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It feels a little bit like all I’ve been writing about lately is wish lists and future planning, but guys, we have a house! Like, we have moved all our furniture and we live there now. However, it’s currently full of boxes of stuff that needs to be sorted and put away, and I’m thinking we could use a few tools to help out with that. Here’s my wish list for some new home organization items that will help our house be totally functional.
Pantry and Closets: Wire Shelving Organization
The built-in pantry in the kitchen and all the closets throughout our new house are filled with wire shelving systems. These are versatile and easy to work with, but the large gaps between shelves are not entirely functional.
To make them work a little better, I’m thinking of adding a few baskets that suspend underneath each shelf to add some more space for smaller items. Plastic and metal baskets are great for food, and the soft-sided fabric ones work well for clothes and linens. In addition, I’m considering more specialized food storage, like a can rack for the things we buy in bulk, such as beans.
Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Organization
Cabinets can easily get out of hand, especially the deep lower cabinets in the kitchen and all of the under sink bathroom storage. I absolutely love how much storage we have built into the new house, but it’s just not efficient without adding some features.
I like the idea of adding extra shelves to cabinets to increase vertical space, but I’m also drawn to pull out drawers which will help maximize the hard-to-reach space from the back. When it comes to drawers, I like a combination of large divided boxes and individual containers that I can move around as needed.
Displayed Storage & Organization
Kitchen and bathroom counter tops, the tops of dressers, and inside open shelving create a different type of problem. I want storage that is functional, but also attractive and matches the feel of the house and room. This can sometimes be a tough combination.
I love baskets and fabric bins as a starting point. These come is a variety of styles and colors, which makes it easy to match them to any room. In the kitchen, wood and metal is more aesthetically pleasing than plastic. And stoneware, glass, or acrylic works well for bathrooms.
Once we start getting everything sorted, I’ll break down my organization systems in more detail, using a lot of these new items. For now though, it’s back to fighting with boxes for a little bit!