If you live in an old farmhouse like I do … you know your number one challenge is storage! We have one closet in our house. That’s it. Just one. So I have to get creative when it comes to storage ideas. And since today is Farmhouse Friday (yay!!), my blogging buddies and I are sharing our farmhouse style storage ideas with you.
Let’s start in the kitchen. This built-in bead board cabinet is my favorite storage unit in my house! I remember when we first toured this house before buying it, I saw this cabinet and pretty much knew I’d be making an offer. Dishes, tupperware, canned goods, and much more are stored in here.
Next to the built-in cabinet is this free standing sideboard, which I bought from a friend at work. I store cookbooks in here, along with baking tools like measuring cups and such. It’s funny … whenever I tell someone in my family to go get such-and-such in the sideboard they’re like, “what’s a sideboard?” Would they know what I meant if I called it a credenza? Doubtful.
On the other side of the kitchen, I’ve chosen open shelving to provide additional storage. Because when you have beautiful white ironstone, you don’t want to keep it behind closed doors. It needs to be properly displayed out in the open. I do use all of these pieces and I like that I don’t have to dig to find them.
I recently added this wire basket wall hanger in my kitchen. You’d be amazed where you can create additional storage when you have to be creative. This basket wall hanger fit just perfectly next to my refrigerator. I put my most-used spices in it so I can grab them quickly.
In the bathroom, I use a lot of baskets for storage. Toiletries and grooming supplies are kept in white baskets on painted shelves. This cabinet had doors on it but I removed them because I wanted to see the baskets out in the open. Baskets help hide the clutter while looking attractive at the same time.
Speaking of clutter, my crafting cabinet hides all my craft clutter … and there’s lots of it! This picture was taken when I first transformed my IKEA computer cabinet into a craft cabinet so it still looks neat and tidy. But today, it holds a lot more stuff! Fabric, chalk paint, scrapbook papers, glue guns, Mod Podge, cigar boxes, mason jars filled with paint brushes and buttons … you name it. Just close the doors and you don’t need to see the junk anymore!
In my farmhouse dining room, I don’t have a ton of space, but I’ve managed to create a lot of storage opportunities by way of free standing pieces, like this corner hutch that holds white ironstone on the upper shelves, while place mats and table runners are stored behind the closed doors on the bottom.
I have more dishes than I need and should really get rid of some of them.
Finally, this skinny armoire holds coats and shoes because like I said … we only have one closet in the house and it’s upstairs. The closet actually stretches from one bedroom to the next so it’s super long.
When you live in an old farmhouse, you really have to get creative with your storage ideas. I don’t ever feel like I don’t have enough storage, which is surprising when you think about our home’s limitations.
For more farmhouse style storage ideas, be sure to visit the other Farmhouse Friday ladies!