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Getting your storage organised can really help to streamline your day so you can get any tasks done faster. It will save time, make you more efficient, and can even save you money. Effective storage is applicable in just about every aspect of daily life that you might not even have thought about, so here are some of the ways it can work in your favour.
Prepared for Emergencies
When you have an emergency, large or small, being prepared with a good supply of essential items such as first aid kits, an emergency tool kit, even a supply of non-perishable foods, means you won’t have to dash out during a crisis. When you know where the bandages or plasters are, when you can put your hand on a screwdriver as soon as you need one or rustle up a quick meal in any situation, there’s no panic or frantic searching.
Good food storage definitely saves time and money. Use airtight containers to conserve leftovers, partly-used tins orpacket contents once they’re opened such as cereals, biscuits or cakes. You’ll extend their shelf life, preventing wastage, reducing shopping expenses and even saving time because food will go further and you won’t need to shop as often.
Keep a well organised tool box in a dedicated storage area and make it a rule that tools are replaced once the job is done. It’s a good idea to invest in the best quality tools you can afford as they’re often longer lasting and can even be easier to use. Consider self storage rental for larger DIY equipment such as infrequently used power tools, ladders, pasting tables or things like carpet cleaners or jet washers. Bulky items can be hard to keep at home, so you’ll be saving space too.
Christmas and other holiday celebrations such as Halloween are getting more elaborate and decorations collections can end up being quite large. Invest in Christmas tree storage boxes ifyou like an artificial tree, and similar containers for all the baubles and fairy lights. Properly packed away, they’ll last for years and help preserve special items that have some history behind them. Self storage is handy for this type of item too, saving you the problem of trying to find space at home.
But don’t stop at holiday items. Consider sorting other types of possessions into seasonal uses and store the out of season things. Think about all the winter clothes you don’t need in summer, or all the summer furnishings and garden equipment you don’t need through winter, or the travel accessories you only use occasionally.
Hobbies and Crafts
Just about everyone likes being creative, but limited space often means you can’t find the motivation to locate your tools or equipment then set everything up. Find a little corner of the house where you can store craft supplies, using shelving, a cupboard, pegboards or tubs and baskets to hold your hobby gear. Whether you’re stashing bolts of fabric or reams of paper and paints for the kids, having all this stuff in one place and accessible opens up your creativity as your gear is ready when you are. As a bonus, you won’t waste money buying duplicates of items because you’ll be able to shop from your stash when you can quickly see and find what you already have.
Keeping pets gets more expensive every day, but often bulk buying dry or tinned foods can save money. You need space to store it though, and sealable tubs big enough to hold bulk buys. Create a pet corner in the pantry, in the cupboard under the stairs, or even in the garage if it’s dry and secure so you can bulk buy with confidence. Add somewhere for grooming tools, toys, bedding or hygiene supplies and you can care for pets while making cost savings.
Kid’s Toys and Accessories
Every parent knows how easily toys can take over the house. Have storage bins or toy chests and boxes for quicker tidy-ups in the living room. Install shelving at kid-friendly heights in bedrooms, and invest in raised beds or divan styles for extra storage and floor space for playing. If you can, keep an eye on which toys are getting neglected, and remove these items so they’re not cluttering up areas needed for toys being used. Hang onto the discarded toys though, because things come back into favour and it saves money if you don’t need to buy new. Rotating play things helps keep kids interested, plus you can save expensive items for younger siblings. Place them in your self storage unit so they’re safe but not taking up space at home.
There are lots of other areas in life that can benefit from good storage and organisation too, but you get the idea. Keeping possessions accessible, sorted and organised helps you just get on and do what needs doing, and saves money through bulk buying or only purchasing what you actually need. Even if you just tackle one aspect of storage, you’ll find it’ll make a difference.