Reaching over for a box under your bed while you are on all fours, or even worse – laying face-down, is no fun. Storing belongings under your bed is not the greatest of strategies either. But us people are constantly looking for ways to maximize storage space in our homes and under-the-bed space is oftentimes our last resort. In order to improve the arrangement of your stuff, we suggest you take a look at a few amazing organization ideas and tips we have assembled for you. Let’s get to it.
Take out all the stuff that sits under your bed, from old photo albums, to shoes, sets of sheets, out-of-season clothes and even documents. Take out everything. You need to take an inventory of all your stuff and determine which things are due to be trashed and which things do not belong there in the first place. Get rid of old, broken or damaged stuff, sort through your clothes and dispose of the items you don’t wear.
Now, before you put everything back, give the area a good clean. Don’t skip over this step if you want to keep moths at bay and to also ensure your belongings smell fresh. Vacuum the space under your bed and spray with an all-purpose cleaner, then wipe away all remaining dust or grime using a microfiber cloth. It might be better to move the bed away while you do this. If it’s too heavy, you’ll have to just work on all fours. Let it dry.
There are a few benefits of under-the-bed storage. One is that your stuff is out of sight and it doesn’t really matter how it looks as long as it is organized. Another benefit is that you can use a variety of storage bins and you don’t even have to match them because, well, no one can see them anyway.
Rolling bins are your best bet. They can be easily taken out of the bed and put back where they belong in the blink of an eye. They are easy to move around even if they hold bulky and heavy items. If you can get your hands on some rolling bins, that will be great.
Go for see-through bins. If you can see what’s inside your containers, that’s would be great. That way you don’t have to rummage through your bins to find that item you are looking for. There is an astonishing supply of transparent plastic bins at stores that cost next to nothing. If you have to shop for containers, just hit the dollar store and you’re good.
Put the items you use more frequently close to the perimeter. There surely are things that you use on a weekly basis. You don’t want to lay face-down to reach them. Keep out-of-season clothes and other stuff that you rarely use at the back of the space or more toward the center.
If the space is larger, keep the things you use on a regular basis in one corner and the rest in another corner. Remember, always arrange your stuff in a way you can access it without having to bend over too much.
If you like to keep out-of-season clothes under the bed, you can go for big suitcases or large plastic bins.
Also, it’s best to place a few scented soaps in the containers so that your belongings smell fresh.
Last but not least, don’t ever use presentable or pretty bins to hold items under your bed. Beautiful storage containers should be kept out on display. That’s what they were meant for. As long as under-the-bed space is concerned, you want to use the cheapest containers you can find. And the best thing is, the colors don’t need to match at all.
And that’s how you can keep your under-the-bed space organized and neat. Roll up your sleeves and start reorganizing.
The article is kindly contributed by Anna Aamone who runs MainCleaners Paddington.
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