Space-Saving Tips

Published on April 22nd, 2015

Tips to help save space in your home

Spring is finally upon us and it's time to get a head start on some Spring cleaning. One way to make your home look clean and open is to make the best use of your current space by creating storage space, and throwing out the chaos that just creates clutter.

Downsize and Organize

A great de-cluttering starting point is to get rid of anything you no longer use. For seasonal clutter, make sure your sort out like objects and place them into clear containers so that you can see what is inside. Storing plastic bins in a strategic way will help you stay organized and avoid a giant mess to put away after you’re done digging through storage. Also, plastic bins keep your items clean and safe from dirt, rodents, and insects – which is especially important if you're storage area is in the garage or basement. While you’re buying containers, you can also pick up some labels. Labeling makes it easy to see exactly what is inside your storage containers, without having to rummage.

Shelves save space and time

When it comes to managing clutter, shelves are a very important and useful item. Usually 12- or 16-inch shelves are capable of holding heavier items. Whether you organize your garage with them, or your basement, these shelves will help you make sure that everything you need is in plain sight. Plus, they are versatile and inexpensive! Getting things off the floor is especially important in the basement. If you have an older home and the basement is not finished, dampness can creep in and ruin all of your belongings. Hoisting things up and keeping them stored on the wall can prevent damage to those precious heirlooms and holiday decorations. If you plan on storing ladders and seasonal gear in your garage, make sure they are secured to the ceiling or wall so no damage occurs. These items can be kept off the ground by ceiling joists or straps fastened to the walls or ceilings. This approach can help provide plenty of space for cars and other equipment.

Make the most of your current space and learn how to organize before you feel pressured with all of that spring cleaning in the air. Plus, if you’re looking to sell, it’s best to have your home as clutter-free as possible. If you are looking to finance a larger space, click here to talk to a member of our Housing Buzz Team who can help you choose a home that’s spacious enough for your family!

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