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February 5th, 2018

Making Wasted Space Functional

Cassie Adams

If you are like me, as much as you want your home to be organized and tidy at all times, most days it looks like a tornado whipped through. The biggest issue that most homeowners run into when it comes to getting organized and maintaining it, is a lack of functional space for storage. You may have bookshelves, filing cabinets, or junk drawers where you can toss things that don’t belong anywhere else, but those places end up getting too cluttered themselves after a while. So what do you do? Slowly drown in stuff? No way!

If you are like me, as much as you want your home to be organized and tidy at all times, most days it looks like a tornado whipped through. The biggest issue that most homeowners run into when it comes to getting organized and maintaining it, is a lack of functional space for storage. You may have bookshelves, filing cabinets, or junk drawers where you can toss things that don’t belong anywhere else, but those places end up getting too cluttered themselves after a while. So what do you do? Slowly drown in stuff? No way!

Here are some examples of wasted space made functional, so you can have a specific place where all of that “stuff” belongs:

1. Under the Stairs:
Most of us have seen Harry Potter’s little bedroom under the stairs. While we don’t recommend keeping your nephews under there, we love making that space more useful. Consider adding shelving for books, CDs, DVDs, games, Toys, etc. to get organized without adding more bulky furniture.

2. The Shelf-less Closet:
Many homes have these clutter magnets. Closets that only have a bar for hanging items seem to attract a sea of mismatched shoes, old hats and bags, and all manner of other items on their floors. Fully customized shelving and cubbies to fit exactly what needs to be stored in them are a great way to make decluttering, and future cleaning and organization a breeze.

3. The Cluttered Garage:
Often the garage is the place where most of the clutter and seasonal storage ends up when the closets and basement get full. Adding racks and shelves to give easy access to storage boxes, tools, and equipment, will keep your Christmas décor, leftover paint, and old baby clothes within easy reach.

4. The Lost Space Below Your Cabinets:
Have a cluttered kitchen? Yeah me too. One great way to add storage space to your kitchen is by adding drawers behind the “toe kick” molding, aka, under your base cabinets. These drawers are the perfect size for cookie sheets, large skillets, grilling utensils, and much more.

5. Cavernous Bathroom Vanities & The Kitchen Sink Cabinet:
Bathroom Vanities & Kitchen Sinks are notorious clutter spots in homes. They typically do not come with shelves or drawers, and cleaning products, dish rags, spare rolls of toilet paper, old makeup and broken curling irons wind up just tossed in willy-nilly. There are tons of great storage systems purpose built for these spaces, and many can be easily implemented yourself, with minimal tools required.

 

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