cabinets and closets crammed and cluttered? Do the appliances look like a display
window at a department store, lined up on the kitchen counter? You need "storage
surgery," and fast.
Start looking for help in unlikely places. You may
have unusual, unused storage space that could be converted with minor modifications,
according to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Creating these spots just requires
some innovation, as shown in the following examples.
Liquid Entry Closet.
An original entry closet was good for holding only a few coats and too shallow
for anything else. The oenophile owners of this older home were searching for
a place to store their prodigious wine collection. Voila! Install wooden wine
rack inserts and you have space for more than 100 bottles.
Plates on Display.
There's no reason for stowing plates, especially attractive china, under the counter.
Above-the- counter storage makes more sense and is more accessible. A built-in
wall hutch creates several shelves for stacking, along with vertical slots where
plates stand on edge, and mini-drawers for flatware.
Hide the Blender. Too
much stuff crowding the kitchen countertop? Small appliances can be pushed out
of the way when not in use. Install mini-doors under the standard wall cabinets
that reach down to the counter. With doors closed, your appliance is out sight.
With doors open, your storage area opens up counter space.
Ever consider the enclosed, hollow space under the stairway? Shoving stuff under
the stairs is a common scheme but installing hide-away bins provides unobtrusive,
attractive storage. Large storage bins can be mounted to slide in and out on runners.
In the closed position, they stand flush with the woodwork.