If your home has more children than it does bedrooms, chances are your kiddos are sharing a room for the time being. With a shared bedroom also comes shared closet space. This can present its own set of challenges as you strive to provide each kid with their own space within the shared area. The experts at More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte can help you navigate this tricky situation, helping ensure you’re making the most of your kids’ shared closet and keeping things as organized as possible.
Start With A Clean Slate
The first thing we recommend is to do a complete closet cleanout. If you want to maintain a balance of space between your kids, it’s important to start with a clean slate. This is especially true if one child was previously occupying the room before the other got moved in, as they likely already had things in the closet. Kids also grow out of clothes and toys so quickly that chances are there are a lot of things in there that aren’t being used anymore. Setting aside some time one day to take everything out of the closet, go through it, and get rid of things your kids no longer use will start this arrangement out on the right foot.
Divide The Space
Once you have everything moved out of the closet and pared down to what will be going back in, you can figure out a way to divide the space between your kids in a way that’s fair. If there’s a big height difference, maybe the taller child can use the higher shelves and the lower shelves can be designated space for the shorter sibling. Another option is to just divvy up the space down the middle. Of course, the layout of the closet will determine some of this, and each situation will be different. The main objective will be to just make sure each kid feels like they have their own fair share of the closet space to use for their things.
Organize & Store
The final step in creating an effective shared closet space for your kids is to have them help organize their things once the space is ready to be filled. They can arrange things the way they like, which will also help ensure they know where everything goes. This can also be a good way to get them in the habit of maintaining a tidy space, making sure things get put away after they’re used. Kids are often on the go, and having their own designated closet space can be a great way to preserve some order for them.
To learn more about how we can help you enhance the storage and organization in your home, contact More Space Place today! You can also visit one of our convenient showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte to see some of our products in person. If the closet setup you have now just doesn’t serve you the way you need, maybe it’s time to consider installing your own custom closet system. Whatever your needs are, we can help create the perfect solution for you!
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Your craft room should be a space that allows you to feel unbridled creativity and artistic freedom. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to craft rooms becoming a space for clutter and constant disorganization, which can end up distracting you from your work and projects. Ideally, you’ll find a way to maintain a space that’s not too “sterile” and still inspires. However, you should also strive to keep your supplies organized so they stay in good condition and always right at your fingertips. Custom craft room storage solutions can help.
Here are five craft room storage and organization tips from More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte that can help you make the most of your space and take your creativity to new levels:
1. Abundant Shallow Shelving
Shelving that does not protrude too much from the wall but has plenty of space for your art supplies can help maximize smaller craft rooms. Shelves or cubby style spaces in varying sizes ensure there will be a place for all of your tools.
2. Wall Hanging Areas
Pegboard hanging systems provide easy access to your essentials while keeping them out of the way when not in use. Creative use of towel or curtain rods offers an innovative way to store rolls of cord or ribbon and other supplies you may not use daily but still need to have within reach.
3. Covered Bins
Stackable storage bins with lids offer numerous options for maximizing your craft room storage. Clear bins allow you to see their contents for easy selection. You can place these bins on existing shelving, or store them in room corners or along the wall. Maximize vertical space by stacking bins all the way to the ceiling.
4. Craft Room Cabinetry
Custom storage cabinets for your craft room allow you to hide away all your most clutter-prone materials to maintain a tidy space. Inside the cabinets, you can customize your shelving configuration in a way that makes sense for the materials you have. Better yet, opt for adjustable shelving so you can change the layout as your craft storage needs evolve.
5. Drawer and Bin Dividers
Many crafting materials and supplies are quite small. This makes effective use of drawer and shelving dividers an important part of your storage solution, as they allow you to keep track of these small items. Dividers come in a variety of sizes, so it’s easy to customize each area in the perfect ways to suit your specific materials.
Customized craft room storage and organization can make all the difference for your projects both big and small. Having your tools and supplies within easy reach while maintaining an organized space is essential to maximizing the function and enjoyment of your space. Customizing a craft room leads to a less distracting atmosphere that will streamline your projects and allow your creativity to soar. Contact More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte today to schedule a free in-home consultation!
Having a pantry for storage in your kitchen can be a mixed blessing. When it’s not organized, a kitchen pantry can quickly become a place where food goes to get lost or stale. How many times have you come home from the grocery store with a can of green beans only to discover you had four in your pantry gathering dust? If you are putting food in your pantry only to lose it and never use it, you are wasting money and space. Customized pantry storage allows you to better organize your kitchen, ultimately leading to quicker meal prep, easier access to your items, and financial savings. More Space Place Sarasota is here to share some features you can consider as you plan your custom pantry storage solution.
Consider Sliding Shelves
One of the reasons pantries tend to collect food that doesn’t get used is because items get shoved to the back of deep-set shelves. Shelves that slide effortlessly out on smooth tracks offer a solution to this problem. You can put just as much food on a shelf, but being able to pull it out for easier access to everything, especially the things in the back, prevents food from going to waste or being forgotten.
