Must-Have Home Organization Tips

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Organization is the key to success for most homes. It is important to make changes that you will actually use to make your home more accessible and productive. If you are going to invest in these items, whether they are big or small you have to think about using them. Here are some of Dorothy the Organizer’s favorite items.

Matching Hangers

This seems simple enough, but picture your own closet at home right now. Do you even have ten of the same hanger? It may seem like an unnecessary and expensive change but matching hangers will provide you instant gratification. They can turn even the messiest of closets into a visibly appealing, organized hanging system. Ditch the wire hangers, assortment of colors and different brands. Pick a central brand and color to be used throughout the entire closet. You will notice a difference right away, trust us.

Decorative drop zone

We all walk in after a hard day at the office or busy day with the kids and immediately drop everything in our hands. This is an opportunity to organize and decorate your space at the same time. Dorothy suggests selecting a decorative bowl or plate. Pick a small or medium-sized one so it does not overwhelm your entryway. The point is to see something when you walk in the door that is beautiful and can double time as an organizing tool. Say goodbye to clutter by the doorway, your family members and guests will both appreciate this one.

Hooks that attach to hinges

These clever hinges take advantage of unused space behind the door. While this secret storage idea doesn’t require investing much time or money, it is a great little space-saving tool that most doors can accommodate. Installation is easy. Just pop the door hinge pin and drop the hook in. these hooks swivel for easy access in the bathroom (for towels), in the bedroom (for robes or belts), or in the office (for earphones with cords). You can find the product here:

Slide-out cookware storage

If you tired of navigating through a cupboard of pots and pans while cooking, this may be the solution for you that will also be easy on the eyes. Consider installing a pull-out cabinet cookware organizer, designed to fit any standard-depth base cabinet. The organizer is fully adjustable, has removable hooks, and accommodates different shapes and sizes of cookware. By extending the organizer outward you will avoid having the bend, stretch or struggle to access cookware.

Under the stairs storage

Do you have storage area under the stairs that is going unused? If you answered, yes, you are one of the many do not worry. Two of the main problems with this type of storage is that it is dark and hard to navigate around. Here is a solution for both problems. Slide-out drawers and cabinets bring our stuff directly to us in the well-lit, easy-to-stand in hallway – plus it’s effortless to see all at once what you’ve got stored.

These are just a couple suggests to help your home be more organized. If you want more tips, DorothyTheOrganizer’s full website can be found here:

Benefits of an Open-Concept Home Design

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In today’s market, it seems as though more and more people are opting for an open-concept home design when looking for a new home. Gone are the days of having each room separated from one another. In home design, both production and custom, we are seeing this trend move towards an open concept.

We are now seeing less formal dining areas and more kitchenettes and dining areas in the kitchen. The traditional dining style is moving towards more of a relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen. This new style also makes for easier entertaining. Here are a few other great reasons for the open-concept home design.

  1. More functional Entertaining Space – As we mentioned above, the open-concept home design eliminates the walls and doors dividing up space. This concept allows the host and the guests to feel more connected and enjoy the time together without feeling left out or separated.
  2. Maximize the Flow of Natural Light – With the open-concept design, it allows for large windows to let the natural light flow throughout the home more easily. Imagine large transom windows in a great room bringing in enough light to brighten the whole home.
  3. Added Visibility – If you have small children or pets, you will appreciate this one. Without several walls and doors dividing each room, you are able to keep an eye on your small children and pets easier. Even though you may be in the kitchen, you can still see them in the living room or dining area.
  4. Maximize the Square Footage –  By de-compartmentalizing your home and opening up the space, your home will feel a little larger. The less walls you have and the more open space, the bigger it will feel.
  5. Your Kitchen Becomes the Focal Point – As mentioned previously, with the open-concept design you not only have a larger area to entertain but your guests feel more welcome and comfortable sitting in the kitchen. Your kitchen becomes more of the focal point, or the heart, of the home. This is one main reason why many clients prefer to add the extra bells and whistles to the kitchen. This will become the highlight of the home.

As more people enter into the home market, the more we are noticing a rise in demand for these open-concept floor plans. This change in home design is adding more space for growing families and more opportunity for entertaining. If you are interested in speaking with P&D Builders about building your dream home contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you.