Whether you’re moving into a new home or looking for ways to maximize your existing space, there are always techniques for increasing the functionality of the space you’re working with. Designing floor plans with home organization in mind helps create more livable layouts and homes, however, that alone isn’t enough to make it feel like it’s tailored to you. It requires a personal touch to really put your stamp on it. One of the most practical personalizations is how you organize your space, both for increased access and efficiency. Here are a few simple ideas to customize spaces in your home that will also make a real difference for keeping yourself organized.
- Organize Smarter. Find organizers that perfectly fit some of your spaces. You don’t need to renovate existing cabinets or drawers, or even replace units with new furniture! Drawers and shelf depths are quite standardized, so no matter what you are working with, there are bound to be lots of options.
- Divide and conquer – It’s increasingly common to use rooms in your home for more than one activity, especially with so many people now working from home. With that in mind, it’s good to store items that you use in that space so that they’re convenient when you need them. That doesn’t mean that you need to cram everything into one drawer or cupboard, though! A drawer is perfect for stationary supplies, and a drawer is perfect for cutlery – but they definitely shouldn’t be in the same drawer together. Always look for ways to store things that maintain or increase the functionality of the space they’re in, not clutter them up.
- Hang it up – The height in a home is so often underutilized. Organize “up” by hanging things on hooks and putting things you don’t use regularly on higher shelves. There’s lots of good hanging options for small spaces. This is also a great way to make your space look modern and chic, as you can display items that add to the decor even when they’re not something you use every day.
- Multi-purpose – There are many creative furniture pieces out there that transform to serve more than one purpose. Guest beds can change into workstations, tables can be flipped up and tucked away, and coffee tables can morph into your laptop stand; the list goes on and on. If flex space is what you’re seeking (especially while working from home), there are more solutions today than ever before. Saving space is one thing, but saving yourself from the clutter can be a game-changer. After all, there’s no better way to “hide” something you’re not using at the time than by turning it into something effective.
- Under the Bed and Below the TV – Seasonal items (like holiday decorations or off-season wardrobe choices) can be put into “storage hibernation” in places that aren’t as readily accessible. Under-bed storage is a great example of this – it’s a place you don’t need to access every day, which makes it the perfect spot for items you only need to get to a couple of times every year.
- Build it – If you can’t find exactly what you need or how to make it all fit, try doing-it-yourself (DIY). There are plenty of great tutorial websites that show you how to easily build customized solutions. Looking for home organization ideas and tips are great topics to research on Pinterest and YouTube. From maximizing kitchen drawer and cupboard space, to how to hang all sorts of things on available wall space in every room of your home, there will never be a shortage of ideas to choose from. You can even use something as simple as tension rods to transform how you use wide-open cupboard space. Like the photo below, whatever you choose is bound to look great since it has been built precisely for that location, making it ideal for maximizing the space available.
- Storage Lockers – It’s sad but true; storage lockers often end up being wasted space. Many of the tips we’ve covered already can be applied throughout your home and your storage locker. Consider storing items in clear plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes. It’s a lot easier to find what you need when you can see it instead of having to dig through every box of keepsakes you own. The sizes and shapes of storage lockers vary for every home, but we know there’s plenty of optimizing that can be done. Divide what you’re storing into logical categories, use shelves to maximize the height of the storage space, and if you can’t find something that fits the space well, build it to fit the space perfectly!
These are just a few of the ways you can make your space feel like home, without having to sacrifice some of the things you might not think you have space for. Let us know in the comments or reach out to us on social media and let us know what your favourite home organization hacks are!