Closet and storage solutions are always a big problem for families no matter the size of the home. It sometimes feels like you have more stuff then you need, so you attempt to purge. But what if you can’t necessarily purge and you actually need to make your space work with you and not against you.
At SpaceManager Closets, we design, manufacture and install custom closets and storage solutions, but we like to educate our readers about all types of organizing solutions. In this article, we’ve offered the essential things to look for when purchasing custom closet and organizing solutions. By the time you finish reading this, you should have a better idea as to whether a custom built storage system is right for you and your family and some possible storage solutions to fit your needs.
Closet organization is all about utilizing and maximizing space, and nothing maximizes a space better than a functional space. Let’s be honest, most homes come with a very basic closet with wire racks and minimal shelving or one simple rod to hang everything. With a big family, that type of closet is just not something that can meet your family’s needs.
We understand that not everyone has the on-hand budget to splurge on their dream closet. But if you can save for a family vacation, you can save for an organizational solution that your family will enjoy for a lifetime. Better yet, there are a few companies that will actually let you finance your dream space and we are not just talking closets. Storage solutions can be added to your pantry, garage, laundry and mud room, and more.
How to Get More Storage for Your Family
- We know you probably don’t want to hear this but…purge, purge, purge! We are not saying that you have to throw everything away but start simple, like going room to room in your home and get rid of the things that you haven’t worn in the last 6 months to a year.
Kids tend to grow over the summer months and when school starts, you are buying a new set of clothes for them to wear. Get rid of the things that they can no longer fit by giving them to another family member (outside of your home), give it to your local Goodwill or charity, or have a garage sale.
Most importantly, don’t forget about your garage. Garages tend to be the catch all for all things that need to be stored but don’t have a place or just the place where the most junk lies. Think about this, if you cannot park our vehicle in your garage or can barely walk around in there, it’s time to let some things go. That could be a trip hazard and we would hate for anything to happen to you.
- Do your research. Now that your home is a little lighter, take an inventory of what exactly you need to potentially make your home more functional. Take your time and read the reviews on all the popular review platforms e.g. Google, Yelp, Houzz, etc. and ask the companies if they can provide references. Sites like Houzz, Angie’s List, Yelp and Home Advisor are all great resources to check out as they feature real customer reviews, photos of customer projects and helpful articles.
- Ask questions. Most custom organizational solutions companies offer a free in-home consultation where they are giving you their expert opinion for free. Take advantage of that by showing them the trouble areas and ask them how their company can help.
- See for yourself. Check to see if the company has a showroom so that you can see all the potential things that they can possibly do for you. It is one thing to check out a company’s website, but it is another thing to actual see the detailed quality of work that they can provide for yourself.
Before you go out and try to force your families stuff to fit in bins and containers there weren’t made for them, contact SpaceManager Closets today and we will be happy to get you started with a free in-home design consultation of what we can upgrade your storage solutions.