Unconventional Storage Containers – Part 2

Posted on Jan 23 2012 - 9:30am by Michael James

Welcome readers, to another Monday with Mike wherein we get our house organized. We took care of the kitchen last week and discovered we could do a lot with food jars, even getting replacement lids when we needed.

On to the living room!

Living Room

When I tackled my living room, it was full of trinkets and books.  Most of the cluttered items I still wanted to keep, but didn’t have the storage space for either.  But thanks to my habit of saving every shoe box I’d ever purchased, I found a simple fix.  I went to the local craft store and picked up a few yards of fabric in patterns that matched my living room.  Then I glued (I used Elmers, but hot or fabric glue would work just as well) the fabric to the boxes, and viola! Storage boxes that I didn’t feel the need to shove under a bed.  I placed my boxes on a shelf, but boxes could even be stacked to act as an end table – just remember to stack the heavy items toward the bottom.  This tip can be used for any room just by changing the fabric.

Photo courtesy of All People Quilt.

Next Monday I’ll share the reasoning behind a surprising discovery. The bathroom was the easiest room to handle.

Mike James

Michael James

About Michael James

Division Vice President
Extra Space Storage

While getting his degree from Ramapo College in New Jersey, Mike began his journey in the self storage business working as a Store Manager. After graduating with a degree in Information Systems, Mike became a District Manager and later relocated to Utah to work as the Director and Operations Coordinator. He's now moved back to his home state of New Jersey and is currently the Division Vice President of the area.

In his time away from the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his kids, eating out, and going to the movies. And ever the outdoorsman, Mike is an avid hiker and does his own home improvement projects.

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