Guest Post: Stealth Storage

Today I’m pleased to welcome Samantha Baldwin of Bromeliad as guest blogger.  As she says, we’ve been blogging friends for quite some time, and I know that I can always find fresh ideas and beautiful images on her site.  I think you’ll love these stealthy storage suggestions.

via Matchbook

I’m honored to guest post at The English Organizer. I’ve known Pauline since she was “struggling to be stylish”, and to this day she is the only woman I know who organizes her wardrobe using Excel.

My husband and I live in a 480-square-foot apartment. So I am always looking for new places to stash my stuff. Thus I introduce to you the concept of “stealth storage” – disguising your storage to look like decor.

Above is a somewhat extreme example of this concept, the New York apartment of Linda Rodin featured in a recent issue of Matchbook, which reminds me of the Little Mermaid’s cave (“Look at this stuff. Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you say my collection’s complete?”), fun to visit but impossible for a minimalist like me to live with.

However, focus for a moment on how she uses things that normally would go into a storage area (e.g. bookcase, closet, box) and transforms them into decorative accessories.

Mimi and Me via Effortless Style

Mimi and Me via Effortless Style

Here are two less extreme examples, the use of handbags (normally items you would store in a closet) as bookends and artwork.

via The Glamourai

via The Glamourai

If you are a crafter, consider this option from a recent issue of Rue. Store your supplies right out on the table. This is one I have actually done. (I recommend this for spools of rugged rope. Not so much for glue guns.)

Rue

Rue

I’ve also done this one – fancy shoes as paperweight.

via Love Maegan

via Love Maegan

Now a few examples from my own place.

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

You may say, ‘Bromeliad, storing things behind a mirrored closet is not at all original.’ Ah, but that is not the stealth storage. Look a little closer.

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

I store two purses on the closet doors.

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

I store gold jewelry inside the gold purse and silver jewelry inside the silver purse. If I put this stuff in my closet, it would consume half a drawer.

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

Here are a few other tricks. Pass off your winter coat as a “throw.”

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

Photo: Samantha Baldwin

And another one for crafters. Stuff your fabric stash inside a pouf. I’ve probably got 15 pounds of fabric that now doubles as a side table and spare seating.

What kind of stealth storage have you incorporated in your home?

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Thank you, Samantha, I love the fabric-in-pouf idea and the shoe paperweight is fabulous!

If readers would like friendly, confidential Professional Organizing help to turn chaos into calm, contact me to take the first step toward a sorted, stylish space.

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6 Responses to Guest Post: Stealth Storage

  1. The fabric in the pouf is GENIUS!

    I like to think that we have lots of storage that doesn’t scream “This is storage!” but I don’t think we have anything stealthy going on. Hmmm… you’ve inspired me to try to sneak in some more storage. :-)

  2. bri says:

    I love her bedroom. I guess we are pretty blessed we had tons of storage. But even behind closed doors (closets and garages) we try to make it pretty. So stealth in a closet is what we do.

  3. Mise says:

    Ingenious ideas, especially the pouf! And what a beautiful bedroom.

    I’m so in favour of using objects or somehow displaying them – even in a large place, it’s possible for storage to be overwhelming, a way of keeping things that will gather dust and never be used again. If they’re on show, they’ll be used and admired.

  4. That Little Mermaid reference just made me sing to my dog… because I’m cool that way.

    My favorite idea is the purse decor, for sure. I just need more structured bags since it won’t really work with a slouchy hobo :)

  5. Laura says:

    hi from prince edward island canada
    such cool ideas!
    i currently live in a huge 4 bdrm farmhouse, alone, with barely any furniture, so it seems that this would not be of interest. this is, however, a temporary house-sitting position and i hope to find myself in a much smaller and more efficient space sometime soon… – ish.
    i will creatively and stealthily store these ideas away in my mind for future use.
    thank you so much
    ~laura

  6. lovely ideas. i like the bedroom

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