We love our little, circa-1920 bungalow (or is it a cottage?).
But, folks back in 1920 didn’t understand how much stuff two twenty-something newlyweds can accumulate – even when they strive to simplify. And while we should take a cue from our simple-loving past homeowners, we’ve had to work out storage issues in the meantime. Here’s some details on how we make it happen. (And, in case you are wondering – I didn’t pick up or stage anything before taking photos, so I’m sorry if it’s not as picture perfect as you see other places. I guess I’m just being
lazy real. I don’t worry about being a little messy behind closet doors.)
are small. Like, all my skirts wouldn’t even fit in our “master bedroom” closet. (And, don’t tell me it’s because I have too many skirts. Ryan tried that.) So, my husband came to the rescue and built another few closets upstairs in unused eaves. Now, there’s plenty of room for clothes – and no arguments about sharing a closet. (It totally eliminates the need to figure out whether each of you get 50% of the closet or space is based on number of clothes.)
Ryan also used a wasted eave to make me a laundry area on the upper level – which is perfect since 99.9 percent of our laundry is on the upper level (from our bedroom and bathroom).
(This is actually an older photo. We swapped out the meager rod for one that would hold the curtain better. But, you get the gist.)
Our one and only “coat closet” also leaves a lot to be desired (as in, it only holds a few coats).
So, I tried to make the most of the space by including a shoe holder on the door. That puppy holds all my shoes and makes them easy to find in a pinch. (PS – I’m really not a shoe person, so I don’t have many to begin with.) Inside the closet, Ryan built some shelves to hold scarves and outdoorswear, along with spare lightbulbs, batteries and more miscellaneous items with no place to live. This closet also houses our vacuum cleaner and most of our coats.
seemed like a pie-in-the-sky dream. Until my husband made it happen. (Isn’t he dreamy?) With a 8×13 kitchen, space is at a premium. This pantry really helps. He used a narrow space going to the basement to build shelves for pantry items.
is a necessity in this house, where craft paints and scrapbooking supplies need to be available, but organized and out-of-site. Shelves in an awkward closet fit this need (plus, there are double hanging rods behind them for extra storage… for the aforementioned skirts).
A place for everything:
and everything in it’s place – a great concept. We try. We don’t always succeed.
But, a television unit in the Living Room stores blankets, DVDs and board games.
A Dining Room hutch stores vases, extra platters and servers, table linens and napkin rings.
A nifty little “Ryan original” bench stores shoes, lunchboxes and outerwear.
Baskets in the bathroom make use of unused space and hold hair dryers, makeup, towels and more.
A shelf with handy little mug hooks that my dad affixed holds my necklaces nicely. And, a fresh coat of red paint made it fit into the guest bedroom (a’la my closet room) perfectly.