How often do we lament that our homes just don’t have enough room for all our things? If only we had enough home storage. It can pose an especially big challenge when you’re limited by small spaces. Read our handy tips and imagine where you can make storage look downright decorative.
You only have so much footprint in your kitchen, so be sure to utilize your space to your best advantage. Need storage in your kitchen nook? Add a small sideboard or decorative barn door-style cabinet (one of its best qualities is its ability to hang on the wall or sit on the floor depending on your space).
Shelve It – Today’s farmhouse chic trend provides a multitude of choices in kitchen storage. From a cubby wall shelf to rustic shelving, to kitchen storage cabinets, they offer a fantastic way to turn empty wall space into cool storage space. Fill cubbies with mugs, canisters, cutting boards, folded linens, or bowls with fresh fruit. They provide a unique place to stay organized and highlight your favorite kitchen items. A handy storage basket or two looks perfect inside shelves and can be filled with all sorts of items that would otherwise make your space look cluttered.
Hang It – Free up cabinet space with the addition of a pot rack where you can hang pots and pans so that they are nearby. Wall space is a key ingredient for maximizing storage space. A pot rack expertly wrangles pots and pans right where you need them while freeing up much-needed cabinet space down below. Add extra space with a wall organizer or cubbies to hold decorative pieces.
Extend your bathroom storage capabilities with ingenious storage that is specifically designed just for the small, tight-knit spaces found in bathrooms. Instantly add shelves over the toilet bowl or tucked inside the corner of your shower. Even better, add an over-the-toilet cabinet. Utilize wall space with open shelving that looks decorative while keeping things tidy. Wrangle all those bathroom essentials with an ingenious organizing unit near the mirror.
Linens – Sort towels and washcloths like with like. Stack in sets (2 bath towels and washcloths per person and 4 hand towels) for easy use. Make a place that’s easy to access and has enough space for all your towels. Storing on open shelves can keep them organized, easy to grab and create more room for toiletries under the sink or in cabinets. Pro Tip: Rolled linens look good on an open shelf.
Toiletries – Keep items used every day in a convenient basket you can pull out from a drawer or cupboard. Put away to keep counters clean and clutter-free. Toiletries like make-up, lotion or moisturizer all make sense to place together. Pay attention to these items as age and time can compromise them and may need to be replaced before they are used up. Create a toiletries “pantry” for extras and duplicates (a garage shelf, closet or laundry room cupboard can work). Keep travel-size toiletries together in a tote. Pro Tip: Set some out with a towel set for overnight guests.
Stash It – Look at rattan storage trunks to add an element of style to your bedroom that also offers a place to store any extra linens, pillows and blankets. Changing seasons, multiple wardrobes and plenty of shoes are just a few reasons why storage chests are a natural in the bedroom. They look fantastic stacked next to a conversation chair and hide away out-of-season clothes and shoes and extra sets of sheets. One can even double as a clothes hamper.
Box It – Piles of mail, stacks of catalogs, greeting cards and letters – they can all be stored beautifully in decorative storage boxes right in plain sight. Another pretty option is to corral it all in a tower of
Living Room Storage
Any time you have furniture that serves double duty, then you earn bonus points for organizing. Stash extra blankets, out-of-season pillows, remote controls, electronics user manuals, and even game equipment when it is not in use.
Declutter It – Picking up and putting away should be a daily chore, but let’s be honest, life gets busy! Make a trip around the family room with a box and gather the “put-aways.” Clear all the surfaces of clutter. It’s amazing what a difference looking around and having a clean slate can make. Now sort and carefully select what to put back. Create groupings if you want to display items. Three is optimum. Some things will rotate seasonally. Make a room storage bin for the garage or a closet. Be sure to have a “donate” box ready.
Remember, a place for everything and everything has its place.