One of the biggest challenges, as we accumulate more things, is where, exactly, to store them. Once you’ve decluttered, reorganized and pared down you still need a place for these items. This is where you have to get creative, scheduling time to examine your home carefully for storage space that’s not being maximized.
Gear Up the Garage
If you have a garage, there’s a good chance it’s underutilized. Frequently the least-cared-for room in a house, the garage tends to be the dumping ground for a huge assortment of things, from extra groceries to car parts, seasonal sports equipment, nuts and bolts and everything in-between. The garage is a large space, though, and with good organization it can serve you well.
- Bike bliss: bikes leaned against the wall are a recipe for disaster. Major hardware retailers have an array of better solutions for bikes, including hooks that allow you to suspend them vertically from one wheel off the ground. This way they’re secure, out of harm’s way and easily accessible when you’re ready for a ride.
- Storage: If you can afford it, consider asking a professional to create custom-designed storage space in your garage. There are outfitters who provide head-to-toe storage solutions that will make you so proud of your garage’s efficiency you won’t want to close the door! If you can’t justify the financial outlay there are less expensive options. Chances are you have shelving or retired cabinets you can repurpose on your garage walls. If you don’t, consider a visit to the ReStore in Vancouver, where other people’s retired shelving is readily available for prices so cheap you won’t believe it.
Examine Your Attic
One of the most creative storage solutions I ever saw was that of a Steveston couple who built their own attic. They cut an opening in their bedroom ceiling and installed a pull-down staircase (available at major hardware retailers). Then they added makeshift flooring and lighting up there. The end result was a large square footage readily available for items like luggage, clothes not required until the next season, the sewing machine they weren’t ready to part with, crafting supplies and other things that had previously been cluttering their small house. If you have a DIY guy in the house, this is the perfect challenge. If not, consider hiring someone to build your attic.