As we continue to try and get our homes organized, why not think outside the (cardboard) box when it comes to finding places to “hide” your belongings? With just a little time and creativity, you can find unusual and decorative ways to store items that you don’t want to get rid of, but don’t need hanging around in plain sight all the time.
Store where you snore – Need space to stash some bulky blankets? No problem. Consider buying a mattress foundation that has a hidden compartment,
instead of the standard box spring.
Look up above – Look up and take advantage of the space over your head. Install floating shelves and cabinets in places like narrow hallways and over doors. This trick can supply up to 2-1/2 square feet of extra storage space.
A tisket, a tasket – Hang baskets from towel rods to create more storage space in the pantry or your laundry room. This idea is also good for a kids bathroom where you may find a need for places to store their things.
Holiday Hangings – Keep wrapping paper handy, yet out of the way, by suspending it from your closet ceiling on a simple cradle of wire. The paper won’t get torn or creased, and it’s still easy to reach when you need it.
Kitchen nooks and crannies – Maintain an orderly kitchen by using lazy Susan carousels in space-wasting corner cabinets. Install pullout shelves or baskets in deep cabinets. And hide small appliances like can openers and coffeepots under the cabinets to leave extra room on your countertops.
Limit the litter – No one likes to see or smell kitty litter. Keep it under wraps in a storage cabinet that contains a small framed opening for your cat to enter and exit. You can find them at furniture stores like IKEA or pet product suppliers.
Coffee, tea and storage – Coffee Tables and ottomans are another area that you can sneak in extra storage! Make your ottoman work harder and smarter for you by finding those with removable tops.
Under your feet – One of my favorite ideas is the storage staircase where you can turn stairs into drawer -; each step has its own drawer. By doing this, you give yourself about 2 cubic feet per drawer of storage space! If you’re building a new home, talk to your builder about installing these!