This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: Guest Post: Creating A Functional Storage Space

July 17, 2014

Guest Post: Creating A Functional Storage Space

It's moving week at our house, so I'm literally surrounded by boxes and bins and crates stacked four feet high. The movers come bright and early tomorrow morning and before the weekend's over we'll be completely moved in to our new home. I'm excited and completely overwhelmed currently and trying to keep up with the pace of moving while also taking care of myself (ie. I just woke up from a three hour nap that I decided to take on the floor of current apartment). 

I know I owe you a million updates on life, travel, this growing baby bump and on entering the last 3 months of my 30 before 30 but those things will have to wait for another day. In the mean time, my friend Stephanie over at Monkey Bar Storage Solutions has written this helpful little guest blog post in honor of our move on creating function storage space. I hope you enjoy and I'll see you soon!

The phrase, “a functional storage space,” sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Most of us who have a storage space in our homes jam the area so full of stuff until that finding those holiday decorations is so hard that you’d rather just go buy new ones. And if you have a functional space in your home, why would you use it as a storage space? If you did, it would quickly become unusable. Right? Wrong! Use these tips to help create a functional storage space in your home that will actually end up saving you money. (Yes, it’s actually possible.)

Start by weeding out the junk. I know, I know, “But Stephanie, this is supposed to make my life easier.” It will! If you want a functional storage space, then you need to weed out the “junk” that is holding you back from that. Try making a piles. Categorize items into piles of junk to throw away, stuff to keep, and things to donate. If this process is too painful to do by yourself, consider hiring a professional organizer to speed things up. If you’d like to make a few bucks off this storage room transformation, sell unused items in a garage or yard sale.

Now is the time to determine your needs. Are you wanting a storage area that will let you access items quickly? Do you have a lot of long-term storage items? Author of this blog, Chelsea, told me that she has a lot of decorations and bikes that need to be stored. Once you determine your needs, look for storage systems that are customized to your needs. For Chelsea, a bike rack would help her store her bikes up and off the floor, but in a centralized area where they could be easily accessed. For holiday decorations that aren’t used frequently, overhead storage is a must. This allows you to free up floor space, will still having a storage area above your head.

Remember how I said that getting your storage space under control can actually save you money? I didn’t forget about that either. By organizing your storage area, you’ll end up saving money on replacing items that you can’t find. If you invest in a sturdy organization system for your home that comes with a warranty, you won’t have to worry about the cost of replacing the system over time if it breaks or bends. In addition, homes with a customizable storage system receive higher bids when selling.

While getting your items organized won’t be easy, it will be worth it! And remember, if you’re moving into a new home, just like Chelsea did, the best time to start getting your things organized is now.

Monkey Bar Storage Solutions is the expert in clutter control for the Milwaukee area. They provide epoxy floor coatings, garage cabinets, shelving, and overhead racks to homeowners who are serious about organizing their homes. For more writing by Stephanie Hanson, feel free to visit her personal blog, DIY Made Simple.

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