Save money with these handy DIY home storage ideas
Whether you live in an 800 square foot bungalow or a 2,400 square foot colonial, we probably don’t need to tell you how precious your space is. And as people live their lives, perhaps grow their families, and accumulate more and more valuables, home storage becomes even more important to keeping a neat and tidy living space.
While there are plenty of options when it comes to storage outside of the home, such as the self-storage units available for rent just about everywhere you look, you can also find ways to get creative within your home. With that in mind, here’s a look at some clever — and cost-effective — space-saving DIY home storage ideas:
One of the more annoying problems around the home is pulling out the kitchen drawer where you store your pots and pans and clanging through the scattered mess trying to find the one you actually need.
Happily, as we found onPinterest, there is a better way. Pick a cabinet in the kitchen, and simply add a series of upright dividers to it. Then, just arrange your pans into the slotted spaces you’ve created. This will keep your pots and pans easily stored and organized for every kitchen task. Problem solved.
Bathroom storage that is out of sight
Bathroom counter space is often a precious commodity, especially if you have a half bath. So what’s the best way to save space on the counter and in the vanity drawer? According to this, it all starts with a simple shoe organizer, which you can find at just about any store. Simply cut it in half and install it on the back side of the vanity door. Now you have an ideal way to store shaving cream, electric razors, Q-tips, toothpaste, lotion, hair brushes and much more.
Piggybacking off the previous bathroom storage idea, here’s another neat way to store the likes of hair dryers, lotions, and other bathroom supplies – using outdoor plant holders. Hang them on the wall near the bathroom vanity, and store your items in them. It’s another great home storage idea that saves valuable counter space and can help minimize clutter in the bathroom. Plus, it can be decorative, too — just be sure to pick plant holders that match your bathroom.
Storage under the stairs
If you live in a home that has a flight of stairs, you could be unknowingly staring at a great home storage solution every time you walk up and down. We’re talking about the area underneath the stairs. According tothis, if your home is configured properly (do confirm that it will be structurally sound), the under-the-stairs portion of the layout can be hollowed out to create shelving units or additional storage space. And if you check this out, you can get inspiration to create an area for relaxing or maybe a reading nook. With a little bit of creativity, the options are just about endless when it comes to this area of your home’s layout that is often completely overlooked (remember, it worked for Harry Potter while he lived in the Dursley household). And if you have a basement, you may be able to do the same thing with the space underneath the basement stairs, too.
Basement storage? Look up
The basement is often the one place in the home where things that don’t have a spot of their own get stored. But there’s a better way to store these miscellaneous items. As we found here, using some inexpensive supplies and a new point of view, you can actually fit storage containers in your basement ceiling. Yes, your basement ceiling. All you need is wire shelving, some appropriately sized plastic containers, and voilà – you have a shelving unit in your basement ceiling. It’s a great way to put away the items that you still need, but that don’t really have a place for.
Another often separate area of the home is the laundry room. And one of the biggest space issues in the laundry room comes from drying clothes. For one thing, not everything you wash goes in the dryer. And while you may have a clothesline outside, what do you do during bad weather or the winter months? You could purchase some portable drying racks and clog up free space in your laundry room. Or you could follow this idea and install curtain rods on the wall in your laundry room that you can use to hang your clothes. Genius.
Garage storage with room to spare
If you’re anything like us, we’re going to guess that one of the most cluttered areas in your home is the garage. You’ve probably got bicycles, yard tools and equipment — maybe even children’s toys. So if your garage is packed tight, it’s time to be amazed at the things you can do with a simple shelving unit.
This shows off a heavy-duty shelving unit installed in the garage, which neatly holds bins and items on the shelves (as it should); and can hang bikes, golf clubs and more from underneath it. You can consolidate items that likely would be stored on the floor, saving space and increasing the organization of your garage. Just imagine, with a proper shelving unit installed, you might even be able to fit your car inside the garage again!
Home storage space is precious. And while you could pay to use a self-storage facility, you can also get in touch with your inner creative guru to make space where previously none could be found. Happily, all of these DIY ideas are fairly low cost and easy to implement. All it takes is a little bit of ingenuity and a spare weekend.
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