4 Innovative Storage Options to Make Mom’s Life Easier – Guest post by Debra Lewis
Figuring out home storage in small living spaces can be a challenge, especially when kids are around. Without large extra rooms and lots of closet space, you have to be savvy with how you use your space. Storage solutions to some of the most frustrating clutter are in your home; you just have to know where to look for them.
Under the Bed Bins
Several square yards of unused space exists under the bed in every bedroom in your house. Shallow plastic bins or baskets are the best way to take advantage of this space. Store things you don’t need as often, like seasonal clothing or dressy shoes, in last plastic bins beneath your bed. In the kids’ rooms, under the bed baskets make great toy storage, especially if the rooms aren’t big enough for toy chests. Put spare blankets, pillows, and sheets in vacuum-sealed bags, then store them in bins beneath the guest room bed.
Wall Hooks Galore
Wall hooks are a fantastic way to remove clutter from your home, because you can use them to organize more things than you think. Use plastic hooks for closet organization: hang belts, scarves, ties, bags, and even jewelry on the back of the closet door. Many varieties of metal hooks stick to the wall without damaging the paint, and these go wonderfully in areas of the home that guests often see. Hooks by the door for coast and purses frees up valuable closet space. Large hooks from the garage ceiling are perfect for hanging your family’s bicycles.
Hooks and Hiding Places for Cords
The walls aren’t the only places you can use hooks for storage. With the number of electronics you and your kids have, tangles cords and masses of wires are probably a big clutter concern in your home. Try hanging stylish metal stick-on hooks underneath your desk or your bedside table. When your electronics aren’t plugged in, hang the cords over the hooks to keep them in easy reach and from tangligh with each other. Do the same with your headphones to keep them from knitting.
Shelves for the Walls
Wall space isn’t just for artwork and framed pictures. A sturdy set of shelf brackets and the right colored shelves can handle a lot of stuff you need to keep from overpowering the house. Store your remote controls and your electronics on a shelf in the living room. Put a few up in the bathroom for the mouthwash, the lotion, and some extra toiler paper. Shelves in the kitchen are great for holding spices, tea and coffee, or even snacks. They work for toys, too.
Though mothers will certainly find them useful, these innovative storage options aren’t just for mom. They work for anyone who has kids around, or anyone who simply lives in a small space and needs some storage ideas they can implement in a quick DIY weekend. Small spaces don’t have to be storage nightmares. A little ingenuity foes a long way towards getting rid of some clutter and cleverly storing your stuff.