3 Storage Systems that will help you get Organized

Having storage is an important aspect of a home nowadays. Because the average American family has over 300,000 items in there home, having a place to store said items is crucial. I’ve come across a lot of storage solutions and have chosen my top favorite inexpensive and aesthetic pleasing storage systems on the market today. Best of all, these storage systems are practical since they can be hung thus using vertical spaces that are usually unused.

Take a look at the below and let me know which one do you have or would you like in your home.

 
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The Algot Series system is the most popular storage system at Ikea. It’s easy to install and can be configured in multiple ways. Best of all, it now comes in black which makes it more compatible to be used in various styled homes.

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Probably the most popular storage system on the mark thus far and I see why. Not only is it minimal looking, it also can be configured in multiple ways. The best part is you can go inside your local Container Store and have a closet specialist help you create a custom system.

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This system is a great balance between functionality and minimalistic style. It’s affordable, easy to assemble and easy to install which to is a WIN WIN in my book! Though this company is in Sweden, delivery is easy and they ship to most states in the US.

As you can see all of these systems are pretty easy to install and can fit most if not all styles. They are just perfect storage solutions to organize any space. If you’re interested in learning more about how these storage systems can help you organize your space, please let me know in the comments section.

If you’re in the Houston area and want to add any of these storage systems to your home, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re happy to help.

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Links to all Storage Systems below:

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5 Storage Bins perfect for Organizing a Small Pantry

Pantries are like the arteries of the kitchen. Even though the kitchen is the heart, without the arteries pumping blood to the heart, it will fail. They also come in different shapes, sizes and structures. Some take up 1/4th of the kitchen, some are in arms length and some are hidden within cabinets. With there differences, they are important to have and probably suffer the most because of the many items inside them. If you are someone suffering with a small pantry, below are 5 different storage bins that will help keep your pantry organized.

The Tosca basket is one of the most sought out bins on the market. It’s minimalist appearance allows it to fit in different pantry styles. Also, with it’s small size, it will fit perfectly in a small pantry. To conclude the handles make it easy to be moved in and out.

Items you can place in it:

  • Boxed items

  • Packaged Items

Tosca Basket with Wooden Handles

Tosca Basket with Wooden Handles

 

The loft woven storage bin is a bit different since the interior is lined with fabric. That means the components that will be placed inside of the bin will be protect as well as your shelves. It does come in 2 sizes so if you have a small pantry, you have an option. To conclude the handles make it easy to be moved in and out.

Items you can place in it:

  • Packaged Bags

  • Loose Items

  • Bottled Liquids

Loft Woven Storage Bins with Handles

Loft Woven Storage Bins with Handles

 

Water Hyacinth bins are another sought after bin. They are not only stylish, they are inexpensive and can fit with any style. In small pantries they are perfect to store almost everything. To conclude the handles make it easy to be moved in and out.

Items you can place in it:

  • Boxed items

  • Packaged Items

  • Bottled Liquids

  • Loose Items

Mocha Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles

Mocha Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles

 

Though not typically used in a pantry, they are stylish and sturdy. If you have an open pantry, these a great because of it’s beautiful appearance. Most importantly this bin is roomy and perfect to storage different types of items. As the other, the handles make it easy to move.

Items you can place in it:

  • Boxed items

  • Packaged Items

Blue Two-Tone Storage Bins with Handles

Blue Two-Tone Storage Bins with Handles

 

Whatever you want to organize these plastic storage bins are perfect for a pantry. Not only are they durable, they fit in any room seamlessly and their the most inexpensive out of the bunch. Because of their durability all spills and breaks are easy to clean up.

Items you can place in it:

  • Boxed items

  • Packaged Items

  • Bottled Liquids

  • Loose Items

  • ANYTHING!

White Plastic Storage Bins with Handles

White Plastic Storage Bins with Handles

 

If you’re interested in learning more about different ways to use the mentioned bins inside or outside of the pantry, let me know in the comments below. Also, if you’re looking to getting your pantry organized and you live in the Houston area, get in touch with the Organizing Consultants at Rescue My Space today. Happy Organizing!

