No matter how large your Havasu home may be, there never seems to be enough space to store things. We accumulate so much “stuff”. Where do we put it all? If you find yourself in need of more places to store your stuff without feeling overwhelmed by clutter, use these clever tricks to increase storage space in your house.
Increase Storage Space Above
Sometimes, you need to think “outside the box” when looking to increase storage space in your Havasu home. Are you a voracious reader? Create your own library by adding shelving to the walls, around the windows and above the door.
Need extra storage in your child’s bedroom. Consider lifting the bed up and adding a desk, shelves and storage lockers underneath. In the garage, don’t ignore the ceiling when it comes to adding storage space. You can find shelving systems that hang from the ceiling at most home improvement stores.
Increase Storage Space Below
Next, increase storage space by making use of the area under your stairs. Finish this niche off with some drywall and add hooks to hang things on the walls. Another underutilized area to increase storage is in between the floor joists. A simple box or cabinet provides enough room to store valuables, linens, camping gear or anything else you can think of. And don’t forget the gap underneath your bed. Baskets, large zippered storage bags, and flat plastic containers fit well under here. Some bed frames come with drawers built into it.
Increase Storage Space in Front of Your Face
Finally, increase storage space right at eye level. How? Utilize the area between the studs in your wall to add a recessed niche. For a decorative touch, secure doors to the front. Or mount a beautiful piece of artwork on hinges. Then, the storage area behind the artwork remains hidden from view.
Create a headboard with shelving built into it to display or store items. Optimize the location next to the refrigerator or washer and dryer by building a narrow shelving unit on wheels. Store spices, cookie sheets, canned goods, etc. in the kitchen and your detergent, fabric softener, extra towels, and other items in the laundry room.
Hooks and hanging shoe organizers make great additional storage possibilities for any room in your house. Instead of a plain coffee table, add a vintage trunk, cute dresser, or antique chest of drawers so that you can store stuff inside and out of sight. Some ottomans also double as increased storage and extra seating when necessary.
Before You Increase Storage Space
Before you do anything, try decluttering first. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last 12 months (unless it’s a family heirloom, of course). Pare down your family’s wardrobe, shoe collection, accessories, linens, toys, etc. Either sell or donate any items that are still usable. Trash the rest. Then, create a game plan for where to store what’s left. Decide which storage solution works best for each item. Then, create the storage space for it.
What creative ways have you increased your storage space? Where did you manage to stash away your extra “stuff”? Please share your storage solutions in the comments below.