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Hi all, can you believe how close we are to the end? Week #50, whoot! Today’s topic is all about untapped vertical storage space. Whether it be in closets, cupboards, garages or shelves, vertical storage is often sadly neglected. I was thinking about this today when I was reorganizing my cupboards underneath the bathroom sink. In two instances I doubled my storage space just by going up. Let me show you how I did it.
And just to keep it real here I’ll show you the “before I tidied up” picture first:
and then after a quick purge and tidy, ahh much better:
Those pull out shelves are fantastic for maximizing space and no I didn’t buy them at a fancy organizing store. In fact I purchased the two drawer set at a Bargain Shop for $8.00, you just got to keep your eyes open.
Next is the drawer system I use to organize my lady things.
The before tidy picture:
and after a fast tidy and basket addition:
The three stackable drawers on the right is where I keep my feminine products. Do you see how much space is created by going up? Again these drawers were purchased from Field’s (another bargain type shop) for a reasonable price (although I don’t remember how much exactly, I’ve had them for awhile). I’d like to buy another set for the other side but they haven’t had any in stock for awhile so I’m patiently waiting for more to come in :) The yellow basket just holds my curling iron, lint brushes and toiletry bags.
Your challenge this week is to check your closets and cupboards and see if there is any unused space you can utilize by going vertical. Perhaps it’s as simple as adding an additional shelf in your closet like my husband did.
Since I was highlighting my bathroom cupboards today I thought I’d also give you an update on what was going on above my cupboards and the never ending battle I have with my hair tools. Last time I shared with you I was using a basket and it looked like this:
Well let me tell you, rolling up the cords and stuffing the basket got old fast. I also would have to wait for them to cool down and who has time for such things :) Anyway I came up with a new solution (yes again..I know, I know…the life of an organizing junkie remember). Here is what it looked like before a little tidy:
As you can see I added a shelf with some hooks to hang my tools up and out of the way. Today I improved on it a bit with a few more tweaks:
I tidied up the cords and added cord ties to keep them from getting unruly on me. I also brought back my original basket as well. I was trying out a different one for awhile but it was too small for my needs. Here I keep my most frequently used hair products. Don’t be afraid to try new solutions every once and awhile because it’s the only real way to know if it will work for you or not. Anyway even though this solution isn’t a pretty one, practicality won out in the end. Besides this is my ensuite so it’s not like anyone else will see it. Well except all of you but you won’t tell right? It’s just nice to not have the frustrations in the mornings anymore and for me that beats out all else every time. I really hate to be annoyed :)
So there you have it. Another week comes and goes. Hope this gives you a few ideas to solve some of your own organizational dilemmas. Don’t forget to share how you make out with this week’s challenge!
PS: Please let me know if you have any ideas for organizing challenges in the new year. Just trying to do some brainstorming around the idea. Thanks!
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