Hack Your Home: 10 Tips for Hiding All the Ugly Stuff in Your Home & Keeping Your House Clean

ahh…That feeling you get when your house has been spotlessly clean. It’s refreshing, relaxing, it feels like your home is brand new. It’s ready to grace the pages of Architectural Digest. But then the kids come home from school and litter countertops with school papers; you have to make dinner in a rush and have another new sink full of dishes, then the dog tracks mud through the living room, and that wonderful, accomplished feeling of cleanliness subsides. But it doesn’t have to be that way! What if we told you there were ways to maintain a tidy home? Here are 10 tips to implement in your space:

10 Tips for Hiding the Ugly Stuff in Your Home and Keeping Your House Tidy

1 Cord Corrals & Hooks  

We’ve written before about how easily untamed bundles of cords can ruin an otherwise beautifully designed room. For media rooms, home offices, or other spaces where you have ugly cords, consider taming them with cord corrals and desk hooks to keep your home’s streamlined aesthetic.

Ultra Charging Station & Cord Coral

2 Utilize Art

Install art or a mirror on hinges so it swings like a door over unsightly thermostats or home security systems installed in walls.

3 Varied Cabinets

Include a variety of storage options in kitchens and bathrooms for organizational purposes and maximum functionality. Clear-front storage will entice you to keep both the interior and exterior of the cabinets clean. And you want to be sure your shelving is not too deep, so you don’t run the risk of accumulating expired products that might get neglected at the back.

4 Drawer Charging Stations

Top Desk Drawer charging stations: Install a charging strip at the back of the top desk drawer to utilize as a charging station that keeps devices and chargers off your desktop.

5 A Place for Everything Mentality

Embrace an ‘everything has a place’ mentality to aid in habit building, purge everything else, which includes pets, shoes, things that come and go from your home like keys and bags.

6 Custom Built-In’s

Consider working with a designer and contractor to design custom built-in’s for odd items that don’t need to sit out on counters, but don’t usually fit in general storage space, like printers or computer routers in home offices, purses and shoes in closets, trash cans and smaller appliances in kitchens, laundry baskets or hampers in laundry rooms, etc.

7 Easily-Maintained Building Materials

Consider that in the design of your home, the storage materials, countertops, and flooring should be as easily cleanable as their contents. Avoid dust collectors or things that show spots. Ensuring everything is installed and sealed correctly, by a professional contractor, will make maintaining your home easy.

8 Accessible Cleaners

Keep a green, all-purpose cleaner within reach of places in your home that need them most frequently, rather than with the other cleaning supplies, hidden away in a closet or the garage far away, which you don’t use all the time, like wood or mirror cleaners.

Gabriella System from Pottery Barn

9 Think Vertically

Don’t waste any space! Embrace vertical wall space with wall hooks for coats and hats and install a collapsable wall drying rack in laundry rooms, hand ironing boards on a wall or build one into a closet that can retract.

10 Decorative Organizers  

Decorative chotchkies and art objects or books and magazines should fit on or in your coffee top table tray, and any that don’t, have to go. Similarly, keys should go in a catch all tray or hung on a key hook by the door so they’re never lost!

8 Design Trends in Luxury Kitchen Remodeling

Whether your kitchen style is traditional or more modern, a few common trends carry throughout the new luxury kitchen. The kitchen continues to be everyone’s favorite room to makeover! It’s a central hang-out spot in the home, frequently used, and a good kitchen greatly increases property value. Here are the latest in luxury kitchen design trends:

Whether your kitchen style is traditional or more modern, a few common trends carry throughout the new luxury kitchen. The kitchen continues to be everyone’s favorite room to makeover! It’s a central hang-out spot in the home, frequently used, and a good kitchen greatly increases property value. Here are the latest in luxury kitchen design trend

8. Multiples (of Everything!)

Dual ovens, dual sinks, and dual pendant lights over dual kitchen islands. Having two ovens is helpful when you’re cooking multiple dishes for one meal. Ditto for dual sinks — having a main, deep, double-bowl sink, complete with a pot filler to pair with a small prep sink on one of your kitchen islands makes meal prep more efficient!

