Utilizing Wasted Space for Storage
I bet right now you have some extra storage space in your home that you aren’t even aware of. I’m guessing you have some space that is totally underutilized. How do I know? Because I sure did and it never even occurred to me until recently.
This past weekend, as I was standing in my laundry room, it suddenly dawned on me that I had some prime vertical storage space right there in front of my eyes that was being totally wasted. Just wasted and sad. And boy could I ever use that space. I had many items, like small infrequently used appliances, that I could re-home to free up much needed storage in my kitchen. I had stuff from my office armoire that could be relocated, freeing up space there for other needed things. Geez, why didn’t I think of this earlier?
As you can see I was using an old microwave cart for storage which is awesome because I’m a huge believer in using what you already have but see what’s missing there? Look up. See all that empty space. No shelves, no nothing. After two years living in this house, it was time to fix that.
I decided I wanted something with doors to contain the visual clutter a little bit. My laundry room is unfinished and also houses the furnace and water heater. It’s got enough going on already so doors were high on my wish list.
At Christmas time and definitely after you can get all sorts of storage bins and containers at great prices. Although I don’t recommend purchasing any unless you have a plan for them.
Stuffing stuff in bins, without doing any of the other steps in the PROCESS, only gives you boxed up clutter.
My plan was to purchase a free standing pantry and I found one at Canadian Tire on sale for $99.00. Not too bad for the amount of storage space I was about to achieve with it. Keep in mind that I paid a bit more for the fancy front cut outs. You can buy more basic type pantry cabinets for as low as $40.00 on sale. Keep your eyes open at the big box department type stores especially now at this time of year.
My hubby and son put it together for me and we slid it into place. Now that’s what I’m talking about.
I emptied the plastic drawer unit and added bins for the items in the cabinet. I added my second slow cooker and roasting pan that I use for holidays and some of the small appliances I use to house in my kitchen. The bottom shelf holds some of my products for my shop that use to live in my office armoire. Of course then I needed to reorganize both the kitchen and office so as you can see, changing this one thing really instigated a whole tornado of organizing action around here :)
I left the colorful cubby unit in place as it holds all our swimming gear and it’s nice to have it all in one spot like that. After I wash it all up, I can easily add it back onto the shelves. The white cubby is full of our swimsuits. My sewing machine sits on top. Oh and the laundry baskets on top of the tall cabinet aren’t really “laundry baskets”. I use them as sorters when I organize with clients :)
I’m really happy with the way it all turned out. The extra space is wonderful to have for sure.
Oh and I’ve since labeled it up as well:
So if you are looking to maximize space in your own home, make sure you turn your eyes upward to take in all the vertical possibilities.
Say NO to wasted space!
PS: No need to worry about my old microwave cart. It now has a new home as a popcorn station in our basement rec room. I love popcorn! :)