Ask any homeowner what their biggest needs are and you’ll likely hear “more storage space!” screamed loudly. Let’s face it, we have lots of stuff — more stuff than we want or need — yet it’s difficult to let it go. The longer we are in one place, the more stuff builds up and accumulates. While it may not be feasible to add additional storage space to your home, there are certain things you can do to maximize the existing space, such as:
Don’t be Afraid to Toss Stuff
While some people find it easy to get rid of things, many feel the need to save them for future use. First, establish reasonable measures for how you will determine what to keep and what to get rid of. Consider setting up parameters to help streamline the process.
Examples include: only keep items that will realistically be used in the next 12 months, throw away items I haven’t used in two years or more, only keep items that I won’t be able to purchase again, etc. If things don’t meet your “keep” criteria, it’s time to toss them. For old items in poor condition, throwing them away may be best. For usable items you are no longer interested in, donating to a charity or thrift store is a good idea.
If you are at a premium for space, wall storage can be a great way to maximize your resources. For garages, consider building a simple wall hanging rack for tools and equipment. In your basement, add cabinets and shelving to keep clutter out of sight. You can even opt for wall storage in your kitchen. For a stylish, yet practical alternative, hang utensils and cookware on a wall rack for easy access. This will clear up drawer space for other items.
The Laundry Room
If you have a walk-in laundry room, make sure you are maximizing its use. Laundry rooms are essentially glorified closets, so don’t make the mistake of only using it for cleaning clothes. Add shelves, racks, and cabinets to store things that won’t go anywhere else. This will free up additional space throughout your home.
Much like the idea behind wall storage, vertical stacking in closets is a great idea. There are many products on the market that stack on top of each other that make it simple to incorporate a vertical theme into closets. This allows you to use wasted space and can even add a unique design feel.
While your parents may have punished you as a child for throwing your junk underneath your bed, there are times when it’s okay. Try purchasing large storage containers and filling them with things you don’t use very often. You can then slide these underneath your bed and cover them with the bed skirt.
If you are looking to add more storage space to your home or remodel existing space, give R.H. Homes, Ltd. a call today. We would be happy to guide you through the process and make your vision a reality.