Finding Storage Around the House

You may have more storage than you realize. Using these tips, you can find space where you never knew you had it before.

1. Store things under your bed. This area can be used for shoes, books, electronic equipment, scrapbooking supplies, whatever you need to store. Under the bed is a great place to store things that you want in storage or out of your closet, but that you still may want to easily access from time to time. It is also a good place to store things like clothing that you don’t want in the heat or humidity of the garage. Use risers to make even more space under the bed.

2. Store things underneath your shelving throughout the house. Baskets or drawers that mount underneath shelves are extremely useful for making the best use of space. You can organize hats, socks, underwear, swimwear, plastic container lids, wash cloths, anything small enough to fit inside. Some baskets simply slide onto the shelf and only cost a few dollars.

3. Don’t neglect the space that is hidden on the back side of your closet and bathroom doors. You can organize make-up, jewelry, hair accessories and more on the back of your bathroom door. You can even hand a wine rack there to store rolled-up towels. In the closet, you can hang an organizer that stores jewelry, shoes, socks, tights, underwear, ties, hats, scarves and more.

4. Use chests instead of end tables and coffee tables around the house. Not only do they look nice, but they provide disguised storage in every room. Chests look nice under windows and at the foot of your bed. You can use them in the entryway of your home, in the mud room, or as decorative toy boxes in your living areas.

5. Use risers on shelves that are too tall in your cabinets and closets. Shelves are often as much as twenty-four inches apart, but you rarely put anything on a shelf that is taller than twelve inches. Use risers and other shelf inserts to turn one tall shelf into two more usable ones.

6. In your closets, you can use flat, space saving hangers, like velvet hangers. These hangers grip clothing so that it doesn’t end up on the floor. They also make all of your clothes fit so closely together that you can double or triple your closet space. Make even more room using multi pant hangers and other hangers that allow you to hang multiple items in one space.

About the Author: Rick Miller is on the staff of Only Slimline Hangers, a leading online resource for velvet hangers which are space saving hangers, non slip hangers and slim line hangers. For more information, please visit