Organizing space can vary from a simple task like putting a small hook or peg on to the wall to more complex tasks like building cabinets or breaking cement wall to construct storage space. However, most storage spaces can be taken care of with simple idea and a right approach. Finding the right storage space in the house can making living convenient, clean and hygienic.
There are few basic steps of approaching how to organize storage.
1. Itemization, it is always better if you could list the number of major items that needs to be store and what type of storage will be required for these items i.e. some items will require free standing cabinets others with lockers and others like books and décor items might require a simple display rack
2. Always create a floor plan of the room and draw up a scale of the room’s measurements. This will help you get an accurate measure for constructing cabinets or racks and maximize space.
3. The type of room and the items will also determine the nature of storage space. If you have collection of books you can use them to cover large space and also use as additional insulation for hotter climate
4. Always plan the storage to accommodate additional items. It is also important to construct space depending on the frequency of the items used. Storage spaces for kitchen should always be constructed keeping the accessibility factoring mind as most kitchen items are used frequently. Like wise storage space in children room should be easily accessible and safe.
5. Utilizing redundant spaces in the building is the easiest way of finding storage space. Most houses will have an empty space below the stair case and this will provide ideal storing space. If you have an additional unused fireplace, it can be broken down to create sizable storing space.
6. Some storage space can be created for temporary and quick use. With the use of wire baskets and plastic crate simple storage solution can be created for small items.
How to protect furniture in storage
Maintaining furniture will be much easier if you’ll always keep them clean, and in a well-tended state. If you have enough furniture in your home and are planning to keep the ones not entirely used today and store them for future use, or for those who are running a furniture business, then you need to follow some steps on how to take care of these furniture even if they are kept in storage.
First, you must have a thorough inspection on the area where you’re planning to keep all the furniture. Observe properly if there leaks on where water can enter to avoid damaging of your items. Make sure that the area is clean and dust free, and if there may be some problems, make sure to do any required repairs and cleaning before you store your furniture in it. Line the floor with extra coverings, like thick plastic sheets to give further protection from dust, molds, and other scratchings.
If there are pieces of furniture that can be disassembled, take them apart before keeping them in storage so you will be able to save a lot of space for other furniture. If there may be screws, nuts, and other small parts, place them in small plastic containers which can be sealed, and keep them taped to the furniture so it will be much easier to find them when the time comes that you need to bring them out.
If you have antiques and other pieces that needs extra care, keep them waxed and cleaned. Encase them in soft padding to avoid breaking and bumping its edges to other furniture. Take extra care when unloading them from your vehicle and moving them around your storage area. When it comes to storing cupboards and drawers, make sure to keep the much smaller pieces into the empty spaces. Wrap them up with a bubble wrap and tape them, and avoid stacking them up altogether on top of each other as this may cause the furniture to fall and increase the possibility of damage and breakage.
Electronic items like TV, radio, refrigerator, etc. should be kept in their respective boxes. Other breakable items like glasses and mirrors should be wrapped thoroughly with bubble wraps or old newspapers to avoid breakage when being transported, and they should be placed in a box marked with “fragile” to point out that the items need extra handling and care.
If you can afford it, try buying an alarm system for your storage if you have really important pieces that need extra care. When packing pieces of furniture for storage, make sure to put the much bigger and heavier pieces at the back, and the smaller ones on the front. Ensure that everything is protected and stored properly before closing and locking your storage room.