3 Secrets to Home Office Organization

Are you able to get as much done in your home office as you would like? A disorganized space hampers productivity, so while it takes some time to de-clutter your office, the effort is well worth it. An organized office is an investment that will pay you back in improved productivity. Here are our three secrets to home office organization you can implement right away:

OUT WITH THE OLD…

Are you still holding onto things you don’t need any more? It’s time to think “out with the old, in with the new.” Here’s what you need to do to make more space in your home office:

  • Shred old tax documents that are more than seven years old.
  • Scan documents you need into your computer and shred hard copies.
  • Throw away pens and markers that no longer work.
  • Get rid of little knickknacks sitting on your desk.
  • For a bigger change, throw out your old, inefficient desk and find one that fits the space and satisfies your needs better (here’s where we come in).

ORGANIZE HOME OFFICE COMPUTER FILES

Digital files and folders may not take up physical space in your home office, but a cluttered computer definitely hampers productivity. If you decide to scan physical documents into your computer, make sure you organize them into proper folders as you go. Then go into existing folders and delete outdated files you don’t need any more.

Organizing digital files is a great way to speed up your computer. If it seems slower than usual after you organize your files, try defragmenting your hard drive. This helps improve storage efficiency. If your computer is still slower than normal, back up all your files on an external drive and reformat your computer. A fresh install of your operating system will help your computer run faster and better, which is obviously good news for productivity.

COLOR CODE YOUR FILE DRAWER

If you decide there are some documents you need to keep hard copies of, make it easier to find what you’re looking for by color coding your file drawer. For example, you might put insurance information under the red tab, business receipts under the blue tab and product warranties under the yellow tab. This level of organization keeps your office looking uncluttered and makes it easy to retrieve the files you need right when you need them.

Home office organization can be overwhelming, but with the help of a professional organization company, you can create the perfect custom home office. Contact us for more ideas on how to organize and de-clutter your office.

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Turn Your Garage from Mess to Best

It’s a shame if you aren’t taking advantage of all the space in your garage; however, it is easy to change that for the better. Just read these three reasons to find the inspiration to turn your garage from mess to best.

  1. YOUR GARAGE IS A DANGER ZONE

A crowded garage is a disaster lying in wait, just like that huge spider you discovered when you went to grab the soccer ball the other day. The truth is that garages can be a source of serious injury for you or a family member. You could slip or trip on a greasy or cluttered floor. The tools just sitting around could become a projectile in the possession of a toddler. In fact, if your garage is packed full, you may not even know what is lurking in the shadows. That can of rat poison you set down “for just a moment” can be deadly in the wrong hands. You should store all of your household chemicals off the ground, away from access by children or pets, including:

  • paint
  • insect and rodent poisons
  • cleansers
  • motor oil
  • antifreeze

Young children do not know better than to grab these brightly-colored bottles and cans and play with them. This should be your incentive to find out what dangers sit in your garage right now.

  1. YOU CAN’T SEEM TO FIND ANYTHING

The main trouble with an overpacked garage is that you do not know what you have. What you know you have, you cannot find. Every venture into the garage becomes a demented game of roulette. Will you find the Christmas lights you are looking for, or instead drown in a shower of glittery plastic Easter eggs? Might you locate the tape measure, or will you only find the eight stud finders you bought because you could not find the others? Garage organization is an investment of time, for sure – BUT it’s a big time saver in the long run.

  1. YOU HAVE NO ROOM FOR YOUR CAR

The idea that you have a two-car garage but no room for your car may seem like the American experience, but it shouldn’t have to be. All you have to do is create a garage storage system that works for you, your garage and your stuff. Overhead garage storage gets the bulkier, seasonal items off the floor. Custom garage cabinets provide you with the workspace you always wanted, with a place for yard tools, sports equipment and other things. You can rely on wall hooks to put heavier or unwieldy items like bicycles, hoses and ladders off the floor. Once everything has a perfect spot, you will finally have plenty of room for your car.

Finding the time for garage organization is hard. If you do it now, you will reap all the benefits of a garage that is easy and even fun to use. Need some help getting started? Start by giving us a call today!

Reach-in Closets Deserve Love Too!

Smaller closets deserve a little extra love. Even if you do not have the room for a large walk-in closet, you can still maximize your storage space. Reach-in closets offer all the custom options of walk-in closets with some unexpected benefits. The smaller the space, the less work you have to do to organize, and the easier everything is to access. A custom reach-in closet also makes some serious bank at resale time.

HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE

Just like a walk-in closet, reach-in closets are almost infinitely customizable. You can get exactly what you want, and maximize every inch of space. If you have a lot of clothes to hang, you can easily add a second or in some cases, even a third hanging rod. Adjustable shelves make it easy to change shelving height to accommodate everything you need. Consider built-in drawers to hold folded clothes and smaller items. You can even put in jewelry trays to keep your jewelry and small accessories separate and easy to find.

