Chic stor­age ideas to cor­ral clut­ter

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

With the win­ter sea­son comes cool weather and more time in­doors. Snug­gling up with blan­kets and par­tak­ing in ac­tiv­i­ties at home can cre­ate more clut­ter than usual around the house. In­stead of get­ting frus­trated, it’s easy to add stylish stor­age to cor­ral ex­tra items. Get or­ga­nized and keep your home clut­ter-free with a few smart tips.

Many peo­ple en­joy a good read be­fore count­ing sheep. How­ever, books, mag­a­zines and tablets can just add dis­ar­ray if left scat­tered around the bed­room. To com­bat this type of clut­ter, add wall­mounted mag­a­zine racks or crates to hold your read­ing pieces. Paint a wooden crate us­ing FrogTape Multi-Sur­face painter’s tape. Add stripes in strik­ing col­ors for a read­ing rack that’s func­tional and fab­u­lous look­ing. FrogTape is the only tape treated with Pain­tBlock Tech­nol­ogy, which forms a mi­cro-bar­rier against paint bleed, giv­ing you sharp and pre­cise paint lines. Learn more at frogtape.com. After drying, cut your crate down the mid­dle - you now have two spots for book stor­age. In­stall sim­ple wall-hang­ing brack­ets to the edges of the crates and at­tach each to the wall with dry­wall an­chors for a sturdy and safe fin­ish. These are also great for stow­ing away toys in a child’s play­room or tow­els in the bath­room.

If ev­ery closet, nook and cranny in your home is oc­cu­pied, it’s time to look to­ward other av­enues for or­der. Calm your chaos with un­der-bed stor­age units by trans­form­ing old dresser draw­ers into stor­age space. Paint the draw­ers in the color of your choice and drill cast­ers to the bot­tom for easy rolling ac­cess. Slide them un­der your bed and you can now neatly put away items that were once a nui­sance.

Chic ot­tomans and cush­ioned benches are great pieces that pro­vide ex­tra seat­ing in fam­ily rooms. But in ad­di­tion to their pleas­ant out­ward ap­pear­ance, many con­tain hid­den stor­age un­der­neath the lid. Neatly stow away movies, games, blan­kets and pil­lows that would oth­er­wise crowd this high-traf­fic area. Po­si­tion the fur­ni­ture as an ac­cent piece or place a lengthy bench along a win­dow for a cozy read­ing nook, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­creas­ing your stor­age.

The space un­der stairs is of­ten over­looked as a stor­age spot, since it’s usu­ally closed off with dry­wall. What most home­own­ers don’t re­al­ize is this tricky tri­an­gle is typ­i­cally hol­low, and the “wasted” space can be uti­lized to store your fam­ily’s odds and ends. For ex­tra func­tion­al­ity, trans­form it into a closet if you’re a DIY week­end war­rior. All you’ll need is a cou­ple of days and these steps:

• First, frame the door open­ing for your new closet. Use a dry­wall saw to cre­ate the out­line that fits the pre-hung door of your choice. Se­cure the hinged side to the frame and use wood shims (thin pieces of wood that will prop­erly align the door) to en­sure it’s a se­cure fit within the open­ing.

• Next, you’ll need to cre­ate the closet walls in­side. Mea­sure the area of the closet and cut sheets of ply­wood or dry- wall to those di­men­sions (de­pend­ing on how “fin­ished” you’d like the fi­nal space to look). Paint the ply­wood in the color of your choice and in­stall it by nail­ing it to the ex­ist­ing studs. Just keep in mind that dry­wall will re­quire a few ex­tra steps, like tap­ing, mud­ding and sand­ing be­fore it’s ready to paint.

• Now, de­ter­mine what size stor­age con­tain­ers and hooks the space will al­low and cre­ate shelves and cub­bies. Us­ing a nail gun, in­stall ledger strips around the en­tire closet to sup­port the shelves, mak­ing sure they’re level. Se­cure with screws and in­stall your painted shelves for a cozy - and con­tained - stor­age so­lu­tion.

If the con­struc­tion of this project seems a bit too am­bi­tious, reach out to a trusted con­trac­tor to han­dle the build­ing com­po­nents. You can tackle the most fun part - paint­ing!

Whether you have lim­ited stor­age or are sim­ply look­ing for ways to bring or­der to your home, now is the time to re­or­ga­nize. With these sug­ges­tions, you’ll achieve a mod­ern­ized and tidy liv­ing space, in no time at all.

– (BPT)

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