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No More Room. . . S&C Storage Options, Part II

As we discovered last week, Miss Mojito is exploring creative storage options for two of her favorite things, shoes and cocktails. And while we’ve already discovered the joys of the rolling bar cart, this week we investigate a much trickier topic: shoe storage.

Every gal struggles with finding a place to put that new pair of shoes. Throwing them in the depths of a closet causes a big mess and makes your footwear hard to find. (Ms. S&C has also discussed her own dilemma in this arena.) And most of us aren’t lucky enough to have expansive closets that fit custom rack upon custom rack of shoes. I needed an option that was at once sturdy and affordable, attractive and useful.

I found my solution at Ikea in the form of the pervasive Expedit bookcase in black.  Each cubby hole fits four pairs of shoes, 2-3 pairs of boots or 4-6 purses.


And as you can see, the top of the shelf is the perfect spot for hat storage! Of course, not every pair of shoes fits in my bookcase, so I slip the remainder into an over-the-door cloth shoe holder.

Although my particular storage solution works well for me, I can’t help but be tempted by these colorful shoe wheels. I love the idea of spinning the wheel and taking our pick of shoes! Miss Mojito wants to know: do you have any other creative solutions for closeting your footwear?

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No More Room. . . S&C Storage Options, Part I

Miss Mojito loves her apartment: the little balcony overlooking a busy street, the bright kitchen, the two cozy bedrooms, the great location. But it’s not all rainbows and unicorns chez Mojito. My recurring challenge in apartment life is the lack of storage space. And two of my biggest storage obstacles just happen to be those very topics so dear to our hearts here at S&C: shoes and cocktail fixings. Luckily, I’ve come up with some solutions that work for my apartment lifestyle. This week, we’ll take a look at how Miss Mojito stores her alcohol.

Until recently, I kept my liquor and wine on top of the refrigerator, a less-than-ideal location for several reasons. The heat from the fridge is certainly not good for the health of the drinks, plus the liquor would sit in the full light of a window. Not to mention that I’d love to use this space for extra kitchen appliance storage. What’s a girl to do?

Ideally, I’d have a cool, dark cabinet reserved for liquor storage. This not being an option in my jam-packed abode, I decided to take some inspiration from this Apartment Therapy posting and find myself a portable bar cart. Although my dwelling place is by no means expansive, I still love the idea of having a little cart that I can roll from room to room (and onto my balcony). But seing as the options featured on Apartment Therapy were a bit out of my price range, I had to get creative. After several hours of extensive Internet research, I opted for a compact, slightly retro bar cart from, of all places, Walmart! I must say, I’m more than satisfied with the cart’s cool, glass-and-chrome composition, as well as the under-$40 price tag.


Now, the only thing left to do is stock my bar cart! Miss Mojito wants to know: what are your liquor storage obstacles, and how have you overcome them?

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