Finding efficient ways to use your home’s space can often be a challenge, and this is particularly true when it comes to storage. It can often feel like creative and aesthetically pleasing storage solutions are not possible with the square footage your home provides. However, with a little creativity and elbow grease, finding fun and economic ways to make the most of your small storage spaces is easier than you might think.
One of the simplest ways to get the most out of your storage space is to use the backs of your doors. If you’re running low on shelf or cupboard space in a pantry, laundry room, bathroom, closet, or even bedroom, hanging racks, lightweight shelves, or hooks from your doors can increase storage space by a surprising amount. Depending on what you plan to store, door storage can be a great way to keep everything from clothes and toiletries to food and laundry paraphernalia accessible.
If hanging shelves and racks from your door doesn’t provide quite enough storage space, a behind-door shelf might be worth looking into. These thin shelves only extend a few inches from the wall, and are perfect for holding smaller items in bathrooms and pantries. As long as they’re properly measured and installed, a behind-door shelf is a great solution for space-conscious storage.
Roll clothing in drawers
Using a dresser to store your clothing can be a great way to free up closet space, but drawers can only hold so much. A great way to optimize drawer space is to roll your clothing instead of folding it. Folded clothes take up a large amount of width in a drawer, and when stacked, the added thickness can result in the drawers getting stuck. Rolled clothes not only save space, but also prevent stuck drawers. Better still, you won’t have to unstack clothes to find the shirt or pair of pants you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for a great way to maximize your storage in a small basement, between-joist storage offers an easy solution. The space between a basement ceiling’s joist boards can often be a foot or more across, which is plenty of space to store small boxes and other items. All you need is a bit of wood to act as a shelf between the boards, and with a little hammering and nailing, you’ll have an entire ceiling’s worth of space to work with.
Plenty of hooks
When it comes to easy storage methods, the simple hook is often a lifesaver. Hooks come in all shapes and sizes, and can be attached to walls with everything from nails and screws to glue and wall strips. Well-placed hooks can make storing smaller things an easy task. By placing a few hooks on either the outside or inside of a kitchen cabinet, you can clear drawer space by hanging utensils and rags. Bathroom hooks can hold towels, hairdryers, washcloths, and much more. Hooks by your front door can clear up closet space by keeping coats, hats, and gloves in an easy-to-reach place. No matter where you hang them, hooks make saving space much easier.
With these helpful suggestions at your disposal, you’re ready to use your space — however limited it may be — to its full potential.