If you have a lot to store, consider using furniture pieces creatively. Our cocktail table doubles as a snack vending machine...large boxes of protein bars, crackers, and chips can be stored in here to grab for snacks or lunches.
Need more space for really large items? What about replacing an open china cabinet with an armoire or china cabinet with doors (or adding doors or a curtain panel to your current piece)? If the doors have glass in them, you can cover the inside with fabric, craft paper, or window film.
I did a search of our local Craigslist (search "armoire" and "china cabinet") and found over ten listings that were posted in the last several days for a price tag of $200 or less. Many of these were under $150. Below are photos of my top four favorites. Imagine these painted white, gray, or maybe even a fun robin's egg blue, with chalkboard paint inside the recessed panels. These would look great in a kitchen, dining room, hallway, or even a playroom. And after your handy husband installs some rough shelving inside, think about how much food (even large storage buckets) you could tuck away in there!