If you’re like most people, you struggle to find the space to store all your belongings. This is especially true if you live in an apartment or small home. With a little imagination and creativity, there are things you can do to maximize storage space in even the smallest living quarters. Here’s how.
A common problem…
Living in a small space presents one common problem - clutter. With little storage room available, it’s not uncommon to find yourself buried in it! With a little creativity, though, you can gain extra storage space in some unexpected places and say goodbye to clutter for good. After all, all that clutter is just making your space appear even smaller than it actually is.
Clear out the clutter! - Don’t know where to start? Here’s a no-fail way to clear out the clutter and maximize storage space. Separate clutter and place it in two piles. Pile One should hold the items that you use frequently. This pile will likely include things like shoes, books, papers, music CD’s, DVD’s, etc. Pile Two will be for 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.
Storage options for ‘Pile One’ – Keep all the items from Pile neatly organized and stored with any of these options:
Wicker baskets - Wicker baskets are great for holding frequently used 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 includes items such as ottomans, hope chests, and benches that lift up and store items inside. The furniture is functional for more than one purpose; hence the name.
Unexpected storage – Implement unusual items in your home for fun storage options. Hat boxes, vintage tins, metal plant pots, wooden crates, and other pretty vessels, can be used to decorate a room while adding storage. When you place your items in these decorative vessels, people notice them and not the clutter. Check out our entire list of completely unique storage ideas for every room.
Once everything is in order, you’ll be amazed at how much larger your small living space will appear. A regular cleaning routine will help keep things organized and in place. Be sure to read our ‘Secrets to make a small room feel bigger’.