If you’re like most homeowners, you simply can’t have enough space or storage to keep things accessible but also out of sight. Unfortunately, storage spaces like cabinets, closets, garages, and even attics fill up fast, leaving you wondering where and how you can add storage to your home.
The good news is that sometimes the best storage spaces are hiding in plain sight, as some of the things you use on a daily basis can become ingenious storage solutions. Check out these 10 ideas from Blindster to increase the storage space in your home without breaking the bank.
Make an eyeglasses holder.
People hang holders for their keys and keychains, so why not their eyeglasses and sunglasses? To create your own, all you need is a small block of wood and a tightly drawn string running horizontal across its surface. When the block is fixed to the wall, put one hook off your eyeglasses or sunglasses through the string and they’ll stay in place until the next time you need them. That means no more stumbling around in the dark or running late because of a misplaced pair of glasses.
Use the space under your bathroom sink with a sink skirt.
If you have a standalone sink without any cabinet space underneath, don’t let that area go to waste. Instead, fasten some decorative fabric around the outside of the sink and cut it so that it ends just above the floor. Then, put any bathroom items underneath next to the base of the sink. To further maximize the space, consider adding small plastic cabinets to store the essentials like extra toothpaste, mouthwash, and other essential hygiene items.
Use a CD rack to store Tupperware lids.
Is there anything more annoying than having loose Tupperware lids scattered throughout your cabinets and drawers? It may seem hopeless to keep the lids organized and together in one place, but an easy way to separate them is to use a plastic or metal CD rack. Most are small enough to fit inside a cabinet and have enough room to easily store the lids for all of your Tupperware containers. You can even organize them by size to make retrieving the right one a breeze.
Store paper towels in a shoe hanger.
If you buy jumbo-sized paper towels from places like Costco or Sam’s Club, you know how bulky and unwieldy the packaging can be. Even if you remove each individual paper towel roll from the container, it’s still a challenge to find a place to store all of them. One easy way to store every roll and keep them handy is to place them inside a hanging shoe rack. Hang the rack inside your closet and you’ll find that each opening is the perfect size for most paper towel rolls. Now you not only have a perfect place to store your paper towels, but you also have easy access to a roll anytime you need one.
Store cleaning supplies in a shoe hanger.
Mesh shoe hangers aren’t just great for storing paper towels—they’re also perfect for storing an assortment of cleaning products. To make the most of this space-saving tip, hang the shoe organizer on the other side of your cleaning closet or laundry room door. That way you’ll have all of the items you need to clean your home and do your laundry right in front of you every time you enter the room or retrieve an object from the closet.
Store wrapping paper on your closet’s ceiling.
Even though you may only use wrapping paper once a year at Christmas, you don’t want to throw it away and buy it all over again next December. But you also know how cumbersome it is to store in your closet. Instead of letting it take up precious space on the floor or on your shelves, store it on the ceiling. Just tightly adhere two strong pieces of string or rope from end to end near the ceiling of your closet that are spaced roughly four to five inches shorter than the shortest roll of wrapping paper. Then place each roll on the strings for easy storage and easy access.
Extend your bookshelf over your doorway.
If you have a bookshelf or any other storage shelf placed next to a doorway, consider extending it by painting a piece of wood the same color as the shelf and hanging it just above the molding at the top of the door. This area is often the perfect-sized space for small books, movies, CDs, vinyl albums, and other forms of media that need to be stored out in the open. However, unless you’re NBA player-sized, you may want to have a small step stool or step ladder handy to reach the shelf once it’s installed.
Create hidden bookcase drawers.
Speaking of bookshelves and bookcases, this tip helps kill two birds with one stone. If you have a large bookcase that you want to completely fill but you’re running low on storage, get a small box that matches the depth of the bookcase and glue the spines of old or unwanted books to its side. When the box is pushed against the wall, the books will blend right in with the others and you’ll have a hidden compartment for extra storage.
Boost your bed with risers to create more storage space.
The space under your bed is valuable real estate that can be put to good use. Unfortunately, most people’s beds are too low to the ground to store anything other than extra blankets or pillows. To increase the space under your bed, consider putting it on small risers and adding an extra-long bed skirt. Not only does this give you ample room for small boxes, storage crates, and other items that would normally take up room in your closets, but it also makes your bed a bigger focal point of your bedroom.
Build an office inside a closet.
Whether you work from home or just need a workspace away from the office, a home office is a grand thing to have—except, of course, when you don’t have an extra room in your home to dedicate to such a purpose. Instead of giving up on the idea, however, consider clearing out an unused double-sliding door closet and adding a small workbench with enough room for your computer, printer, and any room essential gadgets. You can pull up a chair and work during the day, and when you’re finished, simply move the chair and close the door and your “office” disappears.