It’s Smaller than it looks!

You’ve moved into your new property, got your furniture perfectly placed, unpacked you’re boxes of bits and bobs and then just as your about to sit down and celebrate with a glass of wine, it dawns on you that the room looks smaller than you remember.

Making the most of your space and avoiding unnecessary clutter is a challenge that so many of us face. So how can you make the most of your space, maintain your stylish looking interior and all whilst keeping all the things you love?

We’ve got some great storage tips and ideas to help you make the most out of every metre of your home!

effective tidying

1. Does it bring you joy?

You need to look at each room and work out what brings you joy. Marie Kondo has a theory for tidying effectively, by holding each item and asking if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, or you haven’t used it for 6 months, move this stuff out and store it or donate it to a charity.

2. Review the space on offer

Then you need to look at each room and how the measurements can work for you. Think about ways you can use every nook and cranny to it’s full advantage. Identify spaces you might not normally think of, like behind the bath, customising the bath panel to be easily removable. Sliding doors on cupboards to save room and ensure they can fit into smaller, less accessible, places and Kick drawers underneath the kitchen cupboards.

Use wall space with shelving, cabinets and cupboards, underused alcoves are a wonderful place for bespoke shelving to creating more storage space! And not forgetting sliding storage boxes that can easily fit under chairs and beds, perfect to hold your winter wardrobe!

And if you have space behind your headboard, turn it into a mini bookshelf!

3. Multipurpose furniture and fittings

Buy furniture that has double uses. A desk doesn’t need to be a large one, it could be a console table instead. Backs of doors and cupboards are perfect to store lots on! Add hooks or over the door fixtures for lots of storage, you can use these to tidy up shoes, coats, bags, and more. The inside of kitchen cupboards can be used to hold pan lids, spices, tea towels etc and it you are lucky enough to have a utility cupboard, you can arrange it so that brooms, mops etc can be affixed to the inside of the door.

Storage essentials

4. Storage Essentials

Be sure to look around, and up! to see where else you can use.

Above doors and curtain rails are natural shelving areas. Under kitchen cupboards you can add hooks to hold handy items. Shower areas can use suction cup hooks to neatly store bottles off the floor and sides. Baskets are perfect for immediate tidy-ups and can be placed on shelves, under chairs, hanging on doors etc

There’s an area called prime storage, the space between your shoulders and knees, where you store all your everyday items, shoes, books, etc. Utilise this area to make sure you don’t store items out of sight and make full use of them. The experts advise using clear storage so, you can easily see what is stored.

Baskets are a pretty way of storing items that are used every day. Many are decorative and can add colour and design to your room.

External storage

After all of that, if you have run out of space in your home, do not fear, there’s no need to move! You can store items that you want to keep in quality external storage units.

 At Beehive Self Storage, you can benefit from secure, safe storage of every size to accommodate your storage needs. It could be just a small unit or one of our largest ones which can hold the contents of a 4-bedroom home! You can rent a storage unit for as long as you need at incredibly affordable prices. Visit us here to book your storage and get your first 4 weeks half price!