Do you want to start eating healthier in the new year? What better place to start in your Sarasota home than the place where all of your food lives – the pantry! Our experts at More Space Place Sarasota have compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks for organizing a healthy pantry below.
Stock up and Start Cooking
All good organization usually starts with a big cleanout. Take this opportunity to stock up on staples like healthy flours, grains, nuts, and spices. Then start using them! Cooking your own meals is one of the easiest ways to incorporate healthier foods into your life.
It doesn’t need to be bland or boring, either. We love adding spice racks to pantries, so you always have flavors from all over the world at hand. Different sized shelves and wire bins are also perfect to store your healthy pantry staples. When you have an organized, functional pantry you have the tools at your fingertips for fun, successful healthy cooking.
In a custom pantry, everything has a place. Built-in baskets are perfect for fresh fruits and eliminate the need for annoying plastic bags. Keep all of your ingredients in labeled, air-tight glass jars on open shelves for you to easily access. If you know exactly where healthy ingredients are you won’t have to spend time looking for them. Eating healthy will be more inspiring and less of an inconvenience!
Location, Location, Location
The most dangerous time for a healthy diet is when the cravings hit, and you open the pantry ready to devour any and all sweet treats – we’ve all been there. Trick yourself by keeping all of the less-healthy snacks at the very top of your pantry, perhaps tucked away in bins.
Then always keep the healthy snacks, like fruits or nuts, in the middle of your pantry at eye level. They will be so easy to reach for you won’t even think twice about the ones up top. Try to remember the saying “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to those guilty pleasure snacks. We also like the saying “in sight, in mind” for your healthy pantry alternative!
Starting with the basics is a perfect first step in leading a healthier lifestyle. At More Space Place Sarasota, we can help you craft a custom healthy pantry solution. Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation!
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Getting organized is a classic resolution for the New Year, which is right around the corner! Closets, in particular, are spaces we tend to cram full of belongings throughout the seasons. After all, they are the perfect place to hide away unsightly clutter. At More Space Place Sarasota, we think your closet is an especially easy starting point for your more organized year! If you find your closet filled to the brim and seemingly impossible to sift through, a custom closet might help you stay sorted beyond your January 1st decluttering spree. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the ways a custom closet can help you stay organized.
Simply not having the space to organize your belongings can be a frustrating experience. When you don’t have the means to be organized, it’s entirely understandable why clutter may get a little out of hand. A custom closet transforms an ordinary four-walled closet into an expansive, efficient, storage solution. Now with the right tools, organizing will be a breeze!
Custom Closet Accessories
Instead of searching through a pile of shoes for your favorite pair, all of your shoes could be openly displayed on a shoe rack. Rather than rushing in the morning to assemble a put-together outfit, you can quickly glance through a closet customized for your lifestyle and wardrobe.
We love the idea of laying outfits ahead of time on a bench or hanging pieces together on a metal rod. Also, never fiddle with a tangled necklace again when you store them in jewelry drawers. With these timesavers, you can spend more time on your other resolutions, like going for a run or reading a new book!
With extra hanging rods, more shelves, and more drawers, you simply have more storage to put things away. A great organization tip is to store away your seasonal clothing. The holidays won’t be around for another year, so your holiday sweaters don’t need to take up extra space! Instead, make room for the new items you are bound to gather over the next year.
Surprisingly, your floor is another space guaranteed to benefit from a custom closet! We all have that family member who tends to toss dirty clothes on the ground. With a custom closet that has a built-in space for laundry bins, keeping dirty clothes off the ground is even easier.
New Year, New Closet
A custom closet is the perfect way to make your space work for you and your lifestyle in the New Year. Contact our experts at More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte today for a free in-home estimate!
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Parents, do you ever feel like as soon as you finish picking up your kids’ toys in one room, you leave to find an even bigger mess in another? Children have the unique skill of turning any room into a toy- and clothing-strewn disaster within a matter of minutes. Keeping your child’s room organized can feel like a losing battle. Keep the chaos at bay with custom storage solutions brought to you by More Space Place Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte! Keep reading to discover our favorite tips for keeping your child’s room organized.
Get on Their Level
When creating storage solutions for kids, it is essential to understand their point of view. Ideally, your kids will eventually be cleaning up their own messes. Designing storage solutions that suit their needs will make this process easier. Avoid shelving in high places – if they can’t reach, they won’t be putting things back.
