I've had fun dressing up the top of it to show off some of my china and to reflect the holidays, like the Fourth of July:
But I've largely ignored the storage space underneath the hutch:
This past weekend I realized the cabinetry below the hutch would be the perfect place for my flower-arranging things. Up 'til now, I stowed them above the dryer in the laundry room:
But they weren't conveniently located. By moving these items to the hutch, they are closer to the front door, where I go out to gather my roses. And now they are also closer to the kitchen sink, where I strip leaves, re-cut stems, and fill vases with water.
So I made the switch:
And then I had two empty shelves above my dryer. Yay, newly reclaimed space!:
I cleaned the shelving, then moved in a collection of spray paints, chalk paint, and such that had been loitering about on the laundry room counter, looking for a better home:
Ah! That's better!
Still lots of room to spare:
Sometimes, having more space means re-thinking the space you already have: