Holiday Home Cleaning Tips to Make Guests Feel More Welcome

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An Airwick survey of 2,000 Brits found that it takes less than 30 seconds for houseguests to formulate their first impression of your home after entering it.

During the holiday season, everyone wants visitors to their home to feel like they’ve entered a space that’s warm and welcoming.

Ensuring you have a well-presented home for a holiday season gathering often adds to the hectic and stressful nature of this time of year.

Is our worrying about how others see our living space excessive? Perhaps, but it’s better to care about how guests view our homes than to not care, right?

Holiday home cleaning and organization tips

You have your own set of standards for how you clean and organize your home. It never hurts, however, to get a different perspective on what guests notice most when they visit your home.

Perhaps it will make you more aware of certain areas of your home that should be getting a little more cleaning attention.

Keep reading to pick up a few holiday home cleaning and organization tips that will serve you well when hosting your gathering of friends and family.

What guests notice most about your home

In that Airwick survey, the most popular answer given about the thing people noticed first when visiting a house or condo was the scent of the home.

That makes perfect sense (pun intended), given that smell is the strongest of our five senses.

How cluttered a home is ranked second. This might surprise some of you (it surprised me), who would have expected it to take the top spot.

Here are a few more of the most commonly judged things in homes by guests:

  • the temperature
  • how clean and dust-free the home is
  • the tastefulness and modernness of the home décor
  • the quality of hand towels and how comfortable they are to use

Throw off a great scent

With scent being such a big part of a visitor’s experience to your living space, what can you do to create a more pleasing aroma in the home?

It’s less practical to open windows during the cold holiday season. If temperatures are unseasonably warm, however, take advantage of it to let some fresh air inside.

Pleasant, natural scents that aren’t too strong will create a positive first impression for anyone entering your home. We recommend any of these:

  • fresh flowers
  • potpourri in decorative bowls
  • scented candles
  • fresh-baked cookies or pastries
  • boil or bake select spices for about 30 minutes to scent your entire home

And now for a couple of scent don’ts for your home. First, avoid using spray or plug-in commercial air fresheners. They can be overpowering and off-putting to guests with very sensitive noses.

Try to avoid vacuuming minutes before guests arrive at your home. Some vacuum canisters that haven’t been emptied in awhile can leave a distinct odour that people might notice.

Some people regularly vacuum using baking soda that’s sprinkled on carpets and rugs. Despite baking soda being an effective, many cleaning experts advise against do since it can potentially cause problems with your vacuum cleaner.

Holiday home cleaning the areas your guests will see

A home that’s clean and organized from top-to-bottom is preferable, but not always achievable when you’re scrambling to take care of everything that goes into hosting a get-together.

Luckily, your guests won’t see every room in your home so just focus on getting the areas they will spend time in looking pristine.

Your entryway is obviously a top priority, as it creates the first impression of your interior living space. Is there room for shoes and boots? When the front hallway closet is opened, is it tidy and providing enough space for your guest’s coats?

Some guests will assuredly be spending time in the kitchen. You’ve taken care of the clutter cleanup in the room, but how does the fridge look? Has the inside of the fridge also been decluttered and scrubbed so anyone grabbing a cold beverage out of it won’t even think twice about how clean it is?

It goes without saying that your guest bathroom has to be spic and span with enough hand towels, soap, hand sanitizer, and extra toilet paper to serve your guests needs.

Clear all the clutter from any flat surfaces in the dining room, living room, and basement (if necessary) and give them a good wipedown.

Even one of your bedrooms should be presentable if you’re using a bed as an overflow coat storage space. You or someone from your family that’s on coat duty might get tied up with one of a multitude of hosting tasks. Allow guests who are ready to go home to get their coats from the room if they need to without having to worry about its appearance.

