The increased demand for organizing assistance year over year never ceases to amaze me.
The demand for professional organizers as well as for organizing products is on the rise as homes become a little bit smaller in order to make home ownership affordable for the first time buyers, but also to provide professional help as the aging population down sizes to homes that are easier to maintain.
With all of this going on, what are the top organizing trends for projects being worked on this year?
Maximizing our valuable real estate space is obviously the biggest trend based on what we do for our clients People downsizing are giving up the third bedroom for a larger walk in closet where wardrobes for all seasons can be kept and no seasonal change over is required.
In the alternative, a smaller third bedroom is being incorporated into the master bedroom to make a larger master suite where all the furniture can easily fit.
Removing the bathtub from the en-suite is on trend now. This may sound a bit odd. Would you purchase a home without a bathtub? Surprisingly a recent survey indicated that over 40% of people who were asked would in fact remove the bathtub in a remodel of the en-suite bathroom for a larger shower or for more counter space.
And it makes sense. The majority of homeowners prefer a shower over a bath and therefore would opt for more shower space with upgraded water systems or would rather have more counter space with his and hers sinks. As long as there is one tub in the house for bathing, if you have any, you are still OK on the resale front.
Décor and functionality
Blend décor with functionality. Re-purposing furniture and antiques into something that is both useful and attractive is a big trend this year.
Old suitcases as bedside tables, antique bathroom vanities as jewellery cases, old window frames as garden ornaments.
The list goes on and is only limited by your creativity and imagination.
This is the new term being used in our circles this year. It’s just a fancy way of saying we are going to re-purpose a space for specific needs. Take a mudroom for example. This area used to be a “drop zone” for boots and coats. Drop them and close the door, nobody will see it. Today we are changing that mud room into a storage area for boots, coats, school items and maybe even sports equipment with the installation of cubbies, shelving or lockers.
So there you have it, four organizing trends for this year and probably beyond.
If you want to stay ahead of the Jones’ or just need a little help in getting organized contact me here for your free telephone consultation and learn more about how we can help.