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​6 genius storage ideas for small spaces

Let's face it: We all have a lot of stuff and not a lot of space to put it. When it comes to moving into a new home, trying to figure out how best to utilize space is always step #1. Here are some fantastic storage ideas to help make the most of your space no matter what size of home you have.

Utilize Under the Bed Storage

If you've maxed out your closet space and run out of room in your dresser, one valuable spot is right under your bed. There are a few options depending on the amount of storage you need and the height of your bed. The easiest is just a flat plastic storage container you can easily slide out from under your bed when you need some additional storage for clothes you might not wear most of the time. If you require easier access, try using some IKEA shelves. They offer a wide variety perfect for any bed. And if you really want to go all out, they even make under-the-bed storage frames you can just place your entire mattress on top of!

Use Lazy Susans to Help Prevent Dead Pantry and Shelf Space

It doesn't matter how good of an organizer you are, accessing everything at the back of shelves and pantries will always be difficult. Sure, you have your most-used spices and seasonings at the front but having to reach back and find what you're looking for can be a bit of a gamble. Inserting a lazy Susan into your shelves can help bring everything that's tucked towards the back forwards with a simple spin. This is especially helpful when you have shelf space in a corner that is currently not being used because it isn't as visible.

Vacuum Pack Unused Clothes

As the seasons change, your closet might be filled with heavy jackets or shorts that don't fit the weather. This loses valuable closet space and makes it even more crammed for the clothes you actually do wear. Instead of just folding them away, try vacuum packing your clothes to get things like chunky sweaters on jackets to a much more condensed size and then tuck them away into storage, under your bed, or in suitcases. When it finally comes time to wear them again, just reinflate and you're good to go. This is also a great tip when you are moving.

Ladders, Ladders, Ladders

If you're someone who likes to display photos, trinkets, knickknacks, or flowers, trying to fit them all on small side tables can be a bit of a challenge. Ladder shelves or step stools are a great way to think vertical while not having to install additional wall shelves (great if you're renting). Lean the shelves against the wall and use each step to decorate however you'd like. 

Mix Things Up with a Pegboard

Whether you don't want to hammer up too many shelves or you only have so much wall space, a pegboard could be right for you. Pegboards allow you to hang bags and purses, set up shelves for pictures and plants, and change them up as soon as you get bored of the layout. Since they allow baskets, shelves, or hooks, you can personalize the storage options to best fit what you are looking for.

No Shelves? Make Your Own!

Do you have more shoes than space? Or wish you had one more shelf in your closet organizer? Tension rods are easy to install almost anywhere and can be used to make makeshift shelves. Stretch them in a closest and you instantly have additional levels to store all your shoes. This is also a great option for those who don't want to impact the walls of their place in any way.

Making the most of your space can be challenging but it doesn't have to be. Encor wants to make it even easier. Got a tip of your own? Share it on our social channels on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. And if you are looking electricity plans, natural gas plans or both, talk to us today at 310-4300 or visit us online here.


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