If you live in a mobile home you could find yourself crowded with your own belongings because there simply isn’t enough room. With a few tips, though, you can find many new places to store things no matter what type of mobile home you have. Some storage solutions cost little money but are extremely helpful. Most are easy enough for anyone to set up in their own trailer.
In your kitchen look to your refrigerator for extra storage. Many people display or store things on top of the fridge but you can also keep many utensils and other items on the sides of the refrigerator. All you need are a couple wire baskets and some button magnets. Button magnets can be stuck to the refrigerator before positioning the wire baskets on them. The baskets can hold quite a few items like towels, notepad and many other items. If the wire baskets won’t contain certain things, like utensils, cut a piece of cardboard to place in the bottom.
The front of the refrigerator can also provide some storage. For example, you might not have much room for picture frames but you can display the pics on the fridge. Glue clothes pins to a yard stick, place button magnets on the back of the stick and place it on the front of the refrigerator. The clothes pins can hold everything from notes to photos to school papers.
Many trailer bedrooms are very small. Create lots of extra storage by replacing your bed frame with hard plastic milk creates. Set the crates up in a perimeter then place extra crates in the middle for support. Set the box spring and mattress on the crates. Your bed is now a full storage unit. The crates are set to where their openings face outward. Store shoes, books, magazines, clothing and many other items in the crates. Use a bed skirt to hide the crates and their contents.
Make shelves for the kitchen, bathroom or other rooms by stacking planks with most any object to support them. Use two upside down bowls, and a plank, to make a shelf to hold bath products, spices or other items. Place two more bowls on that plank, add another plank, and you have two shelves that were easy to make. Don’t stack the shelves too high, and make sure they’re on a level surface, to prevent accidents.
Stack paint cans to make cubby holes for bedrooms or bathroom. Glue the cans in a pyramid shape, with the openings of the cans facing towards you, then tie a ribbon around the whole pyramid. Stack the pyramid cans in a child’s room to hold shoes and toys. The cans can be stacked in any shape you wish. Instead of paint cans you can use coffee cans and similar cans.
Over-the-door hooks are inexpensive and can help you create a place to hang winter coats or everyday wear. Hang the hooks over closet doors, bedroom doors or the bathroom door. The hooks can hold quite a few hangers.
Use a piece of fabric to make a different kind of over-the-door storage unit. Cut a piece of fabric which will go up one side of the door, over the top, then down the other side. Glue or stitch pockets – or pieces of fabric – to the long piece of material. Use the pockets to hold jewelry, hair ties, hair brush, rollers, curling irons and more. The pockets can be assorted sizes, to hold large and small items, or they can all be the same size. The door pockets are great for the bathroom or a bedroom.
Look up to find more storage places. Take a beach towel and tie the ends tight with a rope or twine. String the rope across a corner, towards the ceiling, to create lots of extra room. The homemade hammock can hold toys, stuffed animals and more.
Just because you live in a small trailer doesn’t mean you have to be overcrowded. There are many different ways to create extra room – and extra storage space – in any mobile home. The storage solutions don’t have to be expensive but will provide you with much needed improvements.