Outside the box solutions

Wouldn’t it be nice to move into a home with all of our storage needs in place?

Oftentimes we have to work with the space we have instead of the other way around. The setup that worked in a previous home may not work at the new home. Imagine having a huge walk-in closet where everything is on a hanger then moving into a home with a small closet that wouldn’t hold all the clothes on hangers.

I’ve lived in a home with built-in closets and drawers, which I cherished because it meant I needed less furniture needed for my storage needs. Then I moved into a smaller home with a completely different kind of closet set up. What do I do with storage for my stuff then? Sometimes it requires a bit of outside-the-box thinking. Dressers are good for storage. If you don’t have a dresser, or it won’t fit in your space, I’ve used multiple cubes for storage instead of a dresser. It all depends on the space available and what your needs are. And, of course, letting go of unused items helps make space.

Teresa moved into a home with more closets than she knows what to do with it. One of the closets already has shelves built in so she decided that’d be perfect for storing office supply needs and books. It works well for her with her desk nearby as she has access to a printer living in the closet. When she’s off the clock she can slide the doors closed.

Since Teresa stored her books in the office closet, she didn’t need the bookshelf for her books. Instead of buying a dresser she put the bookshelf to use for her folded clothes. That set up allows her visual access to her clothes. An unconventional storage system that works!

What outside the box solutions do you use for your storage needs?

Note: These blog stories feature real clients and their organizing solutions. To maintain client privacy, all names have been changed.