Older homes often have closets located over or beside the staircase leading down to the basement. Architects originally intended these small spaces to act as an extra pantry, to provide extra kitchen space or to perhaps act as a mudroom, depending on if the closet is near the back door. However, you have the freedom to use this space for storage in any way you like.
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Make that closet work for you and, in the long run, eventually save money. Use the closet to store all of your bulk items. Purchase enormous plastic containers on wheels and line up bins of rice, pasta, oatmeal, coffee and other items. Install shelves and store large boxes of toilet paper and paper towels on the shelves. Use the shelves for organising canned or jarred items. Utilising such a closet for storage space should encourage you to shop more in bulk, a habit that's not only economical but that prepares you for a potential emergency.
Sometimes a toy trunk just isn't enough. If you have a lot of children in your family, consider turn that closet into a tiny storage room where kids are responsible not only for selecting their toys, but also for putting them away. This way the closet works not only to keep your house uncluttered, but also to instil kids with a sense of responsibility. Build shelves for board games. Store games with tiny pieces like Legos or building blocks in clear plastic containers. Stack soft toys in cupboards on top of each other. Keep a step stool in this closet so kids can reach the high shelves.
Use this closet as a spot to finally get all your linens out of your closet and into a space that belongs just to them. Fill the closet with shelves and cubby holes for extra towels, blankets, sheets, pillow cases, pillows, dish towels and place mats. Make the shelves as large or as small as you want them. Install cabinets and drawers; use whatever elements will help to make these linens more accessible. Label each shelf if need be. Installing a linen closet so close to the basement is suitable if you've turned your basement into an extra bedroom or even a family room.
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