If your home is anything like mine, it’s far from minimal. While I wouldn’t consider myself a pack rat, I definitely have a hard time letting go of things I don’t quite have a place for. When you start to take into consideration photos, clothing, and childhood and family keepsakes, the “stuff” really start adding up fast.
When you’ve put time and work into your home’s decor, the last thing you want to do is pile a dozen cardboard boxes into a corner or a closet. Some apartment renters and owners of smaller homes may not even have the luxury of those out-of-sight spaces. So before you start purging your home of all the extra, take into consideration some of these stylish storage options with a retro twist.
In my opinion, trunks are one of the best storage options for items you don’t want to part with, but aren’t fit to be out in the open. Whether they’re filled with sweaters or your childhood train set, trucks will keep them concealed and safe. Even better, trunks can double as an end table or coffee table, so this is an excellent option for those short on space.
Apothecary drawers are beautiful to look at, but only functional if you have a large amount of small objects to organize and store. Use one of these in your garage to organize hardware, or in the bedroom to store your jewelry.
Metal carts are really popular right now, and they should be. Suitable for any room of the house, these carts can be found at flea markets, hardware stores, and home good stores. Typical on wheels, they’re easy to move around and typically have two or three shelves. Use a cart in your kitchen to store all of your baking tools, or small appliances. Organize your craft room using baskets and easily hide away your materials in the closet.
If you’re a fan of the Mid-Century style, one of the many gorgeous credenzas from the era are a no-brainer when it comes to storage. These beautiful pieces can work as a dining room buffet to hold china and silver, or in the family room as an entertainment center.
Bookshelves are a great solution for storing small items, but only those that you want to display. This retro-inspired bookshelf is a focal point all it’s own, and has plenty of space to display your camera or ceramic collection along with a few books too.
Install a few lockers in a garage or playroom to create an interesting and fun way to stash away lawn and garden tools or play clothes and toys. Really make them stand out by painting them a bright, unexpected color.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to put that cardboard box down and instead find a storage solution that reflects your own style.
This was written by Domestic Design expert, Adrienne Breedlove. Be sure to visit her on her blog, ScribblyDoodles.com