Post # 1
So my SO and I live with my parents. His moving in was a kinda unexpected, he had nowhere else to go sort of situation. So we both currently share a bedroom (which is not every large to begin with), and I’m having to come up with creative ways to save space and organize everything (he’s reluctant to do anything. I don’t know if it’s just that he really doesn’t care or if he feels like he’s intruding in my space. He’ll help reorganize, but he won’t come up with the ideas.)
With Christmas coming, I know I’ll get a little bit of money, so I plan to go to a local flea market and pick up a kinda cheap bedroom set (dresser, bedside table, chest of drawers). I’m planning on putting the chest of drawers in the closet and using it to store some of the clothes and sheets cluttered in there, and maybe a few odds and ends if there’s room in it (I have a closet build for a his-and-hers set up. I figure I can use one side for storage and jackets, and the other for mine and SO’s clothes). With a dresser I’ll be able to toss out a few small pieces of furniture, such as a small table that serves as nothing more than a place to keep little health and beauty odds and ends like hair spray and band aids and Pamprin.
Anyways, the point of this post: even with the extra drawer space, I’m going to have to condense some things. Any ideas on maximizing the storage space of drawers or closets?
Creative ideas on storing make up or curling irons/hair dryers/brushes/etc (I’d keep everything in the bathroom, but there’s only one bathroom with no counter and no shelves for a household of six. Not really any room for my make up and stuff)?
Ways to maximize the space on a bookshelf (I have a bookcase my dad and grandfather gave me)?
Tell me your creative storage solutions!
Post # 3
In college I used the big tupper-ware style drawers for organization. They’re cheap and easy to find in Walmart. I really liked being able to stack them.
Post # 4
Depending on the type of bed you have, you could placerisers under the legs or wheels of the frame. You can raise the bed and increase storage space under the bed.
Do you have an over the door rack? You can use shoe bags to store toiletries, scraves, belts etc on the back of the door.
You could install shelving at the top of the walls all the way around the room for storage of infrequently used items
Place your curling irons, hair products etc in a basket that you store on your bookshelf. You can take the basket into the bathroom with you.
Post # 5
I started with one over the door storage things and loved it so much I got a few for the doors. I actually keep my combs and brushes on one of the bathroom door. You can also get ones that go over the door for hanging towels/robes/jackets.
Post # 6
Ottoman beds are brilliant! You can get soooo much stuff under them but it’s still easy to access everything. Ikea has one for about £180 which I have and I love it!
Post # 8
Sorry – tried to post a pic but it was an iPhone fail…
Post # 9
@NowMarriedNotHarried: I have three sets of them at the moment. Two small sets for hair stuff/make up/toiletries/condoms and Wal-Mart bags for my trash can, and one large one in my closet for sheets and arts and crafts supplies. I have a plan to empty out the large one and either find another use for it, or give it to my neices for a toy box. But I agree- they’re wonderful, especially since a lot of times you can stack several different sizes together!
@julies1949: I love the idea of over-the-door storage, especially since I have three different doors in my room! I considered buying one of those make up bags that unfolds and hangs, but I didn’t think it would hold everything I needed, but a shoe rack would work. I’d even use it for my hair stuff, as I rarely ever use my curling iron or blow dryer, so it’s within reach but out of sight if I need it.
@AB Bride: julies1949 suggested this too. I definitely think this will be something I look into!
@ToTheMoonAndBack: I’m gonna try and talk my dad and grandfather into making me one one day. My Papa used to make furniture for his shop; he doesn’t do it so much anymore, but sometimes he’ll make a few pieces around Christmas. He and my dad made my bookcase I think three Christmases ago. Unfortunately the closest Ikea is one state away (sad day!) and I don’t know of any similar stores in the area 🙁
Post # 10
The biggest issue I’m having is figuring out how to store all of my binders and folders. They’re just empty ones that I use for school, because I hate paying for new ones every year, so I just save as many as I can. The only problem is most of the binders I have are huge (I’ll prolly toss all but four or so of them, just enough to have one for each class if necessary). Storage ideas?
Post # 11
As far as your empty binders, is sit possible that you could store them in a box in the basement? If not, why not put them on your book shelf?
For organization tips, I think actually organizing your stuff and getting rid of things you don’t need is the best first step. When things are organized, they take up less space so look at your makeup and decide what are essential and what bits should be thrown out then get some sort of box or bag (you most likely already have one) and organize it. I like to keep a small travel sized pouch with my essentials (mascara, eyeshadow, moisturizer and gloss) and then put the rest of my stuff in another bag that lives in a cabinet unless I want to do more intense makeup. Also, look at drawer dividers. I just used old cardboard covered in fabric to divide a drawer into 3 sections and it made such a huge difference in keeping my socks, underwear and bras in line. Shoe boxes would serve the same function in a drawer and covering them in wrapping paper or fabric is a great way to dress them up.
When you are purchasing new furniture, think about how to maximize the space you have. Like if you see a dresser that is 3ft. vs. one that is 4ft. tall think about what additional storage you would get in the taller dresser and if the footbrint on the ground is the same, is it taking away from any shelves? If you can’t get a dresser that will fit all your things, think about hanging shelves over the dresser. You could store your extra binders on a shelf quite well. Also, you could get a couple of covered boges and put your hair dryer anc such in one and maybe bathing suits or some other not often used clothing item in another.
Finally, if you are trying to get your dad to build something, check out Anna White’s plans and maybe you can find something there that looks like it will ork for you and get him on board. Also, look at Pinterest for storage solutions, that’S where I found the drawer divider idea.
Some photographic inspiration:
Post # 12
@ForeverBirds: Sort your clothes into seasons and get some vacum bags. What you know you won’t wear until next year, store them in the vacum bags – once you suck the air out they will take up the 3rd of the space they needed before.
Post # 13
@slicey19: We don’t have a basement or an attic, amazingly. Plus, there’s just a small handful of them (or will be once I weed out the unusable ones and take them apart for scrap cardboard to use in other projects), but they’re kinda large. I think I may box them up and stick them on the top shelf of my closet- it cant really be used for much else because it’s too flimsy to hold a lot of weight. And I’m actually fairly good about keping my stuff to the bare minimum- no broken make up compacts, dried up mascaras, cracking lipsticks, etc. I think I’m gonna put everything into a shoe rack on my closet door since I so rarely use it. And I’ve already discovered the wonderful uses of shoe boxes as drawer dividers! 🙂
@Cariad: I’m 3 steps ahead of you. Vaccum bags are already on the shopping list! 🙂