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How Discreet Cabinets Can Maximize Your Storage Space
One of the drawbacks of living in a modern home is a lack of storage space. Even if you live in an older, more spacious home, you may have accumulated more than you can comfortably store. And if you love to cook, you will probably have collected many items to help you prepare your menus. So how can you maximize your storage space without having to move or host a yard sale? Here's a look at a few options that may interest you.
Clever Kitchen Storage
We will start in the kitchen as this is the room where we seem to have the most things that need to be stored. If you are fond of contemporary kitchen design, for example, clever storage will be something you will be interested in. Cabinets should be built from the kitchen backsplash to the ceiling to maximize storage space and maintain clean lines. With the kitchen cabinets themselves, you can maximize your storage space inside the cabinet with the clever use of racks that enable you to stack your plates or pans safely. Hanging racks also attach to the cabinet doors themselves, which is an ideal way to store kitchen utensils instead of losing them in the back of a drawer.
If you take a walk around your home to identify areas that can be used for discreet storage, don’t forget your hall. In a two-story house, there is usually an underused area beneath a stairway. Instead of just keeping shoes and coats there, consider using this space for overflow storage from another area, such as from a small kitchen. You can use this area to store kitchen electrical equipment that you have no room for in the kitchen; just put some shelves in the under-stairs cabinet to keep kitchen items that you need but not on a regular basis, thereby leaving the other kitchen storage spaces for everyday items.
Dining Room Storage
If you have a separate dining room, why not take the opportunity to fit some discreet cabinets to increase your storage space in this area? Perhaps you have a beautiful dinner service, such as this Hammered Kanchan Dinner Set, that only comes out for the holidays or Thanksgiving or large serving platters that you have no space for in the kitchen. And if you have a wine collection, this would be the ideal room to keep your wine cabinet.
Living Room Storage
Having discreet storage cabinets in the living room will help in so many ways. This is a room that gets a lot of use. Families watch TV, read books and play musical instruments here. If you have plenty of discreet storage areas in this room, it can be easily kept tidy, with items such as remote controls, magazines, CDs, DVDs, musical instruments and music safely stored away out of sight. This also makes for easy cleanup at the end of the day. Consider cabinets with doors that close so you have fewer items out on display.
Bedrooms are one of those areas of the home that can easily get cluttered, but they should be spaces where you can relax at the end of the day, and this relaxation can be helped by having less clutter. By installing some discreet storage cabinets in the bedroom, you will ensure the area stays tidier and is more relaxing. An example of discreet cabinets in the bedroom is wall-to-wall cabinets that section off a complete wall. Yes, the room will be slightly smaller with this arrangement, but the amount of storage space you gain by using this type of discreet cabinet will more than make up for it.
We all have items that need to be kept in the bathroom and easily on hand, from soaps, towels and makeup to toilet paper and bathroom cleaning equipment. By fitting some discreet cabinets in your bathroom, these items can be stored away out of sight while still being there when you need them. Areas you can use in the bathroom for discreet storage include underneath the tub and a fitted vanity unit around the sink area.
These days, we all seem to acquire more and more things, and if you have a family, these possessions can easily multiply. By including some clever storage ideas around the home, you will find that the old adage "a place for everything and everything in its place" can be really true in your home.