7 Ways to Add More Storage Space to Your Home


Our Craigslist dresser and rain gutter bookshelves in the nursery.

Last week when we talked about undoing the mess and putting things away, one topic we discussed in the comments was how hard it is to put things away when your home has little to no storage space.

It’s not only a problem with apartments, many houses lack good closets, and everything ends up out in the open.

When most people think about adding storage, they often think of containers like baskets, boxes, and jars, but you still need a place for the containers to go. You want to avoid having too many small containers. Like Zoanna mentioned, a lot of storage containers can make any house look cluttered, even when stuff is stored neatly in them. Before you think about containers, let’s think about space.

Assuming that you’ve sorted through your stuff and given away what you don’t need, let’s brainstorm how to add more storage space to your home.

1. Shelves. For the square footage, shelves make the biggest difference. We  have restaurant-style metal shelves in our closet. They are well-suited for apartment living because they’re adjustable and can be taken apart when we move. The best part is they don’t need to be mounted to the wall.

I got ours used from a local grocer and it held hundreds of pounds of food, so it’s strong. I found it on Craigslist (listed for sale in the business equipment category).

2. Dressers. Drawers can hold more than clothes. Spruce up old dressers and buffets found on Craigslist with a bit of paint, and use them anywhere in the house.

3. Under the bed. The college dorm trick is to raise your bed on cinderblocks and add an extra-long bed skirt. It’s so much easier to put boxes underneath the bed this way. Some people don’t like having anything under the bed, but I’d rather store something under the bed than not have another place for it to go. What do you think?

4. Hooks. Whether it’s a decorative hook, a plain nail in the wall, or a peg rail, hanging stuff on the wall helps. Most of our hooks are low on the wall so kids can reach them.

5. Hanging tote bags. my-tote-bagAlmost every room in our apartment has a tote bag hanging on the wall. I keep one hanging by my desk to hide loose papers in when my desk gets messy.

6. Behind the door. I’m not really a fan of hanging organizers on doors. They make the door difficult to swing open and close, but they work.

7. Maximum closet use. What do you need to add to make extra stuff fit in your closet? A double rod? Another shelf? Make full use of all three areas in a closet: the upper shelves, the space for hanging clothes, and the floor space.

Are you short on storage space or do you have enough? How have you developed storage space in your home?
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Comments

  1. I have just been looking around thinking about rearranging things as I need to make room for a new teen in the home… some good ideas here (love the under the bed idea!!!), also like the tote bags on hooks – thanks so much Rachel for how much you share with us… You are brilliant!

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  2. Our house is on the small side, and is old (built in 1940) so it has two small closets. TWO CLOSETS. For a family of four. I solved this problem in my kids’ room by creating a closet:

    http://jeniallen.blogspot.com/2008/01/creating-closet_23.html

    Jeni´s last post…Top Ten Tuesday- Our Preschool

  3. When we moved into this 90 year old home, we bought several trunks from the previous owner–you know, the kind people used instead of suitcases way back when?

    Not only are they beautiful, but we can throw loads of stuff in, shut the lid, and all looks perfectly tidy!

    Jamie

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    • Rather than putting everything in the attic, I packed our xmas decorations in my grandmother’s trunk.

  4. We have this very problem! Our family lives in a small bungalow built in the 30′s which seems sooo charming until you try to store things (and we are minimalists by most standards!). When we bought it, the house only had one non-bedroom closet, no pantry and no laundry room. We have since added another (albeit tiny) hall closet by removing an air return (and putting it in the ceiling), which helped a lot. I know most don’t have this option, but it was helpful to think of how we could rearrange things to get more storage. A bit of an investment, but so worth it. We also take advantage of the high ceilings within the closets by having shelves that go ALL of the way up. Vacuum-sealed bags for storing linens and out-of-season clothes under the bed help tremendously too – you can get so much more into them and don’t have to worry about dust bunnies. Mostly, the best tip is to just get RID of things – sell, consign, donate – it makes it easier to keep up with the house, is more visually pleasing, and usually we makes a few dollars in the process. When opening a closet or drawing, if I don’t look at the items and think “YES!!! I am so lucky/excited to have it!”, then away it goes. I always feel like I both lost weight (ha) and got a bigger house when we clean out!

