Guest Post courtesy of Kerrie Kelly, ASID.
Small living spaces are skyrocketing in popularity due to their environmental friendliness, low cost, and easy maintenance. It’s a great relief to settle into a minimalist living space; you can feel proud that you’ve finally managed to toss out all those useless DVDs and old clothes. But still, you may find yourself standing among full boxes of actual essentials – with no place in your tiny abode to store them.
Well, fear not! The team at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab has come up with a few creative solutions to use all the nooks and crannies of your home to stash your necessities and keep your space free of clutter.
1. Liven up the dead space
Flipping a coin to choose between placing a bookcase or dining table against a wall can be frustrating, especially when the bookcase could accommodate many of your storage needs. However, we’re here to tell you that you can have your table and still add a shelf or two.
By adding wall shelving, cubbies, or cabinets to previously unused spaces – such as above a table, atop the washer and dryer, over the tub, or in the odd cranny behind your bedroom door – you can maximize your storage opportunities while creating a more interesting look. It’s a win-win situation!
2. Creativity is key
Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative type, you definitely can be when it comes to finding necessary storage solutions. Nothing beats the accomplished feeling of a DIY project!
We like to utilize furniture that wouldn’t ordinarily be used for storage to stack some of our more display-worthy necessities. Take the doors off of an armoire to show off glassware and linens in the kitchen, or place it in the bedroom to reveal your stylish scarves and shoes. Not only is this out-of-the-box thinking fun, but you also end up with a one-of-a-kind, boutique-worthy storage space!
3. Rolling around
Along with the triumphant return of the home liquor bar, bar carts are purposeful design features in many cool, contemporary homes. Whether you live in a SoHo loft or a rustic bungalow, you can layer linens, barware, or the unexpected display of trinkets on a clear or metallic bar cart to add flair to your space.
Don’t feel constrained to decorating with alcohol-themed accessories; wheeled carts are mobile and can transition into a makeshift workspace, side table, or whatever you need to bring functionality to your style.
4. Rack and roll
When it comes to storage, the ceiling’s the limit! Try hanging racks and kitchen-type hardware as artistic displays throughout the home. Sure, a pot rack can be used for pots – but then hang another in the bedroom to show off your fashionable collection of scarves, hats, and accessories. Multifunctional pieces are great to have on hand, especially in different colors and finishes.
5. Customize your closet
The closet is, by definition, one of the most cluttered spaces in the house. We promise ourselves that we’ll purge and clean and sort, but somehow we continue to hastily throw everything into a hidden corner. Instead of accepting this disaster zone as inevitable, choose a customized closet system that’s best for you! You can install shelves, wire racks, shoe compartments, and multiple bars that utilize as much space as possible.
6. Slide and store
The kitchen is a room that commands attention whether you are the culinary type or just pretend to be while you’re microwaving noodles. To make the most of your cabinets and drawers, install pullout shelving to capitalize on the empty area behind the spice rack. With hundreds of Lazy Susan systems and DIY racking, roll out cabinets and drawers are attractively smooth and allow you to reach items that were once inaccessible.
7. Optimize your office
Like any professional headquarters, your home office needs to streamline your space while you take care of business. Try adding drawers and shelving above and below your desk for storage. Use dividers within the shelving and drawers to compartmentalize. Prop up a bookshelf or separate desk area to display your work and stow your more attractive office supplies. When your office is well organized, you’ll be less distracted by clutter and more productive than ever.
Your cozy living space doesn’t have to be minimal in style – or storage! Which savvy ideas will you use to stay organized?
About the Author
Kerrie Kelly is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and provides design tips on living spaces small and large for The Home Depot. Kerrie’s storage advice is based on work she’s done with her homeowner clients over the years. To view Home Depot’s storage & organization solutions, you can visit the company’s website.