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Smarter Home: Sneaky Storage Solutions

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Storage. There's never enough. Not in the kitchen, the garage, the bedroom, the family room, the kids room, everywhere you look there's stuff and not enough places to put it all. Imagine what little storage you get in a one bedroom apartment. Lucky for me, I don't have to imagine it. My husband and I just downsized our living arrangements from a two bedroom to a one bedroom and we have a baby on the way. Nevermind the "what are they thinking", almost everyone is saying that, my main concern is storage and how we're going to squeeze as much as possible, without sacrificing style or losing a lot of square footage.

Our first purchase was a white wardrobe-closet. It fits perfect in our bedroom, and has tripled our storage space. At only $115 I thought it was quite  a steal, my husband who spent 6 hours over two days putting the thing together disagrees.

We have had to get creative with storage, and it seems to be working. We have a bookshelf, we stocked with baskets. We have a bench that we're converting into our coffee table. A piano bench converted into an end table. And our old seldom used shoe-rack is now housing our towels and linens. We're also reorganizing things, for example our printer is now in a cabinet with the cable modem and cable box. (No room for a desk in this place!)

What are some storage solutions you use?

by on May. 3, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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momkaribg
by Kari on May. 12, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Me to I also just went through and threw away a dumpster full of junk. Old papers, pots, pans, etc.


Quoting dodie_s:

 I have nothing to add . I'm having a yard sale this summer to see what I can get rid of.


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eustacejessica
by Gold Member on May. 12, 2011 at 10:42 PM

 I use baskets and bins to hold stuff, space saver bags, and I peridoically go through things and get rid of what we don't need or use anymore

Madelaine
by Ruby Member on May. 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

spacebags work really well.

Maries_Mom23
by Silver Member on May. 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Same here!

Quoting chiquis:

I don't I need some though lol.

I keep wanting to try space bags but I worry they won't work. Lol.


asmama6706
by on May. 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

 I think the baskets on shelves really maximizes space.... we have to do that alot.... I've also used a plant stand and rolled my towels on it in the bathroom because we only have the under the sink storage .  Also , IF you have deep closets like we do, we have shelves behind the clothes racks and we've mounted upper and lower bars in the closets with shelves attached to the top of them so maximize every ounce of space and/or hooks mounted on the back of closet walls (in wardrobes too) are great for hand bags, scarves, or hats

Klynn-whitlow
by on May. 12, 2011 at 11:20 PM

I personally like the shelving systems that have cubbies. You can buy buckets or baskets to fit in them (or just put stuff directly on the shelves). These are great for toys!

If you are tight on space you could get an ottoman that has a built in compartment... use that to house blankets, toys, dvds, cds, video games, or whatever.

In a really tight space take advantage of the walls, you can create floor to ceiling storage and use baskets to store things.

Buy the shallow tubs to put under your bed, they just slide right under... and depending on the size you could get potentially 4 to 6 of them to fit under there. Great place for paperwork, or things you may not use too often.

Kristenn
by on May. 13, 2011 at 12:40 AM
I throw stuff away all the time and shove stuff behind cabinets. :( lol.
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Kristenn
by on May. 13, 2011 at 12:40 AM
My attic is also super full!
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momofne
by on May. 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I have alot of storage containers and shoe organizers I store under my bed.

momof3angela
by on May. 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM

 Having book shelves is a must for us....really helps to keep things orderly and not cluttered.

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