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2 problem areas in our closets:<br><br>
1) In all of our closets there are shelves to one side and a space at the bottom. The space is big enough for a regular sized rectangle laundry basket. We hve hampers though. If I put shoes, bags or baskets there it becomes a huge mess. There are no carpets in the house and all dust bunnies and pet hair blow into that area of the closet and catch on everything. Woven baskets are too hard to clean around. What else can I do with that space? It's just wasted right now.<br><br>
2) One utility closet in the hallway is very tall. The last shelf is approximately at the height of the door casing and there is maybe 8 inches of room between the shelf and the casing.<br><br>
So in other words I have about 2 foot of vertical space I need on that top shelf, BUT it's hard getting anything up there becuse it's a snug fit. I could use a shelf unit up there, but anything I try to put up there would be very shallow to get past the casing. Hmmm, maybe I should have hubby build me another shelf up there.<br><br><br>
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1) In all of our closets there are shelves to one side and a space at the bottom. The space is big enough for a regular sized rectangle laundry basket. We hve hampers though. If I put shoes, bags or baskets there it becomes a huge mess. There are no carpets in the house and all dust bunnies and pet hair blow into that area of the closet and catch on everything. Woven baskets are too hard to clean around. What else can I do with that space? It's just wasted right now.<br><br><br>
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Maybe storage of out of season blankets/extra sheets/etc. in some sort of bag/tupperware tote?<br><br>
I keep extra toilet paper in the bottom of our closet, still in it's packaging (our bathroom is ridiculously small with no storage). You could do that in your closet.
 

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For your second question, I'd have your DH make the shelf a little narrower, so you can get stuff up there more easily. And I'd have him put another shelf above that if it's a tall space.<br><br>
For the first one, why not add another shelf or two?
 

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Just trying to keep our budget and home changes down because we rent. But I think a shelf here or there wouldn't hurt.<br><br>
I like the toilet paper idea! I keep that in a supply closet, but who says it HAS to be there? I don;t think I dare put any in the smaller kids' closet, but mine and DS1 should work for things like TP, unopened cat food, etc.
 

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You could use it for pantry space and small, rarely used appliances. I remember in another thread you mentioned your kitchen was really small.<br><br>
ETA - the space in your closet, I mean.
 

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I found this plastic zippered bag we got when my son was in the hospital. I might stick small blankets or other stuff in there and put that in one closet. The bag is easily accessible but will keep dust and fuzz off things.
 

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If the zipper bag works, you can buy those enormous storage sized Ziploc bags. They're awesome for storing stuff where it might catch a dustbunny now and then...they're cheap too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I got some at Target the other day...
 
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