Just because you don’t own your home or have a permanent abode doesn’t mean you can’t be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat, says professional organizer Lorie Marrero.
“Even if you are not able to drill holes in the walls, and even if you are always on the move and prefer not to invest in costly storage solutions, there are still plenty of portable and attractive options for you,” says Marrero. “Find those that work best for your needs and can be as portable as you are.”
With the right products and a little creative thinking, adding moveable, functional, attractive and affordable storage can be quite simple for any renter. There are many ways you can implement savvy storage solutions to make the most of your space and situation, such as:
Creative Closet Space
One drawback when renting can be the lack of storage space and the inability to install permanent fixtures in closets. Typically equipped with one rod and a top shelf, rental closets don’t provide the best configurations for maximizing the available area. You can make the most of the limited space with a removable system that securely clips to an existing rod, with accessories like fabric bins and hanging organizers.
Plain View Storage
Colorful storage pieces can enhance existing decor and brighten up the often lackluster neutral walls found in most rentals. Anyone living in an apartment or smaller quarters knows that storage needs to not only look good, but also be completely functional. Add stylish storage to your living space with vibrant cubes that complement your existing décor.
Create a system to keep your place tidy. A drop zone, whether in your entryway, kitchen or living area, is a good place to keep your mail, keys, shoes, bags, or whatever you always need readily available. A small bench or colorful coat tree by the door are good options to keep belongings off the floor. Once you’ve gotten your system down, be vigilant about sticking to the plan.