Right now, we live in a tiny bedroom with a lot of stuff. Storage space is a hard thing to come by. Here are my top five favorite ideas for stretching your storage space while stretching a buck.
1. Invest in Baskets, Bins, & Organizers from the Dollar Store and Thrift Store: Baskets and bins make misc. items so much more organized and nicer looking. I have found several cute, small baskets that work perfectly for organizing areas, such as the nightstand drawer or the bathroom drawers. You may even get lucky at the thrift store and find organizers and cute baskets there. You could also spend a little more money and invest in bins and under the bed storage bins. We also invested in a small, fashionable trunk for our living area instead of a coffee table. Now I can store all of our movies and Mike’s video games in style. I also found a cute suitcase type trunk that works for decor and keeps Mike’s game controllers out of site. Pretty hat boxes can be used for storage and decoration in any space, even the bathroom.
2. Go Up: When you do not have much space horizontally, expand your organization space vertically. Do this by adding extra shelves or racks in your closet or by adding shelves to your walls. Add inexpensive hooks on the back of your door or inside your closet to hang belts, purses, jewelry, and more.
3. Use a Peg Board: Martha Stewart shows such a clever idea by install cheap pegboard in the closet. This makes it possible forseveral accessories to be hung. This idea can also be used to organize sport/fitness equipment and power tools.
4. Magnetize It: Small items can be organized in small containers. Then, place a large magnet on the back of each small container. Then attach a magnetic strip to the place you desire, such as the cabinet door underneath the bathroom sink, on the size of a dresser, on a desk, etc. Using this to organize your small items, such as craft items, jewelry, and other odds and ends is functional.
5. Make the Best Use of Your Furniture: Think outside the box on how furniture can double as storage space. For example,Org Junkie shows that a microwave cart can be used as storage anywhere. Vintage luggage can become cute storage spaces too. Martha Stewart also shows how two book cases fold together to create a functional space saving vanity.
How do you expand your storage on a budget?