Anyone who is a lover of gadgets, technologies or collectibles will have experienced the problem of storage in their home.
You may not have the space for another novelty speaker or the latest lightsaber replica but that doesn’t mean you are not going to buy one as soon as your paycheck clears, now does it?
Sadly, there comes a time in every collectors’ life when they come to the realization that they simply do not have any more space for their next coveted item.
What to do now? You can’t just give up your prized possessions to make room for more. Surely there must be a better way?
Thankfully there is.
Simply follow the simple steps below to saving space and you’ll have room for your next totally unnecessary, but nevertheless, super-cool purchase in no time.
1. Prioritize your belongings
Before you start fretting, this does not involve throwing any of your worldly goods away, it simply means working out what items you want to use on a daily or weekly basis and which possessions you only use now and then or at a particular time of the year.
The items that you use regularly should be stored in a convenient and easily accessible place whereas the goods that you only use sparingly can be stored out of arm’s reach, such as under the bed or in the attic.
2. Utilize communal areas
When it comes to rooms that can be used for storage, people tend to focus predominantly on the bedrooms, the family room and any spare room if they have one, but seem to forget any communal areas such as the entrance of the home or the hallways.
This is a huge oversight, as these areas can be ideal for storage. The key to making this work is in ensuring that you do not block any access areas or make the space seem cluttered, and this can be easily achieved with some clever storage solutions.
For example, consider having built-in drawers put in or look for slimline storage units that will not take up too much space.
3. Outsource your storage needs
As a collector you may have valuable and cherished possessions that you want to keep in mint condition. If this is the case, then finding a temperature controlled storage solution is definitely something you should look into.
Outsourcing some of your storage needs is also a great way to ensure that you have peace of mind when it comes to your belongings; imagine if you were the victim of a burglary and an irreplaceable item was stolen from your home, whether that be a one of a kind collector’s piece or something of deep sentimental value.
4. Build bespoke storage
If you have possessions that you would love to show off and be able to look at every day, why not build a bespoke storage solution that can also double up as a feature in a room?
Storage solutions do not need to be just functional; they can also bring the wow-factor to your home. Simply choose a dominant space and make a statement with a bespoke cabinet or set of shelves that proudly display your most prized possessions.