Open and Shut Storage

Open and Shut Storage

Sarah Coffey
Jan 7, 2008

When we look through our own apartment, almost all of our little organizational areas are a combination of open and closed storage. (Open hooks for coats and scarves, closed drawers for gloves and miscellany.) Click below for suggestions on how to best combine open and shut storage, room by room.

Landing Strip: Shut up coats and scarves in an entryway closet, or hang them on open hooks if you don't have the luxury of a hall closet. Use wall-mounted cubbies like the Trones storage system from IKEA to hide shoes and other small items. Top Image: Narrow Leg Wardrobe from West Elm.

Living Room: Books can be stored in the open on shelves, or closed behind panel doors. Image from AT's post on Hidden Storage: Bookcases With Doors.

Kitchen: Use pot racks or hooks to hang pans and kitchen equipment. If you have open shelving, stack your dishes by color and be vigilant about cleaning out clutter. If you have closed cabinets, use stackable shelving to create more storage space. For more tips, click here.

Bathroom: Store supplies in glass apothecary jars, or keep them closed in units like the stackable round Componibili. For images and links, see AT's post on Small Space Bathroom Storage.

Bedroom: Keep everything in its place by organizing your closet with hangers and proper shoe storage. Keep drawers organized by splitting up small storage with drawer inserts. Magazines and reading materials can be left in the open, organized in racks. For images and links, see AT's post on How to Declutter the Bedroom.

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