DIY Home Organization: Bedroom Hacks

DIY Home Organization: Bedroom Hacks

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By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com

Here at Storage.com, we want to help people get their homes organized and clean, whether through the use of self-storage or helpful online tips and hacks that you can try yourself.

The bedroom is one room of the home where ideas for rearranging and saving space are usually welcomed with open arms. At the end of the drawing board, however, the most cost-effective solutions tend to involve finding new ways to make the best of what you’ve got (we’re looking at you, tiny closet). To help get the creative juices flowing, we’ve listed ten bedroom hacks to reorganize clutter and create clean space in the areas you need it most.

1. Create a Bedside Duo with this DIY Short Desk

Need the functions of both a desk and a nightstand but lacking space for multiple pieces of furniture? Let a DIY short desk do the work of both by placing it right next to the bedside, like this one from Apartment Therapy. With one piece of furniture doing double duty, this simple hack is one of the quickest arrangements to maximize space in your bedroom.

short desk by bed
via Apartment Therapy

2. This DIY Bar Cart Desk will be Your New Sidekick

If a few more drawers or cabinets are on your wishlist to keep your bedroom office space better organized, buying a larger desk is no longer mandatory. By using a bar cart as an additional shelving system, desk clutter can be stylishly organized into separate compartments, but still within reach. For more inspiration, check out this DIY bar cart desk buddy styled by The Everygirl.

bar cart with bedroom items
via The Every Girl

3. Fill Space at the Foot of the Bed with this DIY Styling Hack

For some extra surface space in an unsuspecting area, set a bench at the foot of your bed to double as a console table or a makeshift work space. If you’ve been on the hunt for a place to keep bedroom storage baskets, you’ll love Faded Charm Cottage’s DIY styling hack.

bench at the end of a bed
via Faded Charm Cottage

4. Get Vertical with this DIY Over-The-Door Shelf Decor

After you’ve hung up your favorite art pieces and picture frames, empty wall space for additional shelving can be hard to come by. Instead of cluttering any of the leftover areas at eye-level, try installing a DIY over-the-door shelf, courtesy of The Home Depot, to show off those last few decor items in a unique spot.

door shelf
via The Home Depot

5. Think Outside of the Closet with a DIY Corner Closet Hack

Even the most seemingly perfect apartments can fall short in the closet department, which is why this DIY corner closet hack from Mint Loves Social Club is extremely handy. Hang a few regular or statement pieces on the rod to free up some closet space and avoid pricey pre-built clothing racks altogether.

closet corner rack
via Mint Love Social Club

6. Categorize Closet Accessories with a DIY Pegboard Dressing Station

Sometimes the bedroom closet also becomes the catch-all area for all things wardrobe related. With the help of a couple pegboards, you can organize small accessories and hard-to-store items, like Real Simple did here with this DIY pegboard dressing station.

pegboard with items on it
via Real Simple

7. Hang a Memorable Memo with this Easy DIY Cork Board Hack

Depending on your style preferences and the amount of wall space you have to work with, traditional cork boards don’t always work in every bedroom. With this space-saving DIY Cork Board hack from Oh Everything Handmade, you can arrange your memos in any area or shape.

cork board circles
via Oh Everything Handmade

8. A DIY Wood Fabric Headboard for the Chic Bedroom Organizer

Looking to jazz up the white space behind your bed without buying a bulky headboard? Check out Craft Hunter‘s step-by-step tutorial for a DIY wood fabric headboard made from polyester pin board and wood patterned fabric.

fake wood headboard
via Craft Hunter

9. Light up the Room with a DIY Gilded Accordion Sconce

Unlike floor lamps and desk lamps, sconces and wall lamps can be secured right to the wall to save space elsewhere. This DIY gilded accordion sconce by Francois et Moi takes it a step further, as it can be extended and shortened to your liking.

golden accordion sconce
via Francois et Moi

10. A DIY Floating String Table to Show off Your Favorite Items

To create more floor space and give your bedroom an open feel, craft a DIY floating string table with Monsters Circus‘s quick tutorial. With this minimalist approach, you can use floating surfaces to create clean displays of your favorite treasures.

floating table with plants and dog
via Monster Circus

 

What are some of your DIY bedroom hacks? Let us know in the comments!

  • EllieClaire Gordon

    Perfect ways to maximize space! I find that putting a shelving unit even as small as this: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50305739/ helps to maximize space underneath all my hanging clothes in my closet. Shoes, socks, etc could all be stored there in a somewhat- organized fashion.

