Buying a home used to feel like a far-off life goal, but after years of renting — don’t even try to do the math on how much you’ve spent — you’re ready for a space you can truly call your own.
Imagine being able to choose the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that will work for you as you move into the next stage of your life, whether that involves moving in with a partner or making room for children. Investing in a property such as a Brookfield Townhome means paying roughly the same as you were when you were renting while also having the freedom to customize your dwelling. Plus, all of their townhomes include a private and secure garage, which means no more fighting to find parking or start your car in the dead of winter. Here are 10 storage solutions to help you make the most of your new home.
Use square shelves to display a combination of books and feature decor items such as framed photos or unique knick-knacks. There are also lots of great options for enclosing some of the shelves with a fitted bin or basket, or even a cabinet drawer to hide small or less display-friendly pieces.
2. A sophisticated mounted wine rack turns wall space into a display of sleek bottles (no matter their price point), leaving counters free for cooking or storing appliances such as toaster ovens and microwaves. But remember not to place the rack in direct sunlight, as it could cause the wine to spoil.
3. Conquer that old adage “out of sight, out of mind” by choosing open shelving or glass cabinets for your kitchen to encourage the use of ingredients and gadgets and keep your space tidy at the same time.
4. Go vertical: hang things with reinforced or anchored hooks to give yourself space and eliminate the need to dig through a storage room. Use your bike regularly? Install a bike hook so that it can remain in a common area without getting in the way. Have folding chairs for when company comes? Hang them flush to the wall, one above the other, so you’ll never wonder where they are when you’re about to host a dinner party. Limited kitchen storage? Hang up some of the pots or utensils you use regularly — including your good knives, which can be suspended from a strong magnet.
5. Invest in multipurpose pieces like a coffee table with built-in storage space for spare linens, board games or video game accessories that need to be tucked away when not in use. An ottoman that opens for additional storage or a sofa that doubles as a guest bed are great ideas, too. Nesting tables offer additional surface area while entertaining, but can easily be tucked away when they aren’t in use. Bonus: they’re perfect for putting your feet up or setting your bowl of popcorn on so that it’s close at hand during a serious Netflix marathon.
7. Make the most of your second bedroom by adding a daybed or wall bed that can be folded away when not in use. This leaves ample space for a desk or home office furniture and stops you from having to maneuver around a bed in order to work.
8. Capitalize on any unused space in your private garage by turning it into a workshop, office or workout studio. Not only will you save on gym membership fees, but you won’t have to battle the elements just to exercise. Don’t ignore strange spaces, use them to your advantage! Under the stairs, above the kitchen cabinets, the space leading to the garage — all of these are brimming with potential for extra storage (or a playful nook for your pups).
10. Avoid unsightly stacks inside your closets by introducing furniture that will help you make the most of vertical space. A narrow storage shelf turned on its side and placed at the bottom of your closet makes tucking away shoe boxes simple, while a lightweight shelf divider intended for kitchen cupboards can simplify pulling down linens and other items from the top shelf without causing an avalanche.
Ready to take the next step towards home ownership and reap the benefits of the extra space provided by a townhouse with an attached garage? Visit a Brookfield Townhomes show home for a glimpse of the options available for your future living space.
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