Best Storage Ideas That Will Organize Your Entire House
The average person leads a hectic life. It seems there’s never adequate time to really get the house organized. Between full-time work (sometimes incorporating 2 or 3 jobs), part-time study and/or the rigors of child-rearing, it’s not surprising that so many homes slowly descend into chaos. A disorganized house isn’t one you’ll be happy to walk into. It weighs down on your psyche and sucks all the positive energy from you.
There are several things you can do to get your home organized but none is achievable if it isn’t underpinned by smart, efficient and practical storage. Here’s a look at storage ideas that can transform your home for the better.
1. Maximize Vertical Space
When you are thinking of storage space, it’s easy for your imagination to be constrained by the amount of floor space you have to work with. Unfortunately, you have plenty of things that compete for the floor including furniture and foot traffic. You can substantially grow the storage space you have if you begin to explore your vertical options.
Install vertical shelving units in your kid’s room for the toys, put up standalone shelves in the living room for your books or fix extra cabinets in your kitchen to accommodate food, pots and pans. Get a peg board on your kitchen wall to hang the cutlery.
Plastic containersare often seen as the magical answer to a kitchen’s storage needs. These plastic boxes certainly make it easier to separate different food items. However, many homes accumulate an excessive amount of containers over time. Many of the boxes remain unused and end up taking up precious storage space. Lids may get lost which makes the boxes less useful.
Like storage containers, some of the bowls and plates in your kitchen may be superfluous especially if they are not part of a uniform set (dish sets are easier to organize and store).
Overall, you are better off having a few containers even if they are larger than average. You can then use more versatile storage such as zip close bags, plastic wrap and tin foil all of which can be squeezed into tight spaces.
3. Divide Each Room into Storage Zones
One of the reasons homes get overrun by clutter is that it sometimes feels like too big a hassle to get something lying around back to where it belongs. You can reduce this headache by dividing each room in your home into storage zones.
When you designate a zone, determine the things that will be stored there. The items that go into the zone are those that will be most relevant for that part of the room and within easiest reach. For example, you could have one zone in the living room that’s dedicated to storing toys and another zone for the books and magazines.
The average home comprises a living room, kitchen, bathroom andone or more bedrooms. Each room is supposed to serve a certain function. That however doesn’t mean you have to stick to this function segregation by room when it comes to storage. There’s no value in getting one room’s storage overflowing with stuff while another room in the home remains relatively empty.
As a start, you can get plenty of storage space from the garage, basement and attic. But you can do so much more if you put your mind to it. For instance, nothing stops you from moving some of your kitchen cutlery to a shelf or cabinet in the living room.
If your house looks like an out-of-control mess, it’s perhaps reassuring to know that the situation doesn’t have to be hopeless or permanent. With these storage tips, you can make your home the clean, neat, roomy environment you’ve always wanted it to be.