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I need some ideas for storage.
Living in a 3 bedroom house with 3 kids,
we just have way too much stuff.
Any practical and cost effective ideas?
I'm in the same boat as you (well nearly I'm due in 6.5weeks) I was thinking of getting 1 or 2 of them pigeon (sp?) hole book shelf units for my kids rooms so they can store maybe their most used everday clothes in the top row and little crate for toys, books, bits and pieces in the others for easy access and fast clean ups.
Now is all I have to do is find one that is big enough for my needs and doesn't cost too much.
Any other ideas that people have would be appreciated as we have no storage cuboards or built in robes in any of the rooms.
Hope this helps it's just an idea that I had???
I'll be watching this too !
we also have a 3 bed house & my husband works from home so the study is in the lounge room. I bought a cheap ikea shelving unit for the playroom (ex dining room) which works great ... and another one for the 'office' part of the lounge room.
The kids room has a huge built in robe and I try and hang all t-shirts and dresses and keep the drawers for pants, underwear, pjs, socks etc.
This house doesn't have a linen press so we bought a cheap melamine cupboard for that -
We have 4 large 6ft bookcases (just those MDF cubby style ones which hubby stained to look like jarrah) which house most of the books but they are all full now so kids novels are in a kitchen hutch style cabinet in the playroom...
All the toys have either a basket or crate that they belong in which has a spot on the shelves.
We used to have no toys in bedrooms but we ran out of room in the playroom so the traintable is in Sebastians room and the dolly care stuff is in the kids room.
I've officially run out of storage room ! -- so some things don't have homes ...they just tend to 'wander' around the house.
We have two showers but we only use one so the other has be come home to the vaccum cleaner, the pedastal fans, some old monitors and also stores bulk buys of toilet paper, nappies and tissues.
Hubby and I both save old magazines/journals etc so I bought a few packs of black leather look foldable storage boxes from ikea (really heavy duty cardboard with lids) and they sit under the coffee table and look neat and tidy.
you can raise beds up by using besser bricks (the big grey ones with 2 large holes in them) a few in each corner covered with an old pillowcase is good. then you can get some boxes for underbed storage. (the space under the cot is good as it is the right height for boxes and little fingers have trouble getting the boxes out) i have got some of those fold up laundry hampers in which bubs has all her stuffed toys. a few of those plastic crates are good get the see through ones or ones with clear lids. also we don't put the car in the garage now. it is now our store room. we got a couple of cheap metal shelves and put most of the stuff in boxes on the shelves. also i have thrown out a lot of stuff simply because after 2 years i hadn't even unpacked it.
I am thinking of getting an office filing cabinet for important papers
We have toy boxes galore
we even use a kids suitcase for toys (Thomas for trains)
Way too many toys
We have so much junk in our garage.
I am weary of getting anything tall or heavy that might fall on the kids
but I think we have to build upwards.
Do you have a loft/attic? Even if its just how the builders left it, you could put securely closed boxes of stuff you don't use often up there, as long as you can fit them up through the hole in the ceiling.
Just realised this was from 2006... oh well, would've been a great idea!
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