Mak­ing the most of your stor­age

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Find­ing stor­age so­lu­tions to or­ga­nize a home can be a daunt­ing task, whether it’s for a small condo closet or a spa­cious fam­ily room filled with toys. These sim­ple DIY tips will over­haul key ar­eas in the home to give you a more ef­fi­cient space from top to bot­tom.

Closet Or­ga­ni­za­tion

“Chances are if you can’t see an item of cloth­ing in that crammed space, you aren’t likely to wear it,” says a lo­cal Home De­pot as­so­ci­ate. In­stead, use a closet kit that in­cludes hang­ing rods, shelv­ing and hard­ware for an easy DIY in­stal­la­tion that will up­grade any walk-in or reach-in closet.

Lever­age ver­ti­cal space for small clos­ets by hang­ing dou­ble rods for shorter gar­ments. Wire shelves are a good ad­di­tion to hold cloth­ing and other linens, al­low­ing air to pass through so fab­rics can breathe, and ul­ti­mately last longer.

Laun­dry So­lu­tions

Two large ma­chines are enough to mo­nop­o­lize the space in a laun­dry room, so wellplaced stor­age so­lu­tions are key. As­so­ci­ates at Home De­pot rec­om­mend hang­ing a wall cabi­net above your laun­dry ma­chines to store de­ter­gent and other prod­ucts that need to be out of reach of chil­dren and pets.

If you own a front load laun­dry pair, in­stall work sur­faces on top that in­clude handy pock­ets to store your clean­ing sup­plies.

Out-of-the-box think­ing, like build­ing your own wall-hang­ing clothes rack that folds out when you need to hang clothes to dry, and snaps back to the wall when not in use, can help for small laun­dry spa­ces.

Base­ment Stor­age

If you have a fin­ished base­ment, it can be a great space for the fam­ily to en­joy. How­ever, ev­ery­thing a fam­ily uses for down time can eas­ily turn into clut­ter over­load.

Con­sider un­der-stair shelv­ing to make use of an of­ten-wasted space. Find fur­ni­ture that serves dual pur­poses – like a bench for seat­ing that also has room for stor­age in­side. You can tuck away the board games for fam­ily game night when they’re not in use.

Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of totes. Clear totes can help you to or­ga­nize and store items that aren’t in use, and make find­ing ev­ery­thing easy. Al­ter­na­tively, opt for totes in colour­ful or tex­tured ver­sions that can add a punch of per­son­al­ity to open shelv­ing.

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