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What can I do to create more storage in my home?

Storage space may not be the first thing that jumps to mind when considering must-haves in your home, but as those will little storage space know, a tiny bit of room goes a long way.

Fortunately, there are plenty of crafty ways to give yourself more storage space, whether in the bedroom or the kitchen.

Think vertically

Most homeowners think in terms of floor space, but there is plenty of room being unused higher up.

Whether you invest in tall bookshelves, hooks to hang from walls and doors or simple shelves installed in bare areas, make sure you maximise how much of your vertical space you're taking advantage of.

Stay out of sight

If you have a lot to store, chances are you're worried about a cluttered home. After all, no one likes to look like a hoarder.

Luckily there are plenty of out of the way spaces in which to store items. Under beds is one great option, as guests will not notice if you expertly pack boxes and bins that can easily slide under where you sleep.

Closets should also be utilised to the fullest degree, whether this means taking advantage of the coat closet in the entryway or simply adding shelves to your bedroom closet in an attempt to create more space.

Slim down

Perhaps the best but least popular piece of advice regarding storage is to get rid of what you don't need.

Many people are unable to part with their possessions, even if they're broken or no longer needed. However, holding on to these things makes storage an issue and turns an already stressful time like moving into a nightmare.

Think long and hard about what you can part with and then have a garage sale. Pocketing some extra cash will help soothe the sting of saying goodbye.

Most First National agents have 'Garage Sale' signs that they're happy to let you borrow when you need them. Give your local member a call for assistance on 13 16 66.
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