After the initial unpacking and staging at our new house, I’ve turned my attention to some organization. It takes a minute to see how you use your space on a daily basis and what things are best kept in your living space versus what you can put in storage. We are so happy to now be in a home with a basement – part of which is unfinished, so perfect for storing seasonal and rarely used items. No more climbing into a super cramped attic space!
The previous owners left a large workbench and a whole row of metal shelves in the basement which are so useful. Recently, I hung my pegboard (and one left by previous owner) so that I could start clearing out the boxes and the workbench of tools that were tossed haphazardly aside in the move. On an episode of Today’s Homeowner, the simple solution was to use a clear shoe holder for spray paint cans. I already had the shoe holder but had never thought to use it this way – it’s genius! Another simple solution was to add outlet boxes to the pegboard for items that don’t hang on the hooks very well (allen wrenches, tape measure, pencils).
For now, I’ve been sorting the items that we don’t need in our living space into storage totes that I’ve lined up in two rows in the basement. The left side is just party and holiday items – I have a small addiction I think.
In my soon-to-be craft room, I was able to reuse a hanging shelf system from the old house in the closet. For now, I just have my extra cloth bins on the shelves. My ultimate goal in this room is to cover the walls above the chair rail with pegboard and put as many of my crafting, sewing and wrapping items as I can on those.
I added an elfa door rack to the pantry door to hold all of our spices. I like that the baskets can be moved as our needs change and also that I could hook it over the door instead of permanently attaching it to our stained solid-wood door.
In our bedroom closet, I purchased a few more Elfa mesh baskets to add to those I brought from the old house. I did not hang the shoe shelves, because I instituted a ‘no shoes’ policy upstairs. I haven’t found a great solution for our shoes yet, so most of them are still in boxes in the basement. I think I would like to have a cabinet in the corner of the den for them – something like this.
The last area I’ve worked on is the garage. We don’t want to keep much in the garage (unlike we did at our first house), but I thought keeping car-related products and our brooms/sweepers for the first floor would be more logical than in the basement. I used one of my Rubbermaid Fasttrack rails on the wall in front of our cars with a few hooks and a basket for car cleaners. I haven’t figured out if I can use my other two rails in the basement, because most of the walls are just block, with no studded walls over them. The two grey items attached to the wall to the right of the rail are garbage bag dispensers that I got because I had a hard time reaching them in the top of the pantry.