At EZ Storage® in Philadelphia, we love helping people find the right self-storage unit for their belongings. In some cases, our customers put things in storage because they don’t have any more space in their house to keep things. Every room seems full, and they have items that they want to keep, but just not necessarily use for the time being.
When that happens, it could prove beneficial to think about how each room is arranged. Changing things up can provide for better flow and better function, making life easier on a daily basis. While there will still likely be things that need to be stored, a homeowner can enjoy their house much more with well-arranged rooms.
The bedroom is one of those spaces on which people can truly put their personal touch. You’ve picked out a bedroom set that matches your tastes, but what’s the best way to arrange everything? That can depend mostly on how big the room is, but with the right approach, you can make everything fit.
You may want to start by putting the bed on the opposite wall from the door. That will give you plenty of space when you enter the room. The nightstands will of course be on either side of the bed, and the dresser or wardrobe can go against one of the walls. If there are two of you sharing the bedroom, then you may not have room for two dressers, or one dresser will need to go in the closet. If the closet is big enough, you can perhaps forego the second dresser, and one of you can keep all of your clothes in the closet, while the other uses both the closet and a dresser.
You can’t really rearrange the kitchen in terms of moving things around, but you can set it up so that you can easily access what you need, when you need it. For example, if your baking sheets are kept in a cupboard on the opposite side of the kitchen from the oven, then consider moving things around so you can grab a sheet, use it, and stick it in the oven.
The same is true for the dishes you use on a daily basis — are they in an easy-to-access cabinet? If you have dishes and cups that you don’t use, then consider moving them to a lower cupboard (or putting them in storage), so that you can make space for the things you use all the time.
As with the kitchen, you can’t really rearrange where the sink, tub, and shower are, unless you remodel the entire room. However, you can optimize your storage by keeping things in the cabinets and under the sink that you use on a regular basis. A shelving unit on the wall above the toilet can provide a place for toilet paper, tissues, towels, and more, and you won’t have to worry about things cluttering up the countertop or the cabinet under the sink.
If you have a floating or pedestal sink, meaning there’s empty space underneath it where no one stands or walks, then consider using baskets to store things on the floor. These baskets can provide exceptional storage while also mostly hiding what’s inside each one.
The Living Room
The living room provides another opportunity to get creative with how your furniture is arranged. Most families will center their living room around the TV, with every couch and chair pointed at the screen. This can be perfectly acceptable, but if you’re looking for something different, then why not create different “zones” within the space? Two chairs on one side of the room, with an end table between them, can become the perfect conversation nook. A comfy couch with a floor lamp next to it can be a great place to read and relax at the end of a long day.
If you don’t want your living room to feel crowded, then be mindful about how much furniture is in the space. You might need to store that extra end table or ottoman, simply so the layout is more open and better for the constant foot traffic that the room experiences.
The Dining Room
The dining room can prove challenging when it comes to arranging it properly, simply because there needs to be enough space for people to pull out the chairs and sit down for dinner. If you have a china cabinet or buffet table, then think about on which wall it will be best. It might be worth it to invest in a corner china cabinet to make the room feel less crowded.
You’ll also want to think about how big your dining table is. If you have a smaller family, then a table that seats four to six people should suffice for most dinners. If the table is too large for the room, then consider getting a smaller one that has a removable leaf so that the table can expand when you need it to, and return to its original size for daily use.
Storing Extra Items
As you’re rearranging the rooms in your house, you’re very likely going to come across items you didn’t realize you still had and that you’re not sure you need to keep. There will also be things that you know you want to keep, but don’t necessarily need in the house. Whether it’s clothes, furniture, or decor, the team at EZ Storage® can help you find the ideal self-storage unit.
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