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If your home is feeling a bit congested, try out these smart storage solutions that will help you clear up space.

If your home lacks conventional storage areas, or if you're just running out of the space you need to stow away things, it's time to get creative with your storage situation. Our real estate agents know a few smart storage hacks that can instantly maximize the functionality of your home. So take advantage of these practical ideas to maximize your home's storage space.

  1. Utilize Narrow Wall Spaces
    Many homes have narrow walls that aren't large enough to hang wall decor or use for larger storage units. However, these walls are the perfect spot to hang floating shelves.

    Floating shelves are sleek and versatile, and they come in a variety of sizes, designs, and colors. Use floating shelves to stow books, video games, or photo albums.

    Or, put items that you would usually store on your countertops on the shelves. Cleaning products, beauty and skincare items, and small kitchen supplies are a few items you can house on floating shelves.

  2. Look Up for Additional Storage Opportunities
    Areas above eye level, like the upper portions of your walls and ceilings, are an often-missed storage opportunity. Suspend hooks or overhead storage mounts from the ceiling to house various items, including clothing, linens, toys, and extra household items. You can even add storage bins to many ceiling mounts to hide the contents.

  3. Break Up Large Shelves
    If you have shelves with a lot of space between them, consider adding additional shelves to these spaces. Then, you'll have more storage, and these smaller spaces work well for housing compact items.

  4. Install Some Strategically Placed Hooks
    Hooks are a simple, affordable way to add storage to your walls. They're a great alternative for items that tend to wind up on the floor or on your counters, like coats, dog leashes, keys, and bags.

  5. Find Furniture with Hidden Storage
    Many common pieces of household furniture, like end tables, ottomans, beds, and couches, have options for hidden storage.

    A coffee or end table with a lift top or drawer are excellent spaces to store books, school supplies, electronics, or gaming supplies. Couches with an arm that incorporates storage space ensure that you always have an area to stow your remote controls, snacks, and small hobby items. Some beds have pull-out drawers underneath them. These drawers work well for storing seasonal items, clothing, shoes, and extra pillows and bedding.

  6. Add a Storage Bench
    A storage bench is a relatively small item that most homes can accommodate. A storage bench in your home's entryway or mudroom instantly creates a space to store shoes, gloves, hats, bags, and jackets, as well as providing a convenient place to sit down and put on shoes. You can install bins or dividers to give each family member their own section of the bench.

  7. Buy Slimmer Clothes Hangers
    While larger clothes hangers are attractive and sturdy, they take up a lot of room in your closet. Teaneck homes for sale with uncrowded closets are more attractive to potential buyers than closets that are packed full of clothing. Slim clothes hangers allow you to store more while creating the appearance of a closet that's spacious and uncluttered. 

Feel like it's time to explore homes with more space? Contact us today to check out your options!

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