We all need some clever storage ideas when 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! That’s why 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
How to 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 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Look for unused or outdated space in your kitchen or dining room and think about converting with a built-in unit!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.
Our storage is still limited even with the additional cabinets. So, I had to find a place to store all the extras such as candles, vases, and centerpiece props.
Hiding Clutter Close By
Our laundry room is close by and we designed a series of built-ins to hold all of our extras.
While that room waits for some updates, I find it’s perfectly functional when we close the doors and make sure all the clutter is hidden.
I’ll admit…these shelves could be better organized! I’m thinking a great way to do that is to use some baskets. I’ll be on it after the room is updated, so stay tuned for that!
Seasonal Storage Ideas
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!
How to find extra space?
We often run out of storage in our homes. Whether planning a move or a remodel, sometimes 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 at your home!
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.
I used them often for miscellaneous linens and other bits and bob. A great thing about them is that you can tuck them quietly in a corner in your 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!
CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS BELOW AND GET ORGANIZED!