Stylish and Creative Storage Solution

Stylish and Creative Storage Solution


We used to have a wooden coffee table in the middle of our living room. But once we brought our tiny human home I went from seeing “beautiful, aged dark wood coffee table with wrought iron legs” to “ARE YOU KIDDING ME YOUR CHILD CAN AND WILL FALL AND BUST HER BUTT ON THESE METAL SPIKES OF HAZARD YOU HORRIBLE PARENT!!” (Not to mention, “wasted space”.)

We moved the table to another room, but I didn’t want a gaping hole in the middle of our rug – I wanted something that still looked nice, was functional, and allowed us to live like normal people once Penelope went to bed at night.

Plus, I’ve learned that no matter how hard you try, with kids, their stuff does start to slowly creep in and take over your space. I also never realized how important it would be for my sanity to be able to tuck everything away easily, and to kick back at night without getting an “Elmo Goes for a Walk” book wedged in my butt when I sat on the couch.

But I found (somewhat of) a solution! It was inexpensive, looks great, and is functional, so of course I had to share with you.

Stylish and Creative Storage Solution

The photo on the left you might remember from last week, when I told you how I was coping with my migraines and the things that were only adding to the pain. But the image on the RIGHT is my storage solution – the 3 bins that all of that stuff goes into at night after P goes to bed:



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It’s really nice at the end of the day to toss everything back into those bins and not feel like our house is overrun with toys or clutter. (We also use those cabinets next to the fireplace for some other items, but most of the stuff goes in the bins.)

This is the room we use most in our home, so I love the way these bins hide everything! And they are really easy to move around when we have people over. The tops even flip over and you can use them as a tray, or you can keep them as shown and sit on them if you need more seating!

I got mine at a place called Garden Ridge, which was since bought and changed over to At Home, so if you have an At Home near you definitely head over to check out what they have. But in case you don’t, I did a quick search and found some other really cute options on, here: ottoman search.

(The above link is NOT an affiliate link.)

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Alessandra Macaluso is author of “The Bitch’s Bridal Bible: The Must-Have, Real-Deal Guide for Brides”, available on Amazon and Kindle. Alessandra also writes screenplays and articles, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. She has contributed to Scary Mommy, Uptown Magazine, Charlotte Magazine, and many other publications, and was featured in the New York Times “Life and Style” section. Her original screenplay, “Polar Suburbia”, placed as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Moondance Film Festival. Alessandra is currently working on two book projects: a book about pregnancy called "Bump Therapy", and a cookbook filled with healthy, fresh and easy recipes for babies and toddlers that the whole family can enjoy (because really, who wants to cook twice?). If you'd like to get on that mailing list, you can do so here: To learn more about Alessandra you can visit her blog at or visit her Google Author Profile.

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