The Aliyah Files #24: Helpful solutions for lack of storage space that don’t involve drilling holes in the wall

Having ample storage space is an extremely common dilemma regardless if have lots of stuff or lean toward minimalistic tendencies.  Unlike pop-up reminders on our phones that say “storage space almost full…manage your storage in settings” we don’t need a reminder that our space if full. What we need are solutions.

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Is this familiar? Stuff that needs a home but you don’t know where to put it

After 9 years in Israel, I’ve learned a thing or two about creative storage space.  There are endless possibilities of using wall space for hanging shelves or cabinets, but if you don’t want to put holes in the wall here are some other options.

  • Over-the-door hooks are great for coats, towels, sweatshirts, bags, and more.
  • Beds with under the bed storage. Instead of a box spring, the ‘box’ part is for storage. The mattress is on a hinge and raising it exposes the storage underneath. This is great for out of season clothing or bedding.  Some beds also have a pullout drawer underneath the bed. For the beds that don’t, I recommend storage bags that you can squish out the air and you can shove as much out of season clothes as possible under the bed. Avoid cardboard, as it attracts critters.
  • Use non-traditional places for storage.  For example, our buffet has six drawers and a large cabinet.  Two of the drawers I use for standard dining room objects like tablecloths and cloth napkins. Three drawers I utilize for my kids ‘junk drawers’ and the fourth is for activity books. In our salon there is a bookcase with cabinets underneath which I use for storing the clothes of my youngest kiddos.
  • Utilize the tops of appliances. I store mine on top of the fridge and wash machine.  I  keep medications on the top of my fridge.  The items on my fridge are in coordinated baskets which provides for a coordinated look. IMHO I also think it’s safer than keeping poisons under the sink.
  • Use vertical space by purchasing bookcases and closets that reach as close to the ceiling as possible.
  • Hang kiddie riding toys by wheels or handlebars from the railing of a mirpeset (porch)  Riding toys are called ‘bimbas’ (don’t ask why…I have no clue why it’s called that) and scooters that look like a skateboard with a long handlebar are called ‘korkinets’. It may be time to bid adieu to a Cozy Coupe if you have one because the are so bulky and take up too much space.

Of course, a declutter session always frees up storage space, and dare I say it…limiting purchases as to not bring new items home will keep the situation from getting worse. That’s all I have to say about that…changing your shopping habits isn’t my jurisdiction, but I can suggest…

I live in a 4-room (3 bedroom) apartment with my family of 8 and utilize all the examples I mentioned in this post. I will testify they all make a big difference.  If you have any other solutions you’ve found helpful, share in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Karen, The Klutter Koach

August 21, 2019 (updated January 4, 2020)

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Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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