7 sneaky storage solutions
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Space Savers1 of 8
Having a clutter-free home may not be as time-consuming and complicated as it seems. The secret is in your storage solutions. Our friends at Houzz share their tips and techniques for discovering unlikely places to stash your odds and ends and help you stay organized.
Watch Your Step2 of 8
Look for dead space under stairs and in deep walls. There is often room under a staircase for a small closet, powder room, or even built-in shelves for cataloging books, files and other knickknacks that create clutter.
Hide & Sit3 of 8
Window seats and benches provide a cozy spot for lounging and an abundance of storage space. Cubbies under cushions can hold toys, books, hats and gloves—plus, using a nook between built-in cabinets or bookcases can provide additional seating in your living room or dining room, or could even be used as a daybed in a bedroom.
Divide & Conquer4 of 8
Let a room divider do double duty as a narrow closet or transform it into a compact workspace. The tiny nook offers a quiet place free of outside distractions. When not in use, simply close the door—out of sight, out of mind.
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Deep Thoughts5 of 8
Instead of building out, build in. Huge storage spaces can be recessed into deep walls like medicine cabinets and bookshelves to exploit every inch of precious space.
Inside Job6 of 8
You don't need a study to make room for a home office. A Murphy desk can work in a bedroom, kitchen or living room. Fold the tray down when it's time to send emails or pay bills and quickly close up shop when you're finished—no cleaning necessary.
Novel Idea7 of 8
Need more space for your favorite read? A door can double up as a bookcase. The unexpected addition adds an element of surprise to your space, while giving you extra shelves to expand your library.
Open Up8 of 8
How many pots and pans, saltshakers and wineglasses do you really need? Pare down to the basics and purge your kitchen cabinets of items that never get used. Bonus: In addition to a cleaner, less cluttered kitchen, you'll be left with extra storage for those non-cooking items you can never find a home for.
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