Ten Storage Solutions

Ten Storage Solutions

Lack of storage is a common complaint for many home owners. We all want our homes to work like clockwork – to be practical as well as beautiful and to be easy to keep clean and tidy. Clever storage ideas will make your life easier and could save you time and money. How often have you bought a replacement for a lost item only to find the original days or weeks later? And of course, you can’t put a price on the lost hours spent searching for elusive items!

 

  1. Make sure you have enough built in or free standing storage to house your possessions – such as kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, & shelving units.
  2. If the storage available to house your possessions falls short – consider a clear out, recycling or selling items you no longer need or use.
  3. Use storage boxes in every room of your house to make it easier to keep on top of clutter or have a quick tidy up should guests drop by unannounced.
  4. Most houses have a “junk drawer” but it’s much more efficient to corral like items and label to make sure everyone knows where to return things.
  5. Be sure to include “hidden” rather than just open storage. Whilst open storage is great for treasured pieces like art, photographs, or well-loved books, general storage should be hidden for less visual clutter.
  6. Storage doesn’t have to be boring – include it in your decorative scheme – either as a punch of colour & pattern or to add texture – try wicker, felt, knit or metal.
  7. Wicker baskets are a cheap and easy solution – spray paint to match your décor and tie on home-made chalk board labels, luggage labels or gift tags.
  8. Use multi-functional furniture. An old trunk can double as storage and a coffee table, upholstered cubes work as footstools with storage inside, or try a fitted bench in a window seat or hallway with storage below.
  9. Think laterally – storage doesn’t have to be boring! Good design focuses on the little details. Use what you have to make your interior original and reflective of you! Use a vintage milk jug to store cleaning products in the toilet. The bottle of bleach is out of sight but kept on hand. Or an old hat box used to store ribbons and buttons – beautiful and practical.
  10. Hooks are a neat way to store items – from coats, dish towels, to keys and dog leads. It gets items off the floor & surfaces and allows you to place items just where you need them.