stack of pillowsBy Woman's Day Staff
Are your kitchen cabinets overflowing? Is your living room far from tidy? Get your entire home in order (even the entryway) with this easy advice. Plus, check out our picks for low-cost storage supplies. Photo by Getty
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Neaten up this zone with bins, hooks and shelves.
The Top 4 Feet of the Room
Add a ledge or shelf to the mudroom, entryway coat closet and pass-through spaces to stash seldom-used items like holiday decorations or the vitamins you bought in bulk.
Try This: ClosetMaid 3'x12" Ventilated Wire Shelf Kit, $14; HomeDepot.com
For containers that stay on display, bins in a nice material (wicker, canvas or colorful acrylic) can actually be a welcome addition to the decor.
Keep this comfy space pretty and tidy with double-duty furnishings.
Built-ins and Bookshelves
Shelves can usually be adjusted. Fit more by raising or lowering them to accommodate taller or shorter books, frames and decorative items.
Scrap the Paper
Overwhelmed by all the manuals for your TV and other devices? Toss the print versions to streamline storage if a digital copy is available online.
ClosetMaid 3'x12" Ventilated Wire Shelf Kit, $14; HomeDepot.com
Living Room: Side Tables
Accent tables don't just hold lamps! Choose one with a drawer, door or shelves underneath to give yourself a spot for magazines, remote controls and more.
Odette Side Table, $199; BallardDesigns.com
Living Room: DIY Tip
Don't want to buy a new end table? Throw a tablecloth over one of your own to create storage space underneath.
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24" Terrific Trio Table, $149; BallardDesigns.com
Living Room: Storage Ottomans
From bench-size trunks to petite poufs, plop these pieces around the house to hold extra pillows, double as seating or act as an in-a-pinch snack table.
Trapezoid Spinach Geometric, $59.99; Overstock.com
Cleverly concealed add-ons boost storage without sacrificing serenity.
Under the Bed
Roll-out bins transform this dust bunny den into prime real estate for extra linens or out-of-season clothing. If you don't mind the added height, bed risers will give you even more room down below. A tailored skirt will hide it all.
Riley Headboard and Slipcover, $448; Potterybarn.com.
Bedroom: Dresser with More Drawers
Don't settle for the standard four! A taller five- or six-drawer dresser takes up the same amount of floor space, but gives you a vertical foot or more of storage. Plus, those upper compartments tend to be smaller-and less likely to turn into a jumble.
Tvilum Somerset Chest, $344; WayFair.com.
Put in another bar about 30 inches below your standard one to double your hanging space. Look for one that attaches to your current rod for a construction-free fix.
Try This: Double Hang Closet Rod, $10; ContainerStore.com
Espresso Laminate Shelving, Prices Vary; ClosetMaid.com
Kitchen and Utility Rooms
Locate sneaky spots that can work harder above or behind your most-accessed areas.
Most cabinets are about 2 feet deep, and chances are the stuff in the back hasn't seen the light of day in years. Retrofit base cabinets with slide-out drawers and it's all easily accessible.
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Try This: Premier Pullout Shelving, from $42 for 6"w x 23¾"d; KitchenShelves.com
The Space Above Your Cars
Install platform shelving 2 feet below your garage's ceiling to gain extra storage all around the perimeter--and still be able to open your car doors.
Try This: Shelving from $159 for 2'x6' shelf; SafeRacks.com
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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