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Secret Storage Under Your Nose

By Monica Ricci

If you ever catch yourself saying, "I just need more closet space!" or "My place is just too small", listen up.

I want to share with you my own personal secret to creating more storage space in your home that's easy, practical and it's right under your nose. OK, actually it's not under your nose exactly. It's under your butt.

You can give yourself a much-needed storage boost without sacrificing any precious closet space. First, check out this selection of bed risers from Stacks and Stacks. They're simple devices that lift the frame off the floor to create additional space. Some are plastic, some are wood, and some are stackable, and depending on what kind you choose, they'll raise your bed between four and ten inches off the floor.

This whole thing started several years ago, when Christmas Boy (my husband) and I bought our first home. It was a townhome and we were short on space. I knew about bed risers, but I didn't want just a bit more space under the bed… I wanted SPACE under the bed. So we got creative and headed down to the local Home Depot to buy some very high tech, state-of-the-art tools to raise our bed even higher than the commercial bed risers would allow.

We bought cinder blocks. I know it sounds Jeff Foxworthy-esque but since 1999, it's worked for us. We stacked the cinder blocks two high and put each of the legs of the frame on top, raising the bed frame a full 16 inches off the floor! As a result, our Eastern King bed gives us 42 extra square feet of storage and because of the height of the stacked blocks, it's tall enough to accommodate large plastic Sterilite totes, plastic 3-drawer units, bankers' boxes, and the smaller lidded plastic totes.

under bed storageYou can see by the photo of our bed (sans mattress and box spring) that we're using nearly all of the space beneath it for storage. This extra space is great for things such as out-of-season sweaters and sweatshirts, sports memorabilia, compact heaters and fans, as well as extra blankets and pillows for guests. If you're wondering why the bed is mattress-free, it's because we're waiting for our new Heavenly Bed to be delivered.

~Monica

Posted August 7, 2007, filed in How I de-cluttered, Clutter Control Products, Living Simply, Clutter Hacks

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From BigNerd, August 8 2007

Hey! I know you! You're the lady who puts all of her clutter under her bed!

Juuust kidding.

I think you should monogram those cinder blocks with your logo and sell them on Amazon.

Good to see you are expanding your horizons at CCF. Another *feather* in your cap. Soon you will look like a Northern Yellow-Bellied Flipperwill. And that's a good thing because the only thing they put under their butts are eggs. Simple living at it's best. ::sigh::

Go get 'em Monica!
BigNerd

From JenLo, August 8 2007

I've been doing this with my kids for years! I put risers under both their beds (honestly, cinder blocks work much better than actual bed risers) and we use the long boxes with wheels on them and all their toys go in those under their beds.

From Monica Ricci, August 8 2007

I LOVE MY BLOCKS! Thanks for your comments Big Nerd and JenLo!
~Monica

From Kelly S, August 8 2007

wow, i'm going to have to look into this. thanks for the great advice!

From Stephanie, August 9 2007

HELP!
Just what do you do with the bathtub space when you have 6 different people with shampoos and shower gels.
No matter what I do there seems to be a million bottles and I'm the only one who tries to keep the shower clean. I usually wipe the walls down after I shower, however, I give up!! cause there's just so much bottles etc in the shower that I'ts impossible to move everything to keep the tub/shower area dry! Any ideas for this area will be greatly appreciated!!

From Julie, August 10 2007

Great idea, with the blocks!

Stephanie: Get every person their own little basket for their shower stuff and have them keep it in their closet, or if you have space, under the bathroom sink in the cabinet. That way, your shower is clutter-free and everyone has to take a little of the responsibility on their shoulders and it's not just all on you anymore!

Good luck!

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From Bee Real, May 23 2008

I learned this from my parents, lol. I still stack all my football cards and memorabilia under my bed along with all the other sports stuff that I collect and have no shelf room for. I'll have to snoop around here for ideas on how to declutter my visible junk/stuff!

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