Smart storage for your home

Have you ever seen the HGTV show Tiny Houses? It’s absolutely fascinating watching how homeowners, sometimes families of four or five people, can make a 300 square-foot space functional AND comfortable for everyday living. While the style, layout and decor of these tiny homes vary drastically, there is one common characteristic that can be found in them all – incredibly smart space saving innovations.

Even if you have an additional 2,000 square-feet of space at your disposal, every homeowner can benefit from clever space saving solutions. Here are a few ways that you can make the most of space in your home that you didn’t even know was there!

  1. In a tight bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, add shelving in the spaces between wall studs. It’s a simple DIY project that you can tackle yourself with a little online research. Simply cut away the drywall where you’d like your storage unit, build a box using plywood, add shelves and a back, and hang the box, attaching to the studs. Some trim around the edges will complete the look.
  2. Are your night tables taking up too much space in your bedroom? Get rid of clunky furniture and attach a small shelf to the wall. Find a cute wall sconce for bedside lighting. 
  3. If your garage is busting at the seams, overhead ceiling storage is the way to go. Build your own shelves or purchase a ceiling mounted rack from your local hardware store.
  4. Look for inventive, double duty furniture. An ottoman that turns into a coffee table, a drop-leaf dining table or front entry benches with storage drawers are perfect for saving space while adding functionality.
  5. Under stair storage cupboards or stair drawers look incredibly cool and are perfect for keeping your family’s belongings out of sight. Look for ideas online. 

There are also many ways to make a space feel larger. Use mirrors and other reflective surfaces, stay away from heavy drapery and use artwork or shelving to draw the eye upward in a room, creating the illusion of more space.

Kimmé Myles
Matching her knowledge of Toronto's eclectic mix of downtown neighbourhoods and impassioned by her diverse mix of buyers and sellers, Kimmé is naturally motivated to create a positive and professional experience. Kimmé does her homework and knows her inventory. She is genuine, honest and a straight shooter. Nor is she afraid to think "outside the box" as she employs creative strategies to make dreams become reality. Born and raised in Toronto and coming from a successful fashion background in design and management, Kimmé could not have met a better match for her entrepreneurial skills than by working in Real Estate. Inspired by her father, well known Toronto clothier "Lou Myles", she learned from a very young age to work hard and strive for excellence. In a competitive industry where customer service is paramount, she has received numerous sales awards over a relatively short time in the business. Entrusted with the life choices of her clients, Kimmé is truly honoured to have the opportunity to serve and assist others. Licensed as a full time Sales Representative since 2005 with Royal Lepage Real Estate Services, Ltd., she is proud to be affiliated with the Johnston & Daniel (J&D) Division of Royal Lepage, Toronto's highly respected boutique brokerage and by far Royal Lepage's # 1 producing brokerage across the country.

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