A place for everything: It's a nice idea, but who has the space? In fact, your home may be full of hidden storage possibilities-you just need to know where to look. Try some of our ideas for making the most of the room you have.
CLEAR OUT Move everyday flatware into a handsome wooden box or a country crock to free up kitchen drawer space for less-frequently used tools and gadgets. Relocate larger utensils into wall-mounted baskets or bins. magnetized strip fixed to the side of a cabinet holds knives or spice tins.
CLIMB THE WALLS Install floor-to-ceiling shelves for books or collectibles and make the most of a dead-end hallway. An inexpensive secondhand library ladder and some comfy floor pillows can turn it into a cozy destination.
CHECK YOUR COAT Mount a sturdy peg rack or a series of three-pronged hooks on the wall to get everyday jackets out of the closet. Utilize the vacated space for seasonal gear.
ROLE PLAY Turn yesterday's bureau into an entry organizer. Fit the large drawers with dividers and create bins to hold mittens, hats and running shoes. Use smaller top drawers for on-the-go essentials: car keys, dog leashes and flashlights.
CROSS PURPOSES Run shelves across a window or pass-through and display the pretty glassware that's crowding your cabinets.
FIT IN Gain more shelf space by decanting the contents of bulky boxes-cereal, pasta, crackers-into uniform lidded containers. Corral smaller supplies in baskets to keep them from spreading. Sodas and bottled water can slide in and stack sidewise on a shelf. Pop staples such as onions and potatoes into bins along the floor.
TAKE THE STAIRS The space under a staircase can easily be converted to a small closet. Even left open, it's the ideal spot to add built-in shelves or park a chest or trunk.
SLEEP TIGHT Built-in drawers and cabinets around a platform bed store extra bedding or clothes-and leave no room for dust bunnies!
LOOK UP Don't forget to make use of the top of the kitchen cabinets. This often forgotten real estate is a super place for holiday dishes and oversize platters. For a livelier statement, parade your collectibles. Colorful pitchers, bowls and cookie jars will boost your decor and stay safely out of reach.
BOXING RULES Maximize space in a skinny armoire or tall cupboard with a host of stacking storage boxes. Label the fronts-CDs, socks, gift wrapping-to keep track of what's what.
DO DOUBLE DUTY Keep an eye out for multipurpose furniture. Pieces with inner storage like lift-top tables, ottomans and benches come in all styles and are great keepers for everything from movies and toys to extra blankets. Even a coffee table with a lower shelf is terrific for reigning in magazines and newspapers.
ENJOY THE VIEW Build a cedar-lined storage bench into a bay window and create extra seating and a clever place to stash off-season wool clothes and sweaters.
HANG 'EM HIGH Towels on hooks take less space than on horizontal bars-good to know when a bath is shared by more than two people.
IT'S CURTAINS Choose a shower curtain with pockets to hold toiletries and sponges.
DOOR STORE Take control of the inside of closet doors. Mount a peg rack for neckties and belts. A hanging vinyl shoe bag holds extra shoes or small accessories like scarves and socks.
MAKE THE BED Substitute shelves for a headboard. Radio, clock, mystery novels? All your must-haves can stay close at hand.
For more tips on everything home-related, check out WomansDay.com.