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I like our house. It’s a cute little 60’s ranch with some recent upgrades and unique features. However, it does have a few flaws, one of which is a severe lack of closet and cabinet space on the main level. The basement has great storage, but I can’t exactly run down there all the time for daily necessities, so we’ve done our best to smartly utilize the space we have and only keep what we need at hand. This week, Bart and I installed two different yet similar storage solutions to add some functionality, and I think we’ve definitely hit on some winners.

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Back in September, we began an update of a pantry/storage closet below the stairs in our basement. We decided to do everything ourselves, from installing new drywall to putting down new flooring. It took a little longer than we expected, but we recently put the finishing touches on the project.

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A year ago we went under contract on our house and were doing things like paperwork, home inspections, and furiously packing. Now, eleven months into living in our new home, we’ve moved on to completely ripping apart our prized investment, but hopefully for a good cause.
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The last month has been really productive, particularly around the very end of May and beginning of June. Things have slowed down a bit, as we have some other stuff coming up that has required more time and mental bandwidth, but we’ve still made some recent progress.

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As you probably recall from my copious expositions on the subject, our house is a little tight on main level storage space. We have limited closets, no coat closet at all, and less kitchen cabinet space than our previous house. Thankfully, our downstairs area has a storage pantry, a cedar closet for coats, a kitchenette, and a large unfinished utility area perfect for stashing stuff like luggage and holiday decor. We’ve been able to redistribute some stuff from upstairs to downstairs, but we still needed a couple of clever storage solutions to keep our most used items–particularly coats and kitchen toys–at hand instead of trekking down the stairs 50 times a day. Fortunately, we struck storage gold last week thanks to one opportune shopping trip, some Swedish ingenuity, and a couple of evenings with a screw driver.

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