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Savvy Storage Solutions: What’s in a Name?

Beth from The Incomplete Guide to Living is stopping by today to share a few clever ways to think creatively when you’re searching for storage solutions!

When shopping for furniture for your home, or looking for storage solutions, it’s easy to get boxed in by the intended purpose of items. For instance, I found this “TV/Media Unit” at our local antique warehouse. I brought it home, gave it a few coats of paint, and added some pretty shelf liners to freshen it up.

Think creatively with storage furniture -- this media cabinet makes a great linen cabinet!

The label might have said “TV Stand,” but all I saw when I looked at it were all of these handy little compartments!

repurposed storage tips: thinking outside the box

I knew it was a perfect candidate for an organized storage solution in our home. Initially, I bought it with the intention of using if for shoe storage. I thought the “cubbies” on the left hand side would be great for boots and shoes.

repurposing idea for shoe storage

 I tried it out, and I could tell that the cubbies weren’t quite the right size for the shoe storage that I needed. I didn’t think it would be the most effective use of the organizing potential I saw here.

Upon further consideration, I realized this unit would be great for organizing bedding/linens! I put some fitted/flat sheets in the tall cubbies on the left, and pillowcases in the smaller cubbies. The middle shelves store extra pillows or duvet sets, and the cupboard on the right stashes an extra quilt.

“TV Stand” or “Mini Linen Closet”?

Use a media cabinet as a mini linen closet for guests -- so smart!

My dream is replace the glass with mirrors, because I’m not crazy about those doors, but my mini linen closet works just fine for now!

We’ve got a lot of furniture around the house that functions outside the box including:

• Coffee Table turned T.V. Stand.

• Dressing Table/Vanity turned desk

Dining Room Sideboard turned Coffee Bar

Do you have any furniture around your house that feels shackled by its name? Why not change it up and create new solutions with things you already have?

I love that she walked us through her thought process & reminded us that you can find many uses for things when you learn to look past the labels. Thanks so much, Beth!

About Beth

Elizabeth

I’m Beth and I’m so excited to be contributing here at Pretty Organized! My husband and I live in England in a farm house that dates back to 13th century, and we are doing our best to make it a 21st century home while maintaining the character of the house.  Over at my blog, The Incomplete Guide to Living, I share all kinds of projects and inspiration from my life as a wife, mom, and decorating/DIY enthusiast! 

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