Let’s face it: there are very few of us who can claim to have a clean and well-organized closet. While there might be that one bedroom closet that is relatively clean, for a lot of us those extra closets in an apartment or home are just square feet to toss in everything. Most closets are a jumble of boxes and crates, stacked from bottom to top, with no organization to speak of. The truth is, chances are you have plenty of hidden storage available in your own place just by looking at a few basic tips or practices.
One of the first things you need to do is take a look at your closets. While it might seem like you don’t have any more space, that’s often an illusion. The same way folding your clothes opens up more room in the dresser than just cramming them all in, too often you’ll just toss stuff into the closet without organizing it at all. Yes, it can be annoying to spend half a Saturday unpacking and then re-packing the closet, but you may find by doing this you open up a ton of open storage space.
The second thing to look for are multi-purpose pieces of furniture. There are many couches designed with drawers at the bottom that can be pulled out for more storage, and the same goes with coffee tables. In fact, as budget-conscientious young people are more and more focused on saving money and making more of less, furniture manufacturers create more pieces than ever that have secondary storage built right in.
This can take care of books, notebooks, mail, and even all the odds and ends that quickly fill up any apartment or home. Depending on your needs and your space, you might look at an Ottoman or other foot stool that is hollowed out and can be used to store shoes, boots, scarves, gloves, hats, and other seasonal wear. This keeps all seasonal things easily on hand while eliminating the clutter.
Another solution is to have some cheap plastic drawers in each room. This allows some easy storage space in each room that is kept in a simple set of plastic drawers that are easy to move around, or if you want a nicer appearance you can even toss some linen over it.
While cleaning out your closets might take a little bit of effort, taking these small steps and choosing one weekend to organize can go a long way towards clearing out entire troves of storage space you didn’t even know you had – and make your living area look all the more stylish and like home as you do it.