Meredith at Like Merchant Ships has a great post on some nifty storage ideas that DON’T require you running to the store to buy more plastic. Like Meredith, I’ve used the odd tote-bag, purse, and back-pack for storage (all our coloring books currently live in an old backpack we picked up at a thrift shop a few years ago).
I like the hooks and nails, too. Another tip that will protect your towels is to sew a small elastic loop to the edge, right in the center of the longest edge. This makes them easier to hang and keeps them off the floor.
I posted a while back about the frugal, what’s in your hand, method we figured out to make cheap bed-risers for some of the beds to make for better under the bed storage.
IN some places we’ve lived when linen space was at a premium, we stored any extra sheets under the mattress of the bed they fit.
Here you can see some of our storage solutions in the previous house, which had maybe three feet of counter space.
Since the HM works at a grocery store, I can get as many cardboard boxes as I want at almost any given moment, so I use boxes a lot now, and when they fall apart, they go out on our burn pile and I get new ones.
When the children were smaller and I did all the laundry I used to be ruthless about going through their clothes and keeping them down to less than ten outfits each (sometimes six, plus a church dress or two). We hung double rods inthe closet, since they were little girls, so that we had a top row for the 8 and 9 year olds and a bottom rod for the 2, 3, and 5 year olds.
Currently, The Cherub doesn’t have a dresser or a closet. She has a board with hooks in it for her shirts and dresses. She has an over the door cloth storage pockets thing where we put her socks, pants, and undergarments.
What are you doing to cope with the things you’re not discarding?