Could've Sworn I Posted This Before Going To Bed..

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
September 3, 2010 10:17am CST
..perhaps I dreamt it? Who knows? All I know is that it certainly wasn't deleted for whatever reason by Admin. How odd! Anyway, the discussion was about whether or not you think you have enough storage, either in your house, in your garage, shed, you get the idea. We have 3 storage areas in the house. The little room under the stairs houses the vacuum cleaner, a bag with the cat litter in it, ironing board, wooden clothes maiden and a silly big box that really should be taken to the recycling centre but hubby can't be bothered. We have another 2 areas upstairs; one is in the bathroom and is known as the "airing-cupboard" that has the bath towels, tea-towels and immersion heater, therefore it heats everything up when the water is on. Up top in the same area I keep the spare bedding. And last, but not least there is a little room on the landing that we store jackets in. This is extremely handy as the wardrobes are naff (not my doing) so this extra space is invaluable to getting these things out of the way. Some Christmas decorations are kept in there as well. All three areas have doors which is also handy.."out of sight, out of mind" lol. The shed is a pain because it is shared with the neighbours due to its chimney in the middle! Therefore, we can't demolish it without creating a whole load of mess. However, I do keep my bike in there that I can't ride at present due to the chain coming off it and the cat's carrier basket is in there plus a few tools. So, really I suppose we're lucky with storage areas in a way, although the skylight in the loft needs moving as it's too dangerous to access at present. What are the storage solutions like in your home? Any good or would you like more? I want more, mainly a chest of drawers or something for mail that John seems to keep hold of for a year and a day.
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• United States
4 Sep 10
well..yes and no.we have enough room,but things like shelves were never built for some odd reason.and my family's had this house over 100 years. major laziness. so,it falls to me to add shelving and whatnot..and try to make some sense of this stuff.what's left after the 7 full size dumpsters removed that is. oh yeah,i'm decended from packrats too.joy.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 10
Haha! Sometimes I would love to go backwards in time when life was simpler and there wasn't electricity...not that I want to get rid of my washing-machine or anything lol. But, you know what I mean? Life was simpler, therefore NOT AS MUCH STUFF!
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• United States
4 Sep 10
they still seemed to acquire plenty in the simpler times.. you should have seen some of the stuff i sold off..OMG.. some of it bordered on science experiements after all that time. we had a few gutta-percha toy balls that had turned rock hard.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Sep 10
No idea what gutta-percha toy balls are but I'll take your word for it lol.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Sep 10
I have 5 sheds, 1 has just the other roommate's stuff, 1 has mostly the roomie's stuff and the other 3 are stuffed with my stuff... and that's just the start...
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
3 Sep 10
Is that so you can have room for the cats?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Sep 10
We had a room just for the cats, but that's storage now!!!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 10
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Sep 10
My first house was 1750 square feet, my second one was 2,200 square feet, this one is 2,800 square feet. I had much more storage in the first house than the second, and more in the second than in this one. In this house, I have a family room, a living room, a bonus room, a dining room, a breakfast room in addition to the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms, and yet I don't have a decent linen closet in the house, just 2 small cabinets. I do have more kitchen storage, but that is all.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
7 Sep 10
Wow, that's very interesting. Is your present house a new house or was it built a while ago, I'm curious to know. New-builds (the estates as opposed to self-builds) are tiny but I couldn't comment on storage space in them..probably poor I would think. I reckon many people over here just bung stuff in their garages (like the in-laws) and I would be frustrated if we had a garage and hubby parked the car on the driveway like his Dad. It's just far too tempting to fill a garage full of crap, in my view. I'd just love our loft to be sorted out as it's strange having the skylight in the wrong place, it has to be said!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Sep 10
The first house was built in 1950, the second one in 1966 and this one in 2005... Very tempting to fill the garage with crap. We have a 3 car garage, and we manage to fit both cars in there, and the rest of the space is boxes and who knows what.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
4 Sep 10
We have loads of cupboard storage areas in our home that are all quite large but we have managed to fill them all. They are filled with bedding, blankets, towels, clothing, games, photo albums, DVD's and videos and all sorts of other junk! we have two sets of free standing drawers that are loaded full of stuff as well as the kitchen cupboards and drawers which are overflowing. We definitely have too much stuff. We also have a double garage which is our office and packaging area for our business and that it floor to ceiling with boxes and other stuff. We have two garden sheds which are full. One has gardening equipment in it and the other has camping gear, some boxes of products for our business and all of our bikes. We have a large under cover decking area surrounding our house which also has bikes that don't fit in the shed, a gym set two tables, lots of plants in pots and other junk all over it. Then we have a storage shed that we rent which is full to the brim with boxes, book cases and a chair as well. We definitely have too much stuff!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 10
Wow, you sure you're living in a house or on a rubbish tip (joke) haha! I can tell you're a Pisces..the biggest hoarders of the Zodiac, ain't that the truth?!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
5 Sep 10
Yep, It is always hard to get rid of things that I know will come in handy 'one day'
@Hatley (164506)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Sep 10
oh janey you just don't know you and all who have homes or apts just how fortune you are, a yr and a half ago I stupidly thought life was great, elderly me retired a nd loving doing mylotting, my son working and paying the rent and all then boom he loses his job, we get behind on the rent, eviction heartache, break up myfamily as he can get into a gov.sponsored apt with three other guys all out of work, but for me I must because I am a damned old lady come to this bad word retirement center to have a bed to sleep on and three miles blah blah. my social security and s si checks confiscated eachn month to pay monthly rent, oh glory so now I have a room shared with roommate. one half of the closet and a huge bureau on which I m sitting here typing . which it had knee holes. miss my desk all our stuff is in storage but the bright hope now my son has been wo rking now for at least three weeks. hopes of eventually getting the hell out of this place and b a ck into an apartment with my adult son are real now.. I am t elling this not for sympathy but to warn people not to be complacent as a lot of middle class people can be in the same predicament we were just the loss of a job and getting behind in the rent or house payt and zoom if you have no relatives you are literally homeless. it can happen to anyone.l
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
3 Sep 10
I'm not complacent, Hatley, really I'm not. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been for you as it has never happened to me. However, that doesn't mean I'm not a compassionate person. I am. In my own small way I used to give money to a homeless charity called Shelter but, due to my circumstances, had to cancel my direct debit to them. I know something like this doesn't help you in another country anyway, but at least you know that I do care and hope that you can move very soon.
