Regardless of whether you live in a city centre studio apartment or a spacious 4 bedroomed townhouse, lack of storage space can be an issue when trying to get organised in your home.
Whether it be needing additional bathroom cabinets, more room for shoes or creating a home office, with a little creativity there are plenty of ways to utilise nooks and crannies to maximise storage at home.
The entrance way is the first and last area you’ll utilise when leaving and returning home. The space where you want to kick off your shoes and dump your bags after a long day or easily find everything you need when in a rush to leave the house.
Adding coat hooks, a shoe rack, a bench with under-seating storage and an umbrella stand will create the space you need to feel more organised. If you have un-utilised space under the stairs, turn it into a storage cupboard by adding shelving, a coat rail and doors.
If your lounge benefits from a bay window, adding a window seat is a great way of creating extra under-seat storage and additional seating. Choose a coffee table with concealed draws and shelving to keep magazines and remote controls tidy. If you’re renting a property and don’t have permission to fix shelves to the walls, invest in some freestanding shelving units to store and organise your books and DVDs.
They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. A space where you come together as a family to cook, eat and spend quality time together. Creating space that’s both functional and fits everyone and everything in is key.
Fixing over-head hanging space for pots and pans will free up cupboards and additional open shelving is great for storing glassware. Drawer organisers, mug trees and spice racks are all handy items for organising cutlery, crockery and various ingredients.
Keeping stylish baskets and boxes on top of your wardrobes are always handy for storing winter blankets or bits and pieces that you don’t use all year-round. The back of freestanding full-length mirrors can double up as shelves, and hanging fabric shelves can be neatly stored in wardrobes to keep shoes or items of clothing tidy.
Storage is always at a premium in bathrooms, especially if they’re on the small side. When choosing a sink opt for one that sits on top of a storage unit rather than a standalone version. Or if you’re renting, choose thin tiered units that fit into small spaces. Ladder shelves are also a modern and clever way of storing towels, toiletries and plants. Utilise door space by adding hooks for hanging up dressing gowns and towels.
If all you require for your office is a small desk, think about using an un-utilised space in your home such as an area on the landing or a corner of the lounge. If you need a fully functioning study and have a spare bedroom that’s used for junk, have a clear out and choose functional office furniture such as desks with laptop shelves and additional drawers. Box folders and letter files are also useful for keeping paperwork organised and tidy.
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