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.
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.
Here are two less extreme examples, the use of handbags (normally items you would store in a closet) as bookends and artwork.
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.)
I’ve also done this one – fancy shoes as paperweight.
Now a few examples from my own place.
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.
I store two purses on the closet doors.
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.
Here are a few other tricks. Pass off your winter coat as a “throw.”
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?
Thank you, Samantha, I love the fabric-in-pouf idea and the shoe paperweight is fabulous!
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