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5 Space Saving, Storage Making Ideas for Your Home

It seems to be a fact of life that no matter how big our living spaces, our possessions expand to fill it. Knowing how to maximise your storage areas, and find underused places around the house, is the trick to controlling your space and your possessions.

Here are five ways to make the most of what you probably already have:

1. Finding Hidden Spaces

There are hidden spaces inside every house. Here are a few of them:

Under the stairs. Whether it’s a cavernous area or a pokey little cupboard, you can get more out of this space by installing shelves or coat hooks if you have the height.

Beneath the kitchen cabinets. Normally covered by kick boards that are relatively easy to replace with lift up flaps, these hidden storage areas can hold a multitude of items from board games to flat sports equipment such as racquets or bats, or even baking trays and roasting tins.

Above and between doorways. The areas above doors are hardly ever used, not even for picture hanging. But install a shelf above the door and you have a handy storage area for books or decorative items you want to keep out of reach of the children. If you have two doors close together, you could consider installing vertical shelving in the narrow gap between the doors as well as shelving over. As well as increasing storage area, it creates a feature by giving the impression of a recessed doorway.

2. Rotating Possessions

A good idea, but many people never consider rotating their possessions according to season by putting items not in use into self storage. Prime candidates include seasonal gardening equipment and furniture, or items that are only used occasionally such as large dining tables, spare beds, or out of season clothes that otherwise take up space in the wardrobe.

Rotating children’s toys is also a good idea, especially large items that take up a lot of space. It works very well with toys that are no longer played with but that you don’t want to part with, since putting them away for a few months gives them a new novelty value when they’re returned.

Self storage spaces can be cheap to rent and have short-term contracts so you’re not locked in. They are in handy town locations and have long opening hours for easy access to your possessions. There is also a wide range of storage room sizes available to suit all needs and budgets.

3. Creating Activity Zones

You can create all kinds of activity zones at home, from a dining area in the kitchen to a quiet nook for children to complete their homework. Whether you’re creating a cosy library in a child’s bedroom or cordoning off an area in the living room for a computer workstation, the idea is to have everything needed for the activity located within that area. This keeps the rest of the house tidy, and encourages the activity since everything needed is readily to hand.

4. Thinking Vertically

Open shelving is fashionable, and there are many different styles to choose from to suit any kind of decor. By using open shelves instead of bookcases, you keep more of the floor area clear, and so create the illusion of more space.

Open shelving works especially well in kitchens, providing additional space to store either recipe books or decorative crockery and utensils. If you don’t have much wall space in the kitchen, it’s possible to install narrow shelving beneath existing wall cabinets, creating additional space for herb and spice containers.

5. Storage Furniture

Storage furniture looks as neat as conventional furniture, but with the added benefit of providing storage for all the bits and bobs that tend to clutter up living rooms, bedrooms or bathrooms.

Coffee tables or end tables with built-in drawers and shelves beneath provide handy hiding places for TV remotes, games consoles, tablets, phones, and chargers. In both master bedrooms and children’s bedrooms, Ottoman style beds have cavernous spaces underneath the mattresses in which to store spare linens, bedding or toys and games.

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