Find the perfect solution for all your belongings, big or small, that have yet to have their own space. There are ways of storing your things without overwhelming or annoying you. The following storage ideas are practical and pretty, no wonder they’re so popular.
- Decorative hampers and crates: Rustic decor has been having a ‘moment’ for a while now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. Leverage the trend to your advantage by using stylish elements like natural hampers, cozy baskets and industrial concrete crates to store everything from quilts and throws in your living room, to socks in your closet and umbrellas in your foyer.
- Storage packing furniture: Furniture is an excellent and unexpected place to store items, without compromising on space or style. Some of the easiest pieces to introduce storage in your furniture are coffee tables that double as benches, ottomans, sofas are perfect for that too. If you don’t want to replace any of your existing furniture, get creative by finding space underneath your bed, above your closet rods or even in your balcony furniture.
- Get hooked: Fact – the backs of doors were made to offer storage. If you’re not using the back of your front door or bedroom door to hang coats, scarves and handbags, you’re unnecessarily complicating your life. Don’t stop there – install hooks, rods and art-like hangers on the back of your kitchen door to hang pans and cookware, and the back of your bathroom door to keep towels and bathrobes off the floor and right where you need them.
- Defy gravity: In the kitchen and bathroom, utilize the bottom of shelves to store products such as spices and face creams. This is done by simply taping a magnetic strip on the bottom side of the shelf, then gluing a simple magnet to the tops of the containers you want to store. Whenever needed, simply reach for them and return them to their ingenious spot. Easy peasy.
- Keep it where you need it: You’d be surprised how much confusion is caused by keeping items anywhere that is not the location of their intended use. For example, instead of wasting space under your sink to store trash bags, keep the roll exactly where you’ll need it – at the bottom of the trash bin. When taking the trash out, simply remove the old bag and place a new bag on top of the roll.
- Keep the junk in your trunk: If you often perform activities that require the use of the same equipment, consider just leaving that equipment in your car’s trunk. This means your snowboard, tennis racket, golf clubs and yoga mat don’t really ever need to see the inside of your home. There, you just saved space, and you saved yourself the trouble of schlepping gear to and from your car.
- Secretly store your clothes: Putting away your summer clothes every year is not only a hassle, it’s a serious space guzzler. To make the most out of this yearly chore and keep it from overwhelming your closet, get a little creative. You can use the clothes to fill a decorative ottoman, which keeps everything secure and protects the environment from other potentially harmful filling materials. Once summer rolls back around, you might have to do a bit of ironing – a small price to pay for months of convenient storage.
Even if you implement only half of these tips, you’re looking at freeing up some serious space in your home. Soak it in: Feels nice, doesn’t it? Take your time before rushing to fill up all that free space with more things, or you’ll find yourself in front of the real estate section.