Houses these days are expensive, with apartments popping up and real estate booming, it’s hard to find spacious places that let you walk around freely without bumping into something. Storage spaces are at a premium in most homes. Have you ever heard someone complain, “I just have too many closets?” No, you haven’t. That’s why it’s important to learn how to work with the spaces you already have.
The first step in creating more storage space in your home is to get rid of the stuff that you’re not using. The best way to maximize your space is to learn how to declutter. Clutter drains energy and costs time and money. Regularly decluttering is a key step in maximizing storage spaces. The best way to declutter your home is to go room-by-room. And, if rooms are large, or complicated, you should start by breaking them up into zones. Work quickly and decides which items to toss and which to keep.
For the items you’re getting rid of, there are several good options other than just trashing them, consider donation or sell them online!
Find Unique Storage Solutions
There are some truly out of the box storage solutions on the internet, interior designers these days know of the less epace dilemma and have come up with interesting solutions. Foldable beds, Multitasking furniture, using spaces under the stairs etc. Some storage solutions really do work. A good storage solution accomplishes the following:
- It helps create more space
- It streamlines your organization by grouping like items together
- It makes thing easier to find by creating a proper “home”
Professional organizers recommend using clear plastic containers. Clear storage containers will allow you to see inside the container more easily saving you precious time when quickly trying to retrieve an item from storage. A more decorative basket is great for your living spaces like dens and bedrooms. Make sure you label these containers for easy retrieval later, especially if you’re using them in a storage space like the basement, attic, or in the back of a closet. Even if your storage containers are clear, a label will speed up item retrieval. Use spaces under your bed, to store stuff too.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Optimise the spaces where you most frequently visit/reach out to. If you store things in places your eye catches you will use those items more frequently. Think about what you reach for most often. Those go in your prime real estate storage spaces. If you want something to remain part of your life, store it where you see it often.
Vertical Over Horizontal
Most people think in terms of left to right, but don’t discount that space above your head and at your feet. These are great places to store out-of-season, holiday, or little-used and worn items. In order to take advantage of higher spaces, invest in a sturdy step ladder to allow you to reach this area. Also, don’t store anything too heavy up above, no boxes full of books or large appliances! It’s better to use small containers so that if they happen to come crashing down on you. As for the space near the floor, get large plastic containers, they work the bes. They stack well and make everything from shoes to gift wrap easier to find.
Create an outdoor living space
Use the porch or the balcony in your house to make a small seating area, this will make you feel like you have a larger space without actually expanding your house. It’ll also feel good to get out of the four walls of your living room and get some fresh air.