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  • 4 Ways to Add Storage in your Home Office


    In the contemporary home, the idea of a home office has become more and more common. Typically study rooms were study/junk rooms, but now they have become essential work spaces with their own aesthetic and theme. Whether it is a student's study room or a professional's home office, there is always room for storage and the appropriate shelving to successfully place and organise all the items. With the right storage, and shelving, any home office gets an immediate lift, and it creates a more welcoming an aesthetically pleasing space within the home. Below are some storage ideas for your home office. Here we have listed some of the ways to add storage in your home office.

    Ways to Add Storage in your Home Office

    1.) Recreate Wardrobe Shelves

    One of the most prominent storage spaces in the home is the wardrobe. Whether it is a walk-in or a reach-in, organised shelving is definitely an element one can mimic within their home office. The only difference would be, rather than having clothes on the shelves, the home office would be lined with books and folders. Therefore, these shelves get a completely different look.

    Storage Wardrobe Image Credit: Container Store

    2.) Around the Corner

     A home office is often a squared off space, with a desk taking up a corner. Take advantage of the wall space above the desk and add shelving that continues through the corner to add storage in your home office. It creates an immediate focal point and creates a very minimalistic look in the whole room.

    Storage Units Image Credit: Memorable Decor

    3.) Lining the Walls

    Nothing makes a study feel like a study without books. A great way to display the books is to line to walls with book shelves. Having the books on the shelves keep them off the desk, making the space look clutter-free, and yet still accessible by simply reaching and grabbing them. Adding the books on the shelves also immediately adds color to the office space, bringing the home office to life and giving it some visual interest!

    Home Storage Units Image Credit: Pinterest

    4.) Cubes to Add Storage in Home Office

    One of the showcase-style units we at Modspace.in do, is cubed storage. By adding cube-like storage to a home office, even a disorganized individual appears put together. Adding cubed storage transforms a home office into a creative and gives ample storage at the same time. The cubes can be arranged in however way possible: asymmetrical or symmetrical-and it can create a fascinating design spot within the home office.

    "Adding storage within the home office can be a fun prospect in designing a beautiful space. While finalizing the storage for your office, consider both aesthetic and functionality-and you will arrive at a solution to satisfy your unique space!"

  • 5 Ways to Create More Bench Space in the Kitchen


    Bench space or counter space in a kitchen is one of the most overlooked aspects in deciding the kitchen design. However, one can never have too much of it. In fact, having too much bench space is rarely a problem within a kitchen; it is usually having too less space. As mentioned in many previous blogs, the size of an average home is getting smaller, and so is the size of the kitchen. Therefore, there are many clever and smart tactics to create space in even the smallest areas. Below, check out 5 clever tricks in creating more bench space within the kitchen.

     

    Integrate Appliances: Appliances take up significant space on the countertop. It almost appears as if they have taken over the entire bench. Rather than stacking the items on the countertop, add them inside the cabinetry. Make them a part of the storage section to free up the bench space and keep the kitchen looking light and airy. One can even go for an appliance cabinet, where the user simply has to open the shutter and then use whichever appliance is required.

    Image Credit: Pinterest

    Basic Declutter: One of the most apparent ways the countertops get crowded is by placing our electronics on the counter. Items such as phones, tablets, and laptops are simply plugged in for charging and left on the counter while the user is in the kitchen. Avoid cluttering the space with technology by simply decluttering. Have a technology or charging station or drawer to place all items in a designated area, rather than scattered all over the countertop.

    Image Credit: Decoist

    Pull-out Bench: Any pull-out will create insta prep space within a kitchen. It can be concealed when not in use, yet it can be pulled out whenever required. This way counter space can easily be extended or expanded whenever it is necessary without being too obtrusive within the kitchen area.

    Image Credit: Houzz

    Smart Sink: Nowadays, in kitchen designs even the sinks are getting smarter. There are several options for removable sink inserts that can be added across the sink to add to the counter if ever necessary. They automatically add extra work surfaces and make the space more productive.

    Image Credit: Better Houseware

    Island: In the occasion of having more floor space within the kitchen design, one can expand the bench space by adding a kitchen island. The island can be an actual extension of the kitchen or it can be in the form of a moving cart or dining table. Either way, more work space is easily created to spread the kitchen tasks and create a more open and welcoming design.

    Image Credit: Pinterest

    Use a couple of these tactics to conjure up space in your kitchen, and you will get an automatically expanded space in no time!

