One of the probable reason why you have so much clutter in your home is the lack of storage. If you have limited space, nooks and crannies for the safe keeping of your valuables may not be available, which is why it’s important to plan your furniture picks based on the scale of your home and the purpose they’ll fulfill.
Appending your storage space needs a bit of forward thinking, too, but an easy way to go about it is to invest in storage boxes that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. These can act as both as additions to your space and organizing tools for items that you don’t regularly need.
Storage box tips: Packing for long-term storage
There are always items in your home that you know you won’t immediately need. These are things that you bring out annually (like Christmas decorations) of things that hold on to as memorabilia (like old diaries, yearbooks, etc.). Storage boxes, especially those made from translucent materials, can help you quickly see things that you have set aside so that you won’t need to dig through stuff whenever you need something.
Here are a few helpful tips when packing for long-term storage:
1. Make sure that your storage boxes are all of the same size, and if possible, make sure that they stack. This will help things look neat.
2. Label your boxes, and try to keep only one type of item in each to avoid confusion. If this is not possible, opt to make partitions instead of using plastic bags to keep your things. This way, you can immediately see everything, and each trinket is easy to find.
3. Don’t fill your boxes to the brim as this may cause the material it’s made of (usually plastic) to warp and crack. Make sure to keep a bit of space just in case you will need to add stuff in, and to make sure that the items already in storage won’t get damaged.
Storage box tips: Packing for short-term storage
Keeping your home clean means having a place for everything, especially for items which you use on a daily basis. Good short-term storage means that your items have to be visible, within reach, and easily kept after use. Storage boxes are still a good option, but you can afford to be more creative with aesthetic picks.
Check these tips out:
1. Similar to long-term storage, make sure that your boxes are of the same size. PVC stackables are still a good option; however, to avoid having your plastic containers look out of place in your space, make sure that it blends with the rest of your set-up: translucent white boxes can go well with aluminum or even wood. You can incorporate them into wooden shelves, or group them with like-colored pieces of furniture with clean likes for a minimalist feel.
2. Explore storage boxes that are of interesting materials. Wicker, wood, and even paper can add creative visual touch to your space.
3. Similar to long-term storage, avoid using plastic bags in your boxes, and do your best to only have one type of item in each box to keep things segregated.
4. Practice zoning. In an interview with Real Living, professional organizer Mica Santayana-Canto specified closet arrangement: “You want to create zones. You want to most frequently used items in prime real estate: everything at eye level or within reach. Everything you use seasonally or not so often—they can be your winter clothes—you can put it up on top.” This concept can also be applied to other parts of your home.
"It’s really great to assign zones. When I talk about assigning zones, you can do it within the space that you’re intending to declutter, and within your house as well…You’re basically trying to instill this kind of mapping with the rest of the family also, so they know that 'Oh, when I want to play, this is where I go. If I want to do some activities with the family, this is where I go.'”
When organizing for short-term storage in places in your home that are usually utilized, try to practice zoning so that you’ll move with purpose. If you’re using storage boxes in your kitchen, make sure that what’s stored in them are implements for cooking and baking. If you’re placing storage boxes in your living room, try to keep items that are related to activities often done in that area, such as game boards, magazines, and the like. Don’t store your linens in a closet in the sala—organize efficiently, and efficient movement will follow.
Additional source: Storage Solutions
*This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.