Let’s talk about a little word that no one wants to deal with …. Clutter. Clutter, Clutter, Clutter…. There! I’ve said it!! Now let’s talk about storage!! I’m going to show you how to create more storage space in your home by using these five great storage ideas.
Clutter is usually the result of 2 things.
- It can be from owning and saving too many things, which I like to call the “I might need this item in the future” syndrome … or
- Often it’s having doubles and triples of the same things, but having no idea where they are.
This happens because we don’t know how to store the items we do have, they get lost in the shuffle, so we re-buy and re-buy — and guess what else — we re-buy again!
Sometimes we don’t even know if we already have it, or we know we have it, but we can’t find it! Aaaarrrrgggg!!
If you’re reading this and saying, “That’s me!” and/or your things aren’t stored efficiently, and you aren’t utilizing the secret spaces in your home, then please read on. This is definitely for you.
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How to Create More Storage Space in Your Home
Back of the Closet Door
This is a lifesaver. There are so many options for this, and chances are…you have a few doors that can be utilized. The best part about using the back of a door is it’s hidden, it’s neat, and it’s organized! Here are just a few ideas.
A utility closet has so much potential for great organization in your home. You can store it all in here — if you have the right supplies. Utilize the walls, depth of the closet, and my personal favorite spot — the back of the door. By doing this, you’ll be able to keep a lot of things organized and together that you previously couldn’t. For example, this is a great place to keep your cleaning supplies. And, it comes with an added bonus. Not only will it look amazing, but now you’ll be able to find whatever you need quickly and efficiently.
Here are some items you may need to make this closet happen.
- A mountable holder for paper towels or garbage bags
- Half depth shelves (to leave room for door shelves)
- A plastic bag dispenser
- Mountable mop or broom holder with clips
- Hook for dustpan
- Mountable holder for central vacuum hose or your upright vacuum
- Mountable shelves
Coffee Tables & Storage Ottomans
There are so many beautiful coffee tables or ottomans that are built to hide bulky items we need, but have no place to put. These can store anything including those video games our kids are forever leaving out, those throw blankets we all love to cozy up with, as well as guest linens for a pull-out couch. Bonus idea: If you put an ottoman in the entryway, you can use it to store bulky winter wear or shoes.
Deep Kitchen Cabinets
We all know that items inevitably get lost in the backs of deep kitchen cabinets. A great way to better utilize this space is to store huge trays and platters. That way they can’t get lost in the back; they simply go side by side across the whole cabinet.
Under the Bed Storage
This is one of my favorites! Every house has a bed and usually more than one. Beds are the best place to hide things under; nobody can see underneath, and anything you put there is never out of your reach.
These containers from Amazon have lids that keep the dust out, but are easy to open. They are great for pillows, blankets, linens, shoes, and out of season clothing.I hope these ideas help you as much as they help me. The only thing better than relaxing at home is relaxing in a neat home! These tips are easy and quick fixes for your storage and clutter problems. Let me know if you use any of these storage options, or have some new ideas for me. I love to be helped as much as I love helping!
Sometimes getting organized is catchy. Once you get one area cleared away, you are set to keep going. If that’s the case with you, then check out my post on 5 Quick “To Do” Tasks around the house. It’s all about clearing away the clutter space by space.
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