It doesn’t matter if you’re in a tiny house or have plenty of room to spread out: storage space is almost always in demand. Keep reading for ways to maximize yours without draining your bank account.
1. Go Vertical
Up, up, and away with your messes. If your floor looks like a warzone, it’s time to find a place for the toys, shoes, and assorted homegoods that make their way into your walking path. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice style for storage. Stores such as Crate & Barrel boast plenty of affordable home organization merchandise and almost always offer cash back and promotions to cut down on your home-clearing costs.
2. Storage outdoors
There are plenty of items you can store outdoors, such as toys and sports equipment. Storage solutions for outdoor areas include deck boxes, benches, and small outdoor sheds. Wayfair, a discount-based online retailer, offers many different affordable deck storage options, which can help contain the mess without putting your bank account in a bad spot.
3. Declutter the Kitchen
One of the messiest places in the home is also the easiest to keep organized. The kitchen is home to your pots, pans, spoons, coffee pods, and all of the little extras you need to prepare a family meal. Keep it in order with inexpensive baskets from your local dollar store. Small wire baskets can be mounted to the side of cabinets to hold your coffee supplies or placed strategically in cupboards to keep your cleaning products easily accessible. DIYnCrafts.com offers a plethora of ideas for dollar store storage.
4. Crack the Code of Your Closet
You likely don’t pay that much attention to the clutter collecting in the top of your closet. This means you also probably haven’t noticed that you have a host of storage space going to waste. Install a closet organization system using wire racks that can be picked up at your local hardware store. If you buy the pieces individually, you will actually save money over purchasing a pre-designed closet storage system. You may also be able to find some great deals at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore or Goodwill. If you’re more of an online shopper, check out SnagShout.com and WWBuying.com. These sites don’t actually sell anything, but are a legitimate avenue to find highly-discounted products from Amazon. You never really know what you’re going to find, but they’re worth browsing until inspiration strikes.
More ways to save
Owning a home is expensive, especially when you try to organize the belongings you’ve amassed over the course of several years. In addition to the above ideas, you can also save money on your home decor endeavors by:
- Visiting yard sales
- Browsing VarageSale.com or Craigslist (you must apply for free membership in the former)
- Looking for discounts for your favorite stores from Ebates (cash back from Bed, Bath, & Beyond, anyone?)
- Making a trip to the Unclaimed Baggage Store in Alabama
- Setting up a swap with your friends and neighbors where you can trade items you no longer want for those that work best with your space
It doesn’t matter how large or small your home is; if you don’t have enough storage space, you can feel trapped and even stressed out. Spend a few hours organizing all the things in your home, and you will speed up the cleaning process and open up space for more important things, such as an arts and crafts area or reading nook. The best part is that it doesn’t have to put a dent in your stash of cash. Just a little creativity and a quick search online for the best deals from your favorite stores will get the ball rolling.
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