Does your home feel stuffy or congested? Do you find yourself sometimes bumping into things at home? Is your place generally cramped? If this is the case, you may be guilty of committing storage mistakes unknowingly. This can be quite a challenge especially if you’re living in a small space.
To create more room in your cramped space, a storage company in Dubai urges you to avoid the following storage mistakes:
1. Ignoring vertical space
Look up and you may just realize that there’s still a lot of space in your home. Vertical space is your best friend when it comes to storage in a small house. You may not have enough floor space but you can probably find an area above a desk or dressers to hang wall-mounted shelves for books, magazines, stationery and even items you occasionally use.
For your kitchen, consider placing hooks on the wall to place your utensils. This way, your kitchen items are accessible, plus, they won’t use any of your precious kitchen countertop space at all.
2. Neglecting clutter
Clutter is one of the major causes of storage problems. It also makes a room feel crowded even if there’s still tons of space. For instance, cords of your different electronic devices may lead to tangled plug-ins and an unsightly mess.
As much as you can, declutter your home and immediately return items to where they belong after use. Also, don’t rely on your drawers to store all your clutter. Instead, give your drawers a break by using smaller trays and other containers to get everything efficiently organized.
If clutter continuously piles up around your home because of your busy schedule, you can always book a cleaning session. They will help keep your house in good condition and ensure that it doesn’t become congested and dirty.
3. Restraining accessibility
When a family member can’t reach what they need, they either ask for help to get it or be unable to put it back. To solve this problem, you need to have storage which is accessible for all.
- Books on low racks or shelves
- Clothes at arm’s length
- Nearby cabinets filled with daily necessities
4. Choosing single-purpose furniture
Good storage pieces are those that allow you multiple ways of disguising, organizing, and using items. Nowadays, there are many multi-purpose pieces of furniture that you can take advantage of especially if you have limited space.
When you’re resourceful and creative enough, you can turn a chair into more than a place to sit on. For example, four foldable chairs can be mounted on the wall to save space, and an ottoman can have storage that goes with it. Find furniture that offers more than just a single purpose, it should at least include hidden storage or other long-term storage options such as open shelves.
5. Relying on one size or type of storage
Not all your belongings are in the same size and type. For that reason, your storage spaces shouldn’t be similar. You should have a mix of sizes and types to efficiently solve storage dilemmas like storing off-shaped or oddly-shaped and large items.
6. Having no closed storage
Storage spaces like garment racks and open shelves may be great. However, your home will look chaotic if all your things are stored right out in the open. Cabinets, drawers, or wardrobes are useful storage spaces for hiding and protecting possessions that can easily get cluttered or disorderly such as clothes, jewelry, accessories, etc.
If your house has a lot of open shelving, try to use baskets or boxes to make your items look more organized.
7. Overstuffing bookshelves
Unless it’s a public library bookshelf, you shouldn’t be stuffing shelves. There’s no certain storage rule that you need to fill every square inch of a shelf. Doing so will only cause you to lose track of your belongings and create visual clutter.
Try alternating horizontal and vertical elements. If one section of your shelf already has several books, give the other side a breathing space by placing a photo or collectible.
Do you really need it?
Instead of asking yourself where to put your items, ask whether you really need each of your possessions. It’s much harder to store things that don’t have a specific purpose. So whenever you’re out shopping for something, always think twice. This is especially true for impulse buys when you’re at the mall and spot surprise bargains or sales
By becoming logical about the things you purchase and store, you’ll realize that you actually need less storage space than you thought. If you can’t afford to let go of valuable items like artworks, antiques, memorabilia and other personal collections but don’t have space for them at home, consider getting a storage unit instead.
Having some of your possessions placed in storage ensures they are kept safe and secure until the time comes for you to take them out and actually use them.
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.