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5 Inexpensive Under-the-Bed Storage Ideas

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,” I Corinthians 14:33a

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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.

1)  Re-purpose an old dresser drawer by adding casters and a handle to create added drawer space. This space is perfect for pants, socks, sheets, etc.
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2)  Use an old metal tray for shoe storage. The tray pulls out easily and cleans with just one easy wipe.

3)  Instead of having an eye sore present in the corner of your bedroom, hide your computer wi-fi tower under the bed.  You don’t use it on a daily basis, so tuck it away!
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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.

Pant Storage
1) Evaluate Needs:
With only one small under the stairs closet in our master bedroom, I was unable to hang all of my pants. I needed storage where I could fold and put away my pants.
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2) Plan solutions: I found an old drawer at a yard sale. Installation of casters and a handle made this an ideal storage solution for my pants.
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3) Implement Change: The drawer slides easily in and out from under my side of the bed.
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High Heeled Shoes
1) Evaluate Needs: Non-heeled shoes fit easily in small plastic containers at the base of my closet, but my heels were too tall for the containers.
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2) Plan solutions: I found an old metal tray for my shoes.
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3) Implement Change: The tray keeps the shoes in place, slides in and out easily showing me all my shoe choices at one glance and wipes out in just seconds.
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What bedroom items do you currently need to create storage for? What plans have you made for your unstored items?

All Kinds of Crazy, Oh, and I’m Over at The Bottom Line Today

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What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

It has been all kinds of crazy the past eight weeks! I am sorry I have not posted, but I have been adjusting to life returning to the workplace outside of my home. For the past two years, I have been blessed with the ability to work from home, yet a few weeks ago, God opened the door He wanted me to go through.

I wasn’t looking for a new job. I simply received a phone call asking me to apply. I applied that day, interviewed the next day, and was offered the job the following day. I started the next week. It has been a whirlwind, but I am ready to return to the blogging world. I love the new job that God provided, and I am sure that it will provide many future topics of interest for us!

I realize that today’s post is not my usual, but I just wanted to check in. I wanted to let you know I’m a guest columnist on The Bottom Line’s site today (A Miracle In Today’s World?) and that I will be back with regular posts tomorrow!