Inadequate Storage–A Standard Home Feature?

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 22 Mar, 2016
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We hear a lot about overconsumption and having too many things to store in our homes. But an argument can be made that storage deficits are standard features in our homes that have persisted for decades. The demand for open floor plans may be one contributing factor, but so too is a lack of creative use […] 
We hear a lot about overconsumption and having too many things to store in our homes. But an argument can be made that storage deficits are standard features in our homes that have persisted for decades. The demand for open floor plans may be one contributing factor, but so too is a lack of creative use of space in places where there is proven to be a lot of activity and contents. These deficits are one of the main reasons why we search for products and furnishings to compensate. And the same storage issues exist for a four bedroom home that exist for a one bedroom apartment.
Here are the top areas lacking storage that suits our daily habits–do you recognize any of these?
In the entryway. We need to take off our shoes here. We need to remove our coats here. We have keys and bags to set down. There are umbrellas to carry and mail to drop off. Having a baron entryway with one coat closet for hanging coats is not sufficient. Yet this is the design that persists.
In the kitchen. The hollow space of our lower cabinets under the sink is a wasteland. It is shame that so much space is wasted when we need a place for cleaning supplies, dish soap, dishwasher soap, dish racks, floor cleaner, granite cleaner, silver cleaner, sponges, rubber gloves, scrub brushes, SOS pads, scrapers, and so on and so on—–none of which fits well here.
In the living room. Few living rooms have closets, shelves, or built ins. Yet this is where people read, watch movies, listen to music, keep photo albums and play board games, etc. Instead, we resort relying on t.v. cabinets and or put-together shelving that easily becomes overwhelmed.
In the bathroom. Bathrooms built with only one mirror vanity and one lower cabinet for storage are laughable. There is NO bathroom where this works. We need to store towels, soaps, cleaners, toilet paper, personal products, corded personal care items, brushes, medicines, just to name a few needs. The vanity and shelves behind the mirror simply aren’t going to cut it.
The garage. Most are just a concrete floor and remote-control door. Yet many people like to store tools here, auto supplies, yard applications, garbage and recycling receptacles. Shelving is most certainly a given in this space.
It seems to me it is time to rethink design from the perspective of common inventory, and what we refer to in the digital world as a better user-experience. The above behaviors are standard in most homes…so why not make solutions that are standard? We need more than bare walls and stock cabinetry and featureless closets. It is time to integrate good design with ample storage solutions, and make storage an integrated feature of the home rather than an upgrade or an amenity. Until then, we understand the frustration, and we strive to help you design more functional spaces.
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