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5 easy-to-forget areas to clean

There are many parts of the home that are easy to miss when you’re rushing to get your cleaning done. Don’t forget to to give these areas a quick vacuum, dusting, or wipedown with a damp towel:

  • drapes, curtains, and blinds
  • appliances
  • light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • baseboards and crown moulding
  • electrical outlets and light switches

A few things to remember about clutter

Clutter doesn’t just mean what we typically think of when we hear the word, like toys or junk left on the floor or a messy countertop.

It also includes visual clutter, which means having too many things occupying a space, even if they’re kept tidy. A shelf that’s overloaded with knick knacks and mementoes is one example.

Be mindful of not using too many pieces of furniture in a room. This can make the space feel more cramped.

Spending time in any environment that has too much clutter makes us feel unsettled. For example, it’s been well-established that excessively cluttered homes contribute to poor sleep quality and higher stress levels in occupants of those living spaces.

Controlling your traditional clutter and visual clutter will help to make your guest feel more relaxed and comfortable.

The ideal solution for hosting overnight guests

When guests from out of town are staying overnight, are you able to put them up in a guest room?

Whether it’s during the holiday season or any other time of year, having a guest room that’s always at-the-ready is a wonderful thing in any home.

Putting your visitors up in a guest room is a more thoughtful gesture than having them stay in a hotel room that feels sterile and inhospitable.

A spare room can easily be converted into a useful guest room with a space-saving Murphy wall bed and beautiful custom cabinetry where guest linens and pillows can be stored.

Here are some more nice things you can do to make your overnight guests feel even more comfortable in your home:

  • provide a TV or smart speaker for their room
  • leave out some cozy bathrobes for them to use
  • provide a basket with toiletries in case they forgot to pack some of their own
  • write down your home’s Wifi password for them

These thoughtful gestures will be greatly appreciated and leave your guests thinking, “Who needs a 5-star hotel?”

pillows on bed with surrounding storage

Make your home easier to keep organized

We hope these holiday home cleaning and organization tips are useful to you when you’re preparing to entertain guests.

Organized Interiors can help take the worry out of having guests over. Our wide variety of storage and organization solutions make it easier to maintain a tidy home all year-round.

We can also custom-design any of the following things to enhance your home’s entertaining capabilities:

  • a stunning feature wall with an electric fireplace
  • entertainment centres
  • wet bars
  • wine rooms

To learn more about how we can help improve how your house or condo looks and functions, schedule a free in-home design consultation with us.

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Fall Home Organizing: 17 Smart Tips You Can’t Go Wrong With

After the more laid back approach to life most of us take during the summer, readjusting to the hustle and bustle of the autumn and early winter seasons can be tricky.

With September drawing to a close and fall officially underway, hopefully you’ve managed to keep up with the busier pace of everyday life.

Your family will be spending a lot more time indoors now that the cool weather has arrived and the more frigid weather looms just a few weeks away.

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17 fall home organizing tips for a tidier house and condo

Considering how much more time we’ll be staying inside, it makes good sense to focus on getting your home clean and organized in the next few weeks.

A major deep cleaning and decluttering of your home doesn’t have to wait until the new year or next spring. By then, there’ll be more work for you to do.

And who wants to spend the first few days of January worrying about a big cleaning project when many of us are feeling drained after the hectic holiday season?

Before the year gets much older, get your house or condo autumn and winter-ready with these 17 fall home organizing tips.

1. Create an organization checklist and use a schedule

Having goals and a well-thought-out game plan for getting your home organized will increase the odds of success with your organization project.

Set up an organization checklist with key tasks you want to complete around the home. Don’t hesitate to throw in a couple of easy and quick organization jobs, either! Seeing things checked off a to-do list provides great motivation to keep moving forward.

To stay better organized, ensure you’re using a schedule to keep track of all events everyone in the house has coming up.

Medical appointments, sports practices and games, school events, and social gatherings should all be shown on a schedule so no one is caught off guard at the last moment.

Use a calendar in the kitchen that allows for lots of writing space for each day of the month. There’s no shortage of mobile calendar and scheduling apps available that will sync between everyone’s phones to keep all of your family’s upcoming events documented and organized.

