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When it comes to storage and organization, space saving solutions is the name of the game. Of course the first step to any organizational project is to declutter and say goodbye to unused items, but the next step is determining how to creatively store what is left. “Go To” solutions typically include utilizing vertical space, maximizing overlooked nooks and taking advantage of the backs of cabinets and doors. But one more solution should always be considered during space planning, and that is pull-out storage.

Pull Out Bathroom Drawer

Utilizing drawers and gliders to pull items out from cabinets, nooks and crannies, will make day-to-day living so much simpler. Pull out storage solutions allow you to maximize your given space, prevents items from becoming lost in a dark hole and saves your body from awkward reaching positions. Most importantly, getting creative with pull-out storage solutions can make the most of the smallest and tightest of areas.

Below you will find a plethora of pull-out storage solutions for areas all around the home.

Pull Out Shoe Storage

In the mudroom or entryway, placing shoes on shelf that slides out of a cabinet allows them to be stacked a few rows deep.

Pull Out Locker

By adding pegboard inside of a pull out cabinet, you can create a storage packed in-home gym locker.

Under Stairs Storage

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How to make the most of an area under the stairs is always a conundrum, but the opportunities for this awkward space are truly endless. Special thanks to pull out cabinets, an entire mudroom can be created where there once was none.

Pull Out Pantry Drawers

In the kitchen, one of the most common ways to maximize deep cabinets is by adding pull-out drawers.

Pull Out Pantry

But how about an entire pantry that pulls out? This solution makes the most of a narrow space between cabinets and the fridge.

Pull Out Cutting Board Storage

Narrow cabinets are also ideal for narrow kitchen supplies. Cutting boards, baking sheets, spices and linens are all the perfect candidates for these hard working cupboards.

Pull Out Towel Storage

Pull Out Appliance Garage

It is always nice when you can save on counter space by storing your kitchen appliances behind cabinet doors. However, keep them easy to access and use by placing them on slide-out drawers.

Pull Out Trash

Pull out drawers allow you to stack trash and recycling bins two deep. They also keep the contents (and smells) hidden under a sink or in a special cabinet away from curious pets and kids.

Pull Out Toe Kick Dog Bowls

Speaking of pets, the space below cabinets is probably one of the least utilized spaces, yet offers so much potential. A pull out drawer with inset puppy bowls allows you to easily stow away their dishes between feedings.

Pull Out Toe Kick Storage

These secret storage spots are also great for tucking away craft supplies, baking sheets, lids for pots and pans and extra linens.

Pull Out Counter Work Space

When kitchen surface area is at a premium, it is always amazing when you can find ways to double the work area. This slide out island counter creates an ideal location to bake the day away.

Pull Out Cutting Board

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A slide out cutting board has a similar impact! More work surface and a place to chop up a salad or slice up a side of bread.

Storage Bench

Seating above, storage below! Benches are a prime location for adding baskets and drawers in kitchens, dining rooms, entryways, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Pull Out Drawer Bench

The goal with pull-out storage is to keep everything easy-to-access and easy to put things away. That is especially important with children to encourage them to be helpers at pick-up time.

Drawers for Kid

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Adding casters or drawer glides to bins is a toy-friendly option, and making the most of unused wall cavities? That is simply genius.

Pull Out Game Storage

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Once again, storage on glides allows you to make the most of the back of a cabinet. These games stack two to three deep on each drawer and they also prevent the need to remove seven boxes to retrieve the one on the bottom. I just added this to my “must do” list.

Pull Out Laundry Hamper

Although laundry is done daily or weekly, we don’t want to think about it all the time. Pull out storage solutions for the win again! Toss your dirty clothes in a concealed cabinet hamper.

Pull Out Drying Rack

Dry your clothing on a rack that can be pulled out and adjusted based on how much you need, and then retract when not in use.

Pull Out Iron Board

Although it looks like a drawer… Surprise! It is actually an ironing board concealed behind a drawer. What closet or laundry room couldn’t benefit with that superstar storage solution?

How have you utilized drawers, glides and casters to make the most of the storage around your home?