    • For underbed storage, try decorative pull-out boxes or baskets. Cover an open box with a newspaper or piece of fabric to keep it dust-free. Use a bedskirt to cover the clutter.

  5. Wonderful post – I love gutter bookshelves, I really really need to find some wall space!!! I store everything in bags ready to go… seriously!!! And I am a firm believer in store it where you use it or you will never use it!!! The laundry bag has all the ironing and is kept in the cupboard with all the laundry stuff. The gym stuff all in a bag behind the front door. The book bag with all the library books behind the couch and library books may only be read on the couch. The swimming stuff all in a bag at a hook on the way to the pool. The beach toys all in a bag in the back of the car. And I could go on… but I will stop already!!!
    Here’s our storage post from a week or two ago… http://www.se7en.org.za/2010/08/17/saturday-spot-se7ens-savvy-storage

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  6. the cottage child says:

    I’m going back to read your post – which is the point, I know – but my girls wanted you to know that we have that exact same dresser. We inherited it from my husband’s grandmother and painted it sky blue, and it’s a wonderfully roomy and functional piece. Be well, we enjoy your writing very much. Glad to have discovered you (via the Nester).

    • oh how neat! I love having that dresser. All the kids clothes go in the dresser, which lets me use their bedroom closet for general household storage.

    • Tall dressers take up less floor space and make good use of vertical wall space. Add a few shelves over the dresser.

    • We have the chest of drawers, too! We also have the dresser, mirror and bedside table! My husband bought it from a friend when he was single — his first bedroom set — and I’ve grown to love it!

  7. My husband and I (along with our 3 dogs) live in an RV – a 33 foot travel trailer that gives us just under 350 square feet of living space. Sooooooo, yes storage is an issue. We have built in cabinets in every available space and taken advantage of those little wasetd spaces that most people don’t even notice. We store things in the verticle spaces between drawers, our dining chair cushions lift up for storage underneath them, our coffee table is a chest, space behind the couch is used for longer items, etc . . .

    In short not an inch goes to waste.

    • Try decorative pull-out boxes or baskets for under-couch or under-chair storage. They’re handy for toys, magazines, crafts, etc.

  8. My new trick to hide the papers on my desk so it looks clean(since there is always a bill or receipt or two sitting around, or photos I want to scan) is to slide them all into the scanner part of the printer! The lid covers them perfectly, you can’t even tell they’re there. Then when I go to pay bills or scan stuff, it’s right there! I felt very sneaky when I figured that one out, and now my desk is always clean!

  9. I have been working on a post on this very issue! Or a series of posts anyway. We have this problem in our house. It is a little over 1200 square feet which sounds like we should have plenty of room to store things, but unfortunately our closets are on the small size and our kitchen has very few cabinets. Our kitchen is especially lacking in FUNCTIONAL cabinets, most of them are too tall for me to comfortably reach without a chair/step stool and the floor cabinet has a weird corner in it that makes it difficult to access.

    We solved a lot of problems in our kitchen by utilizing the ceiling. We have a 3-tiered fruit basket hung from the ceiling (with additional wire to make it low enough for me to use. We hung a pot rack from the ceiling and a magnetic knife bar on the wall. We have also added shelves on the wall to hold large pantry items in canning jars (sugar, baking soda, etc). We also did not have a mounted microwave, so we put a shelf above the stove and that stores our microwave and cookbooks.

    And one of my FAVORITE new things we did was invest in magnetic spice jars. They are now adorning the front of my freezer (fridge/freezer is right next to the stove) where they are out of the way, easy to access (and see what you’re grabbing), and don’t get ruined by the steam from the stove.

    • We used to have one of those inconvenient corner cabinets in the kitchen too. I put up with it because there was no other option. We have a hanging pot rack in our kitchen too, it’s so nice to just reach for the pot you need.

    • Store eating/cooking utensils in a decorative jar/vase/basket. They’re easy to transport.

  10. The trick to behind the door organizers is to not hang them over the door. I bought one, cut it in half, and sewed bias tape over the cut parts. Then I sewed loops on the bottom half, and screwed small hooks into the two doors I was using it on. The top half already had rings sewed in. They both hang on the hooks without interfering with the doors closing. I use one half in the front closet for hats, scarves, gloves, etc. The other one is in the bathroom for brushes, combs, hairbows, etc.

