I started writing this post oh, about a week ago. This year in general has been rough. The last few months especially. I have been upset with trying to make ends meet and stressors that I saved it as a draft. To begin, I live in my grandmother’s house. They build it in 1960. It is less than 1500 square feet, but thankfully when they custom designed it, it had a lot of closets. I also decided on a way to maximize closet space. Since I coupon and stockpile for hard times, I have come to use these closets in any way possible. A great example would be when we had a stockpile of toilet paper it went in my hubby’s clothes closet. Here is a picture of our bathroom closet stockpile:
The top half of the closet below
When I moved into the house this closet only had the hooks and the top shelf. When I started getting stuff to stock up on I asked my hubby to do the shelf in the middle out of plywood and some support brackets. As time passed on I realized the bottom was really wasted space and said at the auctions I go to I would be looking for a small shelving unit to put TP or paper towels on. Over the weekend at an auction I found that shelving unit full of cleaning supplies with another cupboard to match full of cleaning supplies for around $5.00. SCORE!
Hubby thankfully carried the shelf upstairs and this morning when I got up I organized everything. This has doubled or more the size and space of the closet and made it hold almost all of out health and beauty items. Of course some HBA items are downstairs in the basement cabinets. I have stocked up on enough bathwash and razors and shaving gel that neither one of us need any for a very long, long time.
I got for $5.00 two cupboards that are against the wall in the garage/basement. They are about 6 feet tall and in pretty good shape. There are many doors and shelves in them and the overflow of canned food, HBA, lightbulbs (regular because I hate the fluorescent light and CFL), cleaning supplies, baggies. Also I got two metal shelving units at an auction. They are worn and have some rust. These are the gray metal ones that usually cost about $70 each. I got them both for around $12. I had got another one for $10 at another auction. One holds our gas and kerosene cans. The other two, one is going to be for gardening stuff according to hubby and the other we are not sure. These are handy for anything really.
For the kitchen cabinets, I have noticed that if you spend a bit for the cupboard can organizer that looks like mini steps it really does make it is easier to see all of the cans that you have because of how they are stacked.
Another great idea is of course under the bed storage if you can’t find anything else. To make my closet seem like it has more storage options I keep a lot of shoes in their boxes up on the top shelf. Since the closets are deep I store stuff I don’t get to that often in the back behind the shoes. I got a sweater hanger that I put my hoodies in (canvas organizer). We also doubled closet space because of Bed Bath and Beyond with the hanger for pants that hangs in your closet. For slip on shoes I got a two drawer plastic case on wheels and also my hubby’s old VHS/DVD rack made of wood has doubled as a boot storage place in the closet.
I do need to find a better way to store stuff especially cans of food if there is an emergency.I also want to invest in better under the sink storage. For my birthday my mom got me the swivel store for my spices. While it is great for smaller spices the bigger ones will not fit. How do you store things?