FUNctional Storage

Not enough room for everything? We know the feeling. Take a look at these inspirational, FUNctional storage ideas that we've come across for every home!

 This small cabinet has a drawer that stores Fido's food and water - close it when you need the extra space! You can also use the other drawers for storing extra food, treats, toys, & leashes! 

Can you smell Fluffy's litter box from the front door? Or are you always getting the litter stuck to your feet? Fix both problems with this discreet cabinet. With a small door for Fluffy and a larger door for cleaning out the litter box, it contains everything in one place and can double for a side table. I definitely need this one!

How many times have you walked out the door to go to a meeting or a grocery shopping and your phone is dead? Laptop at 13%? This creative innovation gives you a charging station in your cabinet drawer! Always leave fully charged with this cabinet modification.

 Kitchens are the most used room in the house. I'm pretty certain that everything in my house ends up in the kitchen at some point. Organize your kitchen with these great cabinet modifications. Are you utilizing all of your space in the pantry? With these additional pantry pull-outs, you can double your pantry storage! 

Speaking of using dead space in your kitchen cabinet - check out this 3 tiered Lazy Susan! Corners will no longer be wasted space! 

Check out this jewel. Instead of wasting floor space with trash cans/recycling cans (which can leave the room smelling like last night's pizza), add a trash can pull-out to your cabinet! Voila! Cleaner looking & cleaner smelling room!

Speaking of pull-outs, look what someone added to their bedroom! Pull out hampers are becoming increasingly popular. Keep your room neat and tidy by separating your whites from colors in this double hamper pull-out.

Too many toys? Add some storage space to your child's room with this under-bed storage. Small compartments can give you more options for organizing toys, clothes, sheets, etc. Where was this when I was a kid?

Don't worry, we have a grown-up storage option for your bedroom. Take a look at this armoire! The wheels give it such a fun feel, while the inside has you organized. From jewelry boxes, shoe cubbies, hanging sections & sweater boxes, this has you covered! 

Didn't see enough shoe storage above? Check out this shoe rack! The multi-level circular design gives you a stylish design and LOTS of storage space! Love it!

 Here are a couple of my favorite designs. Check out what you can do with under-stair storage! Perfect for seasonal items and regular use alike! 

Don't forget about your garage. With this clean design, you can add multiple storage options that goes to the ceiling, without ever needing a ladder! I need a few of these in my garage!

Do you have any clever storage designs that you want to add to your home? Share them with us! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and share your inspiration photos with us on Houzz & Pinterest! 

We're Back!

Hello everyone! It certainly has been a while since we last blogged with you. What's been going on? We have been so busy that we would like to take this opportunity to show you some of our work! Please tell us what you think.

This is photo shows the built-ins next to the mantel shelf that we designed, built & installed for one of our customers. If you notice, the doors on the built-in are see through - that's because they are actually crates for the dogs! We are in love - how about you?

Below is a photo of a kitchen design that we worked with KD Interiors to bring to life. 

I'm in love with this closet! This was a custom closet design for a customer in Wake Forest. I'm pretty sure I could live in there!

Take a look at this craftsman-style built-in that we recently completed for one of our customers. 

If you are interested in a free, no-hassle estimate, please give us a call at 919-554-3707. We would love to hear what you think! Please comment or email us with questions or comments!

Make Way For Fall: Seasonal Cleaning and Organization

Often, we think of spring as the season for cleaning and organizing.  But, why not use fall as a time to do the same?  With the change of weather (and clothes) and the holidays in the not so distant future, use this season as a time to clean up and clear out the clutter.  

Organization 101

1. Clothes

Fall and winter bring colder weather.  Swap your warmer weather attire for your cool caps, scarves, boots, sweaters, and coats.  If you have the advantage of having a separate closet, use it!  Separate closets can be a great way to divide your bulky coats and hats from your soak-in-the-sun wear.  If this is not an option, consider using cotton garment boxes or large zippered plastic bags.

2. Towels

Not every person has the privilege of having ample space for every item.  However, you can expand your space by rolling your towels (or any other fabric item).  Use the space you save with your towels to make room for items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, an iron, or other toiletries.

Source: An American in Sicily

3. Papers

Between mail, recipes, coupons, receipts, and other documents, paper items can cause a lot of clutter.  Consider scanning important documents, such as receipts, bills, and recipes, into the computer to relieve yourself of paper overload.  If you prefer hard copies, designate a drawer with folders to hold your hard copies.  Also, be sure to get rid of any junk mail that may come through the door by trashing it or shredding it as soon as you receive it.  If you collect coupons, check your assortment each week and get rid of expired or unnecessary coupons.

4. Home Decor

Don't allow past seasonal items to take up precious space.  Organize your seasonal items in bins and drawers.  For Christmas items, consider this method of storage.  You can also use crates and clear bins to store seasonal decor.  Consider using a four drawer system (one for each season) to organize the seasonal nick-knacks.

Source: Kuzak's Closet


1.  Clean while your organize

While you organize that coffee table that has had the same magazine and vase since moving in, be sure to take advantage of your time.  While you focus on organizing different areas of your home, clean them too.  You'll feel like you moved into a new home!

2. Have a Routine

Although we can tend to have cleaning binges, why not delegate certain days to clean certain rooms.  This way, you always end up having a clean home at the end of the week.  

3. Don't Procrastinate

After putting in a few hours of cooking, most of us don't want to clean up the mess we've made.  However, saving it for later only creates more work.  Do yourself a favor and clean while you go.  Once you've used something, clean it!  It will allow more time for you to invest in the people and things you love.

Want More Space?

Feeling like you don't have enough space even after you organize, consider built-ins as an option.  They are custom made to your taste, functional, and they add space without having to add square footage to your home.  

The other option is to consider donating those items that you don't need to a local shelter or store.  With the holiday season and colder weather around the corner, many individuals can benefit from your donation.