The way we view storage has changed drastically in the past few years. With efficiency and economy of space a concern, there’s been a notable shift in the way we approach this issue. From new approaches toward household items, to changes in the storage facility industry, there have been many novel solutions to the old problem of storage. We’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest changes of what’s new in storage.
When many people think of creative and unique storage solutions, their first thought will be IKEA. One of the Swedish retailer’s distinct features is their multi-purpose furniture that offers unique ways of storing your belongings in everyday household options. The most common options that people gravitate towards are their bedroom items, like the MALM bed frame or furniture like their FRIHETEN couch. When it comes to fitting more into less, IKEA is a household name for many.
On top of that, gone are the days of simple, boxy, one-size-fits-all storage. Alongside their couches and bed frames, they also have a great section for more conventional storage solutions. Whether you need just a little bit of extra space, or a wall sized shelving unit that integrates a whole entertainment system, IKEA offers a solution to almost any space and storage need. Check all their options out here!
2. The Rise of Decluttering
When Marie Kondo released the revolutionary book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, the world’s ideas about storage, and how to deal with clutter, changed. A sweeping trend of reducing clutter and the rise of minimalism (removing unwanted or unnecessary items from your space) was born. Kondon’s book has influenced many years of storage discussion by promoting a simple two part philosophy: if something doesn’t bring you joy when you hold it let it go and if it does bring you joy, find a place where it is readily accessible and keep it there.
A quick Google search of Marie Kondo, her book, ‘decluttering’, or even ‘minimalism’ will give you an idea of the scope of her influence. Expansive amount of articles and blogs discussing decluttering (citing Kondo’s book) or ideas about how to reduce your possessions, often influenced by her writings. It started an alternative movement to dealing with storage issues, mainly reducing your possessions rather than increasing the space where you can keep it. Whether this method works for everyone is debatable, but it’s one of the newer, more radical approaches to dealing with storage shortage.
3. The All In One Experience: Pick Up, Delivery, and even the storage boxes
Another great development in the realm of household storage is actually changing an old method: storing your belongings elsewhere! A rise in new and exciting storage facilities in Canada has brought a shift from barebone buildings and finding a way to transport your belongings, to clean new buildings and online bookings for pickup/delivery of your things. Second Closet, one of the newest entries into the storage industry, cuts the hassle and difficulty by making the storage process an easy, seamless, and completely online affair!
Need boxes for you to sort and store your things? No problem, just order them online and have them delivered. Once you’re done packing, just book a pickup (again, online) and Second Closet’s delivery service will be back to whisk your things off to their storage locker. Have your own boxes already? Perfect, they’ll pick them up too! Quick, easy, and painless, it’s a far cry from the days of having to lug all your things to the storage facilities yourself. For more, check out their online site.
If you’re in need of a little extra space some of these new ways of approaching storage offer a great chance to help you out. Whether it’s creating more space using your furniture, reducing your overall possessions in a positive way, or using a storage facility, there are plenty of new ways to approach this age old problem. For more information on some of the exciting changes to household storage, visit the Medallion Blog.