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Mike Foti

Mike Foti is the President of Innovate Home Org, a division of Innovate Building Solutions. You can learn more about Mike here.

Mike Foti

Mike Foti is the President of Innovate Home Org, a division of Innovate Building Solutions. You can learn more about Mike here.

11 Dumb Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a Custom Closet System

11 Dumb mistakes to avoid when designing a custom closet system | Innovate Building Solutions | #CustomCloset #WalkInCloset #OpenShelving
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How many custom closets have you designed in your life?

How many custom closets has your builder or remodeler designed in the history of their business?

If your answer to these questions is zero, nada, none, nient – you’re not alone (no matter what language you say it in).

Closet design is a niche business. It’s not something the average homeowner (or production builder or remodeler) does daily (or ever).

The challenge with this is IF you…

Our Top 10 Home Storage and Space-Saving Idea Blog Posts of 2018 – Innovate Home Org

Top 10 home storage and space-saving idea blog posts of 2018 | Innovate Home Org | #StorageTips #OrganizationTips #TopOrganizationIdes #OrganizationIdeas
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Thank you for reading my blog Professionally Organized in 2018. Your support generated double the traffic over last year. The popularity of these articles are multiplying faster than individual socks you can’t find a matching pair for (I bet you’re familiar with this laundry dilemma).

In this article I’m sharing the 10 most popular home storage articles from 2018. From these top 10 articles three themes emerged:  

  • Theme #1) You’re desperately…

13 Wild, Wacky and Workable Shoe Storage Tricks You Need to Know

Shoe Storage Tips You Need to Know - Opening | Innovate Home Org | #ClosetSotrage #ShoeStorage #WalkInCloset
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You love your shoes (and so do I). It’s estimated in 2018 the average woman has 30 pairs of shoes and the average guy weighs in at 12 pairs. 

This shoe/boot/sneaker obsession has reached such epic proportions I recently noticed a guy at my local mall whose entire business was shining sneakers (hey, marketing gurus out there – how’s that for a niche business?).

You love your shoes so much it’s estimated 13% of woman have turned shoe buying into…

7 Secret Downsizing and Storage Planning Ideas an Empty Nester Needs to Know

7 Secret downsizing and storage planning ideas an empty nester needs to know | Innovate Home Org | #EmptyNester #StorageOptions #DownsizingHome
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After you dropped Jack off to start his freshman year at Ohio State it finally hits you. Unless his older brother Jim or sister Stephanie ‘boomerang’ back you’re finally an empty nester. And since Stephanie is due in a few short months, living in Chicago, and game fully employed (Thank God) the boomeranging child effect is unlikely to happen – at least with her.   

Somehow you thought being transformed into an empty nester would feel more…

3 Cluttered Spaces You Need to Conquer Before Holiday Guests Arrive

3 cluttered spaces you need to conquer before holiday guests arrive | Innovate Home Org | Columbus, Ohio | #MudroomStorage #EntrywayStorage #PantryStorage #MurphyBed
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You decided to host the big holiday gathering. Now you’ve come to your senses and the reality of this big-time commitment is slapping you in the face! You’re saying to yourself, “Oh crap (OK – you’re using some ‘choice’ swear words, but this is a family-friendly blog, so I cleaned it up) my house is a cluttered disaster!”

Your mind wanders to the ‘state’ of your guest bedroom, your pantry and your mudroom entryway (areas your guests will…

Mudroom Storage Moves Beyond the Mundane at the 2018 Columbus BIA Parade of Homes

Mudrrom Storage moves beyond the mundane at the 2018 Columbus BIA Parade of Homes | Innovate Home Org | #MudrromStorage #ParadeofHomes #DreamHomes
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I grew up when there was no such thing as a mudroom (and there wasn’t much need for one either).

As a kid I entered my small ranch home at the side door (which BTW had a built-in milk chute – if there is anyone else out there who remembers what one of those was for). I simply flung my coat over on the available hooks by the side of the door and that was that. I didn’t own a bookbag. I don’t even remember anyone having a bookbag back in…