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is an advocate of a cleaner home, whether through helpful tips for tackling clutter or the use of a storage unit.

Whether you’re in a three-bedroom home or a studio apartment, chances are you have clutter. Spare rooms often become dumping grounds for unused items. Countertops become havens for receipts, magazines, mail, and other items that should be filed away. And, of course, there’s that hallway closet that’s filled to the brim—the one you’re too scared to open after you were barely able to get it shut the last time.

While getting rid of trash is easy when decluttering, it’s much harder to get rid of items that you don’t need around the house every day but still want to keep. Think old family photos, financial documents, Christmas decorations, and the bike you ride to and from work when the weather allows. Rather than stressing about ditching these belongings or finding a larger home, you can rent a self storage unit.

Renting a storage unit is a great solution for keeping all of your belongings while getting the most use out of your square footage. But before you go running off to the nearest facility with a 10×10 available, follow these steps for using self storage to declutter your home.

Take Inventory

How do you determine what needs to go into self storage? That’s easy. Create an inventory of the non-essential items taking up space in your home. The best way to take inventory of these items is to separate them into four categories: records, keepsakes, seasonal, and junk.

Records

Records would be things like financial documents (taxes, investments, credit card statements, loans, etc.) and home or vehicle documents (mortgage files, insurance policies, appliance manuals, etc.).

As for how long you should keep records, each document has its own “keep” period. For example: Taxes should be kept up to seven years whereas bank statements should only be kept for a year. Any record that’s past its recommended keep period should be shredded and/or thrown away.

Keepsakes

Keepsakes include more personal items, such as photo albums, family heirlooms, collectibles, antiques, and furniture that you may use later down the road. While you might not use these items every day (or even every month), they’re belongings you want to keep for sentimental or personal value.

Seasonal

Seasonal items can include winter and summer clothing, holiday decorations, lawn equipment, boats and ATVs, and sporting gear. These are usually the possessions you keep in closets, garages, attics, or basements when they’re not in use.

Junk

Junk is whatever you have left. This includes broken items, belongings you never use, things you don’t have a place for, and possessions that have no personal value. Either discard, sell, or donate these items.

Find Your Storage Unit

Once you’ve taken inventory of your clutter, it’s time to find a storage unit for the items you want to keep. This means finding the best storage facility, unit size, and storage features for your needs.

The Facility

If the items you’re storing are things you’ll need on a regular basis, such as a bike, then it may be best to find a storage facility near your home. However, if you’re only storing Christmas lights and the inflatable Santa collection you use from November to January, the location of your storage facility isn’t as important since you won’t need to pick up and drop off these items frequently.

The Features

Each facility has different storage amenities available, which is why it’s important to determine what items you’re storing before finding a facility. For instance, if you plan to store wooden furniture, which can crack in extremely cold environments and warp in hot, humid environments, you’ll want a storage facility that has climate-controlled storage units. If you’re storing expensive or personal items, such as jewelry, wine collections, or family heirlooms, you’ll want a storage facility with good security.

The Unit

As far as storage unit size goes, a 5×5 or 5×10 is what most people use to declutter their homes. These units are roughly the size of a walk-in closet and can hold a mattress set, small furniture, and a few boxes. If you need to store multiple large items—like a sofa and armchair, bed frames, and some boxes—a 10×10 would be better. This unit size can typically hold the contents of two full bedrooms.

If you plan to store a recreational vehicle that you only use when the weather’s nice, such as a motorcycle, ATV, or boat, ask the facility about vehicle storage options. Some facilities will have indoor spaces from sizes 10×15 and up; others will have outdoor or covered parking stalls.

Move In and Check In

After you’ve found your unit, it’s simple. You just move in!

Though, one thing many self storage users don’t consider is whether they need to visit their storage unit after moving everything in. This is especially true of people who don’t need to frequently swing by the facility and grab items. Nevertheless, it’s important to regularly check in on your storage unit to make sure your belongings are still in good condition. A good guideline would be every two to three months.

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  • http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/sydney/newcastle/ NathanDavidson

    I think that cleaning up the house actually isn’t all that bad if you are able to stay focused! In fact, getting your storage organized and neat can really be quite therapeutic, as will the clean space when you finally see it when you’re done throwing out the junk and nonsense!

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