Outdoor Storage Solutions That Are Also Stylish

It’s the season for backyard accessories, tools and toys, and that means you need storage. Give your garage a break this summer; today’s outdoor storage solutions become a part of your furniture arrangement.

From hidden drawers to organizers on wheels, you’ll find what you need to beautifully tuck away blankets, binoculars and bug spray. Take a look:

 

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Hidden Drawers

An ottoman with a secret drawer. Need we say more? This is the perfect spot for storing sunscreen, sunglasses and magazines. And it doubles as a comfortable chair.

 

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Storage Ottoman

Need more space? The lid of this storage ottoman lifts to hold pool floats, pillows and citronella candles. It’s also sturdy enough to double as a table, providing a great place to set your snacks while you chat.

 

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Wicker Chest

This beautiful wicker chest adds seating to your space, while the lid lifts to tuck away cushions, blankets and more. No one will guess it’s hiding a mess.

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Storage Caddy

Roll the party over here! This handy float caddy keeps everything for your pool tidy and contained. And it blends in with your outdoor décor.

Furniture That Cuts Clutter

Getting organized is on everyone’s New Year’s to-do list. From new holiday gifts to a hearty wardrobe for cold weather, it’s time to find a good home for storing your belongings. Instead of buying more plastic bins, why not select furniture that helps you clear the clutter? You won’t have to hide things in a closet when you can find solutions that let you keep your stuff right where you need it.

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Storage Beds

Several of today’s beds have built-in storage, such as our Lincoln Park Bed. Ample drawer space in the base can be used to store your extra set of sheets and spare blankets. Or use it to store out of season clothing, and you won’t have to find room in a closet or basement. In a rich espresso finish, the bed is stylish, as well, available in Queen and King Sizes.

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Storage Benches

It’s nice to have a place to sit when getting dressed in the morning, and a bench comes in handy when you’re changing your clothes at night. Our Carmen Storage Bench puts everything at your fingertips. Lift the hinged lid and use it to store your shoes. If it’s at the foot of your bed, it’s the perfect place for extra blankets, and the grey microfiber upholstery looks great with any style décor.

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Shelving Units

Storage shelves can be beautiful, like our Starmore Box Shelf Console. The angled lines turn your books into a beautiful display, and the piece can double as a room divider. You can also use it to hold soft accents or treasures.

 

Storage Dining Tables

Holiday linens are festive and fun, but where do you stash them the other 360+ days of the year? The Morgan Gathering Table has drawers and cubbies in the base of that can store or display your items.

Storage Accent Tables

Finally, curling up on the sofa to watch television during winter usually means having a blanket around you. Keep enough for everyone with a cocktail table that includes lots of storage. Our Cottage Driftwood Coffee Table includes two decorative wicker baskets to store blankets, magazines and more.

Mudroom Makeover

 

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While a foyer welcomes guests to your home, it’s probably a mudroom that greets you at the end of the day. Does yours make you happy you’re home – or remind you that you’ve got laundry to do and nowhere to store your shoes?

Creating a welcoming mudroom isn’t difficult. It just takes a little planning and a few easy tools. Here are five easy steps for creating an organized space:

1. Identify the tasks your mudroom needs to tackle. Is this the place to store shoes? Coats? Backpacks? Does the mudroom also contain your laundry setup? What about sports gear or summer supplies, such as a pool bag, backyard toys and sunscreen? Determine what you need your mudroom to do and you’ve completed the first step in designing it properly.

 

2. Assess your current storage. A lot of mudrooms – especially if they double duty as laundry rooms – already have cabinets. Is the storage adequate? If not, is it possible to add more cabinets or open shelves? If you have wall and floor space, you might consider a freestanding bookshelf or cabinet. Having a piece of furniture will make the space feel more like a room than just a pass-through. And if you are working with open shelves, consider decorative storage tools, such as baskets or boxes. Simply putting your dryer sheets inside a nice box will give the room a finished look.

