Storage Wars!

Know anybody who complains that they have too much storage space? We thought so.

Whether you live in 1,000 square feet or 4,000, more storage is rarely unwelcome. Because as much as we try to purge and declutter, somehow possessions just seem to multiply and expand to fill or exceed the space available.

Here are some clever ways to build more, “find” more and finagle more storage and display space in whatever home configuration you’re in!

UNDER YOUR WASHER AND DRYER

If you need a storage space to store laundry products or dirty laundry, check out this storage pedestal that fits underneath your washer and dryer. You can buy them from department stores or you can build your own like Katie and her husband did for their blog, Addicted 2 DIY.

BEHIND THE DOOR

For every door in your house there is a space behind that door just begging to be used. Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum covered the wall behind her laundry room door with a functional shelving system to organize her cleaning supplies.

ABOVE DOORS

The dead space between a door and ceiling is a perfect place to add a shelf for extra storage. Jordan of The 2 Seasons installed this simple shelf above her bathroom door to hold extra towels in a space-challenged bathroom.

CANNED FOOD CABINET

If there’s any space between your refrigerator and the wall, this DIY Canned Food Cabinet designed by Classy Clutter will ultimately hold dozens of cans, jars and spices.

UNDER-CABINET DRAWERS

Hidden under almost every kitchen cabinet there’s a cavity perfect for extra storage space. It isn’t prime storage for everything, but it’s perfect for bakeware, cookie sheets, pizza pans and pet dishes. Get extra storage space in the kitchen by installing toe-kick drawers under your bottom cabinets. Just assemble the drawer units (a weekend project that’ll cost you $100-$500) and slip them under your cabinets. These from Family Handyman were designed to be simple and economical, and they have a DIY storage project for under UPPER cabinets, too!

READY TO WEAR

We love Overstock.com and dual purpose furniture. Where else can you snag a round ottoman that holds 12 pairs of shoes? Or, you can get a one-purpose shoe storage wheel at Rakku Designs for more money but it does hold twice as many shoes!

FLOATING SHELVES 

Adding floating shelves to a wall is an elegant touch and makes a great display area for small décor.

You can make your own with this DIY tutorial from Home Depot, buy an inexpensive pair from Rockler.com or pop for some pricier corner shelves that wrap around that wasted space from 2 Women & A Chair.

Ikea has shelves that double as drawers for an entry way (or above your desk in a home office.  They don’t float, the hardware shows in contrasting supports, but they can be functional too, holding rolls of wrapping paper.

UNDER SINK STORAGE

Thanks to Pinterest, we can see all kinds of brilliant under sink storage hacks that work around those pesky pipes – space hogs! With these ideas you can “find” more space for cleaning products, cosmetics, body products and more.

Maximum Storage at Colliers Hill

Adequate storage is important for families, so the home builders in the master-planned community of Colliers Hill created new home designs with those needs in mind. With 10 stunning models to explore built by Shea Homes and Richmond American Homes — just minutes from historic downtown Erie – these new ranch and two-story designs are priced from the upper $300s to the $600s.