2. Focus on one task at a time

Don’t take on too much and try to get your whole home in tip-top shape in just one weekend. No one needs that pressure or frustration.

A lot of home cleanup efforts fail because we attempt to do too much, can’t meet our goals, get frustrated, and walk away from the work.

Pace yourself and set realistic goals with a flexible timeline.

If necessary, just concentrate on one or two rooms to work on and get in peak form. After all, even one is better than none!

3. Make closet space for seasonally-appropriate clothes

Any change in seasons (especially in the spring and winter) should involve a thorough swap out of your wardrobe.

Ensuring that only seasonally-appropriate clothing is taking up your main wardrobe storage spaces will make getting dressed easier. You’ll have fewer things to navigate through and choose from, which will save you time.

Your spring and summer attire from your bedroom and front entryway closets could be hung in a spare bedroom closet, kept in labelled storage bins, or in the storage spaces of your built-in bedroom cabinetry.

Don’t forget about the linen closet, either. Switch out those lighter linens with your heavier bedding, linens, and blankets.

woman organizing closet

4. Edit your wardrobe

A seasonal clothing changeover also gives you a good opportunity to edit your wardrobe and get rid of the pieces you never wear.

As Marie Kondo preaches, only keep clothing items that truly spark joy. If you haven’t worn something in a couple of years, it’s probably time to add it to your pile of clothes to donate.

A seasonal wardrobe curation will minimize the chance of wasting money on a duplicate purchase of something you already own and just couldn’t find (which only makes a closet more congested).

If you’re struggling to keep your home’s closet spaces tidy, contact Organized Interiors. Our custom closets are designed to make managing your storage spaces easy and more efficient.

5. Organize your digital world

Because we use our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers so much nowadays, digital clutter is something that needs occasional tending to.

Americans check their smartphones an average of 52 times per day, according to one study. The most recent data we could find on cell phone usage for Canadians was from a 2014 CIBC poll. It reported that we check our phones a lot more – an average of six times per hour.

Most of us have more apps than we use, so get rid of the ones on all of your electronics that do nothing but add to your digital clutter. Group your mobile apps by category into folders so you don’t have four or five pages to swipe through just to find one.

Clean up that neglected email in-box and get those computers tidied up by reducing the number of files and icons on your desktop.

6. Rein in the holiday shopping

All of these fall home organizing tips involve taking action on different things except for this one. No, this tip involves doing, well, nothing.

A good deal of the clutter that sits in homes comes from impulse and sale purchases of things you didn’t need, but believe you might need someday.

There will be no shortage of tempting sales over the next few months with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Boxing Day vying for our attention and spending money.

Resist the lure of those rock bottom sale prices to prevent the accumulation of more home clutter unless they’re things you really need and will use.

7. Declutter your food storage spaces

The kitchen is one of your home’s hardest working rooms, meaning your food storage spaces should be getting decluttered regularly.

It tends to get used even more during the last few months of the year for baking and cooking dishes to bring to social functions or for home entertaining.

Empty the contents of your pantry, freezer, and fridge to see what’s fresh and what isn’t. Give these storage areas a good cleaning before refilling them.

Set aside food purchases that are still good to eat, but will likely never get used. Food banks will appreciate your donation during this time of the year.

8. Help your kids get more organized

You can help your kids get more organized to make both their life (and yours) a little easier.

Work with them in their closets and drawers to reduce the number of outgrown or damaged clothing items that could be removed. This can create more storage space for those recent back-to-school wardrobe purchases.

Because kids grow so quickly, their closets should actually be getting the curation treatment even more regularly than your bedroom closet does.

To help with their academic tasks, consider setting up a home study space that’s tidy, designed to cater to their studying needs, and distraction-free.

A study space can be incorporated into a home office design to create a multi-functional room for the whole family.

