New year, newly organized space

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A new year has begun, and it’s the perfect time to start fresh and get rid of all the junk that’s cluttering up your life – and your home. Simplify your life by getting organized with the help of some well-designed products and innovative storage solutions. Take a look at a few of these creative ideas and little enhancements.

Because it’s often the hub of a home, the kitchen is notorious for becoming messy and disorderly. The easiest way to keep unnecessary items from cluttering up your kitchen is to ensure that everything has a designated spot.

Consider replacing some of the cabinet shelves with pull out drawers or trays. Drawers often have a larger surface area for storage, and you’ll also be able to reach items at the back of the cabinet with greater ease. For added organization, you can install the same rolling trays or drawers in the pantry. You can group similar foods in the pantry together for easy access. You can even designate each member of the family a shelf so everyone knows where their favorite foods are.

If you aren’t looking to change your cabinets or pantry, there are also a number of small ways you can maximize kitchen organization. Store dishes, baking supplies or linens in a little armoire in the kitchen. A basic pegboard can be used to hold kitchen utensils, freeing up your cabinet drawers. Save space by hanging pots over an island, doorway or window using a rack.

Now let’s take on the second most visited room in the house: the bathroom. Keeping everything organized in the bathroom can be a difficult task. Well-designed built-in storage or shelving are great for storing towels, soaps and other products. Try to install storage in overlooked places such as walls, corners or the back of the door. If you are faced with limited space, you could use small baskets or hooks to organize toiletries instead of shelves. All you need is a little creative thinking to get around those pesky storage capacity problems.

No matter which room you choose to tackle, getting organized is a great way to begin the year off on the right note. Take the opportunity to start fresh and enjoy the possibilities on the horizon. Happy 2013! Let’s make this year a great one.

David Decker

David Decker is the owner of Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms. You can contact him at affordablekandb.com.

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