 

 

Hi!  My name is Lo, creator of A Lo and Behold Life, a blog about all things that make my house a home.  I’m constantly searching for thoughtful and creative ways to add charm, style and organization into my family’s life.  My passion is to breathe a little innovation into ordinary items giving them life and inspiring others to do the same.  I was honored to be chosen to have my favorite and most popular DIY car garage project featured in the Better Homes and Gardens January I Did it! section.  As if that wasn’t fabulous enough, to have my sons included in the article showing off their beloved toy car collection was the proverbial cherry on top!

 

 

Since the 1950′s, children have been captivated by Matchbox® and Hot Wheels® cars. My boys are no different. Their infatuation with all things on four wheels started at a very young age, and I can hardly find a baby picture without one of them holding a toy car in his little hand.

My husband and I found ourselves using these cars as an inexpensive reward system, “If you are good for mommy in the grocery store you can pick out a new toy car at the check-out counter.” Before we knew it, the overwhelming toy car collection was growing up and over the broken & warped storage basket in the playroom and migrating to all parts of our home!

You’ve been there, right?  In the last week how many times have you heard, “Mom, where’s my car?”  How many minutes have been wasted trying to find that one favorite toy car that always goes missing?  Can you count the number of times you’ve stepped on those toys cars that never seem to get put away?

 

I searched high and low for a functional and affordable storage solution for these cars, but everything out there was either really expensive or just not practical for a 2 year old, never mind two of them.  Then I discovered that with a little ingenuity and creativity I could repurpose a shoe rack to create a wall unit that would organize their entire toy car collection and look really cool too!

What I didn’t expect was how enthusiastic my toddlers would become in keeping their toy cars organized.  Not only was this rack a total space saver but now the boys were taking responsibility for cleaning up their cars, becoming independent in finding that favorite car on his own, and taking pride in their beloved toy car collection.  It was a Matchbox miracle!

There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Do-It-Yourself car garage project on A Lo and Behold Life.  Clearly parents are in need of a practical organization solution to solve their household storage dilemmas.  Knowing that not everyone out there has the time, resources, or interest to be a DIY’er I thought, “How can I get this car garage to the masses?”  And so with a little encouragement from family and friends the Mom! Where’s my car? wall garage was put into production.

If you told me two years ago that this seemingly simple idea would be as popular as it is and could potentially be the little engine that could clear toy car clutter forever I would have laughed.  But if my family and I can bring some peace, independence, and organization into your home then all our efforts to bring it to you will be worth it.  Come along with us to put the brakes on toy car clutter at www.momwheresmycar.com

 


Trend:  Dipped Baskets!

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Of course, these super chic baskets can be used to store just about anything, but I think they would be most darling in a child’s play space.  Whether that is your living room, playroom or bedroom, they are versatile enough to house a variety of toys while your kiddos are young, and transform into beautiful adult storage when they are grown.

What are other functional, fun and smart ways to store all those toys?  Here are a few more ideas.

 

Storage ottomans have to be one of my most favorite simple solutions for toys.  They come in so many colors, shapes and sizes; and they double as seating or a place to prop up your feet.  They can be tucked into corners and under console tables or be placed in front of the sofa.  The best part is that most are soft sided, making them even more kid friendly.  I love that they keep the toy clutter discreetly tucked away, yet toys are simple to access at playtime.

 

A sideboard or a set of cabinets can also be relied upon for tucked away toy storage.   Chic on the outside yet they boast all sorts of storage for games and bulky toys on the inside!  The best part is that they can also be used in just about any room in the home.

 

Bookcases or cubbies keep toys right within reach and keep it simple for youngsters to access the items they adore, and they also provide the versatility of mixing and matching baskets and bins for both concealed and open storage.

 

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Within our own personal playroom, space was awkward and limited so I used some Expedit bookcases to create benches that not only provide oodles of low toy storage, but also double as seating.  Multi-functional solution for the win!

 

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Open bin storage units not only look great, but separate toys by type, are ultra durable and also assist in quick clean-ups.

 

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Sliding bins and crate like bins with wheels tuck nicely under shelving and furniture when not being used, yet are easy peasy to pull out when it’s time to play.

 

Mini suitcases are not only darling room accessories, they also make great storage for all those itty bitty toys and miscellaneous items that kids tend to find and “collect”.

 

Pocket organizers utilize a room’s vertical space and are especially great for housing dolls and their accessories.

 

As much as I adore a good woven basket, canvas bins are a bit more durable and the soft sided edges make them especially ideal for little ones.  They are also lighter weight and come in a large variety of colors, patterns and sizes.

 

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