Storage space is one of the top features home buyers look for when it comes to shopping for houses. We tend to accumulate a lot of stuff, whether it’s kids toys, expired boxes of Rice-A-Roni or, in my case, roughly one million DVDs.
It’s hard to part ways with the things we love (who knows when you might suddenly have the urge to watch The Last of the Mohicans). So, what’s the solution? Better home storage, of course.
In this article we’ll cover ten of the best hacks–big and small–that will help you improve your home storage and organization.
1. Storage seating
If you need extra seating in your home office or entry way, why not go with something that includes storage space? Storage benches are increasingly popular and can be a good place to put your gloves and scarves in the winter time.
2. Roll your clothes
The next time you do laundry, try rolling up your shirts and pants and stack the rolls vertically. It will help you fit a lot more in one drawer and you’ll be able to grab your favorites without digging through a pile of folded laundry.
3. Make dividers for your clothing drawers
Is your underwear drawer an amalgamation of every different type of sock and underwear? Use makeshift dividers (cardboard or plastic will do) inside your drawers to keep things grouped the way you want.
4. Flip down desk
Instead of taking up floor space for the desk that you use once a month, install a fold down desk onto your wall and store the chair in the closet. It will open up the floor of the room.
5. Vertical storage solutions
Look around the room you’re in. See all that empty air up near the ceiling? If you’re really pressed for space, try incorporating vertical storage solutions in your closets and bathroom.
You’ve probably seen those cool magnetic knife holders on the Food Network and thought, “I need this in my life.” But I bet you’ve never thought about using one for your tweezers or toothbrush. Placing a magnetic strip in your bathroom cabinet will free up space and allow for easy access to all of your bathroom utensils. Plus you can finally rest assured that no one else’s toothbrush touched yours.
7. Bed storage
Some beds pop up to allow storage underneath. Others include built-in drawers under the mattress. If a new bed frame isn’t in your budget right now, opt for storage bins as slim as you need to fit things like extra blankets and off-season clothing under the bed.
8. Hanging up your bicycles
Whether it’s in your huge garage or in your tiny studio apartment, you’ve probably lamented the amount of space bicycles take up. Bike hangers allow you to store your bikes vertically taking up significantly less room.
9. Slide out pantry
Slide out pantries allow you to store a lot more and bring all your food within reach. That means you have no more excuses to be finding cans of tuna fish from five years ago.
10. Cord organizers
The best way to organize cords is to eliminate them. Wireless controllers, speakers and headphones are now all quite affordable. But for things like cell phone chargers, there are several gadgets you can buy to keep your cords separated and tucked out of sight.