We all accumulate stuff, and often that stuff seems to sit in piles around our living spaces. If you find yourself in need of organizational help, or are simply looking for additional storage tips, here are some storage ideas and places you may not have thought of to help you add space to your home.
Inside of Doors
The inside of a closet or cabinet door is an underutilized space and a great place for additional storage in a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. In a bedroom closet, you can hang a fabric shoe hanger to gather small items. Scarves, socks, and undergarments fit perfectly in the little pouches. In a bathroom closet, you can use the same type of hanger to store cotton balls and swabs, makeup, hair ties, and more. You can also purchase sturdy wire shelving for storing heavier items, like the tops of pots and pans, on the inside of a cabinet door in the kitchen.
Ledge Picture Shelves
Ledge shelves are made for displaying pictures. However, you can utilize these narrow shelves for storage as well. Put one in the kitchen, on the wall beneath your upper cabinets, and store salt, pepper, and other spices. Or try one above your bathroom sink for holding toiletries like toothbrushes, hair accessories, and more.
Rolling drawers, baskets, and containers are perfect for storage in a bedroom or living room.
Shallow rolling drawers can be slid under a couch or bed. You can also raise your bed with the use of risers, and slide larger bins underneath. In the bedroom, use these rolling drawers to store out-of-season clothing, or sheets and blankets. In a living room, you can use them to store games and toys.
Baskets and Covered Boxes
Baskets and covered boxes are great for decorative storage. They not only hold a variety of items, but they look great in the home as well. Check any home store and you'll find a plethora of storage baskets and boxes in any style you might be looking for. Baskets are perfect for firewood, newspapers and magazines, blankets, pillows, and more. Covered boxes are great for closed storage and can be stacked in an empty corner to add design interest.
Benches and Ottomans
Benches and ottomans are great for putting up your feet and for additional seating. Buy a hollow storage bench or ottoman, and you have an instant hideaway for living room clutter. Use a storage bench or ottoman to store blankets, pillows, toys, blocks, and more. The list is endless.
Hooks and Bars
Adding hooks and bars to rooms in your home gives you an extra spot to hang items that you use often. Towel bars are perfect in the bathroom, but can also be placed on the end of an island to hold kitchen towels or a roll of paper towels. Hooks can be placed on a mudroom wall, twelve inches above the floor, for hanging shoes.
It seems that kitchen benches are making a come back. They are certainly a great way to add additional seating at the table. However, they can also be a great way to build in some extra storage space.
If you have the space, a built-in kitchen bench is perfect for storing items that don't get used often. If you don't have a place for a built-in bench and table, consider purchasing a long and narrow separate bench that has storage underneath.
Under the Stairs
The space under the stairs is often an awkward and unused space. But if you aren't using this space, you are missing a great opportunity. If you have the time and energy, this space is a great place to add a built-in bookcase or even a closet. If you are short on time, measure your space and add a premade bookcase or storage unit. Lastly, you can add shelves to the walls and top with baskets or covered boxes. If you implement one or more of the sneaky storage ideas above, you'll be well on your way to organizing your space and reducing clutter.
Ruth LovettSmith is a writer, artist, and designer with a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has a passion for creating and sharing, and loves to get her hands dirty. She often writes articles on art and design, writing and blogging, parenting, gardening, food allergies, and healthy living. She also works as a graphic designer creating logos, media kits, invitations, cards, and more. She shares her writing, blogging, art, and design tips (in addition to her crazy life stories) on her blog&nbsp;RuthLovettSmith.com.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
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