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Make The Most Out Of Your Allocated Space

May 30, 2008
Shelving units are the perfect solution for display, storage, and dividing a space in a home, public area or office. Just like any piece of large furniture, you have to make sure that you know the measurements of the space where you would like it to fit in. If it is too high, or too short, obviously, it will not fit. Width is important too, for the same reasons. Also, make sure that there is enough clearance to open the shelving units frequently. Another measurement to consider is how deep the shelves should be. So a tape measure is an important tool to bring when buying shelving units.

There are many shelving units that may come as flat-packs, and some come already assembled, including the more expensive designer models. If you choose shelves that have adjustable heights, you can have narrower shelves or deeper shelves depending on the space available. This will allow more flexibility in storing a wide range of stuff.

Some of the cupboards can also be lockable so that you can keep your things safe and secure. Most modular shelving units can be expanded. This is very useful if you need more and more space as time goes by. These shelving units are excellent room dividers, which provide a visual break between two areas.

Shelving units are very applicable to large spaces like warehouses and office lobbies. But it can also be very useful in your home. Since the unit is free-standing, it's not necessary that it should be anchored against the wall, so extra care should be taken to make sure that the unit is stable and will not fall over. Some of these shelves can only be put together once and are difficult to re-assemble again. But there are some that are easy to break down and assemble again. This is a very important consideration if you are planning to move premises.

The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house; some are as small as four by six feet. Most of the space in the bathroom is taken up by the toilet, bath area, and the sink, leaving you with little space for storage. Here's how you can maximize the space of your bathroom.

For most small bathrooms, the shower area and the bathtub are one and the same. Place a corner or flat shelf in one part of the shower where you can keep your shampoo, soap, and conditioner.

If your bathroom is really small, you might have little or no countertop space. Try to store as many things as you can under the cabinet, especially larger items like hair dryers. To organize the countertop, use containers for your toothbrush and toothpaste, and small plastic trays for brushes and combs.

Finally, add life and color to your bathroom by using a colorful shower curtain and placing a small matching rug.

Cooking in a small kitchen can be stressful. You feel cramped, and you get bothered by the fact that there's never enough counter space and nothing seems to fit inside the cupboards. You might even be spending more time organizing your things than preparing and cooking meals.

If you really think your kitchen is way too small for you, consider doing renovations to expand the space. However, if you are renting, you have no choice but to work with what you have. Here's how you can do that.

Downsize. If you have utensils that you don't use regularly, throw them away or store them somewhere else. There are many kitchen items that are too big to keep in the little space you have. Use that space for items you use daily.

Once you're done clearing out your space, install storage systems that will help you maximize your working area. For instance, a pot rack will free up space under the counter and is perfect if you have many pots that you always use. A pot rack will also give you easy access to the pots while you cook. Place wire shelves at the back of the door to hold pasta boxes and soup cans. Finally, get a multi-layered spice rack that will allow you to see your spices better.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://movingspaces.net
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