Creative storage ideas lie everywhere and they are able to create a space or environment which is cosy and comfortable without much clutter. Many parts of the house will require some sort of storage solutions, be it the bedroom, living room, kitchen, or the bathroom. The possibilities of creative storage are unlimited and you can make use of your creativity in organizing the stuff.
It’s a must to organize your home, but how to do it and where to start is a common challenge to getting this daunting task finished. Professional organizers expound the virtues of finding a place for everything. It seems that the clutter that takes over our lives is caused by items that really don’t belong somewhere. Hence, they are simply left anywhere.
So when you’re attempting to find suitable storage for belongings, your first step will be to get organized. Begin by purging yourself of the things you don’t need or don’t want. Although many people won’t place things they don’t want on display in their home many will tuck these very same items into drawers or closets, just in case. However, since storage space in many apartments is limited it’s important to stay focused and store away only items you know you will need at some point.
Storage in bedroom is perhaps the most significant. In a small room, replace your bed frame and headboard with a platform bed that can double as a storage system. Build or buy a simple platform bed that has a hollow interior and a lid that lifts or slides off. Add recessed shelves to the sides of the platform to create space for books or other decorative items. Before you put your mattress on the platform, store unsightly items and things you do not use often on the interior.
Night tables are often overlooked as storage solutions. Add fabric skirts to small tables for hidden storage, or create a design statement and storage solution in one by using stacked items. Show off a collection of vintage suitcases or hat boxes by stacking them on either side of the bed and using the interiors as storage. In creating your own bedside tables, you can match them to your bed height for increased functionality.
Living room requires storage solution as well. The best way to customize your home storage needs is to build the unit yourself. A cubby bench is the perfect multi-use unit because you can store items in the divided space within the bench and use the top for seating, additional storage (i.e. book shelf) or as a place to display photos and other decorative items. This cubbies bench can easily be constructed out of sturdy plywood. You can further use your creativity by customizing the bench with paint. Paint the unit one solid colour, or use different colours for each cubby and add custom details and designs to the top and sides of the bench.
When you’re trying to create more storage space, don’t overlook an area that is wasted in many cabins: the area under the stairs. Stairs typically measure 3 feet wide and 8 feet high. The triangular area underneath can be configured for storage in a number of ways. Built-in units custom made to fit this space maximize storage capacity.
Depending on your requirements, a single solution in the form of closet, shelving, drawer or bin may be adequate. Or mix and match units. Stairways that run up the centre of a cabin can have built-ins on both sides. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination – and the nature of your stuff.