Welcome to the January edition of Second Tuesday Art Walk. This time we’re on a treasure hunt to find that precious commodity: Hidden storage space. But what we’re looking for is hiding in plain sight, because it’s easy to scout out those little underutilized areas once we take a fresh look at our homes.
The possibilities are endless, but today I’m sharing five. Let’s get started!
1. Covered Porches and Protected Entryways
I always strive to make my front porch look welcoming. But, without sacrificing style, I could do a lot more to make it functional – a place to store umbrellas and mud boots so they never have to come inside.
In a protected outdoor area, it might even make sense to add a simple hat and coat rack like the one that Sara built.
It took her less than 20 minutes to make it herself. The tutorial is here.
2. Small-Scale Vertical
When I think of vertical storage, I usually think large-scale, like closet organizers and wall units. But small-scale vertical storage can make life so much easier.
I could get rid of the lazy Susan next to my range if I had something like Amy’s DIY backsplash shelf and organizer. I love that it takes up zero counter space.
3. Re-evaluating Closets
This suggestion might seem obvious, but how many of us actually do this? And what a difference it would make.
Beth and Nick took this basic builder-grade closet . . .
identified all the unused spaces, and then created custom DIY shelving that uses every possible area. “After” photos and the tutorial can be found here.
4. Areas Behind Doors
Taking the door swing into account, my husband Chris created this shallow, L-shaped shelf to fit in the small space behind our laundry room door. Here we stash cleaning tools and supplies, an iron and an ironing board.
And this hard-working little space doesn’t feel cluttered. This area is part of our recent laundry room remodel.
5. Recessed Dressers and Cabinets
Our house is what is called a “one-and-a-half story house.” That is because some of the upstairs portion of our house is finished, livable space, while other parts are unfinished attic space.
Since we have little doors that lead to those unfinished spaces, I store things there. But it’s awkward creeping around in these dark, low-ceilinged areas, and I usually bump my head or get scratched by an exposed nail.
That’s why I so admire Sarah’s recessed dresser. She’s using space in the unfinished attic to store things, yet she can access those items from her bedroom.
Of course you really have to know what you’re doing to work around wall studs, wiring, or other things that might be hidden in the wall.
Another advantage to this recessed dresser is that it takes up zero floor space in the bedroom.
How I love saying that. Zero floor space. Now I have all sorts of ideas for similar projects at our house.
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