Monday, August 10, 2009

maximize your space

Do you feel like you're running out of space for all your stuff? It might be because you have insufficient storage space…or maybe because you are using the space you have ineffectively. Believe me, there is a HUGE difference between the two.


Insufficient storage space means you don't have enough space for your things. Ineffective space means you have enough space for your things, but you're not making the best use of that space. Most closets and cabinets have the volume to hold twice as much as they are usually constructed for. And you probably have quite a few nooks and crannies for storage that you haven't even thought of. Of course, it's important to make sure you don't have things you don't like, are outdated, etc., but it is also important to have effective storage space for the things you do like and enjoy.


If this sounds like you, keep reading below for some SIMPLE ideas for using your space more effectively.


  • Add Another Rod: Hang two rods--one above the other—for extra storage space in closets.
  • Install Shelves: If you have adjustable shelves, adjusts them so they fit your items perfectly…this will give you more space. Or, perhaps you can add another shelf. Plastic, multiple level shelves are wonderful for kitchen cabinets. And corner shelves are great for picture frames, knick knacks and other small treasures.
  • Use Storage Units: No, I don’t want you to go out and rent a large storage unit to store the stuff you never use (you should just get rid of that!) I’m talking about a piece of furniture that can store and conceal the stuff you do use. Storage units are great space savers and can be used for anything from TV’s, computers and other electronic devices to an extra dresser for linens and even a space for canned goods in your kitchen.
  • Use Your Walls: Look around and you're sure to find quite a bit of empty wall space. There are many uses for this new-found space. Pots and pans can be taken out of cabinets and hung on walls. Tools can be placed on pegboards. Shelves can be installed for picture frames and knick knacks.
  • Keep Your Desk Clear: A clear desk is directly related to your productivity. You will get more done, if you're not constantly under a pile of papers and files. A sturdy, full-suspension filing cabinet is a must for any home or office. Desk supplies belong in an on-the-desk caddy or in trays inside your desk.
  • Rearrange your stuff: Everyone is different, and has different needs so take some time to think about different ways you can make your home or office work for you. If you never use your formal dinning room and would like to have an office, music room or play room, consider rearranging your home and using your dinning room in a more function way.
  • Rotate: You may have many items you love in your home or office, but not enough space. Rotate them. In other words, keep some things in storage for a month or two and display some of your things. Then, once that time is up, make the switch. The items on display go into storage; the items in storage go on display. What a neat idea!

See, it’s not that difficult or expensive to completely change the look and feel of your home and/or office. With just a little creativity and a few do-it-yourself projects you can transform you space from unorganized and dull, to a creative organized space that you will love being in.


For more organizing ideas, visit my website: www.andreadekker.com

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1 Comments:

Blogger Julianna said...

Nice Blog!! Spacify offers storage shelves which can be used alone as a place to keep your books and more.

August 12, 2009 at 2:41 AM  

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