8 Common Household Areas To Declutter Weekly

Your home is your haven where you can return for rest after a long, tiring day. However, your home is also the place for items you’ve purchased, which means that the rooms in your house can easily become cluttered. In order to prevent that from happening. It is essential to keep on top of it. You’ve got to declutter from time to time if you expect to maintain a clean, organized and relaxing space. So, without further ado, here are eight spots you should clear out every week:

 

THE BATHROOM

From old toothbrushes to brand new lotion bottles, your bathroom is a familiar spot for health and beauty related products. Slowly, the clutter will accumulate around the counters and in the medicine cabinet. Take some time to get rid of empty shampoo bottles and used toiletries. Check the expiration dates for everything and keep what you’re likely to use out. Invest in long term storage solutions and put what you want in them. This will help your bathroom look tidier and organized.

 

THE FRIDGE

Does your fridge smell of moldy cheese? Check behind the drawers and throw it out immediately. It’s easy to forget about old food in the fridge, and these things can clutter up the shelves. Make it a routine to throw out used jars and expired food. This will open up more shelf space and help your fridge to run more efficiently. Not only will you reap the benefits of more food storage space, but clearing and cleaning your fridge will prevent bacteria from spreading to new food.

 
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 THE CLOSET

Decluttering your closet doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. Simply remove unwanted and unworn clothes and give it a good dusting once in a while. Neatly fold your clothes and create categories or designated areas for storing your clothes. This will make your closet look tidier and help you find the items you need faster.

 

THE BEDROOM

Now that you’ve tidied the closet, it's time to move to your bedroom. Pick up yesterdays clothes from the floor and dress your bed even though of course, we know you do this in the morning. If you come across items that are not being used or don’t belong in your bedroom take them out and consider donating or selling them. Nowadays there are many platforms you can sell your clothes on. All you need to do is take great photos and price it below market value. For the items that don’t belong, send them to their designated place. Understand that your bedroom is one if not the most important area that you want to be decluttered and because you spend a lot of time sleeping there every night, you must take care of it.

 

THE WASTE BINS

Emptying your trash cans and recycling bins weekly ensures no unpleasant smells develop. A full bin attracts flies and maggots, which is why you want to make sure that you empty it as soon as it’s full. Don’t forget the little bins in your bathroom and bedrooms either. Although these tend to fill up slower, it is still a good idea to clear them out every week just to keep on top of things.

 

THE HALLWAY

You can prevent piles of clutter from building up in your entryway by consistent tidying. Don’t leave mail and advertising leaflets on the floor. Recycle or throw away what you don’t need. Put the shoes you hardly wear back onto the shoe rack and neatly store your coats in their designated areas. You’d be surprised at how much space you can create by just putting things back to where they belong.

 

THE COFFEE TABLE

A common bedrest for your mail, TV remote, and other general small items, your coffee table can quickly fill up with everyday products that you frequently use. This leaves no space to actually put down your cup of coffee, the intended use for the table. You need to clear the table weekly and give the surface a quick wipe to ensure it is clean and clutter-free.

 

YOUR MAKEUP BAG

Makeup bags are filled with necessities that are typically used daily. Items like lipstick, eyeshadow and extra brushes are commonly found in there. However, sometimes you don’t use everything in that bag, and it’s just adding extra dead weight. Try emptying everything out and deciding what you want to keep. The more minimal your makeup bag is, the easier it will be to find anything.

 

If you’re looking for a professional organizer in Houston, TX to help make more space in your home, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re happy to help.

 

10 Signs That You Need to Declutter Your Closet

As many will agree, a closet is a special place in a house. It’s where you go to pick out who you want to be for the day, and it’s where good memories with strong associations to certain outfits are kept. The problem with it is that we can’t always fit everything we’d want in one closet and still have room to add more things later. Therefore, it’s important to clear it out from time to time. With that said, here are ten signs that it’s time to de-clutter your closet:


1. THE SEASON IS CHANGING

For every transition of the season, you will need a new set of clothes and accessories. To make room for a different set of outfits, you’ll need to make space in your closet. Organizing your closet based on the season you’re in will give you the most functional closet, and it allows you to keep a ton of space available and ready for the new season. This is especially important for people with a small closet, as chances are that you struggle to keep everything in there at once.


