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What to Keep & What to Store: How to Free up Extra Space in Your Home


Day-to-day routines and busy schedules often keep us distracted from the loose clutter, keepsakes, papers, odds and ends that float around us. Whether it’s an overflowing kitchen cabinet or stacks of old tax documents, count on our handy guide to help you free up some extra space in your home.

Use Your Wall Space

Look at your walls. See all that space? Your empty walls make for the ideal storage partner. If you have bulky pots and pans taking up all your kitchen cabinet space, get yourself a pegboard with s-hooks and put them on display for the world to see! Are your library bookshelves pushed beyond their intended limits? Consider getting some wall shelves – not only can this give you some extra storage space, but also add some character to your room. There are plenty of crafty, creative wall shelf ideas to try.

Odds & Ends

Smaller space saving tips and ideas add up, bit by bit. There are many little tricks you can try throughout your house that can help you declutter and leave more room for you to enjoy in your home:

  • Leave space behind desks and dressers for additional storage space
  • Make use of empty hallway corners
  • Put storage racks on the sides of cabinets, desks, and shelves
  • Keep magnetic spice jars on your fridge

Turn Everyday Items into Decorative Pieces

Some “clutter” can be transformed. When you highlight certain objects and make them part of a room, it can positively affect your perception of that space. If you have a guitar that doesn’t seem to go anywhere – why not make it a centerpiece? Put it on a stand in your living room. Running out of space in your closet? Put your everyday linen in a decorative wicker basket.

Rent a Storage Unit

Even with all these methods, you may find that you still don’t have enough space to feel organized or comfortable. That’s where self storage can help. StayLock facilities offer a variety of storage unit sizes and specialty options to keep your valuables safe and secure. Find a location near you and start storing today.

You’re On Your Way

Now that you have some ideas on how to free up space in your home, it’s time to get started! Your home will start to feel brand new before you know it. Be sure to check out the StayLock blog for more storage tips.