Thursday, January 20, 2011

Storage Solutions

Being organized is in my nature. 
Here are some helpful ways I keep things 
around the homestead.

Baskets in the linen closet keep our towels, 
rags, sheets, extra pillows
and blankets where we can easily access them 
if company comes to call.  
***We retweaked this linen closet here.***

Under the lil' guy's bathroom sink, 
we keep all of his toiletries.

 Here's a trick I picked up along the way.  
Use an old tissue box
for keeping your plastic garbage can liners. 
With the advent of the reusable fabric shopping bag, 
this won't be around much longer!

Books, books, books!  We love books around here. 
When we redecorated the lil' guy's room 
in the Wall-e theme,
we found these industrial-looking bins 
for his large collection of books.

 These are labeled and placed on the bottom shelf 
of his large Lego cabinet
(for works in progress),
so that the weight is not an issue 
when searching for that perfect read.
***See our updated boy's room here.***

 These cabinets (3 large drawers, 1 small) 
were purchased with the intention
of helping our Lego Master 
to keep things as tidy as possible. 
It's doing its job, although we need to add on!
One of the hallmarks of autism 
is the difficulty with organizational tasks. 
This cabinet assists him in building up that skill.
**See our updated Lego storage here.***

 It's wonderful to have books accessible
when that rare occasion 
for an afternoon perusal comes about.
I especially love reading 
when there's a good thunderstorm brewing.
We are blessed to have ample space 
in our master bedroom
to accommodate a reading nook 
and a coffee table to hold a cup of coffee or tea.

A special basket in the living room designated for
library materials keeps things from getting lost
and one stop will get us out the door
when it's time to return them.

 This table perfectly houses this farm basket.
***See how we repurposed this table here.***

Not everything has to have a utilitarian purpose, 
although that is my usual requirement. 
I've had these corncob baskets for years 
and never put anything in them. 
These handmade treasures act as art pieces 
in their own right.

The other three farm baskets roost over our hall tree, 
again completely empty. 
I'm not a chachki kinda gal, 
so I use adornments sparingly. 
I think it makes them that much more special.