4 Clever Ways to Ban Clutter with Multi-functional Storage Solutions

In Marie Kondo’s best-selling how-to book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she claims that “A booby trap lies within the term ‘storage.’ It’s human nature to take the easy route, and most people leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter.”

If you’ve become captivated with the minimalism and clutter-free approach, you may think you should ignore any more tips about storage. But hiring the right experts to help you utilize multi-functional pieces can give you integrated spaces designed to complement your clutter-free lifestyle. Here are four essentials that will help you tidy up and be intentional with your storage needs.

1. Sophisticated closet storage

When you need more than a simple rod and shelf, closet organizer systems help you to make the most of your closet space. From wire to wood to hanging shelves, special components and accessories, each closet organization system has its own approach to your unique style and needs. But first, before you design your dream closet, go through everything you have and donate or throw away items you no longer wear or need. This will keep you organized and clutter free.

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Photo by The Closet Guys located in Marysville, WA.

2. Strategically organized garage

Garages are a no-brainer answer to “Where do I put this?” But how often does it get overwhelmingly full with items that don’t belong or have a dedicated space? Keep your garage tidy and meant for its original purpose, which is to store a vehicle or two. A contractor can work with you customize your garage with convenient and safe storage solutions. A contractor can also help you build that garden shed you’ve always wanted for your big lawnmower and other outdoor supplies and tools, keeping them out of the garage.

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3. Storage bench or ottoman

Benches and ottomans are the ultimate multitasker. Add a built-in storage bench to your bay window for a cozy reading nook and as a place to keep blankets or baby toys. Read our post about built-ins for more ideas. Don’t forget about ottomans that act as extra seating, foot rests and a solution for anything you want easy access to, but kept out of site.

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4. Go beyond a standard cabinet

Kitchen cabinets have unlimited possibilities. A contractor can create built-in solutions to get even more function out of your cabinets and drawers. Don’t waste space with a junk drawer, and instead use cabinets to hide your recycling or trash bins. Or consider keeping your pup’s food off the floor and in its own dedicated space with slide out drawers for feeding time.

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