TIME-SAVING

No matter the size of your closet, organization simplifies your entire life. No more searching through bins and loose baskets for what you need. It also simplifies the process of putting things away. If you know exactly where everything should go and you have the perfect spot for all of it, you are less likely to procrastinate when it comes time to do laundry and tidy your room.

ACCESSIBILITY

Organizing a smaller closet really makes you think about what you have and why you keep it. In truth, people only wear about 20 percent of what they own 80 percent of the time. With custom closet storage options, you can have your things easily accessible. Put the clothes you wear on a regular basis at eye level and right within reach. For items that you do not use as often, you can decide whether infrequent use is good enough or if it is time to sell or donate them.

RESALE VALUE

Custom storage is always a plus when it comes time to sell your home. As an added benefit, custom reach-in closet makeovers are one of the latest design trends to save space and maximize value. Prospective homebuyers will see how the custom storage is designed to use every inch of your closets. That makes them more likely to buy your home, and bid higher when they do.

No walk-in closet? No problem! A pleasantly organized reach-in closet is just what you need. From customizability to resale value, your custom reach-in closet will keep your home neater and more beautiful. You will also enjoy the reduced stress and time you have since everything is now so easy to find.  If you’re ready to customize your small closets, contact us for a free estimate today!

4 Top Home Improvement Trends

The verdict is in: Desired trends among today’s home buyers include closet space, laundry rooms, and multipurpose rooms, according to the National Association of Home Builders 2018 survey. Send your home’s value soaring by making these popular storage-related home upgrades.

  1. CUSTOM GARAGE CABINETS

Today’s home buyers want a secure place to store their car. They expect a one- or two-car garage to offer enough storage space for their verhicle(s) plus anything else they wish to store in there. A great way to keep the garage clean and attract buyers looking to maximize the storage space in their homes is through custom garage cabinets.

We recommend cabinets that mount off the floor instead of cabinets that sit on the floor. This way, home owners can easily sweep and mop underneath the cabinets, which keeps the garage clean. To complement garage cabinets, and further keep the floor space free for car storage, add an overhead storage system.

  1. CUSTOM CLOSETS

Storage space is in demand all year round – for winter coats and boots, spring and summer sports equipment, and much more. To add value to your home and command a better price, think custom closets. Rather than just offering a large square footage with a token closet rod, custom closets deliver tailor-made storage solutions that make organization easier. A custom closet designer can help you maximize your storage space throughout the home.

  1. PANTRY & LAUNDRY ROOM CABINETS

The pantry and laundry room tend to attract clutter. You might find you spend more time cleaning up these spaces than you do using them. To nix the clutter, maximize space, and make your home as attractive to buyers as possible, install custom cabinets that truly meet your needs. For a pantry, consider pull-out shelves or custom tall pantry cabinets for cleaning equipment. In the laundry room, try laundry room cabinets that double as hampers or hide a pull-out ironing board.

  1. MULTI-PURPOSE ROOMS

Instead of making that third bedroom a home office, then putting guests on a lumpy pull-out sofa, make the most of your unused bedroom by turning it into a multi-purpose room. Invest in a Murphy bed that folds out to a bed and converts to a desk for daily use. Stylish, sleek, and comfortable, Murphy beds can help you make the most out of limited space – without sacrificing style.

Want to talk more about any of these in-demand home upgrades? Are you convinced it’s time to move forward and seeking a quote for your home? Contact us –  we would be happy to help!

Explore Your Garage Storage Options

You may not spend every waking hour in the garage, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and ignore the clutter piling up so that you can’t even park your car in there anymore. If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s time to explore your garage storage options. With a little bit of planning and help from a garage designer, you can transform this catch-all room into a productive storage space.

ASSESS YOUR NEEDS FIRST

Step into your garage and take a good look around. Assess both the existing storage solutions and the items piled around the garage. Are there any bare walls that could benefit from added garage cabinets and shelving? What items can you toss, donate or sell to free up space in the garage?

Decide what stays and what goes. Then take measurements to determine how much shelving and cabinet space you think you need to store the items you plan to keep. A garage designer can help you estimate and measure correctly.

GATHER ALL YOUR SPORTING EQUIPMENT

You probably store sporting gear in the garage. Gather all loose items together and assess how much storage space you should dedicate to sporting equipment. Keeping these related items together on one wall is a good idea, just as it makes sense to store all your camping gear together and holiday decorations all in one place.

Small items such as hockey pucks, tennis balls and badminton birdies can be stored together in hanging wire baskets. Mid-sized items such as basketballs, soccer balls, ice skates, baseball mitts and kneepads can be grouped together in larger wire bins. Bulky sporting equipment such as golf bags, hockey sticks, tennis racquets and baseball bats can hang from hooks inside garage cabinets.

