Creative and space-saving storage ideas you need to know

Do you need to maximise the space you have? Find out how you can get the most out of your home with these creative storage ideas.

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Looking for innovative ways to save space and store your belongings can be difficult, especially if size is an issue.

Whether you're part of a larger family and struggling to keep your personal space or part of a couple looking to work around small living conditions, maximising space in your home can make a world of difference. Here are some of the space-saving storage ideas you need to know to change the way you live at home.

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1. Fold your desk up and down

If you're looking to maximise your small living space, you need to think about how you can add pieces of furniture without adding bulk. Is having a desk important to you? Whether you need it for work or personal use, you may want to think about installing a folding desk. You can attach the desk to the wall and fold it up and down as you please, meaning you maximise the space you have.


2. What about under the stairs?

If you're lucky enough to have storage space under your staircase, you should be using it! Hide your mess and de-clutter your life with minimal effort. You can store items like boxes, bags, and luggage or if you want to get creative, you can think about creating custom-made drawers and shelves to store clothes and shoes.


3. Build shelves above the heavy appliances

Have you ever been in the middle of a load of washing and suddenly run out of detergent? Imagine if your supplies were right there for you. Space above appliances usually goes unused. Think about it - the toilet, washer and dryer sit against the wall on the ground, and then you are left with empty wall space above. Installing floating shelves will make the space more user-friendly, especially for items like laundry soap, detergent or toilet paper.


4. Use the space under your bed

Have you ever considered the space under your bed? This may not apply to all people because you may just have a mattress on the floor, but if you have the space or the budget to purchase a new bed frame, there are endless possibilities for how you can store items. You can use the space to organise clothes or store other items you don't usually reach for.


5. Build a shoe rack in an unusual space

If you own more shoes than you'd like to admit, keeping your collection neat and tidy can be a hassle. Shoe racks can be bulky, so why not build it in the nooks and crannies of your home? Nobody likes falling over stray sneakers in the middle of the night, so this is built within the corner of the room and takes up no extra space at all! Shoes are organised and you can even think about buying more.


6. Get creative with your kitchen storage

If your kitchen cupboard is cluttered with items stacked on top of each other, it might be time to get creative. Think about how you can maximise your space by installing racks on the door of the cupboard to hold spices and jars. Or, you may want to have multiple drawers in different sizes to keep your cereal, bread, and biscuits in easy-to-reach positions.


7. Create a space for floating shelves

Are you in the mood to organise and make your space feel more Zen? Floating shelves are your best friend. It's the easiest way to create an automatic storage space in all kinds of places. They can go on any wall and you can store all kinds of items on them.


8. Organise your drawers

Getting dressed in a rush and can't seem to find your other sock? Drawers are the main culprit for mess and disorganisation. By restructuring how you store your items, you will not only be able to fit more things, but it can make your life easier. We love the idea of using dividers to display your undergarments and socks in a neat and tidy fashion.


9. Hang things on the wall

Having a coat rack or table at the door to throw your jacket on is just another piece of furniture that you simply don't need. Use the wall space wisely. All you need to do is add hooks on the wall to hang a range of items on. Whether it be your keys, coat, handbag or scarf, it's an easy way to maximise your space.


10. Hide your appliances

Vacuums, mops, and brooms are necessities to adult life, but their bulky size can cause trouble when it comes time to find a place to store them. Find a space that suits you to store these items, and once it gets too full, use the cupboard door. Add some hooks on the inside of the door that you can use to hang your mops and brooms to give yourself some extra space.


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