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Simple Storage Solutions
Keeping a home tidy is a full time job. It seems as though we go through life collecting items – some useful, some not so useful, and once they have served their purpose we either could not be bothered storing them as they should be stored or eventually have insufficient space to store all that we have acquired. And apparently it doesn’t matter how big our home, there never seems to be sufficient space to meet our storage requirements. This ultimately results in us living in a cramped, disorganized, and disheveled manner, thereby reducing our quality of life. Thankfully, there are easy to implement storage solutions to help optimize our lack of space.
If you consider your current storage solutions and then take the next logical, or rather lateral, step then you will start to see a world of storage that you probably never imagined. Most storage is done on shelves and in boxes, now you just have to take it to the next level.
We use shelves either as part of a cupboard or shelving system for storing, but have you thought of putting free shelving in unconventional spaces such as on top of doors? Place items that are not frequently used or decorative items that don’t require frequent access on shelves that are in places that are not usually used for shelving. Even in the kitchen, a magnetic strip on the wall for storing knives and another metal strip for hanging pots and pans utilizes space that is seldom used for storage.
If you have a comprehensive compact disc or record (yes, I know I’m now sounding old) collection, now may be the time to put it all on an MP3, hard drive, or some other form of digital storage. Other than the space saving benefits, there are innumerable other befits of having your music stored in digital format.
Thinking Outside the Box
In this instance, thinking outside the box refers to thinking outside your home. Outdoor storage is a viable option for items that do not necessarily require the “protection” of the indoors. Even then, today’s modern storage solutions such as plastic deck boxes are hardy, weatherproof, attractive, and multi-purpose.
For larger items, plastic sheds are a great solution as they are quick to assemble, rarely require permitting from the city or council, come in a variety of sizes, are easy to maintain, and come in a range of attractive colors that suit virtually every home.
Note from Tiffany: I’m curious to hear how many of you own backyard storage sheds, and if you are glad you made that purchase? Tim and I have been mulling over the idea for more than a year now, but we just can’t seem to commit!
I love the idea of shelves above doors! We live in a trailer, so there’s not much storage (2 tiny half-size closets, plus the normal-size on in our master bedroom). We do have 2 sheds, though. One is not mouse-proof or heated, and the other is heated, since our water-works are out there and we can’t let them freeze in the winter.
Susan Smith says
We have thought about getting a shed for our lawn mower and other lawn care tools. For now they are in the garage which is a bit crowded. One of my storage areas is under my bed.
Sarah L says
Hiding upstairs is a pretty large LP collection. Have to see about finding out what I need to digitize them.
Lindsay H says
We really need a shed outside! Growing up we had a basement we put everything in, but we don’t have one where we live and we sure miss it! Maybe I just need to clean and give things away…
Maria Iemma says
I love your idea of going digital…I have so much paper stuff I get frustrated when trying to clean. Thanks for the tips
I could use these tips our house is so small I love all the hideaway type things