How to Create More Storage Space in Your Home

Written by Ginny Snook Scott, chief design officer of California Closets
Updated August 3, 2015
A home office with hooks and storage
A home office does double duty with hooks and compartments that create storage without taking up space. (Photo by Summer Galyan)

Got cramped closets or need more space for your stuff? Here are some innovative organization ideas.

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Tough economic times often spur periods of financial self-evaluation with a lot of thought given to money, income and possessions.

For homeowners, economic challenges suggest that it might be better to stay put and make improvements on your current house in order to enhance enjoyment while adding value for years to come.

A 2014 Angie's List survey of more than 1,000 remodeling contractors revealed that closet and storage space are important features for most homebuyers. Additionally, nearly 90 percent of contractors agreed that homeowners want bigger, better closets.

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The recession has done more than slow the housing market. It has changed the very way we think about our home and its place in our lives. Maybe it's more accurate to say that our ideas have changed back to the way we used to think about home.

There are lots of ways to improve your home and create multifunctional solutions in small spaces:

  • Transform an unused corner of your kitchen or family room into a home office workspace that can easily be tucked away when guests visit.

  • Take a cramped closet under the stairs and transform it into wine storage.

  • Add a wall bed to a family room to accommodate overnight guests.

  • Convert your unused garage into the ultimate entertainment center.

  • Optimize your kid’s room to accommodate clothing, toys and an area for study.

  • Build a floating bench and storage shelf in your entryway. Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an article that was originally posted on Feb. 28, 2012.

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About this Experts Contributor: California Closets has been recognized as the leader in home organization and storage for more than three decades. The home storage solutions that California Closets offers are great ways to simplify your life and add true and lasting value to any home.

As of August 3, 2015, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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