Storage solutions: five steps to organizing your home

Professional organizers will tell you that every item in your home should have its own place. But that’s easier said than done if your storage space feels limited, or if your items tend to creep back out onto any available surface.

The key is to create smart storage that is convenient to use. When you find the right fit, these solutions actually can enhance your home’s aesthetics and function. Let’s examine some strategies for success.

1. Create a “drop zone”

For boosting the organization and efficiency of a household, nothing quite compares to a drop zone that can beautifully store everything we’re typically searching for on the way out the door. (Keys and mittens, we’re talking about you.) When positioned near your most frequently used door, units like our Hunter Mudroom/Entryway Tower and Bench are welcome furnishings that catch and conceal all those daily items that might otherwise take up residence on the counter.

2. Take advantage of vertical space

Many homes harbor a forgotten treasure trove of storage space right overhead. When you utilize (or add!) high cabinets and shelving for less frequently used items, it opens up room in lower cabinetry for stashing the essentials. To easily access elevated storage space, keep a lightweight ladder or step stool within easy reach. Our Ultralight Slimline 2 Step Stool weighs just 7 lbs. and comes in multiple colors.

3. Stow with style

Baskets have become the bread-and-butter of home organization for good reason: They’re functional accent pieces. Styles like our Zelda Lidded Baskets bolster your decor while keeping everything from toys to towels easily accessible.

4. Clear the garage

Ever dreamed of how your garage might double as a recreation annex, if only you could reclaim floor space from all those bulky storage bins? While standard-sized shelving doesn’t have the dimensions or strength to hold large items, our heavy-duty Oversized Storage Shelving is extra-deep and supports up to 1,600 lbs. And the attractive chrome finish will make any space feel more polished and welcoming.

5. Stop dirt at the door

Even shoes dripping with mud and slush need a happy home. Our top-rated Water & Dirt Shield™ Mats act like a sponge, holding up to a gallon of water per square yard. Available in multiple designs and colors, the mats will complement your color story while protecting your floors.

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