Finding adequate storage in my home has been one of my challenges. The little bit of storage space that we have in our home is in our utility room. It is a fairly large room for that purpose, right near the entry of our home. It would have been perfect, except for the fact that my husband works at home and needed it for his office.
We turned the washer and dryer around to the garage side of the wall, and he took over the room, which left us with little storage space. As time has gone by, I have, however, found more and more places for storage in our home.
One of my biggest challenges was a very deep and tall cupboard on the side of my refrigerator. The cupboard was so deep and so tall that you simply could not reach anything in the back of the top shelf without fetching a ladder.
Although the space could not be reached, the location in our home was "prime." I finally came up with a solution that takes advantage of all the space and makes every item easily accessible.
I'm sure you have all seen the variety of clear plastic bins, shelves and drawers in stores like Wal-Mart. I took the dimensions of my space, went shopping, and found a couple of clear plastic drawer units that fit into the space above the top shelf as snuggly as possible.
I came home and just slipped the drawer units into the shelf. It was so easy. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. I filled the drawers with food and other items I wanted to store, making sure the top drawer had the lighter items.
Now when I need an item, I just reach up and pull the whole drawer out. It is easy to reach the front of the drawer to pull it out. This way I am able to easily store and reach items in the back of that big space. It made a huge difference in our kitchen storage.
Here are some other solutions for storing items in your home.
You have more storage space in your home than you know. Take a closer look and you will find it!
Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! Article first published at www.allthingsfrugal.com
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