9. Deal with those junk drawers

One of our previous fall home organizing tips involved adding smaller decluttering jobs to your cleanup to-do list. Tidying up your home’s junk drawers falls into that category.

Dump your junk drawers separately out onto a large surface like the dining room table and start going through everything.

Have a garbage bin and paper recycling bin beside you and you’ll probably find there’s not much left to go back in the drawers once the job is done.

If the drawers don’t have dividers, add some to keep things more organized.

loose change in junk drawer

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10. Make your bed every morning

Many of us were taught to make our beds every morning. We lead busy lives, however, and making the bed is rarely the first thing on our minds when we wake up.

Sometimes finding even that one or two minutes for this task during a hectic morning isn’t easy, but here’s why you should try it.

Gretchen Rubin is an author and former Navy SEAL commander. She writes in a LinkedIn article that the simple act of making your bed every morning is a positive way to start the day.

It ties into that strategy of sprinkling in a bunch of fast, easy-to-accomplish chores on your organization to-do list to fuel your motivation.

With your bed in mind, remember to flip and rotate your mattress anywhere from once every three months to once a year, depending on what the mattress maker recommends. That will ensure one side doesn’t wear out too fast.

11. Delegate home chores

A lot of these fall home organizing tips and tasks will require a bit of time, which is even more reason to delegate duties among family members.

Everybody contributes to creating household clutter, so everyone who’s old enough to help clean and declutter should be pitching in, too.

Splitting up your household chores will ensure mom or dad don’t get burnt out or frustrated taking on too much work.

Another good reason to delegate when it comes to cleaning work is that it tends to make kids feel more accountable and responsible for how they function within the home.

They’ll be less likely to leave a mess if it’s them that has to eventually tidy it up!

12. Be prepared for the unexpected

There’s nothing worse than being unprepared when an emergency occurs or anything else unexpected happens.

Maybe it’s a December ice storm that knocks out your home’s power for hours or perhaps it’s having to deal with a cooking fire.

As part of your fall home organizing checklist, spend the time to take proactive measures to guarantee you’re as ready as possible for any unexpected and challenging household occurrences.

October is fire safety awareness month, which means it’s time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and test the units.

Every home should have a fire extinguisher located in or near the kitchen. Check that its expiry date is still good. If the extinguisher has a pressure gauge, make sure it’s maintaining pressure.

Test your flashlights to see if they need fresh batteries and know where to find your candles and matches.

13. Make sure your guest room is ready to go

Having a guest room always at the ready for overnight visitors is a wonderful thing, whether it’s during the holiday season or any other time of the year.

It’s great having a dedicated hosting space that doesn’t require you to scramble around searching for bedding and sleeping accommodations for guests.

A Murphy wall bed is perfect for guest rooms. Here’s why:

  • they’re super-comfortable to sleep on
  • less floor space is taken up with their pulldown design
  • extra storage space can be incorporated into the bed’s design
  • they can be customized to complement your décor

fall home organizing bed and desk in guest room

14. Create storage homes for as many things as possible

Creating homes for 100% of everything in your home is a lot to ask, but with a little time and focus, it’s possible to establish homes for most of the things you own.

Dedicated homes reduces the amount of time wasted looking for misplaced items (as long as you take that all-important step to actually put it back in its home, mind you).

15. Fall home organizing tips for outside

We aren’t just focussing on the inside with these fall home organizing tips – your home’s exterior needs a little attention in the autumn as well.

In addition to the standard outdoor home maintenance tasks you’ll be doing this fall like cleaning the eavestroughs and raking leaves, spend some time organizing now so you’ll make life easier for yourself come springtime.

Pick up any toys, sports gear, yard tools, and gardening tools sitting outside.

Drain your garden hoses, faucets, and sprinkler system to prevent damage from ice and hang the hoses neatly in the garage or a shed. Consider adding insulating covers to your outside faucets.

Wash off your patio furniture before putting it away until the spring. Store it in a shed or an out-of-the-way spot in the garage. If it’s staying outside, cover everything with properly fitting covers to prevent rust.

