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.
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.
(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.
And now after all of those niceties I will shamefully show you my most used storage solution called, “Throw junk everywhere.”
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!
I’m not a “mom of many” (unless you consider one “many”), but I love reading about these ladies and their families 🙂
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