Watching your family grow is such a rewarding experience. Living with the clutter that grows right along with them. Not so much.
Don’t let the stuff your family needs take over your home. Here are three ways you can take advantage of storage for your growing family:
1. Convert underused areas
When you’re ready to welcome a new member of the family, it’s time to convert those underused areas. We’re talking about the space under the stairs, an attic or extra closet. Take advantage of the room these areas provide by turning them into usable space.
You could close up and finish the space under your stairs for an instant mini-closet. Or if you don’t want to mess with renovation, you could also buy a dresser that fits into the tight space. Either way, you’re creating more room to hold the growing number of clothes, toys and many other items a big family brings.
If you need another room in general (for the new baby maybe), consider converting an unused closet into a space where you can fit a crib, change table and rocker. Remove the doors and patch up the frame to create more space in another child’s room or guest room.
2. Buy multi-purpose furniture
One of the easiest and low-cost ways to maximize your space is by buying multi-purpose furniture. These pieces double as storage space or can be tucked away to make more room.
Ottomans that open for storage are great solutions for the mudroom, living room or bedroom. Keep extra coats and mittens tucked away in the entry or store blankets and games in the family room.
- Beds with drawers
A bed with drawers beneath is perfect for your little one’s bedrooms. Keep clothes, toys or books neatly tucked away without sacrificing space.
- Convertible cribs
For the new baby in the home, consider investing in convertible cribs. You can find versions that transform into changing tables or toddler beds when they’re ready to give up the crib.
- Murphy bed
If you have a guest room that doubles as an office, invest in a murphy bed to keep the space open. Then, you’ll have more than enough room to work on your projects without sacrificing extra room for guests.
- Coffee and side tables
Look for coffee and side tables that double as places for storage, so you can keep remotes, magazines and/or games neatly stored away.
3. Invest in a storage unit
The best organization tool for a growing family is a storage unit. It’s perfect for relocating the seasonal items you don’t need year round, making room for a new baby or keeping your husband’s recreational vehicles out of the garage.
To see how much space your family would need, use our space estimator tool. And don’t worry if you over or under estimate. Because with our flexible month-to-month leasing, you can easily upgrade or downgrade without ever breaking a contract.