By Nikki Willhite
us are very concerned right now about putting up food and
other items we might need in case of an emergency. Finding
adequate storage in our homes can be a challenge.
Most homes have storage space that is not being used, either up
high or down low. One of the keys to utilizing storage space is
to put items you use on a regular basis in easily accessible
areas, and putting other items in the harder to reach areas.
Here are some
tips for making the most of the storage space in your home
Place big plastic drawers or boxes in cupboards that are hard
to reach. When you need an item, you can just pull out the
whole unit, and nothing gets lost where you can't reach it. If
the cupboard is up high, be sure the items are light enough that
you don't hurt yourself pulling them out or if they fall down.
Remove decorative panels on top of kitchen cupboards so that
you can take advantage of the space on top. However, be sure the
area is clear and without vents.
Add shelves around the tops of rooms. This is great for kids
rooms. They can display dolls and toys that they want to keep,
but no longer want to play with.
Utilize the space under your beds. Many people feel
uncomfortable with low storage- thinking the lower you go, the
less sanitary the storage. If you feel that way, you can always
buy storage containers made specifically to fit under the bed
that seal up tightly.
Make mini open shelving between the studs in the walls of your
home. If you have an empty wall in your kitchen, this is great
for storing spices and other narrow items. If you don't want
open shelving, you can add doors.
Your interior walls are usually framed with 2x4 pieces of lumber.
If you remove the wallboard (be sure it isn't plaster), you have
all the space until you hit the back of the wallboard of the room
on the other side.
Again, before you attempt this project, make sure that the space
behind the wallboard is free of wires or vents.
Be creative. Blankets can be stored in pillow shams or pillow
cases. Trunks and suitcases can be used as tables. Fabric skirts
around tables and sinks are another area to place items. Decorate
cardboard boxes for display, and use them to store small items.
Use your garage and attic. Keep your items in boxes and number
them. Generate a list on your computer of what you have stored in
Finally, take a good look in your closets. Most closets have a
lot of wasted space. Think about buying or making a closet system
to take advantage of every square inch of your closet.
You have more storage space in your home than you think. Take a
closer look and you will find it.