9 Innovative Ways To Make More Storage Space In Your Home
As more and more young people choose city life over the ho-hum of the suburbs, more and more of us need to figure out what to do with all of our stuff. As much as it might seem necessary to have twenty-five winter wool sweaters or ten years of copies of Rolling Stone, having limited space can usually translate into making hard choices about what to keep and what to toss. But the good news for those of us who like to hoard our precious belonging is that there are a lot of ways to create storage space that you may have never even considered. Below are ten innovative ways to create more storage space in your home. Choose the ones that work in your home and start implementing them today.
1. Boost your bed.There’s nothing new about storing stuff under the bed, but have you thought about boosting the height of your bed to make more room underneath it? It is very easy to do and can help you create space where there was none.
2. Look up to the ceiling. A lot of apartments and homes have rafters across the ceiling. You can sometimes figure out a way to add shelves up there and use the space for storage.
3. Make more of your cabinet space. In addition to the space inside your cabinets, there is usually empty space above the cabinets and below the ceiling. Use this space to store anything that will not look too sloppy up there.
4. Look in the footstool. Footstools and ottomans are often good places to stash some things. Many open up from the top, but have the openings and latches hidden so your guests will never know that they are resting their feet on top of your old valuables that you’re not willing to part with.
5. Throw some things away. One way to create more space? Get rid of the stuff taking up the space to begin with. Make the tough choices. Do you really need that bright yellow leather jacket you wore in the eighties? Didn’t think so.
6. Use a trunk as a coffee table. If you go to a vintage furniture store you are almost certain to find an old trunk of some kind. They come in all sorts of styles and sizes and make excellent coffee tables. They also provide easy, accessible storage space for everything from linens to your off-season wardrobe.
7. Add another closet rod. A lot of people forget that they can make their closets work better for them, instead just accepting the lay of the closet that they find when they move into the house. Add a second rod, so that you can maximize the hanging space. Install some shelves for accessories and shoes.
8. Hang a small cabinet in your bathroom. Many new homebuyers complain that their bathrooms do not have enough storage space. But bathroom storage can be very easy to install. You can buy a bathroom cabinet and install it yourself on the wall without much of a hassle. Just be careful that you don’t put anything too heavy in it and don’t hang it above the toilet!
9. Look under the stairs. Many staircases have empty spaces underneath them that can be used for storage of small items.
About the author: Marty Reardon is a writer for Next Door Self Storage. When Marty isn’t busy blogging or reviewing self storage locations, he likes to spend time with his family and simply relax as much as possible.
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