2. YOUR CLOSET HAS “SPILLAGE”

Spillage is when a space in your home can no longer hold additional belongings therefore items spill out into another room. If you’re greeted by a mound of clothes falling out from your closet every time you open up and can never manage to find the outfit you’re looking for, it may be time to start afresh with a thorough closet decluttering session.

 
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3. YOU’VE STARTED A NEW JOB

As soon as you start working, you will need to make room in your closet for work clothes, formal dresses, and work gear. If you’ve just landed a new job, it’s a good opportunity to start anew and start decluttering!


4. YOU’RE WASTING TIME LOOKING FOR STUFF

The more you work, the more you need to be efficient with your time. You don’t want to wake up every morning stressing over where your shoes are and where your coat is. Doing so can be a huge waste of time. If you start to feel like you’re wasting too much of your time just looking for stuff, then it’s time that you declutter your closet.


5. YOU QUIT YOUR JOB

If you’ve switched jobs or stopped working entirely, it’s time to clear out the stuff that you’re never going to use again. For example, if you needed work boots at your old workplace but will be wearing Oxfords every day at your new office, those boots may need to be donated to make room for your new work clothes.


6. YOU’VE STARTED TO WORK OUT

Gym equipment can take up quite a bit of space, so if you’ve decided to take up exercising, you need to make some space for it in the closet.


7. YOU QUIT GOING TO THE GYM

On the contrary, if you stop going to the gym, you can clear out the gym closet you have for now and restock it if you have the need for it again.

8. SOMEONE WILL BE MOVING IN

More people in the house means that you will have to share your closet space, therefore, if you’re planning to have someone live with you, decluttering may be necessary.


9. YOU BEGIN A NEW HOBBY OR STOP AN OLD HOBBY

Hobby equipment may take up a lot of space, and to make sure that you have everything you need to enjoy your new hobby, you need to clear out the closet to fit everything else in there.


10. YOU’RE FEELING BLUE

People like to have control over things, and the best place to start regaining control is the closet. If the rest of your life isn’t going the way you want it to, you can regain your momentum by accomplishing the small things. Decluttering your closet can be a symbol of a fresh start, and it’s a practical solution if you’re feeling down.

 

If you’re looking for a professional organizer in Houston, TX to help make more space in your

home especially during a transition in your life, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re happy to help.

 

What not to do when organizing your Closet

Our closets are one of the most used spaces in the home. It’s a place where we choose who we want to be and remove who we were. For this reason a lot of times our closets suffer the most. Because of this, I wanted to tell you some things you shouldn’t do when organizing your closet which will help get your closet organized.

If you’re interested, keep on reading!

USE WIRE HANGERS

I’m sure many of us probably have at least 2 wire hangers in our closet now. From our dry cleaning to random wire hangers mysteriously appearing, wire hangers are everywhere and need to be destroyed! As you can see I despise them and there’s a reason for it.

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It was a bright and sunny afternoon. It had to be a weekend since the incident occurred during school hours. I was helping my mom hang clothes and as I was hanging a shirt, the hook of the wire hanger went through my eyelid came out of my eyebrow and came out within a span of 3 seconds. I now have a scar on eyebrow for the rest my life (Check out the scar here). After that traumatic experience, I knew when I got older I would never use wire hangers. Therefore, when I made one of my first checks at my high school, I replaced my entire closet and will never go back. '


Other then them being weapons, they misshape and distort clothes, they tangle up together and make the most agonizing noise when they move along the closet rod. Yikes! If you do have wire hangers in your possession now, go to your closet, gather them together and send them to the dry cleaners. The great advantage with this is, the dry cleaners can re-use them which will keep them out of the landfills.


KEEP SHOES ON THE FLOOR

Placing shoes or anything on the floor heightens the look of clutter. This is the thing, when your floors are bare, it will automatically give you the illusion of an organized space even if everything else is unorganized. Since we’re talking about shoes, there are various shoe organizers that can help maintain your shoes. In the below link you will find a few options I believe are the best for small closets.

Link here: Hanging Shoe Shelves


USE A LOT OF ORGANIZING PRODUCTS

One of the misconception about getting organized is you need to add a lot of organizing products to a space to get it organized. Though I get the logic, it’s incorrect because in order to be organized, you must declutter your space before even considering any kind of organizing product. Also, it’s important to understand by adding organizing products to a room you will be giving up necessary space - space that can be used to house other items. For example, lets say you had a bin on a shelf with specific items in each. If you were to take the items out of bins and place them on the shelf, you will notice how much space you still have to place more items on the shelf.

You get what I mean.

Because the desired result is not to add more stuff into a cluttered space because that’s what organizing products do, you must be mindful of the amount of products you bring into your space especially when minimizing clutter is the goal.


HOLD ONTO OLD UNWORN CLOTHES

There’s a thin line between clothes we love and clothes we actually use and sometimes we tend to confuse the two. This is a dilemma I see with a lot of clients and it’s something that can make the purging process a bit challenging. If you haven’t worn something in the last 2 years, I'd suggest letting it go. You’ve probably read or heard “if you haven’t used or worn an item in 6 months then you should get rid of it”. Though I think that’s a great idea, it may not be as realistic for many of us which is why I suggest 2 years as the minimum. You’ll notice that the items you haven’t used or worn are probably the ones that don’t spark joy or you truly love. Once you do get rid of them you will notice the large amount of space you will have for more important things.

 
An organized Master Closet

An organized Master Closet

 

STUFF YOUR CLOSET

Similar to holding onto old clothes, stuffing your closet is another caveat when holding on to unworn clothes as well as over buying new clothes. Typically the unworn clothes never get used and the new clothes increases therefore overstuffing the closet and causing spillage (excess clothes that can no longer fit in a space therefore they spill out into another room). Therefore the goal is to prevent this by using the 3:1 method which is for every 1 new item that comes in 3 items will need to come out. You have to be very honest with yourself when decided which items will be leaving your space because its the honesty that’s going to help you combat the clutter and get your closet organized.


AVOID USING LABELS

Labels are like the cherry on top. Though it may not be necessary when organizing a closet, it does make all items in the room easy to find. If organizing your closet is the goal, adding labels to any area of the closet will enhance the space and help cut down the amount of time you spend in your closet.


DON’T CREATE CATEGORIES

Categories are designated spaces or sections in your closet that belong to a specific clothing item/style. That means when you create categories in your space you will know the exact amount of clothes and items you have in your closet therefore making it easy to know what you don’t have.

As you see there are many things you shouldn’t do when organizing your space and what I’ve provided are just a few. Remember organizing your closet is all about following your current lifestyle because that’s what determines what you’re actually wearing.

If you’re looking for a simple and better way to organize your closet Rescue My Space can help you achieve your home goals today. We’re happy to help!

How to Declutter Your Room in 15 minutes

The act of decluttering all the unnecessary things from your home can be liberating. Many people claim that they don’t have time to clean out their homes because they’re either too busy with work, school, and other responsibilities. However, you don’t have to set an entire day apart to clean. This article will be your guide on how to declutter your bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen without spending more than fifteen minutes in each room!

 This means that you won’t have an excuse to put it off anymore. If your house is rather large or you have too many possessions lying around that make it impossible for you to declutter in a short period of time, you can always make this into a daily or weekly routine. Over time, you will be able to declutter everything! So grab a hamper and a duster - let’s get started.

DECLUTTERING THE BATHROOM

Depending on the size of your bathroom, how much stuff you have, and how quickly you move, it should take you anywhere between ten to fifteen minutes to declutter everything. For this room, you will need a trash bin, a hamper, a recycling bin, and a catch-all bin. Here is a step-by-step to declutter your bathroom:

1. Set your hamper down in the doorway.

2. Put all of the dirty towels, including the hand towels and face cloths, into the hamper before replacing them with clean ones.

3. Look through all the trash in the room and toss them in either your trash bin or recycling bin. For example, throw empty shampoo bottle into the recycling bin while putting all used tissues into the trash bin.

4. Toss all of the things you think don’t belong in the bathroom into the catch-all bin, such as pocket change or pieces of forgotten jewelry.

5. Once everything is decluttered, you can go ahead and take the hamper into your laundry room!

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Pro Tip: If you keep finding things that don’t belong in your bathroom but are things that you use every day such as a makeup brush or hairpins, then you might want to consider bringing in a makeup jar or a small organizer and placing it near the sink.

