“Less is more,” continues to be a trending topic, particularly when it comes to living spaces. But living is the operative word here, which means smaller spaces become even cooler when savvy storage makes the living large. With a small space of my own, it’s been a learning process on how best to take advantage of storage opportunities.
Get the most out of your cabinets with stackable or rolling shelves. Use hooks or turntable shelves to fill awkward corner cabinets with pots and pans.
And if your cabinets don’t reach the ceiling, use the space above them to store items in see through wire baskets, jars, canisters, etc.
If you have the floor space, put a bar-height table in or by your tiny kitchen for extra counter space, extra storage space, and a place for friends to gather.
Use a magnetic strip to hang knives and magnetic spice containers on the wall.
Utilize small appliances that pull double-duty, such as a combination microwave and convection oven, toaster ovens or dishwasher drawers that save space and time.
Create more storage by turning a full-length mirror into a door hiding a wall full of bath supplies, or by installing a recessed mirrored medicine cabinet.
Towels. Always needed, always a dilemma. Use a back-of-the-door rack, a circular towel rack around the pedestal sink or a 4-6-hook coat rack.
Make use of dead floor space by installing a cool corner cabinet.
First, store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. Try staggering your rods.
Keep folded clothes and accessories neat by partitioning them with thin metal bookends or shelf dividers.
Combine the storage units found in big box stores to fit your personal needs. Make more room in your closet by storing out-of-season clothes high or under the bed, or fill a trunk with out-of-season items, then put it to use as a bench elsewhere.
Move your shoes to a rack tucked in a corner of the room, underbed storage units or to hanging shoe pockets on the back of a door.
No closet at all? Lift your bed to create a closet loft.
Remember, living small can mean living large.
By: Susan Larkin (Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations)