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    Organizational Tips for Small Closets

    Last updated 1 day 17 hours ago

    Many people believe that small closets simply cannot have an effective organization system. The truth is that tiny closet spaces have inspired some of the most creative ideas and solutions to get the most out of the area. It takes a custom closet design to make the space work for you, but getting there isn’t necessarily difficult or expensive. Here are some tips:

    Divide and Conquer

    You can put so much more in a tiny space if you have lots of shelves. Shelves should be spaced as closely together as possible while still being far enough apart to serve their intended purpose. For example, you may only need four to six inches at the top of your closet to store your extra blankets, so there’s no need to leave a foot of space between the top shelf and the ceiling. On the other hand, your folded sweaters may need 18 inches or more. You might even add shelf dividers to section up your horizontal space. Don’t feel like you have to arrange your shelves by some generic standard—do what works for you!

    Contain Small Items

    Divided trays or baskets are excellent closet organization tools when you have small items that tend to get lost in the mix. If you have many small accessories, consider a small stackable drawer system that you can put on one of your shelves. Items like ties and scarves can be looped through hardware or hooks you install in the wall. Shoes can go into a door pocket organizer or on their own shelf, depending on your needs.

    Label Everything

    You’re making the most of a small space, so you’re probably putting a lot of items into it. Try using adhesive labels to make sure that everyone knows exactly where everything is or should go. It’ll cut down on shuffling up your newly organized space looking for something specific.

    At Bay Home & Window, we provide standard and custom closet organization systems to people in and around the San Francisco area. Stop by today or call (925) 401-3951 for more information on our closet organization systems, interior shutters, and other products for your home.

    How to Set Up a Productive Home Office

    Last updated 8 days ago

    When you’re ready to set up a home office, you’ll find tons of tips for making it beautiful and more productive. One of the most common mistakes people make with all of this information is not being able to see the forest for the trees. That is, before you choose any pieces or accents for your home office, you must first make sure that it will work for you instead of just looking like something out of a magazine.

    Check out this video for some excellent tips on setting up a home office space and selecting your furniture, no matter what size space you have to work with or what you’ll be doing every day. Remember that organization is a key, so be sure to make provisions for shelf space and closet organization systems to keep your supplies contained.

    For help with your closet organization system, come see us at Bay Home & Window. Visit us online or call (925) 401-3951. Visit our showroom in San Francisco to learn how our organization systems and interior shutters can help you transform any room in your home into a productive and beautiful home office space.

    How Interior Shutters Can Cut Your Energy Costs

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Reducing the amount of energy you use isn’t just good for the environment—it’s good for your wallet, too. Did you know that interior shutters can significantly reduce your energy costs while also adding to the beauty of your home’s décor? Here’s how:

    Interior Shutters Reduce Heat Loss in Winter

    Interior shutters provide an extra barrier between your home and the outside elements, forming something of a thermal shield at your window. Solid shutters are best for preventing heat loss, but louvered shutters do provide some benefit here as well. When less heat is allowed to escape from your home, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard or as often to maintain a comfortable temperature. This saves you money immediately on your utility bill, but may also save you some in the long run in terms of wear and tear to your heating system.

    Interior Shutters Reduce Solar Gain in Summer

    In summertime, it’s hard to keep your home cool because of solar gain—that is, the amount of heat your home absorbs from the harsh sun. Most of this gain comes through the windows. Interior shutters can effectively block extra heat from penetrating through your windows, keeping your home cooler and your energy bill lower.

    Other Benefits

    You can also open your windows in the summer while leaving your interior shutters closed to allow some fresh air in without too much heat. Shutters can also serve to keep insects from entering your home, as well as to protect your privacy. Since interior shutters are permanently installed in your home and built to last, you can enjoy all their benefits indefinitely while also adding value to your home.

    If you’re interested in installing interior shutters in your home, contact Bay Home & Window. We provide quality materials and brands, each of which can be customized to fit virtually any window or space. Browse our website to learn more about your available options in the San Francisco area, or give us a call at (925) 401-3951 for more information on our beautiful interior shutters.

    Where Could You Use a Bay Home & Window Organizational System?

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Bay Home & Window offers custom organization systems that can help you rearrange, declutter, and clean-up virtually any space in your home. Perhaps you could benefit from a custom closet organization system, which can transform the experience of dressing in the morning. Or maybe you would prefer to have a built-in organization system that can transform the heap of wires you call your entertainment center into a haven for relaxation and enjoyment. Our organizational systems are also idea for home offices, garages, pantries, laundry rooms, and anywhere else you could use more organization.

    Wherever you need organization, Bay Home & Window can help. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free in-home consultation with one of our professional interior organizers. You can also visit our website to learn more about our custom organization systems. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, call Bay Home & Window today at (925) 401-3951 to get started.

    Tips for Decluttering Your Entertainment System

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The entertainment system is the focal point of your living room. Unfortunately, this area can oftentimes be an eyesore with all the clutter that comes with wires, speakers, DVD cases, components, and controllers. Even if you don’t have a lot of devices, it’s easy for the few cables and wires you do have to get bunched up, cluttered, and messy. These tips will help you organize and declutter your entertainment center. You should also contact Bay Home & Window to learn about our custom storage solutions.  

    Disconnect Everything

    As you begin to declutter your entertainment system, take the opportunity to wipe down all the surfaces and give your entertainment center a thorough cleaning. Once all the cables are disconnected, wipe them down as well. Next, lay out your cables on the floor in front of the entertainment center so you see where everything needs to go and exactly how many cables you are working with.

    Organize Devices and Accessories

    Before you reconnect the cables, rearrange the devices and accessories inside your entertainment center to clean up the space and provide a more intuitive interface. For example, if you have a gaming console or Blu-Ray player, keep your video games or movie cases near the device instead of on the other side of the entertainment center. If you have limited space, consider stacking devices and components of similar size vertically inside the entertainment center. 

    Shorten and Consolidate Cables

    Once your devices are rearranged, it’s time to connect everything back together. Once all cables and wires are connected, wrap like-cables together (or cables that have a similar end destination on the television or receiver) and use twist ties or cable ties to take up additional slack, making cables easier to manage and hide away.

    Bay Home & Window is known as San Francisco’s source for interior shutters, but we are also here to help you enjoy an organized and clutter-free home. We offer custom organization systems for closets, offices, laundry rooms, entertainment systems, and more. We even offer professional in-home organizing services. Call us today at (925) 401-3951 to learn more. 

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