Whether it’s the Marie Kondo craze storming the country, a desire for a clutter-free home like the ones on HGTV or just Americans acknowledging they have too much stuff, home organization is in. The top 10 most desirable features for homebuyers today include home-storage solutions, such as garage storage and more efficient closets, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders.
Whether you’re a millennial in your first small home, you’re aging in place and need to streamline your belongings, or you have no time to be disorganized, you need storage. Builders are responding by incorporating more storage options into new home design with some amazing storage ideas and techniques.
If you are in a new home or a centuries-old one, here are some tips that you can use to create more storage in your home.
To encourage a calm reentry into your home each day, consider personalized storage for items you use often and for those that make you feel happy to be home. For some, that means a rack on the wall for your bicycle or for others, a customized closet with space for a stroller or your gym bag. Visible storage can include a wall of pegs for wine bottles that don’t fit in your kitchen or dining area.
Your garage can become a living space if you upgrade the flooring and create an overflow kitchen space with counters, cabinets, and even a refrigerator. You can even convert a corner to a hobby space or home office, especially if your garage has a window.
Adding a third rod to your closet for out of season clothing puts those items near the ceiling. These rods can be made with hooks to make it easier to pull them down when needed.
Whether you have space under the stairs leading to your upper level or from your basement to the main level, the uses for that space are limited only by the depth and height of your stairs. For stairs near your front door, you can hide storage behind decorative doors or create open storage for displaying art or photos. On the lower level, storage drawers can be built under the stairs to accommodate home office paperwork or to store art supplies, toys, and games.
When you eliminate bulky dressers from your bedroom, that space immediately feels more serene. Your closet feels more like a dressing room when it has closed drawers in addition to shelves and closet rods.
While some of these items can be costly to add, you can inexpensively install drawers or extra rods to closets. If you are thinking about renovating some space in your home to incorporate more storage, talk to the experts at Closets For Less in Birmingham and see just what you can do with the space you already have. When you enlist the help of an expert, you will be surprised by just how many storage options you have throughout your home.