Let clutter be a thing of the past! Here's how to find extra storage space in every room of your house.
1. Build your own unit. Spray-painted yellow and topped with plywood, three Goodwill filing cabinets morphed into a bright storage space.
2. Give antiques new life. Use vintage breadboxes as sneaky storage for table linens in a kitchen.
3. Try industrial shelving. Construct a pantry from a pair or metal storage units.
4. Seek out open spaces. Rather than let a rarely used fireplace go to waste, stack books inside.
5. Install floor-to-ceiling shelves. Replace upper cabinets with shelves and hooks that make kitchenware easily accessible.
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6. Go for an artistic arrangement. Cover cardboard boxes in old French maps and newspapers.
7. Use what you've got. Remove cabinet doors underneath window seats to create a clever spot to stash your stuff.
8. Take advantage of vertical space. Rather than waste a kitchen closet, use tall shelving units that will maximize corners.
9. Take suitcases out of the closet. Stack antique pieces to use them as 'drawers' that can increase storage space in tight corners.
10. Think outside the box. Use cardboard tubes and contact paper to create circular shelves.
11. Eliminate confusion with easy-access cubbies. Use Pottery Barn units to stash plates and glasses in your kitchen.
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12. Make the most of a mudroom. An antique mail-room cabinet is the perfect piece to stash office supplies.
13. Opt for bathroom storage. Use a vintage black lacquer cabinet to hold extra clothing in a bathroom.
14. Borrow from the library. A second-hand card catalog can easily double as a brilliant filing system for seed packets.
15. Use every inch. Vintage hutches make terrific storage for those who don't have adequate built-in cabinetry.
16. Add a wall of shelves. Custom-built egg crate-shelving covering an entire wall provides ample room to mix storage and display.
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17. Install built-in cabinets. A kitchen island with shelves is a great place to store cookbooks, towels, or other frequently used items.
18. Utilize a pot rack. Free up cabinet space by hanging pots and tools from a pot rack.
19. Corral items with cubbies. Place a cubby unit near the back door to hold your outdoor items.
20. Construct a jewelry hanger. Arrange necklaces in an out-of-the-way place, like on the back of a door.
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