8 ways to make the most of storage space at home
Even the most organised of us tend to accumulate too much stuff in today’s consumerist society. Finding ways to delegate and store things at home in a manner that is convenient and not unattractive can be a bit of a challenge, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help you maximise on whatever storage space you already have at home.
This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how much things pile up before anyone notices. Every sock and saved brochure can sneak up on you, so be ready to have a quick go-through and give-away session every two months to make sure you’re not just collecting things you don’t need, or leaving stuff out in the open or in the way.
2. Use Containers
Whether it’s a basket, Tupperware or box, containers are great for compartmentalising your things and organising them into their own special nooks. Just make sure you get the right kind and size for whatever it is you need to store, and that these in turn fit well into whichever space you have in mind—it could be the corner of a room, in a wardrobe or on a kitchen shelf.
3. Think up-and-down
You can store things near your feet and over your head, so don’t just concentrate on how wide shelves need to be. Tall narrow shelves can be as useful as space savers in terms of wall area. The tops of cupboards should not be totally disregarded either, even if its just as a spot for a few potted plants.
4. Hang on racks
You can save space in your kitchen cupboards by hanging your pots, pans, mugs and towels up on a rack, and you can consolidate space on bathroom surfaces by keeping your products grouped together on little rack-like shelves, which are usually easily found at home stores.
5. Add shelves
Look to spaces, even if its within cupboards, that are essentially empty and unused, as possible spots to install shelves. That way you can actually stack your t-shirts instead of stuffing them in overfull drawers, or create a space for books and electronics that have been floating around.
6. Install double rods
Two rods are better than one if you’re pressed for place in your wardrobe. These work if you have a lot of shirts and blouses that need hanging.
7. Try under the bed
Don’t underestimate the value of a storage bed. But if you don't have one of the handy ones with built-in space, try storing things in baskets, boxes or bags below. Of course, avoid falling into the trap of throwing things under the bed and forgetting about them.
8. Make use of doors
Walls aren’t the only things you can put racks or hooks on. You can buy a hanging cloth shelf or basket rack for the back of your bathroom and kitchen doors as good spots for storing small, light stuff.
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