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3. Consider seating. A place to sit is a smart addition if you have the space. A bench with storage can serve double duty – a place to put on or take off your shoes and a place to stash them at the end of the day. A bench is also helpful for storing things like gloves and hats, as well as cleaning supplies.

 

4. Use wall space. If your cabinet space is limited, utilize hooks to organize bags and jackets. You might also consider hanging a bulletin or white board in the mudroom, using this area as a command central for the family’s weekly activities.

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5. Create zones. Finally, keep your mudroom organized by giving each member of the family his or her own “zone.” Whether it’s a cabinet, basket, cubbie or drawer, provide space for shoes, backpacks, clothes and equipment. If there’s a mess, it will be easy enough to see who isn’t doing their job.

Five Easy Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

Preparing meals for your family is much more enjoyable when you do it in a well-planned kitchen. Whether you have a small galley style or a large space that promotes gathering, kitchens always benefit from organization and thought.

Here are five things to keep in mind when you organize yours:

 

Start with a clean slate. Empty all of your cabinets and put everything on your countertop or table. You’ll probably be surprised at how much stuff is stored behind doors and drawers. When you remove items, look for things that are broken, don’t belong in the kitchen or that are duplicates. You can sort out these items right away to make room for what you need.

Group like items. When organizing your kitchen, make it easy to find things or complete a task by grouping like items. Put all of your bake ware in one cabinet, for example. Keep spices together. And group holiday or seasonal items that are used less often. During the grouping process, streamline your belongings even further by getting rid of things you no longer use or need.

 

Don’t forget about vertical space. If cabinet space is at a premium, think outside the “box” and consider hanging items. You can place hooks underneath cabinets to hold mugs. Use a bar that allows you to hang a stemware. Consider installing a pot rack over a kitchen island. And add portable storage if you have wall space, such as free-standing shelving or bins that attach to the wall.

Decide where everything goes. Now it’s time to put things away; decide which cabinets and drawers make the most sense. Pots and pans should be kept close to the stove. Utensils can be put in the drawer nearest to the prep area. Put mugs near your coffee station. Thinking through your organization helps you streamline your cooking process.

 

Consider hidden storage options. Finally, look for double duty furnishings that provide storage. You can find tables that include shelving in the base that can be used to store seasonal items. Some bench seating opens to offer storage that can hold linens or even pantry food item overflow if you like to stock up. Taking advantage of every nook and cranny will help you get the most out of your kitchen.

Five Steps To Create An Organized Bedroom

 

The bedroom is often one of the last areas in your home that gets organized, but it should be the first. It’s where you start your day, so setting the stage for a streamlined morning can make the rest of your day better. What’s more, if your bedroom is filled with clutter, it’s going to be harder to end your day on a restful note.

Here are five things you can do to your bedroom to make it the peaceful retreat you deserve:

1. Start With Clothes

Chances are most of your bedroom clutter is from your clothes. If you find yourself not hanging up items, it may be because you have too much. Go on a ruthless wardrobe cleanse. Go through your clothes piece by piece, getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in the past few months.

2. Create a Self-Organizing Closet

Use an assembly-line mentality in your closet and you’ll put things away faster and get dressed quicker in the morning. Keep the items you put on first on the left, storing things in sequence as you work to the right. The end of the closet should hold accessories for the finish touch to your outfit.

 

3. Grab All Available Space

Use the space under your bed for hidden storage. Use cubbies, baskets, or bags to stash bed linens and other non-essentials, and then hide them away with a bed skirt.

 

4. Choose a Bed With Built-In Storage

If your room is tight on space, choose a bed that also offers storage in addition to slumber. You’ll find beds that have drawers built into the frame or beds that have a headboard. The more places you have to put things away, the better your chances of having a tidy and organized room.

 

5. Pick the Right Nightstand

Don’t let clutter pile up next to your bed. Determine your needs, then choose a nightstand that helps you accommodate them. Opt for shelves, drawers, or combination of both.