Storage, built-in to your new home
As blocks get smaller and homes have to shrink to fit them, you need to start thinking about storage. As homes get smaller, usually it is the linen’s and other storage that get removed in favour of living space. Here are our tips for making sure you have adequate storage space in your new home.
Build it in
There are so many places in the home that you can fit in some extra storage space. A little bit goes a long way and it doesn’t take much to make your home more functional.
The laundry is the best place to start. Using this space to fit in some cleverly placed cupboards will do wonders for your home’s storage potential. Brooms, mops, iron, ironing board, towels, spare bedsheets and blankets, spare pillows, cleaning products, bulk items like toilet paper. These things need space and can be accommodated for in your laundry.
Think about the different items that you might want to store in your bathroom. Towels, hair products, body products, brushes, styling tools, cosmetics… all of these things need a place in your home to live. Finding the nooks and cranny’s in your bathroom and organising the space in the most effective way may entirely eliminate the need for a linen closet.
Most bedrooms will have a built in robe. Ensure the robe is as big as it can be without affecting the room. If it isn’t then space isn’t being used wisely. A little extra space can go a long way. There will always be spare blankets, pillows, clothes, toys, and suitcases that you’ll be able to fill the space with.
Also, think about the fit out of the wardrobes. There are so many storage systems that you can utilise to get the most out of the wardrobe. Even if you can’t fit it in, it can be something simple to organise after the handover.
All you need to do here is allow for enough space to fit some shelves. This can be as simple as adding 500mm in any direction. Once you have space accessible there is no need to buy shelving until you know how much you’ll need.
This option may not be an option but it is worth considering none-the-less. Consider fitting a linen closet at the end of a hallway or in an unutilised space. Even if this is simply adding an extra pantry to your kitchen to store bulk pantry items.
Be storage savvy when you move in
It is so easy to bring all of your bad storage habits into your new home. As eager as you may be to move in, take the time to organise everything properly during the move in process.
- Avoid leaving things lying around.
- Put everything in a practical place.
- Use storage containers for loose items.
- Pay close attention to your pantry! If you’ve been holding onto something for more than 6 months and you haven’t used it then it’s time for it to go.
- Snap lock bags are your best friend. Use them to store spare/loose items from your furniture and label them properly.
- Have a dedicated space for all of those items that you’re not sure where to put just yet.