Ways to Maximize Storage in Your Home (On a Budget)!
Updated: Aug 2, 2022
Simple ways to take advantage of the storage space in your home.
I have yet to meet a client that didn't have a self-proclaimed storage issue. Now this isn't to diminish the fact that there truly are poorly constructed spaces that can make homeowner's scratch their heads when trying to figure out where to place their items. However, in my experience of helping client's address their clutter and home organizing issues, lack of space typically isn't the major issue or an issue at all.
Chances are, there's prime storage real estate that you're missing out on in your home. And with all the innovative organizing products out there created just for your home organizing needs, you're sure to find solutions that work best for your space.
Utilize vertical space!
When in doubt, think up! Using vertical space not only saves you precious floor space, but it also opens up a space and makes it look more tidy. And we all want our homes to look as least cluttered as possible, right? I know!
Reducing the clutter can be the absolute bane of our existence, but we'll tackle that in other article....back to vertical space!
If you've ever lived in or visited a small home or apartment with high ceilings, you get what I mean. All that space up there creates the illusion that the home is much larger and more open than it may actually be. The concept is similar with taking advantage of those higher areas in your home. And what's even more exciting is there's tons of products that eliminate you having to think about where to start or what to do. From shelving units to stackable bins, the options are endless.
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A tip to remember when considering what items may be great to store in a vertical organizing product, look for the things around the home that tend to clutter flat surfaces like coffee/end tables and countertops. For one client, I opted for tiered baskets as a solution for her fruits and veggies that were cluttering her kitchen countertops. It was simple to assemble and install and while we chose to place it on an inside wall of her walk-in pantry, it's definitely cute enough to be out in the open where it would be often seen.
Use the back of doors
This one definitely can also fit in the category for vertical space, but it's still very much a category of it's own. I want you to take a moment and count how many interior doors you have in your home. There's pantry doors, bedroom doors, bathroom doors, closet doors, and so much more. That's a lot more space than I bet you thought you had. And if we really want to get technical, we could also count the cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms. They are doors, they have backs, and there's plenty of products geared specifically for them! Every square inch counts, especially if you live in a small home. You've really got to get creative with identifying new potential storage areas for your home. I think you'll be impressed with the difference it can make!
If you need a little visual inspiration, you can get some ideas here in this video by Clean My Space.
Invest in furniture with built-in storage
This one is my personal favorite. If you're like me and don't like seeing too much stuff out in the open, you'll appreciate this! On the other hand, if you're the type that hides clutter just so you don't have to look at it, this for sure isn't the best option for you as these items will be out of sight and out of mind or the furniture may end up being a dumping site for the things you simply don't need or can't find a place for. Which ends up being a bigger problem down the road. Trust me on this one, know thyself!
But anyway, furniture with built-in storage is a win-win in my book. It's well worth your investment because it serves a dual purpose. Don't get me wrong, aesthetics is important, but I truly believe that functionality is of equal importance. Cute and having no purpose just doesn't do it for me.