Can you ever have too many closets? We don’t think we’ve ever heard anyone complain about that. In fact, Money magazine says it’s the No. 1 annoyance of homeowners. If you just moved into a new house after purchasing one of the Los Angeles homes for sale or anywhere else and have run into the same issue, there’s probably more storage space than you think, even if the place is tiny.
Creating more storage space is all about thinking out of the box.
Get Rid of Anything You Don’t Need
The first step is to make more space by getting rid of anything you don’t need. Go through your home room by room, carefully considering every item. For large rooms, you can break it up into zones so that you don’t get overwhelmed and give up. Place them into three different piles – items you can sell, items to donate, and items to toss into the trash. Getting rid of all that clutter will help you maximize the space you have and reduce the stress that comes with trying to find something.
Add Wire Pantry Shelves
Pantry shelves aren’t just for the pantry, they’re great for areas where shelves that are full-depth don’t fit, such as a laundry room.
If you have suitcases that you don’t use, they can be great for storing seasonal clothing without taking up any more space. Roll items like pants, shirts, and sweaters into loose bundles so that they take up less room.
Buy Furniture That Doubles as Storage
Take advantage of furniture that has built-in storage like a storage bench with a cushion on top that can provide a place for tired feet or to sit on, while the space below can be used for books, craft supplies, toys, games, and so on. It’s a great way to stylishly disguise things you don’t want to display. You might even customize the upholstery to fit your household decor or other needs, such as stain-resistant for kids and pets or suede if you’re looking to add a luxurious feel.
Mudroom benches are ideal for raincoats and wet umbrellas that can stain rugs and warp hardwood floors, providing a stopping area just inside the door.
Over the Door Display Shelves
If you have knick-knacks you want to show off with no room to display them, build a display shelf over the door.
Install Pull-Down Racks Under Cabinets
Pull-down racks under the kitchen cabinets are ideal for holding those essentials while making it much easier to keep them organized and easy to find. When you’re done cooking, the racks simply swing up against the underside of the cabinet, staying hidden. They’re easy to find at online retailers like Ikea.com.
A Shoe Organizer in the Bathroom
Bathrooms can quickly become messy with all those beauty tools. You can maximize space and keep items organized by making use of a shoe organizer hung on the door for those small electric beauty appliances, brushes, combs, makeup, jewelry, and more.
Make Room in the Garage For Your Cars
Many people use all the space in the garage for recreational equipment, luggage, seasonal decorations, and so on, but by installing overhead ceiling racks, you can place those items there and make room for your cars instead.