October 19, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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What about the Sides of Your Shelf?

PROBLEM: Space is at a premium in our tiny house with two adults and two kids. We need some more storage.

SOLUTION: Hang things from the external sides of your shelves. You can install hooks or hang wall file holders for papers. Owner Chrystal Metzger of Lexi’s Toy Box in Ann Arbor shows us a wonderful example of how she uses the sides of a shelf.

QUESTION: Do you have an example of this idea working for you?

May 31, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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Where’s My Hammer?

PROBLEM: My tools get all piled up on a shelf. I can’t find what I’m looking for.

SOLUTION: Use all the surfaces of the shelving area for storage. For example, hammer nails and attach screws or hooks to the shelf sides and back. If the shelf doesn’t have a back, use the wall that the shelf is standing against.

HINT: Outline the tools on the walls so you (and everyone else) know where to return the tool.

May 4, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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Keeping it Together…with a Hook

PROBLEM: I can’t keep track of the things that I need.

SOLUTION: Fourth Ave Birkenstock of Ann Arbor has just the solution. Owners Claire and Paul Tinkerhess collected all the supplies they need to help people try on shoes/sandals and put them in one place. They hung two hooks in order to maximize space. On one hook hangs their foot measurer and on the other a bag with test socks. They slide a stool into the remaining space. Nice organizing work Claire and Paul!

HINT: You can apply this principle to keys and purses, lunch bags and backpacks, and leashes and plastic bags.

August 12, 2010
by Susan Hunsberger
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Outdoor Tools Series

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Red vinyl coated tool storage hooks are used here to hang outdoor tools. Notice in the next picture that an outline of each tool is made on the wall for easy put away.

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Pencil is used to make outline of each tool.