Each room in the house has its own particular purpose – and its own individual storage needs. Different spaces and different layouts mean that you need to tackle each room independently and come up with specific solutions based on your needs and the design of the room. Here are some ideas for storage in some specific rooms in the house.
Bedrooms have become much more than just rooms to sleep in. In our house, bedrooms often house video and audio gears, fitness equipment, home office areas, library corners, and more. Because space is limited in most bedrooms, wall systems and other add-ons that store both clothing and other gear are particularly useful. In a bedroom, a large wall unit can take the place of conventional dressers.
Assess your space: perhaps the closets could be used more efficiently, or perhaps drawers are too large for what they are storing. Make decisions as to whether you want to spend the money to buy extra furniture or add-on bins, or dedicate precious weekend and evening time to building your own units. Maybe an easier solution is just to reorganize. Closet organizers are a wonderful way to solve the problem on limited storage space, time, and budget.
The most important thing to keep in mind when planning children’s rooms is that needs change with age. Don’t outfit these rooms with furniture pieces that are suited only for a particular age group – fill your children’s rooms with items that can be adapted as your children grow. In our house, we modified a rolling cart from a diaper and toy storage unit to accommodate an infant, to a versatile computer stand for our growing son. And it’s never too soon to consider that items such as low bookshelves, a desk, and drawers encourage your children to be neat and organized.
It seems as if there’s never enough space for soaps, shampoos, razors, toothbrushes, and other bathroom essentials. But look again. Even on the tightest budget, anyone can attach shelves to bare walls; mount soap, washcloth, and shampoo bins on the inside of shower doors; and reorganize the space under the sink. What I do is to keep frequently used items readily available – in shallow drawers, prominently displayed on shelves, or at the front of cabinets.
Garages, Basements, and Attics
These rooms are usually considered the primary storage spaces in the home, where display and presentation take second place to efficiency. Use shelves and cabinets to keep tools, laundry supplies, and other necessities organized. Always lock up dangerous supplies and sharp objects, and, as much as possible, try to keep young children out of these areas.