Space is at a premium in the home these days. Properties are getting ever smaller and as time goes by we gather more and more possessions that need to be stored. The problem of where to put all those knick-knacks can be solved by finding smart storage solutions. Even the smallest home will have enough space to store everything if you use these clever ideas to unlock all the extra storage space in your rooms. From maximizing your closet area to using up all the nooks and crannies in your living area, you will be amazed at how much you can fit into your home once you start looking.
1. Use Your Wall Space
Your walls take up a lot of space in your home, and if you are leaving them bare, you are wasting the perfect opportunity for storage. It is easy to find shelving that extends all the way from the floor to the ceiling and stretches from wall to wall. You may worry that wall-to-wall shelving may look ugly, but that need not be the case. Why hide away all your books, photographs and storage boxes when they can all become part of your personalized decor? Buy some attractive storage boxes and put them on shelves, display all your books proudly and put out your photographs on your stylish new shelving units. The key is to avoid clutter by going for a streamlined approach. Fill your shelving loosely and it will make your room look great.
2. Shoe Stacking
Leaving your shoes lying on the floor of your closet is such a waste of space, and makes it difficult to find what you’re looking for. If you are fed up of digging around for a matching pair, why not consider opting for a vertical shoe stacker? You can find either shoe shelving systems which stretch from ceiling to floor, or for a cheaper solution, you could choose a hanging canvas shoe stacker, which can hang in a closet. Cut back on clutter and always find the shoes you’re searching for.
3. Vacuum Pack Your Clothing
The value of vacuum packing cannot be underestimated. You can buy special plastic packing bags in which you can place items and then suck out extra air using a vacuum cleaner. The result is a small package which can easily be stored in an attic, basement or even under the bed. During the winter season, take all your summer garments out of your wardrobe, place them in vacuum compression bags and hide them away until spring when you can repeat with your winter wardrobe.
4. Bed Storage Compartments
You can easily find beds, which have hidden storage compartments. Much easier and tidier than simply stuffing everything under the bed, you can find bedsteads that have hidden drawers underneath for storing bedding, towels and even clothes.
5. Pulley Systems
You may have thought about maximizing your floor space, but there’s lots of space on your ceiling too. Install a pulley system in your garage or shed and store garden equipment where you won’t always be tripping over it.
6. Clever Furniture Solutions
If space is tight, find clever furnishing solutions that can fold or stack away when not in use. Extending and foldable tables can save room in your kitchen or dining room while stacking occasional tables can hide away in a corner of your living room until needed.
7. Kitchen Hanging Racks
Never put your pots and pans in a drawer again when you buy a hanging rack for your kitchen. Not only will it save you a ton of drawer space but it looks stylish and professional too.
8. Invest in a Robot Cleaner
Get rid of your bulky traditional vacuum cleaner and get a mini robotic cleaner instead. These tiny round gadgets can be stored in even the smallest space and can be controlled remotely. Much easier than hoovering your home!
9. Free Up Your Hallway
Your hallway is often a wasted storage space; however, you can free up extra room by adding a storage ottoman, a shoe rack and coat hooks to save on space elsewhere in your home.
10. Ditch the Knife Block
The knife block is so outdated and takes up lots of room on your kitchen bench. Instead, use a magnetic rack to hold your knives, saving space and looking stylish at the same time.
11. Fill the Gaps
If you have cupboards and wardrobes that do not reach all the way to the ceiling, fill the gaps with storage boxes packed with odds and ends, shoes, books and photographs. The perfect storage solution.
12. Find Attractive Hooks
Use up all your wall space by hanging your favorite accessories like scarves, hats and jewelry, which will save on drawer space. Find pretty hooks and make it a decor feature in your home.