There are over 300,000 items in the average American home. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT?! That’s a staggering amount, especially when you consider that you need a place to store each item! Whether you’re like the average American family and own hundreds of thousands of items or you’re part of the minimalist movement to own less, chances are you need some type of storage system in your home. These creative storage solutions can make the most of the space you have in your home while also looking nice.
One of the first places people will visit when coming to your home is your entryway. Depending on the size, there are a variety of storage solutions you could use to make use of the space while providing guests a nice aesthetic. Using a bench with storage cubbies can serve the dual purpose of providing people a place to sit to put on shoes and a receptacle to keep shoes when they aren’t being used. If you don’t have a closet in your entryway, you can hang hooks in your wall to give people a place to hang their coats so they aren’t lying around the house.
As you can imagine, things around our house have gotten a tad bit busy since we found out about the twins! All other house projects have been put on hold in favor of any house project that deals with the “project room”, which will be the twins’ room when they arrive. I think it’ll be perfect: it has light wood floors, great natural light, and TWO closets. Ah! (If you want to see an idea of what it looks like right now, CLICK HERE)
Anyway, it’s mostly been used for storage, so we are working on relocating all the holiday decorations and other items that have been stacked up in the closets. It’s become clear that we probably need some creative storage solutions. Because…do you ever notice that the longer we inhabit a space, the more stuff we seem to accumulate? Even if you’re pretty good about consistently purging your space, there always seems to be that pile of things you just can’t part with. Whether it’s a stack of books you plan to read (one day!), out of season clothing, or memorabilia, I’ve decided there are plenty of ways to stylishly store your important knickknacks, and give your space a clean and sleek appearance.
Tip #1: Contain the Clutter
Open shelving looks really polished when your items are minimally displayed, but for the many packrats out there, this isn’t always achievable. If you need to utilize shelving to store your stuff, contain the clutter with chic woven baskets or printed boxes. These baskets and boxes will allow you to store the same amount of stuff, but will give your shelving a uniform appearance.
I’ve been working on a few details around my home that needed some attention, and all of them were storage related. So I thought it was pretty funny when Sofia Lewis sent me a guest post to share with all of you called Clever Storage Solutions at Home. I thought it was even funnier when I read it and realized that everything she was talking about was everything I had just done, ha! So, without further ado, here’s Sofia:
Having more free space at home is becoming a highly valued commodity. It should come as no surprise either – people have different hobbies, interests and daily routines that require a ton of things they need to find storage solutions for. Thankfully, the market offers a nice set of options to help in the search for more space at home. You can now pick whatever works best for you and it can be fairly easy to implement, too. A lot of the storage solutions can be transformed into do-it-yourself projects around the house, and with enough time and vision, you can turn your home into a real storage unit.
Let’s look at few options that can help you on your quest of finding more storage space.
- Drawer organizers and dividers – if you have enough drawers you may think you have enough space, but chances are that if your drawers are just filled without order, they will soon be overflowing. You will soon find out that you are left with too much stuff and no place in your drawers. To maximize their potential, you should consider using drawer organizers and dividers. These are a smart solution to help you utilize the space in your drawers to the maximum. Your tools, kitchen accessories or whatever else you put inside will be in order and thus you can fill more.