Ways to maximize your home’s storage space
Storage space is at a premium in most homes; after all, have you ever heard anyone complain of having too many closets? The following tips mayl help you think outside the closets to maximize your home’s storage space!
- Declutter and donate
Oftentimes, the best way to maximize storage space is by decluttering the things you already have. This tip is especially useful for overflowing closets or cabinets that open with a tidal wave of Tupperware. Donating as little as a few bags of clothes can make a major impact in the amount of storage available, as well as make it easier to create new storage solutions in your existing space.
- Prioritize your prime real estate
“This is defined by the space in between your knees and your shoulders” says Lisa Zaslow of Gotham Organizers. Keep the things that you use most frequently – or the things you would like to use more – in this space. Prime real estate storage areas include upper kitchen cabinets, medicine cabinets, and closet hanging racks.
- Utilize dead space
Many areas in our homes have dead space that is underutilized. The area under the bed, for example, is rarely used for more than collecting dust bunnies. Instead, find a bed with built in storage or create your own using sliding drawers, tubs, or baskets; utilizing this space can create as much as 23 cubic feet of storage.
- Invest in items that do double duty
If space is an issue, find pieces that can do double duty. Ottomans with interior storage space, window seats that can store pillows and blankets inside, and desks that fold down into murphy beds are just a few examples of pieces that serve more than one purpose.
- Create your own built-in shelves
As most interior walls are hollow, there may be hidden storage space behind them. Finding the space between studs can allow you to create niches and shelves. A full chest of drawers can even be installed in a knee wall. However, take care when opening up walls as plumbing or electrical may be behind them!