Find Storage and Increase the Market Appeal of Your Home
For a lot of homeowners, especially those with kids, finding adequate storage is a huge factor when looking for a home. And, for those already settled, it is often among one of the most frustrating problems to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Storage is such a hot-button topic, that it is generally among the top necessities on buyers wish lists.
So we recruited real estate expert Adam Wilson of ReMax in Edmonton, AB who provided us with a list of ways not only to increase the storage throughout your house but of how to make your storage look it’s best:
● Install floor to ceiling shelving (if possible) in your garage. Doesn’t have to be expensive! Build with 2×4’s/plywood or buy the plastic modular shelving units.
● Same would go for your ‘storage room’. Many people just throw luggage, boxes, bags and anything else in a room and then the whole floor is covered. Installing shelving/hooks and utilizing the wall space vertically will help.
● In your closet, instead of the wire shelving that comes with most homes, invest in a closet storage solution that will utilize the wall space better, add drawers and more shelves. Companies like Ikea, Home Depot or if you want a little extra check out California Closets.
● Utilize totes/boxes under your bed if possible and on the top shelf in closets.
● Behind doors, if enough space you could add shelving or just use the back of a door for hanging sweaters/towels etc.
Thanks Adam! Here are some other easy tips that will help you to find extra space and make the most of every room in your home.
Create room in your pantry by getting rid of any oversized and awkward food packaging. Instead, purchase clear, air-tight containers and label with either chalk or whiteboard markers. Make note of not only the product name but also the nutritional facts, and expiration date.
If, like many, you like to buy in bulk, put smaller portioned containers in another location and then simply restock as needed.
Pots and pans can be a pain to store if you don’t have a large kitchen. If this is the case for you then consider storing pots, pans, and other durable items, on their sides like files. This simple step will not only create more room, but it will also make it easy for you to see exactly what you have and what you need.
Ask yourself one question, is there room to add another hanger bar in the closet? Although this won’t be a permanent solution, for the time being, why not take advantage of the fact that children’s clothing is smaller and if you can, add an additional bar. You can fit two into the same space that would be wasted in an adult closet. This will allow you to hang the clothing to maximize space. Or, as Adam suggested, you can buy premade closet organizers that you can customize in order to make the most out of your child’s closet.
Remember, the trick to creating more space in your home is to get rid of things that you don’t need anymore. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used something in over a year you should consider finding it a new home. If you find you have extra things around that you aren’t using, maybe throw pillows, blankets, frames, dishes, clothes – whatever you have – consider inviting friends over and throwing a reverse housewarming party! What is a reverse housewarming party you ask? Well, basically instead of having your friends bring a housewarming gift, they take something home with them! Try it today! Happy decluttering!
By Katelyn Moyle