If you’re like most people, it may seem that no matter how big your home is, you never have enough storage. It’s likely that if you have space, then you’re going to fill it, and honestly, have you ever seen an empty closet in someone’s house? If you have a smaller home or apartment, it can be a struggle to find places to store all your belongings. Even if you live a relatively minimalist lifestyle, there are items that you don’t use daily that you need to tuck away.
Maximize your storage options in your small home by using some of these tips.
1. Multi-purpose furniture
Your furniture is hiding hidden storage potential, and not using it means missing a significant opportunity to de-clutter and maximize space. Many furniture pieces offer the chance also to store items, and here are a few examples:
- A bed with storage space underneath or drawers to store clothing, extra linens, kids’ toys, etc.
- Storage benches for your hallway where you can keep extra shoes, bags, outdoor toys, equipment, and more.
- Instead of having a coffee table, use a large chest that serves the same purpose but also functions as storage.
- Choose a TV stand and side tables that have drawers or storage underneath to put books, movies, and gaming consoles.
- Sofas can hide pull out beds, so you have space for visitors to sleep if you don’t have a spare bedroom.
- Use footstools or cube ottomans for additional storage.
These are a few examples of how you can dual-purpose your furniture into storage.
2. Get a storage unit
There are, of course, items that you don’t need to store at home, but that you also don’t want to get rid of. These include seasonal items, such as kayaks or fishing poles for the summer, or skis and Christmas decorations for the winter. These items can use a lot of space, especially if you live in a small home. A great option is to keep anything you don’t need consistent access to safe and secure in a storage area. You can find one near you and for a low price.
3. Use closets wisely
If you do have some closet space in your home, use it wisely. There are many closet systems you can get, which will ensure that every nook and cranny of your closet is used effectively. Assess whether you can fit a dresser into your closet. You will still have the capacity to hang clothing, but also to store items in the drawers. It will free up a ton of space within your bedroom. Use tubs or storage cubes that can be stacked on top of each other to fill any areas that you see are empty.
4. Go vertical, not horizontal
With limited space, always look for vertical store solutions. They take up less room and allow you to make use of all that extra space that is often unused. Vertical shelving units, dressers, and bookcases can store just as much as their broader, lower counterparts. Opt for shelves with more shelves and drawers rather than a low table with one small drawer.
By using some or all the tips, you’ll bring the feng shui back to your home. Just because it’s smaller doesn’t mean you can’t still fit all your items; you just need to be creative.