An excellent contributed post on thinking about your spaces creatively.
If you have too much stuff and what seems like too little space in your home, it can seem pointless even trying to organize your things, but if you give up without even trying, things are never going to improve, and anyway, almost all of us either have more space than we think or the means of creating it, to better organize our stuff.
If you’re still not convinced, here are a few ingenious ways to maximize your storage space:
Stack It Up
If you’re struggling to organize your wardrobe because you have too much stuff and too little closet space, and that makes it difficult for you to quickly put together the perfect outfit each morning, you need to start stacking. Buy several modular pieces, such as shelving units, hanging rails, baskets, and drawers and configure them inside your closet so that every inch of space is being used, but being used effectively, with everything easily findable and ideally on view.
Install an Outbuilding
If you have a backyard, then you have an abundance of storage space available to you. All you need to do is invest in a shed, or even better one of the steel buildings from http://armstrongsteel.com/ and you will have several square feet of storage space immediately available to you. Sure, you’ll have to spend a little, but the cost of installing a new outbuilding is likely to dwarf more expensive solutions like hiring a storage unit for several years, or moving to a bigger home to house your clutter, so it really is worthwhile.
On Top of the Cupboards
If it’s the kitchen you’re struggling to organize, because there just isn’t enough space for all of your many mugs, essential pans and herb plants, consider the space above your cupboards and below the ceiling. This is space that most of us leave empty, but which can be utilized to better organize and store out things, easily in view, so finding it is easier than ever. Obviously, in order to reach this space, you’ll need to invest in a foldable step-ladder, but this can easily be kept behind the door or in another discrete nook where it won’t take up very much space at all.
Hanging hooks like the ones at http://www.homedepot.com/ are a huge game changer in the home organization stakes. They can massively maximize the amount of storage space available to you because you can install them literally anywhere – on the backs of doors – under cupboards and shelves, on the walls and anywhere else you can think of, allowing you to hang your stuff from anywhere that’s convenient.
Under the Bed
Why not ditch your regular bed base and either buy or construct your own shelving unit bed? These are beds which actually provide nooks and crannies where you can store your excess clothing or bedding in plastic boxes, baskets or even vacuum packed storage bags.
As you can see, a (perceived) lack of storage is really no excuse for not organizing your home. All it takes is a bit of creative thinking and a few modifications to make your home more spacious and organized than ever before.