Time for Life Laundry?
No matter how ruthless we are at throwing away items we no longer use, we all manage to accumulate much more than we will ever practically use. Or maybe you are a hoarder who cannot bear to part with anything, just in case you might need it some day! Your home is a finite space and if you have accumulated much more than is practical, you may have to start looking for creative ways to use your home for cupboard storage space, particularly if your home is small or you live in a flat. Aside from being unsightly, untidy clutter can be a safety hazard, especially if you have young children, so it is best to tidy away as much as possible.
A classic way of using redundant space for cupboard storage is to create built-in under stairs storage units. This is a practical and stylish way to use dead space and if you use your imagination, you can create something useful and eye catching. If you are going to use it to store items best hidden away, then concealed cupboards are the best option. Or you could make it a focal point with open shelving used to display prized objects or a small library.
Maybe you have plenty of cupboard storage but are not utilising it to your full advantage. Simply throwing items into a cupboard in a haphazard manner is a poor use of space. This ends up being frustrating for you as you rummage through piles of items trying to find something that is probably stuck at the back and entails pulling everything out! To make the most of the space, determine what types of items will be stored in it, for example clothing, footwear, kitchen utensils and appliances, sports equipment, books or general bric a brac. This gives you a starting point to plan the best layout for shelving, drawers, individual baskets or hanging storage bags etc. A clever use of space can be achieved with over door storage baskets that simply hook over the cupboard door for instant use.
In the kitchen, installing drawers that glide easily in and out are practical and a great use of space. Look for units that can both glide out and rotate for easy access to items that sit at the back of deep cupboards. This is a popular option for larders. Small clothing items often get bunched up into untidy bundles and make it difficult to find what you need. A good way to organise items such as belts, ties and underwear is with a compartmentalised storage box so you can neatly fit single items or pairs of items into their own compartment. Where possible, hang large items against the sides or suspended from the roof of a storage space. It keeps the middle of the cupboard free to divide into shelving and drawer units. If you have a large cupboard you wish to organise into more ordered storage, look out for modular systems that offer a flexible approach, as you can always change or add to the layout at a later date and all the fixtures and fittings should be interchangeable.