Have you ever looked throughout your home and thought, “If there’s one thing that I could change about my house, it’s that I wish that I had more room”? Although a lot of us don’t have to money to build on some additional space, but when it comes to coming up with innovative ways to have more storage, there are other things that can be done.
Are you looking for ways to creative ways to create more storage space in your home? If so, check out these five recommendations.
Actually use the places that are for storage purposes. How many of us actually use our attics, basements, storage sheds and garages for the purpose of storing things? Usually, it’s because we have accumulated so much stuff (i.e., junk) over time that the things that actually need to be stored have no place to fit. If you’re a hoarder-in-denial, it’s probably going to take some doing, but set aside a couple of weekends to go through the stuff in those places and throw the things that you don’t need out. You’ll be amazed how quickly your storage problem can be resolved just in making this one move.
Give away some things. All of us have some shoes that we haven’t worn in two years (which means that we probably won’t be wearing them any time soon) or some books that we haven’t opened up, quite possibly, ever. It’s nice to think that we may get around to using these kinds of items, but in the meantime, all they’re doing is taking up space. We’ve all heard the saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Whether it’s a thrift store, yard sale and even making a donation to a homeless shelter, do yourself and someone in need a favor and give away what you haven’t used in the past 18-24 months.
Become good friends with the Container Store. Virtually every major city has a Container Store, which is great because it has a ton of different kinds of storage containers to suit basically any kind of packing need that you may have. Especially when it comes to rooms like your kitchen and your garage, try and purchase containers that you can stack on top of one another. That way, you don’t have 5 containers taking up space horizontally. Instead, you have a set that are lining up in a vertical position (if you don’t have a Container Store, Wal-Mart and Target have a variety of containers too!).
Be seasonal. For the most part, there are a set of clothes that we wear in the fall/winter and then another set that we wear in the spring/summer. Trying to cram all of them together in our closets and dresser drawers can be a bit overwhelming (and messy). Rubbermaid and Honey-Can-Do make some really cool portable moving containers, storage chests and closets for clothing that you can either place into your garage or up in your attic. This will give you more room to make some new seasonal clothing purchases (if you so choose).
Go through items twice a year. From your kitchenware and bathroom supplies, to you and your kids’ bedrooms, make the commitment to spend one weekend twice a year to go through each room and either trash or give away items that you are not using (ones that are out of sight out of mind). If after doing the once over, you’re still not sure, get some boxes to put the “not certain” items in and label them. If you haven’t pulled anything out of those boxes by the next time that you revisit that particular space, that’s your cue to let it go. Sometimes it’s hard to do, but just keep this in mind: “It’s hard to receive more in the future when you’re still clinging onto the past.” It’s OK. Make more space. Let it go.