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A built-in home entertainment center gets things so nice and tidy. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Spring cleaning’s gonna take on a whole new meaning in 2020 here in Birmingham and around the world. We’re not gonna lieโ€”if you’re like us, you’re probably gonna get tired of looking at all the clutter you’ve managed to accumulate at home. Here are some clearing out tips plus a few ways Closets by Design Central Alabama can help you impose order on the current chaos.

This would be a good time to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

I was listening to an awesome podcast yesterday that was talking about how creating a sense of order and spaciousness on our homes right now literally calms the nervous system.

Who out there doesn’t need a little nervous system calming right about now? Marie Kondo will teach you how to go through all your belongings and figure out which ones spark joy. The ones that don’t, you can pack up and put them away for now until a later date when you can donate them.

We are big fans of thrift stores and giant garage sales here at Bham Now

In normal times, Junior League of Birmingham’s Bargain Carousel is a treasure trove. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham

Some of you are familiar with giant communal garage sales like the Junior League of Birmingham’s Bargain Carousel or Kids Market + Mom. While these types of events are on pause for the moment, most of us can still carve out a little space in the garage or attic to serve as a staging area for our giveaways.

The other alternative of course is to give things to local thrift stores, including King’s Home thrift stores, though again, we’d recommend putting them out of the way for a while until it’s safe to get out and about again.

Once you’ve channeled cabin fever into spring cleaning, start imagining your new normal.

Once the clutter is safely stashed away, contact Closets by Design Central Alabama to help you design the space of your dreams.

Here are a few of their local projects we just love:

1. A built-in home entertainment center can make everything feel so organized.

Ah, the order sparks joy. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

When you’re tired of having stuff everywhere, a built-in home entertainment center can give everything a home like nothing else.

2. A multipurpose room can help fulfill a few needs at once.

Rosa Hooper and a Closets by Design Designer in a custom-designed multipurpose room. Photo via Hanna Chambley for Bham Now

Sometimes you need one small-ish space to fulfill a few functions. Depending on your interests, that could include a pantry, broom closet and maybe even your own gift wrapping station? Check out this amazing wrapping station one designer created for a very happy client.

3. A craft room can help you actually do all those crafts you’ve been meaning to get to for a while.

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Ah, a nice clean workspace. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

If you’re one of those people with rich and vibrant Pinterest boards full of craft ideas waiting to happen, you might need your own crafting room. Think of clean workspaces and nooks and crannies where all of your supplies can live. If you’re an artist or a maker, this could be a game-changer.

4. A well-designed home office is rumored to increase sanity.

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In times like these, organization matters more than ever. Photo via Bham Now

I consider myself pretty adept at working at home and working in an office. Now that my kids and I are at home now, though, things have changed. Whereas before the dining room table was a nice place to perch, I’m finding myself needing the ordered sanctuary of my home office more than ever.

5. Now imagine your child’s room without clothes on the floor.

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When a Hoover mom had her son’s tiny closet redone, she stopped seeing clothes on the floor. Major win. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

For those of us who live in older houses, bedroom closets can be a wee bit small. This is where expert designers know how to take a tiny space and turn it into something beautiful and functional, maximizing every inch. Check out the makeover this teenager’s tiny closet got, and swoon.

6. Finally your walk-in closet could make you feel like you’re shopping in a boutique.

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For the fashionistas out there, details like wardrobe pulls make all the difference. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

For people who love fashion, clothing and accessories are like paintbrushes and color wheels to a painter. A well-designed walk-in closet can include features that make you feel like you’ve walked into your favorite boutique every time you open the closet door.

Meet the team that can put the dream back into your home

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Some of the designers at Closets by Design Central Alabama: (l-r) Karen Oosterveen, Aly Harris, Dustin Frisbee and Naomi Morrison. Photo via Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Closets by Design of Central Alabama has a rock-star team of designers who can help you get your house just how you want it. Visit Closets by Design or give them a call 205.777.4000.

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Author: Sharron Mendel Swain

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