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5 Favorite Design Trends of 2017

Posted by Classy Closets

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Classy Closets put together their favorite trends at the beginning of this year. Check out the article and see how many trends you followed this year! Based on their article, “Top Ten Home Design Trends in 2017” – we’ve chosen our top favorite trend:

1. Satin Brass

Satin brass is a brushed or muted metal that offers a warm, non-reflective finish to your home, without the high price tag of other metal finishes. Hardware has long been hailed as more than just an afterthought and instead helps to pull your entire design-style together.

2. Marble

Marble is in for 2017! Although marble has never really been out, it’s making a big entrance again this year. As a design staple in beautiful spaces for generations, marble adds instant elegance and quality. Marble can be added to almost any space in your home: kitchens, bathrooms, libraries, home offices and even closets!

3. Green

We’ve been huge fans of green for a long time, so we love that green is finally getting the love it deserves. You won’t have to look far to see a lot of green interiors this year. From light olive green to jewel-toned jade green, green will be blowing up your Pinterest feed in 2017!

4. Maximalism

“Contrary to minimalism we are seeing much more maximalism. Gone are the super clean, plain, unadorned rooms of the past few years. Lines remain clean but prints are layered in and colors pop. More is more and it’s super fun.” – The Decorist

Finally, we close our list with a design trend that’s been around for centuries in Scandonavia and is making a major splash in the United States. So much so that Pinterest predicts it as a major home trend in 2017: Pinterest Predicts the Hottest Home Trends of 2017.

5. Hygge (hoo-ga or hue-gah)

So, what is hygee? Hygee has been explained as a feeling of comfort, joy in the simple and natural, togetherness or cosiness.

The Lux Pad describes it:

“Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’, the word is becoming increasingly recognisable and was originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing. Developed into a concept and way of living by the Danish in the 18th century when it first appeared in writings of the time, the country hasn’t looked back since. Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy in any given moment.

Normally a social occasion for loved ones to get together to experience the comradeship, warmth and contentment of the event, it can also be enjoyed alone to calm the nerves and sooth the senses. An idea which not only breaches weather and seasonal barriers but also social ones, it is something everyone in Denmark partakes in and it has spread through to every aspect of Scandinavian living to become a part of the national consciousness. Appreciating the small joys in life at all times, hygge followers have tapped into a source of happiness which the rest of the world can greatly benefit from in an ever-evolving technological society.”

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Prep Your Closet & Wardrobe

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Prep Your Closet & Wardrobe

Get Ready for Fall & Winter
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Take some time to review your summer clothes. Decide what you’ll keep for next year and what’s taking up too much space in your closet before moving clothes to your overflow closet, packing them or just moving them to a corner of your closet. This will help you declutter your summer clothes so you don’t need as much space to store them off-season.

As you clean, make three piles: donate, sell and trash. Be honest in your assessment of each piece. For example, did you avoid wearing that maxi dress for the second year in a row because it’s a tad too small? You should also consider donating or getting rid of clothes that are out of style, lower quality than what you currently wear or items that have a tear or stain that you know you won’t repair.

Once you’ve sorted through your summer clothes, shoes and accessories, donate the items you no longer need.

Launder Summer Clothes

Before you put away summer clothes, dry-clean, hand wash or launder your clothes. Doing this helps prevent invisible spots from setting in over time; your clothes will also smell fresh and look better when you do the closet swap next spring.

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The tricky part of switching from summer to fall is that cold-weather clothes add bulk to your closet. In some cases, this means getting creative about storing sweaters, heavier dresses, boots and scarves.

Sweaters and other knits are best stored folded on shelves. If you’ve got a large scarf collection, you might keep them in a few different places—a few stashed away in a drawer and tied on some hangers. Free up some precious hanging storage and drawer space and make it easier to see all of your scarves by adding multiple hooks. Even better, add custom scarf storage where you can drape multiple scarves in one spot so everything is in the same place.

Try storing boots in their original boxes (plastic containers work well, too) on the floor or a shelf. Keeping flats, sneakers and booties in cubbies and on shelves will free up floor space for boot storage.

shoe storage seatReview Seasonal “Staples” & Protect Winter Boots

Review your winter staples to ensure they’re free from stains and tears. Assessing everything now will ensure you know what you need when it comes time to shop. Depending on how well you preserved your clothes from last winter, you may also want to get some coats and heavier items dry cleaned before wearing them.

