When it comes to buying a home, one thing seems to be universal: storage space is at a premium. From spacious walk-in closets and pantries to full-size laundry rooms to two-car garages, the new-construction homes at our two Bonterra communities in Fulshear and Montgomery, TX, have ample storage, no matter your needs.
Organizing your storage spaces can not only provide optimal functionality, it can also make your life simpler and less stressful. And at Bonterra, we’re all about living life to the fullest. But before you start pulling everything down for an organization renovation, it’s important to understand one thing:
If you have a lot of clutter or simply don’t know how to start organizing, it can seem like an overwhelming task. But if you follow these steps, organizing your closets, cabinets, and nooks and crannies will be simple and enjoyable.
Before you start pulling items out, first determine the mission of the space you are organizing. What functions will it serve? Many rooms are multi-purpose, so having a clear idea of how the space functions will help you decide what items belong in it.
Now that you’ve evaluated the space, you need to evaluate each item currently in the space.
Begin the sorting process by taking everything out of the space so you can really see its design and how you might improve it. This can get a little messy but remember—but it always looks worse before it gets better. It’s all part of the process.
When all the items are out of the space, the true sorting begins. It’s helpful to have categories so you can get through the sorting quickly and efficiently. We recommend 3 categories: Keep, Purge, Relocate.
This is the part you’ve been waiting for! During this step, you’ll assign each item a place and put the actual storage system in place. With all the pretty organizing equipment available, it’s easy to get carried away in the excitement of the project, but it’s very important to have a clear plan in mind before pulling out your credit card for those lovely bins and baskets.
Now that you have an idea of what you’re organizing and how much space you have available, you’re finally ready to go container shopping! Don’t forget to also look around and use any storage tools you might already have on hand.
Maximize your storage space by going vertical. Consider using tall cube storage in rooms or ceiling mounted solutions in your garage. Even if you have large spaces and don’t need to get creative in your organization, you can never have too much storage space!
Just like maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle—the goal of getting organized requires a lifestyle change. It’s an ongoing effort to maintain that beautiful, neat, and stress-free space you just created. It’s the most important step in the whole organization process.
So your space doesn’t quickly become cluttered again, consider using the “One In, One Out” rule. It’s simple—every time you want to bring a new item into your home, a similar item must leave to make space for it. This will put you in a continuous purging mindset to avoid unnecessary items and reduce clutter build-up.