Jan 12, 2017 | Carpet One Floor & Home
Learning how to organize your home can give you a fresh take on your place while also making it more functional. Our simple home organization hacks are meant to help you along your organization journey. After speaking with Betty Schmal, Sr. Brand Manager at Rubbermaid Consumer Products, we can - with complete confidence - assure you that the results are beyond rewarding. In the following Q&A, Schmal offers expert advice on how to organize your home, including tips, tricks and how to get started.
The health of the housing industry has a significant effect on storage and organization essentials. Owners of large custom homes often require custom home organization solutions in their typically ample storage spaces, while more modest homes may rely on custom solutions in key areas (like the master closet or pantry), but less complex, DIY solutions in secondary spaces and bedrooms. Alternatively, the increased popularity of urban living and the large number of renters in today’s economy mean consumers need modular systems that require little or no installation and can be adapted to small and varying spaces.
These days, there are so many options for DIYers to create custom, professional-quality home storage solutions using store-bought, kitted systems that meet almost any closet’s needs. The most notable progression in the industry, though, is the addition of stylish features to these storage solutions. Sure, consumers want a very functional space that maximizes storage, but they probably want it to look good too!
The perfect closet requires three P’s: PURGE, PRIORITIZE and PLAN. The biggest mistake people make is unearthing everything they own prior to thinking this process through. Without purging unnecessary items and prioritizing what’s left, it’s nearly impossible to come up with a plan! Do yourself a favor: follow these three steps and save yourself a headache.
Step one to seamless home organization is the three-step assessment mentioned earlier. First, PURGE unnecessary items to ensure you are not storing things you don’t actually want or need. Create three piles: Keep, Toss and Repurpose. Only plan to store what you actually need to keep. Second, understand the difference between active and passive storage. PRIORITIZE the things you actively and regularly need to access by storing them at eye level. Things you only access monthly or yearly should be stored up high or down low – passively. Third, create storage spaces by category: long hanging items, short hanging items, folded items and shoes, for instance. Most manufacturers sell products made specifically for these types of categories, which makes it easy to PLAN to buy the right products for your particular storage and organization needs.
Adjustable and flexible shelving systems are the best way to get started in any space. These track and rail systems are almost foolproof because they allow you to design as you go (and down the road, as your needs change) with quick and easy horizontal and vertical adjustability. In pantries, use the deepest shelving your walls will allow and incorporate stackers to create layers of visible and accessible storage; use shallower shelving in high spaces to maximize space between the underside of the ceiling and the ceiling itself. In bedroom closets, hang pants and other shorter items higher to maximize your ability to use the shelf below for folded items or shoes.