  • Decluttering Flat Surfaces in your Home


    Any flat surface in the home is a major clutter magnet that needs to be cleared. It becomes a habitual practice to just place items on any countertop as it is very convenient and easy to do. However, cluttered surfaces create visual and mental chaos within the home. Clear the flat surfaces and restore some calm and serenity into your home once again. Below are the three most-probable cluttered surfaces within the home space and a guide and where to start clearing them.

    Kitchen Counter: Every home has that one kitchen counter where a dozen of items are simply put because it is convenient. No matter the size or shape, everybody  sees it as an area to place their items. Since the kitchen is the hub of family activity, the kitchen counter in particular attracts extensive clutter including spare tupper ware, dirty dishes, and even the daily mail.  To clear the kitchen countertop, simply set aside 15 minutes per day to place all the items where they need to go. It will create a relaxing atmosphere within the kitchen and allow you to feel in control for the home. With these 15 minutes a day, the kitchen counter will be nice and decluttered.

    kitchens Image Credit: Livinator

    Coffee Table: Another surface that collects extensive clutter is the coffee table. This flat surface in the living room can get covered with books, magazines, and other miscellaneous papers. Whether it is the top of the coffee table or the space underneath the coffee table, it definitely attracts clutter.  With an area like the coffee table, one has to be deliberate and making sure its decluttered. On a regular basis the space should be cleaned up to give that peaceful atmosphere to the living room.

    walnut two drawer coffee tables for sale Image Credit: CDN Home

    Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity can also get extremely cluttered in the morning routine. Many times, items are scattered across the counter while leaving in the morning and are simply left there to collect dust. To avoid the bathroom clutter, assign or designate drawers in which all the items would go and keep the space organized. For more on bathroom organization, click on the previous blog post.

    Bathroom Vanity Image Credit: HGTV

    Decluttering surfaces in the home brings a calming appearance to the home. It creates the illusion of control and gives a peaceful atmosphere. With the tips above your home surfaces will be decluttered in no time!

  • 3 Tips to Get Your Wardrobe Winter-Ready


    It is that time of the year where we take our winter gear our of storage and place in the accessible areas of our wardrobe. Although the task is tedious, the chill in the air calls for a refreshing change within the wardrobe, which can be completed with a few easy tasks. The tips are given below.

    Store the Summer Clothes: If there is limited space, place the summer-only or off-season items in the loft or an unused shelf in the wardrobe. Typically the top shelf is the least-used shelf within a wardrobe. Therefore, it is best to place the off-season items there so they are out of the way, yet still accessible when it is time to change the season again. If the wardrobe has loft storage above the main wardrobe area, place the off-season items over there so they are out of the way for the winter months.

    Top Shelf being used for unnecessary items. Image Credit: Pinterest

    Fold vs. Hanging: Another organizational tactic is to decipher which items should be folded and which should be hung. Large bulky sweaters and sweat shirts can take extensive space if placed on hangers, and usually lose their shape. The best way to store them is by folding them and placing them on shelves or in drawers. When it comes to organizing shelves within a wardrobe, the heavier stacks or piles should be placed on the lower shelves, while the lighter clothing items should be placed on the higher shelves. However, items such as coats are best stored by hanging them. They can be hung in the existing wardrobe or in a different wardrobe, depending on the availability of space.

    Image Credit: Circulo

    Filtering through Hangers: To maximize space in the closet, consider space-saving hangers to place all of the necessary items. Winter clothing is much heavier and thicker, and therefore takes up more space. Therefore, if space is a constraint, then use the space-saving hangers for your necessary items.

    Image Credit: Pinterest

    Use these tips to work out your winter-friendly closet for the next few months!!

  • Walk-in vs. Reach-in Pantries: What works Best for You?


    Deciding the style of pantry can be a challenge in redesigning a kitchen or building a new home. Both walk-in and reach-in pantries have their own pros and cons , and the final decision comes down to storage requirements, organization style, and the amount of space which is allocated. Below are the variables that determine the best style pantry for your kitchen space.

