Limited Space? Use Your Parking Spot for Additional Storage

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Limited Space? Use Your Parking Spot for Additional Storage

Staff Writer · Oct 8, 2009

An apartment parking spot can benefit a cluttered apartment with limited space by serving as additional storage. Assuming you either don’t have a car or you can park your car elsewhere, you may as well make use of every inch you have.

If you have frequent company, you may feel like reserving the extra spot for visitors, but a better use of the space is additional storage. While you shouldn’t collect unnecessary junk if you don’t have the room for it, you can store items that you need but don’t frequently use in your parking area, freeing up the space inside your apartment.

Check with Landlord

Before you start lugging your stuff outside to your parking spot, check with your landlord to make sure there are no restrictions against using your parking space for storage. The apartment complex likely has rules against dumping things in an unorganized fashion in the middle of a parking area, so assure your landlord that you will keep a clean, organized and non-cluttered area that won’t pose a safety threat to your neighbors (or your neighbors’ vehicles).

Design Your Parking Space Storage Efficiently

If your apartment comes with a private or shared parking garage instead of a spot, you can easily make use of the space with a series of sturdy metal or wood shelves or a cabinet. Line the shelves with weather-tight storage boxes to avoid moisture damaging the items within. If the garage isn’t locked, be sure to have padlocks on your cabinet and storage boxes.

If you have an outdoor or exposed parking spot and have permission from your landlord, set up a small outdoor storage shed with a padlock in which to store your items. You can find small, sturdy sheds for anywhere from around $120 to $500, depending on the material used. Rough plastic is cheaper and still stands up to rough weather, but wooden or steel sheds will hold up even better. Line your storage shelves with storage boxes to keep your items in order.

A bike rack (with padlock) can be used to store bikes and other items too large to fit in your shed or on your shelves.

Items to Store

Any items you use outdoors that take up too much space indoors are perfect for your parking space additional storage. A bike and a balcony table umbrella (you only use in the summer) are some examples. You might also store gardening tools, skates, non-pressurized cleaning products and more. Don’t store anything that might be easily damaged if wet (humidity is bound to affect them), cleaning chemicals or pesticides that might explode in extreme temperatures or anything irreplaceable.

Turn your extra parking spot into additional storage, and make the most of your limited space.

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