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 or chest of drawers 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.
The kitchen is one of the biggest culprits of clutter because of counter space. Don’t let your kitchen become home to nonessentials such as keys, wallets, and mail. Instead, hang storage units on the wall for keys, mail, and other small items. Other items in your kitchen may be taking up counter space but aren’t frequently used, such as knife blocks and small appliances. Free up space by ditching the knife block and mounting a magnetic knife rack to your wall and putting appliances away in pantries and closets until they’re needed. If you look in your cupboards, you may be surprised to find a lot of misused space or items that are stacked improperly and taking up excess room. You can find diy cabinet organization solutions, such as verticals storage shelving and can racks, that can help maximize your cupboard space.
Bathrooms are one of the other major culprits when it comes to poor storage solutions. If you find people are leaving items all over your bathroom counter, you may consider downgrading to a pedestal sink, which leaves little space for nonessentials and encourages people to make use of medicine cabinets and closets. You can make use of your bathroom door by hanging storage racks on them to separate items such as hair dryers, curling irons, and makeup.
Create a Bedroom Oasis
Your bedroom should be a relaxing space, not one that causes you stress. Take advantage of usable space, such as the space under your bed, by storing items in totes that will fit easily under your bed frame. Swap out the clothes in your closet as the seasons change so your closets aren’t overstuffed. You can even use open shelving in your room to keep items tucked away while providing your room with an added touch of decor. If you have children, you know what a challenge it can be to keep their room clean. Storage solutions such as door hanging shoe organizers can come in handy to keep stuffed animals and small toys your child plays with regularly. If your children share a room, a bunk bed saves valuable floor space and colored storage bins can keep their toys separate.
Other rooms can have storage problems as well, especially ones that are used frequently, such as the laundry room. Give your room a facelift by building shelves above your washer and dryer to keep detergents and fabric softeners. Some laundry rooms even have hanging racks for clothes that can’t go in the dryer and need a space to air dry.
Your home should be a peaceful place for you and your family – especially as we’re getting into the craziness the holiday season often brings! Having the right storage solutions in place can keep clutter out of sight and make it easier to clean and maintain your home.
What is the ONE SPOT in your home that you need to get organized?
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