Whether you own a grand estate, a suburban house or a small cottage, organization is the key to getting the most out of your life at home. An orderly abode lets you relax and enjoy your home instead of wasting time sorting clutter, searching for items or putting things away. These five organization tips and tricks from RGV Household Services of McAllen-Edinburg can help you achieve the serene atmosphere you want for the place you call home.
Begin at the Beginning
Because few people walk through their front door empty handed, it makes sense to begin your home organization efforts at the entryway. It’s critical to have designated places for all of the bags, coats, shoes and hats that accompany you when you enter your home. A series of hooks on the wall makes it easy to organize outwear while a small table or console provides a handy surface for small items like car keys. Stash the mail in a handled tray to keep it from being lost in the shuffle.
A Place for Everything
It’s amazing how much time you can save when there’s an assigned spot for everything you own. It not only makes short work of cleaning tasks but ensures that you’ll never waste another moment hunting for a misplaced item. If a glance around your home reveals piles of items waiting for you to find them a permanent storage place, resolve to take control of the clutter. Invest in storage solutions that will help you reclaim your valuable free time and that will make your home a more beautiful place to inhabit.
Maximize Closet Space
Getting the most out of every square inch of closet space makes it easier to streamline your living spaces. Unfortunately, most closets aren’t designed to optimize the space. It’s a relatively simple affair, however, to upgrade a closet so that it fits the way you actually live. For example, short rods installed one above the other can double hanging space in bedroom closets. Adding hooks and knobs provide easy access for items like belts and scarves. Installing a slanted, rigged shelf near the floor keeps shoes and boots neat and organized.
With the right accessories, you can hide the items you use everyday in plain sight. From antique suitcases to tins, baskets and hat boxes, the broad selection of storage containers available ensures you’ll find accessories to suit every decorative style. Furnishings can do double duty as storage too. Stash extra bedding in a pretty antique trunk or window seat. Store office supplies in an armoire or console cabinet. Kick up your feet on an ottoman that has hidden storage for magazines or throw blankets. You don’t have to sacrifice style to keep everything easily accessible.
From custom bookcases built to house your personal library to affordable prefabricated shelving systems, shelves let you take full advantage of the wall space in your home for display and storage. Use them in every room to keep countertops, tables and other surfaces free of clutter. For installation of shelving designed to meet your specific needs, looks to the pros at McAllen Edinburg RGV Household Services. Whether you have a single shelf or a floor-to-ceiling configuration, we can install any shelving solution for optimal home organization. To request a free, no-obligation estimate or to schedule service, contact RGV Household Services at McAllen Mission Edinburg today!
It seems that neutral grays are stepping aside after taking center-stage in the world of home decor for the past couple of years. Standing by to take its place are soothing, calming colors in tones of off-white, pale blue and pale green. When you’re ready to make a color change, call RGV Household Services of Edinburg-McAllen metro to bring apply some much-needed zen to your home’s interior walls.
According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, which issues an annual forecast on the latest color trends, “Off-whites will predominate next year, but very pale blues and greens are also expected to be popular. “The lighter, softer color palette — and especially the blue-green hues — will help create a more relaxing environment for busy, hyper-connected homeowners who find more than enough stimulus at work, on the road and in the other corners of their world.”
For homeowners who just can’t let go of bold color, look to update a few decorative accessories in a bold palette that complements the calming color of your walls. This will add character and style without compromising the overall soothing effect of the room’s wall color.
The folks at RGV Household Services are always ready to tackle any interior or exterior painting project you may have. Give us a call today at 956-587-3487 or visit us online to schedule your free, no-obligation project estimate!
Whether you want to update your home’s exterior with a new color or you’d like to harmonize your indoor living areas with a coordinated palette, a fresh coat of paint offers you an affordable way to freshen up your home. Painting can be a challenging DIY project, but when the job is completed skillfully, the results can make a world of difference when it comes to your home’s appearance. These seven painting tips from the pros at McAllen-Edinburg RGV Household Services can help ensure your success.
Start with Samples
Colors are influenced by many factors, including the lighting and the surrounding furnishings, so don’t base your color choice on the strip chip you see in the store. It’s worth purchasing a few sample quantities of paint to try out at home. Pick up some foam core, the kind used as backing in picture framing, which you can paint to get a better sense of how the color will look in the space.
Buy Enough Paint
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need to purchase one gallon of paint for every 400 square feet of space. Keep in mind that most paint jobs require two coats of paint. Subtract the surface area of windows and doors, but remember to factor in enough paint for trim such as molding and baseboards.
Ready Your Tools
Even for a simple painting project, it takes a surprisingly large number of tools to get the job done. In addition to a ladder, brushes, rollers, protective tarps, buckets and tray liners, you’ll need tools to prep the surface for painting. These include sandpaper, sponges, patching compound, painter’s tape and primer. When painting indoors, breathing masks and safety goggles are advised as well.
Prep the Surface
Once you’ve secured your protective tarps with painter’s tape, start your preparation by making sure that the painting surface is clean and dry. The next step is to sand the surface so that the paint can take hold. You also may need to scrape away bumps or patch holes and apply caulk to gaps to even out the surface. Work from the top down to help keep dust at bay.
Know How to Load a Brush
Be wary of overloading your brush when dipping it into a bucket of paint. Cover no more than half of the bristles with paint, and then tap the end gently against each side of the bucket to remove any excess. Alternately, you can tap one side of the brush, turn the brush, and then tap again on the same side. This technique lets you confine any drips to one side of the pot.
Follow the Sequence
When painting walls, it’s tempting to tackle the wide open areas first, but your cutlines will be sharper if you start with the trim. This also allows you to cover up any mistakes when painting the walls. After painting the woodwork, cut a line of paint along the wall around an inch from the trim, turn the brush over, and then pull the brush up to the molding on the return stroke. Once your cutlines are established, you can use a roller to paint the rest of the wall surface.
Know When to Get Help
If you’d love to paint your home but don’t want the hassle of doing the job yourself, the experts at RGV Household Services Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, Mission, McAllen, Pharr, Weslaco) are readily available to handle the project for you. You’ll enjoy the quality results of a professional paint job, backed by our written guarantee. To learn more or to request a free, no-obligation estimate, call RGV Household Services today! We serve Edinburg, Mission, McAllen, Alamo, Donna, Weslaco Texas and surrounding areas.