A hope chest is a wonderful thing to have! But not everyone has room for an actual hope chest. How can a girl with a 10’ by 10’ bedroom have a hope chest and not loose her sanity? well… there is hope, sister!
To be honest, my room is that 10’ by 10’ that I am speaking of and it is filled to the brim with stuff! Fabric, handmade hats and bags (to hopefully sell someday), books, and so on and on.
I decided to take a tip from the Japanese: don’t waste wall space! Your walls can have shelves on them to hold things and it can look quite adorable in a cute cottage sort of way, if you keep it neat. Plus, it provides more floor space!
Your hope chest may not be a box, but maybe a collection of shoe boxes kept on a wall shelf, or book shelf, or perhaps there is room under your bed too. My bed has under-bed storage for the things I don’t need all the time. A perfect place to store those hopeful hankies!(lol)
It would be a good idea too, to collect small things, not big things like pots and pans. They can be very impractical to store, unless you want to use that pot as a storage container! People generally like wall space but honestly, in a small space, every inch is valuable!
You could always use a little attic space too, if your parents have it available. But remember, the best things to collect are practical things, like towels, tea towels, a nice homemade quilt and matching quilted pillows are nice. A lot of the things you collect, you can use now too. I collect little cookie cutters to put in the “hope chest”. I also collect small baking supplies, not always practical, like pancake molds and aprons.
Books can usually fit in shoe boxes and you can fit almost 3 times as many on average on a shelf, if you put them in those, you can also get cuter-looking containers at stores. I got some nice ones for $2.50 each at a local Target store.
I have a very small closet and I use that for a lot of my hope chest things. I also did away with hanging up my clothes and put them all in my dresser, to make room for a small bookshelf in my closet. Great hidden storage!
I love collecting things for my future and with good organizational skills, anyone can; plus they add a great skill to their hope chest: working with small spaces! Have fun collecting and storing!