     

    Storage: Walk-in pantries definitely have more storage capacity. They are ideal for the avid cook who wants ceiling-to-floor shelves to keep their cookbooks, ingredients, snacks, and crockery. The walk-in pantries also have more room to store larger cooking appliances. However, due to the size of the walk-in pantry, the storage will be more spread out, and it may take time to find and gather the necessary items. That way, with a reach-in pantry, the storage space is more centralized and accessible, with all items are in one area. Therefore, less time is spent searching through many shelves for various items. Yet, the storage space is limited. It is challenging to fit the larger cooking appliances, and many items transfer to the countertops.

    kitchen pantry storage Image Credit: Pinterest

    Organization: With walk-in pantries one can get creative with the organization and sort through items as per preference and convenience. However, with more area there is more responsibility. The organization has be me maintained, otherwise it can get extremely untidy and difficult to manage. However, with the limited space in the reach-pantry, it is much easier to keep organized and maintain it without losing track.

    kitchen pantry design Image Credit: Pinterest

    Space: Walk-in pantries surely have more space inside, yet they also take up a lot of space within the kitchen. One of the major downsides of the walk-in pantry is the amount of space required to accommodate it within a kitchen design. On the contrary, reach-in pantries do not take up significant space, and are simply more cabinetry with extra shelves and drawers within the kitchen. Nevertheless, due to limited space inside the cabinet, some of the kitchen storage may transfer to the surrounding bench space.

    kitchen pantry cabinet Image Credit: Audrey Couture

    In choosing the reach-in or the walk-in pantry for the kitchen, it boils down to preference and space. With a walk-in pantry, there is more space, more room for organization, but it requires a regular maintenance and one has to see if it is possible within a kitchen design. The reach-in pantry is a more space-friendly solution, yet it is limited to the cabinetry and the number of items that can be stored inside. In choosing the pantry space for your kitchen, use the tips above to find the perfect pantry solution for your dream kitchen!

  • 4 Tips for Organizing the Bathroom Vanity


    Organizing a bathroom vanity is not the most glamorous job in the world, but having one has its perks. As a room, the bathroom is one of the most-used rooms within the home and is a part of our daily routine. The bathroom has so many functions, yet there is usually limited area, and a homeowner has to work with it to create a functional space for their daily tasks. One of the biggest storage units in a bathroom is the vanity. Vanities are available in all shapes and sizes, but all of them can store a large number of items if they are well organized. In fact, a well organized vanity is a major lifesaver within the bathroom. Below are a few tips to start with in achieving that beautiful organized bathroom vanity you always dreamed of!

     

    Outward Appearance: The first thing to consider is how you want the vanity to look. Ideally, a homeowner or user prefers simple, easy presentation. However, even within this there are variables. Depending on your preferences, you can prefer to have some items or the countertop, or have a completely cleared off space where the countertop is only in use when required. Therefore, before even attempting to organize the items, first consider how you would want the bathroom vanity to look.

    Outward Appearance Image Credit: Pinterest

    Clean Everything Out: The next step is to clean everything out. Remove all the items and get rid of anything that is expired, finished, or not used for a significant amount of time. Ensure all the items you have still smell nice before putting them back in your vanity. If any item or product has a bizarre odor, get rid of it. Once the items are cleaned out, ensure the inside of the cabinetry is clean. A simple wipe down works very well to make sure all the dust and flyaway hair is cleaned out.

    Clean Everything Out Image Credit: Martha Stewart

    Divide by Category: Then, separate all the items by the group. Dividing the items by category helps in organizing. Separated the hair-related items and appliances from the nail items, from the dental items, and from the makeup. Keep all the items of the same category in one section or one drawer to have a more organized system while going about the daily routine.

    Divide by Category Hair Appliances in Bathroom Drawer. Image Credit: Pinterest

    Have a Container for Everything: In the bathroom there are a lot of smaller items. To aid with organization and avoid misplacement, keep these items in their own containers within the drawer itself. For example, for items such as hair accessories, dedication a container for them to avoid rummaging around the drawer. Any drawer organization system will help in keeping the little items at one place with easy access whenever necessary.

    Have a Container for Everything Image Credit: Decoist

    An organized bathroom vanity is something that can go a long way. It is a lifesaver within the home and immediately speeds up the bathroom process. Use these tips to organize you bathroom vanity!!

  • How to Style the Open Shelves in the Kitchen


    As mentioned in a previous blog, open shelves are extremely beneficial in the kitchen. They are great for storing larger items, they make a kitchen appear more open and airy, and they are perfect to access everyday essentials. As a result,  there are a wide variety of types of items that can be stored, and yet be stylishly displayed at the same time. Below are some of the best uses of open shelving along with some style tips to have an aesthetically pleasing kitchen space.

     

    Everyday Essentials: For starters, open shelves are a great space to store everyday essentials, such as mugs, water glasses, plates, and bowls. They are kept within easy reach, and having them right there speeds up the morning and evening process. Having everyday essentials on the open shelves also avoids dust collection. The items are used frequently, and therefore will not sit on the shelves for long.

