You know how some people shop their house for items when they're looking to make changes to a room? Well, I shop my basement! Recently, my husband and I cleaned out our storage areas in our basement and now we actually have room to see everything and walk. We took a lot of stuff to Goodwill and to a couple of consignment shops. I thought I would share my storage area with you so you could see where I store my excess decorating items and holiday goodies.
My husband built large wooden shelving units to hold my many "smalls". I didn't want to box them up and then have to look through bins to find them later. So, this lay-out works just like I'm going shopping.
My shelves are organized by the type of category that the item best fits in. I have an area for baskets, naturals (such as antlers, sea shells, branches etc) plants, wooden trays, glassware, wooden crates, white dishes, metal ware, lamps, pictures, faux flowers, furniture, lanterns, clocks etc.
I like that the middle of the room is empty now and I can walk up to the shelves and find anything I need easily.
I have my faux flowers stored in jars under our stairwell. A clamp light provides light for that area.
I might still need to clean out the floral area. It's spilling out into the room and I could probably get rid of some more stuff!
Wherever you see a bag, it's covering something with fabric (like a lampshade) from dust. We keep a de-humidifier in this room too. It drains water out through a hose and dispenses outside. That has done a great job keeping the humidity level down and my things from getting mildewed and musty! I highly recommend one if you store things in your basement.
This probably looks like a lot of stuff, but you should've seen it last week before we cleaned it out! You don't even want to know how bad it was. It looked like a hoarder's house on TLC. I'm hoping to make some decent $ from the items I'm selling at the consignment shop now.
So, in order to keep my house from looking like a store, I'm storing my extras in here. I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to just come down here and find something I need on a whim.
Do you have a special place in your home to store extras?
Hope you all have a great weekend! My son is coming home tonight from his Savannah trip and I can't wait to hear all about it.
~ Kelly ~