Storage Solution Series: Becca

Hi and welcome to Becca’s space! You may have seen some of this before, but we want to reiterate a few key storage solution ideas that may work for your space!

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In her pantry, Becca uses mason jars with labels on the lids to house all of her dried goods. Its easy to see when she is running low on something and refills her jars easily by buying in small amounts in the bulk section of the grocery store. Baskets are great for holding snacks and baking goodies. They look clean, tidy and are easy to pull out. The cupboards below house all the seldom used appliances.

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These drawers in the office/pantry area contain office supplies, paper, art supplies and electronics. Again she used mason jars and trays from Target to contain everything.

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This extra long drawer is a gift wrapping station! She only keeps what will fit and tosses the rest. Only keep one roll of wrapping paper per holiday or, even better, just buy kraft paper and decorate it with ribbon!

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Open shelving in a kitchen is great for everyday use items like plates, mugs and mixing bowls.

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The laundry room is small, but functional. Cupboards above and to the side of the washer and dryer hold cleaning supplies, pet supplies and extra linens. There are no extra closets in the bathroom or hallway, so this is it for storage! Keep it simple and streamlined with white bath towels and baskets to contain rags and dirty laundry. Use what you have – things don’t have to match or be perfect!

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In the master bedroom, Becca uses an armoire for all of her clothes. It is the best system! She doesn’t have to fold hardly anything and she can see what she has year round! She keeps a list inside the armoire of clothes to purchase so she can maintain her time capsule wardrobe.

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Jewelry is displayed using an old drawer. Small cups hold stud earrings, brooches, rings and watches. By having everything visible, Becca wears jewelry more often!

Overall, visibility is key. You’re less likely to go out and purchase something when you can see you already have it or can easily find it because it has a designated home.

Thanks for stopping by! Join us next week for Julies house!

Storage Solution Series: Sasha

Next up on the hidden spaces/unique solutions tour, is Sasha’s home.  Sasha has lived in her 1500 sq foot home for twelve years and her favorite thing is finding a solution on a budget and/or within a tight space.

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  As we tour her home, you can see that Sasha frequently places things on trays for easy cleaning and containing.  She also tends to use baskets for additional linen storage, especially in rooms with minimal storage areas like the guest room below.

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One of the places in her home with extremely tight storage space, is the main bath.  For this, she hung a couple of inexpensive shelves from Target, and fluffy stacks of towels are pretty and easy to grab.

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One of the continual issues in her home for years, was the drop zone. They all enter through a garage and then walk right into the kitchen. Everything used to get tossed onto the island which made the whole open concept space feel cluttered and chaotic. To calm the issue, she first stacked her washer and dryer and added upright cubby shelves next to them.

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Then, because mail and keys were still getting scattered all over the island, she installed some very affordable buckets from Ikea to the end and used vinyl letters to label them. They get used daily now. In the kitchen, she removed doors to the most used cabinet and then painted the back of it to match the island color.  It functions so well with an active family. She also rethought a nearby coat closet that was rarely used, installed some simple shelving from Lowes and turned it into a pantry space.

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Sasha moved their family computer into the kitchen/dining space for homework time converting an existing table and baskets for storage space.  With clear labels, everything has a home and seldom feels overwhelming.

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Though Sasha’s home doesn’t have a lot of extra storage spaces, the master closet is really large.  To organized this space on a budget, she purchased a dresser and cubby shelf from Ikea and then stacked them.

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 For her shoe storage, she purchased glass blocks at Lowe’s and pre-cut shelf boards and stacked them up.  It works so well and didn’t break the bank.

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Join us again next week for more unique and practical storage solutions!

Storage Solutions Series: Kristin

We have shown the variety of personal spaces for the Organized at Last crew in the past. Looking back at our home tours and outdoor spaces, we thought you might also really enjoy seeing some of our more hidden spaces, along with some of our unique organizing solutions. We are kicking off this little tour with Kristin’s home. Kristin is the newest member of the team and she does classic simplicity in her home so well. She lives in a large home, and has two active boys. A fan of neutrals, she has created an environment of restful corners that invite you in.

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As you walk through her home, you can see that she chooses pieces with excellent storage, such as using small bookshelves instead of nightstands. And small dressers, instead of living room end tables.

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One of our favorite solutions in Kristin’s space, is the antique french toast caddy that she has put to use as media device storage.

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Kristin is a master at finding a great piece of furniture or simple bowl or container and repurposing it for maximum use.

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Toward the end of the tour we stumbled upon a darling way to display a simple collection in her master bathroom. Old shaving brushes and barber items get tucked into a wood shelf cubby that she picked up inexpensively from Target, and because the collection isn’t overflowing it’s eye-catching, yet not overwhelming.

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Stay tuned next week for a peek inside Sasha’s home and her organizing tips!