Finding space in our homes to keep all our belongings safely and neatly is a challenge that is faced by many of us. Add a growing family to the mix, and household storage space becomes even more difficult to find as we need to find space to store clothes, books, toys, and as the children grow up, their toys get bigger, bicycles, electronic equipment, and more.

Here are some ideas for you to follow if you want to get your house organised to make it comfortable for every member of the family. If your space is very limited it may be an option to hire a self-storage unit that you can keep your excess belongings while freeing up household storage space.

The Kitchen

This is the busiest room of the house in most families, and the place where everything tends to get dumped. The first step to organising your kitchen space and maximizing its storage areas is to have a place to put everything away. This way you can keep counters clear and clutter-free, making it easier to keep clean.

Make full use of any cupboard space that isn’t fully utilized. Adding shelves can make full use of any vertical space that is empty, and if your cupboards don’t go all the way up to the ceiling, this is a space you can also use.

Another way of increasing household storage space is to go through all your kitchen appliances, and you are sure to find some that you do not use any more. Clear these out and either sell them, or if you wish to keep them, you can store them at your self-storage unit.

The Living Room

You can always add a shelving unit or bookshelves along a wall for extra storage. A coffee table with a double shelf takes up the same amount of space but will add some extra storage space for books and magazines.

If your sofa is too big for your living room space, maybe it is time to acquire a smaller one and surprisingly, there are items of furniture that can add to your household storage capacity. Choose a sofa that has built in storage in a hollow base. Ottomans also have a space for storage, so there are some creative ways to gain some extra storage space.

The Bathroom

Most bathrooms are really tight on space, so it requires some creative imagination to unlock some extra storage space for your toiletries. It is important to keep this room tidy and functional to keep it looking great.

A shower organiser will keep your bottles and other necessities neatly stored. Keep your medications in a medicine cabinet. If your bathroom has the space you can add a small free-standing cabinet or shelving unit and add some wicker baskets which will display your towels and cosmetics with style.

Consider constructing some floating shelves above the toilet if there is a blank wall there. This will add much needed extra storage. Remember to put hooks up behind the door for towels, gowns, and nightwear.


These generally require a bit of reorganization to make the most of the storage available. If your bedroom has become a dumping ground for your belongings, now is the time to sort the mess out. Check in drawers for forgotten items of clothing, sort your seasonal clothes out, and if you do not have the space at home, pack these up in boxes and store them in your storage unit. You will be pleasantly surprised how much space you can free up this way.

If your children share a room, consider using bunk beds with built in storage. This will save a ton of space and free up floor room.

Your Extra Stuff

When you really run out of space to store your household belongings, it is time to have a good look at the things that you really don’t want to get rid of but that you seldom use.

  • Items like camping equipment, tents, camp chairs and table, and the crockery and cutlery you use when camping will most probably only be used a few weeks or months of the year, but these take up a lot of space. These are ideal to store in your self-storage unit as they will not get lost or damaged by being stuffed into a cupboard or stored in your garden shed or garage.
  • You could also consider sending your Christmas decorations, tree, and lights to your storage unit. Pack them up securely and they will look as good as new when you unpack them for next Christmas. If they are stored carelessly they will soon look worse for wear. They also take up a lot of space in your cupboard.
  • Sporting equipment is also often seasonal, but bulky to store at home. Items such as skiing equipment are expensive and difficult to store. Even the clothing that goes with the skiing is bulky and difficult to store at home, and carefully packed, will remain safe until you need them again.
  • You may only use your bicycles during the warmer weather so instead of these lying around in your garage or your shed where they could be damaged or even stolen, keep them in your self-storage unit until you need them again.

As is evident, a self-storage unit can be used for many different belongings and under any circumstances when you need something out of the way, but you need it kept safely and securely until you are ready to use it again.

A self-storage unit at our facility, Stop & Store Lowestoft, is perfect for this purpose. We offer both long- and short-term storage options without contracts and hefty deposits. Book and pay online, and we will send you your unique PIN to access your unit immediately. Our facility is secured with manned CCTV cameras and intruder alarms. Our units are clean, dry and pest free, ensuring your goods will be safe while they are stored with us.

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