5 Clever storage solutions for new homeowners

As a new homeowner, finding innovative ways to store your belongings is essential for maintaining a clutter-free and organised living space. Here are my ultimate space-saving storage ideas...

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Creative and practical storage solutions not only help to keep your home tidy but also add a touch of style and personality. Here are five inventive storage ideas that can help you make the most of your new home, with practical tips for implementing these solutions…

1. Built-In Storage Spaces

Built-in storage is an excellent way to maximise space in your home while also offering a sleek and discreet appearance. You can make the most of existing alcoves with shelves and desk spaces (like I did with my dressing table alcove below), or add floor-to-ceiling shelves, or use it as a wardrobe.

When incorporating built-in storage into your home’s design, consider the room’s layout and purpose, as well as the storage needs of the occupants. For instance, a built-in bookcase in an alcove in your living room can add character while offering a convenient storage solution for your book collection.

In bedrooms, built-in wardrobes can be designed to accommodate various clothing items, accessories, and shoes, making it easier to keep your belongings organised. You can even use the built-in wardrobe to create a ‘nook’ for your bed like I have, creating a cosier, more enclosed feel when you’re in bed.

2. Utilising Vertical Space

Maximising vertical space is a clever way to increase storage capacity without compromising on floor space. Wall-mounted shelves, ladder shelves, and floating corner shelves are all popular vertical storage solutions. To choose the right option for your home, consider the room’s dimensions, the weight of the items you plan to store, and the overall aesthetic you’re aiming for.

For example, a wall-mounted shelf in the bathroom can provide extra storage for toiletries and towels, while floating corner shelves are particularly useful in small rooms, as they make use of otherwise-unused space and can be easily customised to suit your needs.

Ladder shelves in the living room can display decorative items and store books or media collections. I have a vintage Ladderax system that’s customisable, so I can add or remove shelves and cupboards as needed, and it can even house a handy fold-out desk for working from home.

3. Multipurpose Furniture

Multipurpose furniture is both practical and space-saving, making it ideal for new homeowners looking to optimise their storage options. Some popular multipurpose furniture pieces include storage beds, ottoman benches with storage compartments, and extendable dining tables with built-in storage.

To select the right multipurpose furniture for your needs, think about the size of your room, your lifestyle, and the types of items you need to store. A bed with storage compartments can provide ample space for seasonal clothing and other belongings, while an ottoman bench can serve as a stylish seating option with a hidden storage compartment.

4. Underused Space Storage

Capitalising on underused spaces in your home can help you make the most of your available storage capacity. Some innovative underused space storage solutions include under-stairs storage, above-door shelves, and ‘toe-kick’ drawers in the kitchen.

When implementing these solutions, be sure to take accurate measurements of your space and choose materials and designs that complement your home’s decor. Toe-kick drawers in the kitchen can store baking trays, cutting boards, or even children’s art supplies, keeping these items out of sight but easily accessible. Under-stairs storage can be used to store coats, shoes, or cleaning supplies, while above-door shelves can provide extra storage in bathrooms or bedrooms for items that are used infrequently.

5. Customisable Storage Solutions

Customisable storage solutions are an excellent way to create a tailored storage system that meets your unique needs. Modular shelving systems, pegboard walls, and adjustable closet organisers all offer a high degree of personalisation, as they are easy to customise.

To configure these solutions effectively, consider the types of items you need to store, the amount of space you have available, and your preferred method of organisation. Modular shelving systems can be adapted to fit various room sizes and shapes, making them ideal for both small and large spaces.

Pegboard walls are a versatile option for garages, craft rooms, or home offices, allowing you to store and organise tools, stationery, and other supplies easily. Adjustable closet organisers can be customised to accommodate clothing, shoes, and accessories, making it simple to keep your wardrobe organised and accessible.

Additional Tips for Creative Storage

When implementing these creative storage ideas, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Think about the future – as your needs change over time, your storage solutions should be adaptable. Choose storage options that can be easily modified or expanded to accommodate your evolving requirements.
  • Prioritise accessibility – make sure your storage solutions are easy to access and use. If items are difficult to reach or stored in a disorganised manner, you’re less likely to maintain an organised space.
  • Consider aesthetics – while functionality is crucial, don’t forget about the visual appeal of your storage solutions. Choose options that complement your home’s style and colour scheme to create a cohesive look.
  • Declutter regularly – no matter how effective your storage solutions are, it’s essential to declutter and reorganise your belongings regularly. This will help you make the most of your available space and maintain a tidy, organised home.

Thinking creatively about storage can help you maximise the space of your new home. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and experiment with these concepts to create a living space that is both functional and stylish. Remember to consider the future, prioritise accessibility, and choose aesthetically pleasing options to make your storage solutions as effective as possible.

Let me know what clever storage solutions you’ve added in your own home – I’d love to hear your storage hacks in the comments below. 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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