16. Get your garage organized and winter-ready

Because the garage gets so much use during the spring and summer, it tends to be one of the more demanding fall home organizing projects to deal with.

Just as you edited your closet’s belongings, do the same with the contents of your garage. Throw out old or broken tools that aren’t useful.

Look for floor clutter that can be discarded to make more space for garage parking when the weather gets worse.

If floor clutter is a problem, the solution is to make better use of your wall and overhead space.

Slatwall storage panels and overhead racking will create an ample amount of storage room for things like:

  • yard tools
  • sports equipment (including bikes)
  • ladders
  • holiday decorations
  • bulky seasonal items such as patio furniture

Contact Garage Living to get more information about how they can make your garage more visually appealing and organized.

17. Upgrade or add a mudroom

Having a transitional home space between the indoors and outside like a mudroom is particularly helpful at this time of year.

A mudroom can help to contain the messes that occur with tracked-in mud or snow from boots, as well as jackets and apparel that are soaked from the rain or snow.

In addition to your family’s fall and winter outdoor gear, all of those other items that regularly go in and out of the house like dog leashes, car keys, and backpacks can be kept organized in a mudroom and won’t get lost or misplaced as often.

Start your fall home organizing now

If you’ve been thinking about devoting time to some of these fall home organizing projects, let us know how we can help.

Organized Interiors has storage and organization solutions that every room in your home can benefit from.

Get a free quote by requesting a free in-home design consultation with us today.

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Murphy Bed Ideas: A Classic That Never Goes out of Style

Some things just never go out of style and the Murphy bed is more essential today than ever before.

Today’s Murphy beds are comfortable, reliable, and can be found in upscale condos and houses and beautifully add a stylish, modern touch to your home’s décor.

Murphy bed in down position with pillows on bed, custom built-ins, ladder, telescope and rug.

Murphy bed and custom built-ins finished in Chocolate Pear.

7 things you need to know about Murphy beds

William Murphy’s wall bed design has been around for well over a century. Modern enhancements and improvements have made this traditional concept a must-have for any home.

Let’s look at seven Murphy bed attributes that show why this classic piece of furniture remains so appealing.

1. Murphy beds are a classic brand for a reason

There’s a reason most wall beds are commonly referred to as “Murphy beds”, even if they’re not the Murphy brand. The Murphy name is associated as much with wall beds as Kleenex is with tissues, Band-Aid is for bandages, and Google is for online searches.

All of these brand names are used as shorthand to describe even their competitor’s products because in some cases they invented the product, they perfected the product, and they became market leaders.

All wall beds are not created equal, however. A DIY wall bed kit might save some cost, but DIY wall beds fall well short of a customized authentic Murphy bed in five important areas:

  • ease of use: the spring-based mechanism makes the bed easy to open and close
  • one-finger operation: the patented rotational leg and crossbar is smooth and no-fuss
  • reliability: the lightweight Supreme Steel hardware system carries a 25-year warranty
  • safety: the counterbalanced system means it stays closed
  • peace of mind: custom Murphy beds installed by Organized Interiors’ trained installation team mean a high quality, long-lasting custom bed that you or your guests can confidently use every day

When Organized Interiors talks about Murphy beds, we are describing the genuine article, as we use hardware by Murphy Wall Beds of Canada for every wall bed we make.

2. Murphy beds are ideal for small living spaces

Between consumers being more mindful of reducing their carbon footprint, embracing a more minimalist lifestyle, and responding to high real estate prices, small space living is more popular than ever.

Whether you’re a middle-aged professional who’s downsized to a smaller home, a millennial living in a studio apartment, or a family who hosts guests, a Murphy bed was made just for you.

Their pulldown design means Murphy beds take up very little room and can be put away during the day when not in use.  When space is really at a premium in a small home, a wall bed is virtually a must-have piece of furniture to own.

Small bedroom with Murphy bed in down position, computer, desk, and chair, custom built-ins.

