Use All Of Your Closet Space!
By adding extra closet shelves in your closet, you can maximize your closet space. We have a fairly small walk in closet and we have maximized the space for minimal money.
Of course I’d love to have a custom closet, but it isn’t something we can afford to sink money into. So we have utilized our space by adding extra shelves. You can see where the normal clothes hanger is. On this wall we just added a short shelf to use some of that upper space. I can put things such as my suitcases up there. Things I want to keep out of the basement, but I don’t use that often. It’s just a wire shelf and cost us under $15 I’m sure. Be sure to measure to see what size will work for you though.
On the wall when you first walk in, I added some extra shelves as well. I can keep travel supplies, extra bathroom supplies, beach towels (when out of season) and I also have my wedding keepsake box up there.
You can see that one other solution I’ve used is to add an extra hanger bar. I have my pants and purses hung on that. You can get a wooden extender bar like I have for $19 on Amazon. It works great and gives me extra space for my clothes.
You don’t have to have a expensive custom closet to accomplish the task. Would we like to have one? I’m sure most of us would.. I know I sure would! But it isn’t a priority for us right now. But I do want to get the most space out of my relatively small walk-in that I can. By doing simple things like adding extra shelves and extender rods you can really maximize the space.
Easy Craft, Organizing and DIY Ideas
Enjoy seeing the organizing and DIY ideas that some of you linked up to last week. Thanks!
Love that Vanessa from The Rookie Seamstress used duct tape to decorate some old boxes to make them useful storage. With all the fun and decorative duct tape that is out there now, the ideas are endless.
Great idea by Ginny from Organizing Homelife on how to label your left overs. Time flies with when you have left overs in the re-fridge. It is amazing how fast things can turn green! lol
Utilizing clear shoe door organizers can be used for a multitude of purposes. Margo from Joyful Homemaking shows a variety of ideas.
Jo-Ann from Growing in Grace made a plant hanger and address plate to decorate her her home.
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Using Cubby Storage In Your BedRoom
I LOVE cubby storage, as most of you know who have followed me for awhile, so I decided to utilize them in our bedroom. I am in the process of slowly making over our bedroom.
We don’t have the finances to go into a beautiful bedroom set (that happens when you have eight kids right? Everything else like college and food come first! lol) so we do the best we can with what we have. I also love Ikea, and I found some tall cubby storage units that we could use to help with our clothes storage.
We were storing our jeans, sweaters and sweatshirts on wire shelves in our closet. I tend to be more practical & functional than decorative, so I didn’t have a problem with open clothes storage in our room.
We have three of these cubby storage units in our rooms. They are five shelves tall, with Dave having two of them and I have one. This one is on the other side of the room from the top picture. I got him two baskets also to help out with socks and T-shirts.
We also got two smaller cubbies that are on either side of our bed. We each have two baskets in them. Yes that is my gun safe if anyone is wondering. You can see my cool pink gun on my pinterest board. (no nasty comments about me having a gun please)
There are plans to paint and also plans to make one of the cool headboards that I found on Evolution of Style blog. Isn’t this awesome? I pinned it on my DIY pinterest board . This is in her little girl’s bedroom. I loved it because it is right inbetween two windows which is the exact set up we have in our bedroom. I am still trying to decide on a paint color (not pink, I love it.. but poor Dave) and think my headboard will be the brown/black to match my Ikea pieces. Thoughts?
Once you have sorted and have decreased the clutter, then you need to find a place to put it.
Here are some examples of products you can purchase to not only have storage in your teens room, but can use to decorate also.
This is actually a closet organizer. I used it under his loft bed to organize “stuff”. But there are shoe slots, net baskets on the side (see notebook) and I bought the drawers to put in it. I think this is so cool. It comes in different colors. I got it a Walmart.
I added some baskets under the desk for extra storage. There is the lime green plastic drawers for all that little stuff. Be sure to have a waste basket in their room along with a laundry hamper. (Not that all the dirty clothes make it into the hamper or trash into the trash can….but at least it makes it much easier to clean up!) These items including the desk were all purchased from Walmart
Another item from Walmart that helps with places to put stuff.
You can find all kinds of solutions for storage – the green hamper on the left is his laundry hamper. (This is the room in the unfinished basement)
Here is a shoe organizer that can go on the back of a door.
You can find many different solutions for storage for their room. If they have a very small room…be sure to use the wall space for shelves and baskets. Utilize all of that closet. You can get under the bed storage containers to help too.
Try to keep the storage items usable (they don’t want to have to open a drawer and open a lid to put something in….or else there will be no chance of that item getting in! LOL
Disclosure: The first few pictures were items I got from WM when I did the room makeover. I am was not asked to do this post for them and I am not receiving any kind of compensation for mentioning them. I just thought you might want to know where I got the items.
More Storage Solutions
I am going to take you on an Ikea shopping trip with me. These are all pictures I took when I went the year before last. I love this store, but I am not getting any kind of affiliate, commission or any other compensation by telling you about them or posting this. I just love some of the solutions they have for toy storage.
Keep in mind that there are many other alternatives for where to purchase like items. Target has great cubbies, and is where I get mine. So look around, this is just meant to give you some ideas.
If you read me at all you know I LOVE cubbies. There are many different styles and inserts you can get for cubbies. Many stores have them, although not a lot of others have the full wall units like these.
Like OMG isn’t this the cutest? These are slide out bins. I do wish the colored ones were clear though. But I still love it. You can mix and match and make your own set up with this system.
Here is another option with the same kind of units.
To have an art desk or homework desk would be awesome in a playroom. (Keep in mind that doing homework in a playroom is not a real good idea unless your child can really focus).
Here is another desk idea for a playroom. These also would be great in a child’s room if you had space for them.
This is a cubby unit that hangs on the wall. Then you can have storage space underneath it. You could also use this above a desk or higher on the wall to keep the games away from the little ones.
These hanging net cubbies are cute for those little stuffed animals or trinkets.
Here are some other little cute storage ideas for the walls. Of course these are fabric and you couldn’t hand anything too heavy in them, but wouldn’t they decorate a wall cute?
Here is something for the little bit older group. A locker. They could use it for game storage, DVD or CD storage like pictured. But they could also put books, have fun decorating it inside and out and use all those cool locker gadgets you see at the stores (but a lot of schools don’t allow).
I also saw these cute colorful frames there. They were only $1.99 each. What a cute way to showcase their most special artwork! It would be another cute way to decorate the walls of the playroom and make them feel really special.
So I took you on my Ikea shopping trip. It is to give you ideas. If you see something you like…shop around for it. There may be other places you can find it…or try ebay or amazon too. Or you can do like me….garage sales, dollar store and Target & Walmart. Really Ikea’s prices are not bad at all….I want to take a shopping trip down to the one in Ohio again soon. The only one I went on was with my husband….and how fun is that? LOL
I worked with a client the other day who gave me some insight. She has MS and has trouble getting around. She also has oodles of Christmas decorations. I looked around at all her beautiful displays and asked if she had decorated herself (because I had a hard time picturing this much of a creativity side of her husband…no offense. LOL) She said, “No…I just direct.” I thought how frustrating that must be. To have the desire to do so many things in life and have a disability or disease that doesn’t let your body do what your mind wants to.
Then she shared with me something I have seen before, but never thought to be used in this way. She took a picture of her decorations up and displayed the way she likes them (last year or the year before I think) and posted that picture on the bin with those supplies in it. Brilliant!
Each person helping her just brings that bin up and knows exactly where and how to put the decorations.
So simple but most of us would never have thought to do so.
This is a fantastic idea for any of us to use. In the spirit of Christmas or other holiday, if you know someone who has troubles getting around themselves, help them do it this year! Take a picture close up and one a little further back (to see exactly the location) of their decorations. Help them to load just that set up or two in a bin and post the picture on the outside.
Love it! Thanks Becky!
Unpacking the Christmas Decorations – Is it Scary?
Does your decorations look anything like this? So many things, just a mess! It makes you think …..”It is just too much to get out and put away, I don’t really need to decorate.” Those are the years that you may either have too much clutter, too many commitments going on or you know what a mess it was last year when you put it away and you don’t want to open that box!
Just like you can have too much clutter in the rest of your house – you have have clutter in your decoration supplies too.
Think about it:
Do all your lights work?
Do you use everything that is packed up?
Are there things each year that you don’t really want to put up anymore?
Do you have broken or ragged looking ornaments or decorations that you just can’t throw out?
The solution is simple (but not so easy) You need to sort through and declutter your holiday decorations.
Follow the same steps for any sorting. As you unpack your supplies evaluate (quickly) each item.
1) Keep – You love it, you use and decorate with it, it works and is not broken
2) Donate - It works and looks good, you just don’t like it, or can’t use it now.
3) Pitch – It’s broken or not fit to donate. (recycle if possible)
Remember, if there is something you haven’t used or can’t use….why keep it in a box all the time? That isn’t honoring the memory. You can take a picture of it to have, then give that space it takes up to one of your other decorations.
I saw this padded Ottoman at Target several months ago. I found it on sale and bought it. (This is not a sponsored review) I have been really pleased with it and wanted to share it with you.
We have several blankets that the kids like to use while watching TV. This makes a great place to store them…out of sight but close by.
Feet up and comfy!
Just wanted to share.
Hooks can be used in so many different ways in your garage. They are a very low cost way of getting things up on the wall. Of course those whole wall systems are wonderful, but many of us can’t afford them. If you use your wall studs, then you can hang any kind of hook you would like without the big wall system behind it. Like in this picture a board was nailed across the studs to increase the surface area that is usable to hang from. Using your wall space is the best way of utilizing as much of your usable space. There are many different kinds of hooks and some have very specific purposes, but you can be creative.
The hook on the left picture above is being used for storing rakes, shovels, garden tools.
In the right hand picture it is a view looking down on the hook. This is the same hook but it is being used for hanging card table chairs and a tv tray.
This is another kind of hook. This is designed for hanging ladders from, but it is being used for lawn chairs. (you can think outside the box) It can also be used for bigger lawn equipment with the wide handles, like a spreader.
The bike hooks are great for winter bike storage, or a bike that isn’t being used very much. You can also use these hooks for hanging other garden equipment, as long as it is back out of the way so people don’t get hit by it when they walk by.
Peg boards are wonderful. Again they are another lower cost solution to using wall space efficiently. As most of you know there are all kinds of hooks to use in the peg board. Here are two ideas that may be a little different.
This hover board(I think that is what it is called) was a bit of a puzzle and I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but this solution works great.
The pogo sticks and scooters can hang from these hooks on the board. Works great to get them out of the way.
One last idea for you. All those brooms, mops etc…and be hung without hooks or peg board if needed. Just throw a nail in the wall and hang them up, if peg board isn’t an option, or you can’t do it right now. Put them in a place that is accessible to your kitchen (or where ever you use them). You do need to have a hole at the top of the handle, or drill a hole if the handle allows.
The new year is underway and many of us are in our “I am going to get this house under control” mode. Going through our houses (or even one room that needs done) will end up with items that we do not want to donate or throw away. There might be clothes that the younger child can wear next year, or the cheer leading outfit that will still fit next year but it doesn’t need to take up space in the closet until next fall. What ever it is, it needs some form of storage.
I believe very strongly in clear storage bins if at all possible. Can you tell me which bin the box of Ritz crackers is in? Yep…it was in both, but you didn’t know it on the green ones did you? Point made. I love the colored CLEAR bins especially for holiday storage. The colors stands out immediately when you look at your shelf, but you can still can get a general idea of what is inside.
The other very important thing you need to do which takes a few extra minutes initially but will save you time in the future is to label all your bins with what is inside. You don’t need necessary need to put down every little thing but get the big things and a general idea so that a year from now you can take a quick glance at the bin at the label to know what is in it. You can use sticky address labels. You do not have to have anything fancy. Then if you change what goes in that bin next season it is easy to peel off or just use another one on top of it.
Now that you have your bins full, you need to put them somewhere. The basement, garage or attic work great. There are many different styles and prices of shelves you can buy. I prefer the heavy duty plastic shelves. They have pieces that fit together easily without screws or nails. Be careful to purchase good ones though. If you buy plastic that is too cheap, it will not hold the bins well and may break. I do not care for the metal ones that may be cheaper for several reasons. They are a pain to put together, they tend to rust, they aren’t very sturdy and the shelves dent. (Now there are metal ones with boards for support that are usually over $100 per shelf. That is not what I am talking about here…those are commercial grade and are very nice)
Decide how many shelves you have space for. You will need to measure your space. – width and height. (There may be pipes in basement or low ceiling that you need to account for). Next measure the bins you have. You need to make sure that you have shelves that are tall enough in between shelves for your bins. You also want to be able to get at least 2 bins across on a shelf. So measure the distance with the lids on the bins of 2 across to make sure your shelf will be wide enough.
If you have the shelves first…then measure those before going to buy your bins and buy your bins according to your available space.
MEASURING your shelves and bins and space is an important factor here. If you just go on “I thinks” then you will end up with shelves that don’t fit the space, bins that don’t fit the shelves and over all wasted space and wasted money.
Plan ahead and get the most out of your space and money for your storage. You will be glad you did.
Holiday Decoration Storage
Is Your House A Mess At Holiday Time?
Storing Holiday Decorations
What do you do with all those Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations, Halloween ghost and goblins, Easter baskets, New Years Eve and 4th of July decorations? They can take up a lot of storage space (especially Christmas if you are anything like me). But stores are gearing up and selling a lot more decorations for all holidays and it is easy to jump into the decorating phase. I saw a house this Halloween that had more decorations and blow up characters and lights than you usually see at Christmas.
**You need to make sure you have the room to store them if you buy them.
Clear Colored Plastic Containers work best.
I suggest that you look for the clear colored containers they have out for that holiday. I think these are great!! I can go down and immediately find my Halloween decorations because they are the ones in the orange and black (clear orange) containers. Of course they are still labeled..but it makes it so easy. My Easter containers are pink and Christmas is red and green. Again I still go for the clear over solid non-see through bins. So if you can’t find the colored clear ones, then just get clear. Being able to see what is in the at a glance is time saving!
So before you buy any more decoration, make sure you have the room to store them, then find clear colored bins to store each separate holiday in. Still label it and getting out decorations will become a very simple thing!
If you realize that you do not have the storage space for the decorations, that you have decorations in many different areas of your home (due to lack of adequate storage)… then what you more than likely need to do is to sort out your holiday decorations into what you really need each year and what you haven’t used in several years.