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It’s a new year and that means a new opportunity to get your space in order. Luckily, transFORM’s Winter Home Checklist was designed to help you conquer the most important preventative maintenance tasks, just in time for the cold weather!


1. Clear the Closet. How many times have you stood in front of your cramped closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear”? We all do it, and then we buy more clothes only to relegate them to the backs of our wardrobes where they stay for the rest of eternity. Not only is this a vicious cycle, but it’s also a waste of time, money and closet space. To stop the madness once and for all, rearrange the closet so that your summer clothes are in the corners and your winter clothes are in the center.



2. Stock Up on Essentials. Winter requires a different selection of supplies, including moisturizer, chapstick, tissues  and cough drops. Make space in your utility closet for neatly organized wicker baskets filled with these essentials. Remember to save some space for storing extra pillows and heavy blankets. Also, keep in mind that winter storms can knock out your electricity. As you organize your utility closet, be sure to include some candles, flashlights and batteries, just in case a nasty storm strikes.



3. Organize the Office. Start by decluttering your space. Create a paperless desk by using online sites and apps like Google Docs to write down your ideas. Next develop a file system for important documents. Put items such as checkbooks, passports, travel documents and credit cards in a designated drawer. Use drawer dividers to keep items like pencils, pens and staplers and notepads organized and easily accessible. Finally, add LED rechargeable lights with sensor switches to your desk and drawers – the added brightness makes things easier to locate.



4. Clean the Pantry. Take the time to do a thorough cleaning of your pantry. Once that’s done, look at expiration dates on perishable goods. If the item is close to expiring, place it towards the front and vice versa. It’s also helpful to group other similar items together. Designate specific areas for baking ingredients, paper goods, and condiments so they are easier to find. Frequently used items should be kept at an arm’s length while boxed items like pasta, cereal and dried goods can be placed in containers to maximize space.  



5. Be Ready to Entertain. Between the unpredictable weather and holiday celebrations, we find ourselves spending a lot more time indoors. Mixing drinks or popping a bottle of bubbly can be a great way to add a festive atmosphere to any gathering. Conveniently craft cocktails by adding a custom dry bar to your kitchen or living room area. This can serve as a functional location for storing glassware and accouterments. From simple shelves and bookcases to something as complex as a dry bar or entertainment center, a custom wall unit can enhance the way you enjoy and experience your home.



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