What to do About That Messy Closet

Do you have one of the closets that is the way old-school high shelf and a single bar? There is no place to put your shoes or stack your sweaters, let along hang belts and accessories. Welcome to the 21st century: Cool organized closets are not just for the rich anymore.

You can get someone to help you and pay them to organize your closet, or you can be a little creative. There are many manufacturers of different kinds of closet organizers: wire shelves, laminate, wood, with or without doors—you name it, you can find it. It truly depends on how much money you’d like to spend.

If you are like most people that own their own home money is tight. It takes every penny to pay the mortgage, insurance, utilities, yard work, HOA, etc. But if you take the time to make careful measurements of the interior of your closet, you can change the usefulness of not only your closet but every storage room in the house.;

Planning Your New Closet

Most local DIY stores carry closet planning grids. Get one, and you can take pictures of the different sizes that they offer or go to their website to get them. Draw up your closet with carefully taken measurements. Now you can become a little kid again. Using the same scale that you used on the grid create small closet pieces by cutting up another sheet or two of grid paper. Now you can start to fit them into the closet just like putting a puzzle together. It costs nothing, and you can even do it while watching your TV show for the evening.

Let it settle in your mind for a day or two and come back and try again. You might see a different configuration the next time you play with it. When you are satisfied that you have something that works, you can take the time to look at all of the other products available in different stores. There may be some layouts that you like better than others, or they might have different sizes that would work better. Make a note of those sizes and come back home and create more pieces and see what works. You can do this for as long as you like until you are happy with it.

Once you have your final creation, you can buy all of the pieces. Here is the good news, you do not need to be an expert closet installer to put it together. Most of them have incredibly simple instructions to follow. Presto! You are a closet designer, and now you can tackle all of those other rooms that need better organization.

Being organized is some much less frustrating than not, so now you have a perfect closet and less stress in your life.

Give Your Home an Interior Makeover

Ready to transform your home’s interior from bland to fabulous? Ultimately, how a seller approaches home interior improvement projects is important. If a seller does everything possible to upgrade a house’s interior, this individual could reap the benefits of a successful property selling experience.

Now, let’s take a look at three tips to help you give your residence an interior makeover.

1. Analyze the Current Condition of Your Home

Although a home inspection generally is requested by a buyer after a seller accepts an offer to purchase a house, it may be helpful for a seller to complete an inspection before listing a residence. In fact, an inspection may enable a seller to analyze the current condition of his or her residence and prioritize home interior upgrades accordingly.

Many home inspectors are available in cities and towns across the United States. If you hire a top-notch home inspector, you can receive unprecedented insights into the condition of your house and map out your home interior improvement projects.

2. Remove Clutter

Let’s face it – you’ve accumulated a vast array of personal items over the years. These items may have served you well, but they likely take up lots of space in your home. And if you’re not careful, your personal items may make it difficult for you to show off the true size of your house to potential buyers.

If you have an abundance of clutter, there is no need to stress. You can always sell excess items online or at a yard sale, or you can donate these items to a local charity. Furthermore, if you have personal items you want to keep, you can rent a storage unit to hold these belongings until your residence sells.

3. Clean Each Room of Your Home

Maintaining a neat, tidy home is essential, particularly for an individual who wants to sell his or her residence as quickly as possible. If you perform regular cleaning tasks, you can keep your house looking great for the duration of the property selling journey.

Oftentimes, it helps to make a list of daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks. If you stick to a regular cleaning schedule, you can ensure each room of your home will dazzle at all times.

As you look for ways to upgrade your home’s interior, you may want to hire a real estate agent too. This housing market professional is happy to provide home interior improvement recommendations and suggestions. Plus, he or she can put you in touch with the best local home interior improvement professionals.

In addition, a real estate agent provides extensive guidance throughout the house selling journey. He or she will help you list your home, promote it to the right groups of potential buyers and much more. And if you have home selling concerns, a real estate agent can address them right away.

Improve your home’s interior – use the aforementioned tips, and you can bolster your house’s interior before you add your residence to the real estate market.

Painting with Classy Grays

The commonly chic neutrals of the last couple of decades – namely mocha, bone, beige and café au lait – have given way to a more modern and sophisticated gray palette. While gray seems like a simple color, just a mix of black and white, in reality, there is a huge variety of gray tones, and you can use them to create different design vibes while sticking to the neutral color tones suggested by your real estate agent. 

With over fifty shades of gray available from paint manufacturers, the choice can be overwhelming, even when sticking to just one color. The most crucial step in choosing your gray color palette is understanding how grays work together. While a gray begins with combining black and white, adding a variety of undertones gives it subtle shade variation. Just like when buying make-up, choosing the right cool or warm tones makes all the difference. Warm grays can look more brown, cool grays more blue or green and all of that changes depending on what color sits next to it. Most of you will be familiar with blue-grays, but you will also find golden-grays, green-grays, red-grays, and even purple- or brown-grays. 

With So Many, How to Choose?

If you have the budget, find yourself a pain colorist. They have specific training and experience in modifying colors for an exact feel, and they understand how all those tones work together. However, that’s usually out of budget for most. You can find all the same colors at your local home improvement or paint store but without that designer consultation. It saves you on the fees but requires more work to ensure you get just the right colors for your space. Its especially important that your gray remains neutral and doesn’t clash with your existing art or furnishings, or it could do more harm than good.

When choosing your new paints, start by testing a variety of brands, finishes, and designers. Don’t just stick with colors already available in your price range, since most of these stores will color match for free or a minor fee so you can get your custom color done by any brand. Try those different swatches out next to each other, your furniture, wall hangings, woodwork, brickwork and virtually any other color they might conflict with to determine which looks the best and creates the feel you want. Don’t forget to test at multiple times of day and with both natural and artificial light, since that can change the color dramatically.

Once you’ve narrowed your paint choices down to three or four, get your store to mix sample size batches for you. Most stores will do a six to eight-ounce sample for a small fee or even free. While you’re at the store, remember to pick up a roll of butcher paper and some painters tape. Using a separate sheet of butcher paper for each color, paint large swaths on the butcher paper and let it dry completely. Now, tape the giant color swatches to your walls. Test them on different walls and different types of day, just like you did with the small samples. Make sure you confirm how the paint looks under your lightbulbs. Keep in mind that LED and incandescent light bulbs will make the color appear differently. Since incandescent bulbs are being phased out, now is an excellent time to consider switching all our bulbs out for LEDs.

Most of all, be patient. Take the time to ensure you’re choosing the right color, then take more time to ensure it goes on those walls correctly. Still not sure about what neutral works best for your home? Talk to your real estate professional for useful paint and staging tips.

How to make your home look like one in a magazine

It’s probably safe to assume that at some point in our lives we have looked at a room in a magazine and wished our own home could look just like that. Unlike magazines, however, we don’t have the luxury of having a professional design team putting in hours of their time to make each room on our house look perfectly put together. However, we still find ourselves wishing ours could look just a little bit more polished like the ones in the glossy pages lining drugstore shelves.

Below are some tips you can use to add a designer’s touch to your own home without having to hire one:

Three’s a charm – choose three colors and/or shades you will use throughout the room. You will want one as your main color, one as an accent and another for a minor accent. If you tend to be drawn to all warm or cool shades, use the opposite tone as an accent color to restore balance to your color palette.

Texture – mixing up textures will add more depth and visual interest to your room. Fur, tufting, velvet, tile and wood-grain and wainscotting are all classic ways to add texture to a room

Balance – strike a balance within your room by mixing large and small or bulky and delicate furniture together. By mixing pieces with varying structures your room will feel less cookie cutter and more curated.

It’s all in the details – bowls, baskets, and trays throughout a room add a thoughtful touch while offering alternative storage. Added bonus: this is also a great way to add more texture to a room.

Get artsy – adding unique artwork to a room adds the professional touch you are looking for. This can easily be done at home and even a project that can be done with children. All you need is some paint and a few canvases to paint abstract shapes on to.

Everything in its place – avoid clutter taking over counters by giving everything a dedicated place. Homes in magazines spreads have the upper hand in that they are not actually lived in. Having a day of the week where you go through your home to ensure everything is either in its assigned place or given one will guarantee a neater, tidier home over time.

The finishing touch – fresh-cut flowers add that certain something to a room. You are sure to find them in any given room found in the pages of a magazine. If your room seems to be missing something and you can’t quite put your finger on it, a floral bouquet is probably the finishing touch you’re looking for.

While a perfect home can’t be guaranteed, after all, we live in the real world and not one curated for a photo shoot, there are steps you can take to replicate those found in the glossy pages of magazines. Whether you switch up your furniture pieces to include a variety of shapes or add a DIY abstract painting you can easily add a designer touch to your own home!