What’s more important than the space we live in? The home environment clearly has a major impact on our perception of the outside world, on what we do and how we react to stuff. It can either induce a state of relaxation and wellbeing or negatively affect our mind and spirit.
If your mission is creating an airy and healthy home, you should try to build your redesign project around a “mess-blocking” concept. Neat freaks may disagree but clutter is a part of daily life, there is no way you can keep things in order all the time, especially if you have to go to work, feed the kids, do the shopping and stay sane. So we should concentrate our efforts on finding effective storage solutions that will ultimately help beautify our apartments and maximize space. Here are some tips to get you started.
Based on the principle “that which cannot be seen, can’t do any harm” you could bring in some small furniture pieces to hide your paraphernalia. Wicker baskets and under bed storage boxes can do wonders for your bedroom’s aura.
Made from natural materials, rattan baskets are also very pretty and you can use them to stash your clothes when you’re too tired to fold them nicely or store them in the closet. Portable laundry baskets can be a real solution for small bathrooms as they can be stored flat when not in use. Ikea abounds with this kind of storage options and décor products.
Then think of personalizing your drawers with multi-compartment inserts; they will help you keep your accessories neat and tidy and they can be easily introduced into an already existing storage scheme featured by most rental homes.
Avoid open shelving systems in living rooms or kitchen spaces; while they are great for keeping decorative items on display, they are like a magnet for dust and clutter. Turn to concealed cupboards and cabinets instead where you can hide everything with ease, from entertainment gadgetry to dishes and glassware.
If you still can’t totally trust your creative abilities, you can turn to local designers for professional guidance. More Space Place in Chicago is a great home store specialized in space saving furniture, closet, laundry and pantry storage solutions and wall beds.