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Help!!!! This will be loooong, sorry!!!<br><br>
Alrighty... We may possibly be moving and while our rental home doesn't have a ton of closets, it's a good size so we've always had a play room. Fast forward to the prospect of buying a (mobile) home that is a good size but is really lacking in closet space and won't have room for a playroom.<br><br>
Under the bed storage was our bright idea... but the bins don't fit under our bed... They'll fit under DD's crib, I think but DS's twin is just on the floor, no box spring (as will DD's when she's ready). The closets aren't huge, but I was thinking of getting some type of organizing drawers that we can install (my mom has a setup like this).<br><br>
It lacks 2 things I did notice... A linen closet in the bathroom (which may or may not be IN it, I didn't go all the way in because someone had just used it, if you catch my drift) and a closet for shoes/jackets.<br><br>
And toy storage... We have a toy organizer but most of the kids toys are shared. I've decluttered a TON (and have a ways to go, moving into a smaller space) but I still don't quite know what to do with the toys. There's no where to put the toy organizer in the living room and I don't want to put it in DS's room because he's 4 and I don't want him to be all 'the toys are MINE'. I've gotten them down to a small bin (the toy organizer bins) of cars, a small bin of misc toys (play shovels, cameras for each, play cell phone, etc.), a large bin of stuffed animals but our mega blocks collection is HUGE. Currently taking up a medium sized plastic bin, a xerox box and the mega blocks bag. I don't want to get rid of blocks, because they do use them and build with them.<br><br>
How would you incorporate storage into the living room? I thought about putting the blocks into the under the bed storage containers (if they'll fit?) and storing them under DD's crib and then using this: <a href="http://www.target.com/Castela-4-Drawer-Storage/dp/B000UZXP9I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&qid=1272589982&frombrowse=0&fromGsearch=true&node=1038576|1287991011&keywords=wicker%20drawer&searchSize=30&id=Castela%204-Drawer%20Storage&searchBinNameList=purchasing_channel%2Csubjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchRank=price&sr=1-3&searchPage=1" target="_blank">http://www.target.com/Castela-4-Draw...3&searchPage=1</a> (I have this, but mine is just 3 full drawers) for the rest and putting it in the living room under our wall mounted TV. I wonder if under the bed storage bins would fit under the sofa? Hrm... Now I need to go find the measuring tape!<br><br>
Any suggestions for the lack of linen closet? In the master bathroom, they yanked out the garden tub, so it's just a recessed area (they have a shower curtain there and they are using it for storage) so I was thinking about putting a small cabinet in here. I actually have one already that I think will fit. I figured I could keep most of the towels in there and then maybe do an over the toilet contraption in the main bathroom (to store toilet paper) and towel racks mounted to the walls?<br><br>
And then I need suggestions for what to do with the food we buy in bulk! We buy toilet paper, canned tomato sauce, some cereals... Not a ton, but enough that I'm scratching my head wonderful where to put it. There's a lot of cabinet space but I don't think there's *that* much.<br><br>
ooooh! Storing things like clothing, holiday stuff, etc.? There is a good sized shed. Is it a bad idea to pack these things in rubbermaid type bins and store them in the back of the shed (we'd sit them on something... DH could bring me some wooden pallets from work so they wouldn't be on the ground). I'm obviously declutting mega but I'm pregnant with our 3rd and not inclined to get rid of DD's baby clothing because this baby will use it or my pre-pregnancy clothing. I also have clothing that has been given to us that goes up in sizes for DS and some of DS's stuff gets handed down to DD (shirts, non-boyish pants, etc.). We are on a tight income and I can't imagine giving all this away, I can't afford to replace it! The shed is locked and I'd obviously rewash everything before wearing.<br><br>
Thank you ladies! I'm sorry this is sooo long. Its hard to think of losing space (even though we've been in smaller than the rental we're in now), even though we'll own and be paying much less a month than we are now.
 

