Sneaking in Storage: How to Create More Storage Space in Your Home

May 29, 2019

Written by: Terry Stevens


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There’s a reason the Marie Kondo Special went viral on Netflix.

People today have more stuff than ever and it’s hard to find a place for all of it.

Shockingly, 1 in 4 households with a two-car garage doesn’t actually have any room to park in it because they’ve turned their garage into a storage unit. Does this sound like you?

In your home right now, you have tons of underutilised storage space tucked away in places you’ve never thought to make use of.

Luckily, there are ways to create more storage space without having to spend thousands on remodelling projects or hiring an interior designer.

A cleaning company in Melbourne can help you remove clutter from your home and make use of empty corners by providing services like decluttering and organizing.

But if you like to create more storage space at your house without spending money on services, you’re in the right place.

In this article, we’re uncovering all the organisational hacks you need to know about.

Get ready to channel your inner organiser. We’re getting started!

Storage Space Hacks You Need to Know About

If you’re anything like the average home, getting rid of clutter would save 40% of your housework. Sure, it seems like you’re running out of room in your home but what do you do, buy a bigger house?

Do you want to know what’s cheaper than buying a house? Renting a storage facility.

What’s cheaper than renting a storage facility? Utilising the storage space that’s already in your home.

Let’s find out how.

Under Your Stairs

Harry Potter isn’t the only thing that you can store under your stairs.

Consider installing shelves in the empty space carved out by your stairs. This is a great place to store your books and mementos from travels.

Don’t like the look of bare shelves eating into your wall under the stairs? Go for a cute door that will hide the clutter. Then you can get away with storing the hoover and suitcases there too.

Between Stud Shelves

There is so much storage space hiding between the studs in our wall, but it’s up to you to break through the wall and find it.

Use a stud finder to mark where studs are in your wall. The goal is to expose the space between the studs and install shallow shelves. Pinterest has some really great DIYs on how to make this look professional and tidy.

These are the absolute perfect solution to a cluttered laundry or mud room. We also love to install them behind doors you usually keep open.

Hooks, Racks, and Bars

Hooks on the sides of counters, walls, and inside the cabinets doors are essential for organising cleaning supplies, dish towels, and pot holders.

Gone are the days where over the door shoe racks were only meant for shoes. We use them everywhere and anywhere from storing pantry items, laundry detergent bottles, and toiletries.

This is especially useful on the inside of closet doors for storing scarves, small purses and wallets, and even undergarments.

Bonus hack: We even pack them in our suitcases to organise our hotel rooms.

Need extra closet space? Install a second closet bar under the other bar, for shorter articles of clothing like blouses and pants.

Spice Storage

Do you know those little, half-sized spice jars that seem to take up all the room in your spice rack? Instead of stacking them (and inherently having them topple over), install a simple tension rod (normally used for curtains) and place it in your spice cabinet.

Set the little jars on top of it and, voilà, you have more room than ever.

Multi-Use Coffee Tables

Your coffee table is often the star of the room, especially if it has a cool table top but what’s really ingenious is the type that comes with storage. It’s perfect for hiding away clutter like decks of cards, coasters, DVDs, or books.

The next time you’re shopping for a coffee table, opt for an antique trunk or a cedar chest, both of which provide a ton of room for throw blankets and accent pillows.

Garage Rafters

This storage space is best kept for things that you won’t need as often (unless you’re 7ft tall and can easily access your garage’s rafters.)

If you’re looking to clean up your garage, install a storage lift system for your boxes and bins and a pulley system for your bikes, so you can finally make room for your car.

Secret Mirror Shelves

Just like your medicine cabinet in the bathroom, you can utilise your floor-length mirror by turning it into a jewellery and accessories storage unit.

Wall space in bedrooms is hard to utilise without looking cluttered, but mirrors do the opposite. They reflect light and open the room up. No one will even know that if you open the mirror up, you have bling behind it.

Under-Cabinet Shelves

We can almost guarantee you not utilising the space under your cabinets and this is where you’re missing out. These come in two styles for your upper and lower cabinets.

If you’re like us, you never know where to put those pesky baking trays and glass casserole dishes. We were always forgetting that we stored them in the oven after we already turned it on or putting them on high away shelves we can never really reach.

That is, until we heard about these ingenious baseboard drawers can store items below your lower cabinets.

Base Board Drawers

Is your spice shelf a mess? Hate the look of a knife block cluttering your counter?

Consider installing under the cabinet shelving for your upper cabinets. This discretely hides away items like utensils and seasonings.

Only you will know it’s there.

Call in An Expert

These storage space hacks can only take you so far, we know that. Sometimes you need an expert to get the job done.

But what if your home is really a mess?

That’s when you phone us.

At Sparkle and Shine, we ensure your home will be just that: sparkling and shining. Our cleaning experts are highly qualified, experienced, and 100% professional so rest assured you’re home will be in safe and trusted hands.

We know you’re busy, so let us help. Contact us today and schedule your first clean.


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About the author 

Terry Stevens

The owner and founder of Sparkle and Shine. He is a seasoned professional in the home services industry with a decade of experience. He is dedicated to providing top-notch services for residential and commercial properties and has a wealth of knowledge to share on topics such as tips, tricks, industry trends, and the importance of loving your space.

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