By Peter Lindblad
You’ve got a lot of stuff and nowhere to put it. It’s a common problem every home-owner has to deal with at one time or another. So what do you do about it? If you can’t afford to add space to your house, you have to squeeze more storage space out of what you have. We can help.
In this section, we’ve got simple, inexpensive solutions for solving seven universal home storage problems. All you need is a little creativity and planning to get all the storage you can out of your log home.
|The bedroom closets are full. There’s no more room at the inn. Are there ways to organize closets to create more room for storage?|
|Before you organize, trim back your wardrobe. Keep clothes you wear regularly and donate items you haven’t worn in the past year to a local charity. It might help to sort the items in boxes. Separate what you want to keep, what you can trash and what you want to give away or sell.|
Now that you have less to store, you can work on putting it all away. Get clothes up off the closet floor by installing multi-level rods for hanging items and new shelving for folded clothes, handbags and shoes. You can also store folded clothes in inexpensive bins you can purchase at discount or home stores. Use hangers or hooks for ties, belts, caps, bags and umbrellas. Or try putting shower curtain rings on closet rods for hanging scarves or belts.
Organize clothes by color and type so when you shop for clothes, you’ll know what you need. Don’t overlook the closet door, which often goes unused. Over-the-door organizers like laundry bags, book racks, utility racks and coat racks offer added specialty storage.
|Your kitchen cupboards overfloweth.|
|First, measure your stacked dishes to determine the proper distance between shelves, then adjust shelving as needed. This will eliminate unused space above the dishware.|
If you can’t completely do away with empty spaces between shelves, fill that space with wire baskets that slide onto the shelves to hang above dishware, etc. They’re good for storing food items, dishware or linens. Try not to stack items that don’t fit together, like cups with handles. Instead, use cup hooks or sliding cup hangers that attach to the bottom of an upper shelf and pull out.
If possible, retrofit drawers with tray dividers and cabinets with slide-out bins and plate stackers. Bins are great for keeping small items like tea bags, food packets and seasoning together. If you’re designing a new kitchen or installing new cabinetry in an existing one, consider extending the cabinets to the ceiling. Though it’s somewhat difficult to reach items in cabinets that reach that high, it’s a good spot for rarely used items.