There is nothing that makes a room in your home look small quite like the presence of clutter. We all do it, we gather things like knick-knacks, books, magazines, and trinkets from our life adventures. However, at some point we’ve collected too much, put out too much, and our room and our home looks cluttered and small. Here are some great storage design ideas to help you get control of the clutter in your home.
Use Your Walls
Fun shelving can add a unique design feature to your room, and can also help get knick-knacks and trinkets off of furniture, but still visible in your space. If you don’t like the idea of shelves, perhaps they seem boring, or you are looking for a fun alternative, wooden crates painted fun colors or shades that match your existing décor can create a wall of storage that works like shelves, but looks like picture frames. If you want to use crates, select a few different sizes and mix them up on your wall.
Baskets and Bins
Baskets and bins can be a great storage option, especially for the kitchen, bathrooms, and closets. Use them to hold magazines, books, or small items like coasters, remote controls, or napkins. Large fun baskets can be set in your living or family room to store blankets and extra pillows. Stacking bins are a great way to organize and declutter your kitchen or bathroom. Use stacking bins to hold utensils, spices or dry foods, especially the ones you don’t use often. Bins can be labeled and then stored in cabinets or in your pantry, keeping the clutter off of your counters.
Select furniture pieces that are attractive, comfortable, and have a storage element. Of course, the most obvious piece of furniture for storing or organizing is a bookcase. For the best storage and decluttering, select bookcases that have both open shelves for books and other items that you want to keep on display, and closed cabinets for storing those things that just don’t need to be seen. These kinds of bookcases are great for entertainment rooms, offices, and play areas. They can hold cool books, and fun decorations, but things like games, DVDs, and office equipment can be hidden but still accessible. If you don’t need more bookcases, or just want another storage option, consider coffee tables that have storage in their bases or large ottomans with storage space for blankets and pillows. For entry ways and mud rooms, find a fun bench with storage baskets in the bottom or a lift up seat that you can store shoes, umbrellas, and other outdoor gear.
If you want a more permanent storage solution, consider adding built-in cabinets or bookcases. This option is especially handy if your kitchen needs more storage, and for laundry rooms and living rooms. Built in cabinets give you the same benefits of bookcases without the hassle of another piece of furniture to move. Built-ins, when done correctly, can open up a room, give good storage and increase the value of your home. Remember though, this is a relatively permanent option for creating more storage. Work with an interior design expert before you add built-in cabinets, so that you can make the most of your space and incorporate your cabinets in the best part of your room.
Hire an Oakland Twp Interior Designer
Looking for an Oakland Twp interior designer? Patricia Interiors can help you declutter your home by creating an interior design plan that uses beautiful furniture, maximizes space, and gives you the right storage for your home and design vision. For more information on how we can help you with all of your interior design needs, contact us at (586) 739-0080.