About eighteen months ago, we published an infographic on great ways to utilise space and storage in your home. The thing is, people all over the Internet, from interior designers to real estate/property commentators are constantly posting and sharing new ideas for maximising and saving on storage space. So, we've trawled the world wide web for some of our favourite storage ideas. Welcome to Storage Hacks 2016....
Are you running out of cupboard or closet space? Using unused household items as means of storage means that you could be saving yourself some much needed square footage.
We are being told that we need to save on plastic bags (and supermarkets are now charging us as a helpful reminder), but they can often take up much needed space in a cupboard, drawer or even in a corner next to the fridge. Likewise, if you've got a wet-wipe or tissue box container, you may feel duty bound to recycle it. So solve two problems at once - save your boxes and containers, and keep your plastic bags out of sight.
If boots are taking up a lot of space on the floor of your bedroom or your cupboard, then think about using coat hangers to hold up boots and save floor space for storage of other kinds.
...or alternatively, if floor space in your cupboard is becoming a problem, then think about how you can sort things out. One nifty way is to use old baking trays to neatly store trainers or boots, as well as coat hooks to suspend any other pairs of shoes that won’t fit.
Use Velcro to stick things to the bottom of the desk if you find that your actual desk space is becoming cluttered for some reason. And if you don’t want to be that person checking your phone at work all the time, then sneakily hiding your phone away underneath your desk might be the idea for you.
It's an oldie but a goodie; this can free up valuable space for plates and other forms of crockery.
Wrapping paper can be one of those annoying things that you may only need to use en masse once in a while; if you want to store your supplies in a cupboard, or a small space, then you can use an old piece of clothes line to fasten them to the ceiling. Problem solved.
It's frustrating when you're in the shower and water causes the shower gel or shampoo to slip and slide all over the bath. This saves you hassle and frees up space too.
Let's face it. If you're an organised cook, you may want to keep your pots and pans in some of kind of size order, meaning that cooking is just generally more of a smoother, less hassle free experience.
It may be that, with the proliferation of smart phones, you aren't buying magazines as much any more. If that's the case, then think about using any old magazine holders for other purposes....
Carving little grooves in your bathroom cabinet means that you can create handy, homemade toothbrush holders to make your bathroom storage that little bit easier.
If you're tired of picking the children's toys off the floor, then get hold of a play mat that can quickly and easily double as a bag for storing those toys that get taken out and played with on a regular basis.
If you're one of those people who is constantly plugged in with PCs, tablets and mobiles constantly on the go, then you may have trouble holding power cables and chargers in place. Using clamps or pins to secure cables to your desk will help you to optimise space more effectively.
Not an original one, we'll grant you. But that's probably because it's such a tried and true (not to mention aesthetically pleasing) way of tucking bits and bobs away. Wicker baskets are good ways of storing your valuables and separating out valuables so that various family members'/flatmates' belongings don't get mixed up.
Keep your sharp objects somewhere visible but also out of the reach of small children (if you have any). Using a mug tree to mount your scissors and knives is a nifty way of achieving this.
A dead simple idea, as ice cube holders aren't items we might use on a regular basis (especially not in the summer), but can come in handy for small items of jewellery that we may not choose to wear all the time.
17. Use hanging baskets for storing stray items
Hanging baskets are a great decorative item for the exterior of your home, but have you thought about using them for indoors too? This is a great idea for storing items which may otherwise end up flung over the end of chairs or simply on the bathroom floor
This is another storage friendly method which also happens to combine effective use of space with recycling of any leftover materials you may have lying around your house. So it's both tidy and environmentally friendly!
19. Using the suitcases for out of season clothing
This is a really simple one to finish on. If you're not going to be using those t-shirts, shorts or flip flops for a few months, then why not store them somewhere out of sight and free up some much needed space in the cupboards and drawers.