Simple Steps to Organize Storage Spaces


By: , – Kim Fusaro, Family Circle
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Follow these easy tips to de-clutter your kitchen pantry, linen closet and mudroom.

  • Free up cluttered kitchen cupboards by creating a storage area in a nearby hall closet with adjustable shelves.
  • Transfer foods like rice, flour and sugar from bags or boxes into see-through canisters that won't leak or be knocked over easily.
  • End needless hunting by grouping together ingredients like dried pasta and tomato sauce or teas and honey.
  • Decant nuts and snacks into airtight containers that stack to maximize space.
  • Canvas bins on the floor keep bulk purchases handy.
  • Move fancy serving pieces (and anything else that you don't use frequently) to the topmost shelves.
  • Pour pet food from oversize bags, which are prone to spills, into supersize bins. 

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  • A small cabinet with doors and drawers can suffice for bed and bathroom needs if you pare down.
  • Store two sets of sheets per bed and two sets of towels per family member. The rest can go in a box under the corresponding bed.
  • Arrange toiletries in a deep, sturdy tray that you can access as needed.
  • Avoid messy piles by dividing towels in stacks according to size. Store rolled-up washcloths and hand towels in small bins.
  • Stash items like quilts, extra pillows and bedspreads up high.
  • Use drawers for holding extras like cans of shaving cream and special-occasion makeup.

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  • 7
    I have a really small bathroom and a small linen closet. To compensate I Put the extra towels in the linen closet and in the master bedroom I added a cedar chest for blankets and in the guest room I have a day bed with two large drawers I use for sheets and such. The rest of the linen closet I use for bathroom storage and household item storage eg lightbulbs - 1/9/2014   9:52:50 AM
  • 6
    I have a very tiny house and limited storage space. My kitchen cabinets are fairly long but not set up so you can easily access the whole cabinet. I put two plastic racks in the cupboard where my glasses go. They are the same kind of racks kids use for their lockers to give them more space. My smaller glasses fit underneath and the taller ones on top. - 5/10/2012   5:36:05 AM
  • 5
    I'm a little anal, I'll admit. I love organizing! I like some of these ideas. :) - 5/9/2012   3:00:20 PM
    Everyone can use more organization in their lives....thanks for sharing! - 5/9/2012   9:05:48 AM
  • 3
    I was lucky when I moved into my current house. My linnen closet is on the landing between 2 sets of stairs. It is 6 feet wide and about 1.5 feet deep.
    I use half for my linnen and the other half for my overflow from the kitchen!
    To store my sheets, I put the flat and fitted sheets into the matching pillowcase. I use baskets and large plastic bins to store extras. - 5/9/2012   8:25:07 AM
  • 2
    I don't have a pantry but would sure love to have one to organize. I use whatever shelving I can find. That is not so cool. - 5/9/2012   2:08:48 AM
  • 1
    No pantry was built in either of the two homes I grew up in. I didn't even know what one was until I reached my mid 20's. I would love to have one to organize. I use the dining room table, and that is not cool. - 5/9/2012   12:14:15 AM

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