Home Consolidation Tips
Don't you just hate those things about a room or decorating a room that stick out - ugly things like lamp cords, wall switches and plugs? Don't you just love
simple ideas that help you consolidate things, organize things and hide things. I sure do and have gone to great lengths in my own home to add more storage and
remove unsightly elements in the room. I'm continuously amazed at how little attention is paid to removing unsightly elements by architects, electricians and
contractors. Yeah, it might be a little more costly to move a switch plate up or down or to the right or left. But good grief! When it isn't done properly, it creates
a host of decorating dilemmas for the homeowner and designer.
- How about locating outlets in the baseboard and not higher up in the drywall? Yeah, it requires more carpentry - but how much nicher the finished look.
- Make as many outlets as you can half switches and plug your lamps into them. You can then walk into a room, flip the single switch and have perfect table lighting instantly.
- To make your rooms neater and more consolidated, combine several switches into one, even if you wind up with six, eight or ten switches in one panel. You'll cut
down on the obtrusive nature of things.
- Place your light switches 36" from the floor. You'll reach them more naturally and allow more space for artwork.
- To hold a power strip and hide wires, install a narrow shelf with a drop-down front underneath a built-in desk top.
- For a no-tarnish drawer, line them with felt and felt-covered dividers to house your silverware and silver serving pieces.
- To safely house your platters and oversized serving pieces, build rows of sloted vertical storage in cupboards.
- Install two sinks with two disposals. Use batch feeders for safety. The additional cost is minimal.
- Turn a drawer in your vanity into a wastebasket.
- Install electrical outlets inside your medicine cabinets where they are out of sight when not in use.
- House your oversized TV behind a work of art so it's out of sight when not in use.
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