Regardless of the size of your house or apartment, it is possible to use every bit of leftover space for storage. If you are in need of more space and have items you must organize, you will be pleased to know that there are many storage solutions for small spaces, including the following:
If you are renting, you should not squander your square footage, but rather you should make the most of it whenever possible. It can sometimes be challenging enough to find a place for everyday essential items, let alone bulky, off-season or infrequently used items, such as holiday decorations, pool toys, and snowshoes.
One thing you can do instantly to save space is to take off-season clothing and pack it into plastic bins that fit under your bed. If space underneath your bed cannot accommodate containers of this type, prop it up with strong blocks of wood. A mere few inches creates enough room for a sizable storage box.
If it is not possible to elevate your bed, use several sets of cascading hangers to maximize your closet space. Put dressy shirts on one set, and T-shirts on the other and you can end up with twice as much closet space.
Extra bed sheets, comforters and pillows are great items for when you have guests; however, they take up a lot of room in a small space. Vacuum storage bags are great for such items, as they can be stacked inside and your vacuum cleaner can be used to remove the air and make them shrink considerably. This ensures that they will fit on a shelf or under your bed.
If you like shoes, your collection of footwear may take on a life of its own. Revisit a classic favorite from your dorm room days; an over the door shoe organizer. These organizers are highly popular for a reason, as you can use them to store not only shoes, but also chunky necklaces, belts, baseball caps and scarves.
Bikes are a lot of fun, but they can be difficult to store, particularly if you do not have a basement or a deck. Try something simple, such as installing a wall hook that is strong enough to hang your bike by its front tire. Although it may protrude somewhat into the room, it is a great way to get it off the floor.
For a more streamlined option, hang the bike flush against the wall, similar to the way you would hang a painting. All you need for this alternative is two wooden dowels strong enough to support the bicycle’s horizontal bar. Of course, it is important to make sure you use studs that are strong enough to anchor the supports into the wall.
You may also wish to recycle large or medium exercise balls as dining room chairs, and tuck them under the table after your meal is finished.
If you have no space for a dining room set, you can use the bike trick here as well. Install several dowels high on your wall, and set the ball there until it is time for an exercise session.
Keepsakes and Decorations
If you just cannot get rid of your collection of memorabilia or decorations, your lifesaver is strategically placed shelves. These items can be tucked on the shelves, out of the way, until you are ready to use them or give them away.
A good place for such shelves is in back of your closet behind your clothing or behind coats and jackets that are hung in hallway closets. Although you may need a flashlight and a footstool to access items on such shelves, that should not be a problem if they contain only items that you use infrequently. These storage solutions for small spaces should make your living area much more comfortable, as well as clutter free.
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