Resolve to de-clutter and organize your home in 2013. Starting the New Year with a clean, defined space will make your home seem bigger and improve the efficiency of your household.
“An organized home can help streamline day-to-day tasks – from preparing meals to getting dressed to paying bills,” said Anikka Foster, Associate Vice President, Home Décor, Home Organization and Electronics, Canadian Tire Corporation. “Home owners often think that they don’t have extra space for storage, but with a little creativity and the right products, you can maximize the space and efficiency in any home whether it’s a house or an apartment. From bins to totes to closet systems, Canadian Tire has stylish and affordable home storage and organization solution for all Canadians.
Many homes lack the space needed to properly store items that are only used once or twice a year. Here are some tips on how to creatively store off-season items that will maximize every inch of space while making it easy to quickly retrieve what you need.
Look up. Maximize wall and ceiling space by using shelves and ceiling racks. This is particularly useful in the garage and basement where it’s important to keep tools, sports equipment and lawn and garden accessories off the ground to make space for the family vehicle(s).
Don’t get boxed-in. Use modular storage systems to create customizable storage that’s unique to each space throughout the home. You can easily adapt the system to your changing storage and organization needs.
Identify untapped storage spaces. Is there space under the stairs or under the bed? If so, these are perfect spaces to store items that are used less frequently. Look for storage bins specifically sized for these hard-to-fit areas.
Find double-duty furniture. When purchasing new furniture for the home, look for pieces that offer functional storage like ottomans with lids, benches with baskets, wardrobes or closed entertainment units. You can get the style you’re looking for while also creating more places to store your things.
Start small: Build your organizational confidence by tackling one space at a time. Start with something simple like organizing the junk drawer and slowly move your way around the rest of the room.