Do you feel that you have enough storage space? Many homeowners will know the frustration of having too many possessions and not enough storage – which creates clutter. If chaos isn’t your style, and you’re tired of your things piling up with nowhere to call their home, you probably need some unique storage solutions. Try the following to get started:
Perhaps you have an empty corridor that could easily house a stylish bookshelf, or you have a wall that could be removed to create a nook for storing those possessions you’d like to have on display. Often homeowners will find that if they assess their homes with a critical eye, there will be somewhere that – after a bit of work – can be used as a storage solution. You might also like to consider using your walls – it’s all too easy to use precious floor space for storage when you could be building shelves instead.
Thanks to their versatility, shipping containers can be used as the base structure for all kinds of extra rooms, or simply as spacious, secure storage areas (they’re exceptionally difficult to break into). Shipping containers are easy to transport – so you can choose to use one as an extension of your home or keep it in your garden. If you use a shipping container as storage and eventually decide to get rid of some of your possessions, you’ll be able to repurpose it as an office, a man cave, a kids’ playroom or a home gym – your imagination is the limit!
Another great storage solution born from the idea of repurposing existing items, milk bottle crates are an excellent and easy way to store rogue possessions. If you have children you’ll be intimately familiar with books and toys being strewn all over the floor, so why not allow the kids to help decorate their new crate? With any luck, a sense of pride in their personalised crate will encourage them to pick up their belongings. You can paint or decorate the crates in any way you please: thus, milk bottle crates are a creative way to showcase you or your children’s personality and style without having to break the bank. It’s also easy to mount book crates on walls, meaning you’re not limited to floor space when considering where to install your nifty new storage solution – perfect if you live in a small house or apartment.
Rolling storage bins are designed to be versatile and easy to transport, making them an ideal storage solution if you plan on rearranging your furniture in the future. Rolling storage bins can be kept in wardrobes or in the corners of bedrooms or bathrooms and are available in a wide variety of sizes to suit your space.
If there’s space under your bed – or the kids’ beds – there’s space for storage. If you fancy yourself to be a bit crafty, you might like to create your own trendy drawers on wheels – or you might just like to invest in a few stylish boxes. Try storing items that you won’t be needing for a while, such as seasonal clothing or sports equipment. Additionally, if your kids know there is no space left under their beds for scary monsters to hide, you have a better chance of uninterrupted sleep at night!
You can find extra storage space in even the smallest apartments if you’re determined enough. If you feel overwhelmed with clutter, try out a few unique storage solutions and enjoy the feeling of freedom that living in an organised space will give you!
Johanna Cider is a New Zealand-based writer who is passionate about home organisation and storage solutions. She enjoys spending hours in home design stores, planning her next DIY projects. Find more of her work here.