Toronto Real Estate Tips and Advice

Space Saver Makeovers for Houses & Condos

Home Organization - Toronto Real Estate

Are you constantly misplacing household items like your screwdriver or
tennis racquet? If so, perhaps your household needs a little re-organizing.
Whether your home is a compact condo, cozy semi, or spacious detached,
we can all benefit from a periodic check-in to see if we are making the best
use of our space.

For house owners…
Take a peek inside many Canadian garages and chances are you won’t see a
car. Garages and basements often become a dumping ground for all the
things we rarely use. Here are five quick ways to makeover your garage
and/or basement:
• Clear the clutter! Have a yard sale, sell your unused goods online, or
donate items to your local charity.
• Add tall utility shelving to free up floor space, keeping any hazardous
cleaning, garden, and automotive supplies out of reach of children by
placing them on the top shelves.
• Store lesser used items on utility shelving in plastic storage containers
with lids to keep out dust and moisture. Use bigger bins on casters for
more frequently used items and roll them out of the way, such as
under a worktable.
• Clear off your workbench and use a wall or pegboard to hang
frequently used tools and store the rest in a tool chest. Use jars or
plastic bins for storing and organizing smaller items like nails, screws,
and nuts.
• Hang skis, bikes, brooms, shovels, wheelbarrows and other unwieldy
sport, garden, and household items off purpose-built wall hooks or in
specialty containers to keep them free from damage.
For condo owners…
Even in the smallest of condominium units, there is often under-utilized
space. Here are a few ways to help you optimize it:
• Transfer your music collection to a digital format and sell your spacehogging
records and CDs.
• Keep out-of-season clothes and spare linens in vacuum-sealed storage
bags under the bed. Use hooks for bathrobes, clothes, purses, or even
• Use decorative baskets for small items like magazines, hats, scarves,
mittens, and children’s toys to keep things neat and organized.
• Open or floating shelving will create the illusion of space while
providing stylish storage for household and decorative items.
• Invest in multi-functional furniture versus individual pieces which can
take up valuable floor space. For example, a padded ottoman can be
used as coffee table, storage space, and extra seating.
If you find that you have neither the time nor the inclination to organize your
space, give me a shout and I will connect you with my organizing and
home prep specialist. One of the best in the business.

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