This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."
Parkinson's Law states that work expands to fill the time available to complete it. Everyone knows all too well the truth of its corollary, which is that your stuff expands to fill the available space. The longer you live in a home, the more it seems to gradually shrink.
This issue is so universal that an entire industry has developed around personal storage. Our spacious Springs Apartments homes provide many opportunities to incorporate these creative solutions. Here are five popular storage products that are versatile and easy to use. Can you see a place in your home for them?
Multitasking furniture is a great way to address multiple space needs. Ottomans and benches hold blankets and linens, DVDs and other items while serving as a foot rest, seating, or even table space. As a bonus, they come in an infinite number of styles and colors so they also make a design statement.
Walls are not just for artwork. Hanging storage lets you use vertical space that would otherwise be overlooked. Products like cubbyhole organizers can go in any room and keep smaller items out of the way but easily accessible.
Organizing your kitchen is something of a balancing act. You want to keep frequently-used items handy without sacrificing valuable counter space. An over-the-sink shelf/stand, which you can place right over the top of your sink, literally creates storage out of thin air. Some styles are even modular, allowing you to add tiers and adjust the height.
Is there a larger area of unused space in your home than under the bed? Clear plastic bins hold clothing, shoes and accessories so you can see at a glance what's inside. Some come with gliders or wheels that allow them to be moved more easily.
What's in a name? Bookshelves actually have no limit to the types of items they can hold. Put it flush against the wall or have it double as a room divider. Some are even made to fit in normally awkward spaces such as corners.
Let these suggestions spark your imagination. Have you discovered a creative way to increase your storage space? Share your ideas with us in the comments!