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When you move into your first house or apartment, your first concern is to have enough stuff to fill the space. At some point, however, you reach a tipping point because you have accumulated so much that your concern shifts to finding space for everything you own. It doesn’t matter if you have a big house or a small apartment. At some point, we all need help finding more storage space.

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Beth Allen of BestReviews, founder of HIP Chicks (Home Improvement Project Chicks), joins Gary Gelfand to share insights on what people can do to save space in their homes.

What to do if you have limited storage space at home?

When you get to the point where your stuff takes up enough space to be called clutter, you have two options: clean up or add storage space.


Cleaning up is not a one-time task. To keep your home free of excess stuff, you need to clean up daily. If you do that, you are less likely to be overwhelmed. Cleaning up doesn’t always mean throwing things away. It can be as simple as making sure there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place.

However, it is possible that you can have too many things. At that point, cleaning up is no longer effective. You need to start throwing away stuff you don’t use, digitize your keepsakes, and make tough decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of. Either that or move on to option number two: add storage.

Add storage space

If you’ve managed your clutter, adding storage space doesn’t mean you need to take drastic measures like building an extension, buying a shed, or renting storage space. Adding storage space just means being smart. Buy furniture with hidden compartments, take advantage of unused space, such as the area behind a sofa, and really think about how to make the most of every area in your house or apartment, including walls and corners.

You can often get the extra space you need by completing a simple DIY home project. You can add shelves, hang hooks and create an organized system so that everything you need is well organized and still within reach.

Easy DIY Home Projects That Can Help You Increase Your Storage Space

Add shelves

The right shelf can turn empty wall space into usable storage space. “If you can’t hide it, show it,” Allen says. The advantage of shelves is that they give you a place to put things, but keep them available for quick and easy access. A shelf can be painted to match any decor or to express your personality. You can install a shelf in any location with a wall, be it a bathroom or the inside of a closet. Best of all, shelves are versatile. They can hold a variety of items and can be arranged to create a designer look.

Using command hooks

If you have few drawers, you won’t have a place to store all those small items that you have to use every day, such as keys, belts, potholders and feminine products. 3M Command hooks are an ideal storage solution as they can be installed in seconds and won’t damage the surface when removed. While you can attach these small self-adhesive hooks to any wall, it’s often best to store them to create extra space in hidden spaces, such as in a closet or behind a closet door.

Install a metal filing rack

Even if you live in a mansion, chances are you don’t have space on your desk for a computer, printer, scanner, mail, bills, books, magazines, and more. A metal file rack hung from a nearby wall can quickly solve this problem. All the clutter on your desktop can be neatly organized in one or more hanging file racks, giving you much-needed empty space to work (and think) at your desk. Metal filing racks can also be installed in cabinet doors. According to Allen, they’re ideal for keeping “lost souls” — food storage container lids — neat and organized.

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Ikea Bekvam Spice rack

This set of two Ikea Bekvam spice racks is made of solid birch wood and can be sanded or treated as desired. It is 15 inches wide and 3 inches deep. Its versatile design makes it a suitable choice for storing a variety of items from spices to children’s books.

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3M command hooks

Each wall hook in this pack of 16 can hold up to half a pound. The hooks are installed using a damage-free adhesive strip that works on a variety of smooth surfaces ranging from finished wood to laminate and tile. These hooks can be reused with refill strips.

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Universal Metal Mesh Wall File

This lightweight metal mesh file bag weighs just 0.73 pounds. It is ideal for storing important letters and papers that you need frequently. Installation is simple and multiple units can be hung if you want to create a complete filing system.

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