Do you have stuff falling out of the cupboards? Have you long lost the use of your garage? Homes can easily get filled with stuff - even stuff that you don't necessarily need. The solution is to improve your storage. Storing things more effectively will make better use of your space, will make it easier to find your important items, and will protect the items that are most important to you.1. Get Rid of Excess Clutter
If there's something you haven't even unpacked in two years, do you really need it? Probably not. Take some time to go through your house room by room, throwing out the things that you never use. If there are things that you think you might need in the future, set them aside; they can go into the really deep areas of storage.
Now is the time to hold a garage sale or give things away to friends and family. You can then put any money you make towards additional storage options.
2. Invest in Some Storage Kits
You'd be surprised how important your tools are when it comes to storage. Storage kits, such as closet kits, are designed by professionals to pack as much as possible into a certain square footage. There are a number of storage kits, from closet kits to garage storage kits. You want to find storage that appropriately matches your homes aesthetic while also being versatile.
3. Go Vertical
Your vertical space is the most valuable asset you have in the war against clutter. This is especially important if you have a small home. Use shelving and wall organizers to both decorate and organize. You can put your least used items on either the very top or very bottom shelves in your home.
4. Organize By UseThe items that you use the most should be the handiest. When you're in the kitchen, the utensil you use most often go inside of the cutlery drawer. But the utensils you don't use often at all can go in a side drawer. The utensils you use very rarely (turkey carving, anyone?) can be tucked away into a side area of a pantry. By organizing by use, you ensure that you can find the things that you need, while not having to throw out things that you use periodically.
5. Use Labels or Clear Bins
Do you have problems finding exactly what you need? There are two solutions: labels or clear bins. If you can invest in one, a label maker may be one of the best purchases you ever make. Labels on everything will make it easy for not only you but also the rest of your family to find things. Perhaps more importantly, it also tells your family members exactly where they should put these items back.
In addition to labels, you can also invest in clear bins and clear storage. This makes it easy to find objects fast.
6. Purchase Additional Storage
In the olden days, no one had closets. They had wardrobes. You can purchase additional storage options for your home if you have the floor space to do so. That 1.5-foot x 6-foot area in the corner might not be used for anything at all, but it could hold a giant curio cabinet that could organize all of your knick-knacks. Many items of storage furniture can hold a surprising number of things with a relatively small footprint.
7. Store Everything Properly
Sometimes you're just not storing things correctly. Every type of item has a preferable way of being stored. Old clothes, blankets, and other cloth items are best stored in vacuum-sealed bags. Though they're large and bulky on their own when vacuum-sealed they take up very little space.
Similarly, many appliances are best stored in the box that they came in. It may seem as though they are bulkier, but they aren't; retail boxes are specifically designed to be efficient. Putting your appliances in boxes means that they can be stacked, which will actually make them easier to store.
8. Invest in Self-Storage
Still have too many things? If you've thrown everything out, done a garage sale, and organized everything, and you still have a giant sack of stuff in the middle of your living room, it may be time to invest in self-storage. Self-storage is usually fairly affordable and it can be worth it for convenience. Your self-storage unit can hold a lot of items in it, protecting them while also keeping them out of sight, out of mind. This is the perfect place to put many seasonal items, which you may not need throughout the year -- Christmas lights and Halloween decor, for example.
There you have it! Follow these tips and you should be well on your way to organizing your home and your life. Of course, this isn't a "once and done" situation - you're going to need to keep it up by continually organizing your home. Over time, it'll become a habit, and you'll be able to reap the rewards of a comfortable and clutter-free space.