Take inventory of boots and winter shoes during this swap and treat them before the season starts. You’ll avoid not being able to wear a pair of shoes on a rainy or snowy day because you haven’t gotten around to protecting them.

For the full article on prepping your closet, click here. When you need a professional, personalized closet contact The Closet Works

 

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How to downsize – Empty Nester’s Guide

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How to Downsize

An Empty Nester’s Guide

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If you’ve just returned from dropping your children off at a university, or they graduated in May and are officially out of the house for good, downsizing your space might be on your radar.

Selling a large home and moving into a smaller one not only holds the promise of making life easier to manage, it can also be more cost effective. But if you’ve been in your current home for a couple decades, you’ve likely amassed a lot of stuff. When is the last time you cleaned out your attic or garage?

The key to downsizing effectively is taking a systematic approach to planning your move and organizing the space. Here are some tips.

Declutter First, Slowly

Getting rid of things you no longer need or want isn’t for the faint of heart. To manage the process of first reviewing your stuff, use these tips:

  • Tackle cleaning out spaces slowly over time. You don’t have to tackle the basement and the linen closet on the same day.
  • Make three piles: “Keep,” “Donate” and “Trash.” Don’t make a “Maybe” pile
  • Decide if you want to include a “Sell” pile (only if you actually intend to sell items).
  • To help you make decisions, ask yourself questions like, “When is the last time I used this?” and “What purpose will this serve in my new home?” If you can’t remember the answer to the first question or you don’t have an answer to the second question, it might be time to part ways.
  • Choose where you’ll donate what you no longer need. There are many options depending on what you have to donate. Check first—some donation centers prohibit specific items.
Use Space Wisely

If you’ve made the decision to downsize, you might be concerned about keeping your new space clutter-free—whether it’s a smaller house, a condo or an apartment.

To make the most out of less space, use it wisely and consider storage options which make the most out of your closets.

  • More hanging storage – If you’ve got small reach-in closets with one rod and a shelf, you can likely add a second rod to double hanging storage for your clothes.
  • Hooks and racks – Add hooks behind the door or on the side wall of your reach-in closet or in your walk-in closet to hang bags or accessories. This is also a good spot to add a tie rack or belt rack so you’re not taking up valuable space elsewhere in your closet.
  • Shelves and cubbies – Adding shelves and cubbies to a reach-in or linen closet is an excellent way to add storage that helps you avoid piling items on top of items, which can quickly contribute to clutter

hanging clothes neatIf these solutions seem appealing to you, you could also go with a completely custom solution, where a professional Designer reviews the space and helps you maximize it. It’s a better way to ensure that all of your things have a place in your new, more compact home.

Think Multipurpose

Beyond considering where you’ll keep all of your stuff, it makes sense to think multipurpose when downsizing. The spaces in your new home—and the furniture in those spaces—can pull double duty so you can get more out of them.

For example, choose an ottoman that doubles as a storage bin. Consider a kitchen island with cubbies on the side for small appliances or cook books. Maximize under-bed storage with containers or a bed with drawers below it.

And when it comes to sleeping arrangements, you can opt for a sofa bed or even a Murphy bed.

For the full article, visit Closet Works

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Kid’s Party + Your Home = Disaster

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Kid’s Party + Your Home = Disaster

How to have a kid’s party & keep an organized home

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It’s pretty much a fact of life. Where there are children, there will be a mess. Especially if you have 30 of them running around your house. The thought of having dozens of kids in your home and the mess it may leave can drive a lot of parents to avoid a party. This doesn’t have to be the case however; you can host dozens of people and be left with only a minimal mess.

By taking the proper steps you can decrease the chaos and clutter in your home. You’ll have to take some time in advance to think it out. Consider the following:

  • Plan ahead. Try to come up with a list of all the details you will need to consider. This especially includes areas that you fear will get messy the quickest or will bother you the most.

 

  • Clean your home. This includes making sure all trash and recycling cans are completely empty – including the bathroom trash.