Double side tilt Murphy bed in Sand Beige and Sunset Cruise with ample overhead storage.

Small bedroom with Murphy bed hidden away in the built-in cabinetry. Computer, desk, and chair, custom built-ins.

Double side tilt Murphy bed in Sand Beige and Sunset Cruise with stained wood desktop.

3. Murphy beds are big space savers

Even if your living space isn’t small, Murphy beds are great at saving space in a room.

Freeing up floor space allows for more space to move within the room and even makes vacuuming the room easier. Any other use for a room, such as a craft room, fitness area, kids playroom or home office, can incorporate a Murphy bed design that lets you also use it as a guest room. It’s all about maximizing the functionality of your home!

Murphy beds are ideal when you only need to periodically host guests, but wish to have a room available for more common uses. When it’s needed, simply pull the bed down and you and your guests are ready for a good night’s sleep.

4. Murphy beds are more than just a pulldown bed

Organized Interiors’ customized wall beds are functional, but also stylish and visually appealing. In fact, we’re confident you’ll find that they nicely enhance any room’s appearance with custom finishes and design features that beautifully complement your décor.

Even though a Murphy bed takes up less floor space, it can actually add useful storage space to a room. This integrated piece of furniture can have storage above, behind, and to the sides of the bed unit. Turn a home library into a book lover’s oasis.

Choosing a Murphy bed that you can have customized gives you many more options for sizes, finishes, decorative hardware, and other features.

5. A Murphy bed is the easiest-to-open wall bed

The ease of use with a Murphy bed can depend on what type of wall bed you buy.

Murphy beds are hands-down the easiest wall bed to open and close. From the lightweight steel frame to the spring-balanced mechanism, the high-quality hardware used on proper Murphy beds makes opening and closing them simple and quick.

Interior designer Jane Lockhart demonstrates in the video below how easy-peasy it is to open and close an Organized Interiors Murphy bed:

6. Murphy beds can be your everyday bed

In small spaces such as open-concept condos, the ability to put your bed away every morning is essential. Murphy’s hardware and Organized Interiors’ cabinet construction can withstand everyday use, so you can get the most out of a small space.

Effective design allows you to create a furniture piece that means when your bed is closed, it doesn’t have to feel like you’re in your bedroom. And when the bed is lowered, it doesn’t have to feel like you’re sleeping in your living room or office.

A Murphy bed doesn’t require a boxspring, but the bed door comfortably supports a proper mattress for everyday comfort.

Which brings us to…

7. Murphy beds are super comfortable to sleep on

Murphy beds use real, high-quality coil mattresses that are every bit as comfortable to sleep on as a conventional bed. You may have your own mattress you would like to use already, or Organized Interiors can supply one with your custom Murphy bed purchase.

Foam mattresses are not recommended, including some of the trendy bargain mattresses that are all the rage online. Their construction is not suited to a wall bed application, as they often don’t have the structural integrity for being stored on their sides when the bed is closed.

We use mattresses that are approved for use in a Murphy bed, providing years of comfort for you and your guests. The only drawback is maybe your guests won’t want to leave!

Visit our showroom for inspirational wall bed ideas

If you’re intrigued by the Murphy wall bed attributes listed here, visit our showroom to experience the stylish looks and practicality of our custom wall beds for yourself.

Organized Interiors’ Murphy beds are built to last and come with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty on the bed’s hardware.

You can also schedule a complimentary in-home design consultation with us to plan your Murphy bed project or guest room makeover.

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3 Creative Bedroom Storage Furniture Ideas to Lighten Your Closet’s Load

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The key component in keeping an organized bedroom is to have a closet space that’s well-designed and highly functional.

A well-managed closet can keep clutter from spilling out into the rest of the bedroom, but a closet won’t always be able to handle all of your wardrobe storage needs.

That’s when it’s time to consider some bedroom storage furniture ideas to help lighten the load in your closet a little.