3 Sep 10
i have posted a jokey comment about my hoarding and storage, and then i read our dear friend Hatley's comment. Wow , I am so sorry to hear how things are for you. I do know how you feel, we had a tough time, quite a few years back,(well I was in my 20's) but my husband, myself and my small son, ended up living with my in laws, and it was hell on earth.No privacy, certainly no space for our usual amount of stuff and sharing a kitchen. So Hatley , I do wish you lots of good luck for the future and hope you get a nice place of your own soon. I never get behind with rent etc., as you are right, there is a narrow margin of error and people do end up homeless. big hugs from me
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
3 Sep 10
It seems to me you have enough storage room but as you've said you'd like more and really you can never have enough. My husband and I have a building that we are renting because we've inherited a lot of stuff. However, at the house we have three closets that we all use for storage, as well as a storage building. Personally I'd say my husband and I use our own closet, the spare closet (as I think there are some things of ours in it) and then the hall closet.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
3 Sep 10
That's a wise idea, to rent a building to store extra stuff, so to speak. A guy was ecstatic the other day because Mum gave him a lawnmower "for scrap." Dad acquired a new one and never got rid of the old one so that's not cluttering up the shed anymore. Mum is also planning on going on a car boot sale (hopefully) with one of her neighbours as she doesn't have transport anymore.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
7 Sep 10
Well this isn't really extra, in a manner of speaking the stuff we have here is extra as it's far fewer then what we have stored BUT.. I love to get new old stuff, I mean other people's trash is another person's treasure. Hope your mom was able to go to the car boot sale..
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
5 Sep 10
Our main storage is in the garage. When we first moved into this house, we did not have a lot of stuff. So whatever extra things we had, were just piled in the garage. Four years ago, I built some shelvings to store some Christmas and Halloween stuff. Although it was fine that year, it seems I have to buy and build plastic shelvings every year. I keep wondering why we end up with stuff that we don't need, that end up in the garage after some time!
3 Sep 10
oh dear, I am the original hoarder. To start with, at one time, we had 3 sheds out in the garden, plus an older touring caravan parked in the front garden, which my dear husband used as his storage areas, for tools, paint, you name it, it was stored in those 4 places. When i purchased our new touring caravan, I put my foot down (hahha )and said no rubbish in there at all. The 3 sheds out the back, (this was my husbands idea not mine,) went, we now have one normal sized shed and a garage!!! The garage is not for cars, as it was put in the wrong way round (on purpose ) and my husband uses it for his stuff plus all our garden furniture, gazebos, lawnmowers etc.,. Me , as i have already said, i am the original hoarder. I am also very sneaky. I have a cupboard under the stairs. we have 3 small lofts. one over each bedroom and one over the downstairs bathroom.i also have a large cupboard in the greenhouse, with a cat basket in front, so haha i can hide lots of stuff in there. I also have a locker at work, plus i also use the boot of my car if necessary. thats without the spare bedroom, under the bed, and my own wardrobe. oh dear, what a load of clutter, but its my comfort blanket i suppose.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Sep 10
And I thought [/b]I [b]had a problem!!
@KrauseHome (35526)
• United States
7 Sep 10
Most of the storage in our home is in our garage as there is never big enough storage anywhere else, especially via all the closets to put your stuff in. It would be nice if they made big rooms the size of a Bedroom with built in shelves, etc. just for people to use as a Storage. And even a door or something that says Storage already on there. But Storage is always never enough here. Makes it mean you just have to go thru stuff maybe more often like we do just to fit it all in.