You’ve probably lamented at one point (probably several times a day, actually) that your home is just too small and if you had just a little more space, your home wouldn’t look so cluttered. But homeowners with homes of all sizes still say the same thing. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how big or how small your home is, you adjust to the space and stuff has a tendency to take over. Here are eight storage solutions that can help you take back your home from your clutter.
If you’ve got an under-the-stairs storage closet, you’ve probably realized how hard it is to organize the space. With the sloping ceiling, it’s hard to get to stuff that you’ve stored towards the back of the closet and you have to move everything that’s in front of it first. A better use of that space may be some deep drawers that are installed under the stairs. It’s an attractive storage solution that makes it a lot easier to get to things that you’ve stored under the stairs.
Organize your toiletries
If the answer to "where is the clutter the worst" isn’t the bathroom counter, you’re probably lying. There never seems to be enough space in the kitchen drawers and cupboards for all the beauty products and toiletries that we tend to accumulate. Instead of letting the clutter spill over onto the countertops haphazardly, invest in a counter-top storage option complete with little drawers as a means of organizing all of your toiletries.
Use drawer dividers
Don’t make the mistake of assuming you can only store one type of item in each drawer. Have you got a drawer that’s just for socks but it’s only half full? That’s wasted space. By putting drawer dividers in some of your drawers, you can make better use of that space by using it to store several different things. It will make it easier to access what you need so you don’t have to rummage through your drawers searching for things.
Is your closet running low on space? If so, maybe it’s because you’re only hanging up one clothes item per hanger. You can purchase multi-level hangers that can hold multiple pairs of pants or several skirts on a single hanger. There are also hangers specifically for belts, ties and other clothing items that will help you free up space in your closets.
Choose attractive storage options
No matter how you organize your clutter, there’s going to be some miscellaneous stuff that gets put in a bin somewhere. But these storage bins don’t have to be plastic and cheap looking. Choose fabric or woven baskets to store your stuff and it will look a lot more trendy.
Built-in bench for your dining area
A built-in bench, especially one with under-bench storage where you can hide place mats, table clothes, and other things, is a great storage solution for the dining area. If you have some woodworking experience, you can even build it yourself.
Get creative with your furniture and hide things in plain sight. Why have at ottoman that’s just an ottoman when you can have the top lift up and have storage space for blankets and other things?
We’ve saved the worst area for last. The entryway is a clutter nightmare. When we come through the door we want to drop everything immediately and relax. If you have a smaller home you may not have room for an entry way closet which makes things even worse. If your entry way is wide enough, a cubby bench on which to sit and put on shoes as well as a place to store shoes is one option. A coat stand takes up a lot of space but if you install hooks on the wall, you have a place to store coats that doesn’t take up much space at all.
Source: The Independent
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.