How to conserve space?

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i live in a very small home and i have a catch all room and need to find ways to conserve space. please help.

Paula Trim
Yarmouth nova Scotia
q how to conserve space
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  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Dec 31, 2017
    Buy clear bins and stack it in the corner. Cover it with a nice fabric.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Dec 31, 2017
    Get some shelving racks. Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, and many other sellers have them. Some are very easy to put together, have adjustable shelves and need no tools. Pack items in bins, label the bins and store them on the shelves. Saves a lot of floor space!

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 31, 2017
    I too have an extra bedroom that I am constantly striving to keep clean enough as a guest room, craft room and out of season clothing storage.
    I have one tall 45" wide bookcase, a large glass table for crafting/sewing, and with a TV/DVD player on one end. There is a row of storage cabinets as a console by the bed.
    I use some of the large plastic bins for storing out of season clothes in closet and hanging current season clothing by adding an extra rod.
    I utlizing the underbed area with storage boxes for extra bedding, curtains etc.
    The shelf storage area has items I'm working on, and fabrics and sheets for making duvets for clients, pillows, curtains etc.
    I try to keep things put away, so it looks clean and neat. I must admit I am constantly purging items that I haven't used. People tend to give me a lot of household items for me to give to my disabled clients,,,, and sometimes it just doesn't fit, so I donate stuff constantly.
    The beds always made and ready for someone to stay and kitty likes to nap there sometimes. I just go in there and when it looks messy, I put everything away or make a bag to donate and throw it in the car.

  • Dana Mason Dana Mason on Jan 01, 2018
    I think we have all been there. You can build simple shelves above the doors and near the ceiling to store thing high that you don't need to get to all the time. Simply purchase shelving brackets and lay a board across them. I have three of these shelves in my living room with a lifetime of photos displayed on them, but the ones that I have in my bedroom have crafting items. These shelves can be installed over every door in every room and free up a lot of space on the floor.

    The "over the door" shoe bags can get all the little things up and the pockets can be labeled. (My son had one with hot wheel cars, crayons, legos, and such when he was small. Now it houses video games, drawing supplies, paintbrushes, paints, etc). One can be on the back of a bathroom door to house everything from hairspray to cotton balls, and frees up counter space in tiny bathrooms.

    You can get old suitcases at goodwills, yard sales, and such and put larger items in them and stack them up as high as needed. They are in style right now and can even have a lamp set on top to add interest to the room.
    In the top of a closet you can tie up two pieces of string from the ceiling. Then you load your wrapping paper on the strings (each end of the roll is resting on the string).

    And my oddest storage place is I have two curtain rods on my windows and have pockets sewn on the inside of one of them. Items are stored in the pockets of the one and the outside curtain hides the storage area.

    In my livingroom, I have an antique dress and dressing table. I keep all the dvds, family photo albums, in the drawers along with the dogs leashes, batteries, and other crafting supplies.

  • Vicky Davis Vicky Davis on Jan 01, 2018

    If you can get these, or shelves like them, you can adjust the shelves to fit your needs. [I covered the sides in canvas and painted the canvas, to hide things,] You can even space them to store tall things in between two units. [like a Christmas tree you don't want to un-assemble, or drawer units you already have.] You could even grab a few extra shelves that go with the system, to use in the between space, to keep storage off the floor, or to space the drawer units you have on shelves of their own, but still stacked.

    I always disliked having the tubs sitting on top of one another, I prefer having each tub on a shelf. Or part of a drawer unit.

  • 62q10370829 62q10370829 on Jan 02, 2018
    First--boxes marked Keep, Trash, Donate. 2nd, Get bookcases or hang shelves on wall. 3rd, Get containers that your stuff will set in that fits shelves. Mark them. Stuff you don't use often on top, all the time in middle & not as often but more then top stuff on bottom. Chest of drawers for storage or 2 filing cabinets with top for table. Just step back & look & thank what you want to use the room for. Have fun & good luck.

  • Lola Lola on Jan 03, 2018
    Good luck with this project. Its a good start to ask for help. It would be nice if you would designate the space it will keep you focused.