Tina McManus | Beverly Real Estate, Salem Real Estate, Hamilton Real Estate, Danvers Real Estate


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Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, you need storage. Designing your home with spectacular, well-designed storage nooks in mind can make your life so much easier. Consider building these storage solutions into your new home. 

1. In-Wall Storage Solutions

Utilizing the space between studs to create built-in shelves or storage nooks is a brilliant option. 

  • In-wall nooks beside a sitting area may eliminate the need for an end table.

  • In-wall niche shelves in a kitchen can offer a lovely way to display organized canisters, spices and other sundries worthy of keeping out in the open. 

  • In-wall medicine cabinets and/or cleaning supply nooks in the bathroom take up less space, blend seamlessly into your decor and offer just that little extra space for necessities.

2. Under-Stair Storage 

If you have a traditional staircase, you might just have plenty of space for storage underneath. This type of storage is perfect for larger bins of seasonal items you want tucked away, but easier to access and better-protected than the basement or attic. 

3. Dormer/Attic Space Storage

In an attic space with steeply pitched walls, cabinets built along the lower edges of the room make it possible to capitalize on what would otherwise be awkward, unused space. And homes with architectural features like dormers offer another tremendous opportunity. Drawers can be built into the insides of many dormers, and window seats offer an aesthetically pleasing, cozy spot to relax with a generous amount of storage space underneath. 

4. Harness the Power of the Built-In 

Built-in shelves surrounding a fireplace, adorning a living area wall or encapsulating a TV/entertainment area can add incredible versatility. Consider cabinets across the bottom and open shelving at higher levels. The downside? You’ll need a fairly good idea of your furniture arrangement options before settling on a built-in design. But built-ins tend to add value and style to a home, whether they’re built into a sleek contemporary space or a more traditional one. 

5. Pay Attention to Your Closets

Take the time to look up closet design and storage ideas. This will help you determine what type of storage solution would work best for your wardrobe and storage needs. Building shelving, appropriate-height rods and other storage features into your closets greatly increases your storage efficiency. 

6. Make the Most of Your Garage/Outdoor Storage Space 

Think beyond the vehicles you’ll need to park as you plan your outdoor storage space. An attached shed, built-in garage shelving and cabinets might be the solution for storing your yard tools and outdoor recreational supplies. Look into slat-wall garage storage options or ceiling-mounted storage accessories to make the most of your garage space. 

7. Consider Fold-Up Furniture 

In some homes, a fold-down desk or work surface can transform a space into a multi-use area that eliminates the need for extra furniture and streamlining storage needs. Many Murphy beds and folding desks incorporate attractive shelves on either side for storage. It might be nontraditional, but it’s a solid option when you’re trying to capitalize on space.


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You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets. 

Save hardwoods from years of damage and wear.

On top of that, a bench can double as storage. Never again will you be racing around your home trying to find your mittens, scarves, rain boots and other outdoor essentials on your way out the door. It's now all in one convenient place. 

You can even store backpacks and lunch bags on the weekend -- whatever makes sense for your family.

You might think that making an entryway storage bench is complicated. But we'll show you the easy way to build your bench in less than a day.

What you'll need

*Pro tip* Borrow tools that you may never use again before buying. If you find you want to take on more new projects, you can buy one then.

  • 18-gauge nail gun
  • Miter saw
  • Framing square
  • Pneumatic framing gun
  • Hammer drill for concrete/brick or regular drill
  • Circular saw
  • 6 3/4" plywood
  • 8 2x4" boards
  • 3" strap hinges
  • 3" concrete screws or regular screws
  • 6 1x4" boards
  • Wood screws
  • How to build a DIY storage bench for your entryway

    Here's your guide.

    Gather materials & supplies

    The amount of material varies by the bench size you choose the make. Be sure to measure twice and cut once so that everything fits perfectly.

    Frame your bench

    Your frame becomes your guide for the project. Cut your 2X4's the desired length of the bench. Then cut more for the height. Find the studs. And use that hammer drill to attach the 2X4s to the back wall. Build out from there.

    Construct the front and sides

    Now build around your frame, using your plywood. Be careful with any tools you use. Just take your time to get it right. 

    Add the hinges

    Measure and drill for your hinges. Then simply screw them in. 

    Place the lid on the ground and drill holes for hinge screws. Then connect the top to the other side of the hinge with screws. You might need a partner hold the lid steady while you to screw in the lid.

    Add your finish of choice

    You can stop with a basic box. But while you're at it, it won't take much more effort to add some trim and paint it. Then place some hooks above for coats and backpacks.

    And now, you have a beautiful DIY storage bench. For more helpful tips on home maintenance and improvement, follow our blog.


    If you’re in a space with a small kitchen, you know that you face a lot of problems including not enough storage, minuscule amounts of prep space, and barely enough room for more than one person in the kitchen at a time. The layout of the room along with the design is what you must work with when you have a small kitchen. There are a few storage solutions that you can use to make your kitchen into a workable space.



    Clear The Clutter


    Do you have a lot of gadgets hanging around your kitchen that you aren’t using on a regular basis? If there’s no space to store them, perhaps you should consider getting rid of them. That ice cream maker that you may have thought was a good idea to purchase may sit unused, taking up space. You should store only the things you need, and get rid of any items that are just collecting dust. 


    Use An Armoire Or Other Shelving Unit


    Small kitchens often lack cabinet space. You can use items like armories and bookshelves to give yourself more storage space. Whether you need to store dishes, food items, or pots and pans, these unusual items can help to provide you big amounts of storage. You can even add your own shelves to kitchen walls. All of these ideas provide inexpensive, yet practical solutions to your kitchen storage woes. 


