** A portion of this article was previously published on Examiner.
If you’re like most people, you struggle to find the space to store all your belongings. If you live in an apartment or small home (as over half the population does), your storage situation is likely to be pretty bleak. You may even be accustomed to living without much storage space at all. We’re about to change that with these storage solutions for small spaces!
Regardless of the size of your home, you can maximize the space you have and create attractive and simple storage solutions to hold excess items. With a little creativity, you can gain extra storage space in some very unexpected places. Say goodbye to those personal items you have crammed under tables, hidden behind living room furniture, and stuffed into drawers. All that clutter is just making your space appear even smaller. Which brings us to our first tip…
Storage solutions for small spaces – Control the clutter
The first step in learning how to maximize any space is clutter control. You can’t maximize your space if you don’t toss out some of the excess. Spend a few hours organizing, placing all the clutter in two separate piles. Pile One should hold the items that you use frequently, while Pile Two should hold any item that you haven’t used in three months. Believe it or not, you’ll find you have a pretty large pile of unused items. The good news is that EVERYTHING in the three month pile can safely be put out of sight. If you haven’t used it in a three month period of time, it’s obviously not something you use often. All the items in Pile One can be distributed to unique storage solutions, such as:
Wicker baskets – Wicker baskets are great for holding frequently sought after items such as magazines, books, photo albums, etc. Fill the wicker baskets and place them underneath end tables or coffee tables in the living room. Slide them under the bed, or place them atop a desk. The clutter is now organized, and it looks decorative too!
Double-duty furniture – Double duty furniture is a great small space storage solution. It’s furniture that is functional for more than one purpose. A few examples of double-duty furniture includes ottomans, hope chests, and benches that lift up and store items inside. Use these pieces to tuck away things that clutter your space and make a room appear smaller.
Cabinet storage – There are many different ways to maximize cabinet space in the kitchen. Built-in spice racks, roll out trays, and a rotating Lazy Susan are just a few examples of items that can be placed inside your cabinets to gain space. Read more about Space Saving Cabinet Accessories.
Storage solutions for small spaces – Creative storage
By implementing creative storage containers, you can add visual interest to a room AND have a place to store regularly used items out of sight. Some of ideas for creative storage containers include hat boxes, vintage tins, metal plant pots, wooden crates, antique chests or trunks, and so on. When guests see the creative storage containers, they’ll notice the decorative touch and not the clutter hidden inside.
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