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Small Place = Little Storage Space

While I love having my own apartment, I struggle to find places for all of my stuff.  And, to be quite honest, I didn't realize just how much stuff I had until I tried to find storage space in a one bedroom apartment.   What genius do I thank for creating closet doors (how else do I hide the clutter)??

2 closet madness

   

Bathroom madness

 
  
 The space in my hall closet was huge when I moved in, but as the middle shelf became a catch-all for any miscellaneous bathroom junk (the dish pan contained it a little bit) the closet just became a disaster area hidden by bi-fold doors.  The area on the back of the toilet held items I used every day, and also a few things I forgot that I had purchased, and was becoming overwhelmed with anything that didn't fit under the sink.

With the help of the #1H31 Adjustable Over the Door Organizer and the #1H32 Under Shelf Basket, I was able to de-clutter, purge items I didn't use, and organize these two areas to better utilize the little storage space I have.

Finished closet door

In the top metal basket I opted not to use the 1/2 plastic basket available so that I could store my wash cloths.  This door, which I never open as it hides my water heater, is in between my bathroom and the storage closet in my hallway.  It was perfectly placed to be able to store all my hair products that I use throughout the week, having thrown away the items that I haven't touched since before the dawn of time. Having the plastic insert is ideal as I can take it out of the metal attached portion to have in the bathroom, and put back when I'm done.  The bottom basket is my new "manicure" safe haven  - containing my nail polish, remover, and all the necessities needed for a good mani/pedi.  Again, with the plastic basket being mobile, I can take everything with me to the couch, the bed, the pool, or the porch. 

Finished closet   Finished bathroom

My storage closet now utilizes the sliding basket (below the green pan in the top right hand corner) to hold my dryer sheets, Tide Stain pens, and the like.  I was able to put all my bath towels on one shelf, freeing up the top shelf to store items that I don't usually need to reach every day.  The middle second shelf down is able to hold my laundry supplies, hand towels, and bathroom refiils (like Q-tips, face wipes, etc).

The storage basket at the back of the toilet was freed of its mayhem and now holds every day items like mouth wash, face astringent, and hairbrushes.  And, it's no longer bulging at the seams from being overstuffed with whatever didn't have a home. 

Now, the remaining challenge – can I maintain this little bit of control on my clutter???

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2 Responses to Small Place = Little Storage Space

  1. Jamie Baker February 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    Julie,
    Thanks for the great idea with the s-hooks, I will definitely have to look into these the next time I’m out and about. Good luck with your laundry room! The Over-the-Door Organizer may not hold large items like laundry detergent, but it would be great for organizing my stain removers, fabric softeners, and using one basket for the “lost” socks I can’t find a match to.
    Thanks again,
    Jamie

  2. julie cutshaw February 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I get this newsletter & love it first time to comment, it looks 10 times better. And you know a good way to store hair brushes and long items like curing irons, blow dryers etc are to add metal S hooks to that very bottom basket you put up and because they basket is weaved metal metal S hooks hang perfect from it and most of the items I just named have holes in the ends so you can hang them from there easy to reach out of the way, plus they cool faster there safer after use. I’m getting ready to redo my laubdry room so I think I’ll get me one of those orginizers for it, thanks

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