Chic storage ideas to help corral clutter

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

A house full of bustling activities can create quite some clutter! Get organized with these smart tips.

Neat reading racks

Many people enjoy a good read before sleep. However, books, magazines and tablets can just add disarray if left scattered around the bedroom. To combat this type of clutter, add wall-mounted magazine racks or crates to hold your reading pieces.

Paint a wooden crate using FrogTape Multi-Surface painter’s tape. Add stripes in striking colors for a reading rack that’s functional and fabulous looking.

After drying, cut your crate down the middle — you now have two spots for book storage. Install simple wall-hanging brackets to the edges of the crates, and attach each to the wall with drywall anchors for a sturdy and safe finish. These are also great for stowing away toys in a child’s playroom.

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Boost bedroom storage

Calm your chaos with under-bed storage units by transforming old dresser drawers into storage space. Paint the drawers and drill casters to the bottom for easy rolling access. Slide them under your bed and voila!

Multipurpose seating

Chic ottomans and cushioned benches are great pieces that provide extra seating. But in addition to pleasant appearance, many contain hidden storage underneath. Neatly stow away blankets and pillows that would otherwise crowd this high-traffic area. Position the furniture as an accent piece, while also increasing your storage.

Cozy staircase storage

The space under stairs is often overlooked as a storage spot, since it’s usually closed off with drywall. What most homeowners don’t realize is this tricky triangle is typically hollow, and the “wasted” space can be utilized to store your family’s odds and ends. For extra functionality, transform it into a closet if you’re a DIY weekend warrior. Here’s how:

First, frame the door opening for your new closet. Use a drywall saw to create the outline that fits the pre-hung door of your choice. Secure the hinged side to the frame and use wood shims to ensure a secure fit.

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Next, create the closet walls inside. Measure the area of the closet and cut sheets of plywood or drywall to those dimensions. Paint the plywood and install it by nailing it to the existing studs. Just keep in mind that drywall will require a few extra steps, like taping, mudding and sanding before painting.

Now, determine what size storage containers and hooks the space will allow and create shelves and cubbies. Using a nail gun, install ledger strips around the entire closet to support the shelves, making sure they’re level. Secure with screws and install your shelves for a cozy and contained solution.

Whether you have limited storage or are simply looking for ways to bring order to your home, now is the time to reorganize. With these suggestions, you’ll achieve a modernized and tidy living space in no time at all.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.