7 Must Have Storage Solutions

These are 7 products that will help keep your home clutter-free. Tidy physical space > tidy mental space. De-cluttering is a great way to stimulate your brain to naturally clean out any old crappy thoughts and behaviors and invite new ones in.

1. Shoe rack.

If people just leave their shoes all over your house or in the front doorway, get a shoe rack to keep things orderly. If you find shoe racks ugly or have limited floor space, consider a tall, thin vertical shelf that can be put on the wall.

2. Kitchen draw dividers.

If you have a draw you tend to overfill and just stuff everything in, get a draw divider for that drawer so that you need to put things in it in a more orderly fashion.

3. A “S” hooks for your pots and pans.

Keeping your pots in a cupboard is bound to lead to that cupboard getting cluttered. Whoever has enough cupboard space?! Instead keep your pots and pans on the wall using S hooks.

4. A board and hooks for attaching tools to your garage wall.

To keep tools accessible and tidy you want to keep them on the wall. Put a large board up on your wall (something you can nail into), get a hook for each of your tools, assign it a position on the wall according to it’s use frequency, and then draw around the perimeter of the item e.g., the shape of a wrench. Using a board stop you from needing to draw on or put hooks in your walls. You may not need hooks if you just use large nails to hang your items.

5. A filing cabinet.

Filing cabinets are ugly and it is a pain to have to store paper in this day and age. However, there is a reason office utilize filing cabinets. They’re the easier way to keep large amounts of paper orderly and easy to access. Don’t over stuff your filing cabinet and get a 4 drawer version since you’ll always end up needing more space than you think.

You should definitely be able to negotiate the price of a filing cabinet with and business-orientated office supply store. Research prices online as well but also don’t be afraid to negotiate with your local store. You should be able to get a great price, especially if you have some flexibility about the color of the cabinet.

Make sure you also get a box of files thrown in with the deal to get you started.

6. A lazy suzy for that odd shaped cupboard.

A lazy suzy is a little disc that rotates and enables you to access items that would otherwise be at the back of the cupboard and hard to reach.

7. A clothes peg basket that hangs on your line.

This probably seems like a very specific item and you may have one already. However I wanted to illustrate the principle that the best storage solutions are ones that allow you to store items literally within arms length of where you want to use the item. You want your stuff to be right there when you need it. If you already have a peg basket, think about what other solutions your home needs to that items are accessible to you exactly at the moment you need them.

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