Bedroom storage furniture ideas you may not have considered

Perhaps you’re looking for some supplemental storage systems for the bedroom for the following reasons:

  • your bedroom closet is too small
  • you own too many clothes and can’t find the time to properly thin out your wardrobe
  • you want to make better use of the storage space in your bedroom

A dresser and nightstand/bedside table are some obvious examples of bedroom storage furniture most of us use.

If you’re looking for some additional outside-the-closet bedroom storage furniture ideas to keep things tidy, here are a few outside-the-box suggestions.

1. Bed surround

When it comes to adding extra non-closet storage space to a bedroom, it’s hard to beat a bed surround.

This versatile piece of furniture gets somewhat overlooked when homeowners are considering the best bedroom storage furniture ideas.

Here’s why a bed surround is worthy of your consideration when you’re looking for smart ways to furnish your bedroom:

  • maximizes your bedroom storage space
  • provides a comfortable sleeping space
  • adds a stylish decorative touch to a bedroom

Let’s start with the valuable underbed storage a bed surround provides. The integrated storage drawers are perfect for things like out-of-season clothing, pillows, and blankets. And unlike a traditionally open underbed storage space, all your belongings will stay clean and dust bunny-free.

Bed surrounds can also include everything from nightstands, a headboard with cabinets and shelving storage, and even a custom wardrobe (or two).

And with a bespoke bed surround design, everything from the drawer sizes, shelf widths and depths, lighting placement, finishes, and any other available features can be customized for you.

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2. Wardrobe

A wardrobe (also known as an “armoire”) is another smart solution to turn to when you need more bedroom storage. The beauty of a wardrobe is that it can fit anywhere there’s free space in a bedroom.

Some people are under the impression that a wardrobe is little more than a furniture enclosure with an extra hanging rod or two, along with a shelf.

While it does function as an extension of your closet for clothes hanging space, a wardrobe can do so much more. Many of the useful accessories and features that make a closet organization system so effective can be added, too. Examples include:

  • full-length mirror
  • drawers with dividers
  • pullout shoe rack
  • a valet rod, tie/scarf rack, and decorative hooks

Wardrobes are a great storage option if you’re finding a shared closet space too frustrating to maintain with your partner. Create a separate storage space for one of you by adding a wardrobe to your bedroom.

Bedrooms aren’t the only room in a home where a wardrobe can be added, either. They’re ideal for a playroom, storage room, guest room, or any room without adequate (or any) closet space.

And just like a bed surround, going the custom route for the wardrobe you’re buying allows you to personalize the design to suit your needs, both functionally and aesthetically. With decorative touches like metal grill or glass doors, crown moulding, and stylish door and drawer pulls, a bespoke wardrobe becomes a beautiful furniture display piece.

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3. Wall bed

You might not think of a wall bed when you’re considering bedroom storage furniture ideas, but it might actually be perfect for your needs.

A wall bed’s clever design is all about space-saving and nothing occupies more floor space in a bedroom than a bed. Wouldn’t it be nice to reclaim the floor space a bed takes up when you don’t need it?

Wall beds (also known as “Murphy beds”) conveniently fold up into a stylish cabinet when they’re not being used. That makes them ideal for guest rooms, micro-condos, or any room where space is limited.

You could also optimize your available space by creating a multi-purpose room that functions occasionally as a guest room and as a home office the rest of the time.

And we’re not including wall beds on this list of creative bedroom storage furniture ideas just because the bed itself can be stored away.

A custom wall bed can also incorporate surrounding drawer and cabinet storage, to really expand your bedroom storage options.

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Great bedroom storage furniture ideas to keep you organized

Organized Interiors has the highest quality bedroom storage furniture ideas and custom closet solutions for your home.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to discover how our 40+ years of organization expertise can help you to improve the storage flexibility in your home.

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6 Home Holiday Tips That Make Space For Living

The holiday season brings festive joy and the opportunity to entertain houseguests.

