What Won't You Store Under the Bed?

We have four underbed storage boxes hidden behind a bedskirt over the steel frame our mattress came with. It's not a glamourous set up, but it works okay, and goodness knows we need the storage space. But we've got hang-ups about what goes under there, and we fantasize about a low platform bed (such as Modernica's Case Study) with absolutely nothing but air underneath it.

Part of our superstition comes from Feng Shui, which generally advises us not to store anything under the bed in order to enjoy sleep untroubled by psychic clutter stemming from miscellaneous mothballed objects. At all costs we avoid storing photographs, letters and personal memorabilia.


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The Case Study Fastback bed from Karl's Mid Century Minneapolis Retreat

But more practically, if we can't see it, we're less likely to review and purge it on a regular basis, leading to needless accumulation. It's also more inconvenient to clean under the bed properly if it means hauling out a bunch of boxes.

Bed-related items seem a more intuitive choice for under-bed storage, but even that has challenges: we used to store sheets and extra blankets under the bed, but we live on the top of a duplex with paper thin floors, and would always be so nervous to drag the box out for a late night guest or early morning change.

Recently we removed two of our four under-bed storage boxes, and slept noticeably better. Connection? Perhaps. How about you? Do you store anything under the bed? How do you determine what you do and don't store under there?

Top Image: Pine Wood Storage Bed at Stacks and Stacks