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Okay, I am a little short on time at the moment, but here are a couple of things that came to mind:<br><br><b>Under the bed storage</b><br>
If your bed is not high enough, I would recommend getting some risers - my parents have done this with their bed (it only lifts the bed frame/bed off the floor by a few extra inches, so nothing dramatic) and now they have wonderful storage under the bed!<br><br><b>How would you incorporate storage into the living room?</b><br>
I began using baskets in spaces in our LR furniture, utilizing cubby space in the entertainment center for puzzles, and baskets for legos and smaller items.<br><br><b>Toys</b><br>
We started out (our kiddos are 2.5 yrs apart) having toys in their rooms, the LR, the DR...then I had enough, so we moved almost all toys to their rooms, keeping some books, puzzles, legos, and some other quiet toys in the LR only. Our toys were a huge problem - they were up and walk anywhere, landing in every room of the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I love the look of the Target basket piece - so pretty! That sounds like a great idea for your LR! Not sure if you want your 2 to share a room, but a friend of mine has VERY small bedrooms in their home so her 2 share a room, then the larger bedroom is the toy room. If that is not an option then I would try to split the toys up between the 2 kiddos' rooms. I would also make sure they play with all the MegaBlocks - if they tend to use only 1 bin of them, then I would get rid of the other 2 (or maybe even just 1).<br><br><b>Bulk Items</b><br>
when we were in a very small apt overseas, I just did not buy in bulk, sad enough. We simply did not have the room. So no help there; sorry! The toilet paper I would store in each bathroom...we do not have enough space in one area to store our bulk tp, but when I spread it out among the bathrooms, it is not so bad.<br><br><b>Linen "closet"</b><br>
So it sounds like you have a nice nook - I would take the shower curtain down (this way I would not simply throw things in there willy nillly...I know myself too well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ) and then I would put a shelf in there with baskets to organize. We have a wierd space in the enclosed area of our bathroom - shower, toilet, then a space big enough for a vanity and sink, but nothing there (the vanity is right outside the door)...so I put a wide plastic 3-drawer Rubbermaid piece in there. Top drawer has extra toiletries and bottom 2 drawers have DH's undershirts, socks, undies, etc. We also have an odd vanity - one half of it has nothing under it, no cabinet or shelving, and the vanity counter is pretty low. I hit Ikea and picked up a coffee table for cheap and put 4 baskets on the coffee table that can slide out to hold my hair stuff, makeup, etc.<br><br>
Have to run for now...but looking forward to everyone else's idea - they are filled with wisdom around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You can use rubbermaid buckets with good lids in your storage shed. That will work for seasonal and baby stuff. You can get an over the toilet shelf/cupboard for linnens in the bath. It works great.<br><br>
As for the food storage? If it doesn't fit in your bath, then I wouldn't buy it. Or maybe get a medium cupboard for your dinning room/living room to stash some bulk items in, but I wouldn't go overboard. Sometimes you just don't have the room. Sometimes it takes you a few months to find the right places for a shelf or cupboard. So try not to stress.
 

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We live in a 1949 capecod with hardly any closets. hubby knocked out some rotten built ins to put some shelves for a linen closet, it's not really a closet, but i have shelves and cloth bins from bed bath and beyond. if you have a spare wall you can make a closet, lowes has drawers and shelves that can be created to fit your space. it will be an "open closet" but it will be a nicer place to store stuff and stay organized.
 

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My entire house has only one closet. I feel your pain.<br><br>
For me, I managed to utilize this one closet to the absolute max. One side holds my kids' clothes, the other side holds my clothes. There is a "divider" in the middle (one of those hanging canvas bags) that holds all of our shoes. There is a small shelf set-up with all our video cassette movies (I wish that we could toss them all and replace with DVD, but not really realistic. Our DVDs are in a small book, I threw away all the cases) and there is a metal filing cabinet that holds many of my art supplies. The closet also holds all of my fabrics, paperwork, winter hats and mittens, and various other miscellany. I managed to do it without an official 'closet system' although that might have been very nice.<br><br>
Either get smaller bins for under your bed, or get bed risers.<br><br>
Hang shelves everywhere. I don't have a closet for sheets/towels, etc so I hung shelves in our laundry area for them. You could also store sheets and linens in a dresser.<br><br>
All my kids' toys stay in their bedroom. It's a very small bedroom, so we've had to majorly declutter the toys. We only keep favorites. I want to get a nice looking toy storage system, but for now their toys are in an old laundry basket.<br><br>
Holiday items and storage stuff can definitely go in bins in the storage shed. Is it pretty rain-proof? If it were me, I'd still want to maybe store very precious items (special Xmas ornaments, etc) in the house, but everything else would go to the shed.<br><br>
Good luck! It can be done, you just have to be really creative.
 

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2 of my kiddos will be sharing a room, lol. I'm pregnant with baby #3 so the same sex kids will share one BR and the 3rd child will have a single room.<br><br>
I already have cut down on our toys, significantly. If I get rid of any more, they won't have anything! And yes, they really do play with all the mega blocks! DH loves to get down and build with them!<br><br>
In terms of an empty wall for a cabinet, the house we looked like last night did not have an empty wall to spare. We did decide to forego on that home (not becuase of the space, but because of other reasons) but I know the one I'm looking at tonight has a small kitchen. I will figure it out, I know I will, it just feels so overwhelming. We are already getting rid of the loveseat (keeping the sofa and 2 recliner chairs). It's just overwhelming to go from a larger space to a suddenly smaller place!<br><br>
A few things we did decide on... We're going to use space saver bags for all of the clothing and then seal them in a rubbermaid type bin. That will offer extra protection for the clothing. I'm not inclined to get rid of DD's twin bed (she's currently in her crib) so we are considering having my dad shrink wrap it at work (he works at an air frieght company) and then storing it elevated on a wood pallet in the shed.<br><br>
I can't put risers on the bed because then the kids can't get into it. And then the co-sleeper for the new baby won't work! We measured the bed and are hopefully we'll find SOMETHING to fit under it. We also measured the sofa and will use those measurments in the store to figure out storage. The bins we have will fit under DD's crib so we'll use them there.<br><br>
We're also going to do the simple thing and replace our mismatched pots and pans and untensils with a new set or 2. That way it all matches, it's the right sizes and we have lids. Right now we have a bit of everthing and could stand to pair down to a matching set. Same with our eating untensils, we have a million and don't need what we have. Time to really declutter!!!<br><br>
Thanks everyone! It will all work out, it will just take time and creativity!!
 
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