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Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have! – By Aligator Storage

Posted by Adrian
July 6th, 2017

Easy hacks for making the most of the space you have!

If you live in a little house but have a lot of stuff, you’re probably at that stage where you’re wondering what colour the carpet actually is and whether you’ll ever see it again. It’s a tricky situation when your possessions start taking over your home and things turn from cosy to claustrophobic.

But, if this is you – here are a few easy hacks so you can start clearing some floor space and feel at home again.

Finding extra storage

Having extra storage in your home is priceless, but it’s also extremely rare. Clever storage around boilers, baths, beds and other belongings is a great way to create more space but it won’t take you long to fill it. Have a sort through all of your clutter and create a pile of the items that you haven’t used in a while – would it be worth putting them into an external storage facility? It means you can go back to them in the future when you do have the space but for now they’ll be out of the way leaving your house more roomy and airy.

Shelves, shelves and more shelves

Shelves are underrated, they provide so much space and you can pile them as high as you like, yet most people are still living their lives shelf-less. With the vast choice of floating shelves, fancy shelf brackets and glass shelves, there’s really no reason why you should go without.

You can even position shelves above doors for those items you don’t use too often, but would look nice on display. You could also build shelves into the corners of your rooms to brighten things up as well as provide that much needed extra space.

Making the most of mirrors

Mirrors should be your go to item when it comes to decorating a small space. In a small bathroom, turning a whole wall into a mirror will do wonders for making it feel more spacious.

Other great places to create the optical illusion of space are down narrow corridors, or propped up against walls to elongate the ceiling. They’re also great on the front of wardrobes and in the alcoves below your shelving. When it comes to mirrors, bigger is always better.

Clever furniture

If you’re really short on space in your home you might want to consider investing in furniture that you can move around to create extra space. Fold out beds or desks and sideboards are great options when you’re feeling cramped. A carpenter will be able to help you install these secretive storage options. Equally, wall dividers that you can slide together for privacy and open up for a space are a great addition to a smaller home.

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Storage Tips to Simplify your Renovations contributed post by Big Yellow

Posted by Adrian
March 8th, 2017

Storage Tips to Simplify your Renovations

Whether you are undertaking major renovations or simply redecorating a single room, there is bound to be some upheaval. You will need to move furniture, and pack up some items to clear out the area being worked on.

Clearing space for renovations means figuring out areas where you can store items to keep them clean and safe. The kind of storage you choose will depend on how extensive your renovation is.

When decorating a single room yourself, you can probably get away with storing items at home in a separate room. However if the renovation or work being undertaken is more extensive or is likely to make more mess (if you’re building an extension, for instance, or completely refitting the kitchen), you might want to think about storing items away from home.

Storing Items at Home

Even if you’re just decorating a single room, the job will go much smoother and quicker if you can completely clear the room before you start. Don’t be tempted to pile items and possessions in the centre of the room. It may seem like a good idea and a quicker option to start with, but invariably paint splatters will damage items or you’ll be constantly moving things to make room for ladders or pasting tables.

Pack up all your breakables into sturdy boxes and storage tubs, wrapping delicate items in bubble wrap (or blankets and tea towels if these are all you have to hand), and pack them carefully so they don’t roll around and cause damage to each other.

With larger items of furniture, such as dining tables or desks, try to remove the legs to save space.

If you’re storing items at home during larger, messier jobs, it’s best if you can dedicate a room for storage where you can put everything, then thoroughly seal the room off. Simply closing the door won’t stop dust getting in, so seal all around the doorframe with heavy duty tape, not forgetting the gap beneath. Keep this room out of bounds during the renovation, since dust will fly in whenever the door is open.

Alternative Storage Options

The other option, and one that is especially useful if you’re decorating several rooms at the same time, is to take out a short contract on a self storage unit. Some of the advantages include:

  • Contracts that run from just a week. A good idea is to allow plenty of time by over estimating how long the job will take. They nearly always take longer than you originally think.
  • Many different room sizes from large lockers up to storage spaces that will hold your entire collection of possessions and furnishings.
  • Trolleys and pallet trucks that will help get heavy items from your vehicle to your storage room.
  • A secure environment, with easy access in town locations.

As when you’re packing things to keep at home, use sturdy storage boxes and remember to label everything clearly so you know what’s inside each one.

Once you have your possessions in storage, the area to be worked on will be free and clear, but remember to put protection down on carpets to guard them against muddy boots or paint spills.

Preparation, as they say, is half the battle. Give some thought about your work area, plan your storage ahead of time, and any renovation will be completed faster and with less stress.

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5 things to think about when decorating a childs bedroom

Posted by Adrian
July 7th, 2014

Spiderman decal on blue wall

5 things to think about when decorating a childs bedroom

When decorating a childs bedroom there are a few things to think about, such as what colours to use, what the child is going to use the room for, is it going to be a dual purpose room for study and play? Or is it just a play area? Here are just five things to think about.

Bright and bold

Kids love bright and bold colours so reds, yellows, blues and oranges will keep the kids interested and make it a fun room to be in, especially if they are young. Don’t be afraid to use colour in a kids room, you can always change it at a later date when they get older and grow out of the current colour scheme.

Think tough

Kids being kids will make marks on the walls and paintwork so look out for wipeable emulsions and those that say they are tougher than normal, the same goes for woodwork. A good emulsion should allow you to remove any scuffs easily, if you are going to use wallpaper, find a scrubbable and washable paper so marks can be removed.

Murals and drawings

To make a room even more fun, you can add drawings or murals to a wall, or perhaps a decal of their favorite superhero? You could theme a room to what your child is interested in, such as animals, cars, or space, and the theme can be changed as they grow and tastes change. If you are an artist or know a friend who is one, you can have a scene painted onto the walls of over lining paper.

Storage

Kids have a lot of toys and games and you will need somewhere to store them all for when they have finished playing with them at the end of the day, so think of storage solutions, such as underbed storage, cupboards, shelves, and storage boxes. All of these things are relatively cheap to buy and will help keep your kids room clutter free, which will inturn make the task of cleaning just that little bit easier.

Study area

As your children gets older they will need a place to study and do their homework, so a desk will be vital and help them organise their stuff and have a quiet place to study and do their homework. These can be a stand alone desk bought as a flat pack that you assemble yourself, or a custom made one if you have a small or awkward area to fit a desk into. You can do it yourself by buying some wood and board from a DIY store if you are handy with your hands.

Kids room colours and spiderman decal on blue wall

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