    • Style Tip: Ensure to have matching sets within a defined color palette, to display blocks of color on the open shelves. It creates a collected and layered look, yet is still useful at the same time.
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    Drinking Glasses: One of the more attractive storage ideas for the open shelves is the drinking glasses. Since they are used frequently, it will prevent dust from settling, and it will be within easy reach to just grab that always necessary glass of water.

    • Style Tip: Balance the clear glasses with some colored pieces to add some interest and patterns. Even clear glasses with colored coffee mugs and teacups will give some visual interest and use the space at the same time.
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    Storage Jars: Clear jars on open shelves are both practical and stylish. Jars on the shelves will free space in the cabinet and on the counter, and they are within easy reach. Storage jars are great for storing essential ingredients and everyday snacks.

    • Style Tip: Have the same jars with different food items in each to add some color, yet be visually synchronized as well.
      Organized pantry kitchen shelves Image Credit: Pinterest

    Spices and Seasonings: Going along with the storage jars mentioned above, having spices and seasonings on a shelf is perfect for the home chef. With a display of an array or different ingredients, any user will be inspired to play with various ingredients and just grab whatever they please.

    • Style Tip: Spices and Seasonings in uniform containers will add sophistication to the space and showcase the variety and different types in a much better way. It will be a delectable view!
      Floating shelves bathroom floating cabinets Image Credit: Pinterest

    Display Collections: One of the most common uses of an open shelf is displaying collections or decorative pieces. It adds a fun twist to the kitchen and creates some interest. Displaying a collection or some decorative items is great for a top shelf, which is a little out of the way and not as easy to reach as the lower open shelves. Decorative items will still fill the shelf, use the space, and bring that unique element to the kitchen space.

    • Style Tip: Mix and match different pieces. In a collection display, play up with different heights and directions and have various types of items or even some books or frames. Different sized objects creates a very dynamic look. One can also add a mix with some diverse types of items, blending the practical items and the decorative ones. That way, the shelves can be still be used but can also have interesting pops of color and design elements.
      Cookbook display Image Credit: Pinterest

    Styling an open shelf is one of the most fun aspects of having them within the kitchen. The key with open shelves is to blend practical and beautiful at the same time. Whether it is daily-used items, drinking items, storage items or collections; open shelving are great for placing nearly everything. Try some of these ideas in your kitchen!

  • 4 Ways to add a Table in the Kitchen


    Whether a kitchen is an open kitchen or a closed kitchen, adding a table or a small dining area is a great place for allow friends and family to gather, or even have a quick bite before moving on with the day. Many of us aspire to have the huge kitchen table, but the space does not allow. However, there area few ways to create seating within the kitchen without disrupting the layout. These few ways are given below.

     

    Folding Table: One of the easiest ways to add some seating is to add a folding table. Whether it folds up or it folds down from the wall, a table can easily be added in an unobtrusive way and taken out when it is required. A small seating area can be conveniently tucked away when it is not in use. To add to the small table, one can also add compact seating in the form of stacking stools which can be placed against the wall unless they are required for use.

    Folding Table Image Credit: Shelterness

    Circle Time: In a narrower kitchen design, such as a parallel or galley kitchen, a larger table will definitely disrupt the work flow. However, if a small circular table was to be added at the end, then the storage and workflow would run smoothly, along with the small seating area.

    Circle Time Image Credit: Deavita

    Breakfast Nook: Adding a nook works very well with the open-plan kitchen design. A table can be placed neatly against the wall and allow space for 2 or 3 diners. This table style is an excellent choice for the straight kitchen design or the L-shaped kitchen design. It can be added across or at the end of the layout and still appear to be a part of the kitchen. A nook is a also a great way to add some color. With colorful chairs and a fun centerpiece, the kitchen has a small dining area!

    Breakfast Nook Image Credit: House Beautiful

    Window Seat: Finally, another option of adding an easy table in the kitchen is by taking advantage of the window. A small table can be placed right next to the window to allow for that meal with a view. A seating area creates a distinction between the kitchen and the dining are within the space. Another way to take advantage of a window is by having a seating area along the windowsill. Most kitchens have a window. Therefore,  allow for  some seating to face the window within the kitchen. It is perfect for that morning coffee or easy snack before going about your day.

    Window Seat Image Credit: Houzz

    Adding a seating space in the kitchen can really elevate the space and make it feel more communal. Whether the table area is big or small, any seating can give that little extra something to the kitchen.