  11. I’m OK with things under the bed, but prefer if they can’t be seen without crawling on the floor.
    I adore hooks, and could use a few more shelves around the house, too.

    • Try a small shelf over a window – for books, decorative dishes, keepsakes, etc.

      Try a shelf over your bed or bureau.

      Try a towel shelf over the toilet. Rather than a vanity, store first aid/cosmetics in baskets on the shelves.

      Unused vertical wall-space is everywhere…

  12. This post is exactly what I deal with every day. First, I have stuff. Second, I live in a small apartment. Third, my husband is a pile-er (anyone else have one of those or is one of those?). I’ve tried very hard to make things work, but things still get stacked to teetering levels. I wander around thinking, “If only I had a way to put these things out of sight.” Alas, these suggestions are nice, but what if you have no money for hooks, tote bags, shelving units or over the door storage? And what if you have family members who do not maintain tranquil spaces like you?

    • I’ve got one of those! A pile-er that is.

      He is a lovely one, who will freely admit that his method of tidying equals unorganised (after I pointed this out to him, admittedly). He is in the process of reform, and generally sticks to diy and leaves me to do the admin (so now I just need to sort myself out… I need to have a visual reminder to do something, which leads to a desk covered with my to-do list items. Sigh, I’m not sure that one isn’t worse than the other).

      So in my limited experience, all I did was ask my lovely husband to stop piling and he did. Would that work? Perhaps you have already tried.

    • I feel your pain Rachel P, my entire family are pile-ers (I am the black sheep). When every surface is covered with a pile, the floor seems to be a perfectly acceptable place for more piles.

      I have tons of shelves in my apt all made from stuff I got out of the garbage. People are always throwing away wood at my place. I take it and spend $4-5 on brackets and screws and make the shelves. Shelving is a pretty easy DIY project.

    • Some of our hooks are actually just a plain nail in the wall.

    • Karen (Scotland) says:

      Hmm, my husband is one step further than a pile-er. He’s a box-er. He tucks things into little boxes (empty Ferrero Rocher tubs, ice cream boxes, whatever), then puts them all in bigger boxes. Then forgets where he hid stuff.
      Drives me crazy.
      But he’s an awesome DIY-er and keeps the plants alive.
      We all have our roles to play…;-)
      Karen

    • I am married to a piler. How I cured this? I gave him one WHOLE drawer to pile his crap in. When the drawer gets full he cleans it out and keeps only the important stuff. This doesn’t get rid of the habit, perse, but it makes it so I don’t have to look at it.

  13. How did you make the “gutter shelves”? Are they actually gutters? Very cool.

    • They are vinyl rain gutters from the hardware store. You buy a long piece of gutter and use a saw to cut it to the length you want. You also buy the two end caps. Then mount it to the wall by drilling screws right through the vinyl.

  14. We had this problem when we recently moved into a new apartment. It is much larger than our old apartment, except when it comes to storage. (Funny how that works…) I’m one who hates storage to begin with (I think it begs the idea that if you aren’t using it to the point where you are storing it, then you don’t need it and shouldn’t be storing it anyway) but unfortunately, there do exist things that are only used occasionally and worth keeping.

    I solved this problem by purging (more than I already had)and what I call “tetrising” our storage closet. You can make it fit, as long as you are creative and don’t mind undoing the puzzle to remove anything.

    Jennie´s last post…Apparently- I’m Doing Something Right

  15. We’re constantly looking for ways to maximize space. Hooks on the inside of doors (eg closet doors) is one of my favorite tricks. As is bagging up the stuff we don’t use and handing it off to Goodwill.

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  16. I LOVE your idea of hanging tote bags … esp. next to the desk to hide the paper clutter. That is seriously one of my biggest struggles and pet peeves … can you have a pet peeve about yourself?! Thanks for the great idea!

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  17. our house is not much bigger than a lot of apartments. we have small closets. Our laundry closet had one wire shelf-I realized that it would be better to take it down and install two wood shelves-we are still in the middle of that project so we will see how it goes soon.
    I have noticed that with most of our closets there is only one shelf when there really could be two.

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    • We did the same thing in our apartment. We took down several shelves and moved them where they made sense. The six big metal shelves in our closet replaced one sad little shelf on the wall.

