One of the top complaints of homeowners and renters alike is that they don’t have enough storage space where they live. When you live in a small space, it is especially important to make the most of what you have. Here are some suggestions to help you do that.
- If your closet space is lacking, try using the walls in creative ways to create additional storage. One idea is to attach small sections of crown molding to the walls and use them to hang high-heeled shoes. The heels can hook over the top of the crown molding. Hang several pieces one under the other for easy shoe storage that will leave your closet floor free for other things.
- Another idea for your closet walls is to hang a corkboard there and use it to hang ties, scarves, hats, and other small objects. The benefit of doing this is that it gives you additional space to hang clothes if you’ve been using hangers for those things.
- Use wonder hangers. These are hangers that allow you to hang multiple items as you normally would. However, they then collapse so that you have only one hanger on the rod and your clothes in tiers underneath it. They can be a huge space-saver if you have tight closet space.
- Are you always wishing you had more space under the sink in your bathroom? You can create some by installing small hooks at the top of the compartment and hanging baskets from them. Doing this essentially doubles your storage space while keeping everything neat and organized.
- Make use of the space under your bed for seasonal clothes and linens. If you live in a climate that has four distinct seasons, you probably have things like flannel sheets and sweaters that you don’t use year round. When it’s time to put those things away, place them in vacuum-sealed storage bags. The bags compress the items so they fit into small spaces, and you can store all of your bulkiest items under the beds in your home without taking up any closet space or putting items into big boxes.
- If you have the inclination and the wherewithal to do it, try elevating your washer and dryer and putting a shelf underneath them where you can store laundry baskets. You can even have separate baskets for whites and colors to make things easier on laundry day. It’s also a good idea to put in shelving or some other storage over the washer and dryer so you can keep your detergent and fabric softener there.
- Don’t have a separate linen closet? Try attaching a vertical wine rack to a wall in the bathroom, rolling your towels, and stacking them there. It keeps the towels neat and accessible.
- Most kitchens don’t have nearly enough counter space. To keep your cookbooks handy, bolt a wire basket (or two) to the kitchen wall and stack your cookbooks there. They’ll be handy when you need them without taking up any of your valuable prep space.
- Use magazine racks under the sink to store plastic wrap, cleaning products, and other things that clutter up the kitchen. You can stack several side by side to make the most of your space.
- People who love to cook often have a large collection of spices. You can free up valuable cabinet space by putting your spices in jars with metal lids and hanging them from a magnetic strip under your cabinets.
These ideas are just a few suggestions to get you started. Don’t be afraid to get creative with storage ideas. Oftentimes, everyday objects can be repurposed to help you make the most of what you have.