Tuesday, February 18, 2014
A great home design can quickly be drowned out by everyday clutter. Books, magazines, remote controls, keys and various odds and ends all contribute to disorganization in the home.
To avoid the hassles of misplacing important items and living in a messy place, here are practical tips to help keep your house neat and clean.
Even in this modern age of email and the World Wide Web, every household still receives mail and bills. Mail can be easy to lose without a designated place for it.
Decide where you want to store it. Some ideal spaces include the home office, a desk in your bedroom or kitchen, and the console table in your foyer.
Use drawer organizers or dividers to organize your mail.
The ideal place for key storage is the foyer, where you can quickly grab them just before you step out of your home. A decorative bowl can be a stylish addition on top of a console table and can also serve the function of a key holder.
Alternatively, you may also store your keys in the console table drawer and keep them neat with drawer organizers.
An essential to most living rooms, family rooms and bedrooms - remote controls take up visual space, especially with the many different entertainment appliances most homeowners have in their home. Put a decorative basket on your coffee table to house the remotes.
Another great option is to get a custom remote control holder with an apron side pocket. You can hang this over your favorite armchair.
Books and magazines
Avid readers know that books and magazines can take over your home unless you do something about it. Books are best kept in bookshelves, which can make for a great conversation starter in a living room.
However, half-read books may be a hassle to store with your book collection. Opt for a coffee table with a low shelf for keeping half-read books and magazines. Magazines may also be stored in magazine racks and decorative bins.