Friday, April 22, 2016

Small Space Storage Solutions Especially For When You Don't Have Any Closets

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29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 I wouldn't normally consider my house a small space, but when you look at the actual footprint, and it being only about 1900 square feet of livable space, it's not that big :) It feels larger than it is thanks to our tall ceilings. But, I could deal with living in 1900 square feet easily, it's the no closet space that kills me. We have the closets in our bedrooms and that's it. We have one small 1 foot wide teensy linen closet in our guest bathroom. But, besides that, we have nothing. No coat closet. No pantry. No storage closets of any sort. It's hard, but I've become a pro (or so I would like to think) at storage. I have had to find ways to make our house work best for us. So, here's the way I keep our house of 4, plus a dog, organized with storage solutions.

I decided that the best way to go through this is room by room. So, let's start with the living room.

LIVING ROOM STORAGE
1. The best way to maximize storage is to use dual purpose furniture, like storage ottomans. You can put pillows, blankets, magazines, toys, DVDs...whatever you wish in these things.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 2. Baskets are my saving grace. You'll see them all over my house. In this instance, this basket and blanket are hiding a small stash of toys.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 3. We had these alcoves in our house that were just a big waste of space if you ask me, but I decided to convert one side into some shelves. This was a great place to put pictures and books.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
4. At the bottom of the shelves, I have these big boxes that store more pictures. I love these things. I got them at Ikea a few years ago for a steal :)
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
5. And since we are in the living room, let's talk about DVD storage. I have a few baskets that we store ours in, and then slide them into our TV stand. When they are in the stand, you can't even tell there are DVDs in there.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
6. Another good use of furniture is using tables that have ample storage like this apothecary cabinet/card catalog. It is a great place for mail, craft supplies, pens, pencils, etc. This one I got from Hobby Lobby.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 7. I also have these wonderful storage foot stools that I use for book storage for my kids.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!

FRONT ROOM
8. This is pretty much a living room and can be considered as much when talking about storage :) Once again, my baskets are the best storage thing ever. This one just has a whole bunch of blankets.

9. And this storage cabinet from Target is one of the best storage solutions also. I have all my papers in the top and books in the bottom.

10. You can also see on this table that I use boxes for decor everywhere. These aren't just for looks, they have actually have stuff in them too :)

11. And to talk about dual function furniture, this couch is actually a bed and has a ton of storage in it too! Check out this post to see more about it :)
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
12.  I talked about toy storage in a past post, and this is still one of my favorite little places to stash toys away.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!

 This houses all the kitchen toys and food. This little piece of furniture works hard! ..and it's pretty :) I got this bench from Target.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
13.  And in the very corner of this room is my "coat closet". I got this armoire for free and decided to retrofit it into my closet since I don't have one :)
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 The top has some linens and pillows, and the bottom has a rack for coats and baskets for cold weather gear.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
14. Next is toy storage, for any room. I love cube storage for this! I just created a window seat out of them behind my couch. When you don't have a designated toy room, this is what you can do instead :) Once again, you can see more of my toy storage solutions in this post here.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 DINING ROOM
My dining room is big. I'm so thankful for that! And since it is big, it has plenty of space to work hard in the storage area also.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
15.  So, if you don't know, I hoard pillows and pillow covers. I actually use this bench to contain all the covers. Benches in dining rooms actually work great to hold linens too :) And they are comfy seating!
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!

16.  I got rid of my old buffet that had absolutely no storage, and made this from a couple of Ikea dressers. They work hard too!
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 They store my linens, paper towels, craft supplies, cups...a ton of stuff :)
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
17. Another little treasure in my dining room is this old record cabinet. I got it for free from a friends old cabin. I decided to clean it out really good and use it to hold files and magazines.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
KITCHEN:
18. As I mentioned before, my kitchen has no pantry. Well, it has a single cabinet that isn't even a foot wide that acts as a 'pantry'. It's pathetic. So, I decided a few years ago to use this cute little cabinet and create a pseudo pantry. 
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!

29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 ENTRY WAY
19. For our entry, I made sure to find a table that fit into our little nook. It's a great place for keys and the dog's leashes.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
20. As for shoe storage? Sure we can put them in our closets, but when you only have closets in bedrooms, they are used for other things besides clothes too :) So, there's really no room. Instead, the kids shoes are in this little bench in the entryway.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!

21. And me and my husbands shoes, the ones that are used often, are found in this other little corner of our entry in cube storage. Top's mine, the bottom is his.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 BEDROOM:
22. Functional nightstands are a must when you have limited storage space in our house. I use our nightstand drawers for everything! This is also an Ikea dresser that I hacked into this apothecary style nightstand.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 23. As for bedroom linens, I use this bench at the end of our bed. It also currently houses diapers and more craft supplies :)
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
24. Besides the obvious dresser, I use this little skirted console table for additional storage. This is also for diapers, tissues, magazines, books....lots of stuff.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
25. Talking about dressers for a minute, I've been folding our shirts like this for like 10 years now and it's the ultimate best way to keep your sanity! Especially when you have a husband that HAS to get the shirt at the bottom of the pile and messes everything else up lol. This also seems to take up less room so you can store more :)
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 26. For bathroom storage, I, of course, love our storage under the sinks, but I also use little stands like these for towels.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
OFFICE/GUEST ROOM
27. Before our nursery came around, it used to be my office and a guest room. I found the best way to store all my office supplies and craft items were to do it on shelves behind these curtains. I love this room back then! Plus, I made a window seat using a shelf and laying it on it's side. Those cubbies were used to store extra towels and what not for guests.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!
 LAUNDRY ROOM
28. My laundry room is just a pass through room into our garage, so it is very tight. To take up less space on the floor, I got these hanging baskets from Amazon and hung them up for dirty clothes.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great small space storage solutions. Great article especially if you are short on closet space!

