Using displays as extra storage
Storage space seems to have the magical ability to shrink when you need it most. Logically, we know that the space is the same size but there never seems to be enough. When it gets to a certain point you might think you have to choose between chucking out your stuff or getting a bigger home. Fortunately, you don’t have to do anything that extreme if you get a little creative and incorporate displays into your storage strategy.
Start with your closet
Your closet is the perfect place to start looking for display items. Your choice of clothes, shoes, and accessories determines your “look” that probably translates over to other areas in your life. As a result, your wardrobe is likely the perfect match for your current home décor. For example, if you have a great collection of shoes you can put up some shelves to show them off. Getting them out of the closet and on display will free up storage you can use for other, less visually appealing items.
Collections on display
Are you a collector? If so, it’s time to put your prized items on display for everyone to see! Almost all collectibles can be displayed in one way or another, which frees up the storage space they were filling before. Depending on the nature of the collectible, more shelves might do the trick. Unusual items might require a bit more creativity, however. One of the best solutions I’ve seen came from a pocket watch collector. Most watch collectors use shadow boxes or flat cabinets for keeping watches, but this collector decided to hang the watches on the wall. He put in hooks over his office desk and hung the watches from them. He even kept some open and showing time for different time zones around the world! Your collection deserves the same attention, so get it out in the open instead of letting it sit in the closet.
Get the kids involved
If you have kids then it’s time to get them involved in your display storage strategy. Put up shelving and hooks in their rooms and let them go crazy! Most kids will be more than happy to put their most prized toys and other possessions on display. This is a great way to avoid the clutter of extra toys strewn about in every room of the house. Make sure the displays are sturdy and easily accessible so you don’t end up with a hurt kid after he tried to climb up on the shelf and fell. If you get the kids involved enough they’ll soon be pestering (in a good way!) all your guests to come see their cool displays.
Displays that double as storage are the perfect way to free up some extra room in your home. The amount of room you can get back is only limited by your creativity!
Author’s bio: Lisa is an author and expert at SelfStorageDeals.com specializing in storage and organization. She proudly displays her collection of antique cooking utensils in her dining room.