 

  • Create a fun area for items. Especially for jackets and shoes, create a space that encourages guests to put their items there. Do something simple like plastic bins or check out the pictures below for some ideas!

 

  • Make it obvious. Clearly display to your guests where items belong especially trash, recycling, gifts and your toys. Place trash & recycling bins right in the middle of the party area. Create a clear area for gifts and mention that you will be opening them after guests leave.

 

  • Prepare your bathroom. Make sure you have extra toilet paper out in the open. Empty your trash cans and fill up your soap. Display your hand towel in the open and leave and extra one out on the counter.

 

  • Have a ready-to-go yard. By having an inviting yard, you can encourage guests to spend time outside. Leave a limited amount of toys outside to decrease the mess left behind. But include trash cans outside too!

 

  • Use simple crafts. When planning activities, keep crafts to a minimum. Try to avoid glitter, projects with scissors and anything else that can leave little pieces behind.

 

  • Leave a small amount of toys out. The less toys you leave out to be played with, the less clutter they will create!

 

  • Prepare healthy snacks. Don’t go crazy giving your guests foods that are high in sugar, this will only amp up the craziness. Provide fruit, vegetables, flavored rice cakes and other healthier foods for munching. Leave the cake for the end and send your guests off with their sugared up kids!

 

  • Enforce the rules. When guests arrive, make sure they have a clear vision of where stuff is and goes. Show them the lead by having yourself and your child properly clean up too

 

  • Expect some mess. Regardless of all your efforts, there will still be a mess. You can’t completely avoid trash left behind, toys laying around your house and other people forgetting their belongings.

 

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How to Organize Your Desk

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Here’s how to organize you desk

Your desk is your command center. How well it’s organized can help set the tone and productivity level

“Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization,” said Lisa Zaslow, a professional organizer in New York City. “It takes much less time to get and stayed organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.”

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Here’s how experts suggest organizing your desk for maximum efficiency and productivity:

Get your layout right

Your monitor should be in front of you at eye-level and about 17-inches from your body, according to Zaslow. Put frequently-used items, like the phone or supplies, on your dominant side to avoid having to reach across.

Mind your office supplies

Supplies used every day can go on the desk. Items used a couple times a week should go in a drawer under or to the side of a desk. “Getting up even just once a day for a pencil or paper clip is shutting your brain off a project you are working on and you will have to come back and re-center,” said Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago.

It’s also best to group like items together. “All your office supplies should be kept together, not split up in multiple drawers,” said Andrew Mellen, a professional organizer.

Go easy on reminders.

When it comes to sticky notes, moderation is key. Framing your monitor with notes isn’t the most effective. “They’ve lost their usefulness at that point,” said Trager. Use them for important short-term reminders.

Don’t go overboard with personal knick-knacks

Maintaining work-life balance is hard, especially on your desk. Family pictures, vacation souvenirs and other trinkets can provide positive feelings during the work day, but too many mementos can be a distraction.

“Our eyes pull every single thing in front of us and our brain processes it — even if we don’t realize it,” explained Zaslow. A desk full of stuff means “that is a lot of work and editing for you.” She recommended keeping no more than three personal items on a desk.

Control your inbox.

E-mail is a convenient way to communicate, but it can also be a major distraction. If it becomes too much of a distraction, Trager recommended designating certain time periods throughout the day to check and respond to email. “The rest of the time is for work.” Also, don’t be afraid to disable the pop-up notices of new mail if it interrupts work flow.

Embrace white space

Keep a paper-sized free space to your dominant side as a designated work space to make it easier to review or sign documents.

Prioritize your work flow

Only keep relevant and active projects and documents on your desk. When work gets backed up, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stall productivity, so here’s how Trager recommended grouping projects to prioritize:

1) Important and urgent

2) Urgent, but not necessarily important

3) Important, without urgency

4) Non-urgent, and not important

She added vertical file holders help avoid stacking folders on top of each other and overlooking the ones not on top.

Reassess frequently

Keeping a desk organized requires frequent upkeep and assessments, so be sure to take a weekly scan of your desk to make sure everything still deserves a spot on your work space.

When you are ready to get your home office in order, contact Organize Me!

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