“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,” I Corinthians 14:33a
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard the words, “I don’t have any storage.” Inwardly, I cringe. Most of us have some storage. Maybe not as much as we need or as much as we would like to have, but we still have some. My question people saying they have no storage is this, “Are you utilizing every bit of the storage potential that is available to you? “
In our 1900 bungalow (which has only three closets), we are deeply aware of potential storage areas and extremely determined not to waste even a single inch of potential storage space. With that in mind, we have scrutinized our home to try and find untapped storage opportunities.
Today, I want to talk about an often forgotten and probably untapped storage power source—under the bed. Growing up, this was one of my worst catch all spaces. Mom would tell us to clean our rooms and half an hour into the task, I would give up and shove everything under the bed. The room would look presentable and mom would never know the difference. Until we couldn’t find something, and she would eventually look to see if it had been accidentally kicked under the bed. Busted!
As adults, we no longer fear the wrath of mom that inevitably would come upon discovery of our secret mess, but if we are not careful, under our beds can still become a clutter stash. Things can pile up unnoticed, we can forget that we designated the space as “put away” for certain items, or we can store the wrong things under there making the space inconvenient and unused.
Keeping storage limited to what you use in the bedroom, I have the following five, inexpensive recommendations.
2) Use an old metal tray for shoe storage. The tray pulls out easily and cleans with just one easy wipe.
4) A low metal basket is a perfect solution for storing flip flops, rain ponchos, or other items that you are not worried about getting dusty under the bed.
5) A bus tray from a restaurant supply store slides easily under the bed while allowing you to store out of season clothes, donations for charity, or even bedroom sheets within arm’s reach. Things are close but out of sight.
Today, I want to challenge you to think about your space. Are there items that tend to sit out because you have no place to store them? Are you storing bedroom items in a different room because you didn’t think you had a place to store them in the bedroom? Now think is there a way that you could move this item(s) to its rightful room by placing it under the bed?
Whenever you are planning any storage venture, I recommend using the same three steps. 1) Evaluate needs. 2) Plan solutions. 3) Implement change. To illustrate this procedure, let me share two of my solutions.
What bedroom items do you currently need to create storage for? What plans have you made for your unstored items?