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The 5 Best Ways To Spruce Up Commonly Neglected Areas In The Home

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With more responsibilities and busier lifestyles than ever before, it can be difficult to find time to keep the home organized. Most people’s efforts go towards keeping the most heavily-traffic rooms in tip-top shape, but if it’s been a while since you tackled the more neglected areas, make time for them this spring. Here are five areas of your home you should take the time to prioritize. 

The storage room

Most people’s storage rooms are dark, tucked away places where seasonal items and precious mementos get haphazardly piled up until the day when they might receive attention again. While making your storage room more presentable may not seem like a priority, clutter anywhere in your home can weigh on your mind. Plus, if your belongings aren’t properly stored, they can get damp and begin to mold.

To revamp your storage space, your first step should be to maximize vertical storage as much as possible. Whether it’s by installing shelving for airtight and labelled plastics bins, putting up pegboards, or stacking filing cabinets, you should be able to walk into your storage room and be able to see all your belongings without having to pick something up. 

Utility systems

Does your home have exposed radiators, pipes, or electrical boxes? Many people find these unsightly and try to find ways to cover them to make them less noticeable. Though this is one way to go about it, another option is to do the exact opposite – make them stand out.

Home decoration pipe suppliers offer pipes and fittings in bright colors, making your plumbing a stylistic feature of your home. Exposed pipe can also be a great surface for trailing plants to climb along. Electrical boxes can be jazzed up by covering them up with your favorite print. 

The pantry

Like the storage room, the pantry often gets out of control without regular upkeep. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to rifle through bags, cans, and boxes to figure out whether you do have another bottle of hot sauce. 

While everyone’s pantry space is different, and what is functional for someone else may not work as well for you, there are some principles you can follow:

  • For deep corners that are hard to reach, put a lazy susan in. These spaces are great for vinegars, oils, and breakfast spreads. 
  • Labelled bins and boxes are perfect for storing those rarely-used baking ingredients like powdered sugar, white chocolate chips, and corn syrup. They also make storing snacks easier. 

When in doubt, make frequently-used items the most accessible, and store bulk items at the back. 

A small patio or balcony

Small, concrete outdoor spaces such as patios and balconies often get neglected. With a little love, you can turn this space into a tiny oasis. Installing a vertical garden is a great way to add greenery to the space without taking up too much room. 

Hang up neon lights – a cute design trend from Japan – to make the area feel like your favorite bar. Finally, add a couple of patio chairs and you’ll have a cozy little nook to enjoy those warm summer evenings. 

The laundry room

Though nothing can truly make laundry a pleasant experience, a well-designed and organized laundry-room will make the dreaded chore a little more bearable. If you have the space, add shelving to any bare area of wall. All those bits and bobs can be stored in aesthetically-pleasing wicker baskets that can be pulled out for easy access. 

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