Just in Time for Spring Cleaning: 10 Innovative Home Storage Solutions
Have you spent the last few months spending every spare minute bundled up on your couch and taking advantage of your Amazon Prime membership?
If this resonates with you, no judgment here. Lots of us spend our winters accumulating things we don’t need and just doing our best to survive the cold.
The good news, though, is that spring is almost here! That means it’s time to some spring cleaning. If you’ve made a few too many late night Amazon purchases, this also means it’s time to find a place to store all your new belongings.
If the idea of cleaning and home organization makes you start to sweat, don’t panic. Just keep reading. Listed below are ten great home storage solutions that will help you organize your space and find a place for everything.
1. Clean Up Your Counters
Clutter on your countertops is sure to leave you feeling stressed out and overwhelmed every time you set foot in your kitchen. Instead of letting it continue to accumulate, block off some time to clear things out once and for all.
Once you’ve cleared everything off your counter, go through and figure out what needs to go back on the counter and what belongs in a different part of the house.
Then, set up some wire baskets or mail sorters on your counter to catch the clutter. Use a basket to hold keys, phone chargers, or other odds and ends that get tossed on the counter. Use the mail sorter for letters, bills, homework, and other paper items.
2. KonMari Your Closet
You’ve seen everyone and their mom following the KonMari method to clear out their closets and other areas of their house.
You might be getting sick of hearing people ask if certain items “spark joy,” but there’s definitely a lot of benefits to taking this approach, especially when it comes to organizing your closet.
Take all of your clothes out of your closet and get rid of any items that don’t make you happy. You might need to get rid of items that don’t fit, that you don’t like, or that you haven’t worn for years.
Once you’ve cleared out your closet, you can look into reorganizing or even redesigning it. This article has tons of great ideas you can look to for inspiration.
3. Use Square Storage Containers
If you’re about to take on a big organizing and decluttering project, chances are you’re going to need to invest in some new storage containers.
When you’re shopping for containers, stick to square or rectangular ones. You’ll have less wasted space with these kinds of containers. You will have an easier time stacking them, too.
4. Use a Peg Board in Your Kitchen
We all have that drawer in our kitchen — or maybe several drawers. You know, the one that holds all of our oddly shaped kitchen utensils and sometimes can’t even be opened because a spatula got put in at a bad angle.
Get rid of that drawer and store your tools in a better way, such as on a pegboard.
A pegboard lets you take advantage of empty wall space and store awkwardly shaped items like measuring cups and spatulas on hooks where you can easily see and access them.
5. Skip Over Storage Sets
When you’re shopping for storage containers, you might be tempted to purchase storage sets that come with containers in three or four different sizes.
The problem with these sets, though, is that you often only end up using a couple of the containers in them — the ones that are sized appropriately for the majority of your belongings. The rest get tossed to the side or stuffed in a closet somewhere.
By purchasing individual storage containers, you can get just what you need and end up saving money.
6. Install Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are all the rage these days and for good reason. They give you more storage space and have a nice, sleek, minimalist design.
Try hanging floating shelves up in your kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere else where you have a lot of clutter.
Don’t forget to use the bottoms of the shelves, too. They’re great for hanging jewelry, coffee mugs, and other items.
7. Sort Out Your Tupperware
If you’re like most of us, you have a whole cabinet (or maybe two) dedicated to Tupperware. And, you probably have no idea what all is in that cabinet.
Take everything out of this cabinet (or cabinets) and get rid of anything that is cracked, stained, or doesn’t have a lid.
8. DIY Storage Drawers
If you have a big cabinet in your kitchen or bathroom and have a hard time keeping track of everything in it, install some makeshift drawers using clear plastic bins. You can just pull the bin out when you need something — instead of taking out everything in the cabinet.
9. Organize Your Entryway
The lawn and exterior of your home might be the first things people see, but what they see next is the entryway to your house.
Make sure your entryway is clean, inviting, and free of clutter.
Invest in a coatrack or a hanging organizer to keep everything off the floor and out of your guests’ way.
10. Use Labels
Finally, label all of your storage containers.
Even if they’re clear, it helps to have a label stuck on the front. Labels will save you a ton of time and make it easy for you to figure out where everything is.
If you’re labeling containers that contain toys or other kids’ items, use labels that contain pictures rather than words so kids can keep their things organized.
Need More Home Storage Solutions?
As you can see, there are tons of different steps you can take to make your home more organized.
Put these ten home storage solutions to the test and you’ll find that home quickly becomes a much more open, organized, and enjoyable place.
Do you need a little more organization help, though? Maybe you’re trying to get your home cleared out so you can get ready for a big move.
Whatever your motivation is for cleaning up and clearing out your home, we can help.
Check out some of the other articles on our blog today for more inspiration. This article on downsizing your home is a great starting point.