Keeping your home organized can be a tremendous challenge. Even if you have a large home with plenty of rooms and closets, you might find your available storage space quickly filling up. Of course, you could rent an off-site storage unit to alleviate this logjam, but storage units are expensive and not entirely convenient.
With this article, we’d like to provide you with some top home storage solutions and practical advice on how to optimize your home storage plan. If you find that some additional space is needed for storage, but you don’t want to rent an off-site unit, consider a metal structure from Carport Kingdom.
Put Your Possessions on a Diet
The best way to start improving your home storage is to get rid of old items that you no longer want or need. This is a process you should repeat regularly to make sure you aren’t wasting space on things that could be sold, given away, or thrown out. Even if you only get rid of a few items each time you go through this process, the end result will be far fewer possessions that need to be stored.
Maximize the Use of Each Closet
Your home includes a set number of closets and it’s important to get as much use out of those closets as possible. Simply tossing things into the closet until you can barely open the door without causing an avalanche is not a good strategy. Instead, utilize whatever organizational tools are in the closet already – shelves, closet rods, etc. – and add more, if necessary. Getting the most out of closet spaces comes down to being intentional with how items are packed and how carefully they are stored.
House or Garage?
Some of your things will fare best if they are kept inside your house. Clothes fit into this category, as well as anything else that might be damaged if it is not stored in a climate-controlled setting. On the other hand, some of your stuff can live in the garage – or even outside – without any trouble. Take the time to divide your belongings into two categories so you don’t waste valuable inside space on things that could just as easily be placed in the garage.
If you find that you are running out of room in your garage for all of the stuff in that category, consider adding a new building from Carport Kingdom. We have several types of metal structures that can work beautifully for storage, including sheds, garages, and even carports. All of our buildings are easy to customize, so you can create a plan that is ideal for your needs and your property.
There is often space available in your home or garage for additional storage if you look up toward the ceiling. Adding shelves or storage racks up near the ceiling is a great way to add storage space without giving up floor space in the process. This is a particularly effective strategy in a garage with a high ceiling. Adding shelves up near the ceiling is one of the top home storage solutions that provides room for items that are only accessed occasionally.
For instance, you could storage seasonal holiday decorations and other items that are only used once per year in these areas. It won’t be a big deal to get out a ladder and retrieve them when that task only comes up once a year. And, for the rest of the year, these things are up high and out of the way during day-to-day life.
Boxes and Labels
Loose storage is almost never a good idea. Few items are naturally shaped in a way that makes them easy to store, and some of your things could be damaged if you leave them out. To improve your storage, invest in some cardboard boxes or plastic bins to collect various items. Cardboard boxes will be the cheaper of those two options, but plastic bins may last longer and will provide more protection.
Also, be sure to label your boxes and bins as carefully as possible before putting them into a closet or the garage. This will make it much easier to find what you are looking for when the time comes to get something out. You don’t want to have to dig through everything you own just to find one small item, and that headache can be avoided through proper labeling.
Just Get Started
It’s easy to put off the task of improving your home storage and organization. It can seem like a big challenge, and you are probably used to the way your home is organized at the moment. However, there is a significant upgrade in quality of life available if you are willing to put some time and effort into this task. If you reach the conclusion that a new metal building would greatly improve your storage efforts, Carport Kingdom is here to help. We hope to hear from you today!