Okay, to bring you up to speed since it's been awhile, I moved to BC (Kelowna) and am now renting (don't ask, it's just something I have to live with for now and am going nuts not being able to just put holes in walls etc. to add or hang things like I'm used to...renting sucks). The house I just moved into is a nice little old house just the way I like them but even though the square footage is similar to what I am used to, there is no basement. Holy cow do I covet a basement suddenly, but such is life living near a lake and water tables that are too high.What this means is I have about 1000' sq. feet and 1500' sq ft of stuff (half of which used to go in the basement...things like tools, laundry hampers/racks, Christmas decorations, other stuff that is good to go in basements). Well now it's all on my main floor and although there are some cupboards and such, they are already full so my counters, floors, shelving units etc. are loaded and I still have 10 boxes to unpack. I've run out of places to put things.So, I am trying to think of ways to incorporate some storage (yes, I am going to have to get rid of some stuff as soon as garage sale season arrives as wall to wall shelving in every room wouldn't take care of all this stuff I don't think) and looking for ideas of how to do things a little differently because I am sure I am not using the space I have effectively.What I have:- 4 Ikea shelving units (the really rough ones that used to be in my basement but are currently holding scads of stuff in my office), complete with wire baskets that hang off the shelves to hold even more stuff.- wire units that go into kitchen cupboards to stack dishes a little more efficiently- turntables which helps with canned goods and such in cupboards- ottomans that double as storage/coffee table/seating/foot stools- some of those wire cube units I am using right now to hold some clothes- two clothes racks I used to use by my laundry but no place for them here unless I give up even more walking spaceWhat I don't have any longer:- chests of drawers, lots of closet space, or much space for clothing whether clean or ready for washing (I do have a couple of Ikea folding hamper things but no where to put them except where they are now which smack in front of my stove and that is not working). The washer/dryer are stacking and no other room for laundry type things in that area as they are right beside my back door and next to the furnace (small mud room). Zero place to hang things to dry or to even sort laundry...-a pantry/extra cupboards so no room for extra food and that is one big issue. The kitchen has a small eating nook area which at present has my little freezer and 4 dining room chairs (no table) and the remaining boxes... Originally I thought the freezer would fit under a strange counter I have but turns out it is less than .5" too tall (nuts) so no room to get it in there and have sliders to be able to use it. No table to speak of at the moment and no place to put the freezer other than that space.- bookcases like I used to have and really there are no walls that don't have windows except a couple of smaller walls so just as well I guess, but I miss that space they offeredSo:1) any ideas of what kind of units or things I could do to use the space that freezer was supposed to fit (think two cupboard units spaced 4.5' apart and flanked by a long piece of laminate counter...so 4.5' X ~ 3.5' tall hole basically)? I need to use that space to hold something and to be useful beyond a place to put the dog's water dish. There is also one whole blank wall above that counter that I think could be used for something to hold stuff but don't know what without making some holes.2) any thoughts on best ways to arrange kitchen cupboard stuff to get the most use (especially things like pot lids and other similar things that just seem to eat space when loose? Any kind of doodads I could make or buy to give me more use of spaces?3) besides storage ottomans, things I can use in other rooms to store stuff that doesn't look totally utilitarian (which my Ikea shelving is...totally utilitarian and not my idea of decor).I have oodles of nice baskets but no place for them since I got rid of the bookcases I used to have to hold them when I left Calgary.There is no Ikea here (which I didn't think was a big deal but I'd sure like one now that the closest one is 3 hours away) but there is a Jysk and other stores you'd see around. Just not a lot of variety when it comes to looking for storage type solutions other than what you'd see in the typical Home Depot or Walmart or Cdn Tire type stores so unless I plan a major drive, I need to use those sources.I wondered about getting one of those bookshelf units that is all cubes as I think they'd offer a lot of storage but I don't have a wall big enough in my office for one unless I could find one that is half wall height (to go below windows). I've considered even bricks and boards but would like to do something a little more sophisticated (and I still have all my tools so am not limited by that and could build something if forced). The living room is pretty much the same when it comes to wall space as there are a lot of windows here (which is nice but it does limit adding large units).So here is hoping there are some organized heads here that can help me sort all this out. I am quite overwhelmed by it all and can't seem to think of a sensible way to deal with all this stuff when it's such a temp situation (renting is not striking me as permanent so I am not willing to invest in anything that will stay here or cost me my damage deposit). I also don't want to spend oodles of money given I have already had to leave things like bookcases behind and there is no telling what happens when I move again.