Monday, September 22, 2014

A while back I wrote a post about getting organized. I've managed to get a few projects mostly complete and thought I'd share the most major one - adding some shelves and an extra pantry space in our basement stair. Here is what it looked like before:
Originally my plan was to do a bunch of custom built-in cubbies. But after realizing this would involve precise measurements, borrowing of saws and nail guns and sanding and painting, I realized the most logical and obvious option was to hit up the local IKEA (and really, I will take any excuse to go to IKEA) and buy some brackets and shelves.  I also got a bunch of plastic bins to organize the stuff on the shelves.  Here is what it looks like now:

 It's so nice to be able to utilize the ledge and dead space in the stairway for storage.  It's right off the kitchen so it totally makes sense to put our extra spaghetti sauce, cleaning items, etc there.
Admittedly I wish there was a way I could make it more aesthetically interesting but I'm pretty happy with the increased storage space and how much more organized it looks.  What projects do you have on the agenda for fall?