Moving into a new house or apartment can be exciting regardless of upgrading or downsizing. It can be a challenge to find places for your belongings. If you are finding your house needs more space and your tripping over toys or shoes, there are certain steps to take to create more space in your home to reduce clutter and be more organized. Here are some easy ways to organize your home without worrying about where to put items.
Furniture can take up a lot of space but re-arranging the furniture can allow for more space. Putting a sofa against the wall instead of the middle of the floor and a recliner in the corner can open up an entire room. Adding a sideboard storage unit against the wall can serve as a television stand and storage for movies, books or CD’s. If your furniture is way to big for your living room and no matter how you re-arrange it, take a look and see what you can get rid of. It may be beneficial to downsize to a love seat compared to a full size couch if there are only two people living in the household. Getting rid of the furniture will allow you more room to organize and store items.
Build a Storage Rack
A basement or garage is a great place to build a storage rack to store your items. If you don’t have a lot of storage for toys, or looking for a place to store those summer clothes, storing them in bins on a storage rack will reduce the need to keep it in the home. If you have stairs, building a storage closet under the stairs is a great storage opportunity for toys, a reading nook, storage of blankets or towels.
Alternatives to Bedside Tables
Let’s face it, you need to put your alarm clock, cell phone, lamp or a glass of water close to the bed. Many use a bedside table to store those items but they take up a lot of room. A headboard with shelves will allow more open space in the bedroom. Adding a nice corner chair for reading time would bring a great addition to the bedroom.
Hang Up The Pots and Pans
Pots and pans are one of the biggest clutter areas in the kitchen. We tend to organize the kitchen cabinets and then a week later they are all mis-organized. Hanging up the pots and pans against the wall will make it easier for you to find the right size pot and pan you are looking for. It will save room in cabinets for other items you wish to hide away.
Furniture takes up a lot of space especially in common areas. Couches, end tables, coffee tables can take up a good chunk of space. Consider multi-functioning furniture such as double recliners with storage and a drink holder on between. This reduces the need for end tables. If you have little space in your kitchen for a dining room table and don’t have enough cabinet space, try installing a built in storage wall with a table that swings down. When you are ready to eat, have the table come down and when you are done, latch the table back up.
Finding an alternative way to store your belongings can be a tedious task. Consider what you have on hand first before going out and purchasing a storage unit. More storage could mean rearranging furniture, shelves, bedroom sets or installing organizers. If you have too much, de-clutter your home to make room for the items you need.