Maximizing Storage Space for Everyday Items

Couldn’t we all use a little more storage space? Lifestyle trends indicate that more people are gravitating towards smaller spaces than ever before. An increasing number of empty-nesters, first-time homebuyers, and people downsizing in a slow economy mean smaller spaces are here to stay. Let’s look at a few easy ways to maximize the space you have, in every room.

Everything in its right place
It may sound easy, but how many of your kitchen utensils or bath products are really in the exact place they were when you first organized them? Taking a little extra time to store household items consistently makes them easier to find and frees up extra space.

Need it often? Move it forward
Arrange items so the most frequently used are at the front of your shelves or cabinets. You’ll save time and avoid the hassle of digging to the back when you need them.

Sliding shelves for cabinet convenience
Cabinets are a lot more user friendly when they include sliding shelves. You won’t have to struggle to reach the back of the cabinet to grab that skillet that always falls behind everything else, and you’ll be able to use every inch of space because you can easily bring everything to you with a simple pull.

Use it or lose it
If you haven’t used an item in years, you probably don’t need to keep it. Every room can use an annual clean out to reduce the clutter. Reorganize those closets, cabinets and shelves and decide what you really need to keep and what can go.