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Whether for cooking or for drinking, wine is a big player in a lot of people’s kitchens right now and it’s not going anywhere.
Of course, in order for something to not go anywhere, it needs a place to be. Think about the last time you needed to find your wine somewhere safe to sit while you were finishing dinner, or just keep it somewhere at hand during your next big gathering. Kind of a pain sometimes, right?
Not to worry! We’ve got just the kitchen storage solutions you need to keep your favorite wines organized, easy to get to, and out of the way. Take a look at our five favorite ways to store wine in the kitchen and see which one works best for you:
Kitchen Islands: A lot of kitchen islands offer extra space for longer or more awkwardly-shaped items like pots, pans, and utensils, and if you’re not already using this space it can be a perfect landing spot for wine bottles. Better yet, using a kitchen island will allow you to easily wheel your wine around to guests or different parts of the kitchen if you need it for cooking or serving.
The Walls: Particularly if you typically use your wine for cooking, keeping your bottles on the walls around your kitchen is a good shortcut to make them easily accessible (and you’ll never forget where they go). Set up some durable shelving that can handle the temperatures of the kitchen like wire shelving (or, better yet, specially-designed wire wine shelves or wall wine racks) and keep your favorite cooking wine right nearby so you can splash it on your meals.
Right on the Counter: If you don’t have many bottles, or if you use them mostly for entertaining and don’t mind turning them into a centerpiece, why not keep them right out on the kitchen counter? Stand them up on their own in the center of the action so nothing will get in the way, or use a countertop wine rack to display them with a bit more style (and help keep them out of the way).
Inside the Walls: So long as you’re feeling up to a big home renovation and you find yourself needing a lot of wine around, a lot of houses are turning to built-in wine coolers. Parts of your kitchen or basement can be handed over to wine cooler space instead, in order to keep your favorite wines at the temperature you want them to be.
Unused Drawers: Many kitchens have those bigger, longer drawers they don’t need anymore, particularly if you moved all of your pots and pans onto the wall or in other storage. Those bigger drawers can be a great spot for a few stacked up or lined up wine bottles to keep them out of the way while protecting them from sunlight, helping to extend their longevity.
Sometimes, a storage unit is just the thing you need for extra stuff.
As much as we like to talk about decluttering, some things you just can’t get rid of for whatever reason, and if you don’t have space for these overflow items, storage units can be the solution.
Of course, this creates a whole new set of problems: what if your storage unit gets too cluttered with stuff you can’t get rid of yet?
There’s ways to organize your storage unit, just like there’s ways to organize any room in your house, it just takes a little patience and the right supplies. Here’s a few tips we’ve found to help get even the messiest storage units under control:
Divide and conquer. This might be a tall order if you’ve already moved into your storage unit, but separating everything and taking inventory is a great place to start. Make a detailed inventory of everything in your storage unit to help understand what you need to organize (and what you have in there, in the event of an insurance claim). From there, try to rebox everything with like items—bedroom supplies in one box, kids’ clothes in another, etc.
Label absolutely everything. It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many storage unit tenants skip this step—and just how much of a headache it causes later. After everything is separated and reboxed, make sure to legibly label everything (be it with a label maker or simply a Sharpie) on a side where you can see the label when it’s all stacked back up. It’ll save you a lot of time in the long-run.
Make it feel more at home. A lot of people consider their storage unit separate from their house, and while that may be true in a physical sense it’s still another place where you need to organize your belongings, and a good rule of thumb is to consider it another extension of your basement or garage. In most cases this means you need to set up some extra storage like wire shelving or garage shelving to hold the load and keep everything organized, but it will make everything much easier in the long run. Another good touch is to keep air fresheners and moisture absorbers around, particularly in units that aren’t climate-controlled.
Be careful when stacking. Cardboard boxes are a fine solution for storing things in storage units for any amount of time, but you need to pay special attention to how and where they’re placed. Fill cartons tightly to prevent half-filled boxes from collapsing, seal them as tight as possible to prevent dirt and pests as well as provide stronger balancing, keep heavy items in smaller boxes to distribute the weight better, and provide padding like bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or even towels and rags.
Remember the smaller things. A lot of items that get packed will have smaller parts or accessories, and in many cases these can go into other boxes. Separate small parts like feet or or arms from all stored furniture, take chargers from electronics (and label them, of course), and keep all glass objects like drinking cups and mirrors safely wrapped and stored in their own box away from the less-delicate objects.
Organize by need. Whether you’re in there once a year or you make constant visits to take stuff back out, it’s a good idea to stack everything by how often you need it. Put bigger, more awkward, or less-needed stuff near the back and keep the front free for smaller items that you’ll need to access more frequently. It’ll save you more headaches than you expect.
Some of our readers may have a hard time imagining it, but yes, there are some people out there who for whatever reason simply decide not to have a nightstand in their bedroom.
If you’re one of those people—great! We’re not here to judge, and we’re sure you have your reasons.
But maybe you’re a little on the fence. Maybe you’re sick of looking at that naked area next to your bed. Maybe you just need somewhere to set your bottle of water at night. Whatever the reason, if you’ve been wrestling with the idea of getting some nightstands for your bedroom, we’ve got four reasons that just might tip the scales for you:
Safe keeping for everyday items
One of the best and perhaps most obvious uses for a nightstand is to serve as a ‘landing zone’ for things you need every day. Glasses? Check. Watches? Check. Phone? Check. (Especially if your nightstand is near an outlet so you can keep your phone charged, or if you use a phone charging station to keep your phone and laptop appropriately juiced up.) Nightstands provide a great place to keep daily essentials you take everywhere so you won’t lose them when you get home, nor will you (hopefully) forget them in the morning!
