5 Great Space Saving Ideas for Your Home
In todayâ€™s world it seems to be more and more important to hold on to what youâ€™ve got, to limit waste and keep items in the house that you may be able to reuse or recycle later on, rather than forking out your hard earned cash for new items after throwing out your old ones once finished with.
Unfortunately, this can mean a lot of clutter and dwindling space in your household. Hereâ€™s how to strike the perfect balance between being able to hold on to your just-in-case jumble without the walls closing in.
Itâ€™s easy to limit your idea of storage space to drawers, cupboards and wardrobes, so high-up spaces are often overlooked but can be very valuable for space saving. Make use of spaces above doorways, for example, where you can install a shelf to store items that you donâ€™t often use.
Using ceiling space in cupboards and wardrobes is a great way to store seasonal items like gift wrapping or Christmas decorations â€“ install beams or shelves in the ceiling to keep these items out of sight but still handy.
Dual Purpose Furniture
Furniture that has more than one function is a great way to save space and avoid clutter. Sofa beds are a good example, as is using a storage trunk as a coffee table or bench seating. Beds with storage underneath is another simple way to maximise storage space, especially for kidsâ€™ rooms.
There are lots of childrens bunk bedsthat combine clever storage space with cosy beds. Bunk beds are also perfect space savers for kids who share the same bedroom as they allow for much more floor space than two single beds.
Vacuum packing bags are now available at lots of department stores, storage shops and online. Theyâ€™re perfect for sorting your wardrobe out by season and they save so much space, shrinking your bag of clothes to a much more manageable package and creating lots more space in the cupboard for the clothes you use on a daily basis.
You can pack all your winter clothes away for the summer, or store those old baby clothes away if you think you or a family member might need them again in years to come.
Hang it Up
Hanging space is an ideal way to incorporate vertical storage into your home, which is an efficient way to make the most of your space.
Hangers and racks that attach to the backs of doors are one clever way to use vertical storage, for example, store all your shoes in a hanging shoe organiser that attaches to the back of your wardrobe door, or hang a rack from the bathroom door that contains all your bathroom essentials like your hairdryer, spare handtowels and soap, or cleaning products.
In the kitchen, using hanging space for pots, pans and other utensils will free up cupboard space, and in the garage hanging up bikes and sorting equipment from the ceiling will maximise your floor space.
While stackable storage boxes are useful anywhere around the house, nowhere is it more effective than in the pantry. Invest in some good quality modular storage to keep your food fresh and your pantry organised. Having a good set of storage containers in your pantry will change it from a mess of mixed up items to a stylish set of compartmentalised ingredients. Storing opened ingredients (like flour or cereal) in these kind of containers will also help increase their shelf life, meaning less waste.
With lots of new and innovative storage solutions constantly popping up, itâ€™s never been easier to follow these steps and make the most of the space in your home. Thereâ€™s no house too small if you use a big imagination for simple space-saving.