Storage space is a difficult concept to grasp, and the “perfect” amount is often just a little more than we have. The right amount of storage is like a carrot that always hangs in front of us. And whatever we do, it seems impossible to achieve it.
Many of us equate “space” like a cupboard with storage. Or we buy loads of plastic containers or other items traditionally associated with storage, thinking that if we buy enough of them, our problems might be solved.
The answer lies not in more plastic containers but in more creative thinking about storage. Many of us believe that most of our belongings should be withheld and hidden or, at the very least, removed.
But you don’t have to hide your belongings unless you want to. If you’re worried that storing things with the naked eye will look messy or messy, we guarantee you there are lots of ways to avoid falling into that trap.
Besides, wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to hunt for extra winter coats, roller skates, or sheets when you needed them? The key is this: you need to create a storage solution that is affordable and accessible. We like to call it smart storage.
When you have things you need to store, do you automatically reach for the cardboard boxes and cram them into overflow? While cardboard boxes may be great for storing a few items, they’re not a very attractive solution, and for this reason, items stored in this way tend to be pushed towards the back of the wardrobe where no one can see them – not even yourself.
But what happens if you need something that’s in the box? You’ll have to move all the shoes and other stuff that’s piled up around the box, and dig to find what you’re looking for. Does this sound like your system? But there are better ways to store things!
If you’ve never considered storing your items in style, maybe this is it! The type of creative hold you choose depends on several factors. First you have to consider what you are storing.
Clothing, for example, should be treated differently from garden tools. Second, consider the location and environmental factors of the site. If you have an unused computer that you are storing, you’ll want a location that is neither too cold nor too humid, as these conditions can damage the computer.
Third, you can start thinking about the container that you will use. While plastic bins and cardboard boxes can get the job done, consider these more creative alternatives:
For Long Term Storage:
Instead of throwing season sweaters or outerwear into the back of your wardrobe or storing them in cardboard, try something different. Take an old drawer at the flea market, paint or color it to match or complement your bed, then add four swivel casters at the bottom for easy transport.
Keep each unit under your bed, and you’ll use up less of the used space for productive use. Tired of an overflowing linen wardrobe? Buy inexpensive wicker baskets and store linens that are not suitable for the season in the closet.
For Short Term Storage:
If you’re short on bathroom space, use decorative hooks to hold a basket or bag full of toiletries.
Small shelves that are installed above doors or windows can hold items such as books and collectibles.
A shoe bag is a versatile container that can hold a wide variety of items, from Beanie Baby collections to craft supplies to correspondence.
Small items can be stored in bulk easily. Buy some glass jars that match threaded lids. Glue the lid to the underside of the wall shelf, with the lid in a straight line with a few inches between them. Fill the jar with small objects, and secure the lid. If you need buttons, take the jar and twist it, grab it, then screw it back into place.
Another idea for storing lots of small items: Remove labels from old paint cans, paint cans a single color and decorate with decoupage or paint markers. Use cans to hold belts, game pieces like dominoes, little photo toys – you name it! Glue a few paint cans together for an attractive storage unit.