5 Space-Saving Ideas to Simplify Your Life

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Lottie Wilkins

Subject: Ideas for space saving

I enjoyed the suggestions given on use of spaces to lessen clutter. Everyones taste maybe different but there's something for everyone to think about. I think it was a darn good idea and I thank you for your suggestions. However, consider adding helpful hints for small medium and large living spaces.

Rick Halverson

Subject: Really People!

If you don't like these ideas, fine, don't use them. Every single one of them is not right for every single person.
I personally like that someone is offering helpful ideas. I won't use all of them but if I use just one, it's well worth it.

Maggie D

Subject: most ideas a waste of time in this article

Spice rack is much better at eye level where you can see the spices. Also toe kick drawers (which I have had) got stuck all the time and were a pain in the a____. Not enough space. We ended up taking them out.
I think better idea would be to canvas your readers to find out what they find are great space savers.


Subject: Spice storage

I use industrial-gauge bar magnets and wire to secure shallow, rectangular coated-metal baskets to the side of my fridge, which is at the right edge off the counter to the right of my stove. (My baskets are 2-1/2" high; any similar openwork basket works.) So long as they're not at the very back, the fridge motor doesn't hear them. They're not in plain sight for visitors, so the cluttered look's reduced. Also, they're just the right size, cheap, and readily available at job-lot and hardware stores, and handy, handy handy -- especially if your fridge is near the stove, as is true in many a wee kitchen. Just don't set them level with the stovetop or the space right above it: depending on your counter there, it intrudes on use of countertop and catches salute splashes, which can soon turn bottles and labels messy.


Subject: Space saving

rolling under the bed boxes-great for sweaters, towels, sheets
shelves inside the closet, or thin bureau, put shirts over the bureau, and dresses to the other side.


Subject: spices and ironing board

Our home was built in 1926 and the ironing board was a built-in in the kitchen wall, with a door. I removed the board and put narrow shelves in the empty space to hold my spices. Keeps them handy and easy to find. I also hang my kitchen scissors and a pizza paddle in there. Some old ideas are new again.

Traci R.

Subject: space savers

Most of these ideas are not usefull. When cooking, i don't want to bend down to the floor for my spices. I use a small lazy susan i picked up at Target to keep my spices in an upper cabinet next to the stove for easy access. I would also opt for 1 deep drawer under the oven rather than such shallow drawers. One of the best add-on features i got with my new cabinets (I'm sure you could do this with existing cabinets) is to incorporate dividers in cabinet over oven. It allows me storage for cutting boards, muffin pans, cookie sheets, serving trays, all easily accessable as they are vertical and separated.

I do love the idea of the built in ironing board as i rarely iron so dont like storing a board and iron. I wish someone would come up with a good idea for an aestheticly pleasing free standing trash system for both trash & recycle or one that fits in a pantry or under the sink.

Another needed item would be a tall cabinet made to store big bulky appliances such as pressure cooker, mixer, crock pots, ninjas, etc.that matches or is built in with other cabinets


Subject: Ironing board

I love the ironing board idea! My cousin has one in her log cabin that folds down from laundry room wall! Love it!

Carl S.

Subject: clickbait?

A few custom kitchen drawer designs that I'd have to hire someone to build even if I like them and have the right kitchen for them is not my idea of great household space saving ideas to simplify my life. I'm not going to follow your clickbait links if this is what you offer.

Barbara Scott

Subject: Space Saving ideas

I bought a couple of those shoe bags with multiple pockets for shoes that you hang on the inside of a closet door. I put one inside of the closet where I store my vacuum cleaner. I store vacuum cleaner filters, attachments, extension cords, and a few often used cleaning supplies in the pockets. These items fit perfectly, are out of sight until needed, and easy to retrieve. I put the second bag inside of a coat closet for storing sunglasses, mittens, scarves, knit hats, and other small accessories. This saves space, and the items are easy to see and retrieve when I get my coat to head outside.


Subject: Rolling stools

Rolling stools can be very helpful and safe when used as directed. The stools I have seen and used will not roll once weight is put on them. Typically, they hold more weight. They are often used in libraries and offices and have just two steps. As a matter of fact, I bought mine from a large office supply chain found in many cities.

Charlotte Trayer

Subject: How useful?

I like the ideas of the spice racks and toe-kick drawers. Storing the garbage can in its own pull-out compartment, though, takes a lot of room, because you really can't Store anything else where you have the garbage. (Ours is currently free-standing in the kitchen, but has been under the sink in the past.)

As to that step stool: that might work for people who are of average height, but not for someone like me, who is only 4'6" tall. I have two step stools--a kick stool (such as you find in the library) which raises me about 15", and a 3-step folding ladder, which lets me easily access most of the rest of my overhead cupboards. In addition, the step stool you show doesn't look very stable at all, the steps look too narrow to hold a larger foot.

The ironing board? Way too high for someone like me, way too low for someone who is 6' tall. Not a good idea at all. (Besides, I'm a sewer, and my ironing board stays up All The Time in my sewing room!)


Subject: Spice racks

On the surface, those spice racks that pull out are really clever use of space, but to put them next to the sink and next to the cooktop is exactly where we are told not to keep them because spices should never be kept near a source of moisture, or heat because it ruins them.


Subject: Some, yes, others, not so much...

The actual storage space on the spice pullouts is very marginal. Planning for a better cabinetry layout could result in much more functional space. Why someone would choose full-overlay traditional cabinets and then drop the money on those pullouts is puzzling. Switching to a frameless design with a traditional-look door would get you the same look and 10% to 15% more space in any given layout--and it wouldn't cost any more money.

I've looked into the toe-kick drawers, and at $200 a piece and up, again, the space isn't worth it in most kitchens, but in very small spaces, they would be.

Sydnee Sernoe

Subject: aapartment ideas

Where are some apartment ideas? I live in a small 1-bedroom apt. and it would be great to include those of us who live in small places.

See what you can do, please?


Sydnee S.

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