When it comes to storage, it is often something that we never have enough of. However much we have, we fill it and then we are back to square one. Unless you are completely ruthless and have regular clear-outs, the chances are that you could always do with more.
There are lots of ways to create your own storage, using things that are already lying around the house or even things that you might throw away without thinking that it could be the answer to some of your storage problems.
Don’t throw away boxes.
How many boxes get discarded into the recycling bin every week? Probably a few at least and whereas you can’t possibly use all of them, there are some that could become valuable assets in your war on chaos.
Jewellery Boxes can be gems when it comes to creating storage. Those little boxes that items of jewellery and watches arrive in, are sturdy and often padded, so these can be the perfect addition to your drawers.
Collect a few and attach them together and voila, you have the perfect drawer organiser which you can use to sort out all of those odds and ends that you struggle to find a place for.
The humble shoe box can be used for so many different things and should not be thrown away. If you have children, shoe boxes can make a great place to store smaller toys or play sets. If you want to cheer them up a little, paint them, cover them with wrapping paper or even better sticky-backed plastic and then they will look good too.
You can use shoe boxes to store paperwork in the office or add a few partitions made from cardboard tubes or smaller boxes to create your very own desk tidy.
What about cardboard rolls?
They can be used in a number of different ways, so think twice before adding them to the recycling. Toilet rolls, poster carriers and kitchen towel rolls can be used to store leads and cables inside, you can add them to boxes to create organisers, pen holders and can be perfect for storing art and craft materials.
How many jars do you throw into recycling?
Jam jars, coffee jars, jars of different shapes and sizes. These can all be used for so many different things. You can also pick up mason jars of different sizes from lots of different shops and they don’t cost a huge amount.
The storage options with jars are limitless, with or without their lids and you could probably find a use for them in every room in the house. In the bathroom you could store cotton wool, hair bobbles, combs and brushes or even use it to place toothbrushes in.
In the kitchen, jars can be used to store anything from sugar to pasta. In the living room, use them as vases or to keep candles in. And in the bedroom line some up to be used for makeup brushes, jewellery or hair clips. You can even add embellishments or paint them to make them look nicer and to fit in with the colour scheme of the room.
Tin cans have to be treated with care, but if you use a tin opener that leaves a smooth edge around the top, there are lots of great things that you can do with them.
Like jars, you can decorate them with paint, wrap them with string or ribbon, add mosaic tiles or a simple paper sleeve and you can use them to store all sorts of useful things. Once decorated, they can look really effective in any room in the house.
Why not use them to keep paint brushes, stationery, gardening supplies, toothbrushes or hairbrushes and combs.
They can be used as vases or flower pots. How about gluing a few together and mounting them on the wall to create a cubby hole which can look really effective?
So next time you take a look in your recycling bin, take a long hard look and see if you can use anything in there to help you to manage your storage.