Look around your house, chances are if you’re the typical American you have a lot of stuff. We like to buy things, books, video games, linens, you name it we can find a need for it. But once we bring everything home we often run into a storage space issue. Our bookshelves, drawers, and cabinets are already full so we need to find creative ways to take back our storage space. There are two options for creating more storage – the easy way and the hard way. Easy projects are ones that can be done in a few hours or buy purchasing some new pieces; hard project might require a handyman or contractor depending on how comfortable you are with power tools.
Let’s start with the easier projects. Hanging floating shelves above dressers or low bookcases can provide lots of room, including unique storage boxes to allow for a variety of options provides good organization. Storage ottomans are great for living rooms and the foot of the bed to hold extra blankets or linens and double as comfortable places to sit. Consider roll-out storage bins for under the bed, they make provide extra storage for winter clothes. The toe-kick of your kitchen cabinets can be converted into pull-out drawers. Storage baskets on the top of kitchen cabinets provides space for things which are not often used. Keep the baskets the same pattern and size to provide a uniform look, this will help make them disappear visually and not look cluttered. In creating quick and easy storage remember to look up high – we often have a lot of space near the top of our walls that goes unused but makes great space for books, pictures, or nick-knacks.
Now onto the more complicated solutions. If you have unused space under the stairs put in a closet or open bookcase; if you add a closet consider an organizing system. Most homes typically provide access to your attic space but if the ladder makes you nervous or is hard to navigate, replace it with a better system so you can access all the extra square footage. Make sure the attic floor is properly covered with plywood as far as it can go.
You can build an elevated floor space with pull out drawers and use it as a platform bed. This is especially good for kid rooms where they can have access to toys but can be stored away easily if needed. If you have a blank wall in your kitchen you can have a can storage area built in within the existing studs. By moving cans from your pantry you open up more space for other household items. Lastly a custom headboard with built-in pull-out storage on each side provides additional bedroom storage. Lighting can be built-in to the front to provide flexible lighting options.
Depending on the size of your storage issue you may need to consult with a professional. Home organizers, interior designers, and architects can all help lay out a plan to find extra space in the house. And if all else fails consider a spring cleaning and call Goodwill!