When you live in an old house that was built over 100 years ago – you have no storage. Therefore you have to woman up and invent your own ideas when it comes to the task of creating storage and organization.
Folks in the late 1800’s were more concerned with having a living space, a kitchen, maybe a bedroom or two, and then their concerns turned towards keeping the place warm in the winter and making ends meet than creating storage areas for ‘stuff’. I’m assuming with the tasks of cooking and laundry taking the time they did in those days, women didn’t have time for a lot of crafting or designing. So the need for storage wasn’t even an idea. And the amount of clothing they owned was just a bit less than what I have accumulated today, so they just made do with a few hooks on the wall. No need for a closet 🙂
Well today is a different era. And I require storage. And since starting my own business I need a LOT of storage. In fact the business is taking over a lot of our living space. We really need to do something different but we keep making do with what we have as we continue to consider our options and decide what we want to do.
Today being time to bring you another issue of ‘A Dose of DIY’ I’m sharing a few old posts with you that document a few ways I’ve managed the task of creating Storage and Organization. (Since Organization is the theme this month!)
Be sure to check out my friends organization posts too – I’ve linked them all at the bottom of this post!
This cabinet used to be a tv armoire – you remember the ones – the big orange oak beasts that housed the huge tv screens back before the days of the flat screen. My husband gutted out the interior where the tv used to sit and added shelving so I can store my fabric in this cabinet. I painted it with milk paint.
I have a lot of ribbon. I love ribbon and sometimes go overboard when ordering it or when I find a stash at a garage sale or thrift store. This is what one pile looked like before I created a bit of organization for this stuff.
Now my ribbon hangs where I can see what I have and I can get to it easily! This DIY ribbon organizer took about an hour to make including getting the ribbon hung. (that hour did not include going to the store to buy the supplies I didn’t have on hand) This is so great for me in my limited space – it’s on a wall that wasn’t really a good spot for anything else and it frees up the area I was using to stuff all the ribbon.
This old ammunition box got a bit of a makeover and became one of my favorite storage solutions ever. I am still using it and love it!
As I’ve already said, houses built in the late 1800’s just didn’t have an abundance of closet space! There was one, teeny-tiny, totally insufficient closet in one of the bedrooms. We tore it out and built nice-sided closets in the bedrooms that we gutted and gave complete makeovers.
In a couple other areas of the house we have added old lockers to create some storage space. I love the look of the lockers and their vintage industrial appeal. And they have doors that close to hide the mess of stuff that gets shoved into them.
Adding a large closet to a bedroom took a lot of the space from the room – thus there was not room for a dresser large enough for the two girls sharing the bedroom space. This was what we were dealing with. There just wasn’t room for them to put their clothes away neatly. Too many clothes? Perhaps. But we live in America where clothes are readily available and we like having clean clothes every day without doing laundry every day to make it happen 😀
We took advantage of the large space we had created inside the closet and added storage solutions there.
Another favorite is this awesome vintage piece I repurposed into storage and organization for my makeup AND my jewelry. This thing has been a lifesaver.
This metal cabinet is another piece I really really love. It’s got great vintage industrial patina AND it has storage! The top opens with room for my files for keeping business paperwork and the drawers hold all manner of papers, books, odds and ends, and the tv remotes when I want them out of sight! The top holds a lamp with just enough room left for my coffee cup – this piece sits right beside the chair I sit in to drink my coffee and do my blogging and other on-line work. It’s a great piece!
And now that I’ve shared a few of the ways I create storage and organization in an old house that came without storage, hop on over to see what my friends do to be organized!