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.

After a decade 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 other options.

  • Over-the-door hooks are great for coats, towels, sweatshirts, bags, and more. These also work wonderfully over the rails of bunkbeds and railings (not on an angle).
  • 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, the buffet in our dining room has six medium-sized drawers.  Three of the drawers are used for linen. Two drawers I utilize for my kids ‘junk drawers’ and the third holds masks, kipot, and umbrellas.
  • Utilize the tops of appliances.  We keep medical supplies up top such as bandaids, antibiotic cream, and sunblock in a basket on top of the fridge.  Art supplies are in another basket.  Coordinate the baskets for a clean, consistent look.
  • 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). This is perfect for the bimbas (don’t ask why it’s called that…I have no clue) and scooters (korkinets). It may be time to bid adieu to a Cozy Coupe if you have one as they are 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 utilize all the examples I mentioned in this post. I confirm they all make a big difference.

Thanks for reading,


August 21, 2019 (updated January 4, 2020)(updated February 6, 2022)

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Published by Karen Furman

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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