Sometimes clutter and disorganization can occur from a lack of space. Now, I am quick to point out that owning too many “things” can also contribute but for those working with limited storage space, let’s talk about creative solutions.
Before you take a look at how to store things in your home (remember the adage: a place for everything and everything in it’s place) make sure you aren’t holding on to items that you don’t need. Finding storage for the things you do need is enough of a challenge!
~I love double duty storage. By this I mean furniture that doubles as storage. There are great storage ottomans, benches, even coffee tables that open up to reveal hidden storage areas. This is a fabulous way to make a small space seem larger.
~I also like hooks. If at all possible, keeping things off the floor helps eliminate the feel of clutter in your home. There are many attractive yet durable hooks to hold coats, leashes, purses, etc and keep those things from ending up laying around.
~The concept of hanging things up can also be carried into the kitchen and bathroom. Hanging utensils, pot racks, etc can free up valuable drawer and cupboard space. Caddies for your curling iron and hair dryer are available for the wall to (again) free up space in your bathroom vanity. I also have a hanging shoe holder in our hall closet to hold gloves, scarves and hats. In the summer time, when those items are packed away, it holds sunscreen, bug spray and sunglasses.
~Another favorite of mine is using dressers. They make great storage because you can make them look like a piece of furniture that belongs in a room, and not just a bedroom. I get dressers from thrift stores, paint or refinish them and use them for all types of storage in our home. I have a dresser in the laundry room for out of season clothes, a dresser in the family room that holds my scrapbooking supplies and a dresser in my office that holds my craft supplies and fabric.
~Shelves are important too. Just like dressers, shelves can be painted to be attractive and match almost any décor. Then you can use baskets, boxes, etc. to hold whatever type of item you need.
What are some of your tried and true storage methods?
Posted by Melissa of Multitasking Mama