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  • Writer's pictureJen Bedard

3 Unexpected Storage Spaces You Already Have

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Are you running out of storage? You’re not alone!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff that comes along with a human life. Whether you’ve just moved into a new house, or are trying to get your life organized, when it comes to tackling the task of just where to put everything, we’re often left stumped. We might need all those boring papers and odds and ends, but they definitely aren’t pretty to look at.

Fortunately, adding extra storage doesn’t have to be expensive or ugly. You can just as easily creative attractive or out-of-the-way storage out of the spaces you already have in your home. Interested? I’ve got three solutions for you that won’t break the bank and will look great.

Repurpose Old Drawers as Underbed Storage

Do you have an old dresser lying around that isn’t going to good use? Maybe you’ve seen one for cheap at the thrift store, or you’ve seen a fixer-upper at a yard sale for a good price, but it just wasn’t your style. If you need some easy, accessible under-bed storage, all you have to do is repurpose the drawers by painting them to match your room’s color scheme, and then adding some caster wheels for easy accessibility, then slide them under your bed.

With very little time, effort, or money, you’ll have stylish-looking storage that fits neatly under your bed!

Ceiling Storage

One thing most people don’t consider when they need extra storage is looking up! Vertical storage can absolutely save your bacon when you need extra space to put things. Consider installing some inexpensive shelving around the perimeter of your room about a foot and a half from the ceiling. You’ll have ample room for storage, and be able to display delicate collectibles out of reach, while still making them a memorable part of the decor.

Refrigerator Storage

Have you ever considered that teensy space between the refrigerator and your wall?

If you don’t have enough cabinet space, try this little trick. Measure the height of your fridge, plus the width of the space between your fridge and the wall. Subtract half an inch, and then have two pieces of wood cut to this measurement. (Width minus 1/2 inch x height of fridge). Decide how long you would like your mini-pantry to be, and then have two pieces of wood cut to that length, and then nail them together in a rectangular frame.

Make sure the frame can easily slide in and out of that space, and then cut pieces of wood to fit as shelves as you see fit and nail them into place. Paint the color of your kitchen wall, and add caster wheels to the bottom - instant storage!

Remember, when looking for new storage options, it doesn’t always have to get expensive when it could get creative instead. Look at what you’ve already had, and consider those unused storage spaces, like under your bed, the highest point of your walls, or even small spaces you didn’t think could fit anything. Ask yourself how you could use what you already have, and make it work for you!

Did you get any ideas? Have any of your own? Feel free to leave them for me in the comments below.

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