Clever Storage Solutions
March 30, 2019
Want to free up a little space at the apartments for rent in Palo Alto without having to sell everything you own and live like a monk? Using some creative storage solutions, you can — and with style that will enhance the look of your apartment (as opposed to dragging it down). Today, we’re going to be highlighting a few cool storage tricks you can use around your apartment to free up space while simultaneously holding on to all of those crucial items you’ll need to keep around the home.
For the Bathroom
There’s just something about our bathrooms that make them prone to clutter, no? All those little toiletries, towels, and other miscellaneous items have a habit for ending up strewn about, leaving our bathrooms looking like a miniature cyclone just rolled through. This goes double if you’re usually on a busy schedule, but the solution is one that you can easily implement even if you’re always on the go.
To start, you’ll want to create some countertop organization (if you have enough space). This could be a solution as simple as a small box to place your essentials in, or you could get more complex, adding a plastic (or metallic) organizer to give each item its own little compartment. Regardless, the basic principle remains the same — keep things from simply laying about on the bathroom counter by getting in the habit of putting them back after you’ve used them.
If your bathroom countertop doesn’t provide enough space for even the tiniest organizers, though, there are other solutions you can turn to. Easy-to-assemble wooden or wire organizers that sit over your toilet are a popular go-to item for bathrooms that are on the smaller side. Lastly, for your bathroom closets and cabinets, why not consider an alternative to simply chucking your lotions, soaps, and hair care equipment in there haphazardly? Adding a few small boxes or hanging organizers will allow you to to put everything in its “proper place,” and keep from having to search for what you need under mountains of other bathroom junk!
For the Kitchen
For those of us who like to cook, organizing all of our cookware and appliances can prove a monster challenge. Again, though, the solution lies in breaking everything down into groups, then implementing various storage solutions around the kitchen to keep them from being “homeless” and creating a mess.
Take your pots and pans, for instance. Instead of trying to stuff them into whatever cabinet space you can find, why not try hanging a few towel bars and hooks to the walls, then let your pots and pans hang freely where you can find them when you need them the most? Similarly, a pegboard on the wall can serve the same function, freeing up space in your cabinets and allowing you to hang those items you need often out in the open so you can get to them with ease.
If you’re a fan of spices (who isn’t?) you can try an always-helpful spice rack on the kitchen counter, and, while we’re on the counter space, you can use a regular, run-of-the-mill jug to put large wooden spoons, spatulas, and other utensils in.
By now, there should be a lot more space left in your cabinets and under the sink, and you can use these areas to store food and cleaning supplies. Get a few sealable glass containers, and you can put all those miscellaneous food items up in the cabinets (and have them organized so they aren’t hard to find). Under the sink, use the same methods we recommended for the bathroom to segment your cleaning liquids, detergents, sponges, etc., and you’ll find making your way around the kitchen will become a much simpler task.
For the Office
You probably know all the standard home office storage solutions: racks and desk filers for papers, a filing cabinet for more papers, etc. What about those miscellaneous items that seem to clutter up the office no matter how hard you try to keep them organized, though? If this problem has been rearing its ugly head time and again, turn to some simple hanging storage bins, then throw all that extra junk inside. Your desk, suddenly, will be clear, and you’ll finally have some room to spread out and write again.
For the Bedroom
Let’s say you like to collect clothes, but the closet and dresser are starting to get a bit packed. After you’ve re-examined your folding habits (you’d be surprised how much a proper fold can free up space) it’s time to break out the big guns. And by big guns, we mean adding some rolling storage to that area underneath your bed. Some simple wooden crates with wheels will add plenty of room to store clothes and extra items in your bedroom, and they’re an easier-to-handle solution than just throwing a big plastic box underneath the bed (which can be cumbersome, especially if you need to get to it every day).
If you’ve got a lot of shoes to contend with, you might try getting a shoe rack (it’ll definitely beats throwing all those shoes in the closet and having to dig through them time after time). If you want to try more of a DIY solution, however, you might try building your own PVC shoe rack instead. Just find some PVC piping big enough for your shoes (6-8 inch diameter usually does the trick), then cut out as many as you need to store your collection. You can bind them together with pipe glue, creating a storage solution that’s simultaneously ingenious and modern.
The Right Apartments for Rent in Palo Alto Will Help
Of course, you’ll have a leg up on maintaining a spacious apartment if you actually start off with a home that’s designed for comfort and freedom of movement. You’ll find what you’re looking for at The Village Residences, with gorgeous units designed to give you the space you need to set up shop and still have room to move about with comfort and convenience. See for yourself what these elegant spaces have in store for you, and reach out to learn how to make one of these beautiful apartments yours.