Stor­age space near top of any wish list

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Property -

If you are buy­ing a prop­erty, one of the must-haves on your check­list is sure to be good stor­age fa­cil­i­ties. That’s be­cause we all have more stuff than we need, de­spite pe­ri­odic clear-outs. But hav­ing plenty of places in which to stash stuff does more than open up floor space and make rooms look big­ger. It also help to sell a prop­erty, when the time comes to move on.

Stor­age is­sues aside, a small bed­room can be made to look big­ger by us­ing fur­ni­ture that has more than one use.

For ex­am­ple, in­stead of try­ing squeeze a dress­ing ta­ble and a com­puter desk into the room, make do with only the desk. Part of this can be set aside for make-up, and can have a mir­ror hung above it.

If you don’t need a com­puter work­sta­tion, find a dress­ing ta­ble that has a shelf and/or draw­ers un­der­neath it. You will then be able to store books, mag­a­zines and other items tidily.

An­other way to free up floor space is to hang the tele­vi­sion and stereo on the wall. Yet an­other is to use corner shelves, if there’s a spare corner that is stand­ing empty and un­em­ployed.

Plas­tic bins also come in handy. When placed un­der the bed, these keep toys, clothes and shoes out of sight and in a much bet­ter con­di­tion than those left to be kicked around by the kids.

If wardrobe space is limited, take out any coats and hang them in the laun­dry on hook racks. That will keep them and any other out­doors items, like hats and um­brel­las, in one place.

In a liv­ing room, a fit­ted book­case that runs from floor to ceil­ing is ideal.

Un­like other stor­age sys­tems that don’t reach to the ceil­ing, it won’t leave you with a large amount of waste space – to col­lect dust, cob­webs, and the odd item that ends up be­ing for­got­ten.

If there is a space un­der­neath a win­dow that is suit­able for a win­dow seat, you will find that one of these can dou­ble as a stor­age place. Just place a squab on it, to con­ceal the lid.

An ot­toman can also in­clude stor­age space, as can a cof­fee ta­ble with shelves un­der­neath it for books, mag­a­zines and box games.

In the bath­room, use the space over the toi­let cis­tern to store toi­let rolls, soaps and other small items. A sim­ple free-stand­ing shelf will do the trick.

In the kitchen, which is of­ten a dump­ing ground for keys, mail, home­work, mo­bile phones and hand­bags, cre­ate a set of pi­geon holes for each mem­ber of the fam­ily. Then no one will have to search for their keys or

Multi-pur­pose fur­ni­ture can help in the quest for stor­age. es­sen­tial pa­pers in the morn­ing.

You can also leave lit­tle notes for your chil­dren, such as ‘‘Tidy your room’’ or ‘‘Put the rub­bish out’’.

The space un­der the stairs is of­ten over­looked, but is per­fect for bulky items like brooms and vac­uum clean­ers. Add some shelves to keep ev­ery­thing within view.

In many homes, the area above the ceil­ing is also an un­tapped re­source. Use this for suit­cases and pa­pers that need to be kept for the tax­man.

You will prob­a­bly have in­stall a roof lad­der, and will have to span the rafters with sheets of ply­wood or boards to form a plat­form.

In the garage – an­other pop­u­lar dump­ing place – in­stall wall-length cupboards, or hang things such as lad­ders and bikes on the walls.

Now that you have ev­ery­thing in its proper place, make an ef­fort to keep it there!

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