Clever storage ideas are often required for entertaining. In this post you’ll find some tips to get you thinking about finding extra storage at home.
Whether you entertain on a regular basis or it’s just the two of you, somehow it seems that storage and organization is an issue that comes up often. Fall is the season in many of our homes that we start nesting for the cooler months ahead and spend more time in the kitchen. If you live in an older home as I do, storing all of our kitchen and dining needs can be challenging and I’ve had to come up with some clever storage ideas to fit it all in.
This post was sponsored by Extra Space Storage but all thoughts, tips and ideas are my own.
Clever storage ideas for the kitchen and dining room
Create Built In Storage
When we purchased our home over 25 years ago, we knew that we would be making changes. One of the changes that we did was to create extra space in our kitchen by knocking out a wall and enlarging the room to accommodate for an island and storage. We designed the built in cabinets above to match the rest of the kitchen. The lower cabinets have pull outs and serve as a pantry on one side and small appliance storage on the other. I talked about adding pull out shelving and have free CAD plans in THIS POST and with the extra storage it just makes everyday life easier. Look for unused or outdated space in your kitchen or dining room and think about converting with a built in unit!
Our kitchen and dining room are open to each other, so I keep all of my entertaining needs close by to the table. You can see the built ins reflected in the mirror above and in this vintage dresser turned buffet I store mostly table linens. Finding a dresser at a thrift shop and repurposing it for dining room storage was key to keeping organized! See more here – Dresser Turned Storage Buffet.
Table linens, dishes, flatware…they are all close by for easy access. For a dinner party this fall I created a vegetable centerpiece, which is always a fun and unexpected surprise for guests! If you’d like to learn tips on creating something similar, THIS POST explains the process step by step.
Storage is still limited even with the additional cabinets, and the extras such as candles, vases and centerpiece props have to go elsewhere.
Hiding clutter close by
The laundry room is close by and we designed a series of built ins to hold all of the extras. While this room waits some updates, it’s perfectly functional when the doors are closed all of the clutter is hidden. I’ll admit…these shelves could be better organized and a great way to do that would be to use some baskets. I’ll be on it after the room is updated, so stay tuned for that!
Fall pumpkins are stored in the upper cabinets as well, and keeping assigned shelves for each season makes it easier to be organized.
Organize by color
This year I showed you a fun fall decor post with stacking velvet pumpkins in the faux fireplace mantel. Once they come down and we head to the Christmas season I’ll be taking my storage one step further and organize by color. You can probably see how this makes it so easy to find what I am looking for each year with a place for everything and everything in place!
Finding extra space
We often simply run out of storage in our homes, whether planning a move or a remodel we just need more ideas. Extra Space offers various self storage options and can be a great solution as many of us begin to downsize our homes and possessions. They have an informative blog that speaks to our varied storage needs and I encourage you to visit the Extra Space Storage Blog.
Final clever storage ideas
When you’ve exhausted every nook and cranny start to shop your home and use baskets, bins and containers for storing those extras that won’t fit elsewhere. I’ve found some vintage picnic baskets at the flea market and painted them to coordinate with my home. They are often used for miscellaneous linens and other bits and bobs and tucked quietly in a corner in the dining area. Today you can find a variety of ottomans that offer storage inside and can be used for pillows and throws…and yes, dishes!
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