*NEW* MAJOR DEALS, MINOR IMPURRFECTIONS!

SHOP NOW
0

Your Cart is Empty

6 Clever Home Design Tricks to Hide Everyday Messes

May 12, 2021

faux fur blanket lying over bed

These ideas will have your home looking spotless.

We dream of a home like those saved in our ideabooks, but let’s face it: Unless your name is Carol Brady and you have a live-in Alice, these standards can be impossible to live up to. What if I told you that you could have a home where everything appeared organized and pulled together at a moment’s notice — and that maintaining it wouldn’t require a dedicated support staff or feel like a second job? Are you in? Here are six tips to help you master the art of creative camouflage.

1. Add stylish storage in the entry.

The foyer is your welcome home — and your opportunity to create a pleasing entry for visitors. Make this area work for you by outfitting it with pieces that function as storage while adding to the overall aesthetic.

A chest of drawers is an excellent place to temporarily stash loose items when you want to declutter quickly. Socks, Fido’s chew toys and Power Rangers can all be quickly dumped here in a beautiful piece that holds your secrets with grace.storage cabinet in entrywayStorage spaces will leave a good first impression with any guest. Working Mother

This Chinese-inspired commode is a statement piece that sets the tone for the rest of the home. Whether an antique-style cabinet or a flea market find, a piece that reflects your personality is always a good fit for the foyer. The furniture can serve double duty by bringing the beauty while hiding the beast!

2. Consider the well-placed basket.

If you have kids, pets, a messy spouse or roommate — or you’re not so tidy yourself — baskets can be good friends. Place them strategically around your home for quick places to dump anything covering the floor, sofa or tabletop. Your pass through any clutter zone can be quick with a well-placed basket.baskets holding items throughout the houseBaskets can be great storage options for all over your home. Working Mother

Important note: OK, so it’s bound to happen — your secret weapon, whether it’s a basket or a cabinet, is overflowing, and your powers as the clutter master are crippled. Before this happens, be sure to keep your tools sharpened and ready for war. Take two minutes a day to purge your dumped items and keep your clutter contained. A basket is only as good as the available space inside, so keep it clear, and you’ll always be ready to mask life’s little messes.baskets used to keep home looking cleanA handy basket can keep your living room clear of mess. Working Mother

3. Bring in an armoire for larger items.

An armoire stationed in your family room, kitchen or even foyer can house more than books and china. Use that massive cabinet you inherited for larger items that may require a quick disappearing act. You know, things like the 36 rolls of paper towels you purchased in bulk, the bulky blankets or the neon-orange toys larger than the child they’re designed for.

4. Choose an ottoman with storage.

Available in just about any style imaginable, storage ottomans are masters of camouflage that make cleanup in a clutch a breeze.

A cluster of smaller storage ottomans used as a coffee table organizes your chaos. Designate an ottoman for toys, blankets, magazines and anything else currently living on the floor. When it comes to cleanup, you can tackle one ottoman at a time or, better yet, assign an ottoman to each of your clutter contributors to clear out weekly.living room with ottoman with storage inside to clean up areaOttomans and coffee tables can double as great storage spaces. Working Mother

5. Pack it up.

In the game of creative camouflage, all areas should offer a quick solution for concealing clutter. Put a couple of vintage suitcases beside a chair as an end table to store your collection of board games or whatever unsightly things attempt to take over your space.

6. Unfold a screen.

This decorative, free-standing folding panel can be utilized in any space large or small to offer artistic camouflage for treadmills, sports equipment or simply storage overflow.

What do you do with the bike or double-wide stroller that kills your vibe as soon as you hit the door? These monstrous necessities are destined to hang out by the nearest exit, and unless you’re fortunate to have an easily accessible outdoor storage space, this is your reality: “Welcome to my home; please excuse the …” But you can hide it and add a little art to the entry in the form of a stylish screen.

Screens are available in a wide range of sizes and materials, making it easy to find the perfect option to mask whatever is occupying the corner of the living room.

Stored in a closet, this quick fix can pop into any space when needed. Like magic, the mountain of unfolded laundry, kids’ toys or your latest work in progress will disappear.

Written by J. Allen for Houzz for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.



Also in New & Noteworthy

Making Changes for Animal Welfare
Making Changes for Animal Welfare

January 04, 2022

Nothing blows our fur the wrong way more than the neglect of animal welfare. As big animal lovers, we're committed to spreading the word about the need for more animal welfare advocates! Learn what you can do to lend a paw. :)
Read More
Your Guide to Shopping for Faux Fur
Your Guide to Shopping for Faux Fur

December 28, 2021

Whether you're shopping for faux fur to keep your bits warm, decorate your den, or just want to spice up your wardrobe with something new, here are the most important things to consider before making your purrrchase.

Read More
faux fur pink throw on creme couch
Caring for Faux Fur Blankets, Throws, and Pillowcases

December 21, 2021

If your favorite faux fur throw or fake fur blanket is in need of some serious TLC, we’ve got you covered with our step-by-step guide on how to wash and clean fake fur blankets, throws, and pillowcases.

Read More

JOIN THE PACK & Get 10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER!

By submitting this form, you agree to receive recurring automated promotional and personalized marketing text messages (e.g. cart reminders) from SpiritHoods at the cell number used when signing up. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Reply HELP for help and STOP to cancel. Msg frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply.View Terms & Privacy

By submitting this form, you agree to receive recurring automated promotional and personalized marketing text messages (e.g. cart reminders) from SpiritHoods at the cell number used when signing up. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Reply HELP for help and STOP to cancel. Msg frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply.View Terms & Privacy