The Best Kept Storage Secret For Small Spaces
I am still a renter, and finding room for storage is a never ending issue. I live in a townhouse with my fiance, our dog, and all of their “stuff”. I try my absolute hardest to declutter, organize, and store away things we aren’t currently using. There isn’t a day that goes by, however, that my dog’s toys aren’t all over the living room floor and my fiance doesn’t come home and throw all of his belongings on our kitchen table.
(Said dog with his favorite toy – He’s pretty cute, so I have to let his mess slide)
The point being, a small space gets cluttered fast. I like to keep things hidden, because clutter only makes a small space look smaller. The key is to be creative with proper storage, but this can be hard to do in a small space.
One way I overcome this storage problem is by using vertical space. Too often most of us forget about the wasted space up our walls. With a small space, it is essential that every space is properly utilized. Here are a few ideas of how to use vertical space:
This is an apartment that was featured on Apartment Therapy (click on the link to look at the entire place – awesome decor). She uses tall, yet narrow bookcases to utilize the vertical space in the room. By doing this, she isn’t using a lot of floor space, but she is still getting a lot of storage space.
Tip: Keep your bookcases from looking too cluttered by using baskets to store items you want out of eyesight. Also, try to keep items on the bookcase color coordinated – this will reduce a cluttered look.
It pretty much goes without saying that a small kitchen = limited kitchen storage. The use of an undershelf basket is the perfect way to add extra storage by using the vertical space available in this cabinet.
Start thinking outside the box like in this idea from Martha Stewart. She uses the space above the bathroom door to store towels and other items (notice she uses baskets to hide clutter as well).
I think I’ve mentioned this idea numerous times already, but one more time (maybe) – use the space on the inside of a closet door for storage. I love how this over the door shoe rack utilizes the vertical space of the door and completely eliminates the use of floor space for shoes.
This is another home featured on Apartment Therapy (click the link to take a look at their entire space). They attached all their pots and pans to pegboard they installed to their kitchen wall. This eliminates the need for the cabinet space for these items by using the vertical space available.
What kind of storage ideas do you have for small spaces?
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