ApartmentTherapy suggests 10 great storage solutions that you may find handy.
With condos getting smaller and smaller, unless you are a true minimalist, inventive storage solutions are necessary. This selection of storage solutions by apartmenttherapy is really good. Some ideas you may not like at all but some perhaps more!
Your workspace can make or break your remote work experience. Trying to get work done from the couch or kitchen table means battling constant discomfort and distractions, which can leave you completely drained at the end of every day. Your workspace should be a place where you feel focused and energized! If you’ve decided that it’s time to give your home-based career some space to grow, check out the following tips from the Molly & Claude Team for setting up the ultimate home workspace.
Consider Moving into a Bigger Home
Has your home-based business or freelancing project outgrown your home? If your work-related products and papers are piling up around your house, it may be time to upsize. Whether you want to set up an office in a spare room, convertible garage, or finished basement, buying a new home is an excellent way to achieve the home workspace of your dreams.
Your first step is working with dedicated real estate agents like the Molly & Claude Team who will help you find the perfect home for your personal and professional needs. With a reputable REALTOR® by your side, you’ll have an easier time trying to navigate several important home buying steps, including calculating how much home you can afford, getting pre-approved for a mortgage, attending open houses, searching through online listings, deciding whether to buy an as-is home or a turnkey property, and how to negotiate an offer.
Something to keep in mind: If you decide to purchase a home in a new state, you may need to file some paperwork to make everything official. For example, if you’re a COVIDpreneur and registered your business as an LLC, you’ll need to look up information and state requirements to make sure your business stays legit.
Choose Function Over Form
When it comes to furnishing and decorating your home workspace, choose pieces that will accommodate your desired workflow. You want everything in your office to serve you and make your life easier. This is why it’s important to design your office space with your own work habits in mind instead of copying trendy ideas from Pinterest boards and home décor magazines. Think carefully about how much storage and desk space you need — essentially your working space requirements. Limiting yourself to a couple of floating shelves and a tiny desk is a recipe for unmanageable clutter! Be generous with your storage solutions and you’ll never run out of room for your office supplies and paperwork.
Choose Your Paint Carefully
You may not think that the color of your office walls matters very much, but it can have very important implications for your productivity levels. As Caroline Biggs notes on MarthaStewart.com, certain paint colors, like yellow and red, tend to make us more energized and alert while others, namely green and brown, produce feelings of relaxation and calm. That said, choose a paint color that inspires you. You may even want to paint an entire wall with dry erase paint, so you have plenty of room to jot down ideas and keep track of your professional projects.
Make the Most of Natural Light
Like paint colors, the lighting of your home office can also affect your productivity. Try to choose a room in your home with plenty of natural light. If you’re stuck in a dark den, basement, or windowless garage, find ways to make up for your lack of natural light. For example, Apartment Therapy recommends painting in bright colors, hanging mirrors, and lighting your office with full-spectrum bulbs designed to simulate daylight.
Add Some Greenery
A little greenery can also help make up for a lack of natural light and otherwise energize your space with life and vitality. Plants will make your office feel more refreshing and inviting. Many houseplants will even improve your indoor air quality by absorbing common household toxins and releasing oxygen into the air. At the very least, filling your workspace with lush greenery is bound to reduce your stress levels! If you haven’t been gifted a green thumb, opt for low-maintenance houseplants that are easy to care for.
Remember, your home office should be a space where you actually want to spend your time. Put careful thought into the room you choose, your furniture layout, and the decorations that you incorporate into the space. Every feature of your office should serve to make your workspace as functional and inviting as possible!
“Cloffices”, a new to me word. I’m not sure I like it. I apologize for spreading it that much further. Over the course of time I’ve seen many a closet converted to an office. Some work better than others. My recommendation would be if you take the doors down hold onto them, I have seen many a client walk away from a house because the closets weren’t up to par. Making it reversible is best. I must say I like the one pictured above. It looks cozy and comfortable in spite of the doors having been left up. Of course, the doors left up mean after you’re done you can close them up, the potential mess disappears, and the room’s other purpose (be it what it may) resumes. Here Realtor.ca proposes 8 options.
Throughout the moving process, most people focus on moving day, but you should also focus on moving day night and the next day to ensure your moving process is as smooth as possible. By packing for a move like you are going on a vacation, you will have all of your necessities with you and won’t have to hunt for items after an exhausting day. You should pack a suitcase or travel bag and include items for all members of your family including pets.
Packing a few days’ worth of clothing is a necessity because it will allow you to focus on other areas besides unpacking your wardrobe right away. Since the first few days will likely be spent unpacking, you should pack a few casual outfits and a pair of tennis shoes for each member of your family.
2. Breakfast Bars and Snack Foods
Packing and unpacking your moving boxes is a tiring process, and you’ll need lots of nourishment to keep going. By packing a few breakfast bars and pre-packaged snack foods in your overnight bag, you’ll have quick snacks within easy reach and won’t have to stop to unpack your kitchen or leave to go get food. Having breakfast already planned will help make an excellent start to the first day in your new space.
3. Electronics Chargers
Since you will be using your electronics up until moving day, it should be easy to pack them with your moving night bag. Having easy access to your chargers is important because in the moving day rush, you might not have time to find your phone charger, but if you have it packed in your overnight bag, you’ll know right where to look.
4. Towels and Toiletries
After a long day of moving, the last thing you’ll want to do is hunt through your boxes looking for shampoo and towels to take a bath. Instead, pack a few towels, washcloths, and toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, facial soap) in your moving night bag so you won’t have to waste time looking for them.