  • Organizing the Bar Unit


    One of the elements of a typical Indian home is being able to entertain. Entertaining or having guests happens very often in Indian homes, and they should be built and organized accordingly. One of the elements of building a home to entertain is by having a well-stocked and organized bar cabinet. One of the modular furniture pieces we, at ModSpace.in, do is custom bar cabinets or units. The bar cabinets are custom-sized and designed to the space provided within the home. So whether it is cocktails or mocktails, check out some tips below on keep the bar cart ever ready and organized for entertaining.

     

    Separate the Types of Items: The first rule is to separate the types of items that go into a bar: the bottles, glassware, and any bar tools. All types of items should have their own designated storage area within the bar cabinet. Wine and champagne glasses can hang upside down, while tools, such as shakers can be placed in another section of the cabinet. All items should be separate for better organization and easier reach for yourself or guests to access easily.

    Separate the Types of Items Image Credit: Pinterest

    Categorize Bottles by Type: The next step is to organize the bottles by the type: whether it is liquor bottles or even juice boxes, all bottles should be organized by their type: wine bottles in one area, hard alcohol bottles in another area, and any other elements such as sodas and colas in another area.

    Categorize Bottles by Type Image Credit: Pinterest

    Organize bottles by Frequency of Use: Place the more frequently-used bottles on the more accessible shelves. Depending on yours and your guests preference place the more frequently-used or asked for items on shelves where guests can easily access them without interfering with the rest of the organization. If there is space on the shelf for more bottles, after placing the frequent ones, then organize the shelf by the type of liquor and keep the organization consistent throughout.

    Organize bottles by Frequency of Use Image Credit: Pinterest

    Ensure bottles look attractive: Finally, practical organization is one aspect, but a good bar cabinet should also look attractive. After the basic organization elements are taken care of, ensure cabinet looks attractive. The bottles and glasses are dusted and cleaned before use,  and the labels of each bottle are facing the front, making them better visible to any user at the bar, whether it is yourself or your guest.

    Keeping your bar cabinet well-stocked is one of the first steps to getting your home ready to for entertaining. Ensure yours is ready to be a hit at your next house dinner!

  • 5 Ways to Hook it Up in the Kitchen


    One of the main challenges in kitchen storage is placing the oddly shaped items without obstructing any of the other items or getting in the way. For these kitchen essentials, one needs easy and convenient storage solutions to place the items effectively. Hooks are those small items that can be placed just about anywhere in the home to organize just about everything. There are are several ways to use hooks within all the rooms of the house and even increase the storage within the kitchen. Check out five ways hooks can be placed within the kitchen and increase storage.

     

    Hanging Mugs: One way to use hooks in the kitchen is by placing them under cabinets or along the wall to hang mugs. Whether it is a coffee mug or a teacup, a hook can be used to hang either one in a location where everybody can access as and when they need to. Hanging mugs, rather than keeping them in a cabinet or a drawer, clears up some storage space and having colored mugs along a wall adds some visual interest and appeal.

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    Storing Pot Lids: Hooks are also great for storing pot and pan lids. Their awkward shape makes them difficult to place within the cabinet and one cannot stack pots and pans as easily. However if the lids were stored along hooks, then pots and pans can be stacked easily and effortless inside the cabinet, without any protruding handles or topsy-turvy alignment.

    Image Credit: Bobvila

    Efficient Under-Sink Storage: Hooks can even increase the storage underneath the kitchen sink. One can place hooks along the cabinet shutter and use them to hang gloves, cleaning towels, and even scrub brushes. With the sink cabinet, the shutter becomes an understated storage area to place any necessary items to access within seconds.

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    Hanging Utensils: Whether it is baking utensils, measuring cups, or cooking utensils, hooks are an excellent storage source. They can be placed along the kitchen wall or inside a kitchen cabinet shutter to keep these smaller essentials organized. This clears up storage within the drawers and keeps all items right at your finger tips. One can even place hooks on the wall close to the stove to keep any frequently-used cooking ladles handy while conducting kitchen tasks.

    Image Credit: Small Room Ideas

    Having Heat Pads and Towels Accessible: Hooks are also great for placing any heating pads, oven mitts, or kitchen towels. Hooks can be situated close to the oven or stove to have some mitts and heating pads within an arm's reach to quickly grab while working the stove or getting something out of the oven. Hooks for towels and heating pads can even be hung on the wall or the side of the refrigerator. Any colorful, interesting patterns can serve a dual purpose of decor and utility!

    Image Credit: Pinterest

    Hooks are that small storage solution that can fit in even the smallest spaces of the kitchen. They can keep those essential items organized without being misplaced or lost within a cabinet. For storing the necessities in your kitchen, without taking up excessive cabinet space, hook it up!

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