Open House: Storage

*This post was originally published in September 2010 and I have since then changed my blog theme and layout several times resulting in issues with older posts that have pictures. The pictures are sometimes too big, too small, or too “smooshy”. At this time I don’t have the time to re-post the photos to correct this. Clicking on the photo to enlarge it should solve your smooshy problems. Thank you.*

Today I’m going to show you some of my storage. Which basically means that you’ll look inside my closets and in my basement. Lucky you. I don’t have any great storage solutions for you because right now I am waist deep in clutter that I’m trying to get rid of and reorganize.

First I’ll show you my two best storage solutions.

1. DVD Storage.

We probably have about 300 DVDs.
Most of them are children’s/family movies.
I’ve been “collecting” them for the past 7 years.
These three cd binders hold all of our DVDs.
The one on the left has all of our animated Disney and Pixar movies.
The one in the middle has all of our G/PG movies, musicals, and Christmas movies.
The one on the right has all of our PG13 movies (mostly Action-Adventure).

I like the one in the middle the best because it has a hand and shoulder strap, but I haven’t been able to find another like it 😦 None of these are official binders with the rings. Those actually work the best because you can take out the sheets with the DVDs still in them if you want to reorganize or add more movies. I haven’t looked in years but at the time I wasn’t able to find a ringed cd binder that was big enough, so I’ve stuck with these. I really like this system because when we want to watch a movie we just leaf through and see what we have. We haven’t had much need to “travel” with them yet, but I think it will come in handy in the future. Not enough movies for the kids at Grandma’s house? Take the binder with you. Going on a road trip with a portable DVD player? Take the binder with you.

The biggest problem with this method is what to do with the DVD cases. However, if you left the DVDs in the cases you’d still need somewhere to store them (except they’d need to be accessible too). Because we don’t need the cases on a regular basis they are all packed away in a giant storage tote in the basement. This way if we ever want to give any of them away or sell them, we’ll still have the cases. If you know that you’re going to keep the DVDs no matter what then you could always throw away (read: recycle) the cases.

We keep the cases inside the TV armoire.

2. Shoes!

Soon I will probably retire all of my cute shoes for good. First I couldn’t wear them because I was pregnant. Now I can’t wear most of them because I no longer fit in the outfits the shoes used to match. This cycle will likely repeat itself. I’ve had most of these shoes for years.

I have a small foot (6.5) so I can usually fit 2 pairs of shoes inside these little plastic totes. They cost under $2. It keeps the shoes looking good, they stack neatly, and they’re clear so that I can see the pair that I need.

Right outside of the back door I keep a trash can for paper to be recycled. Old ads, newspapers, etc. go into this bin. Once it is full Cool Daddy takes it to a paper recycling dumpster at a local school.

To see how I organize my coupons below click here.

Now that all of that’s over, it’s time to look in the closets.
Here’s a bigger view of my closet.

(We don’t wear that much black, those are Cool Daddy’s work uniforms.)
By the way, I have quite a few of those over-the-door hooky things around the house. I find them pretty useful.

Here’s the other closet in the master bedroom.
My clothes are inside the dresser. Extra pillows, blankets, etc. are on top of and next to the dresser. Cleaning out and remodeling this closet is on my Giant To Do List.

This is Adaline’s closet. I try to stockpile diapers, as you can see. I buy 7th Generation, Earth’s Best, and Huggies Pure N’ Natural when I can. We were given a ton of clothes for her. The ones that are too small and too big are in totes in the basement. I’ll need to do another wardrobe switch soon since the seasons are changing up here in PA.

This is the closet in the spare bedroom. In January I started couponing and this is the stockpile of Health and Beauty products that I’ve acquired so far. Having Cool Daddy build some new/additional shelves for this closet is on The Giant To Do List. The top shelf has lots of Bibles. I like Bibles 🙂

This is the bathroom cupboard. There are towels, cleaning supplies, and some more health and beauty stuff in here. I’m hoping the Cool Daddy can build shelves here going the whole way up so that we’ll have more room to store things.

