How can I create storage in my apartment?


Please help if you can! I need all of your help on how to create storage for an apartment for (me )handicapped. THERE IS NO KITCHEN AND NO DININGROOM and basically no-where to eat and no storage what-so-ever and on a tight budget disability. I feel lost and saddened by this move because I am going from a huge house to a gerbil cage basically and need storage space desperately. If any or all of you can help I will be forever grateful to you all. Bless all of you and thanks from the bottom of my heartLaurie LC

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 05, 2018

    I just posted an answer at first question.

  • Oliva Oliva on Dec 05, 2018

    I'm not sure I fully comprehend why there is no kitchen or eating space, but could you have a lower height shelf installed for a toaster and coffee maker, and a fold down table to give you an eating space?

    Your storage will need to be vertical, with light weight baskets you can lower to a sitting height, since you are strapped for storage.

    If you have no kitchen, how are you supposed to eat, keep food cold, etc.? Are you moving to a supervised facility that will do meal preparations? Is there no kitchen due to fire safety regulations? Where are you located?

    Please explain more fully.

    • Laurie Collins Laurie Collins on Dec 06, 2018

      Hi there, thankyou for your suggestions, very very helpful. To explain to you about a kitchen.... there is a stove and a fridge and a small counter, that’s basically it. I would have to eat in my living room on a table I guess, but people are sending in great ideas and how to compensate so people are most definitely giving me some great feedback and thankyou so very much for your help as well, it’s going to be hard but necessary so we’ll see how things go. A prayer 🙏 would be great right about now though ha ha ha

      God Bless You abd afain thanks so much for your input

      truly grateful

      Laurie Lee

  • Betty Albright-Bistrow Betty Albright-Bistrow on Dec 05, 2018

    Good afternoon Laurie! I am sorry you have had to move into a small space after you have been used to a much bigger one. I have lived in places before which sound similar to me. I learned how to build my own space with different things. There are people who may want to get rid of little shelves with doors. I got one at a flea market for $10. With your disability it would be ideal having something like that because it was enough space for my necessities like bread, flour, sugar, etc. I put my little microwave on top of that. I got a little table that I could put the leaves down to fit into a space for a makeshift kitchen. Also see below for some good tips. Let us know what else you may need for ideas if this is not enough. Good luck to you. Don't be discouraged. It always looks bleak when you first go into a place like that. You will be fine once you see some things coming together & you begin to make it your own spot in the world.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 05, 2018

    Adding something like this would give you a small table for eating as well as a makeshift desk.

    I always think of going to the wall to store items when you have limited space. Not knowing what your disability is makes it a bit harder to advise.

    Under the bed storage, behind sofa or chairs, behind the dresser or chest for items that are used less but still need to be accessible.

    Purge by asking yourself 2 questions: Do I love it? Would I buy this again?

    • Laurie Collins Laurie Collins on Dec 06, 2018

      Hi Kathy, to your question, I have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Bullous- Femux Pempigoid disease, along with an array of other wonderful things.... take your pick bah ha ha ha! But, I would so love to hear your advice, I’ll take all the help I can get 😆

      Thanx so very much for your feedback, I don’t know what I would do without you people!

      God Bless You Kathy,


      Laurie Lee

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Dec 07, 2018

    Under your sink ,think about placing your cleaning products in a plastic bin which can be slid out so you can easily get what you need. Plastic tiers with drawers would be good for towels, facecloths, dish towels, etc. Reachable open shelves on the walls to hold things that you need to get daily. A small table with sleeves would help for meals. Not sure how you manage to reach the stove top. If there is no meal service where you are then consider getting Meals on Wheels at least twice a week so that you can get a good meal once in a while. They usually bring enough for two meals. Your microwave and small toaster oven could be placed on a cabinet which has drawers in the base of it. As for the closets, see if a rod can be installed at a lower level so you can reach your clothes. A good tension rod should work or even one that needs to be attached to the wall. Good luck with your move. It is really hard to have to move out of your home and familiar surroundings.