It can be hard to corral kid toys, and storage options may be limited depending on your space. In some cases cube bookcases or furniture with built-in storage is idea. But if you’re looking for an interesting alternative, try creating storage on your walls and at the kids’ level. In this example, garden hanging baskets were used and secured to studs. The cage element to the baskets keeps toys inside and creates cute little stations for storage. Make your kids feel like the space is truly their own by putting everything within reach and encouraging clean-up time!
There’s a little-known storage space right in front of you: the space behind your door. Odd, right? But think about it; you close your door and there’s at least three to four inches of space between the door and the shelving inside. In pantry areas, this space can be utilized to store spices and other food products. Install a basic, narrow shelving unit (easily a DIY project, or affordably done by your local carpenter) to fit your door and your needs exactly.
Bathrooms get surprisingly dirty and dusty, fast. They can be a pain to keep organized and hard to maintain the aesthetic in an area that sees a lot of traffic day in and day out. Plus, any kind of hygiene or beauty routine in the bathroom usually involves some minuscule bits and bobs. To make that part of your day easier (before you hit the coffee), use mason jars to organize items like q tips, cotton balls, and gauze. Using uniform jars that fit your bathroom’s aesthetic means they’ll blend in perfectly while keeping the place organized. Class it up a bit with decorative jars.
Kitchens are the spaces that truly bring families together. No matter what your cultural background is, chances are, everyone gathers where the food is being made. But in both small and large kitchens it can be hard to stay organized with so many products around. Harder still to decide what to store away in a more permanent area, where they aren’t immediately at hand. Luckily, items like baking sheet storage racks can keep your cabinets organized and make it easy to find exactly what you need. These racks are made to fit sheets of any shape and size, from a basic baking sheet to a muffin tray. They fit easily under counter space or can be utilized in the pantry for additional storage. No more digging around in the dark for that one beat-up tray – make cooking more fun with the hassle forgotten.
Fold-out furniture was big in the late 1800s when cities grew quickly and people needed to make the most of small spaces. You’ve probably seen old movies with beds popping out from the wall (a popular feature in comedies). Over the decades, houses were built bigger, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about fold-out furniture altogether. In fact, fold-out tables are a perfect option for adding a bar or breakfast nook to your home. Whether you go for a mass-produced design or a custom-made piece, these functional furniture pieces add character to your home as well as additional storage space.
Makeup can be hard to keep track of. There are so many bits and pieces: thin eyeliner sticks, tiny lip glosses, blush rounds, and eyebrow pencils. For a long time pouches were the preferred way to both store and travel with makeup, but they’re not an ideal option for storage in the long run. Frantically digging through a packed bag when you need that last-minute lipstick fix can be frustrating. At home, at least, using a cutlery organizer for makeup storage will keep everything neat and tidy. The individual sections of a cutlery organizer are the perfect size for items like eyeliners or lip gloss. Smaller sections can be used to store pencil sharpeners, eye shadow rounds, blush, and more. Find an organizer that fits your bathroom or bedroom drawer and never dig through a pile of makeup again.
For crafters, organization can seem like an oxymoron. It’s not uncommon for those who love crafts to take on multiple projects, and therefore, near impossible to stay organized if you don’t already have a system in place. Plus, a lot of crafting items are small and easy to lose. Craft caddies are a great way to keep adult crafters or crafty kids organized. They’re essentially totes (of the material of your choice) that have sections and helpful slots, like paintbrush holders. Keep paints, polymer clay, buttons, and more organized and separated in each section. Easily tote crafts around or clean them up quickly and tuck them away. These caddies are a great solution not only for organization and storage but for the busy crafter who doesn’t work in just one area.
Chances are, one or both of your parents used a wall calendar while you were growing up. They’d jot down birthdays, appointments, sports events, and more to try and keep the family’s day organized. But wall calendars have fallen out of favor as they don’t do their job as well as they could. With limited space, it’s hard to actually organize your day. Consider getting a multi-organization unit that also works for storage. These are built so many different ways and you’ll easily find one to fit your needs. Common builds include a calendar (usually chalk or eraser board), key hanger, mail bucket, and corkboard. Organize your day, week, or month to fit your needs and make sure you’re not forgetting anything as you head out the door.
As a parting tip, let’s talk about decluttering your space. These days there are quite a few TV shows, books, and consultation services dedicated to teaching you how to declutter. But it’s overall a simple process. As you get ready to organize each space and create new storage, start by going through every item in that area. If you’re adding storage to your closet, first pull out all your belongings and decide: do you really need this? Do you ever wear this? Should it be stored away with seasonal items, or is it better off donated? By decluttering your space, you’ll have even more room for things you actually need, and finding items will be easier in the end.