Spring, the time of rebirth and renewal, is also the time many of us get the urge to purge any vestiges of winter and freshen up our homes for the warmer, sunnier, and longer days ahead. The Spring season certainly offers some bountiful opportunities to work on your home both inside and out. Cleaning, organizing, and sprucing things up in and about the home are the activities you'll see gearing up in any neighborhood in the coming weeks. Spring is also a favorite time to begin renovations, and a renovation is a great time to think about and plan for how you're going to organize things for functionality in a way that aligns with the aesthetics of your new space.
How are kitchen and bath industry pros helping homeowners achieve their organizing dreams? At a recent KBtribechat™ (a weekly Twitter discussion for the kitchen and bath industry) on home organization sponsored by Rev-A-Shelf (@REVASHELF), industry professionals (kitchen and bath designers, interior designers, contractors, architects, brands and other industry insiders) discussed many aspects of home organization, including the latest trends and what organization products designers are specifying for their clients.
Rooms that Need the Most Help With Organization
In answer to the question, "What rooms in the home do you feel need the most help with organization?" kitchens were hands down number one, closely followed by bathrooms, with home offices, laundry rooms, mudroom, and entryways mentioned as troublesome spots for many as well. Many pros also answered closets and pantries as "rooms" that often need the most help with organization.
The NKBA (@thenkba) remarked, "The kitchen and bathroom are high-traffic spaces where we store a lot of necessities, and this can lead to clutter!" NKBA shared a practical and cozy storage solution designed by 2019 NKBA Design Competition winner, Martin de Sousa (Vincent Lions Photography).
MR Direct (@mrdirectsinks) made a good point: "The kitchen and the pantry are such big projects to organize. Its contents are always changing and the placement of everything is always shifting!"
Signature Kitchen Suite (@SKSappliances) offered up some great storage hacks while noting that "Cooking supplies can easily build up, so it is important to make sure to properly store them." Click here to read 48 easy Kitchen Storage Hacks That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Life.
Design team John Kelsey and Sally Wilson (@WilsonKelseyD) of New England design firm Wilson Kelsey Design said that the kitchen is the room they are most often asked to help organize, "especially drawers, cabinets and pullouts." They shared a working sketch of a current project along with some organizers they like, including a cool coffee bar organizer from Rev-A-Shelf.
Organization Products Designers are Specifying for their Clients
The Kbtribechatters were asked to share current organization products they were using or specifying for their clients.
Scott Koehler (@koehlerdesigns) of Dream Kitchen Builders, a North Carolina based design/build firm specializing in kitchens and baths, said that his firm is designing a lot of dish drawers for clients.
Toni Sabatino (@ToniSabStyle), a native New Yorker who designs kitchens from coast-to-coast, likes enough space for a dozen or more of each cutlery type.
Stacy Garcia, of Garcia Cabiinetmakers (@cabinetmakers) in Southern California and the driving force behind Kbtribechat, shared the organizers they often use—all by Rev-A-Shelf.
Cliff and Laura Muller (@4ptdesignbuild) of Four Point Design Build, a luxury residential and commercial interior architecture, design and construction firm based in Los Angeles, love to specify built-in solutions that minimize clutter, "for example, we integrated a storage solution for hair curlers/dryers/etc. and smaller items that keeps everything in one place." (Photography by Riley Jamison)
Waukesha County (Wisocnsin) design-build and remodeling firm, Feia Construction (@Remodel_w_Feia), shared a clever bathroom storage solution: installing laundry baskets or pull-out pantries for bath products in the small half-wall at the end of the bathtub!
And as with every Kbtribechat, there was a little fun to be had. This one, courtesy of Choice Cabinet (@ChoiceCabinet):
KBtribechat™ happens every Wednesday at 2:00 pm Eastern and welcomes anyone interested in Kitchen and Bath Design.
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