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Home Storage Tips: Kitchen and Bathroom

Learn how to create more space in any otherwise tight room

By Suzanne Morrissey Posted June 29, 2009 from Kitchen and Baths, Issue 3

It often feels like the two rooms that have the most stuff--the kitchen and bathroom--never have enough space for it all. Since you can make the room bigger overnight, get tips and tricks for creating more space.


1. Look Up
Cabinets that don’t reach the ceiling leave a bank of unused space ideal for baskets or other containers that can be used to conceal seasonal dishes or holiday table linens.

2. Tuck In
The alcove around a stove or alongside a pantry area is the perfect place to add a slim stow-away for skinny items such as spice jars and extracts.

3. Get a Clear View
Outfit a pass-through or window into an adjacent room with shelving and glass-fronted doors for a handsome see-through storage spot for sparkling stemware.

4. Take Sides
The end of a cabinet becomes a site for displaying plates, platters, and cookbooks by building out a few inches of space with narrow ledges and quarter-round molding.

5. Go for a Spin
Steal back lost storage in the far-away corners of cabinets by using a lazy Susan.

6. Snap to It
Line the inside of a pantry door with sheet metal, then add magnetic holders to corral smaller items, recipes and shopping lists. Try those colorful magnetic containers made for school lockers.

7. Patrol the Border
Installing shelves along the perimeter of a room, a foot or two below the ceiling, provides a perch for large display items, seldom used platters or serving bowls—even audio equipment.


1. Open Doors
A hanging shoe organizer creates a nifty spot behind a bathroom or closet door for kids’ tub toys, extra bottles of shampoo and other wash time necessities.

2. Think Luxe
Adding a dressing stool in a master bath isn’t just a touch of luxury, it’s a great storage trick when you choose an ottoman-style seat with hidden storage inside.

3. Find Your Niche
The space between wall studs is a smart place to add a tiled nook that can hold cleanser bottles, a soap dish and other bath-time essentials.

4. Slip and Slide
Stackable drawer organizers can double the usable space in a deep drawer, making way for plenty of makeup and hair accessories. Look for styles that have sliding mechanisms on the top organizer trays.

5. Take a Seat
Whether built-in or freestanding, a storage bench in the nook under a dormer window can hold plenty of backup supplies and a stack of extra towels.

6. Hang it up
Add storage space inside the door of a medicine cabinet with a series of small adhesive hooks. Just be sure the door will still close completely after you hang sink-side doo-dads inside.

7. Skirt the issue
Add a fabric skirt to a pedestal-style sink and tuck away cleaning supplies.

8. Lower the bar
A row of easy-to-hang hooks makes room for more towels than a classic bar. Great-looking hooks add style as well as up the tidiness factor.

9. Shelve it
A tall closet of shallow shelves can keep linens handy, and can be added to even a small bath.

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Posted by SCHotMomma

Spice jars near the stove top?

No, an alcove around your stove top is NOT ideal for storing spices. The heat from cooking can cause them to lose their strength of flavor prematurely. Spices, ideally, should be stored in a cool, dry place. The heat and humidity from a cooking station doesn't create such place.

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Posted by lou g

plastic tubs

after 15 or more trips to the hospital & collecting that many basins I finally relized that they were the perfect size for my narrow shelves. filling them with gloves, scarfs, hats etc, they are also great for cds, tape, also cheaper than baskets.

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