If you live in Toronto or near the city, you know that every bit of space that you have at home counts. With condos and apartments only getting smaller and smaller, it’s important to think outside the box when it comes to storage spaces and solutions.
Regardless of your current living situation, you can always salvage more space by using these 7 creative tips. So read below and get to work, because it’s always nice to have a little more space and if you don’t need it now, you never know when you might!
Clean Up and Clear Out
If you like to do things the old-fashioned way, there’s no easier way to make more space in your home than by clearing out items and getting rid of old junk. If you’re in the mood and the weather is nice, you might even consider having a yard sale to make some extra cash off unwanted items. It’s a win-win situation!
Alternatively, there are many thrift shops, consignment stores, and donation centres that would welcome slightly used clothing, furniture and other items. You can even try selling some of your old, unwanted goods online yourself or giving them away to friends and family members.
It’s a good idea to go through your home every now and then to decide what you don’t use anymore and what you can get rid of. This ensures that you are truly maximizing your space and not hoarding unnecessary items.
Get Creative with Storage
In this case, think behind-the-door shelves, over-the-door shelves, under-cabinet racks, and rollout shelving units. These are essential unique storage solutions that can be easily hidden or virtually unnoticeable. Remember that the key here is truly getting the most out of the space you already have.
A pretty standard tip when organizing your belongings, whether it’s in your kitchen or your closet is to use labels. You might already have a label maker, and if you don’t, you should consider getting one — they can be super fun.
Using printed labels means that you can easily organize items and retrieve them later without hassle. It not only simplifies your storage but also can make your pantry look great. Long story short, put a label on it!
When shopping for storage solutions, make sure you choose the right products to fit your space. This usually means measuring your closets and storage areas before you start buying bins, containers, racks, etc. When you choose the right storage products, they fit your space better and are more aesthetically pleasing.
When utilizing the space in your home, think about overhead compartments and vertical storage. When you make storage areas above you, it tends to be less noticeable or intrusive. It also creates more space on the ground and around your general living areas.
Pull Out Pantries
Slide-out shelves or pull out pantries are quickly becoming the heroes of kitchen storage. They are made to fit into tight, narrow spaces in your kitchen cabinets and look truly undetectable. These super cool and modern pantries are made to optimize space and create an effortless look.
Use Suitcases as Storage
This is especially true if you tend to travel a lot and own multiple suitcases, both large and small. Normally when storing suitcases, they are just empty and lie around without really serving any purpose.
Why not make your empty suitcases useful by storing items in them that you don’t need at the moment or items that are purely seasonal? This can save you even more space as you normally put away your suitcases in storage anyways.
Rent a Storage Unit
In order to clear out space at home, it may be necessary to rent an off-site storage unit as an extension of your belongings or a place to keep items that you don’t normally need or necessarily want at home. Renting a storage unit gives you that extra space you always dream about while leaving your home intact.
We can all agree that a little extra space never hurts. Don’t let junk and unwanted items get in the way of having an organized, clean space. Sometimes all you really need is some extra space so you can move around and breathe a little easier.
For more creative ways to create more storage spaces in your home, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.