10 Storage Ideas for Small Living ....
|When we shop we SHOP ....|
|Finding storage space for all of this can be daunting. Get organised and it will be surprisingly easy.|
1. Roll instead of fold.
2. Did we mention baskets?
We have hanging soft baskets for those everyday needs, quick grab and go solution. We also use baskets for extra provisions require for long Passages. And my all time favourite is "the where is is basket" this is located in the cockpit. It holds sunglasses, reading glasses, phones, iPads, books or anything else that seems to be laying around. If you leave it laying around too long it always ends up in "the where is it box"
|Stackable baskets for the heads keeps things organised.|
|Extra Storage baskets for long haul provisioning.|
|Soft rope hanging baskets serve for everyday needs.|
|A wasted space above a locker now holds hats in a secured basket.|
|An open shelf is never secure. Use storage boxes that you have secured to the shelf of extra storage.|
3. Seeing is believing.
|Labeling containers is a helpful option when you have dark cramped storage.|
4. Think outside the box.
|These are easily removed to provide access to storage behind.|
Hairdryer holders can be very useful if you have a hairdryer but if you don't they are great drink bottle holders throughout the day and can be the best waiter at Sundowners.
|Secured to the binnacle these are great drink bottle holders during the day|
and Wine bottle holders at sundowners.
Tool trays apart from the obvious are great first aid boxes enabling you to separate items into categories, and having a visual immediately where they are located. Karen also uses them for her jewellery. All these items have many uses aboard it's just thinking outside of the box.
|Plastic tool boxes are great options for so many storage options.|
5. Make space.
Racking on the inside of doors, uses space that quite often is under-utilised, we find having the easy to reach daily items saves time. Using compartments in draws also keeps things organised. It doesn't have to be a expensive solution, here we have used old take away containers. We also use cheap storage boxes to house small items. These are stackable and fit well in a locker. The boxes are labeled with the contents for easy reference.
|Spice Racks. These are a great size holding small quantities that can be refilled from deep storage.|
|The Deep Pantry is fitted with racking to hold bottles.|
|These ready buy stainless racking systems can be used just about anywhere for anything.|
|Fruit and veggie hammocks. keep fruit aired and fresh. turning your fruit regularly stops soft spots.|
|Below small draws on the front of the dinette are now false fronts |
with larger openings under the seats.
|Turn areas that weren't accessible before into new storage space.|
6. Add shelving where you can.
|Where the washing machine was once housed we now have |
shelving with secured doors for extra storage.
|Where we once had a wet locker we have now |
fitted with shelves for small tools.
7. Break it or Brake it.
|Don't put a brake on your life because you live on a boat.|
|We store our wine bottles in used baby romper suits.|
8. Safety first.
9. Where is it …. Where could I have put it.
|This is a plan of our lockers and storage areas. We have numbered each and put it into an excel file.|
10. Eliminate the extra.
|Find items that are multi taskers.|
|Secure your stowage areas. Rough seas will see things thrown around the cabin.|
And …. If you can convince Karen not to keep bring books onboard, Our Dreamtime will be a much lighter and quicker boat.