We’ve all heard of Spring Cleaning, right? Well what about Summer Cleaning? We don’t have to wait til springtime to do our biggest cleaning. I honestly think it’s great to adopt a seasonal cleaning routine to help cut back on clutter accumulation and give your home a fresh start each and every season!
If you’re like me, when your home is messy and disorganized, it can make the whole place feel hectic and generally out of control. Finding new ways to expand storage solutions is one of the quickest and best ways to bring sanity to your safe haven. Of course, finding ways to do this is not always easy because storage can be a tricky thing to find space for… especially if you already live in a home of a small size (like me). Not saying I’m the queen of organization, but my family of six lives in a home of 950 square feet! I’ve tangoed a time or two with organization so here are some storage tips that could help make your home less hectic.
Blend Storage Into the Room
It’s a good idea to try and blend your storage solutions into the room. For example, if you have a little space that can accommodate a small storage basket or box, go for it. If you have a wall that doesn’t need furniture, slap some bookshelves on it. And for some reason, once you have children, they seem to take up majority of the space. Through my Pinterest searching, I came across some pretty cool storage solutions like this kids wardrobe collection from Cuckooland. It has many functions, can blend into a room more easily, and perfect if you have multiple kiddos in one bedroom. Bookshelves, baskets, bins, and even bigger pieces like a wardrobe cabinet is a way to ensure your storage furniture doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
Do Something With Hidden Space
We all have hidden space somewhere, right? To the naked eye it may not look like it, but have you ever considered wall space (for shelves), space under the bar in the kitchen (if you have one), or how about closet space? I have even managed to use the space between my refrigerator and wall! I’ll have to do an updated video of homeschooling in small spaces to show you how I make it stylishly work. If a storage cart can fit, I’m gonna put it there!
Use Custom Shelves to Make Better Use of the Space
As I mentioned before, shelves are a great way to utilize space, especially up off of the floor. Thing is, shelving that you buy from stores comes in a certain form factor. The way you buy it and how it functions is also the way it functions for everyone else. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that but if you don’t have the space for floor standing shelves, you may want to consider choosing a custom shelving solution. Now I’m not talking about spending hundreds of dollars on custom-made shelving, but the DIY route that you can easily make tailored to your storage needs is always a win-win!
Allow Storage to Divide the Space Up Naturally
This is a nice way to add an extra bit of storage to a room without overburdening it. For example, if you have a room that has two distinct areas within it, you could naturally break them up by adding a shelving system in the middle. It’ll give you another place to store things and it’ll have a function in the space too. Another win-win!
Store In/Under Your Bed and Couch/Sofa
It’s very easy to get couches or sofas that come with a lift up compartment where extra things can be stored. And the same applies to beds too. Making these furniture upgrades can definitely help you make the most of your space. We don’t own a couch set that allows for storage in them, however we have enough space to store small things under them. This is perfect for some of the kiddos toys from the foldable chalkboard set to a blowup pool we use for playing with plastic balls.
Needless to say, making your home more organized and better planned can be really important when it comes down to keeping stress low (we all need that right?). It’s okay to take as much time as you need to make any improvements, and if I had to recommend a plan – start with one room at a time!
CHIME IN: Share some of your go-to storage solutions in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.