a storeroom should not be used as a dumping ground for stuff that you can't place anywhere else in the house. suitcases, party supplies, office supplies etc everything should be categorised and arranged so that it is easily accessible.
1. decide on your budget and stick to it
with a budget of under $1000, we found functional and stylish shelving units and boxes from IKEA. we maximised all the wall space with the jonaxel open storage system which has the option to add drawers.
2. other than keeping everything organised, we always aim for the final result to be easy to be maintain
instead of fixed shelves, we opted for movable shelves for the luggage section so it can be tweaked according to the needs of the family and their ever-increasing rimowa suitcase collection. and we designed the layout of the shelves so that the bags are not stacked horizontally which allows for easy access.
3. instead of opaque boxes, we opted for clear containers
labelling is a must, but clear containers make it easy to identify contents at a glance. we placed less often used items - chinese new year decorations, christmas decorations, pool party floats - at the top. and we opted to add lids to keep dust away.
4. drawers are great to keep a mix of items within so everything looks tidy from the outside
the drawers selected are deep enough to store sporting equipment, tools and cleaning supplies. note how we used a box to keep all the 3M hooks so they don't get jumbled up in the drawer.
5. always maximise all the vertical space available
instead of struggling with making foldable chairs stand upright or having them lean against a wall, we stored them on a rack with other party supplies. the area below is used for the collapsible tables, a heavy trunk and carpets that are used occasionally.