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    Organizing a Walk-In Closet

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When searching for a home in San Francisco, few home design and layout features are as exciting as the walk-in closet. Just because you have a spacious closet that can fit you and your clothes and clothing accessories does not mean, however, that you can skimp on the consolidation and organization of your wardrobe wares.

    The ideal walk-in closet has rods for hanging clothes; shelves for folded clothes, shoes, and various accessories; and drawers or covered containers for storing everything else. If you do not like the way your walk-in closet is arranged when you move into a home, do not resign yourself to simply making do with what you’ve got. Instead, make the best use of the closet space you have with a custom designed closet organization system.

    Proudly serving the San Francisco area, Bay Home and Window designs custom closet systems that can help you maximize the utility you derive from your walk-in and wall closets alike. To speak with a member of our team about our space-maximizing organization systems, call (925) 401-3951.

    Top Causes of an Unorganized Home

    Last updated 1 month ago

    With a busy schedule and children who seem intent on undoing any tidying up you do as soon as it is done, keeping your San Francisco home organized can be a challenge. How is it, you may wonder, that others with just as many responsibilities as you have seem to be able to stay on top of organizing their home? To determine whether your situation is an anomaly or your home’s lack of organization is due to one of several problems that afflict much of the population, read up on a few common causes of unorganized homes.


    The popular A&E documentary series Hoarders has brought this complex and fairly common disorder to the fore. If you save things that you know most people would throw out because you think they could be useful to you at some time in the future and you now have a stash of belongings that makes you embarrassed to invite people into your home, you may be a hoarder. While you should seek professional help if you feel that your hoarding tendencies interfere with your quality of life, many hoarders simply need the help of a professional organizer to show them what they should be keeping and what they should be letting go.

    Lack of Organizational Skills

    Organization is a skill that can be learned. If you have never been instructed in the art of organization, hire a professional organizer to show you the ropes and set you down the right path.

    Improper Organizational Infrastructure

    Everything you keep in your home should have its own designated space. If this is not the case, it could be because you do not have the desk and closet organization systems that can help you make this a reality.

    Proudly serving the San Francisco area, Bay Home & Window carries organization systems for closets and home offices that make keeping your home organized a breeze. If you find it difficult to stay organized because you do not have designated storage space for everything in your home, check out our inventory online or call (925) 401-3951. We can also connect you with reputable professional organizers who can help you get organized in the first place.

    Layering Drapes with Your Window Shutters

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When selecting window treatments for your San Francisco home or office, there is no reason for you to have to choose between shutters and drapes. Interior design professionals opt to layer treatments more often than not to maximize design impact and functionality. For tips on treating your windows using both shutters and drapes like the pros, check out this brief video.

    Professional designer Brian Patrick Flynn offers advice on dressing your windows up without overdoing it. He recommends using plantation shutters as the first layer to give you maximum control over privacy and the volume of light that streams in from outside. The drapes you choose should complement your shutters and the rest of the decor in the room.

    Serving the San Francisco area, Bay Home & Window carries the best natural wood and synthetic plantation shutters on the market. To learn about our WindWood™, PolyTherm-R™, Sun Wood™, and Woodcore™ plantation shutters or see them in person, call (925) 401-3951 or visit us at your convenience.

    Answering Common Questions About Household Shutters

    Last updated 2 months ago

    For homeowners looking to enjoy more privacy and reduce their energy consumption and costs, interior shutters are an excellent window treatment option. Available in an array of colors and design styles, shutters also have a timeless appeal that can enhance the feel of your living room or bedroom. If you are considering having shutters installed in your San Francisco area home but would like to learn more about the different types of shutters and how to choose a design that is right for your home, read through the answers to the FAQs featured below.

    What are Common Types of Household Shutters?

    Most window shutters are made from either wood, polyresin, vinyl, or a composite of materials. The most popular shutter style is probably plantation style, which are versatile from a design standpoint and offer other benefits as well. These benefits include the ability to effectively control how much sunlight enters the room and maximizing privacy.

    How Can I Choose the Best Shutters for My Home?

    Factors to consider when choosing shutters for your home include the climate in which you live, your budget, and the existing design and decor of your home. Play around with virtual design tools and speak with an interior shutter expert to help you narrow down your options.

    I’m On a Budget. Can I Afford to Skimp on Shutters?

    Interior shutters are available in a number of materials and styles, and they do not always have to be expensive. That being said, they are one of the most noticeable elements of a home’s design and are worth investing in. As long as you can afford it, do not skimp on shutters.

    Should I Opt for Custom Fitted Shutters?

    To get the most out of your shutters, have them custom made to fit your windows. This will maximize the impact the shutters have on your space, as well as promote their functional purposes.

    At Bay Home & Window, we carry WindWood™ plantation shutters and other high-quality interior shutters that can make your San Francisco home more comfortable and boost its market value. To enquire about any of the products in our online inventory or schedule a free in-home consultation, call (925) 401-3951.

    Top Household Organization Mistakes

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Keeping a tidy home in which everything has its place can make your life more convenient and productive. It may even make you happier at home. While the approach to home organization you take and the methods you use are up to you, there are a handful of common home and closet organization mistakes that you should try to avoid at all costs.

    Accumulation of Excess Belongings

    It can be difficult to part with belongings that are in fine condition or you feel you could use in the future. Failure to do this, however, invariably results in clutter. Whenever you purchase something new, try to get rid of something you no longer need to offset the introduction of something new into your home.

    Closet Design Faux Pas

    Perhaps it is because they have doors that can remain shut whenever guests are over or you are not retrieving something from them, but closets tend to clutter more easily than most other spaces in a home. With a custom closet design or closet organization system that is tailored to you, you can keep your closets as organized and tidy as the most public and well-cared for spaces in your home.

    Jumping the Gun on Organization Systems

    Everything in an organized home should have a designated storage or display space. This can easily be accomplished with the right drawer systems, cubes, boxes, and other organization accessories. Organizing your home is easiest when you purchase organizers specifically for your belongings, as opposed to snatching up organization systems that look cool and are on sale and then trying to make household items work with their design.

    Failure to Use Organization Systems

    Once you have the perfect organization systems for your household needs, it is important to use them all the time. Unless you are in a major hurry, make a point to always put objects back in their place when you are done using them. Ensure that everyone in your household knows where various clothes, toys, books, cookware, and other items belong as well.

    For 20 years, Bay Home & Window has been helping San Francisco residents fulfill their intent to live organized lives in organized living spaces. If you are looking for closet organization systems or organizational furniture that is well-suited to the design and contents of your San Francisco home, call Bay Home & Window in Pleasanton at (925) 401-3951.

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