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New Year, New Home

BY MARTIN AMADO ON FEBRUARY 27TH, 2016

It seems that with the beginning of every New Year, we come up with a list of resolutions on ways we can improve our lives for the better. The focus usually revolves around our health, career, relationships and finances. But there is one area we can work on that can motivate other positive changes in our lives, yet often gets overlooked … it is our home.

With the demands of family, work, and day-to-day routines, our home environment can become neglected and can literally get lost in the clutter that accumulates. Whether it is single-family home or apartment, there never seems to be enough closet space nor room for storage and organization, so in the end, your living space becomes your personal chaos. But there are ways you can begin a clean slate for the New Year in order to achieve a balance between style and function.

Begin the “clean house” process in the areas where the mess can accumulate the most, even though it might not be visible at first glance: closets and garages. Donating seldom-worn items can free up a ton of space, as well as rotating your clothing through the seasons by placing those not currently being worn in plastic storage bins underneath the bed.

In the garage, the goal is to get everything off the floor to give the illusion of more space. You can achieve this by installing peg boards on the walls with adaptable hooks to hang tools, bicycles, and outdoor gear, as well as buying plastic shelving units for bigger items.

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Next, focus on organizing the common living areas in plain sight without sacrificing your decorating style. The key is to purchase furniture that is multi-functional to increase your storage space in multiple rooms. For example, a set of stacked trunks can double as an end table when placed next to a sofa or accent chair, while providing additional storage inside. A cocktail ottoman with storage can serve as a coffee table in a living room/den; and in the foyer, a storage bench can be used on a smaller scale up against the wall to possibly organize boots, gloves and scarves – if you happen to live in a colder climate without a mud room. In a bedroom, you can place a bench with storage at the foot of the bed to store linens, blankets and pillows. It all depends on your needs, but it is good to know that you have options.    

These ideas give you storage solutions through elements that are both, functional and decorative, to help keep your home organized now for the New Year. In the end, I believe a home tells the story of our lives and is a reflection of our personal style. When you give it the attention it deserves by having a place for everything, and everything in its place, you are not only creating a pleasant environment, but a better sense of self. And isn’t that what New Year’s resolutions are all about?    

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