18 Tricks to Squeeze More into All of Your Storage Spaces
Maximize your storage space by working with what you’ve got.
Turn the back of a door into a creative place to hang items by adding hooks. “You want to optimize space and use the inside of a closet door as much as possible,” says Heller, who dangles costume jewelry from hooks. “It looks beautiful, and I can see everything when getting dressed.” Use your own to hang sporting equipment, jeans that are worn but not dirty, or scarves. In the kitchen, save precious cupboard space by using hooks to dangle pots and pans from a grid on a wall or a rod from the ceiling. Find out more creative ways to use tension rods here.
Build your closet around your clothes
Depending on what you already own, a different setup could add loads of space to your closet. “Know what you’re going to put in the closet first,” says Mellen. “Rather than trying to work with the closet that exists, build the closet you need.” For instance, a shoe addict could benefit from adding cubbies, while someone with blouses and shorter skirts might prefer two tiers of hanging space, and lots of hoodies and gym clothes require shelves rather than hangers, he says. Check out these things in your closet you should get rid of immediately.
Fold your clothes properly
Taking a few extra seconds to put your clothes back correctly instead of stuffing them into a drawer will open more space in your dresser. “Folding properly is a good way to make space,” says Heller. Just what that correct fold looks like depends on the depth of the drawer, she says, but you can usually make more room for T-shirts by rolling them instead of folding. Start with these life-changing folding hacks.
Section out drawers
Store cardboard shoeboxes in your drawer, and put each in charge of a different item—one for undies, one for socks, and one for bras, for example. “You don’t end up with a jumble and can fill up more,” says Heller. Here are more secrets of people with impeccable homes.
Get double duty from furniture
“They make lots of ottomans and things with storage space in them,” says Mellen. He suggests storing things like guest bedding and off-season clothing in a trunk that can double as a coffee table. Try one of these storage furniture pieces that magically de-clutter your home.
Find unused floor space
Even though it’s considered bad feng shui, underbed storage can open up a lot of room if your home is tight on space, says Heller. She recommends using shallow bins with wheels so you can pull it out easily to look through its contents, and get creative about where you store things. “Under a bureau, under the crib, under anything—they’re all legitimate,” she says.
Stash small tools like nail clippers, tweezers, and cuticle cutters in an open container, or stand your razors in a bin so you can tell how many you have left. “A lid is just an obstruction to getting to the contents,” says Mellen. “They’re corralled together and take up the least amount of storage space required of them, and you can find them all.” Don’t miss these other tricks for an organized medicine cabinet.
Use tubs under the sink
A cheap plastic tub makes it easy to keep odds and ends like soaps, heating pads, and hand mirrors from getting lost in a crazy pile under the sink. By keeping things contained, you’ll be able to fit more inside. “Random things that would be lying around on the bottom of the bathroom cabinet are corralled together in one tub so when you need them, you know where to go find them,” says Mellen. Check out these effortless things clutter-free people do every day.