4. Keeping it sleek. (Or hiding the kid stuff.)
Katrina Kimpel planned to use her new storage ottoman to tuck away her and her husband’s stuff. But when it arrived, her 3-year-old immediately claimed it for his trucks. “I don’t even have to look at toys in my living room now,” says the mom of two, who worked with Wiener. “It gives my husband and me a place to go after the boys are in bed to relax. We’re not stepping on cars, because we’ve giving the 3-year-old a place to put them.”
To keep your home looking chic and stylish, Watkins says you need to take advantage of every inch of storage. She’s helped clients install everything from bookcases under stairways to open wooden lockers to capture backpacks, coats and shoes. A playroom helps, too.