Planned storage in each room reduces clutter and makes rooms seem larger. When you are designing a home, adding space or planning to change the way you use existing space, evaluate our current and future needs (toys, games, seasonal decorations, bedding, records and files, electronics, etc.). Plan to use adjustable shelving so you'll have some flexibilty.
Include counter and cabinet space at the family entrance for recharging electronics, mail, shoes, coats, sports gear, backpacks, purses, etc. Develop plans for storing outdoor items during a storm and security plans. An unvented cathedralized type of attic (with insulation under the sealed roof) can provide ample storage space in a clean, climate-controlled space.
An easy way to begin evaluating your present storage needs is to take a walk-through of each room in your house. Try keeping a log of used and unused storage spaces (under the bed, hard to reach shelves in the closet). As you make your rounds, also identify especially messy areas in your home. Once you have identified your storage needs and functions, you can begin to plan the storage space in your restored or rebuilt home, and develop a strategy for improving storage in your current residence.
Start by grouping items in a list according to their material, size and shape. For example create a paper group, a clothing group and children’s toys group. This will help you identify what types of storage spaces, units and containers you will need. Clothing is best stored in large plastic containers while bills and other paperwork are best stored in a filing cabinet.
Creating an efficient storage system takes time. Tackle the work one closet at a time. Start with the items you use least often and place them at the bottom of the closet or shelving rack. If you place you annual items (like your Christmas decorations) at the bottom of the closet, access to your weekly items (like your fishing pole) will be much more convenient.
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