In the current economic climate everyone is trying hard to save themselves a bit of money. Of course, there are some obvious money-saving tips. Using comparison sites such as Money Supermarket will make sure you’re not missing out on the latest financial deals and products. But when it comes to finding ways to keep your house tidy and organised, sticking to a budget can be tricky. However, there are a number of ways to find extra storage ideas in and around your house that don’t have to break the bank. In fact, some options won’t even cost you a penny.
Grab Yourself a Bargain
If you do have a small budget for your storage but can’t quite afford anything new, consider heading off to your nearest flea market or jumble sale. Keep your eyes peeled for old trunks, chests or even unwanted toy boxes. If they don’t look too great at first, think about giving them a fresh coat of paint or decorating them. Trawling through car boot sales, the local paper or online auction sites could net you a bargain, such as a piece of unique furniture that has character.
Getting hold of some simple bookshelf units is another great option and they can be used in any room in the house. The simpler they are, the better – and cheaper – because using them for family photos, treasured knick-knacks or even CDs, DVDs and magazines can give them a new lease of life. If bookcases threaten to take up too much room, go for simple shelves instead. They offer extra storage space for anything, not just books and take up very little space if you have a smaller area. You can paint them to suit the colours or décor of your chosen room.
Simple Storage Ideas
Hooks are another great option for storage and are perfect for hiding coats, clothes or even sacks full of toys for the kids’ rooms. Hooks come in all kinds of colours and sizes, are really easy to put up and can go absolutely anywhere. Use them to fill those nooks and crannies, such as the unused space under the stairs, the backs of doors and even inside wardrobes. If you really can’t afford to buy anything new or second hand, then try to have a think about unused space around your house. The more obvious choices include under the bed or on the tops of wardrobes, which are great for storing things such as bedding, magazines, board games or work papers that you don’t necessarily want to put on display.
You could even fill some cheap wicker baskets or colourful plastic tubs with all the little bits and bobs that don’t have anywhere to live and display them on top of kitchen units. Finally, if you’re feeling particularly creative and don’t mind a bit of collecting, start saving up all those cardboard boxes that usually get thrown out. Decorate them in funky coloured papers, including the lids and then create a wall of boxes. Depending on the size of your boxes, you can store pretty much anything and the colourful designs will look fantastic in children’s bedrooms or a family sitting room.