The Organized Life, Storage Solutions
Happy Memorial Day!
We are practicing safety first with the “Harbor Patrol” on duty
I want to start by saying that my house currently does not resemble the photos below. It’s been full of sandy, crumb-dropping, “toy tornadoes” all weekend, but I hope to restore proper order soon!
Since life tends to be MESSY I thought I’d share some favorite storage solutions with you
Come on in, I’ll show you…
Our beach house has one main living space, completely open to the kitchen and dining areas, and while the kitchen has a lot of cabinets there still isn’t enough storage for serving pieces and glassware, says this “dish addicted plate-a-holic” 😳
Behind the couch there is a high sofa table which doubles as an eating bar and beyond that are two vintage pie cabinets where I store lots of goodies
These cabinets were designed to be able to let your pies cool in the open air while being protected by close fitting spindles
My shelves haven’t seen any pies cooling, but they are perfect for plates, bowls, pitchers, and platters!
Very handy to the dining area and kitchen
On the other side of the large pie cabinet is a rolling cart that holds baskets of toys on the low shelf
and this round basket on the top is where I stash my linens
It’s easy to roll this cart out on the porch for serving refreshments for entertaining
and it can convert into a handy changing table! I bought it from a local artist [years ago] who hand painted the tile scene on top
This basket by the porch doors is full of beach towels and can easily be moved outside to prevent drippy suits from coming in
A small counter as you enter the kitchen is a charging station, with tall colorful bottles camouflaging the ugly cords and plugs
The kitchen has a canister corner holding coffee, granola and baking needs
The sink area is decorated with a serving platter, lanterns, and candles that are handy to grab for dining outside
The large center island is the workhorse, plenty of space for goodies and fresh produce, as well as enough room for 2 cooks to prep, and people can still pass by
I try to incorporate produce that doesn’t need refrigeration so I can store in right here on the island. It looks pretty and the whole house smells like summer fruit
Baskets are tucked into the corner by the toaster oven holding sippy cups and kiddo plastics and fresh breads
There is another vintage cabinet in the front entryway that holds glassware and extra dishes
along side is a hanging rack and benches
The guest bath has a basket tower, 8 shelves holding empty baskets. Guests can claim one and fill it with their own toiletries and keep them out of the way but right there in the bathroom
Baskets are used in the master bath for clothing storage and towels. There are two laundry tubs on the floor, one for lights and one for darks, keeping the dirty laundry automatically separated and ready for the wash
and finally, more toy storage in the nursery, in you guessed it, baskets!
You can see more posts on this house under Home Decor, Beach House
The baskets pictured have been collected over the years, but here are my favorite, and best priced sources: Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Christmas Tree Store
I’ve had the pie cabinets for a long time, bought at a close-out sale in a Birmingham store. Believe it or not I did not paint them! These purple and blue chippy beauties were just a little ahead of their time and I scooped them up for a song
the rug in the great room is from Grandin Road
I hope I’ve given you some storage and organization ideas!
I will be joining the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and