How To: Plan for Storage in Your Home

July 15, 2016

No matter where you live, storage is a hot commodity in any home. Storage space fills up quickly and can be difficult to empty, especially when personal possessions are difficult to get rid of.

There are two cardinal rules for planning good storage space: it should be located in areas that are used first and most frequently. That means that storage should be in convenient, high traffic locations in your home.

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Here are some recommendations about how to plan for storage spaces across different areas of your home:

Kitchens: Should include storage for dry goods (e.g., walk in pantry or open shelving), pots and pans, small appliances, plates, utensils, serving bowls, tupperware, linens, soaps, and cleaning products. Consider a walk in pantry, cabinetry, open shelving, and drawers.

Bathrooms: Consider storage space for paper products, linens, extra towels, and cleaning supplies. We recommend cabinetery, drawers, closets, open shelving, and storage accessories such as standalone shelves and baskets.

Laundry rooms: Should have storage for laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, and other cleaning products. You may want to include space for the laundry itself - like built in shelves to store hampers and laundry baskets.

Bedrooms: Bedrooms are often neglected in terms of storage. You can think beyond the standard closets to include walk in closets, shelving, and storage accessories like baskets.

Home offices: Consider adding closets, shelves, and filing cabinets. Keep in mind that offices typically include computers, printers, and lots of wiring. 

Entertainment rooms: Should include space to store games, movies, blankets, and other items. If your entertainment space also has a kitchen or bar, consider adding cabinets and shelves for optimal storage space.

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