Monday, January 5, 2015

Bathroom Storage: Where to Keep the Towels

by Shawn Gauthier

Clever nooks, rails and baskets keep fluffy towels right at hand

If you're anything like me, you’ve got your guest towels stuffed in the back of a linen closet, only to make an appearance upon the arrival of visitors. Or, your hand towels are just dangling from a ho-hum hook, hopelessly lacking pizzazz. Which got me thinking: There must be a better way to display my towels in the bathroom in an organized and stylish fashion. My hunt began with a favorable outcome. As you’ll see in the following photos, there are several ways to suitably sneak bathroom towels into your décor. Scroll through and say a blissful sayonara to towel troubles.

If you’re ahead of the game (thinking currently of remodeling or planning to remodel), make a list of everything you’ll need to store in the bathroom, and then be sure to make room for it. This architect cleverly created square storage spaces in the body of the tub’s tiling. It's the perfect spot for extra towels.

Towel racks are not just for the wall. Consider placing them directly on a bathroom built-in near the sink. In effect, the hand towels become apart of the overall look instead of a standby necessity.

Have a freestanding bath? Add a rail along the edge for towels! This is such a simple solution to make the towels easily accessible from the tub; plus the look adds an interesting detail to the tub’s exterior.

Don’t want to add anything to the tub? Have no fear. Scavenge flea markets for unique pieces that can act as a towel rack. This distressed piece brings both charm and utility to the space.

Here’s another thought if you’re in the planning stages of a bathroom: storage amongst the cabinets. By simply raising the countertop and slipping in four narrow slats, this homeowner instantly has useful storage space for towels.

Design tip: If towels are on display, be sure to consider their appearance by coordinating colors and patterns. This orange pops against the sea-green tiles.

Instead of racks, consider creating a display by rolling a collection of individual hand towels and placing them in a wicker basket. Guests will appreciate both the appearance and the use of a fresh towel. Be sure to include a separate spot for used towels.

Get creative! This scale, found in an antique shop and once used for fruits and veggies in a grocery store, is especially fun and unique when repurposed as a towel holder.

Sometimes the best solution for towels (and other accessories) is adding freestanding cabinetry for optimal storage. If this is the case, seek a piece with some interest, such as this distressed antique. The glass-paneled doors allow for guests to easily spot what they’re looking for.

Baskets can really prove to be your best friend in the bathroom. Placing a stylish basket beside the tub puts the towels in close proximity and adds a visual element.

Think sleek shelving with open space: It’s a very clean and contemporary way to sneak those towels into the décor. I like how the top shelf holds stones for a unique design detail, juxtaposing aesthetic with function.

This wrought iron stand adds a simplistic elegance to this bathroom without appearing too heavy in the space. Placed directly between the tub and shower, the towels are always right at hand.

If you’re gunning for an extra element of interest, think ladders. The rungs provide excellent spots for both hanging and display. This is a slight cheat seeing as this ladder is shown in a living space, but it could be easily replicated in the bathroom.    

Here’s another example of adding a rack directly to the tub. Racks by the windows provide additional hanging space.

Get a hand from a friend! Draping towels around sculptures or other appropriate accessories is both fun and clever. Guests will surely get a kick out of your creativity! 

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Friday, January 2, 2015

12 Quick Decluttering Strategies Under 1 Hour

By Kelly Roberson
Courtesy of Better Homes & Garden

Is company on the way? Or do you just need a power-decluttering session to rid your home of bits and baubles? Try these 12 quick decluttering strategies to restore order and freshen your home's spaces.