    Find An Island


    There are carts and other portable kitchen island units that exist to provide additional storage and prep space fro you. Many of these have fold-out counter space and drawers and cabinets. If you have some floor space in your small kitchen, this could be a great use of that space. 


    Hang Your Things


    No matter how small your kitchen is, you have some room to hang things. You can use hooks in various places in the kitchen whether it’s on a wall or under a shelf. All of your utensils and pots and pans have the ability to hang up somewhere. Give yourself some more storage room and maximize the space that you do have in the kitchen. There are various designs that you can make use of to hang pots and pans using hooks, racks, or even a hanging shelf. Hang your utensils strategically so they are within reach of your cooking area.


    Work Upwards


    Remember that you have a lot of space available over your head in most cases in a small kitchen. The more you can maximize vertical space, the better off you’ll be. You can place your least used items the highest up and work your way down. 


    With the right techniques, storage space doesn’t have to be a huge issue in a small kitchen.


    For home sellers, renting a storage unit may prove to be a great idea, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

    A storage unit will make it simple to keep personal belongings like artwork and photographs out of sight while you sell your house. Plus, a storage unit offers a secure space for your personal belongings, one that you can quickly and effortlessly access at any time.

    Although there are many wonderful reasons to rent a storage unit, choosing the right-size unit can be difficult, particularly for a first-time home seller. Lucky for you, we're here to help take the guesswork out of selecting a storage unit that suits you perfectly.

    Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a home seller choose the right-size storage unit.

    1. Take a Look at the Items That You Need to Store

    A home seller must do everything possible to remove clutter before listing a house. And with a storage unit at your disposal, you should have no trouble keeping excess items outside your residence.

    Ultimately, it is important to make a list of the items that you want to place in storage before you rent a storage unit. This will help you determine exactly how much space you'll need based on the items on your list.

    For example, if you need to store a bicycle, treadmill or other large items, you may want to choose a 10' x 15' storage unit. Or, if you need to store boxes of kitchen utensils, bathroom supplies and various small items, a 5' x 5' storage unit may prove to be the ideal choice.

    2. Consider How Long You'll Need a Storage Unit

    With the right-size storage unit, you can protect various personal belongings until a homebuyer purchases your residence.

    As you explore your storage unit options, it often helps to create a budget. That way, you can ensure that you'll have sufficient finances available to cover the costs of a storage unit for an extended period of time.

    If you are unsure about your long-term finances, you may want to rent a small storage unit, thereby resulting in affordable monthly storage unit rental costs. On the other hand, if you feel comfortable with your financial situation, you may be better equipped than others to select a large storage unit.

    3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

    Determining how much space you'll need in a storage unit can challenge even the most diligent home seller. Thankfully, a real estate agent can help you prepare your residence for the housing market as well as make it easy to decide how much storage space you'll need.

    A real estate agent can put you in touch with storage unit providers in your city or town. In addition, he or she can offer home decluttering tips and help you get excess items into the right-size storage unit in no time at all.

    Ready to rent a storage unit? With the aforementioned tips, you can select the right-size storage unit to safeguard myriad personal belongings while you sell your house.


    With few exceptions, a backyard shed is a resource that's going to provide you with an array of benefits for as long as you own your home.

    If you're in the house-hunting mode, right now, a storage shed is a desirable feature that is usually worth including on your wish list. While many sheds are purely functional in nature, some can be used to dramatically enhance the landscaping and aesthetic appeal of your property.

    In many cases, new homeowners don't realize how much they need a shed until after they've settled into a house that doesn't have one. When your tools, equipment, and supplies are easily accessible, your gardening, yardwork, and maintenance tasks will become much more convenient and less of a chore. Having an enclosed, protective structure to easily store your rakes, shovels, and hedge trimmers will also decrease the likelihood that they'll be left out in the yard and subjected to the elements of nature.

    Although sheds are useful to any property owner who does their own mowing, raking, and snow removal, some homeowners find them indispensable.

    • Gardeners: Whether you cultivate vegetables, flowers, or other plants on your property, you'll need a convenient and dry place to store everything from tools and fencing material to seedlings, gardening soil, fertilizer, peat moss, clay pots, and statues. A well-organized shed can also help you keep track of when supplies are low and need to be replenished.
    • Swimming pool owners: When you consider the daily and weekly tasks that are involved in maintaining a swimming pool, it makes sense to have a dedicated space for safely storing and organizing equipment, pool chemicals, extra patio furniture, and even floatation devices. If you leave these items outside they tend to get dirty, damaged, or even stolen. Securing and storing pool chemicals away from children and pets is also a major safety consideration.
    • Most other property owners: As long as you have grass that needs to be mowed regularly, bushes that require trimming, and deciduous trees that shed their leaves in the fall, yard maintenance is an inescapable aspect of home ownership. For those who live in snow-prone areas of the country, keeping shovels, bags of rock salt, and possibly a snow blower on hand are often considered necessary elements of winter survival. While some people try to cram all those items into their garage, having a separate storage building on the premises can make life a lot more organized and less cluttered.
    Whether you assemble your storage shed or have it custom-built by a carpenter, you'll probably find it to be one of the most useful features of your property. Assuming your available yard space and budget can accommodate a decent-quality storage shed, the probability is high that you'll be putting it to productive use for many years to come!



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