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Storage in the home is so important. But not all storage was created equal. What works in the dining room won’t work in the living room and what works in the bedroom won’t work in the kitchen. Plus there’s small spaces versus larger spaces and then kid’s bedrooms and their clutter. It’s a whole lot to think about. But don’t sweat it, because as usual we have some tips to get you started!
Living rooms tend to accumulate the most clutter. Between kids and animals and just general laziness, things tend to pile up. Don’t just get some flimsy TV stand, whose sole is to hold your TV up. Get a media credenza that can hold your DVDs, magazines and anything else that may litter the floor or coffee table. A bookcase is a must-have for the living room. Stop stacking those books in piles in the corner! Storage ottomans are a great way to disguise storage as something stylish to rest on. Put your extra blankets in there!
Bedrooms can be tricky to declutter because there’s just so much stuff you need on a daily basis and it’s just so much more convenient to keep it out and ready to go. But if you have well -placed storage pieces that won’t be a problem! Position a nightstand right next to your bed for all of your pre-sleep rituals like moisturizing your face, checking your Facebook, or reading a book. Getting ready in the morning can be easier if you just combined a mirror with your dresser. Easily pick your shoes, socks or tights, and any other accessories whilst looking in the mirror.
Arguably the kitchen/dining room has the most stuff. A lot of times it’s a fight to fit it all in the cabinets, stop fighting! Get yourself a sideboard or curio where all of your glassware and dishes can go. Add a little bar area with a server piece to keep the booze and alcohol-related dishware away from the cereal bowls. You’ve got to put all of those wine bottles somewhere! A sort of “filing” cabinet for the dining room can’t hurt. Things always accumulate in this room like magic. Make sure that all of your furniture pieces are sturdy and strong because they’ll be holding your precious breakables!
Warm weather is finally here! Rejoice! We all know what this means…outdoor party time! That means barbecues, pool parties, bonfires, camping, making s’mores, so many fun things to do outside! We’ve helped you plan parties inside so we’re going to do it again so you can have the perfect outdoor entertaining experience!
First and foremost, a dining area is the most important part of an outdoor party. For large spaces, a 7-9 piece dining set would be super beneficial. Seat as many people as you can for dining, but the best part is most people will be milling around or prefer to stand up, so you don’t have to worry about seating everyone at once. For small spaces, create smaller seating areas with a 3-piece dining set and utilize bar stools and bar carts wherever possible to create more space for eating and drinking.
Outside of the dining area you’ve created, seating for the rest of your guests is paramount. You can go with classic outdoor seating that may take up more space but is super comfortable or go with a more modern, low-impact seating that’s functional. If you have the space for it, by all means invest in an outdoor sectional or sofa set. This will create a living room vibe outside, where your guests can kick back and relax.
Be sure to leave plenty of room for the grill if you have one, don’t place any furniture near it. No one wants to sit next to a smoky grill no matter how good the food smells!
Don’t forget about the umbrellas! No one thinks about the umbrellas until it’s too late and Uncle Bob is so sunburnt he can’t move Umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes so if you’re in a large space, get at least 3; smaller spaces 1-2 will do. If you’ve got a huge space, a gazebo would be the best fit! Gazebos not only keep you cool when the sun is beaming on you but they’re super stylish!
Last but not least, the firepit! Some people think it’s weird to have a fire in the summer but how else are you going to make s’mores???? Place a firepit in the center of your entertaining area and people will gravitate towards it, making it a great conversation area!