When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.
Making the most of your property's storage space is an absolute must for any homeowner. Aside from making a house appear neat, clean and tidy; intelligent and shrewd use of storage space in the home is actually able to boost resale value. After all, home buyers are always willing to pay a little extra for a house that looks and feels spacious.
Listed here are four great ways to make the most of the storage space available in your home from A to D. Not only are these handy little tips easy to recall, following them can significantly improve the appearance and value of your home. Just remember A, B, C, D.
A for Above
It's always a good idea to look upwards when assessing storage possibilities in your home. Aside from the more obvious spaces between the tops of wardrobes/tables and the roof, you can also make the most of storing items above head height by being a little inventive.
One great way to do this is by installing a ceiling rack in the kitchen. Not only will this provide your home with a dashing, modern look, it'll also get rid of the more awkwardly shaped items that refuse to be shoved away into drawers.
Towel racks above the toilet are another great space saver, as are wall-fitted coat racks in the hallway, and medicine cabinets above the sink. To find some great sources of space, simply tilt your head back and look up.
B for Below
Tucking objects away underneath furniture is a great storage method. It helps to keep the house feeling spacious, and there are all kinds of ways to enhance stocking items down towards the ground. It's always tempting to boot things underneath the bed in order to get them out of sight, but by attaching some sliding drawers to the bottom of your bed, you can make the most of this unused space and keep your objects clean.
Stuffing items below the bed ordinarily means that they're forgotten about, and more often than not they gather huge amounts of dust, dirt and debris over time. With below-bed drawers, the space below your bed is utilized perfectly and it keeps objects clean and tidy whilst simultaneously hiding them out of sight.
If you have any tables in the house with space underneath them, take a look to see if you can install a drawer below, and the same goes for any toe-kick spaces you might have in the kitchen which may even be underneath appliances. If there's room there, it's worth taking a look to see what you can shove underneath.
C for Cubbies
One of the best ways to maximize storage space is by taking a good long look around your home, and waiting patiently until that light bulb above your head flickers on with a bright idea. Getting creative is the best way to make the most of your storage space, and it's important not to afraid to gamble on different ideas.
Think outside the storage box, and analyse every single aspect of your home. One perfect example is to make the most of the walls as cubbies. Wall cubbie storage can come in many different forms, including built-in drawers, built-in book cases, and knee-wall dressers. Not only do these items look enticingly modern, but they also provide extra storage space without taking up any extra room in the house.
D for Drawers
Whenever you pack your groceries at the supermarket, you usually take note of what goes where to ensure you utilise the most of your space so that you can fit more in without the weight becoming an issue. Well, the drawers in your home are very much the same deal. Organizing them in the right way can really maximise your home's storage space, making everything look a little neater in the process.
Experiment a little when you reorganize your drawers, and always carefully test them (especially ones in the kitchen that contain sharp objects) to ensure that your design is working safely. If it's scraping and catching, don't force it. Take stock and start again. Also, don't be afraid to reserve one of the biggest hidden spaces as a junk drawer; you can always keep returning to it and sort it piece by piece over time.
For more tips on crafting and installing storage, consult resources like High Kraft Kitchens & Joinery.