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Utilizing Dead Closet Space

February 20, 2008

Houses built in the 1890’s are not known for their spacious closets. Since we’re living in such a house, closet space is at a premium–particularly since we don’t have the luxury of a garage, shed, or china cabinet. When we first moved in, we only had one closet in the entire house with a hanging rod; but since then Daniel has installed ClosetMaid closet systems in the other two closets.

In those closets, I store our pantry items, linens, and various other items. However, with the closet system we’re using, there would have been a lot of dead space. Now that would be a shame, so…


I picked up some hanging closet organizers at CVS, and am using those to store our table linens in. This utilizes a good bit of space, and also keeps our tablecloths and napkins easily accessible.


Since our closet didn’t have any lighting in it, I also picked up a fun little stick-up bulb at CVS, too (both for “free,” of course! 🙂 ) !


That’s what works for me!


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  • Hadias February 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Great idea. Great pics

  • Dot February 20, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    What a great idea! Those closet organizers can be inexpensive, but usually don’t completely work for a utility type closet, but you’ve found a great, frugal solution. Thanks!

  • yestheyareallmine February 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Great idea!!

  • Rusguide February 20, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Hi, I beg your pardon, I ‘ve posted this information in my blog http://closet-organization.blogspot.com/, and left a link to your site there. If you mind, I’ll delete the post.

  • Julie Stiles Mills February 21, 2008 at 3:41 am

    LOVE those white baskets! I get mine at Walmart. I’m a big user of vertical space myself! Great job!

  • Heather February 21, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Way to use every inch of space! Great tackle, and congrats on getting it done. ;o)

  • Holly March 23, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Oh neat, I use an over the door shoe holder to house my massive stash of vitamins Thanks to purtians pride buy one get two sales. We’ve also invested in an instant heat hot water unit. It freed up alot of space.
    I enjoy your blog and see your heart in it, thank, Holly