DECLUTTERING THE BEDROOM

Let’s face it - one of the things that require the majority of your attention in your bedroom is that closet stuffed with old and unworn clothes. However, if you’re racing against time, leave the closet for another day. To keep the time that you spend decluttering your bedroom under fifteen minutes, let’s leave the closet alone for now and focus on your sleeping area and the surrounding spaces. Again, you will need a trash bin, a recycling bin, a hamper and a catch-all bin for this room as well.

1. Set your hamper down in the doorway as you enter the bedroom.

2. Start with your bed tables, tossing everything into the proper bins.

3. Pick up your catch-all bin and glance around your room to see if there’s anything out of place. If you find things that don’t belong such as magazines or glasses, put them all in the catch-all bin. Chances are you may find a lot of work papers, books, and other clothing items scattered around your room.

4. If you find any dirty linens or unwashed clothes, put them in the hamper.

5. Check everything once again to see if there’s anything you may have missed.

DECLUTTERING THE KITCHEN

Having a clean and uncluttered kitchen is key to having a pleasant time cooking and planning meals. Here is how to make your kitchen as clutter-free as possible in under fifteen minutes!

1. With a small bin in your hand, put all of the things that don’t belong in your kitchen into the bin.

2. Put everything that is outside of their storage spaces back into their place. Note that most of your cooking items often find their way to your countertop or on the island so it might be a good idea to start there first.

3. Put all of the appliances back into their designated storage spaces. Don’t forget to unplug and wrap their cords properly. If there are appliances on your countertop that you use every day, assign a proper spot for them while making sure that they don’t take up too much space.

4. Check the inside of your refrigerator and toss out old food and expired stuff into the bin.

5. Rearrange items inside the refrigerator for maximum storage space.

6. Make sure that all your containers, bottles and bins are stacked nicely on the shelves in your kitchen cabinets and pantry.

7. Go back to the catch-all bin and return everything back to its proper place.

 

If you’re looking for a professional organizer in Houston, TX to help make more space in your

home and give you more time in your day to focus on other aspects in your life, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re happy to help.

 

3 benefits to hiring a Professional Organizer

When you look at the home you’ve worked so hard to own, you want to feel a sense of pride and joy, but it can be hard to feel that way if all you see is a pile of mess. When your home looks cluttered and unorganized, it can ruin not just the overall aesthetic of the property but even ruin your day. You’ve spent your time working to earn the money to afford the property, therefore, you should never feel ashamed about owning it. If this sounds like a problem that you’re experiencing, then it may be in your best interest to consider working with a Professional Organizer.

A Professional Organizers goal is to come into your home and transform it into a space that you love. You maybe thinking to yourself that it’s unnecessary to involve a professional organizer, as it’s something that every adult should be able to handle by themselves, but a Professional Organizer can do more for your home than just tidying it up. They have years of experience in optimizing the usage of the interior space, which is something an amateur may not be able to catch. They do this by first de-cluttering your home by purging unwanted items and systematically organize the items that are kept, which are typically the ones you love and/or want. With that said, here are three great benefits of working with a professional home organizer:

1.     They can save you a lot of time

 A professional organizer doesn’t have to waste their time pacing around the house, wondering where they should move things around. They know all the theories and methodologies in the art of repositioning, space planning and organizing your items around to create as much space as possible. They can also help to maintain the overall theme and design philosophies of the room while they’re working. These may sound simple enough, but when you dig deep into what it’s all about, you’ll quickly learn that it’s not as easy as it sounds. Instead of wasting your time learning about things you’re never going to need, it’s a better idea to just have someone who knows what they’re doing take care of it.

2.     They’re Experts

As we’ve mentioned, organizing a room is an art, and there’s a lot more to it than just moving things around to get your space organized. One of the biggest mistakes most people make is not having a system for organizing their belongings. What this causes is their space ending up with items in the corner of the room, or even getting sidetracked into doing unnecessary things therefore leaving their space neglected and disorganized. If you don’t manage your interior space correctly, you are more likely to lose a ton of precious space and functionalities of your home, which of course is not the goal. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, it’s a wise decision that you work with a pro…. A professional organizer that is!       

