Keep small spaces uncluttered with our creative storage and organization solutions. Don't let a lack of space get you down--use the small area as a creative inspiration.
Using under-utilized wall space
Frame a doorway
Bookshelves surrounding the entry from a living room to a dining room make creative use of what might otherwise be under-utilized wall space.
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Divide and conquer
This free-standing cabinet creates a visual separation between the entryway and living space. It provides a large amount of closed storage to keep the room uncluttered.
Maximize wall space
Freestanding wall units can be much less expensive than built-ins. Create a niche in the unit for a workstation to add even more function.
Put furniture to work
Multipurpose furniture is a must. If you don't have an entryway closet, a storage bench can hold anything you need to unload. Plus it can double as extra seating, rather than clunky folding chairs.
Use a classic trick
When you have limited rooms for your little ones, go with the mainstay solution: bunk beds! They keep floor space open for other activities.
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Conceal seldom-used items under the bed
Any unused space is fair game for storage. Drawers on casters conceal seldom-used items under the bed. They also work well for storing toys in a cramped kid's room. Use garment bags to keep dust out of stored linens.
Keep everyday-use items handy instead of tucked away in cabinets or drawers. Using a hanging rack for pots and pans and a floating shelf for jarred items accomplishes just that, yet in an uncluttered way.
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Keep trash out of sight
In addition to your main kitchen trash can, try to find room for pullout cans to hold glass, metal, and paper recycling. You can also use a pullout system for your main trash can if space allows.
Let in light
A trio of open shelves and an upper cabinet with wavy glass doors on both sides allow light to stream into this small kitchen's many windows.
Vertical dividers keep pans easy to see
Vertical dividers keep cake pans and casserole trays easy to see and retrieve--you avoid having to pull out the bottom one at risk of toppling all the others. Use any leftover slots for your go-to cookbooks or food magazines.
Prep your pantry
This closet off the kitchen was converted for use as a food pantry. Deep shelves hold cans, boxes, and glass containers, and the countertop on a lower cabinet holds the microwave, so it doesn't take up valuable space in the kitchen.
Behind the bathroom door is a perfect place for a cabinet of recessed shelves, just deep enough to hold one row of shampoo bottles or nail polish.
Colonize closet space
Take advantage of ample closet space by investing in a storage system. Tracks mounted on the back wall support the weight of wire shelves in this utility closet.
Keep things within reach
Shelves above and to the side of your desk keep everything close at hand and also allow for extra display space.
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There are several baskets below this home office desk (plus some small boxes and bins above), but the work surface stays clear.
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