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Does it ever feel like no matter how many tag sales you have, how much you donate or simply throw out, that “stuff” just keeps accumulating? From beloved family heirlooms to the appliance manuals and other important paperwork, to those items you use but once a year, finding space to keep it all – in addition to everything else you use on a regular basis – can be quite the challenge.

If money is no object, you simply move to a bigger house every few years. For the rest of us, here are some useful tips for maximizing the space you already have.

  • Use the empty space under your bed to organize extra sheets, blankets, shoes, and even off-season clothing. Add casters to flee-market dresser drawers, slide them under the bed, and you can instantly double your clothing storage.
  • Make smart use of your closets by installing inexpensive cabinets and dividers, or adding a second clothing rod. Don’t forget the area near the ceiling. An extra shelf can house baskets of scarves, belts, handbags, and more.
  • Invest in a variety of drawer dividers and use them throughout the house. They not only can help your utensil and junk drawers clutter-free but your sock and unmentionable drawers neat and organized.
  • If your kitchen cabinets don’t go all the way up to the ceiling, you can use that empty space for more than a dust-collecting silk plant. Install crown molding to your upper cabinets to discreetly store holiday platters, extra baking sheets, and even appliance manuals.
  • Attach organizers to the inside of your cabinet doors to store important items like trash bags, cleaning supplies, sponges, spices, and small canned goods.
  • If it’s time to update your furnishings, invest in pieces that do double duty, like storage ottomans and trundle beds.
  • Use the space above your head. A wall shelf installed just below the ceiling can store books while hooks can keep your pots and pans within reach.

If you’re planning a kitchen or bath make-over as one way to acquire more storage or cabinet space, be sure to contact Conway Services for expert advice and a quote on all plumbing-related aspects of your project.

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