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4 Storage & Organization Tricks Every Brock University Student Should Know

4 Storage and Organization Tricks Every Brock University Student Should KnowAs a Brock University student living on your own for the first time, you may realize that you have less space than you’re used to to fit all your stuff. Here’s a few handy hints on how to make the most of the space you have.

How many times have you caught yourself saying, “I’d love to that, but we just don’t have the space for it,” in your day-to-day life? If it’s more often than you wish, then it might be time to roll up your sleeves, and rearrange your living space to make room for the things you want.

If you’re not sure where to get started, here are a few, simple ideas that will ensure you’re utilizing all of your available space.

Tip #1: Use Your Vertical Space

When it comes to our storage, most of us only look at the floor. Which makes sense, given that a floor is the biggest shelf in your living space, but it’s important to remember that you also have walls and a ceiling to work with. As such, you should invest in shelves that allow you to store your stuff off the floor, and out of the way. You could even hang a pegboard on the wall if you have stuff that can easily be hung on it (craft supplies, hand tools, etc.). Additional places you should consider are exposed roof beams (if you have a loft-style living area), in addition to the spaces over doors (particularly in the bathroom) that can make for ideal storage spaces with a shelf. This keeps the floor plan open, and makes it easy to find what you want at a glance.

Tip #2: If You Don’t Need It, Toss It

If you find yourself constantly hanging onto things because you might need them later, then there is a quick test you can do to see if you actually need an item in question. First, ask yourself if getting a new version of this item (if you didn’t already have one) would be prohibitively expensive. Second, ask if you have used this item in the past five years. If you could easily acquire another one in the event you needed it, and you haven’t used it once in half a decade, then you should get rid of it. Give it to a friend, donate it to charity, or just toss it in the trash, because it’s taking up space for stuff you actually need.

Tip #3: Hang Carefully

Take a close look at your closet, because you might be wasting space. For example, if you have plastic hangers (particularly the clunky, curved ones), slim, felt ones can save you a lot of space according to Country Living. Additionally, if you need some more space, you can pop the top off of a soda can, and slip one end over the hook of the hanger. Once it nestles at the top of the triangle, you can slip a second hanger through the tab, letting you hang two items in almost the same space, but without the bulk and wrinkles that come with putting two items on the same hanger.

Tip #4: Use The Inside of Your Cabinet Doors

Most of us never think about all the space we waste with the inside of our doors. Whether it’s closets, cabinets, or pantries, you can often affix hooks, racks, or even hanging storage to the inside of them. A hanging shoe holder is ideal for organizational purposes, but as BuzzFeed points out you can also install closed magazine racks to hold everything from cereal boxes to cleaning supplies. After all, there’s no reason to waste space when it’s already so tough to find. Just remember not to put anything too heavy on the inside of your doors, and to check to be sure there is enough space to close them properly once you do install a new rack.

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