 29. And of course, the other side of the laundry room has shelves that I use for household tools, laundry stuff, light bulbs, and other random stuff too. I put most of these in labeled boxes.
29 tips on how to maximize your small space and get the most out of storage! Great article especially if you don't have any closets!
 Well, I'm sure there's a ton of other things I have missed! Like the obvious, hiding everything under beds and couches lol. That's a bonus one, #30! Seriously though, I have shoes and out of season clothes in little bins under our beds. And I do have a ton of random games under our couches :)

I hope something on this lists helps you if you have a need to maximize your storage space!


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Neutral Girls Nursery Reveal

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 Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 I can't believe that I'm finally publishing this. This room has been in the works for over 7 months. Seriously. I've just been adding touches here and there as I would get time, and finally, finally...it's done! My sweet little babe, who is no longer really a baby and is over 1 year old, has her nursery finally done. I feel guilty about it, but hey, better late than never, right?

And just to warn you, there's a definite picture overload here. I've been blogging for 7 years now and although my picture taking skills have improved, they are far from perfect. So, that being said. I can't just pick like 5 pictures and be happy. I need a ton ;) I wanted to capture angles of her room for my own memories as well as give inspiration to you all. Trust me, these few pictures came from about 200. So, I did take out a lot! I hope you enjoy her room as much as I love being in there!
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 My first decision after converting this room from the guest room into her nursery was to keep the headboard. And I knew I wanted to hang up this ornate frame I used as a photo prop for her newborn pictures. I just love how the white pops against the wood.

I was tempted to buy another crib, but quickly realized that the old crib would look amazing in here. I'm so glad that I gave it a chance, I just love it.
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
The tables were Ikea purchases, and these lamps. Oh these lamps! I just love them. They are from Target. I bought them to put in our bedroom, but hated them in there. In fact, I was about to return them when I decided to try them here just for fun. And they looked perfect!
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 And a little secret. I love decorating with clocks, but none of them in my house really work :) haha. I think most of them are set to 9 o'clock. So, no, I don't actually do my pictures that early in the morning :)...or late at night for that fact.
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 Along with the other flower wall art flanking the crib, I also found this from Hobby Lobby. This is my favorite saying for the girls...and boy is it true!
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 As for the other side of the room....
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 You may remember this flowering wall. Now you know why it's so pink! The rest of the room is all neutral and I wanted to give it a little pop and interest. It's a good thing I did it awhile ago though, because as I was photographing, I kept thinking to myself how I wished I had done cream and brown flowers instead :) See, neutral always usually wins in my book. lol
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 This is a new chair I bought from Target for our master bedroom. I ended up only needing one, so I had an extra and it works great in here!
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 The dresser was also a Target find...well, steal. Under $150 for a 6 drawer dresser is just amazing if you ask me! 
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 As for the what's on the dresser, I have her mementos box, a box for diapers and of course a cute little flower cut from my favorite tree out back. 
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas

Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 I like to give my kids a stuff animal for their first birthdays that I hope will last them until they are older. I still have mine and love thinking of all the memories it holds. So, hopefully this one does the same for her :)
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 These mirrors! I got them for about $15 each at Michaels last year on clearance. I knew I wanted them in her nursery the moment I laid eyes on them. I thought they would mimic the wood on the opposite wall beautifully.
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas

Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 As for the other wall, I should you some of it last week although it's changed a little. Not much :)
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 I'm not one to do gallery walls with differing items, so this was new to me, but I love how it turned out. This is another one of my favorite quotes and of course, I had to put it next to some sparkles! I found these at Hobby Lobby also...along with those arrows.
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 This vase has become my favorite buy for the past months. And trust me, I buy a lot of stuff! lol ;) I got it at one of my favorite stores when they were going out of business. I did find some awesome similar ones on Amazon that I'll be getting soon too!
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas

Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas

Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
As for this side of the wall, I decided to keep it the builder beige instead of painting it white. I just love how the molding and doors pop off the walls. I knew I would lose that look if I painted it white like the rest of the room. The white paint color is Pebble White by Glidden and the closest I have come for the beige is Water Chestnut.
Cute neutral girls bedroom decorating ideas
 And there you have it!
You'd be surprised at how much this room cost to do :) Here's the estimated break down:
Crib: $0 (reused)
Wall: $0 (reused)
Rug: $0 (reused)
Tables: $0 (reused)
Lamps: $80 ($40 each with shade)
Shabby Side Table: $0 (from friend)
Mirrors: $45
Dresser: $150
Chair: $130
Other decor/wall decor: estimated $50
Baskets: $40

Total: $495

And spread that over 7 months...that's nothing :) lol  Here's some helpful links to some of the pieces I used in the room in case you are interest!

Scoop Back Chair
http://goto.target.com/c/116190/81938/2092?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fwashed-wood-box-lamp-base-large-threshold%2F-%2FA-17298476%23prodSlot%3Dmedium_1_1%26term%3Dbox%2Blamp
 Monterey 6 Drawer Dresser (I seriously don't know how I get this for $100 off. I thought it was on clearance but I guess not! )
http://goto.target.com/c/116190/81938/2092?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fmonterey-6-drawer-dresser-white%2F-%2FA-575978%23prodSlot%3Dmedium_1_13%26term%3Dwhite%2Bsix%2Bdrawer%2Bdresser
 Threshold Washed Wood Box Lamp
http://goto.target.com/c/116190/81938/2092?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fwashed-wood-box-lamp-base-large-threshold%2F-%2FA-17298476%23prodSlot%3Dmedium_1_1%26term%3Dbox%2Blamp
 Wood Vase
http://amzn.to/1SGPUMo
 Safavieh Rug
http://amzn.to/1SGPyFr


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