Organizing in Small Spaces: Utilizing What You Have

by Katie on January 24, 2013

In the process of organizing our home, I try to utilize the storage space that we have available in the most effective manner possible.  Several years ago, I was blessed to inherit my grandmother’s hutch.  At the time, she was downsizing to smaller accommodations, and no longer had room for her hutch.

I was amazed to find that it fit perfectly in the corner of our dining room – as if it had been custom built for the spot.  Since that time, my grandmother has passed away, and the hutch is a daily reminder of her presence in my life.

In addition to being a wonderful heirloom and memory, the hutch provides an incredible amount of storage space.  I wanted to utilize the space for items that I need to have readily accessible and that are used on a routine basis.  At the same time, with the amount of space available, I knew that it would be easy to overfill the drawers and cupboards, rendering it an inefficient use of space.

In the larger cupboards, I was able to store several large baking pans and my most often used cookbooks.  The large drawers house our financial binder (complete with each month’s bills, stamps, and envelopes), our household binder, extra paper, and an in-bin for papers that need to be sorted and filed.  The smaller drawers hold extra silverware on one side, and our daughter’s art supplies on the other side.

The upper cupboards hold our CDs, batteries, screwdrivers, and important cords for charging a variety of devices.  I also utilize the small, upper drawer for important papers.  All in all, it’s an incredible amount of storage space for items that our family uses on a daily basis.

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De Anna January 25, 2013 at 1:51 am

What a beautiful hutch! Not only does it provide beautiful storage space and fond memories of the past, but offers new memories for the future. I’m certain one day it will be passed down to another generation to continue the tradition of storage and love. Another great post!


Katie January 25, 2013 at 6:25 am

Thank you!


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