3.  They take up the bulk of the work from you

If you think organizing a home is a cakewalk, then you’re in for a surprise. Try getting up and walking into every room of the house five times, now imagine doing that with a 5 pound load, and now you can start to see why it’s quite a challenging job… If you missed the analogy, don’t worry!

This is Judi, the Founder and Lead Organizing Consultant at Rescue My Space.

This is Judi, the Founder and Lead Organizing Consultant at Rescue My Space.

If the sound of that hard work deters you, then it’s time you pick up the phone and call your local home organizer. They will come in with a team to get the job done quickly and efficiently, not to mention your space will be organized, functional and maybe even pretty to look at (at least if that’s what you want).


As you can see, home organizing is not an easy task, and you should probably seek help from a professional. Here at Rescue My Space, we have many experienced organizers whom are ready to help you achieve your home goals. We will provide you with an in-home consultation, assess your space and strategize for the best course of action. We guarantee that we can get the job done faster and more efficiently at the most affordable rate.

If you’re looking for a simple and better way to organize the experienced Professional Organizers at Rescue My Space can help you achieve your home goals today. We’re happy to help!

How to de-clutter every Major room in your home

If you want to do some cleaning around your house, you should give yourself a better system in order to keep your home cleaner from that moment on. There are tons of organization tips and cleaning tips you can use to keep each room in your home looking spotless. Let’s take a look at a few of them for the different parts of your home:

THE BATHROOM

When getting started on the bathroom, you will first want to clean out your medicine drawer. You most likely haven't opened it in a while and, whether you know it or not, medication can expire. You will want to throw out all the things that you completely forgot you had. As far as your bathroom sink goes, throw out any makeup or skincare products that might be outdated as well. Check out your shower and bottom drawers and discard anything that you don't use or no longer need. Try to move all the items you use often up to where you can easily access them. Consider buying small baskets or plastic containers to hold your products and items that you need to use on a daily basis. If you want a more finished look and even more easy accessibility, add labels. There will be so much more storage space after you've cleaned out all your drawers. Organize everything nicely for a clutter-free bathroom.


THE BEDROOM

In this room, you will want to start with your nightstands. Your nightstands should really only hold items you need. You don’t need to place anything on your nightstand other than the products and items that you use before bed. You can make space for a lamp, the book you're currently reading, night creams, or maybe an extension cord with plugs for charging your devices (though I don’t recommend you sleep next to any electronic device).

This area should not have anything but what you need immediately before bed and when you wake up. Your floor should be absent of any clothes that you might have lazily changed out of and left there. Put any worn clothes in your laundry hamper and everything else where it belongs.

THE CLOSET

When you get to your closet, you should consider getting rid of the clothes that you no longer wear. If you haven't touched it in the past year, you probably aren’t going to touch it anytime soon. Consider donating such items to either charities, friends who will appreciate them or even throwing an clothes swapping party (be creative)! De-cluttering your closet allows you to know what you have, make your mornings more desirable and most importantly save you time.

THE KITCHEN

A kitchen is a place where you cook, eat, drink, and socialize therefore, you will want to keep this room tidy and functional. First and foremost you will have to plan how organized you want your space to be. Using containers, dividers for your utensils, labels will help keep everything tidy. You will first want to empty all drawers, sort through them and only keeping the items you love or need. Organizing everything by category will help maintain your living room after time passes. Once that’s completed, work your way to your counter tops and wipe them down. You want to make sure everything is tidy since it’s one of the most used spaces in your home. Decide where you want each item to be placed based on convenience and least/most used. Once that’s completed, add your items in their designated container, label them accordingly and presto change-o you’re space is organized.

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Pantry Organization

This pantry was decluttered and organized and now reveals a functional and organized space.

THE LIVING ROOM

It can be a little hard to keep this room clean since it is where you and your guests might hang out the most and because of that, it’s important to de-clutter this area regularly. As I mentioned before, before you start you first need to figure out your plan for this space. Figure out places to put all your items and how to store all of your items like video game consoles, remotes, and board games. If your home lacks space, ottomans are great for seating and for storing all in one. They are also very cute and will add a little style to your space.

If you’re looking for a professional organizer in Houston, TX to help make more space in your apartment, get in touch with Rescue My Space today! We’re happy to help.