Famed interior designer Thom Filicia, from the hit series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” once said, “Practical storage pieces are great if you have a basement or a garage, but when you actually live with them day in and day out, they should be beautiful to look at.”
Between our desire for accumulating things and finding places to keep our treasures, storage is often a challenge. However, with some unique design fixes, your favorite items don’t need to be out of sight and risk being forgotten.
Home chefs adore their gadgets and tools but so often have difficulty storing their beloved treasures. A brightly-painted, slatted door propped up against the wall provides plenty of space to keep a variety of kitchen implements. The top ledge can hold over-the-door hooks to hang whisks, potato mashers, slotted spoons and more. Install a magnetic knife rack and you can clear valuable drawer or counter space. The repurposed door can also hold small wire baskets screwed into the slats, for storing dish towels, sponges or seasoning packets.
In keeping with the spirit of storing things that still look pretty, add a touch of style by placing decorative shelving on your countertop for cookbooks, pots, bowls and kitchen knick knacks. Clear your refrigerator door by painting a wall or a portion of a wall with chalkboard paint for a creative place for grocery lists, inspiring messages or artwork.
Small spaces like bathrooms cry out for storage solutions. Answer the call with square or rectangular baskets nailed into the wall to easily hold hand and face towels, or a deeper basket for larger bath towels. Just remember to roll them so you can fit more into the space. Different-sized baskets also offer tissue paper, extra soap or potpourri storage.
Crafting anything from a pallet is all the rage these days. Create a rustic spot for your cotton swabs, make-up brushes and eyeliners by screwing a hose clamp into a few slats of a pallet. Tighten the clamp around the neck of a Mason jar, hang it on the wall and you’ve reclaimed precious counter space.
If a mansion closet isn’t in your budget, gain the satisfaction of at least having an organized one. With summertime quickly approaching, gather your tank tops and put them on shower curtain rings and attach to a single coat hanger. This can save you a hanger for each top you would normally hang in your closet.
Crown molding makes a simple shoe rack that you can tailor to size to fit your needs by cutting varying lengths to accommodate your personal shoe fetish. Simply nail a painted strip of crown molding into the wall of your closet and place your heel on the top edge to provide a clear view of your Jimmy Choos or favorite Keds!
Stop untangling your necklaces and bracelets in that last-minute dash out the door. Organize your jewelry with an attractive wall display made up of stained wood slats with tea cup hooks screwed along the bottom for a clear view of your bobbles and beads.
With these smart storage ideas, you’ll be able to keep the things you need at your fingertips while keeping an element of style within reach.