  18. One of the best things we did storage-space-wise was to take a good look at our pantry. It’s way too small and was always a mess. In the end, we added some hanging baskets to the door, a can-organizer-rack thingy and a couple of rolling carts in the bottom. These simple changes have made a HUGE difference!!

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    • I can’t wait until one day when I can have a good pantry. Ours is narrow and deep so stuff gets lost in it. But I’m thankful to have it because in our last apartment I had to store canned goods in the bathroom with the towels!

  19. I love the rain gutter book shelves!

  20. Oddly enough, our house (1940) has tons of storage. It’s a 1.5 story cape cod with lots of storage under the eaves of the house, some completely empty. Several of the rooms have built-in drawers, cabinets, etc. This is what I am trying to resist: filling it up. Like Jennie above said, “If we aren’t using it, why store it?”

  21. Our basement has a small, round, stand-alone shower that’s really out of place in that big open room. The previous owners never used it and we don’t either…so….PERFECT storage spot for our wonderful, slim Christmas tree! Just pop an old sheet over it to prevent dust from collecting, and ta da! It’s done!

  22. Redoing closets has been one of the number one things we have done in our 1400 sq ft house to make more space – rearranging hanging bars and adding built in shelving. Built in shelves on one wall of a bedroom helped, too. In my small kitchen I have a piece of furniture that is shaped like a chest only it has two drawers at the top and then doors on the bottom (never saw anything like it before so not sure what it is called.) My husband added a couple of shelves behind the door and this is where I store cookie sheets, bowls, baking pans and serving platters. In the drawers I have my hand towels and foil, saran wrap and ziplocs. Such a small piece of furniture holds so MUCH.

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  23. Good tips. When we moved in April we had to figure out ways to better store things. Our new place almost has a studio feel, so we had to get a bit creative…

    One way to make more room was having multi-purpose furniture. Our coffee table stores all our games and puzzles. Our ottoman stores throw blankets. Our dining table can collapse to the size of a sideboard or expand to seat 8 people (another Craigslist find!).

    We definitely make use of underneath our bed, which hides our blow up matress and extra bedding (we host a lot of guests), gift wrapping supplies, my wedding gown, out of season shoes and our dog’s giant bed during the day. Since I had lost my spare craft room, we made a library along one wall (3 Billy bookcases) and used white Ikea boxes to sort all my craft supplies.

    I read so many organizing blogs and articles (including this site!) I knew where everything was going to go even before we moved!

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    • So glad you mentioned expanding the dining table, because we have one too now and it has made all the difference in helping us have friends over for dinner.

  24. I am another one who loves those gutter shelves, please reveal where they come from or how they are made…
    I did want to mention tho, that no longer does one need to stand the bed on cinder blocks, there is such a thing usually available at stores that sell beds, that are called bed risers. These are safe and secure and there is no chance of the bed slipping off the blocks and causing who knows what kind of nasty things to happen, go get a set of BED RISERS…

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    • I’ve seen those bed risers before-good to know they are safe because I wondered if they would be sturdy.

      About the gutter shelves, see my response above to Lauren’s question.

  25. The townhouse my husband & I bought last fall has a lot of closet space. Our previous rentals did not. Don’t hate me, I don’t use all of my closets here, only because I don’t have a lot (really any) stuff to put in there. I love the idea about using a dresser in your home for something other than clothes. My son has one that needs to be painted & I’ve been toying with using it by my front door (as a place to park shoes, games etc.) or in my kitchen as a buffet/sideboard.

  26. Love this post. We live in an apartment and I’ve put 5 of your ideas to use. The ones I haven’t are under the bed storage, simply because we’re in India and storing things under the bed means we can’t sweep under the bed everyday, leading to tons of dust and dustballs. The other one is the tote bags. That I didn’t think of:-) Thank you for sharing this! I think its a great way to store magazines you’re reading as well.

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  27. Rachel,

    Houses and Apartment living all have space issues. The biggest thing that works for me is, de-cluttering stuff not needed and keeping only enough on what we need sure helps.

    I like you mentioned a few possible area for storage. I do not usually put anything under the bed as my kids likes to pull it out but it is a great possibility! I always learn new thing here.

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  28. We have a small 2 story house that was built in 1941. I love our house, but it does not have a lot of storage space, so I keep getting creating on what and where I can put things.

    We store under our bed again…I don’t love it, but it works. And we just got a great dresser from Ikea for some bathroom storage. The typically bathroom storage stuff was just too small, so I thought a dresser would be perfect and it is. I can storage so much stuff in there, it is crazy! I love it.

    I am working on a few more closets in the house. But, I have found that Ikea has a lot of great storage stuff and at a great price too!

  29. We live in an apartment with NO closets. None. (This is a very common issue in Asia!) We also have very minimal cabinet space in the kitchen, no cabinets in the bathrooms, and we can’t store things under the beds because mold grows in dark spaces here. We have wardrobes in each room (including the kids’ playroom), which we use to store clothes and games and craft stuff and other random items. We added a long buffet to the kitchen, and that’s where all of our linens go. We have lots of hooks for hanging things. In our living room, we have very tall end tables with 5 drawers each for more storage. We’ve added a tall, slim dresser (no room for a large one) to our bedroom to store all of our toiletries, and we have a shoe cabinet outside our front door to house our shoes.

    Honestly, though, the best thing we’ve done to make the best use of our limited storage space? Get rid of as much stuff as possible. :)

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  30. When we bought our new home there were several things missing; a linen closet and enough shelves to put things away in closets. We created a linen closet in our master closet by hanging put together cabinets we bought at Lowes and mounting them to the one wall we didn’t use often enough. We also hung cabinets over the back of the commodes to put shampoo, band aides and other things in. One bathroom cabinet has pet supplies plus human supplies. In the laundry room is where our litter pan is and open wire shelving for paper towels, dish soap and laundry items and also a plus, a place ot hang clothes to dry outside on hangers and a place to hang clothes from the dryer. We are always revamping and reorganizing as the need arises and stuff gets donated or sold. We have gotten rid of so much stuff lately the shelves seem empty but clean.

  31. Karen (Scotland) says:

    Our house is about five years old and has no closets. At all. The cupboard that houses the hot water boiler has a bit of space in front of it – I stuck in two three-tier vegy-stackers and called it a linen cupboard…

    I’m not sure if it’s so normal to have closets in Scotland (for a start, we call them wardrobes :-)) Most people have to buy them, I think. Even if a modern house has a built-in wardrobe, it would only be about a foot deep and maybe four feet wide. (Usually with the dreaded mirrored doors – hate, hate, hate them as I remember cleaning mine as a teenager.)
    We have wall-to-wall IKEA PAX Nexus in two of our rooms and we LOVE them. Poles, shelves, bits’n'bobs trays – they are so very,very flexible. We shuffle them around a couple of times a year to suit the seasons/toys in use etc.
    We also have wall-to-wall IKEA Bonde units in the living room which have been re-arranged so often – big square doors, baskets, little drawers.
    I know IKEA has a reputation for mass-market blah-ness but for price, practicality and durability, they can’t be beaten (in Scotland, at least).

    Karen

  32. Hi there! Love your blog. We are about to move our family of 5 back into 840 sq ft, so I am eating up all of your advice as if it were popcorn. Can’t get enough! I love those gutter shelves.

    Just wanted to let you know I had posted about the completion of my first “no spend month.” Thank you so much for inspiring me to do it. I didn’t have 100% success, but I cut back drastically. Thank you!

    http://www.momlissa.com/2010/09/no-spend-month-august-update.html

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  33. Jenny in the Boondocks says:

    Rachel,

    I just love your site! This is the first time I have ever commented, though. We live in a log cabin that had already been built several years before we bought it, and a lot of things were still unfinished when we moved in. This home has NO closets! Anywhere! We still haven’t built any, and we have been here for 3 years. We have 2 toddlers (1 and 3) and me and hubby, and it is about 1200 square feet–still I feel we should fit in here, but it is hard. We too try to utilize every square inch we can. The kitchen only had a few lower cabinets, so we used an old stepladder for a potrack, and built several shelves and a dish rack. We repurposed an old cabinet for a kitchen island for more storage. We built spice shelves in the doorway down to the basement off of the kitchen. We have tried to keep clutter in the kitchen to a minimum, since hubby just built the kids a play kitchen and even though smaller than most storebought (repurposed from an old endtable) it still takes up space. We made a small “mudroom” off of the kitchen the laundry room, pantry (hubby built shelves to the ceiling for food storage) plus shelves for dog food, water, cleaning supplies, etc.). Sort of an all-purpose room. We purged a lot. Then purged again. And again. And we STILL have too much!! We are still looking for better ways to organize it all. I know we still need to purge more, but it is so hard! And, we are homeschooling, so most free space is used for books.

  34. Yep, storage is a love/hate relationship! Recently my dad found out the school district he works for was demolishing their chemistry labs (new school, eliminating portable buildings). They were BULLDOZING oak cabinets and my dear frugal father nearly had a heart attack. He “rescued” some very nice wall mounted oak cabinets with sliding doors (glass framed in oak) with an inner adjustable shelf and keys to lock. Love them! I now have 4 in my garage and they hold my car maintenance stuff, doggy treats and toys, jars with screws and nails, garbage bags, all the garagey stuff that I hate seeing dusty! Another cabinet holds all my alcohol :)

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    • I HATE it when people demolish perfectly good cabinets in a remodel! Why not give them to Habitat Restore or sell them or put them on the side of the road? I would love those cabinets in my kitchen… My daughter’s play kitchen came from a kindergarden classroom update – they were throwing them away! My SIL rescued them, gave them to us and we painted and updated them a bit. 50 year old play kitchen set that will hopefully be used for another 50 years!

  35. Comfy Cozy Cottage Queen says:

    I love the idea of making more storage,and,like most on here,never have enough!!We live in a ‘comfy cozy cottage’but par for the course,not much space for storage.Older homes had much charm,but,very little in the way of storage,including closets!My kitchen was one good example of that!!!Had only about 7ft. of counter top w/a big oblong shaped iron sink in that,and,glass paned clear to the ceiling wall hung cabinets on either side of my sink/w/window above arrangement!!!I had lots of mismatched odds n ends set around in my kitchen,some on top of one another so as to get more ‘stuff’ on them,but,it was ALWAYS a mess and I hated cleaning in there!!At the end of my older ‘comfy cozy cottage’ was a wasted space called ‘a breakfast nook’,but,not really wide enough to get any kind of a table and chairs in there,so,my hubby had me some new on the roll heavy duty vinyl put down called,’Rustic Plank’ in a warm light oak tone and then we went to Lowes and bought (4) nice big white pressed wood storage cabinets and placed (2) side by side on each side of the ‘breakfast nook’ facing the center of the space w/a window in the end of it for light and ventilation! Now I have a nice contained ‘pantry’ that has enough space for everything (pots n pans,bake ware,mixing bowls,plastic and glass storage containers,I also have room for my cookbooks and small appliances like my crock pot(s),mixer,electic roaster…..etc.My husband also bought me a nice long white ‘island’ w/a hinged shelf for extra room when needed,from Big Lots!It has (3) big drawers on the one front end and two deep shelves in it on roll about wheels and w/a butcher block tp .The whole thing cost us a little over $1200.00,including the hired labor to lay the flooring and put the big pantry styke cabinets together and in place in my kitchen.(We’d had an estimate of $25,000. to REMODEL the kitchen,and,all I wanted was more storage)!I am QUITE pleased and happy at how these ,relatively,small changes really DID give our kitchen what it needed…..a clean streamlined
    kitchen where there’s ‘a place for everything,and,everything in it’s place’!!

  36. I look at Ikea catalogs for inspiration. And I try to make sure I’ve used wall space to hang things – get them off the floors.

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  37. We splurged and bought the wardrobes from ikea. They look built in and increase the value of our home (well it DID, lol) We didn’t have much storage space, so the wardrobes really open up lots up storage space for us, and it is behind closed doors.
    Bernice
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  38. Wow, this is something I really needed to think about. I just came across your site on StumbleUpon. That shelf with children’s books would be perfect for my son’s room!! Thank you!
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  39. Samantha Rae says:

    I use one of those clear over the door shoe holders in my bathroom to keep my make up and toiletries organized. I started this in college – I lived in a tiny apartment, and although I had my own room and bathroom, it was a small space. I needed to be able to easily access all my make up, cotton balls, q tips, etc … and I still to this day, have used this technique in every apartment I’ve lived in. Also, instead of hanging the organizer on the hooks, over the door, I nail it into the door so it doesn’t interfere with me trying to close the door!