Storage Cabinets Can Solve The Curse Of A House Without Closets

By: Adam Pink

Storage cabinets are the forgotten little brother in comparison to real closet storage. Although they seem to play second fiddle, when it comes to your organization scheme as a whole, storage cabinets serve a valuable role in keeping each room in your house organized.
Storage cabinets come in many different forms, and also in many different sizes. Even though you are limited with your built-in storage space, it does not mean that you must suffer without any storage space of any kind. Cabinets can be built-in, but if you are short on built in closet space, chances are there are few storage cabinets available in your house either. Any size of cabinet will work for storage purposes, from a blanket box used as a side table in the spare bedroom, to a large oversize armoire used as an extra clothes closet in your bedroom.
The first thing you should realize is that the contents of a storage cabinet shouldn't stagnate. I storage cabinet is not a place to store junk you no longer use. This is the biggest and most common misuse of cabinets. People end up storing older belongings they no longer use regularly and these items sit in the cabinets taking up valuable space for years. Every storage cabinet should be emptied at least once per year. Anything that hasn't been touched in a year should be given to the charity shop.
Bathroom medicine cabinets can be a terribly misused storage cabinet. These cabinets are full of cold medications, pill samples, sun screens, bug repellents, allergy medications, etc, etc. I bet that half the over the counter medications found in most bathroom storage cabinets is outdated. Empty that cabinet. Check the dates on everything and dispose of all outdated medications. Some medications are important to have on hand like Ibuprofen and anti-histamines. Make sure you have a new supply of these and get rid of everything old.
For reasons I could never understand some rooms were built without closets or storage cabinets. In the case of such rooms storage options will have to be added. The choice of added storage will depend on your tastes and budget. There are fabulous antique wardrobes and storage cabinets that can be picked up from boutique antique collections. Check your Yellow Pages for the contact information of antique dealers in your area. Equally functional and much less expensive options can be found at stores like Ikea.
If you organize your storage systems, I guarantee that your house will quickly look less cluttered. Not only will your house be less cluttered but it will feel lighter. Organization systems are easy to put in place but first you must purge and rid yourself of old unused items. Use your cabinet storage wisely and you will be happy that you did.

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