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UGH. Our house used to be a post office. It was literally a box- a big room that they stuck some walls up in. It is an open floor plan. We have a closet in each bedroom upstairs but nothing downstairs- not so much as a broom closet, a linen closet... nothing. We can't afford new furniture (Although I am saving up for a storage bench to keep hats and mittens, dog leashes, etc). This is our first house and I can tell you one thing: our primary need in a future house is more storage! One thing we do have is a set of hooks in the cellar stairway for the ironing board, broom, mop, etc. But the vacuum sits in the dining room at all times. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">UGH. Our house used to be a post office. It was literally a box- a big room that they stuck some walls up in. It is an open floor plan. We have a closet in each bedroom upstairs but nothing downstairs- not so much as a broom closet, a linen closet... nothing. We can't afford new furniture (Although I am saving up for a storage bench to keep hats and mittens, dog leashes, etc). This is our first house and I can tell you one thing: our primary need in a future house is more storage! One thing we do have is a set of hooks in the cellar stairway for the ironing board, broom, mop, etc. But the vacuum sits in the dining room at all times. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
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I can commiserate - our house is an old farmhouse and has the same setup - no closets at all downstairs, and small closets in the bedrooms upstairs. I don't have a lot of great advice as I do not have storage under control at all. But underbed storage is good for extra room upstairs. We do have a couple of baker's racks downstairs (one in the dining room one in the kitchen). If you need an extra closet you can try to get a free-standing wardrobe, sometimes the ready to assemble ones are too expensive or maybe you could find one at a yard sale this time of year. We keep our vacuum in DH's already tiny closet, but it has been known to sit in the dining room for weeks at a time as well.
 

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Watching this thread. This house has no storage! Not even a linen closet anywhere! We built our first two homes and had tons of storage so it has been quite the adjustment living here. I mean, where am I supposed to put sheets and towels? lol<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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We converted a two family dwelling into a four bedroom colonial and we have the same lack of storage issues. We do have a space in our basement where we store stuff, but accessable storage is non existent. We have gotten rid of a lot of stuff, the vacuum stays upstairs in my bedroom or in the hallway, sheets go in the girls room (in a tiny little closet that I think was at one time a fold out ironing board). Blankets go in the boys room up on a shelf because they have an actual closet, something I do not. Towels are all folded small and stay in the bathrooms, and we put a storage unit in my bedroom that hold all the non daily toiletries.<br><br>
I have seen an ad for a show that finds hidden stoage in your home. I would LOVE for them to come here, because I can't imagine that anyone could find any unutilized space here!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I can commiserate - our house is an old farmhouse and has the same setup - no closets at all downstairs, and small closets in the bedrooms upstairs. I don't have a lot of great advice as I do not have storage under control at all. But underbed storage is good for extra room upstairs. We do have a couple of baker's racks downstairs (one in the dining room one in the kitchen). If you need an extra closet you can try to get a free-standing wardrobe, sometimes the ready to assemble ones are too expensive or maybe you could find one at a yard sale this time of year. We keep our vacuum in DH's already tiny closet, but it has been known to sit in the dining room for weeks at a time as well.</div>
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We just moved into an old farmhouse as well, after having lived in a more modern home with good storage and flow. I have a barn loft for storage (I only keep what we use--I am not a pack rat). However, there are things I need to keep in the house. The kitchen here was recently redone- but not with much thought. It's totally liveable and light abd bright, but I could cry thinking of the money they spent and yet didn't do a very good job thinking traffic flow or decent storage. They should have left it and asked less for the house. lol<br><br>
Anway-- I would love to see pix of what you've done. I need inspiration. I have lived here a couple of months now and still haven't figured certain things out.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Watching this thread. This house has no storage! Not even a linen closet anywhere! We built our first two homes and had tons of storage so it has been quite the adjustment living here. I mean, where am I supposed to put sheets and towels? lol<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:</div>
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That is one thing I have figured out: towels. Our bathroom is small but in one corner I have a basket on the floor with towels rolled up in it. I think our biggest problem is that we have the vanity from hell. It is a 6-foot-long 1970's vanity that is hideous. It takes up the entire bathroom. You can literally pee, wash your hands, and take a shower at the same time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Could you install sliding door track or curtain track on the ceiling across one end or corner of the downstairs? Install the doors or some beautiful, heavy fabric and put shelving/drawers/hooks behind it?<br><br>
This is how a previous owner created closets in the upstairs of our home where the roof slants too much to be otherwise usable.<br><br>
--LL
 

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I've read the following in an old, ca. 1918 homemaking book, specifically talking about lack of closet space in older homes.<br><br>
Hang a sturdy wooden shelf on the wall, at about eye level. Nice if it has hooks/pegs below the shelf. Hang a curtain from the edge of the shelf, and you have a little closet!<br><br>
I've been in a lovely flat in an old (ca. 1900) apartment building - rich people lived there when it was originally built, and currently. The bedrooms had dinky closets with only a narrow door on them. The places didn't have A/C (of course) and to get away from ugly, noisy window units, the family installed a system meant for vintage buildings. The a/c unit itself occupied the small closet of a spare bedroom. The owners hung a pretty white wood shelf, with a clothes rod attached (something you might see in a bathroom with an integral towel rack) to hang hangers on. It was in a corner of the bedroom, and looked nice. This was the guest room, but if you did the curtain thing, I think it might work in a regularly-occupied bedroom.
 
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