Clear Out Closet Clutter
Putting the backs of closet doors to use is an effective, efficient way of keeping things in easy reach and clearing out clutter, too. Use cloth or plastic dividers with multiple slots and simple (easily removable) plastic hooks. Stash daily-use items -- sunglasses, keys, etc. -- or designate a pocket for each family member.
Decluttering time: 15 minutes

Focus on One Drawer
Quick decluttering doesn't require a wholesale clean-out of every messy drawer. Instead, focus your time on one oft-used space -- say, the silverware drawer or the junk drawer. Invest in a few wire or plastic dividers. Empty out the whole drawer, and wipe it down with a cleaning cloth. Position the dividers and group like elements together.
Decluttering time: 10 minutes

        Declutter Your Junk Drawer
Even your junk drawer can be organized --

Divide Stuff by Purpose
Are you forever losing your gym gear? Or do your children do the mad dash searching for music or lesson books in the morning? Help them (or yourself) and get rid of clutter in the process with some simple bags and labels. Use luggage tags or make your own and affix to different colored or patterned bags. Provide each with a hook inside your entry or mudroom.
Decluttering time: about 30 minutes, including label making

Reduce Visual Clutter
Decluttering isn't just about getting rid of extra stuff; it's also about giving the eye (and the mind) a break from the hubbub of daily life. For open storage such as these kitchen shelves, take stock of what's stored there and use quick decluttering strategies to update it. Start by removing everything and cleaning the shelves. Then return just half as many items, grouping by color (all white dishware, for example) or style (all plates). Make sure items have plenty of space on all sides.
Decluttering time: about 15 minutes

Purge While You Declutter
One of the dangers of decluttering is how quickly spaces can go from straightened up to messy. To stem the never-ending tide of clutter-bound stuff, pick one room and purge while you clean. Have two boxes at the ready -- "garage sale" and "to donate" -- focus on one room, and aim to fill both boxes in one room. Or set a timer and ask your kids to go through toys and fill the same bins.
Decluttering time: 30 minutes or less

Stash Art and Office Supplies in a Moveable Caddy
Pens, pencils, crayons, scissors: Office and art supplies can quickly get out of control, causing cluttered tabletops. Use a small caddy to corral them all, with dividers separating like items. Bonus: A caddy can move from room to room and be quickly stored in a pantry or closet.
Decluttering time: 10 minutes

Quick Closet Clutter Fix
Here's a strategy to help you manage closet clutter and minimize daily to-dos. In your child's closet, designate a space for the week's clothing choices. Have your child pick out an outfit (or just a top) to wear for each day of the week. Remove dresser clutter by stashing some accessories -- such as socks, jewelry, and hair baubles -- in a plastic or fabric organizer with see-through pockets.
Decluttering time: 15 minutes

Dress Up Out-in-the-Open Clutter
Not everything can -- or should -- be put away out of sight. Some things -- keys, small office essentials -- are best left where they can be quickly used or stashed. To declutter a small stretch of counter space, find a decorative container with several compartments, such as this pretty ceramic egg holder, which adds color and character.
Decluttering time: 5 minutes


    Streamline Tech Items
All those gadgets are great for streamlining our daily lives, but all those cords and components aren't great for our clutter. One quick fix is to get those pieces off a horizontal surface and store them vertically. Consider a specially made holder or a letter holder (available at office supply stores).
Decluttering time: 5 minutes

·      Dress Up Your Decluttering
Bathroom storage can quickly become an overwhelming mish-mash of odd-size items. One way to get rid of the clutter is to gather all those bits and pieces into an uncovered, easily accessible container that looks and works better. Group either by function -- soaps, cleaning supplies -- or person, and label appropriately.
Decluttering time: 15-30 minutes

·        Tackle the Fridge/Freezer Clutter
There may be separate bedrooms and bathrooms for guests, but one thing used by everyone in the house -- including the people who live there and the people visiting -- is the fridge and freezer. All that traffic can quickly add up to a clutter nightmare. Before visitors arrive, or just to boost your kitchen's efficiency, tackle one, the other, or both. Start by emptying shelves and drawers; do a quick clean with some multipurpose cleaner and cloths. Toss anything expired or never used. Next, group similar items together -- veggies, frozen canisters -- and place on shelves or in drawers according to height.
Decluttering time: about 30 minutes for just the fridge or just the freezer


·        Utilize Closed Storage
Open baskets and bins have their place, but containers with lids are great for adding function as well as beauty. Use them for long-term storage -- small mementos, for example, or printed photos -- and pick pretty colors or patterns that accent the rest of your decor.
Decluttering time: 10 minutes

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