A new year is almost here, which means most of us are tackling those things we put off for most of the year otherwise. One thing that might be on your New Year’s to-do list? Organizing. With some clever organization tips, you can maximize the available space in your home.
Vertical space is something you should make abundant use of in your home because it gives you more floor space. There is a myriad of ways to use your walls and vertical space. For example, in your bathrooms and laundry room, add wall-mounted shelving units, with or without doors. You can also add wall-mounted cabinets in either of these spaces. Think about all those things you use regularly but don’t want to give floor space to and consider where they can be wall-mounted, such as ironing boards. Wall-mounted storage works well in the garage as well. Hang everything from bikes to lawn equipment.
If you have shelves or cabinets in your home, you may use the space within them for storage, but what about underneath? A good example of this is the addition of wine glass storage and mug storage mounted under shelves and cabinets.
If you have a staircase in your home, you could be missing storage opportunities underneath. You can use this space like a closet, or you could add built-in storage drawers and cabinetry under your stairs that will be cleverly hidden out of view.
Rolling Table Under Your Island
If you have an island bench in your kitchen, put a small rolling table underneath. Then, you can pull it out as needed, and you’ll have more workspace. If you don’t have a built-in island, you can also add one, perhaps on wheels. This will give you more storage space underneath, additional workspace and you can also use it for more dining space when you need it.
More and more people are working from home, whether they do so part-time or full-time. That means a home office space is important to have, but you may not have the luxury of a dedicated room to serve as an office. If not, why not add a fold-down table or desk? You can fold it back up when you’re not using it, and it won’t take up your floor space. You can also do the same if you want a crafting area or a place for your kids to do homework.
Another place to use “floating” furniture is the bedroom. You can install wall-mounted or floating nightstands and save yourself the space that traditional nightstands would typically use on either side of the bed.
Doors can be a great source of storage space that often goes unused. You can use doors to hang towels, clothes, accessories, and even things like sports equipment. You can use the inside of closet doors for storage and kitchen cabinet doors too. There are a lot of different hangers and shelving units specifically designed for the inside of various doors in your home.
Finally, if you have small chests or cabinets where you store things, instead of having them in your main living area or bedrooms, put them inside closets.