10 Easy Solutions for Creating More Storage at Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Take a new look at your house
Donrsquo;t have enough linen space? Maybe therersquo;s a corner or niche that could be turned into a closet. It might just take an open mind and a fresh outlook to reimagine a space.nbsp;
Pick the right furniture
ldquo;A hardworking family needs a hardworking living area, one that uses every inch of space available,rdquo; said Better Homes and Gardens. ldquo;Built-in cabinets stash books and media and provide a bonus display surface. Find or design and build furniture that serves more than one purpose.rdquo;
Ottomans are a great option for living spaces because: Theyrsquo;re small, easily movable, can act as a coffee table or an extra seat, and can hide remotes, blankets, and a bunch of other stuff that could otherwise be cluttering up your space.nbsp; nbsp;
Spin the bookcase
IKEArsquo;s KALLAX is one of our favorite finds because it has tons of storage space and you dont need a ton of wall space to use it. Itrsquo;s finished on both sides, so you can also use it as a wall divider. If KALLAX isnrsquo;t your thing but you want to crib this idea, find two bookcases and use them back to back.
Grab some Space Saver Bags
Not everything you see on a late-night infomercial is a waste of money. Space bags are great for off-season clothes, jackets, and bedding because you can compress them to a fraction of the size. According to Amazon, the jumbo sixe is ldquo;More than Big enough to fit bulky bed linens with Pillows, Favorite big winter jacket, entire wardrobes of a season.rdquo;
Roll it out
Therersquo;s a better use for the space under your bed than dust bunnies. All you need are a few rolling storage tubs to reclaim this square footage for your stuff.
Recycle your coat closetnbsp;
Unless you live in a cold climate where lots of jackets, coats, scarves, and boos are needed, your coat closet may be able to serve better uses. Add some basic wire shelving, which you can find in tons of sizes and configurations, and now yoursquo;ve got a place to store linens, Costco goods, or anything that doesnrsquo;t currently have a place to go.
Go above and beyond
Closets typically have a shelf above the hanging rod, but that space above the shelf may go quite high. Make it easier to store items up there by installing another shelf at the top. That way you donrsquo;t have to worry about your stuff teetering or toppling, and you can use all the space available, all the way up to the ceiling.
Hang from the ceiling
Like Forbes said, garage storage is critical. But if your garage doesnrsquo;t have muchmdash;or much room in which to fit itmdash;you can still make it happen. SafeRacks are hanging garage storage shelves you can buy online or at Costco. They get your stuff up off the floor so you can reclaim the space for your cars.nbsp;
Organize your pots and pansnbsp;
Maybe it isnrsquo;t that you donrsquo;t have the space, but itrsquo;s just not well-organizedmdash;especially in the kitchen if you have giant, shelf-less boxes for cabinets or a small pantry with shelves that donrsquo;t allow you to see clearly to the back. The right organizer can change your life. Check out this and this, and your kitchen will never be the same.nbsp;
DIY yourself a solution
If yoursquo;ve got a good imagination and a few good tools, you can make something that will help meet your storage needs. Yoursquo;re going to want to put Bob Vilarsquo;s secret compartments in the fireplace trim, pull-out drawers in the banquette, and definitely the under-the-stairs trick on your to-do list.
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