What's Under Your Bed?

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Home Stager with Creative Home Expressions

under the bed

Photo from fanpop.com

Cool name for a scary movie, but I'm talking about using the space underneath your bed for storage, especially when you are selling your house.

storage

Prospective buyers will be looking in closets and the cabinets that come with the house.  You need to cut your clothing closets in half to really give a good visual of how much space they have.  Out of season clothes can be put in storage bins in the basement or attic, but what about all those extra light jackets, sundresses that may see the sun once all summer and those shorts the hubby won't wear because his legs look like sticks.

shoe storage

I suggest you take advantage of the space under your beds.  There are so many different items on the market now from Space Bags to boxes, for storing anything under your bed. 

storage

From plastic to wire to canvas, that bed skirt can hide a wealth of storage.

Check out some of these resources for under bed storage:

Stacks and Stacks

Target

Walmart

Copyright 2009 Kathy Passarette, Creative Home Expressions

Kathy Passarette and Creative Home Expressions offer interior decorating, home staging, interior redesign and much more on Long Island, New York.  For more information on our services and fees, please visit our website at www.creativehomeexpressions.com 

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Rainmaker
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Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

I thought you were asking a personal question, and I didn't want to tell you. LOL

I always make these types of suggestions to my sellers also. I kind of joke that if a buyer is looking under the bed then they are just being nosy. Helps break tension sometimes.

Aug 24, 2009 01:53 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kathy- I've used the vacuum-seal bags from BB&B to store throw pillows under my bed in my guest bedroom.  Unfortunately, I have a high 4 poster and the only thing you might see under my bed is dust!  Great ideas!

Aug 24, 2009 02:45 PM #5
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES - Sechelt, BC

Kathy,

Great photos!  After attending a great Feng Shui class, I came home and immediately removed storage from under my bed.  His message was the chi does not flow with storage under the bed.  '

However, this is a storage option, along with boxing everything up and placing it in a storage locker.  The more the seller can get out of their house before listing it the better.

Aug 24, 2009 03:33 PM #6
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I do take advantage, because I have a tall bed.  I use the rubbermaid totes with wheels that are meant for under the bed.  The problems is I forget about them.

Aug 24, 2009 04:35 PM #7
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Busted!! Please don't look! It is where I keep my books for staging. I do not like to store them.

Aug 24, 2009 05:23 PM #8
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

LOL, Donna! This is what I've told my family, too, under the bed and drawers - let's utilize them!

Hi Kathy ~ I was going to get those vacuum seal bags myself, for comforters and extra pillows, but so far I'm doing okay without them.  Most of it is stuff that I will need to get my hands on at some point.

Aug 25, 2009 12:59 AM #9
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Hi Sharon ~ Oddly enough I have never used the space under the bed for storage until now {while my house is on the market}.  As I say to Kathy above, I am going to need to get to this stuff, so temporarily I hope my chi will understand. : )

Cindy ~ LOL! I've tried to keep things from that particular room under that particular bed, but I know that come Fall I'm going to be searching under every bed for what I'm looking for. 

Cathy ~ That's a good idea!

Aug 25, 2009 01:03 AM #10
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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

Love the advice, title, and photo's and info.  You are too good! 

Aug 25, 2009 01:42 AM #11
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Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

Great tips, Kathy!  We recently did an occupied Staging where one of the daughters had SO many show boxes under her bed that she had forgotten she had most of them - the other half were just empty boxes.

Aug 25, 2009 02:54 AM #12
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Hey Karen!  Just a little something I've dealt with first hand! : )

Thanks, Connie ~ Usually when you have kids you're telling them not to put stuff under their beds!  I got rid of several empty shoe boxes that were on closet shelves.  I usually hold onto them because they are sturdy enough to store things in, but they were taking up valuable real estate in the closet so off to the recycling box they went.

 

Aug 25, 2009 04:36 AM #13
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Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

Hello Kathy, so nice to you! Great solutions for the storage impaired. I gotta thing about things under my bed...nothing can go there! FABULOUS photo to go with this post :)

Aug 25, 2009 06:31 AM #14
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Kristin Mason
New Market Title Agency - Independence, OH

What a great way to make your point!  The picture is priceless.  I am always looking for more storage and what a simple tip and cost effective!

 

Thanks for sharing!

 

Kristin

Aug 25, 2009 06:36 AM #15
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Love the post.

There is nothing except carpet under my bed.   My Roomba gets under there at least once a week to keep the dust bunnies away

Aug 25, 2009 07:50 AM #16
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Yvonne Berlingeri
A Stylish Solution - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

I use this tip for my 13 year old son.  When I would ask him to pick his room he'll take everything!, including dirty and clean clothes, candy wrappers, bedding you name it he will hide under the bed.  Sometimes even in between the mattress and box spring...So I decided to get him the storage plastic tubs for under the bed and even designated one for trash (just in case), I still find things in between the mattress though!.  But, the room is cleaner.  I tell the story to my clients, they laugh and implement the tip and thank me for it...

Aug 25, 2009 08:40 AM #17
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Hi Cynthia ~ Normally there is nothing unde rmy beds either, but it has become a valued storage space while my house is on the market.

Thanks for commenting Kristin! I know that I needed a place to put some things that needed to come out of closets, but not be far away, or stored, from the bedrooms.  Utilizing the space under the bed has really helped out.

Aug 25, 2009 12:19 PM #18
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Thanks Virginia! I had carpet, and only carpet, under my bed too before listing my house! : )

Yvonne ~ I guess he still needs to keep that little bit of control by putting stuff between the mattress! : )  It sounds like, for the most part, this works for him {and probably would work for most kids and teens}.

Aug 25, 2009 12:21 PM #19
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Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

Cute and clever post Kathy!

Aug 25, 2009 12:36 PM #20
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Thanks, Allegra!

Aug 25, 2009 01:54 PM #21
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Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Cute photo, good info.  How have you been, Kathy?

Feb 10, 2010 11:44 PM #22
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M A
Boston, MA

Nice post!  I have so much 'stuff' under my bed and have no idea where I would put it without that space!

Unfortunately, both of my kids have trundle beds so they have no extra storage... wish they did!

Love that top photo!!

Apr 07, 2010 12:24 AM #23
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