It seems as though we exit the womb with a natural predisposition to collecting items. Lucky we don’t have wings, as we would potentially be designated a species of magpie. In and of itself this desire to collect is not such a bad habit; the problems begin though once we start accumulating more items that can actually be stored in our homes. And you’d probably not be surprised to learn that the bigger the house, the more that is accumulated so constantly, that upgrading to a bigger premises is not the solution.
Obviously, controlling this pre-programmed accumulation gene would be advisable. However, given that there is little chance of this occurring, we have to start to think laterally and use every nook and cranny of the house to best advantage.
Under the Bed
If you bed has a bed box and it is not being used for storage, now is the time to start doing so.. If there is no bed box, you can use plastic storage boxes that come in a different array of sizes to store items. It may remove one of the kids’ hiding places when they play Hide and Go Seek – but drastic times call for drastic measures!
Look Up and Look Out
How often have you seen shelves placed on top doors? Not very often. Well, here is your chance to be a trailblazer and trendsetter. The space between the ceiling and the top of the door is “dead” space just looking for a purpose. Shelves of differing lengths and colors are available at most home ware stores. They are easy to install and provide an excellent storage solution.
Thinking Inside the Box
Your house does not end within the confines of its four walls. If you have a yard – any size yard, it can be used as a place to store items. Even a small yard has readily available storage solutions, such as outdoor storage boxes that are purposely built to withstand extremes of weather, and are therefore are a practical and safe solution for storing items. They also come in different colors so they blend in well with the color scheme of your home. Many storage boxes even double up as outdoor seating, so they are practical on many levels.
For even smaller items, try deck boxes which have also been designed and manufactured to withstand all that the great outdoors can throw at them.
Written by Sharon Robinson on behalf of Keter. Visit us for more information on storage solutions such as outdoor storage boxes and many more!