Tiny Homes on Tiny Budgets

Do you live in a small house or apartment?  One of the biggest complaints of living in a small home is the lack of storage space.  It can be impossible to stay organized or to keep you house clean if there’s nowhere to store all of your stuff.  You can get rid of a lot of things, but there is always a need for storage.  Use this guide to help you find sneaky and creative ways of creating storage in your home without breaking the bank.

1)  Living Room:  The living room is where you probably spend most of your time, and it’s also the room where family and friends will gather.  You need to have space in your living room to entertain and also just to feel relaxed.  When you’re surrounded by junk, it’s oppressive and can clutter your thoughts.  Get rid of the clutter by storing items underneath the couch.  You can purchase inexpensive couch risers that will allow you to slide shallow plastic containers underneath.  You can store things here and they’ll be out of sight, especially if you use a slip cover that hangs down far enough to cover the secret storage.

2)  Bathroom:  Bathroom storage is always short, even in big homes.  This isn’t necessarily because the space isn’t there, but mostly because the space isn’t used correctly.  A normal bathroom vanity has two cabinets underneath, or one large space.  There is plenty of square footage under there; it’s just wasted unless you have the right shelves or drawers to fill it up.  We really like the wire racks that can be installed inside the vanity cabinets.  Some of these will slide out to reveal two or three baskets that can be used for all of your shampoo bottles, bathroom cleaners, washcloths, and more.  Other useful installations are drawers and shelves.  Simple riser shelves that hold things up where you can see them behind the front row are useful.  Wire shelves that are designed to fit in lockers are very inexpensive and lock together to form useful and adjustable shelving.

3)  Closets:  Your closets are most likely totally cramped and full, but there is actually usable space in there that many people don’t use.  Look up high, in front of your hanging bar, and behind your hanging clothes.  If there are a few inches (or even feet!) of space there, then you can rearrange to make better use of the space.  Hanging bars can be moved back to make room for shelving on the front walls of the closet.  That big shelf at the top could be higher and even wider, or it could extend from the ends to the front of the closet.  Figure out how to make more room in there simply by moving things around.  You can hang short items together and make room beneath.  You can also use space saving hangers, like velvet hangers, to double or triple the closet space by cascading and coordinating outfits.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for velvet hangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit http://www.onlyslimlinehangers.com.

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