Better unwinding at the end of the day
We know what you’re thinking: “how the heck is a small table going to make it easier for me to go to bed at the end of the day”? You got us there, but it isn’t so much the nightstand itself as it is what the nightstand can hold. Everyone has their pre-bedtime rituals, be it reading, meditating, playing Nintendo Switch, and so on, and having a nightstand close nearby can help you keep all these sleeping supplies organized and right where you need them. Just be careful about using your phone too close to bedtime—that bright light isn’t good for you when it gets dark out!
We all remember our parents and teachers telling us about making an Emergency Preparedness Kit, and while that might be a little drastic in the bedroom, there’s still something to be said for keeping around some last-ditch supplies in the event that the power goes out or the weather takes a turn in the middle of the night. If you have a drawer in your nightstand, toss some candles, batteries, a portable phone charger, and maybe a flashlight in there to help see you through until the lights come back on.
Many of us have woken up in the middle of the night sneezing and feeling terrible, right? When the idea of moving or even just getting out of bed seems too daunting to attempt, a good nightstand can hang onto things like tissues, medicine, cough drops, or even just something like hand lotion to keep you as comfortable as possible without having to even leave the bed.
A glass of water
Come on—everyone gets thirsty, right?
It happens more often than you might expect. You’ve moved into your new apartment or dream house, or maybe you’re off on an extended stay somewhere far away for school or work.
You walk into your new (or temporary) living quarters and look around, only to make a horrifying discovery: you don’t have a closet!
It’s okay! Now isn’t the time to panic. Instead, now is a great opportunity to look into some alternate clothing organization strategies and see just how you can get your bedroom organized without a closet. (Don’t be scared, we’re right here to help!)
Get some storage furniture
The first step is to review your surroundings and see what you have (other than a bed and nightstands) to work with. Take stock of any storage options you might have like shelves or clothing tacks, and then work from there—bedroom dressers are always a good call in places like this, so you might just have an excuse to pick up that vintage armoire you’d been eyeing.
Look under the bed
Speaking of beds, no bedroom is complete without one (it’s right there in the name!) and you can use this to your advantage. If your bed sits high enough to hold some plastic storage bins or other flat clothing storage boxes, use those to keep less-frequently worn things like dress clothes, seasonal outfits, and the like. (And if it doesn’t sit high enough, a lot of places sell bed risers for exactly this purpose.)
Get some shelves
By now you might not have a lot more floor space to devote to this plan, so the next step is to use wall shelving. Keep anything folded up there like shirts, pants, or even shoes (if there’s no room elsewhere for those), and in a pinch you can devote your shelf brackets to a space for hanging clothes like dresses and blazers. Speaking of…
Look for hanging space
You don’t have to be a diehard “do-it-yourself” type to make the most of this step—you just need a little imagination. A lot of wall shelves let you slide a bar in between the brackets or hang it off the bottom to simulate the closet racks you might have seen if, you know, you had a closet.
Use the door
Over the door storage is a perfect solution for situations like this. Hang something up over the back of your bedroom door for coats, hats, accessories, bags, or anything else that doesn’t fit on your other storage options.
Have you ever had to deal with a room that didn’t have a closet? Leave a comment below and tell us what you did!
It’s the old summertime paradox—you want to hang out, go on vacations and relax, but summer means you finally have the means, time, and ability to get things done around the house.
I can finally get that living room clean...but how can I stay focused when I have a hot tub outside waiting for me?
Don’t worry, we hear and understand your struggles. What we recommend, instead of getting stressed to the point you just abandon all projects, is to break things down into manageable chunks and tackle them one bit at a time.
With that in mind, we’ve got five easy decluttering projects you can tackle over the summer that will help make your home less cluttered, keep you feeling productive, and leave plenty of time for lounging around and barbecuing.
Discard seasonal clothes
Now you probably already spent enough time putting your seasonal wardrobe away from the spring and winter, but this is the perfect time to weed out anything you’re not going to wear this summer that you didn’t wear last summer, either. Sift through your closets and bedroom dressers to find anything you’re no longer interested in wearing and donate or sell it.
Get under the bed
It’s an old cliché, and you’ve probably had this fight with your own kids recently, but cleaning under your bed is an easy summertime chore that can help you get more organized. Scoot everything out from under there (like shoes and wallets you forgot about), and donate whatever it is you forgot about long enough to not want to wear again.
Make that living room ready for company
If you’re the entertaining sort, now is a great excuse to purge some things from the living room and get it ready to have company over for cookouts or movie night. Set up a TV stand to act as a focal point for the room and keep all your cable boxes and game systems together, toss out all your old magazines and clear off your coffee tables. And if you’ve been thinking about getting rid of that old couch - now’s the time!
Sort out your cosmetics
Makeup, hair products, deodorants and fragrances—everyone has their personal care products they save for the off-season, but they can start to pile up after a while. A lot of personal care products have an expiration date (lipstick lasts about a year, for example) and if anything has been hanging around longer than that, especially if it’s a last season kind of look, it’s pretty safe to toss out.
Free up some pantry space
Finally, if you’re in the midst of barbecue-and-picnic season, you might have noticed a lot of buildup in your pantry. When you have time between meals, purge everything from your pantry or cabinet and sort it out: has anything expired? Is there something in there you know you’re not going to cook anytime soon? Have you decided you don’t actually like whole-grain pasta after all? Toss out everything that’s no longer needed, keep everything you’re actually going to cook with, and try to set up a pantry organizer so it doesn’t get that bad next time.
There, doesn’t that feel good, actually getting things done over the summer without taking an entire day? Go ahead and hit the pool, you’ve earned it.