Too much stuff? Keep your cache in the closet – or the cabinet – with these creative storage solutions.
What’s lurking in the back of your cabinets? If you’re not sure where Grandma’s prized doilies went, or why you have 10 boxes of petrified macaroni in the pantry, then perhaps it’s time to reorganize. Getting rid of excess stuff is one way of organizing our homes, but as the late comedian George Carlin pointed out, “That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.”
A better solution: Maximize storage space while adding a clean, streamlined aesthetic to rooms. With the right storage system, you can have your stuff and keep it, too. Reach-in closet systems like those from California Closets behoove bedrooms because they create “a warm and cozy feeling for the room, while at the same time giving organization. This covers a little of everything and gives a homeowner a good use of the space,” says Teresa Vernon, sales and design manager for the company.
If you really want to get cookin’ in your kitchen, consider installing contemporary cabinets like those offered at Kitchens Southwest. Showroom manager Bob Hamilton says the most popular styles right now are wood veneer cabinets of “warm, brown tones,” adorned with straight-line handles. Or you can put some motion in the notion with sliding kitchen shelves from Phoenix-based Shelves That Slide – but be prepared for some surprises when cleaning out those long-forgotten junk drawers. “One customer told me she found three cans of clam chowder while emptying the pantry to get ready for our installation,” says Shelves That Slide owner Steve Edling. “I looked at her with a puzzled look, as that did not seem to be odd. She said, ‘You don’t understand. I hate clam chowder.’”
Whether you’re clearing out the clam chowder in the kitchen, rediscovering financial records in your home office, or gearing up for a garage makeover, local companies offer a variety of storage systems for every room in the home.
Bedroom closet system
This particular closet configuration is roughly 8 feet wide and 24 inches deep, and features six shelves for linens, three shelves for shoes, a section for hanging clothes, and four drawers for accessories. Call for cost estimates.
California Closets, 14651 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale,
Sliding kitchen shelves
These custom Baltic Birch pullout shelves are available in assorted sizes, including a 2 3/8-inch tall shelf ($49.95), a 5-inch tall shelf ($57.95) and a 10-inch shelf ($69.95). Ten of the 2 3/8-inch tall shelves are offered locally for $499.
Shelves That Slide, 623-780-2555, shelvesthatslide.com
Elfa décor freestanding home office
This home office system requires no wall mounts, measures 83 inches high and features four drawers, several birch wood shelves, and epoxy-bonded steel construction. $1,869.83 unassembled; $2,337.29 installed.
The Container Store, 18550 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,
These steel grid panels attach to garage walls, anchoring metal wire organizing systems for hanging tools, sports equipment, gardening gear and more. The panels measure 2 feet by 5 feet and retail for $36.35. Attachments and accessories cost $10-$40.
PremierGarage, 21405 N. 15th Lane, Phoenix, 480-483-3030, premiergarage.com