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When you live on your own, or with only one other person and maybe a pet, investing in a smaller living space just makes sense. One of the more difficult parts of downsizing, though, is sifting through everything you’ve accumulated and deciding where it all needs to go!

For larger items, or those you know you won’t be using on a regular basis, we absolutely recommend finding a self-storage facility near you; Extra Attic has five locations across the state of North Carolina that all specialize in securing your valued belongings. But, if you’re feeling cramped because of things you need to keep around your house, there are a few ways you can save some space in your new compact home, without tossing anything out.

Get Moving

When you have garage space, or even some room beneath a desk, consider investing in a rolling container in which you can store everything from tools to office supplies. The wheels enable the drawers or boxes to shift around as needed, but the entire container is also designed to fit in easily accessible spots for when you need more space in the room.

Add More Layers

If you feel there’s not enough room for some of the more petite items you’re bringing with you, take a look into your closets and measure for some additional shelves. You can also look into shelving units that can be mounted on the walls above desks, beside kitchen cabinets, and within inverted spaces in all rooms.

No More Couch Potatoes  

Who says furniture can’t be functional and stylish? If you have items for the living room that don’t yet have a home, take a look at some ottomans and footstools that also double as boxes and storage containers. A lot of retailers carry design and fabric options that are created with popular furniture and décor in mind, so you should be able to find something that matches both your lifestyle and your color scheme, all while saving plenty of space!

Monsters Under the Bed

When the only things under your bed are a few wayward dust bunnies, why not use that space in a more constructive manner? There are plenty of storage container options that conveniently slide right under your box spring, but if you happen to need a bit more room, there are also lifts and platform additions you can buy to give your bed a lift and take your organizational game to a whole new level.

Unique Décor

If you’ve run out of storage space in your closets, under the bed, and in the pantry, what else is left? For smaller items – such as knick-knacks and even your shoes – wall organizers are a versatile solution that can free up your space. There are some with specific uses, like those made specially for closets and bathrooms, but otherwise where you want to place them is entirely up to you and your storage needs.

If you’re ready to utilize your space and reorganize your home to better suit your needs, check out more helpful hints featured in our blog, or take a look at our self-storage options near you.