Here are the totes in the basement. This is miscellaneous clothes and junk and the next photo is Christmas decorations.

And now after all of those niceties I will shamefully show you my most used storage solution called, “Throw junk everywhere.”

This is the spare bedroom.

This is the living room.

I have to say that neither of these rooms looked like this prior to August. But ever since Adaline’s 1st Birthday Party I’ve had a big mess of stuff I just don’t know what to do with. I need to get more totes, but I’m not looking to spend the money right now. Updated to add that now the living room is lovely and clutter free and the spare bedroom looks much, much worse 😉

My last and most favorite storage solution is called “Put it in mom’s gigantic attic (much to her dismay)”. I don’t have any photos of that, but it’s been a family favorite for years 😉

I’m very sad that the 4 Moms Open House tour is ending. I do enjoy seeing everyone homes, but also, this is just about the only traffic that I get…so I shall miss you all dearly.

*Open House: Adaline’s Nursery
*Open House: Dominic’s Nursery
*Open House: Master Bedroom
*Open House: Laundry Room
*Open House: Family Room
*Open House: Storage
*Open House: My Mama’s Kitchen
I still haven’t added the living room or kitchen yet. Let me know if you’d like to see them. The more interest there is the more likely I am to make the time to do it!

This post is linked to 4 Moms Open House
+Smockity Frocks
+Life in a Shoe
+The Common Room
+Raising Olives

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Jenn Rian is a mom, blogger, actress, yoga instructor, and cosplayer. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. Author of and (

Posted on September 17, 2010, in Open House and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Looks like most of us utilize the Rubbermaid totes for storing clothing… 😉

    Love the DVD storage idea…I just reorganized all our DVD/VHS, cataloguing them and storing them in a three drawer system (in their cases). My method takes up more living area than your for sure…
    The master list does make it a little easier to know what we have, although it took a little time to type it all out.

    As for your “throw junk everywhere”…I have my own set of piles that one day, Lord willing, will be dealt with ~ don’t we all?

    Thanks for sharing your storage solutions…

    Blessings ~


    • I was keeping an Excel spreadsheet of all of our DVDs as well. At one point we were buying them so frequently, I couldn’t keep up with the list. Now we rarely buy new DVDs (except we need to get every unvaulted Disney movie ASAP!), so I should probably update that spreadsheet now!

      Ug, the junk and the piles. Some days I just want to chuck it all in the yard and cover my eyes! Hopefully it’ll be gone someday.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting 🙂


  2. Hi,
    I really enjoyed browsing around. I like all your storage. Thanks for sharing.


  3. You’re brave to photograph your closets 😉 Great organization ideas! Thanks for visiting Magical Mouse Schoolhouse today. I’m following you back!


  4. It is so nice to see that I am not the only one with piles 🙂 those awesome moms with MANY kiddos are so organized I am learning a lot from them. As for your shoes…it is hard to let go of them but once I did (and the clothes that went with them I felt so free. Most of mine were work clothes, and I won’t be going back there any time soon, so they had to go! I love the DVD storage I will be doing that soon because we never watch our movies because they are in a cupboard and you can’t find anything in there. Can’t wait to check out more of your site!


    • Hi Becky!

      You’re right, I always feel so ashamed of my messes after I see how those moms with all of those kids keep things organized. I only have one and I’m a mess most of the time (and I’m actually a really organized person). Who knows why I keep going back to those blogs?! I must like to beat myself up 😉 haha

      Oh, the shoes 😦 I still wear some of them, but I’ll probably get pregnant again soon and it’ll be back into flip flops. I’ll probably part with all of them in another year or two.

      I’m so glad the DVD idea will work for you. Be sure to take pictures once your done & put them on your blog…that’s just the kinda weird thing we bloggers do!

      Thanks for the comment! I hope you stop back 🙂


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