Under the stairs is a common place to find clutter. For many, it can be out of sight and out of mind. But by shoving all manner of things under the stairs you can be wasting valuable space as well as not fully knowing what you own.
Having lots of clutter can add to your stress levels when you are at home. Messy areas can also lead to avoidance strategies such as binge eating whilst watching TV – anything to avoid dealing with the mess.
There are some simple ways you can tackle that clutter that won’t break the bank but will do wonders for your home and your mental health.
Benefits of Understairs Storage
If there is no organisation under your stairs then there is always a way to maximise the storage space properly. You can adapt the space to whatever function you need it for. By installing some bespoke storage units you can tailor their use to fit your family best. The best part is you can choose whether to have them open and visible or neatly hidden away.
Depending on whether you hide the space away or have it on display, you can make a feature of the understairs space. A tastefully decorated home office will be a great addition to your home which may help to raise the value should you look to sell in the future.
With kids or older relatives passing through your home, clearing away trip hazards is important to keep them safe. By having additional, well-thought-out storage you can maintain the tidiness and safety of your home.
Tips For Implementing Understairs Storage
There are several things you can do to implement effective and stylish understairs storage.
- Seek advice from a professional
Before you settle on anything, ask an interior designer or a carpenter how they would use the space. They may be able to give you ideas that you hadn’t thought of, as well as see the space for its potential.
- Prioritise needs
A space can only be as efficient as you let it, so think about what items will work best. For example, if you use it as a coatroom then making sure that associated items such as shoes, bags and umbrellas fit as well will help to keep them out of the rest of your house.
- Go vertical
Often, the space under your stairs can be awkward and taller than it is wide. That vertical space, however, can be incredibly useful. Home offices can be tucked away under the stairs with plenty of wall space to use as shelving for documents or a corkboard organiser.
- Hidden vs display
Depending on the layout of your house, you may have to choose between your storage space being on display or hidden. If you do opt for it to be open, then keeping it tidier may be easier as you can see it and be aware of the clutter taking over again. But if it is hidden, it will blend seamlessly into your décor.
It can be hard but creating a routine in your whole home can help keep the clutter at bay. You could designate certain rooms to be tidied on certain days and even rope in family members or roommates to help you keep on top of it all.
DISCLOSURE – This is a collaborative post.