Stuff: we all have too much of it. The new year is a typical time to trim down, tone up and throw out. However, for the rest of the year, we seem to be intent on accumulating more of that STUFF and have little storage. So, if you’re a hoarder, why not break the cycle and keep on top of your clutter before it gets out of hand with some savvy hidden storage ideas?
First of all, you might not want to, but you should and can clear out your old things. Clearing out requires a strong will, try the “if I haven’t used it, worn it or looked at it in 12 months I’ll get rid of it” approach. That’s easier said than done, a better idea is to get a friend to sort it with you, and you do theirs in return – they’re likely to be far more ruthless with your things (just don’t go home with a pile of each other’s unwanted goods)!
When you’re sorting through your things, put them into three piles: keep, ditch and gift. Charity shops will be happy to receive the gift pile, but make sure it’s all in good order and clean.
Afterwards, you’ll feel a lot better, certainly more organised, and ready to tackle the issue of re-shuffling what’s left. Many of us live in small spaces and it may seem impossible to find space to house all our belongings; especially in the bathroom, which is often the smallest room in the house despite requiring a bunch of STUFF!
Hidden Storage Ideas
HallUnder the stairs is not just for Harry Potter to hang out. It might be an awkward shape but getting a carpenter to fashion some storage here is a brilliant and space-saving idea. Create extra storage with shaped and fitted cupboards and drawers that pull out, which you can then fill with shoes, hang up the dog’s lead, or use it as a toy storage after the kids have been put to bed. Hide your cleaning products, your vacuum cleaner in the tallest part, and slide them all out of sight, leaving only a hallway with an excellent first impression.
BedroomYour bedroom might be small but there’s lots of space hidden away under your bed, so use it. Banish the dust bunnies and reclaim some wasted and unused space. Use old drawers – check out the local tip – and add castors it’s one of our favourite cheap and cheerful storage ideas that simply slides away out of sight.
KitchenIngenious storage is available these days for kitchen units and cupboards. A trip to any DIY store will inspire you with lots of storage ideas, especially to renew the inside carcases of your existing kitchen units. They’re usually deep, so stack them with wire racks for plates, all available and in clear sight. Small space to the side of your fridge-freezer? Then make or buy a narrow, tall shelf and sort out your spices, add a set of cheap casters and slide it out when you want to create a curry or cook up a storm in the kitchen.
You probably spend a lot of time in the living room, so it’s nice to keep it tidy; especially since it’s the place to welcome callers and visitors to your home. Sofas and seating with storage under the seats are a boon, or use draws under your coffee table. Box frame pictures can hide keys, a safe, or anything else you want out of plain sight. A window seat can be used to store toys or extra cushions and throws underneath.
Tips to Maximise Bathroom Space
Often referred to as the smallest room in the house, and left out of estate agent’s details, the bathroom shouldn’t be the most neglected room in your home. Adding some square meterage to your bathroom would be the ideal answer to making it a little larger but it’s possible to maximise bathroom space without knocking the walls down with the right storage ideas. So, save the spare room and try these tricks instead – you’ll soon have a bathroom fit to swing a very clean cat!
1. Reflect on your New Bathroom
The most obvious answer is the purchase of a mirror. Bigger really is better; and a huge framed mirror – even in the tiniest of spaces – will immediately double the room size. Use an unframed one surrounded and set into the tiles for your modern maisonette, penthouse or pad. Go for a heavy gilded affair if you have a period property. Cover an entire wall if you can, and place your mirror opposite the window for maximum light exposure.
2. See the Light
Speaking of light exposure, what does your window look like? Is it possible to make it bigger? If not, take away the curtains or any fussy window dressings, a simple blind in white, or in colour to match the walls will look bigger and better. Save those swags and tails for Grandma. A large rectangular skylight will let the light in if your bathroom is on a windowless top floor.
3. Floor Space
Maximise bathroom space with the simplest of tricks: open up the floor space. Cantilever shelving and open glass shelves allow you to see the floor underneath, making the room look larger. Remove the heavy old vanity unit under the sink, go for clear glass, or a modern ‘floating’ unit instead. A toilet bowl that rests back against the wall, rather than on the floor works in the same way. Use a fixed wall radiator or heated towel rail rather than a floor standing one. Overall, it’ll be easier to clean too, so more hygienic.
4. Baths Away
Remove that bath with an over-shower affair that takes up a whole wall width, and install a shower instead. You’ll reduce the time of your morning routine and save on the heating and water bills. You’ll be able to install a large, roomy shower in the space left behind.
5. Clearly Larger
Swap frosted and decorated shower panels for clear, clean, simple glass instead. Removing the fuss introduces simplicity and instantly enlarges the bathroom space. It’ll be the same as before but the illusion will be far more space.
6. Look Up!
The ceiling is where you can have some fun. Install a large, over the top chandelier. It’ll be a focal point and a talking point. It doesn’t detract from your actual usable space, but can be quite dramatic.
7. Colouring In
Be very careful when it comes to a choice of colour palette for your new or refurbished bathroom. Even period homes don’t need those authentic Farrow and Ball colours, so drop the swatches, leave them for living areas and larger rooms. Keep it light, pastel, plain and neutral. White is always right, cream, or very pale teal or a shade of mellow yellow at a push.
Now you’ve got the storage ideas to keep your home in order there are no excuses! Stay up-to-date on more cheap and easy bedroom ideas, home improvement tips and interior design news by liking A Fancy Home on Facebook.