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Toolbox Talk: What storage solution would you be lost without?

By Bob Vila Nation on Feb 14, 2013

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Welcome to the first edition of Toolbox Talk, our new monthly roundup of the very best posts related to each month's DIY theme. In February, we've been talking all about storage.

We asked Bob Vila Nation contributors:

What single storage solution would you be lost without?

When you're talking storage, you're talking everyone's language, since no matter how tiny or huge your home is, chances are that you've grappled with the challenge of limited storage space. And we all know that truly effective solutions to this classic conundrum are hard to come by—harder than they should be, at least. If you've discovered a solution that works for you, please share your secret in the comments!

1. Storage Ottomans

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"Storage is no longer limited to closets and steel filing cabinets. Designers have teamed up to invent creative storage solutions that look great while remaining functional. Storage ottomans would be the single storage solution I would be lost without—mainly because they help conceal all those toys that are spread throughout my house! Storage ottomans come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and colors too. A large ottoman can replace the traditional cocktail table for you to kick up your feet, or a narrow rectangular ottoman works great as a bench at the foot of your bed. Use them to store extra blankets, photographs, toys or hobby supplies." (Read the rest of Jamie's post here.)

— Jamie McNeilis, Centerpiece Homestaging

2. Tool Chests

"This is my girly answer to the Craftsman Tool chest! I created this chest to organize my stuff and painted it a wild shade of fuschia (Berry Brown Valspar—Satin), because—well—because I can! It features two narrow drawers, two deeper drawers, and a cubby with doors in addition to casters that will make it easier to move it around as needed. The cabinet can be customized to fit your needs—taller, deeper, etc." (Read the rest of Cher's post here.)

— Cher Texter, Design By Studio C

What else have Bob Vila Nation contributors been at work on? This month (like every month!) we've seen stellar posts ranging the DIY spectrum from simple little fix-its to big, honking room renovations. A few favorites not to miss:

1. Designing a "Bunk Bed Hideout" for Boys

2. DIY Penny Floor

3. Trade Tricks: How One DIYer Stays in the Know

Next month's theme is spring cleaning, and our question will be:

Which surfaces in your house get the dirtiest, and how do you manage to keep them squeaky clean?

To get in on Toolbox Talk this month or next, simply tag your post "bobvila" or send your response on over to [email protected]

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