Introduction: Forgotten Small Spaces
There are probably spaces in your home that you don't even recognise as storage spaces. Maybe they are designated for something else, something specific. But that doesn't mean you can't hack them for your own stuff.
Step 1: Simple Storage in Forgotten Small Spaces
Right next to our front door is a big old box containing our electricity meter and fuseboard/consumer unit etc. Since it's so handy for the door and not used for anything else, we dumped our spare keys in it from day one, then came the torches (I mean everyone keeps a torch or two near the fuseboard right?).
Pretty soon, pulling a torch or spare set of keys out, pulled a load of stuff you didn't want out as well. Especially since nearly everything I own has some sort of paracord thingy attached to it!
Time to make this a proper storage space!
Step 2: Hook, Hooks and More Hooks
The solution in this case was to hang everything up in the dead space on the back of the door. In this box the dead space was around 9cm (3 1/2") or so, more than enough for some keys and small torches.
I found some cheap metal self adhesive hooks online, set out the back of the door in 10cm (4") rows and simply stuck the hooks on in rows 4cm (1 1/2") apart.
- Don't forget to allow for any frame or stop beads if using a wooden door.
- Don't forget to allow for the things living inside the space, some parts of the back of the door will have more space than others.
- If you're using an electrical box, don't forget there are live 'bus bars' in there, don't hang anything up that can possibly get behind and hit the live bars unless you like loud bangs and hospitals.
- Remember to open the door gently to avoid said items flying off. That's why I used metal hooks so I could press the hook part almost closed, no way these babies are coming off unless I want them too.
Step 3: Finding Small Usable Spaces
Some suggestions. I'll start this list off. Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments and I'll add the good ones here over time....
- On the back of consumer unit/fusebox doors.
- On the back of regular cupboard doors (kitchen, utility or bathroom units)
- On the back of wardrobe doors (think ties, belts, scarfs, hats, gloves etc.)
- Spare fridge space (think cells, valuables, certain glues etc.) Or just fill your fridge with food like everyone else lol!
- Behind kitchen kick boards, alter them to make removal easy (think valuables or infrequently used stuff.)
- Behind or underneath furniture (think secret hiding places).
- Behind pictures on the wall, OK, it's a bit James Bond, but hey, it's easy to tape a large envelope on the back of a frame to store important docs in.
- Ornaments with spaces in, or vases etc. Ours just gather dust in the cabinet, so keep stuff in them.
- Pull all your books to the front edge of the book shelf and store stuff in the space behind them.
- and so on....