I have had several of you mention one of your issues at your home is needing more storage. And many of you hesitate to have seasonal things because where would you put them when the season is over!?! Well, of course I have similar issues here, but I do have a couple of solutions for you that work pretty well for me.
Here is what I do with my seasonal (or extra) vases, dishes, linens, decorations, accessories or even additional items for parties like silverware:
I use lidded baskets to store extra stuff. The baskets themselves are attractive in the room (but you’ll notice they aren’t expensive or fancy, some are spray painted!). They add texture and fit easily under a bench, stacked in a corner, or on a shelf.
Most importantly, they are EASILY accessible, which means I am much more likely to USE my things.
Now if you are worried you won’t be able to find what you hide away in a basket, don’t worry about that (unless you have a RIDICULOUS amount of stuff, in which case you might need to have a garage sale instead!)!
I only have a few baskets in my dining area so if I am looking for my blue vase it only takes me about 30 seconds to find it. If I need my bags of pine cones or starfish and I can’t remember which basket, I only have to open maybe three before I find them. Not a big deal!
If I put decor out in my garage somewhere, it might take me six weeks to find something. Most likely I would decide to not use something because of the hassle in going to find it.
Knowing I can change vases on my table at a moment’s notice or find a cake serving plate easily means I can have more fun mixing up my decor and entertaining is less stressful.
To make finding things easier, try to group related items together, particularly if you are going to have baskets in more than one room. Maybe keep vases in one room, extra serving dishes another and decorations in another.
If you are super organized, you could tape a 3 x 5 card under your table or in a buffet cabinet with a list of where you put things. For me, I switch stuff around in my house so much my card would get out of date so I don’t bother with trying to keep track.
My last tip for seasonal storage, assuming you have a little extra room and more stuff, is to set up a four shelf storage unit in a garage or basement. Label each shelf with a different season (winter, spring, summer, fall) and that way you have a place to put decor at the end of each season.
This tip also works well if you like to buy new things on sale at the end of each season, it is nice to know you have a clear place to put them so you can use them the following year.
Even if you don’t decorate for the seasons, it is helpful to have a few clever ways to deal with any extra items around the house.
What are your solutions for extra storage?
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