Rule #1: Avoid It – If You Can
Standard home advice is to “think vertical” with storage.
I did this in our old apartment, but couldn’t relax with the tops of bookcases lording over me and my clutter staring me in the face.
I swore when I designed my own dream space it would be a sea of calm with clutter out of sight, below eye level, tucked away in drawers, lower cabinets, or benches.
After buying our 989 square foot family home high in St. Paul’s skyline, it became clear my solemn vow would be broken. To make everything fit – 3 bedrooms, an office, laundry, 2 baths, and all our stuff – compromises had to be made.
Which leads me to the other rules, #2-#10.
When there truly is no other choice, these rules will create room to spare without the typical vertical side effects of feeling cluttered or cramped.
Rule #2: Keep It in the Closets
Best case scenario is to maximize closets so you don’t need extra storage furniture. Away from daily life, there’s no need for expensive drawers or doors. Stuff will be convenient to see and reach.