MAKE QUALITY A PRIORITY

The last thing you want is to spend time redoing the garage only to have shelves collapse or cabinet doors warp. Seek out garage storage systems that are built to last.

For example, one-inch-thick, thermally fused laminate shelves carry heavy loads without sagging over time. The heat and pressure applied to this type of shelving joins the wood layers together to create a permanent bond. Thermally fused laminate shelves are virtually unbreakable in any reasonable residential or commercial application.

In addition, an off-the-floor hanging cabinet design protects your garage storage system from damp conditions so common in garages. Quality hardware and finishes add style and make you proud to show off your garage.

If you think you could benefit from a cleaner, more organized garage, please contact CornerStone Closets in Baltimore today. Our garage designers can help you transform the space into your favorite room in the house.

 

Clear the Clutter: 3 Steps to an Organized Closet

The closet is a place to store items behind closed doors, but unfortunately this often means the space becomes a disorganized mess in dire need of some TLC. If you’re tired of feeling overwhelmed every time you open the closet door, use these quick closet organization tricks to tame the mess. You’ll feel more relaxed and enjoy a much more productive closet space once you do.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER

The first step to getting an organized closet is to remove all of the items you have stored there. As you remove belongings one by one from hanging rods and shelves, place them in one of five piles:

  • The discard pile is for anything torn, stained or otherwise damaged beyond repair. It’s not worth letting these items take up space in your closet.
  • The dry clean pile is for sensitive fabrics that require special cleaning. Take in all your dry cleaning at once to prevent the need to take multiple trips.
  • The mend pile is for any clothes you want to keep, but that need a little attention. Take these clothes to the sewing machine and patch them up before returning them to the closet.
  • The donate pile is for gently used clothes and shoes you have either outgrown or no longer wear. If you recently lost a lot of weight, donating oversized clothes helps prevent future weight gain.
  • The keep pile is for everything else, though some items may need to be relocated to a different spot in the house.

SET TIME ASIDE

Organizing a closet takes time, and you may not have several hours to spare on a single day. Pace yourself to make the project more manageable. As a rule, you might spend 15 minutes every day sorting through one corner of the closet. You’ll have all the items that don’t belong sorted out in just a few days.

INSTALL A CLOSET ORGANIZATION SYSTEM

Now, while the closet is empty, is the perfect time to design and install a custom closet system. Closet system features offer many benefits. First of all, creating an organized space helps ease your stress every time you open the closet door. Getting ready in the morning becomes a breeze when you can easily reach everything you need. Plus, if you ever decide to sell your home, an organized closet storage system is a great selling point.

If you need help implementing these closet organization ideas, please request a free quote from CornerStone Closets. Our designers have the experience necessary to design a custom closet perfect for your needs, regardless of the closet’s size. Need a do-over for a small reach-in closet? Have big plans for an expansive walk-in closet? We can do it all!

By cleaning and organizing the pantry, you reduce clutter, keep pests at bay, and save money eating food you have instead of buying more or springing for takeout. Pantry organization doesn’t need to be time consuming when you follow these tips for getting the pantry shelves organized and clearing clutter.

3 SECRETS TO PANTRY ORGANIZATION

  1. ORGANIZE EVERYTHING BY CATEGORY

The first step can be the most overwhelming, but it’s also the most important. Take everything out of the pantry. Get on the stepladder and reach those high shelves! Grab absolutely everything, including what has ended up on the floor. This includes non-food items you may store in the pantry.

Then organize food items by categories that make sense to you. You might sort items by major categories like cans, grains and pastas, snacks, spices, and prepared foods. Or you might sort items by foods you use regularly, foods you use occasionally, snacks and drinks, and non-food items like cleaning supplies or disposables. Whatever categories you select, make sure that they make sense to you and that you can easily maintain order.

  1. TOSS EXPIRED FOOD

As you are organizing your food by category, check the expiration date of food items. Throw away any food that has expired – eating it could compromise your health. If you find foods that will soon expire, create a separate space in the pantry for these high-priority items that need to be used soon.

If your pantry was very cluttered, you may come across multiples of a particular product. If you have more cans of tuna or boxes of pasta than you can reasonably use, consider donating the surplus to your local food pantry to help those in need in your community.

Once you have tossed the expired food items, you can return your organized pantry staples to your shelves or cupboards.

If clutter is a continual problem for you, you may need to remove non-food items from the pantry or invest in additional pantry shelving or cupboards to accommodate your needs.

  1. INSTALL PANTRY CABINETS

By investing in custom pantry cabinets, you can improve your pantry organization and storage space while beautifying your kitchen and increasing your home’s resale value. If you find that you frequently have to throw away expired food, or struggle to fit everything on your pantry shelves, your investment in pantry cabinets will pay off with financial savings and reduced clutter in your home.

Learn more or request a free pantry cabinet installation quote from Cornerstone Closets. There are many cabinet styles, and the cabinets of your dream may be more affordable than you have always thought!