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It may seem impossible to be creative with storage if your living area is tiny. That trendy city apartment or condo may be great for location and convenience but often comes at the cost of having less space.
While many of us may believe that the answer to our clutter problems would be to have a bigger house, in a lot of instances, a serene, tidy home is already within reach.
It may merely be a matter of using your available space more efficiently.
Let’s look at some easy options you can implement yourself with minimal fuss.
Space-Saving DIY Projects: Create a Closet Organization System
The dilemma of closets is that they, themselves, can take up a lot of space in a room. So even if you’re the world’s most organized person, a single closet can become a big headache.
If you’re working from a smaller budget, you can create a closet organization system using inexpensive materials to work with your available resources.
If you’re looking to maximize your available area, the best thing to do is organize your clothes according to style, color, and season rather than type.
Color coding your clothing allows you to stay focused on just one task at a time, which will save you time when it comes to dressing. It may seem insignificant, but those extra minutes might be better spent in bed or on a morning yoga ritual.
Also, you will probably find that you don’t often wear a lot of your clothes all the time. Winter jackets, coats, warm footwear, and boots are big space guzzlers. These can easily be packed and stored out of sight to make room for your summer wardrobe.
Streamline Your Bathroom
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Have you ever wondered why your bathroom looks so cluttered?
It may be because you haven’t packed away your grooming accessories. Or perhaps your toilet rolls are stacked on your vanity. Although bathrooms are essentially grooming areas, they should also be relaxing sanctuaries.
To declutter your bathroom, start by deciding what objects need to be out all the time, then determine if these items can be stored in one container. Also, look at decanting things like shampoo and conditioner into travel-sized containers so that you can pack large bottles away.
Once you’ve figured out what you need on a regular basis, other items can then be packed into storage areas. Of course, this may be easier said than done if your small bathroom doesn’t have any.
However, there are often unused spaces in your bathroom that can benefit from a quick update. For example, storage cubbies can be fairly easily incorporated beneath basins, giving you space to keep those lesser-used cosmetics and grooming equipment.
At the end of the day, it sometimes pays to be a little ruthless and be prepared to get rid of unnecessary items. Do you really need three shades of red nail polish?
Space-Saving DIY Projects: Pull-Out Shelving Beneath Work Spaces
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Workspaces are another area of our homes that may be using up more room than necessary. Pull-out shelving units allow you to expand the surface area of your kitchen, bathroom, or workshop without adding bulky pieces of furniture into cramped spaces.
These units are ideal for small areas since they allow you to add additional cupboards and appliances without giving up valuable floor space.
Units that can be installed beneath countertops can be used for pots and pans, crockery, and utensils. In workshops, large benchtops can also accommodate power tools or other equipment beneath them.
Both have the additional benefit of making it easier to work in these areas. Don’t underestimate the value of being able to prepare meals in minutes because everything is within easy reach.
Organize Kitchen Cabinets with Drawers
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Back on the topic of kitchens, you may have noticed that your cabinets have heaps of wasted space in them. Often shelving inside cabinets leaves plenty of unused room that’s practically begging to be repurposed, and often, it’s simply a matter of installing some laminated plyboard to do the trick.
Give some thought to adding extra shelving within overly spacious cabinets to give more packing space for extra crockery or smaller items like spices and sauces.
You could also install pull-out drawers under your sink. They’re a smart way of holding cleaning supplies, dish soap, and other equipment that often gets shoved out of sight.
Both of these options also put items in easy reach when you need them, making chores like cooking and cleaning much more energy-efficient.
Space-Saving DIY Projects: Be Creative with Bedroom Storage
There are plenty of ways to take advantage of your unused bedroom space by opting for clever storage ideas that minimize mess and make it a pleasure to live in.
Think outside the box when choosing furnishings such as nightstands, for example. Choose multi-functional options with drawers for storage and shelves beneath. This will allow you to keep clutter out of sight and tidily store books and magazines.
Your bed itself may also be an unexplored storage area. The space beneath your bed frame is often overlooked but can be a great place to incorporate storage units to hold extra bedding and bulky items like cushions, next season’s wardrobe, shoes, and even gym equipment.
A clean house makes us feel more relaxed, calm, and happy. It also gives us a sense of pride when we walk into our homes.
A home full of clutter can make it hard to give all of our attention to matters that need it.
At the end of the day, a tidy home is not just beautiful. It’s good for the soul.
Knowing that you have a handle on home clutter can go a long way to making you feel ready to face the rest of the world.