Whether you realize it or not, you have many untapped storage solutions in your home.
Some of those solutions come from overlooked or underused spaces. Other solutions can be found in common items you already have on hand.
Think your storage space is already maxed out? You may need to reevaluate after checking out these tips:
The first (and cheap) option is to nab a set of bed risers during back-to-college sales. More clearance equals more storage space.The second option is to invest in a storage bed. These beds eliminate the need for a box spring AND maximize every inch of storage space. If you have a bedroom reno or refresh in the works, consider making the switch.
In the kitchen try:
Mounting pot lids using dowel rods or command hooks
Using hooks to hang measuring spoons and cups
Putting up cork to hold unit conversions, weekly recipes, coupons or receipts
Using spice racks to store spices, seasoning packets, dry mixes and other small pantry items
In a closet try:
DIYing shallow shelves
Mounting multiple hooks to hold extra purses, totes and backpacks
Using basket and rail systems typically used in pantries for everything from clothes to hobby items
Between the Studs
Already planning to open up a wall for another project? That’s the perfect time to install DIY built-in-shelves.
To save money, go for a decent plywood and paint it. Once you’ve finished it with wood filler, caulk and paint, no one will know it’s not wood under there.
Even if you don’t heat or cool your garage, an energy efficient door will help keep your costs down and your garage at more reasonable temperatures.
Bookshelves are slim but mighty, allowing them to fit spaces that may be too small for cabinets. Try tucking a bookshelf in your bathroom or hallway to serve as a linen closet or put one in the kitchen to serve as a makeshift pantry.
Leave boxes designated for the garage or attic as is, but consider gussying up boxes that will be on display. Buy cute fabric or use wrapping or craft paper to beautify storage boxes.
At minimum you need to thoroughly clean empty cans and jars and make sure to cover sharp metal edges. Or you can go the extra mile and remove labels and add paint, paper or labels to pretty them up.
You can mount jars underneath shelves with screws or hang cans on the wall. Use them to store pencils, craft supplies, screws and nails, spices or any other small items you need to store.
Junk Drawer Items and Scraps
Hang on to leftovers from your own projects or ask friends and neighbors for their scrap pieces. Ask local stores if they give away or sell scraps or old pallets.
So what’s the verdict? Have you found new ways to make your space work for you?