Whether you buy a big or a small house, efficient utilization of spaces is something you can not do away with. An area in your home that usually goes unnoticed but can be put to good use is the space under the stairways. It can easily be turned into a storage area or activity zone. There are so many odds and ends lying around the house that anyone would be relieved if they hit upon extra space to stash them. A good idea is to store these items in the space under the stairs by building racks, shelves, cupboards or drawers here. You can also utilize the space by placing a worktable there or converting it into a bathroom, play area or study zone. Decorate the space with colorful paints, lights, wallpapers and artwork. Prop up a sofa, couch, table or settees for seating. A few resourceful ideas are given below.
1. Seasonal items
If you live in a place with extreme weather changes then you can stock up seasonal items in this space. Hoard winter paraphernalia like jackets, sweaters, boots, gloves, blankets and scarves or store rain gear such as umbrellas and raincoats. Your collection of summer hats and swimsuits can also be put away here. You can also stockpile the entire lineup of shoes in this space.
2. Audio/Video collection
All music and movie buffs can stockpile their collection of music albums, CDs and DVDs in this space. Use it to stash away your old cassettes, vinyl tapes and record discs. Any surplus equipment like extra speakers or an MP3 player can be stowed away in here. Get creative and carve out a groovy looking storage space to showcase your prized collection.
3. Food items
Foods items with a long shelf life like wines, cheese, pickles or jams can be stored in this place. Personal care or kitchen items that have been purchased in bulk can be stashed away in here. A few such items are napkins, towels and personal grooming products like soaps, shampoos, perfumes, aromatic oils, etc.
4. Documents and paperwork
It is sometimes difficult to find a storage space for official documents like credit card statements, bank papers, checkbooks, bills, property papers, legal docs and personal identity cards around the house. These can be filed and stored in this area along with other paraphernalia like calculators, memos or diaries.
5. Family history items
There are so many items of sentimental value that you do not want to throw out. These can be photos, videos, picture frames, awards, scrapbooks, certificates, children’s old toys and books. Pile them up in this space.
6. Tools and equipments
Amass all equipment and gear of use in here like hammers, chisel, hooks, nails, pipes, gardening tools, etc. Stockpile sports equipment like rackets, balls, hockey sticks and fishing line in this space. Use it to put away the extra lamps, bulbs, string lights, crockery, paintings or artwork.