Storage Ideas For Your Home
The number one rule for maintaining a neat home is having enough storage space strategically placed around the rooms. This way, you can easily put your stuff right where you normally use it, which makes your daily routine and the task of tidying up your home a lot easier.
If you are going to be selling your house these ideas will really help get your place organized so buyers can see what your property really has to offer. Even with all this extra organization, it may be sensible to also opt for portable moving and storage options as well. You’ll be able to move a substantial amount of things out of your house while also maintaining the convenience of having your things readily available to access.
Of course, if you are not selling you won’t need extra moving storage and you’ll be able to follow what we have in store for you.
From the bedroom to the kitchen, here are some simple, inexpensive, and discreet ways of adding extra storage to every corner of where you live. Whether you are selling or just want to enjoy a less cluttered life you’ll enjoy these storage tips.
1. Organize Your Entryway
The entryway is probably the most difficult area to maintain in any home. On the one hand, it’s the place where you and your family keep your going-out stuff: jackets, shoes, bags, and so on. On the other hand, it’s also the space which people entering your home see first, the place that sets the tone, and so it needs to look nice and be well organized.
Adding a simple and inexpensive accessory such as a pegboard on the wall can drastically improve things in your entryway. Once fitted with hooks and baskets, the pegboard will allow you to store various things, from bags and backpacks to scarves, hats, keys, gloves, umbrellas, and so on. This way, you’ll have everything at hand when getting ready to go out, and you don’t risk forgetting your car keys or your driving sunglasses.
Hang a sturdy shelf above the coat rack – you can use it to store blankets, picnic baskets, and other items you might use when going out. If you have a hallway closet, you could turn it into a more functional nook – simply take out the doors and install a bench where people can sit while putting on their shoes. Turn the space underneath the bench into a shoe rack and the space above it into a place to hang coats.
2. Make The Most of The Dead Spaces in Your Kitchen
There are many opportunities for adding extra storage to your kitchen. Take a look around and identify all the “dead spaces” – like, for example, the gaps between cabinets and appliances. Insert a slim rolling cart in this space and use it to store bottles, cans, condiments, and so on.
Most kitchen cabinets are tall, which means the room’s interior space is not used to its full potential. However, if you’re adding adjustable shelves or racks inside the cabinets, you’ll be able to arrange everything better, and you’ll also enjoy easier access to your stuff. Over-the-door pantry organizers are another huge space saver – you might even double your pantry’s capacity.
A sturdy rolling kitchen cart is a smart addition, particularly in the case of small kitchens, where installing an island is not feasible. You can put the cart next to the wall and use it to store your small appliances. However, when needed, you can easily move it closer to the cooking area, thus expanding your food preparation space.
Magnetic spice racks can be installed on any metallic surface in your kitchen – the side of the fridge, for example. You’ll save a lot of cabinet space, and you’ll also have your ingredients close by while cooking. In case you have some free wall space in the kitchen, consider installing a few floating shelves – they’re excellent for keeping your cookbooks, your favorite mugs, or even some pots of herbs.
3. Favor Double-Duty Furniture in Your Living Room
Coffee tables can perform more functions than simply holding your TV remote and coffee cup. You could, for example, get a lift-top coffee table that doubles as a desk, when needed, or even as a dining area. Coffee tables with drawers are excellent for containing the clutter – magazines, notepads, pens, remotes, chargers – helping you to maintain a neat and tidy look in your living room.
Nesting tables are another great option, as they take up little floor space but can be expanded when needed. Or you could go with a couple of storage ottomans – these versatile living room accessories provide extra seating or leg-stretching space while also keeping your blankets and pillows neatly inside.
Shelves near the ceiling are a smart way of using the vertical space in your living room. Install such a shelf on one of the living room walls – for example, above the sofa. You can use it to keep your family’s board games and puzzles all in one place. It might even stimulate you to organize game nights more frequently. This is another excellent way to free up extra storage space in your home.
4. Bedroom Accessories That Truly Make a Difference
A compact standing clothes rack in your bedroom allows you to organize your outfits for the week, reducing the amount of time you need to get ready each morning. It’s also a good place for keeping the clothes you plan on wearing more than once.
A bedside caddy might be a small accessory, but it packs a lot of storage potential – it’s perfect for keeping your tablet, phone, glasses, book, or TV remote, all organized in one, easy-to-access place. Replacing your nightstand with a side table or with a narrow desk might also be a good idea, particularly if you have a large family and occasionally need a quiet place to work from home.
Install up-to-the ceiling shelves above your bed’s headboard – it’s a space that never gets used, and you can display your jewelry collection or your favorite books in that area.
When it comes to children’s bedrooms, it’s important to have designated storage spaces for all their toys and other items. Under-the-bed storage boxes are great for the toys the children are using on the floor, such as building blocks, cars, trains, and so on.
Hanging mesh organizers are great for containing small toys and other knick-knacks cluttering your children’s rooms. A mesh hammock that you hang from the ceiling is a fun and creative way to store plush toys.
5. Rent Self-Storage
Renting self-storage can be necessary. Sometimes, regardless of how well-organized your home is, there just isn’t enough space for all your belongings. Living space is at a premium in Boston, after all, so it’s not surprising that many of its residents are lacking sufficient storage space at home. You can compensate with a self-storage unit where you can deposit some of your belongings.
A 10×10 storage unit in Boston rents for around $145 per month, and you can use it for your out-of-season clothing and footwear, sports equipment, holiday decorations, baby clothes, toys, and furniture, or any other items you don’t use on a daily basis, but you still need in the long term.
Taking the time to organize your belongings properly truly pays off – it makes cleaning and tidying up a lot easier and allows you and your family to enjoy your home more. If worse comes to worst, you can also utilize your attic’s storage space as well. It will be better to have things out of the main living area to keep your home’s uncluttered appearance.
Hopefully, you have found this guide for adding extra storage space for your house to be useful.
About the author: The above article on simple ways to add extra storage to your home was written by Maria Gatea. Maria is a creative writer for STORAGECafé with a background in journalism and communication. After covering business and finance-related topics as a freelance writer for fifteen years, she focuses on researching and writing about the self-storage industry.