Closet Alternatives: 5 Ideas for Living Without Closets (Without Renovating or Spending a Lot)

| 4/18/2011 1:18:48 PM

 Alternatives to closets 

A photo of Victoria GazeleyI love looking through home decor magazines, with all those houses that sprawl over thousands of square feet, or have been recently renovated to the tune of $200K.  Closets and nifty storage units spill out from the pages, beautiful rolling drawers are tucked into every nook and cranny, and everything has a place.  For someone who loves efficient storage and likes to know where everything is, it's organizational nirvana.

Unfortunately, I don't live in one of those homes.

My little house is precisely 650 square feet (give or take) and features absolutely zero closet space.  It's a restored 80+ year old homesteader's cabin, and, well, homesteaders didn't have a lot of stuff – hence, no closets!  Flash forward 80 years, and it's current owner has so much stuff that all her furniture is in storage with her ex (lucky him) and friends, and the rest is in her parents' attic.  And that's after paring down over the years.  While I'm not a 'collector' of things – when you live in small spaces, you simply can't be – I still have 'stuff'.

So what do you do when you have an average amount of 'things', a home business, a child, a penchant for things looking nice and neat – and you live in a sweet little house with no closets?  I'll tell you what I did – and it didn't cost a lot, nor did we have to undermine the integrity of the heritage structure we live in by adding built-in storage.

Armoires Are Your FriendsArt supply and game storage

I don't know what I'd do without armoires.

Victoria Gazeley
5/28/2011 11:39:39 AM

Ah, yes - tools and all the stuff we need for rural living. That's why we built a shed/carport/fort for my son last summer. It's currently doubling as our emergency food storage, but not great for storing squashes and other whole veggies. I'm hoping to get a cold storage building built this year, but we'll see how it goes. There's only so much time, isn't there? Thanks so much for stopping by!

Nebraska Dave
4/20/2011 5:38:42 PM

Victoria, I still marvel at your little house in the woods that you have restored. Innovative storage is the key for such a small space and it seems you have definitely perfected it. There is not a square inch of unused space. I'm not so sure I would fair as well. Of course any homestead has to have a shop to store all the tools and such. For me that would be much larger than the house. Then there would have to be a cellar for food storage other than would used immediately. Of course there has to be a summer kitchen for cooking in the other than winter months. (Big sigh) I've just built a house comprised of many buildings instead of one. What's a single guy with stuff to do. :0) Have a great tiny cabin day.

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters