I live in a 90-year-old house. There is almost no storage built in. And I'm not a fan of clutter. I have come up with five of my favorite, fun ways to store things so that your house looks clutter free and it's organized for you and your family.
Magic Storage Solution 1: Bench Storage
This item is extremely versatile, useful, and multifunctional. We have a storage bench in our dining room. It acts as extra seating when we have guests. It is also filled with all of our extra living room blankets, table cloths, runners and other miscellaneous linens. It allows us to store other things in our sideboard in the dining room, and not take up room in a closet with extra blankets.
We have a small storage foot stool. Not only is it a foot stool, but it stores all of my husband's school work during the week. We are in the market for yet another bench. This one will be in our mud room, it will be separated into areas to contain winter outdoor gear, as well as extra purses, bags and grocery bags. This will free up space on our coat rack and in our cabinets, which will be great.
Keep reading for another of Ella1978's storage solutions!
Magic Storage Item 2: Baskets & Boxes
I love using baskets for organizing things. You can take one shelf of a bookcase, put three baskets on it and fill it with odds and ends — stuff that you don't have room for anywhere else and "poof," it's essentially hidden. It also corrals things into one neat area so that you don't have stuff all over the room. We have a basket on the shelf in our living room, packed full of extra computer equipment: extra USB drives, Software CDs, cords, extra mouse pads — whatever we need for the computer is stored in this one location, in plain sight, but it looks completely organized.
Boxes are also another great storage location. We used this in our mud room makeover. One box holds all of our receipts, another holds makeup, cold medication, gauze, band aids — things that we use often, but don't want to have sitting out on a table. You can get a thin box, set it next to your television, and store all of the remotes that you use once in a blue moon. Put a couple of great accessories on it, and it's essentially invisible.
Both of these options are also very helpful in keeping kids' toys organized. You can get a cube-type storage device (like one similar to the one shown here). You can get wicker baskets, canvas bins, even plastic bins, tuck them into the cubes and store a ton of kids' toys. This also makes it easier for kids to find things as well as put them away without much hassle.
Check our our blog for three more easy storage solutions.