Feb 16, 2017

Storage Solutions for Each Room of the House

Is Spring Cleaning on your mind?  I know it is!  You know we've had lots of home repairs going on here at Hibiscus House and they have made me see how many things I really don't need.  I've been purging for awhile and will post updates shortly.

Today I'd like to welcome Erin Holdgate from Zillow who has put together a few wonderful ideas to keep in mind while you are cleaning and organizing.

Storage Solutions for Each Room of the House
By Erin Holdgate

If your New Year's resolution is to live life more simply, decluttering your home is a great place to start. After you remove all the items you don’t use regularly, however, you may find yourself in need of extra storage — which you can create with a little rearranging.

Below are several examples of where and how to increase the storage capacity of your home.


The kitchen is often one of the most-used rooms of the home, so efficiency and accessibility here is important. Keep everyday dishes and cookware front and center in your cabinets; those used less often should go toward the back or even in the basement or garage. Consider hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling rack to free up cabinet space while still keeping them within reach. Incorporate boxes, stackable drawers or under-shelf baskets in the pantry to put any wasted space to use. Finally, don't forget about the infamous junk drawer. After you clean it out, you can buy or make a few drawer organizers for the small items you’re keeping.


In a room where every inch counts, it's no wonder there’s an ongoing fight for counter space in some homes. Quell the conflict by adding surface area throughout. If you don’t already, make sure you have plenty of towel racks or over-the-door hooks as well as a hanging caddy for the shower. Use stacking shelves or drawers under the sink to fill out vertical space, and if you can, install shelves to store clean towels and additional toiletries.

Common Areas
Home offices, entryways and playrooms are notorious for collecting clutter. In rooms like this, "a place for everything" is a phrase to live by. Multifunctional furniture, like storage benches for the mudroom, is essential for keeping clutter at bay. Employ a dresser or credenza as a TV stand that also keeps DVDs, remotes, gaming consoles and unsightly cords neatly tucked away. Vintage trunks can double as coffee or side tables while giving extra blankets or seasonal pillows a home. Extra shelving and storage ottomans are additional living room ideas to help keep the area tidy.

Linen Closet

Despite its name, the storage capacity of the linen closet is surprisingly amplified when it's used for more than just extra towels and blankets — think lightbulbs, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and other everyday essentials. Free up space for these items by storing each bedroom’s sheets and blankets in under-the-bed tubs.


Often overlooked when it comes to home organization, the garage has great storage potential easily maximized with some additional outfitting on the walls and ceilings. Install racks to hang everything from bikes to garden equipment, and attach a pegboard above the workbench for extra tools. Heavy-duty shelving is a great way to keep all those storage bins off the floor — just be sure to use labels and keep frequently used items near eye-level. Christmas decorations and other seasonal equipment should be out of the way.

Whether you're looking for a better place to store all that holiday decor or just getting a jump-start on spring cleaning, hopefully these ideas can help spark an organization method that works for your home. 

I took a look back a little over a year ago I cleaned and organized several closets, cabinets, and chests. Did a vertical shirt fold tutorial here.  Everything was free just some organization.

This year however, I am going to buy some organizing tools, containers, labels to do a more organized look and will post later.

This motivates me and I have lots of organizing to do.
A big thank you to Erin and Zillow!
Alright everybody, let's get to work!

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  1. Storage is SOOO important. I really need to get at the basement here and work out some good storage solutions there. Hope you have a great upcoming weekend, Dolly. xoDiana

    1. I have so many rooms and spaces to organize especially now! I think they don't make enough cabinets, trunks, containers for me to buy (lol)...I'm gonna try though. Thank you Diana and I sure hope you have a great weekend too! xoxo Dolly

  2. Great Post!I just finished a merit badge on this. However, I would love that pantry system!

    1. I admire you Ginger Dawn and your merit badges. I certainly have fallen short on any of those...I would love that pantry as well!