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So now that you have de-cluttered, made the hard choices and know what you want to keep, yet perhaps you are still struggling to find a space for everything, I ask, "Have you looked at your walls lately?"
For most people there is nothing higher than 5 feet in each room, which means there is a whole lot of space not being used to its "Higher" potential.
Consider using this space and maximizing your display and storage opportunities. Here are a few options to consider:
• Install shelves 12" to 20" below the ceiling to display collectible, hats, books or photos. (Ready made shelves and brackets are available at any local building supply store.) (Tip: Use sticky wax products to hold fragile items in place)
• Consider mounting shelves over the windows for items you enjoy looking at yet don't use that much.
• For those of you that plan to stay in your home for a while, consider investing in custom-made cabinets or shelves. If you shop around awhile I am sure you will find that there are plenty of cost effective solutions available that may work for you without making you feel like" Reach for the Sky" means you are about to be robbed.
• Another favourite of mine is the cubed wall units that you can find at stores like Ikea and more. They usually can be found with complementary baskets that fit in the cubes or can be placed on top of the unit. I like the modern look and the simplicity they offer.
Remember, the trick here is to go as high up as you can as well no matter what your style or budget.
Did you notice how at the start of this article I stated "So now that you have de-cluttered, made the hard choices and know what you want to keep, ..."?
If you are wondering why I didn't just suggest that you start making purchases for storage right from the start, without going through this step, let me explain...
I put started off on those terms because I wanted to point out that it is important to first go through the purging and sorting of your belongings prior to deciding on storage.
One of the biggest mistakes people can make is choosing containment too soon without knowing what their actual needs are. We can allow ourselves to get excited about organizing and rush out to buy an assortment of racks and bins just to get home and find out that we got too much, too little or the wrong size.
I want to close on the idea that it is best to sort and measure before you shop. Decide on what to keep, where to keep it and how much space you'll need. Also take into consideration your décor and what style will work best for your space to compliment your existing furniture and décor. Then take your list and measurements to the store so you can properly assess your needs and get the right solution for you.
Need help organizing? Michelle serves the Carleton Place, Lanark County and Ottawa areas.