By Suzanne Dimma
The key to conquering clutter is smart storage. Look at every nook, cranny and empty space in your home and think of it as a storage opportunity. Ask yourself what you could add to that spot to make it more useful. Here are options for every budget:
Build it in
Design wall-to-wall storage that incorporates toys and anything else you want to get off the floor — like the TV, DVDs and clothing. Doors and drawers keep unsightly clutter out of the way, and you can custom-design them to suit your needs and fit perfectly. If they’re made well, they should look like they are part of the architecture.
Look for clever freestanding furniture that suits your needs. This includes stackable bins, baskets, buckets, boxes, trunks, shelving and armoires. Each piece should suit your style and how your kids play. It’s smart to have both open and closed storage; and some areas that only you can access. Bonus: Freestanding items go with you if you move and can be easily modified to suit your kids’ growing needs.
Show it off
Leave room to display great-looking toys. Simple shelves that run around a room, whether they’re custom-designed or ready-made, turn toys into easy-to-access decorative art. Fill one wall, floor to ceiling, for bigger visual impact. Tip: Make sure shelves and freestanding units are safely secured to the wall.