Music is loud and expressive. It can also literally take up space, especially if you play a bulky instrument or have a lot of special plugs and amps. Stage an organization intervention, and it may be your best performance yet.
Repurpose a Bookshelf
If you are a guitar player, you can put an amp on a short bookshelf. You can put extra equipment like the connecting speakers up above it. Just slide the amp out whenever you need it. That eliminates scuff marks. Some bookshelves even come with wheels. Voila: you now have a mobile shred station.
Put Your Keyboard Under Your Desk
Some desks have a small moving shelf underneath the computer for the keyboard. Try using it for a different kind of keyboard instead. Now you don’t have to lug around a separate stand. Plus you’re even closer to your computer the next time you need to edit one of your sound files or rehearse a track.
Outsource Your Storage
It may be time for a more significant step if you’re truly running out of space. Self storage units, such as those from U-Stor-It Mini Storage, are a good option here. Units come in many different sizes and are weather-proof. They are individually locked for extra security. You can come and go whenever you need to get your equipment. Self storage could also be useful if you are in a band. Everyone can chip in to keep your stuff together.
Get Cables Out of the Way
Cables aren’t just a storage nuisance. They’re also a major trip hazard. Thankfully there’s a solution for that, too. Over-the-door shoe organizers have little pockets that are as perfect for cables as they are for sneakers. Just curl them up and use a little cord or velcro cable tie to keep them from coming unrolled. Remember to label each pocket so the cables don’t start blending together. You could even use color-coded ties to help tell the difference once the cables are out of the pockets.
Proper care and storage of instruments helps you get even more out of them. It preserves their life. No instrument deserves to be shunted to the back of a closet or leaning against a wall. You’re also much less likely to lose your equipment if you keep it in the same place instead of haphazardly around your home. Storing your instruments needn’t be expensive, either. Now you have more time and money to spend doing what you love.