More on Good Questions: What To Do With My High Shelves?
me: The "Gorilla" brand ladders sold at HomeDepot (that's where I got mine) are considerably less expensive than the Container Store ones ($40) and fold up to about 2" thick.
Patrick: My favorite stepladder is the "Ultraslim Compact Aluminum Step Ladder" offered at williamssonoma.com offered in both 2- and 3-step, it folds super-duper fat and is really sturdy.
Lauren: Everyone -
Thank you so much for the all the thoughtful suggestions! I've only been in the apartment for 3 weeks now, and am doing ok having only spent $700 (for everything, furniture, bed linens, etc.). But I hit that wall and the outside opinions are so appreciated!