Sunday, February 19, 2012

Maximizing Your Home’s Storage Potential

Guest post from Mike James.

We’ve all probably had the sneaking suspicion at one time or another that we just didn’t have enough space in our home. We accumulate a lot of things in our lifetimes and if you’re anything like me, you have a hard time letting go of even the most insignificant items. An old tennis racket with a broken string? I might decide to fix it somewhere down the line. Those stacks and stacks of blankets that could keep an Eskimo warm in the harshest snowstorm, but I need every one of those blankets. If you’re looking to maximize your home’s storage potential, here are a few tips.

Door Store

Take advantage of closet doors for storage space. You can attach containers to the backs of doors using discreet hooks and you just might be amazed by how much your storage capacity doubles. My wife set up a shoe caddy on the back of her closet door (shoe’s: one form of collection I just don’t understand) and was amazed at how much floor space it opened up in her closet.

Double Your Fun(ction)

Look for furniture items that can double as storage spaces. We have a chest set up in our living room that doubles as a coffee table and container for our family’s photo albums. This makes for a great way to store our photos and when we’re entertaining, we can easily grab a few albums and show our friends pictures without having to rummage through a closet or dig through boxes in the attic.

De-clutter the Counter

Our kitchen counters used to be magnets for clutter. If you can live by the mantra “A place for everything and everything in its place,” you will avoid a lot of headaches caused by the clutter. Something as simple as installing key hooks on the wall and designating a “stuff” drawer can go a long way toward de-cluttering your living space.

Working with self storage users all over the Unites States, Mike James helps customers store their stuff in places like an Anaheim self storage facility and in a self storage unit in Huntington Beach. When Mike is away from the office, you can find him playing with his kids, hiking or working on the current home improvement project.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Quote to Think About

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris