Moving into a home that’s not your own often means making do, but when it comes to storage that isn’t always an option. If the prospect of asking the landlord for permission to drill (or otherwise jeopardising your bond) doesn’t excite you, these easy ideas might.
1. A ladder
Ever practical, a ladder that isn’t in high demand in your home makes an excellent shelf. Lean it against the wall or position the ladder sideways and place timber boards (or something hard and flat) between each rung to multiply its storage capacity.
2. Vacuum-sealed bags
Professional Organiser Nina Rosace from explains that these are excellent for storing bulky items such as donnas and pillows. “For practical storage, place them into an unused suitcase to ensure maximum space creation,” she says. If your trunk isn’t of the stylish, vintage variety, slide it under the bed until the changing of seasons. Otherwise, leave it out to double as a table.
3. Wooden crates
The possibilities are endless, and one is never enough. A standalone box sitting lengthways by the bedside – books in the bottom, reading lamp atop – is equally appealing as four or more in a variety of shapes and sizes fashioned into a makeshift bookshelf.
4. Over-the-door hooks
Light and portable, an over-the-door hook rack will tuck belts, scarves, bags, hats and jewellery out of sight while keeping them easily accessible. The number of hooks is only limited by the number of doors – you’d be surprised how much stuff you can keep off the floor with a few of these.
5. Plastic baskets
Nina recommends using various sized plastic baskets to create organisation in bathroom drawers. “They are easy to clean and perfect for finding what you need in the morning rush,” she says.
6. Double duty furniture
Look for chairs, ottomans and tables that have inbuilt storage – they’re the perfect place to keep linen and blankets without sacrificing even more precious floor space. Think outside the square and don’t limit yourself to conventional furniture pieces – perhaps an old trunk could make the perfect coffee table, or a cushion can turn a storage box into a comfy stool.
7. Chopping boards with built in storage
“These are practical and perfect for reducing kitchen counter top clutter,” says Nina. Knives and other utensils can be tucked away for safekeeping – many boards even come with a foldout chopping board
8. Clothes rack
While a big, old armoire looks lovely, it’s evidently not the best option for the renter. If you’re planning on staying at your lodging for an extended period of time, investing in a clothes rack will make life, not to mention getting ready in the morning, a lot easier. Many also come with a single shelf underneath that’s ideal for holding shoes.