5. Healthcare Items
Whether it’s prescription medication, daily vitamins, or contact solution, you should have several days’ worth of the healthcare items you need. It’s also smart to include a few first aid items like bandages, antiseptic ointment, and pain relief medicine in case any minor injuries, cuts, or scrapes occur. If you wear contacts, you should doublecheck that you have enough contact solution to last a few days and pack your contact case in your moving night bag.
6. Favorite Items
If you or anyone in your family requires items like a sound machine or a weighted blanket to sleep with, you should be certain these items are packed in your moving night bag, and this will also reduce the chances of them being misplaced during the move. It’s also smart to pack a few of your children’s favorite toys or games so they will have a few entertainment options while you begin the unpacking process.
7. Animal Items
Don’t forget about your furry friends! If your pets will be staying with you on moving night, you should make sure to have a few items they are familiar with to ease the transition. You should pack food for a few meals, daily items like a leash, any medication needed, several toys, and a blanket/crate/bed for sleeping.
The moving process can certainly be stressful and throw a few curveballs at you, but by planning ahead by packing a moving night bag, you will be prepared and alleviate some of the stress. Having the majority of your necessities all in the same area will save you time and energy that you can devote to other aspects of the unpacking process.
Valerie Cox is contributing writer for North American Van Lines. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, reading, and volunteering in her local community.
Ah, moving day. It can either be a joyous occasion or a mind-numbingly stressful ordeal. No matter how much we prepare, there always seems to be some tiny detail unaccounted for. Let’s unpack the subtle art of preparing for and managing a—hopefully—flawless move.
Is everything worth moving?
Ever try to get a queen-size box spring up narrow stairs with 90º landings? Furniture that squeaks into one house may only jam up in another. Assess what will fit and what won’t by measuring your largest items ahead of time then test those measurements in the entries, stairs (especially around those corners and low suspended ceilings), and doorways of your new home.
On the flip side, unnecessary clutter tends to follow us from place to place, which makes moving the perfect opportunity to de-clutter, paving the way for a smoother move.
Think outside the box
Traditionally, we’ve scrounged local retailers for empty boxes or bought new ones. More sustainable options have presented themselves in recent years, making it easy to obtain high quality used moving boxes, or renting reusable bins.
If you can’t find free or reusable moving materials, that’s OK too. You can buy tape, boxes, packing paper, and other materials from your local moving companies—even if you’re doing all the moving yourself.
Should I DIY or hire a moving company?
Hiring a moving company can be more costly than renting a truck and paying friends in pizza and beer. So why is it better to hire a professional? It’s simple. They’re professionals who do this every day, are insured against damage or injury, and their experience gives them the benefit of efficiency. Friends and family may be willing to help when called upon, but is it a fair test of your relationship to put them at risk of injury and expect them to assume responsibility for the safety of your most valued possessions?
Whether you’re an empty-nester who no longer needs a three-bedroom home, or find yourself unexpectedly moving into a smaller place, downsizing presents a unique challenge. If life teaches us anything, it’s challenges are opportunities in disguise. In this case, it’s a chance to take inventory of the possessions that are truly important and get rid of anything that isn’t necessary or doesn’t contribute to your happiness.
Strategy is everything
The key to a successful, stress-free move is having an effective strategy in place. Consider these points when planning your move:
- Start early: If you need to purge for a downsize, start 90 days before your move date. Otherwise aim to start two months before;
- Make a checklist: List everything that needs to get done, packed, moved, switched, rented or hired, and cleaned;
- Stock up: Make sure you have enough boxes, packing tape, packing paper, tissue paper for delicates, and a pack of Sharpies;
- Get moving straps, a dolly and/or hand truck: These items are lifesavers when it comes to moving heavy or bulky objects over any distance and are essential if you plan to move on your own.
- Choose a reputable mover: The Office of Consumer Affairs advises to obtain estimates from at least three certified movers. Read their reviews, but also obtain references and be sure to read their documentation carefully.
- Get written estimates: Ideally, movers will give an in-house assessment with a detailed written estimate, although many movers have detailed estimate forms you can complete on their websites.
- Add insurance: Your home insurance and that of your movers is usually enough to cover any incidentals. Items of extreme value may not be covered, so check with the mover and your broker in case additional insurance is needed on moving day.
- Distribute your weight: It’s easy to underestimate the combined weight of your belongings once packed. Distribute weighty items, use the smallest boxes for books and dinnerware, and largest for lighter bulky items like duvets, comforters and pillows.
- Inventory and label: Keep an inventory as you pack and label boxes accurately. Nothing is more frustrating than rifling through 20 kitchen boxes to find a spatula when it’s time to cook.
- Remember your moving day essentials: These are the final items to pack and should include a few days’ worth of everything you will need to cook, eat, clean, bathe, dress, and sleep. It’s advisable to move these items yourself to keep them close to hand.
- Separate important valuables: As you pack, keep your most valued possessions together so you can pack them and move them over yourself. If you have a safe or lock box, this is the best place for these items.
- Change your address: It’s easy to let this one slip until the last minute. Make sure to update your address with all your service providers and accounts, and request a service change for utilities, internet and telephone. If needed, set up mail forwarding through Canada Post.
What once may have been a stressful ordeal can easily turn into a smooth-running operation. Taking the time and care to follow these strategies can help remove a lot of stress from the equation when moving into a new house—especially if it’s your first home—so you can enjoy the process rather than fear it. Happy packing!
This one is great! You’d like to store something in a ziploc bag but the item is just a bit too big. Well, apartmenttherapy has a solution, take a second bag flip it inside out, and connect the two bags. So basic! So brilliant.
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