Are you in dire need of more space to store your stuff?
If so, you are among millions of American’s. In fact, about half of all home improvement projects are focused on expanding storage space. Even with the awesome ratings of KB Homes in Tampa, there is something you may not realize: you don’t need to remodel your home to get your items more organized.
Below are some tips to finding more space for your stuff in your home.
1. LOOK ABOVE
Above Doors: Putting some sturdy shelves above a door frame, or overhead of a walking area is a great out-of-the-way solution for storage. This is a simple project that even beginners can hone down on.
Your Higher Cabinets: Another little treasure of space is that area above your kitchen cabinets, if you happen to have some that do not extend all the way to the ceiling. Simply make or buy a set of baskets or containers to slide on top. You’ll want to make sure they are easy to clean, especially if they are near your stove.
Up Your Wall: When there’s no more space to utilize anywhere on your floor, try making use of your walls. Install shelves on your walls, like the area adjacent to your stairs. Even using sturdy hooks for packs and other items can free up space on your floor.
Try a Ladder: Reuse a vintage ladder as a shoe rack, towel holder or even planter caddies. This is a fun trent right now to up-cycle.
2. SEARCH UNDERNEATH
Your Bed: Most beds have several inches of space between the floor and box spring. Maybe you have a crop of dust bunnies that live and grow there, but you can kick them out and use this area for storage. Many containers are built specifically for under bed storage. Find a style that has wheels mounted on the bottom for an easy pull-out access.
Your Lower Cabinets: You can maximize the unused space below your kitchen cabinets by putting in some shallow drawers instead of toe kicks.
Your Window or Banquet Seat: Perhaps you have plans for a window or banquet seat in your dining or living room. If so, include a little storage niche from a pull out or pull up top.
3. HIDE INSIDE
Your Closet or Pantry: Try customizing your existing storage space to be even more functional with shelving that fits your needs. Determine what you want to store in that area and plan out the shelving and containers to fit. Your master bedroom closet can include his and her zones for streamlining your evening and morning routines.
Your Kitchen Island: If you have a kitchen island, you know it’s a great surface for preparing food and serving. However, you can maximize its usefulness by arranging for storage drawers and shelving on the inside of your island.
Your Ottoman or Coffee table: Why not kill two birds with one stone and get an ottoman or coffee table that opens up for storage? You can even re-purpose an old suitcase or trunk for just such a fuction. Store your blankets, magazines, books or any treasures inside while still having use of the outside.
4. STORE BEHIND
Your Sofa: A great idea for families with small kids is a behind-the-couch storage console or sofa table. You can keep you remotes, books and magazine close while keeping them out of the hands or your toddlers.
Your Door: Behind or on the back of a door, whether a cabinet door or room door, is perfect for hanging an organizer for shoes or socks, make-up, spice rack, and seasoning packets to name a few
5. STASH IN-BETWEEN
Your Washer and Dryer: Still, another space you can utilize is the space in-between or on either side of you washer and dryer. A little slider or roll out caddy can hold your detergents, fabric softener sheets or other items needed in your laundry room.
Your Refrigerator and Wall: A rolling slide out pantry on the side of your fridge may be one of the most ingenious solutions of all. Usually just the right size for canned food, you can store them in-between your fridge and wall with efficiency and flair.