One in four Americans has issues with clutter, according to a recent survey, which also shows that a majority feel it is a source of stress. One solution, says NBC News, is to make money from items you don’t need. However, once you have been through the process of downsizing, proper storage is key if you are to keep on top of things and, more importantly, find them quickly when you need them. A quick design change can make this task easier, so find inspiration from new storage trends that are gracing some of the coolest homes on the block.
Open, diaphanous spaces that enable more light to enter all corners of a space continue to dominate, yet this does not mean that you cannot divide a large space – such as a bedroom – into discrete sections through the usage of storage furniture. Thus, in a large suite-style bedroom, open standing shelves can be placed between beds and sofas, and footstools can contain hollow space inside for storage. Items that merely take up space (such as coffee tables) can be replaced by those that also have storage abilities as well. You might also consider attaching shelves to closet doors (both the interior and exterior sides of the door), to store personal items such as makeup, bags, and other items that have a decorative streak to them.
Rooms like the kitchen are ideal for using overhead space for storage furniture. Ultra modern homes are using the empty space above central kitchen islands, for instance, for transparent storage cabinets which are affixed to the ceiling. The result is an almost futuristic looking piece that doesn’t interfere with light entry and makes food prep handy for those who use the kitchen island for this purpose. Also popular in the kitchen are ‘slide out’ cabinet panels for spices and smaller items, placed at the side of standard drawers. Finally, many modern interiors feature wall cabinets that span from one side of the kitchen to the other, taking up both the space above and beneath hobs and ovens and add 10 cabinets or more while helping the kitchen maintain a pristine, uncluttered appearance. As noted by 57 Ocean, open kitchens have become a place in which friends and family gather, making cleanliness and clear space more crucial than ever.
If carpentry is your thing or you are up for a major change at home, creating space is as easy as brainstorming parts of your home that could double up as storage. Some of the trendiest changes we are seeing include the conversion of each and every step in a staircase into a pull-out cabinet; corner kitchen cabinets that pull out completely so you aren’t ‘in the dark’ when you need a crucial piece of equipment; and stucco ‘book shelves’ (or storage shelves) that line en entire wall in a long hallway. The bottom of staircases can also contain pull-out cabinets in geometric shapes, which have gorgeous designer appeal when left half-open.
Dividing rooms practically, finding additional purposes for existing furniture, and using the upper part of walls in kitchens and other areas for storage, are just a few practical ways to enable you to live in a clutter-free environment. Think of how to move items upward rather than horizontally. For instance, if you love plants and wish to green up your interiors, why not free up some walking space by planting a vertical garden? The result is uber chic and makes a postcard-perfect background for indoor photographs.