Get Creative with Their Bed
Bulky furniture can make a room feel cramped and cluttered. Beds, in particular, take up a huge amount of space. Cut down on clutter with a wall bed. Wall beds open up a huge amount of space, providing extra storage space and play space. You can also create extra room and storage with built-in desks, drawers, and cabinets. This helps consolidate furniture while also creating a unique and interesting setup for your child.
Create a Play Space
Play space is an important component in any child’s room. Giving your child adequate play space will prevent your child’s toys from ending up in the living room. We suggest creating designated play areas in your kid’s room. This space should provide clear organization and structure when clean-up time comes.
Create The Perfect Custom Storage Solution Today
Keep your child’s bedroom organized and neat with custom storage solutions, brought to you by More Space Place Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte! Contact our team of experts today to get started with a free in-home consultation.
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How do you feel about the current state of your garage? Are you happy with the way it’s organized? Are you able to find what you need? Is there room for you to park you car? If you answered no to any or all of those questions, you’ve come to the right place. More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte specializes in creating smart custom solutions to all your storage needs, including those in your garage. If you’ve never considered a custom storage solution for this area of your home, we’re here to share with you some of the ways in which it can truly transform your space.
Keep Track of Your Belongings
It’s incredibly common for a home’s garage to become the dumping ground for anything that doesn’t have a place inside the house. This includes holiday decorations, old clothes or toys your kids have grown out of, hobby equipment, or other things you either don’t use often or don’t use at all. With all the clutter, it’s easy to lose track of the things you do need. Custom cabinetry and shelving can be a great way to help you organize your items in a way that makes sense to you that will help you keep track of them better.
More Floor Space
Getting things off the floor and into storage spaces leaves room for the things that actually belong on the ground–things like your car! If you haven’t been able to park inside your garage because there’s too much stuff, we can help change that. Utilizing organizational solutions, such as adjustable shelving, hanging racks, and workbenches, can transform your space into something that both looks great and functions the way you need it to.
Keep Things In Better Shape
A common issue with cluttered garages is the tendency for things to get dirty or broken. If items don’t have a safe and secure place to be stored, they can easily get damaged. By customizing a storage solution around your available space, you guarantee a perfect fit. Designing your storage components around your personal storage needs ensures that everything has a place.
Another way in which custom storage can transform your garage is by making all of your items easily accessible. No more climbing on top of boxes to reach other boxes or having to dig through old dusty bins to get to what you need. With everything arranged in a strategic and sensible way, you’ll be able to quickly find what you’re looking for and access it with ease.
To learn more about how More Space Place can help you transform your garage into an attractive and functional space, contact us about a free in-home consultation. Give us a call or visit one of our showrooms in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, or Port Charlotte today!
When looking around your home, there is most likely a room or area you can identify that isn’t being used to its full potential. Maybe you’ve felt stuck with the space’s arrangement or frustrated by its storage (or lack thereof). If this sounds like something you’ve experienced, it might be time to consider an organizational upgrade. A customized home office system could be just the solution you need! More Space Place, with showrooms in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Port Charlotte, is here to help you create the perfect system for your home.
Making The Best Use Of Your Space
Perhaps you’ve never considered a home office, and maybe you aren’t even aware of all the great benefits they can offer. From functional practicality to enhanced style, there are a number of perks of creating an office setup in your home. Customizing a solution means you get to build one around your available space, which gives you a lot of flexibility as to where it goes. You don’t even have to have a whole spare room to devote to this. Do you have a small nook that you don’t know what to do with? Is there space under your stairs that would be a good candidate for the project? Even if you don’t have much room, we can make custom home offices work in small spaces. A custom system ensures a perfect fit every time.
Adding Your Own Style
Like our other storage and organizational solutions, a custom home office from More Space Place is available in a wide variety of color, style, finish, and hardware options. Additionally, you can choose what type of storage components would work best for your needs and build something based around them. Our talented designers work with you to come up with a design that reflects your personal style and that of your home, much like we did with our award-winning nautical home office design that was installed in a Sarasota condo. Not only will a custom home office add great style to your home, but it will also keep your space organized and help you make the most efficient use of your space.
Schedule A Free Consultation
If you want to learn more about how we can help you create a versatile office solution for your home, contact More Space Place today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations in the greater Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte areas where our experts can come to your home, see your space, and talk with you about what you’re looking for. When it comes to improving the efficiency, productivity, and style of your storage, leave the hard work to us!
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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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