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Shelving and storage ideas for our under stairs cupboard

Over the Christmas holidays one of the things I was happy to tick off the list was painting our under stairs cupboard; a small task, but one we’d wanted to get done for ages and one that sets in motion everything else. Now it’s painted it means we can sort out the shelving and storage in that space, which then means we can clear those last remaining boxes that sit under our make-shift dining room table (Stu’s old desk). That, in turn, means we can then buy the dining room table we’ve got our eye on. So a lot of things ticked off the list!


Shelving and storage ideas for an under stairs cupboard makeover - This Little Space of Mine


Here’s a before and after that I shared on Instagram recently. We now lovingly refer to it as the custard box.


Shelving and storage ideas for an under stairs cupboard makeover - This Little Space of Mine


Our under stairs cupboard is a great space; I remember seeing it when we first viewed the house and thinking how much we could put in there. It’s quite a long and narrow space so, alongside the tumble dryer, we’re going to put in floor to ceiling shelving using IKEA’s IVAR modular system. While Stu maps out the shelving, I’m getting excited about making it all neat and tidy.

The space itself is going to be a kitchen over spill – for plates, glasses and other bits and pieces we don’t use often, a possible food pantry (should we need it), space for all our board games, a home for our hoover, ironing board etc. and all those other house bits and bobs you need from time to time.

Shelving and storage ideas for our under stairs cupboard

With that in mind I thought I’d share some of the images I’ve seen on Pinterest that have been inspiring this space for a while now, way before we even moved in. Stu even jokes at how excited I get whenever I see a wicker basket – something I know I’m not alone in being guilty of!


Shelving and storage ideas for an under stairs cupboard makeover - This Little Space of Mine


This first image comes from My Blessed Life and, while it’s more looking at bookshelves in a living/bedroom I 1) love the look of those baskets and how they’ve been labelled and 2) like how the books have been stacked – this could be applied to how we store all our board games.


Shelving and storage ideas for an under stairs cupboard makeover - This Little Space of Mine


While this is for a bedroom, how good do those baskets look together? The image is from Always Rooney and Courtney details on her blog how she’s made under her bed a useable space – very clever.


Shelving and storage ideas for an under stairs cupboard makeover - This Little Space of Mine


While the space above, from The Design Files, is intended for a living/dining room, we do need to think about how we’re going to store plates, glasses, vases etc. Having them all on display feels a little dangerous, but I’m not sure I want to box them up forever more.

If you fancy seeing more shelving and storage ideas, pop over to my Pinterest board. I’ll be using this board for organising our bathroom shelves too, once that arrives.

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Leanne x

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Photo credit: My Blessed Life, Always Rooney and The Design Files

Let’s go shopping – Recipe storage ideas

Here’s a question for you – how do you store your favourite recipes? The ones you see online, in magazines etc.? Do you keep scraps of paper in a pile or have a book or index card system? I’m curious, because I’m trying to work out how to get my recipes organised.

I see so many recipes I like the look of, but usually at the worst time – so when I’m at work or someone tweets a link, or I flick through a magazine at a friends house. By the time I’ve remembered that recipe I MUST COOK, I can’t for the life of me remember where I saw it. Bah. So I’m thinking I want to get myself a book or tin or somewhere where I can put them all. It doesn’t necessarily resolve the problem of seeing recipes at the wrong moment, but I’m hoping my little brain will do something proactive if it knows it has a place to store them at the end of the day.


Let's go shopping - recipe storage ideas - how do you keep your recipes organised? Looking at ideas from Cath Kidston, WHSmith, Etsy, John Lewis and more. This Little Space of Mine


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The most obvious option, and the one I’m swinging to at the moment, is to opt for a recipe tin/box where I can add in index cards – these ones from Cath Kidston and Caroline Gardner look great, plus they’re pretty (everyone’s a winner!). They do come with dividers too and I could always make more if I choose to.

Or I could go completely the opposite and buy a template from Etsy which I print myself; very different but might work. There are also folders from WHsmith and Paperchase, which I like, but I’m just not sure they’re right – though the WHSmith one could be filled with A4 wallets where I put in sheets of paper. Maybe I need both?

Finally, my other favourite is the collection from BusyB – I like that it stands up and has a magnet to keep the recipe in place while you’re cooking.

What do you think? Where else could I be looking? Any help much appreciated!

Thanks for reading – I hope this has given you some ideas too.

Leanne x

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