Jana Ratzenbek
Jana Ratzenbek

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So you live in a nice and cozy little home? You love every square inch of your cottage, but there is something you wish you had more of.  It’s something that every large home has an ample supply of, but your home doesn’t.  Yep, I’m talking about storage space!

My small home does have some closet space.  The closets are barely large enough to accommodate my clothing & shoes, my house supplies, and my bare essentials.. but that’s pretty much it.  Some of us are lucky enough to have a garage,  but most people I know use it to store their junk… relegating their cars to the driveway for parking.

So where could you find that space you need to house all that miscellany you managed to collect over the years?

Try this little mind trick… take a good look around the house, then close your eyes, and think about all the little hiding spots in your home.  Now open your eyes… VOILA!  Empty space!

Your friend, Mr. Pantry.  You are one step closer to more efficient storage for your kitchen items. Look at the shelving in your pantry, there is great storage potential there.  If you are on a tight budget, consider a simple re-configuration of your shelves. Corner to corner shelving adds additional inches of use.  Adding floor-to-ceiling shelves can gain you an extra row or two of shelving.  If you have a few more rubles to spend, consider adding a Lazy Susan in your kitchen corner(s).  Suddenly all that clutter on your counter will disappear!

Hide-And-Seek!  We all played that game when we were kids, I know I did!  I explored every little nook and cranny of my childhood home, and found the tiniest of hiding spots to evade my seeker!  Crawl spaces, empty space underneath the stairs, underneath the bed, you name it! You can use many of these little hiding spots for storage.  Why not use that empty space underneath your stairs for a cool shoe closet? How about a floor-to-ceiling pull out cabinet on wheels, somewhere in your laundry room?  This can be used to store all your detergents and laundry supplies.

Unused kitchen space.  There is plenty of empty and unused space in the kitchen.  You’re probably looking around and telling yourself… not in my kitchen!” There are spaces that you may not notice or see.  What about those “fillers” in between your cabinets?  Or the space you may have between your fridge and cabinets?  A space as little as 3” is large enough for a simple hide-away spice rack.  That could free up some space inside one of your cabinets.

Re-configure your closets.  Adding some additional shelving in your closets could work wonders in your quest for more storage.  Wire shelving is very inexpensive and you can do it yourself.  Two or three shelves on the side will take up about 12” of your hanging space, but will add plenty of space for your shirts and small things to store. You could hang a small basket under each shelf to store your gloves, socks, scarves, etc.

Look up above, it’s your attic!  You’d be surprised how much storage can be created in your attic!  Nail down some ¾” plywood strips on the attic joists so you have a safe and sturdy surface to walk on.  Now you have a place to store some large boxes and seasonal items that you only use once a year. Just remember, attics tend to get very hot in the summer, and cold in the winter.  Be careful not to store certain items, such as electronics, that could possibly get damaged in excessive temperatures!

Garage Overhead Storage.  For those of us fortunate enough to have a garage, an overhead rack is a no-brainer.  They take up very little space, and don’t get in the way of your car.  Here’s another idea I got from a friend of mine that renovated her kitchen. She used a few of her old kitchen cabinets and hung them on her garage walls.  She keeps all her jarred and canned non-perishable foods in there, as well as her paper products.

Outdoor storage trunk.  If you have a deck or patio in your backyard, a heavy-duty plastic trunk is a great place to store certain things that you would otherwise store in your garage.  It’s always a good idea to place things into contractor grade trash bags before placing them in the trunk.  This keeps the insects and critters away!

Get rid of some stuff!  Many people I know are “hoarders”, they simply can’t let go of certain things. Don’t fall prey to this. It’s never a good idea to get too attached to things, especially replaceable things. If you haven’t used it in over two years, chances are, you will never use it!  Have a garage sale.  Convert some of that old, unused junk into dollars.  Donate that old baby stroller, or your kids old toys that they no longer play with to a local charity.  Sell it, give it away, or just throw it away!

 

As you can see,  there are so many things you can do to create more space in your home.  I think I could write a whole book about it!  Just find an empty space, use your imagination, and don’t let anyone discourage you. Everything is possible!

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