Dual ovens, dual sinks, and dual pendant lights over dual kitchen islands. Having two ovens is helpful when you’re cooking multiple dishes for one meal. Ditto for dual sinks -- having a main, deep, double-bowl sink, complete with a pot filler to pair with a small prep sink on one of your kitchen islands makes meal prep more efficient!

Dual ovens, dual sinks, and dual pendant lights over dual kitchen islands. Having two ovens is helpful when you’re cooking multiple dishes for one meal. Ditto for dual sinks -- having a main, deep, double-bowl sink, complete with a pot filler to pair with a small prep sink on one of your kitchen islands makes meal prep more efficient!

7. Slim Seating

We are seeing a lot of second kitchen islands replacing the traditional kitchen dining nook: homeowners are opting for the extra counter space with barstool seating over table and chairs. Among the kitchens that maintain a traditional breakfast nook, we are seeing a lot of bench seating. Both of these space-saving slim seating options make the kitchen both more of a relaxing hangout and more like a restaurant.

We are seeing a lot of second kitchen islands replacing the traditional kitchen dining nook: homeowners are opting for the extra counter space with barstool seating over table and chairs. Among the kitchens that maintain a traditional breakfast nook, we are seeing a lot of bench seating. Both of these space-saving slim seating options make the kitchen both more of a relaxing hangout and more like a restaurant.

We are seeing a lot of second kitchen islands replacing the traditional kitchen dining nook: homeowners are opting for the extra counter space with barstool seating over table and chairs. Among the kitchens that maintain a traditional breakfast nook, we are seeing a lot of bench seating. Both of these space-saving slim seating options make the kitchen both more of a relaxing hangout and more like a restaurant.

6. Seamless Surfaces

From touch-tap, no-pull cabinetry, and induction stovetops, to hidden outlet strips installed beneath grout-less, marble-slab countertops, sleek, clean surfaces are trending. Seamless design helps keep the kitchen tidy.

From touch-tap, no-pull cabinetry, and induction stovetops, to hidden outlet strips installed beneath grout-less, marble-slab countertops, sleek, clean surfaces are trending. Seamless design helps keep the kitchen tidy.

From touch-tap, no-pull cabinetry, and induction stovetops, to hidden outlet strips installed beneath grout-less, marble-slab countertops, sleek, clean surfaces are trending. Seamless design helps keep the kitchen tidy.

5. Display Storage

Wine storage is a popular addition and comes in many forms. An elegant glass-front wine fridge is a great way to show off your collection! Also popular: A mix of traditional cabinetry, appliance ‘garages,’ and some glass-front cabinets to display decorative dishware or a cookbook collection!

Wine storage is a popular addition and comes in many forms. An elegant glass-front wine fridge is a great way to show off your collection! Also popular: A mix of traditional cabinetry, appliance ‘garages,’ and some glass-front cabinets to display decorative dishware or a cookbook collection!

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4. Out of Sight, Out Of Mind

In addition to the hidden outlets, new luxury kitchens are optimizing the use of the walk in pantry, housing smaller appliances like microwaves and coffee machines or trash cans.

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3. Varied Lighting Sources

A lot of different types of tasks have to take place in the kitchen, which means one single light source isn’t going to do the space justice: a mixture of under counter lighting, skylights, island pendants, and overhead recessed lighting help to optimize meal prep, dining, and manage to conserve energy!

2. Niche Heating Appliances

Steam heat ovens, warming drawers, pizza ovens, insta-hot sink nozzles: custom kitchens are catering to very specific dietary needs and finding ways to conserve energy.

1. Tech in the Kitchen

From built in TVs and speakers so you can watch HGTV all day long while you cook (just kidding!) to smart appliances like smart ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators, technology is becoming an intrinsic part of the modern, luxury kitchen.

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator