If you’re being overrun by clutter it’s not always practical to buy more boxes or baskets – you probably have stacks of these anyway and you’ll find that they take up valuable space.
Your home already has the potential to store more, it’s just a case of finding out how.
The potential of existing furniture and storage
Think about how your current storage systems or furniture can hold a little extra or be a bit more useful.
Large pieces of furniture for example take up a fair amount of space so why not make the most of it. Fix a drawer underneath a dining table to house cutlery and other tableware.
Alternatively, use your dining chairs. Add a pocket to the back of a chair cover and use to store place-mats. This can enhance your decor too if using lovely fabrics in a complimentary colour to your current scheme.
Living room furniture can work harder; considering adding drawers or a shelf to a coffee table or underneath wooden chairs. Fit sideboard cupboards with slide out wire drawers to increase the capacity, you might even be able to add an extra shelf to an existing bookcase too.
Use the space underneath your sofa by keeping board games or toys in slim under-bed type bags. Sofas with little space beneath can still be utilised by adding a sofa pocket organiser over an arm. These simple but ingenious pockets keep living room clutter such as remote controls, books and magazines under control.
Make the most of ottomans or storage style foot stools to store bulky throws and cushions, a DVD collection or video games equipment. Increase the capacity by adding a mesh pocket to the underside of the lid and use to keep small items neat and tidy.
Look for gaps that are thought of as ‘dead space’. These include behind the bed – headboards exist that feature hidden drawers or pull out shelves. The kitchen can get in on the act too. Often there are gaps between large appliances and cupboards. There are plenty of sliding racks on the market or pull-out towel rails that will fit these tiny spaces. No waste of space here!
Don’t forget the walls
While you don’t want to fix shelves to every available wall space, (who wants their house to look like the inside of a pantry?!) you might be able to squeeze out a bit more capacity from existing storage areas. Do you have shelves in your kitchen for example?
Add extra shelves all the way up to the ceiling. Make the most of those shelves too. Attach hooks to the bottom of the lowest one and use to hang tea towels or even teacups.
Staying in the kitchen, if you want to avoid adding more shelves, use hanging racks instead. Fit a towel rail or piece of dowelling to a wall and hang wire racks to hold light items such as spices or use to hang plastic jugs and utensils.
Making the most of doors
Let’s face it, we need doors but it’s unfortunate that they take away valuable wall space! Why not make the most of it and install shelves above a door. Use the space to meet the needs of the room – for example in the kitchen use this shelf for cookbooks.
The back of a door can hold a hanging multi-pocket organiser, great for keeping bits and bobs together. Hang these on the inside of wardrobe doors and store accessories such as scarves, belts or purses.
The sky’s the limit
Ceilings are often forgotten spaces. Attach overhead ceiling racks to pantries, under the stairs or in the garage to keep seasonal items such as Christmas decorations or luggage.
There are plenty of stylish kitchen ceiling racks too which are perfect for pans and will free up cupboard space for other items.
Use what you already have to instantly increase your storage capacity. Luggage sets are dead space. Why not use them to store things such as winter clothes. Box style picture frames can come with hidden storage at the back, perfect for keeping small items in check.
Re-purpose china jugs to hold kitchen utensils. This looks decorative and the jug can still be used for its original purpose as needed.
There are hundreds of ways to increase your storage space and become more organised, from flexible furniture to creative use of existing storage systems.
Take a birds-eye view of the space in your home, the physical layout as well as the items you own and unlock the storage space you never realised was there.