How To Create Effective Overflow Areas

Are your shelves and cabinets overruneth? Did you just come back from cosco and have to leave piles on the floor? Its okay. You are not alone.

Maybe you should look into creating "overflow areas". The purpose of these areas is to store items that you 1. purchased in bulk or 2. items that you don't need accessible all the time.

What types of items should you consider putting in an "overflow" area?

* Cosco or bulk purchases. You don't need 20 rolls of toilet paper at one time.

* Entertaining items. Most of us don't serve our dinner on platters every night.

* Extra food items

* Craft items

If you have extra closets, you are in luck. All you have to do is properly shelf them. You can go the expensive(but it looks so good) route and call a closet company to customize it to your needs. Buy a closet system from container store with adjustable brackets and shelving. Or a third option is to just put a free standing shelf in the closet( the cheapest option but you won't be utilizing all the space).

If you don't have extra closets, then you have to create strorage. If you have a basement, then use it. Here are a few solutions that I like:

metal shelving

Metal shelves. These are heavy duty and with hold lots of stuff. You can adjust the shelves to fit your boxes or bins.They line up nicely against the wall.

wooden storage cabinet

The above wooden storage cabinets are great for a casual kitchen area, laundry room, or basement. They are perfect for storing food, entertaing and craft items.

There is no right or wrong choice here. It depends on your space, budget, and items that you want to store.

Creating an overflow area gives you more space in your cabinets and closets. Labeling shelves is also a good way to keep track of your inventory.

Remember to always check your overflow areas before you go shopping! Shop in your closet first!!

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