With the economy being where it is, a lot of people are looking to smaller houses, patio homes, or condos for their living needs. Combined with the eventual downsizing that occurs for many empty-nesters (if only you could send all of their stuff to college with them!) small-space living is on the rise. Of course, this presents a storage challenge as many of these types of homes have closets proportionate to the size of the space itself. Read: SMALL!! So where do you store everything you need?Aside from the obvious storage space, which can be expensive and inconvenient (and who knows what kinds of critters are getting into your stuff– shudder!) there are many other unexpected areas that you can use for storage.
1) Doors– both sides of the doors are great for storing goods. Use hooks on the inside of your closet door to hold bulky robes or jackets, a wire rack on the inside of your pantry door for spices, or an over-door rack for shoes. Many home decorating stores offer wire racks as well as cloth organizers with pockets; we like the ones with clear pockets so you can easily see where each pair of shoes resides. These are also useful for storing toiletries in the bathroom, undergarments, or even craft supplies.
2) Corners– Corners are perhaps one of the most over-looked areas for storage. There are many cabinets and shelving units built specifically to fit into corners and still offer enough space for anything from china to extra linens to photo albums.
3) Walls– The vertical space your walls offer is incredible. From bookshelves to hooks to floating shelves or boxes, your walls are prime real estate for storage. Bookshelves or cabinets are great for storing just about anything and come in a variety of finishes and styles. To avoid the bulkiness of the traditional bookcase, consider getting tall, slim bookshelves and try squeezing them between a window and wall. Floating shelves have a somewhat contemporary look to them and are great for storing books or used a decorative piece. If you are putting heavy objects, such as books, on a floating shelf, be sure it is weight-bearing and attached to the wall with sufficient support.
4) Ceilings– Many people don’t even think of the ceiling as a storage option, but behold!
There a several different styles of ceiling-mounted storage options for bulky items such as bicycles. Easy to use, these systems consist of a pulley system that allows you to lift your bike up to the ceiling and back down to ground easily and without having to use a ladder!
We hope this blog has made you think of using different types of spaces for storage and leads to more organized life! If you would like help getting organized, please feel free to call Closet Factory at (303) 690-6901 for a free in-home consultation! One of our highly trained designers will design a custom unit for you and your needs!
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