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One of the most untapped storage resources in your home is your vertical space. This valuable real estate can allow you to store items off the floor, reducing clutter and making your items more easily accessible for use. Looking for ways to maximize the storage space in your home? Check out these vertical storage tips.
Pick Furniture that Has Versatile Shelving
When picking furniture items for your room, avoid shorter pieces and go for ones with a lot of height and versatile shelving. Since these pieces will already be taking up valuable floor space, why not use them as your storage? Find pieces that have shelves and cubbies to hold baskets and other large items to keep them neat, organized and out of the way.
Opt for Mounted Items in the Kitchen Whenever You Can
If you are someone who constantly uses your can opener or always wants to have paper towels at the ready, consider mounting options instead of freestanding ones that can take up counter space. If cupboard space is a problem, put up some hooks on an open wall and add some decor to your kitchen by hanging your nice pans. Stainless steel and copper pans can add a metallic accent that can really bring some unique touches to your decor.
Clean Up Closets with Over-the-Door Hangers
Closets can be the ideal place to make the most out of your vertical space. If you have a lot of shoes, ties, scarves or accessories, consider using the inside of your door to store these. You can find over-the-door hangers in a number of sizes that can accommodate almost any items you need to keep organized and make more easily accessible. Over-the-door organizers can also be of great use in the bathroom, where you can store your bath, facial and makeup products without cluttering up your counter or shower.
Use Hooks Instead of Bulky Clothes Racks
Coats towels and other items that need to be hung up can take up a lot of space, especially when you use a bulky coat rack or shelving unit to hold them. Instead, place hooks directly in the wall so that they can give you more space to walk around and take advantage of unused wall space. If you have limited wall space in your bathroom, mount some hooks directly below a window to keep your towels up and out of the way.
Maximize the vertical space in your home to take advantage of storage space you may have never considered before by trying the few tips above. You will enjoy a more clutter-free and organized home in the end.
You see it in your favorite magazines -- or maybe on Pinterest. The ultimate outdoor dining and entertainment experience has elevated basic hosting to an art form, and you can use your existing set up to create a truly spectacular experience for your family and your guests. Follow the tips below to make the most of your entertainment spread and to create an event your guests won't soon forget.
Choose a Theme
You don't have to have a formal idea of what you'll do, or even list it out in great detail, but "authentic Hawaiian luau" looks very different from "Easter Dinner" so knowing what you want to accomplish helps you create an actionable road map.
Plan the Food
Plan out a menu and order any specialties that you need to; specialty foods, meats and even poultry need to be ordered in advance to ensure you are able to get everything you need when you need it. Depending on your own storage space, arrange to have your purchases delivered. Store on dry ice if needed before the big day arrives.
Your outdoor entertaining area is probably designed with your own family in mind, but a larger group will need more places to sit and relax. Consider renting pieces and having them delivered and set up for the event. You'll be able to host everyone in comfort and not have to worry about running out of room.
Order the items you need for serving, if you don't already have them on hand. Depending on the size and theme of the gathering, you may need additional plates, flatware, stemware and more. Again, a rental place can furnish you with many of the things you need at surprisingly affordable rates. This is also the time to order flower arrangements, entertainment and other things that will create ambiance.
Clean it up
Your outdoor kitchen is already in great shape, but having a team to up the yard, clean all surfaces and ensure your home is ready to entertain will give you a break and ensure you feel ready to show your place off.
Set up in the Morning
Even if you have an evening event planned, setting up key pieces in place, making sure drinks are cold enough to share and prepping the food early will allow you the time you need to get ready for your guests and give you the chance to enjoy your own gathering.
Get ready to show off. With the food ready, seating in place, and an outdoor oasis that is truly event ready, you'll be able to show off your entertainment spread and make the most of your home and yard. Careful preparation, paired with attention to detail allows you to share your favorite space with your friends and family, and to show off what you've worked so hard to create.
Outsourcing some food and prep work can help you focus on the actual event and on creating the recipes and experiences you most want to share. Check out any components you are considering doing on your own, just to make sure the DIY approach is truly the swiftest or most affordable way to get ready for your event.
Start planning a few weeks in advance -- this will give you time to order any decorative items you need and to special order food for your guests. You'll be more relaxed on the big day and be better able to enjoy yourself and your home.