Having an adequate amount of storage space is a struggle most homeowners have. Even when you have enough closets and cabinets, there always seem to be additional odds and ends that don’t really seem to belong anywhere. The resulting clutter can be frustrating and often causes spaces like unorganized junk drawers or a desk that becomes a clutter catch-all for things that don’t have anywhere to go.
There are ways to get around some of this clutter though. You are probably already familiar with some of the spaces where you can store odds and ends, but there may be a few options you haven’t considered yet. Here are a few more areas that you might consider to help declutter your home and find a place for everything.
Over, Under, Behind…
When you look in your closets and cabinets and see the clutter there, you might actually be missing one possible solution to your problem. Often times, there is space around the clutter that is fairly easy to take advantage of, provided you recognize it for what it is. Instead of focusing on what’s on the shelves in your existing storage area, start looking over, under, and behind those areas. Options may include:
- Hang a shoe holder on the back of a closet door and place various small items into its pockets to better organize the space
- Install under-cabinet hardware to mount can openers, paper towels, sliding drawers, or even things like your microwave to clear counter space
- Place hooks on the back of cabinet doors or cabinet walls to hold measuring cups or other small items, organizing them for easy access
- Add shelves, or an over the toilet rack to your bathroom to hold towels, soaps, makeup, and other items that might otherwise sit around your sink on the counter
- Install hooks near entrances, in bathrooms, the laundry room and other locations where you might need to hang up a coat, towel, or other items
There are a lot of other options available as well, and you can find a wide range of racks, storage solutions, and modular shelving kits that will help you take advantage of this otherwise unused space.
Making More Storage
If you need a bit more storage than a bin or a shoe rack can provide, there are a few slightly larger projects that can give you a lot more space for your odds and ends. While a few of these require a bit of construction, others focus on replacing some furniture pieces to make them more functional. A few of these projects include:
- Make better use of space under beds by adding a bed frame with built in drawers that slide out for easy access
- Install a shelving system in your attic or garage and use it to hold storage bins, organizing the contents of each bin and labeling them for easy reference
- Add a small set of shelves to your broom closet, laundry room or other out of the way area, cutting out an area between studs so that you can add recessed shelving if necessary
- Replace ottomans, nightstands, coffee tables, or other furniture pieces that are purely decorative and opt for versions with more storage options
Depending on the layout of your home, there may be other options available to you as well. If you do a lot outdoors, a shed might provide more appropriate storage space for you to get the things you use regularly out of the house and where you actually need them.
Organization can be tricky so don’t be afraid to bring in a pro to help. Whether you need a referral for a professional organizer to help you utilize the space you already have, or a handyman to help you build a new storage functional piece for or in your home, we have the contacts you need. Feel free to reach out at anytime as we love being your real estate resource for life.