Regardless of the size of your home, there comes a point when you will feel you need more room to store all of the items you have managed to accumulate over the years. This is especially true if you have a family and an active lifestyle. A garage and crawl space can only hold so much. So you have a choice: either downsize or try these creative storage tips for your home.
If you feel that you have run out of floor space and are not all that inclined to start stacking boxes on top of each other, you may want to think about shelving. Shelves are a great way to make use of wall space. In any room, and especially in the garage, chances are you have a bare wall or two. Think about running shelving the length of the wall, or if space is a real issue, add more than one shelf on each wall; the more, the merrier! You may need a step ladder to get to the highest shelf, but this should give you lots of extra room to store some of your goods.
Shelving can also be an ideal space saver in your pantry or in your closet. In your closet, you can run a shelf above where you hang your clothes that can take the place of your already overstuffed dressers. In your pantry, you can neatly organize your food items without having to stack or store them on the floor.
Totes or bins should take the place of boxes in all rooms of your house. Totes will not have the bottoms fall out of them unexpectedly, nor will they break down. Another great feature of the tote is that you can stack them on top of each other without any fear that the heavier one will crush the one underneath it. Slap a label on the outside and stack to your heart’s content.
Under the Stairs
Almost all homes, especially the new ones in the real estate market near Simon Fraser University, have untapped storage potential under the stairs. If you do not have a crawl space or if you have not turned that empty space into shelves or cupboards, you may want to explore that option. Talk to a contractor or if you feel handy, undertake a do-it-yourself project that is sure to give you more storage space in your home.
With a little foresight and perhaps some creativity and organization, you should be able to find all the room you need and more in your home to store all of your items. Good luck!