When it comes to storing everything you need in your home, most houses fall short. We often always have more things than we have space for. This is especially true (and a big problem) for smaller homes that are already tight on living space.
How do you make your home feel bigger when it’s not? The key is to maximize the space you do have by getting creative with accessories and storage options. Here are the top storage hacks you can use to make the most of your limited space.
Install behind-the-door shelves.
The space behind the door is one of the most overlooked storage spaces in the home. You may not be able to store a lot of things behind the door without obstructing how the door opens, but there are some options you can use to create unique behind-the-door storage treasures. For these tight spaces, using spice racks or thin shelves can be a great addition to store small items out of sight.
Leverage the over the door space.
Whether you’re looking to get shoes off the floor or to store all of your bathroom toiletries, over-the-door organizers are a highly effective way to stay organized without needing a lot more space. Over the door shoe racks can also be repurposed to hold books, clothes, and other items as well – just be open to being creative.
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Walk through your home and look for spaces that you don't use that could become storage.
Over the door display shelves.
The last most underutilized space is above the door. Using thin shelving or even leveraging flooring trim can make for great shelving units above your doors. You’d want to avoid using these shelves in high traffic areas as the opening and closing of the door could cause the items on the above the door shelf to be knocked off.
Create under furniture rollout drawers.
Whether you have space under the bed, under large wardrobes, or even under the couch, you can use build rollout drawers to store even more things. If you’re not the build-it type, you can find small plastic bins that could fit under these items as well – just be sure to take proper measurements to make sure things will fit smoothly.
Even taking a walk around your home and looking for space you don’t use can give you some great ideas of where you can create unique storage opportunities. If you’re ever short on ideas, doing a quick search on sites like Pinterest or Etsy can give you many options to choose from to turn your small living space into a storage treasure trove. And when you’re ready for a major storage overhaul, a licensed contractor — like the ones in the At Home Pros network — can give you he space you crave.