Do you need more storage space but can't afford one of those customized closet organizers? Look around and see what you already have that may be useful.
No piece of furniture or household object need to be used only as a designer intended. Stephanie Winston, author and fellow Professional Organizer, says in her book Getting Organized, "Any hollow space is a potential container!"
Do you have some pretty pottery taking up space on your shelves? Why not store small household items, such as matches, tea bags, or even kitchen pliers in them. Put the pottery on a shelf which is just high enough to reach, but hides the objects inside. Extra bookshelves can house baskets of household supplies or a portable sewing machine. Cover it with an attractive screen or an inexpensive curtain.
What about spaces between objects? Does your small folding stepladder fit between the washing machine and sink? Is there a narrow space between your cupboard and refrigerator where you can store extra garbage bags? Your folding table might fit between the wall and an open door. What about the spaces underneath furniture? You can find flat boxes that fit neatly under beds. Ms. Winston tells of a lady who kept her knitting under her TV chair so she could easily work on her latest project whenever she was watching television.
How could you make better use of empty corners? Decorative screens or pretty hanging curtains can hide boxes of games, off season clothing, or supplies. If you have long or oddly shaped rooms with wasted space, the general principle is "divide and store".
Think creatively-there are attractive ways to use any potential space for hidden storage.
Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.