Organizing for Fall

Home organization that’s right for you.
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This time of year, items used during the warmer months must find storage space indoors. Summer is the time for all things outdoors. But as the crisper months set in, things like the lawnmower and kids’ pool toys need to find their places indoors. According to Dream House Dream Kitchens co-owner Chris Schmidt, “Things that were convenient to leave out all summer might be in the way during the colder months when they aren’t used.” So at this time of year, “you’re going to start seeing people needing help with the organization of these larger items,” he says.

While many people may turn to mudrooms for additional storage, Schmidt points out that the garage is usually an overlooked space for creating organization. “When I ask people what the biggest room in the house is, many might say their living room or basement. But the garage is in fact the biggest room in the house,” he says.

However, tossing items into the garage without any system in place isn’t a good idea. Garages have the benefit of taller ceilings and so a slat wall system of organization would work great in the garage. “With this system, you can create a lot of organization without having to build shelving,” says Schmidt. And as with any of Dream House Dream Kitchens’ design services, the initial design process will involve the creation of a 2D floor plan looking down on the space. With this, clients know exactly what they will be getting and how everything will fit because, as Schmidt explains, “If everything has a place, then nothing feels out of place.”

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Dream House Dream Kitchens is also on top of creatively rethinking organizational spaces inside the home. “We show clients how to utilize the height of a closet, since more houses now have taller ceilings,” Schmidt says. “There are closet systems that help you store things higher — like the pull-down rod, which is a hanging rod on a mechanical arm system.” This, he explains, will raise and lower clothes from a height of 9 feet to eye level. “People are tending not to have big dressers anymore. So we show them how to incorporate drawers or baskets in the closet.” At Dream House Dream Kitchens, all design is created with the clients’ needs in mind.



Tools for Organizing Spaces

Marling Lumber and HomeWorks can offer numerous organizational tools for many spaces in the home. “We offer a wide range of cabinet lines that specialize in storage solutions in kitchens, offices, bathrooms, mudrooms, closets and the list goes on,” says Megan Schoenwetter, kitchen and bath designer. From file cabinets for office storage to Tupperware organization in kitchens, Marling has everything you could think of to help bolster your home’s orderliness.

With its own lumberyard and design center on hand, Marling is also uniquely positioned to have all the materials you need to design organizational spaces. This not only means fewer delays in construction, it also gives Marling’s clients even more resources for their remodeling projects. For example, one of the reigning storage trends involves the addition of mudrooms. And Marling can help you design them to your specifications. “This is a very used space in the home where it collects all of our so-called junk … shoes, coats, hats and so on,” explains Schoenwetter. “At Marling, we can create ‘locker systems’ that help sort things better and more efficiently. Or we can help arrange solutions for shoe storage — even sport equipment storage that has the ability to be hidden by doors.” Now with 3D renderings of your designs available at Marling’s design center, you can visualize the exact storage space before Marling creates it.

Stop by any of the Marling locations for high-quality products at a range of price points. With this added flexibility, you can find the right designs for your budget. Check out these and more in Marling’s ample displays to explore ideas and discover what organizational tools best fit your home life and home’s style. Marling designers can help with the selection process, making your organizational changes in the house both a breeze and a delight.