sarasota today. We offer free, in-home estimates and design consultations!