Keeping clutter to a minimum can be hard when you have a home; whether you have kids, pets, or just tend to accumulate a lot of belongings over time. Of course, one way to reduce is to de-clutter, but if you’ve already taken that step or aren’t looking to lessen the amount you have just yet, you still need a place to put everything.
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If you think you’ve run out of storage space or are maybe living in a smaller space with little room for storage to begin with, there are definitely ways to make the most out of your space. Look to your walls – vertical storage space is all around you! There’s most likely some wall space you could use with the right storage organizer to help keep clutter off the ground or in piles.
Here are some tips and tricks for each room of the house.
Empty corners in living rooms are perfect spaces for corner shelving, and you can always find a shelf narrow enough to fit in between other furniture. Even if your living space is quite small, there are solutions to every problem.
Kitchens can be tricky, because often there are cabinets that take up most of the wall space and are tough to work around. If you’ve got space under a kitchen window for a shelf, find one that’s narrow enough to fit but can still hold items like spices. Some have a bit of wall space above their stoves or sinks, and you can hang a magnetic strip here for knives and other metal utensils, or hang S hooks and keep smaller pots and pans there for easy access. You could also utilize the narrow space next to your fridge or at the end of your counters with narrow rolling shelving or a narrow bar cart – perfect for stashing cooking tools, jars, or other pantry items.
The trick with an organised garage is to keep as much as possible off the floor. Pegboards are a great way to hang up items on the wall, like sports equipment and bikes, gardening tools, and power tools. You can also install heavy-duty garage shelving for storage space, which is ideal for heavier or bulkier items that can’t be hung up on walls.
Bedrooms without built-in wardrobes can seem like a storage nightmare, but there are plenty of solutions. You can build your own wardrobe unit against an unused wall if you’ve got the space, attach a rod for room to hang clothing and hanging storage organizers for items like hats, purses, and shoes to help keep things off the floor. There are over-the-door storage options as well, including a mirror that opens up to reveal storage hooks. You can also use pegboards in your bedroom as a nifty way of storing items like jewelry, purses, and scarves.
The bathroom might also seem like a tricky room to maximize storage space because they tend to be rather small, but there are special shelving options that are built for awkward spaces. Over the toilet shelving is a great place to keep toiletries and small towels, and you can keep it looking clean and organised by using cute boxes and baskets. There’s space in your shower for vertical storage too, like caddies that hang over your showerhead and vertical tension rods with built-in wire storage baskets.