While this time of year is enjoyable, it can also be stressful and hectic if your home lacks the kind of decorative touches and features that will really leave a positive impression on guests.

One of your worries may be over your home’s inadequate accommodations for overnight guests. Perhaps you’re just wishing your home decor had a more appealing sense of style and character.

Is dealing with that ever-present excess clutter that needs to disappear before your guests arrive wearing you down?

Try using some of these home holiday tips to make your house a more inviting space this festive season (and year-round).

1. Convert a spare room or office into a guest room with a wall bed

One of the home holiday tips worth considering is to create a comfortable guest room using the spare room in your house.

The best way to accomplish this is by having a space-saving custom wall bed (also known as a Murphy bed) installed.

Wall beds fold up when they’re not needed, which allows them to be used in smaller spaces. You could even incorporate this guest space into your home office.

Organized Interiors can custom-fit your wall bed to the exact requirements of your space, either as a standalone unit or as part of a beautiful custom cabinetry unit.

As these instructions explain, they’re easy to use and every bit as comfortable as sleeping on a conventional bed.

The convenience and comfort of a wall bed in your cozy guest room will ease your mind, knowing your overnight guests are well taken care of with this high quality sleeping surface.

2. Impress your houseguests with classy custom bar cabinetry

Custom bar cabinetry adds a touch of class to any space. Your holiday houseguests will be impressed by one of the many elegant custom bar cabinetry designs available from Organized Interiors.

Our design experts can create a bar as part of a larger custom cabinetry unit, mini-bars for smaller spaces, and island-style bars. Whichever design you choose will enhance the decor and entertaining capabilities of your home.

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3. Add beautifully crafted custom wine cabinetry

Any good holiday gathering inevitably involves the enjoyment of some quality wines.

If you’re a collector who hasn’t yet invested in a high quality wine storage system for your home, consider the benefits of choosing custom wine cabinetry.

Regardless of your available space and the size of your wine collection, Organized Interiors has the ideal wine storage solution for you.

For larger collections, we can create a beautifully designed walk-in closet wine cellar or a wine cellar room that can also function as a unique spot for entertaining holiday guests.

Smaller wine collections are perfect for our reach-in wine closet design. They’re ideal for keeping your bottles stored in the optimal dark lighting conditions, while taking up little space in your home.

4. Add a modern electric fireplace to enhance room ambiance

Adding an electric fireplace is one of the home holiday tips that’s guaranteed to boost the ambiance of any room. Any room featuring one is sure to be a popular space for your holiday guests.

Modern electric fireplaces give you the charm and appeal of a roaring fire without any of the mess and headaches of wood burning fireplaces. And you’ll still enjoy the pleasant heat that radiates from the fireplace’s energy efficient ceramic heating system.

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5. Add a stylish entertainment unit

Some of these home holiday tips can be incorporated into the design of a stylish entertainment unit.

A customized entertainment unit becomes the focal point of any room where holiday guests are gathered. Your bar and fireplace, along with your audio and video equipment, can all be housed in a custom-fit entertainment unit.

There are a wealth of entertainment unit design options to choose from, such as lighting features and wood finishes.

6. Control your clutter with helpful organization and storage solutions

Nothing worries a homeowner who’s entertaining guests more than how tidy their home is.

Even with the aesthetic improvements that the ideas in these home holiday tips bring to any space, their benefits will be offset by the presence of excess clutter.

Stuffing clutter into closets before guests arrive isn’t a practical option. Keep your home clutter manageable with useful organization and storage solutions that make this an easy task.

Custom closet organizers and our bedroom storage solutions are your best tools for the job of consistently keeping your home tidy.

Home holiday tips that help year-round

These six home holiday tips will serve you well during the festive season. More importantly, they’ll add enhanced functionality to your home on a year-round basis.

Stop by our huge Vaughan showroom to learn more about these and other home improvement ideas. One of our design experts would be happy to visit your home to discuss your design ideas and aspirations.

Just schedule your free in-home consultation.

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