Mudroom Part 2

The most important thing when you have a mudroom is to keep it tidy.  Don't let your mudroom become a chaotic catchall for shoes, athletic gear and outerwear.Some things to think about when adding or re-designing a mudroom: If space permits, there is one element every mudroom should have: a bench. A bench is helpful when taking off boots or setting down a briefcase or shopping bags. Bench seating should be open to the floor, which allows someone to sit down and put their shoes underneath when they come inside. Be sure to…Read more …

Mudroom!

With the snowy season fast approaching and with snow comes slush and dirt which can make a huge mess…wouldn’t it be nice to contain all the wet and mess to just one room?  Mudrooms are a fabulous addition to any home.  If you don’t have one you need one. If you have one, you probably need to update or re-organize it.  Either way, today we are all about mudrooms!Every house has a rear entrance. It’s generally located off the kitchen or between the kitchen and the garage, and it’s the primary entrance the…Read more …

Pantry’s

Pantry's come in all shapes and sizes from a small over-stuffed cabinet to a large walk-in closet.  One thing is certain, if you have one you will fill it or more likely over fill it.  If you don’t have one, you desperately need one.  A pantry can fit into a surprising amount of spaces that you may not have thought possible. But once you have taken the step and added the pantry to your kitchen, or enlarged your existing one, you will wonder how you survived so long without it.A well-organized pantry brings…Read more …

Entry Way ReFresh

The first thing someone sees when they enter your home is your entry way or foyer.  Yet this is often one of the most neglected areas of a home.  It is set up once and forgotten.  This often overlooked area is most likely in need of a bit of a refresh.Since this is the area that quite literally welcomes guests into your home, you may want to take the time to take a critical look at this area and determine if it is in need of a little refresh.   First, go outside and…Read more …

Give your Guest Bath a Facelift!

With the holiday’s right around the corner, that usually means guests staying over.  As you prepare for the annual arrival of friends and family you come across the guest bath that you put off doing anything about last year.  It only looks older this year. You still have time to turn your tired old guest bath into an updated dream bath for a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time. Andy onCall® specializes in bathroom “facelifts” that will have both you and your guests all smiles for the holidays. …Read more …

Closet Make-Overs

When you make your New Year’s resolutions next year will getting organized be one of them?? If you want to get started on that resolution now, or you just plain want to get your home better organized, then one of the best places to start is your closets.  They are without a doubt one of the biggest culprits when it comes to clutter-creep, mostly because we can simply close the door and ignore it.  Once you have organized your closets, the rest of the house is a piece of cake. That’s why I…Read more …

Bedroom Closet Organization

Does your Bedroom closet need a little organization? Then it’s time to get started on organizing your bedroom closet by getting rid of the clutter and re-styling your closet with these organizer ideas. Cleaning out your closet doesn’t have to be difficult, but can be time-consuming depending upon how long it has been since you last cleaned out our closet.  Read the previous blog for tips on how to best clean out our closet.  Considering one of the first things you see in the morning is your bedroom closet, the idea of having…Read more …

Take Your Bathroom From Drab to Fab

There’s no better time than winter to turn your boring bathroom into a spa retreat. Some jobs, like replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting can be relatively easy for the average do-it-yourselfer,  but more ambitious jobs like replacing the tub or retiling the floor might be better left to a professional like the skilled artisans at Andy onCall.A complete remodel might be a bigger investment, it could be worth considering. Many older homes were not built using mold-resistant drywall, so if you’re going to investment in upgrading your bathroom, that’s one of…Read more …

Coat closet organization

Most coat closets are often a ridiculously small space, given the Chicago weather that we live in. But that doesn't excuse t it being cluttered. Even though we have to accommodate heavy winter coats, raincoats and indeterminate weather coats, by implementing a few simple changes can take our coat closet from cluttered to organized. As discussed in a previous blog, the quickest and cheapest way to double the size of your closet is to add a second rod to the existing clos et. To do this, simply raise the existing rod to accommodate…Read more …

Declutter, Organize and Recreate

When the dog days of summer arrive, you may decide it’s better to spend your time indoors rather than outdoors. This is a great time to get a jump start on decluttering and organizing your home for the coming months when you will be forced to stay inside due to the weather.  The next several blogs will be devoted to projects that can be done before the winter months lock us all indoors.Decluttering your home is something that can ongoing process. So it is best to schedule an allotted amount of time to…Read more …