Add Shelving to the Door
If your pantry has a regular door that opens on hinges, make sure to utilize the back of the door. This is the perfect place to add shelving or storage racks for spices and small cans. Many people forget about this spot and don’t end up maximizing their pantry’s storage potential.
Choose Shallow Shelves When Possible
If you have a walk-in pantry, consider keeping your shelving fairly shallow. This will help prevent you from losing items inside. It’s also a good idea to store like items together so you can easily see what you have, as well as find what you need when you need it.
Consider Some Drawers
There are some dry items that you will store in your pantry, like bags of rice and pasta, that don’t stack easily on a shelf. A couple of rollout drawers can provide a great place to store these kinds of things. We offer a variety of styles and finishes, as well as hardware options, so you can create a pantry storage system that looks the way you want it to.
When it comes to your kitchen pantry, the more organized you are, the better space will be used. Make sure you aren’t wasting grocery money by buying items that never get used. Invest in a custom storage solution and enjoy a more functional, easily accessible pantry. Contact More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte today for a free in-home consultation! We’ll help you achieve the organized kitchen you’ve always wanted.
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Are you transitioning to a position where you can work remotely? Or are you getting ready to start your own business? Whatever the case may be, you might be looking at your home and trying to figure out where to work. If you don’t have a spare room in your home to devote to a home office, consider getting creative. With help from More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, you can transform your garage into the perfect home office!
The first step in getting your garage ready for your home office is to thoroughly clean out the space. Go through those decade-old toys, tools, and holiday decorations, and weed out what you don’t need. To really get organized, consider letting our experts help you design a custom shelving system. Our units will corral all of your tools and extraneous items to organize your garage to meet your unique specifications. Once you’ve cleaned out your space, you’ll be ready to set up your home office!
Make it Comfortable
Garages, especially those without any windows, can sometimes feel dark and claustrophobic. Brighten up your space with various forms of lighting. Using a combination of standing and hanging lamps will create a visually dynamic and fun space. You can also paint the walls a bright color to liven up your area and disguise the concrete of an unfinished garage.
Another way to brighten and warm your space is to add some area rugs. This will help to insulate your garage and make it more comfortable. Since garages can get cold in the winter and overheated in the summer, space heaters and fans will be helpful for controlling the temperature in your office.
It’s important to make sure that your garage is hooked up to meet your technological needs. Ensure you have access to speedy wifi and a phone line, and make sure there are enough outlets to accommodate computer cords, printers, fans, and other electronics.
Tailor the Space
Depending on your specific business, there are a number of customizations you may need to make to fit your needs. For example, you might need to create additional sitting areas for visitors, or set up dividing panels to provide an element of privacy while working.
A great way to tailor your space to your unique specifications is with custom office furniture, such as desk units, shelving, cabinetry, and more. Every business is different, and everyone has their own personal organizational systems that work for them. More Space Place Sarasota can help you set up an office space that will maximize your efficiency and productivity. Contact us today to arrange a free, in-home consultation!
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Whether you’re getting ready for work in the morning or for a night out on the town, finding the right outfit can be difficult when your closet is in a state of disarray. With More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, our custom closets can help you organize everything from your coats to your handbags, giving you back time and energy to dedicate to other things.
Protect Your Bags
Before storing your handbags, it is important to properly protect them to help prolong the longevity of your accessories. Stuffing your handbags with tissue paper, particularly larger ones, will help them to keep their shape and prevent unseemly wrinkles from developing over time.
When storing your purses you will also want to consider the use of dust bags. These protective cloth coverings will help to maintain the luster of your bags by keeping dust and other contaminants away from their surfaces. Dust bags will also help to protect beaded bags from being caught on other items when being removed from a shelf. They will similarly protect high-gloss bags from scuffing as a result of their sticky surfaces dragging across other handbags.
Organize By Size Or Color
Depending on your personal preference, organizing your bags by size or color will make them easy to find, and simple to sort through and select for an occasion. Whether you prefer locating a color first and then a size and style, or vice versa, both of these methods will allow you to find a handbag to fit your outfit and the event you are attending with little to no hassle.
There are so many ways to organize your handbags in a custom closet. You could choose to place them in a shelving unit, where they would be nice and visible for your perusal. You could also place them into individual cubbies to keep them separated from one another. A tall cubby could also be installed with individual hooks from which you could hang your handbags to help them maintain their shape.
Another great way to store your bags, especially smaller ones like clutches and wristlets, is to have space created in your custom closet to hold little baskets. These will help to keep your small bags organized and provide a level of protection from dust and debris.
If you’re ready to organize your closet and find a home for all of your handbags, then contact More Space Place today! We are located in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, and we would love to talk with you about your design goals during a free, in-home consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
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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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