Let’s talk about a little word that no one wants to deal with …. Clutter. Clutter, Clutter, Clutter…. There! I’ve said it!! Now let’s talk about storage!! I’m going to show you how to create more storage space in your home by using these five great storage ideas.
Clutter is usually the result of 2 things.
- It can be from owning and saving too many things, which I like to call the “I might need this item in the future” syndrome … or
- Often it’s having doubles and triples of the same things, but having no idea where they are.
This happens because we don’t know how to store the items we do have, they get lost in the shuffle, so we re-buy and re-buy — and guess what else — we re-buy again!
Sometimes we don’t even know if we already have it, or we know we have it, but we can’t find it! Aaaarrrrgggg!!
If you’re reading this and saying, “That’s me!” and/or your things aren’t stored efficiently, and you aren’t utilizing the secret spaces in your home, then please read on. This is definitely for you.
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How to Create More Storage Space in Your Home
Back of the Closet Door
This is a lifesaver. There are so many options for this, and chances are…you have a few doors that can be utilized. The best part about using the back of a door is it’s hidden, it’s neat, and it’s organized! Here are just a few ideas.
A utility closet has so much potential for great organization in your home. You can store it all in here — if you have the right supplies. Utilize the walls, depth of the closet, and my personal favorite spot — the back of the door. By doing this, you’ll be able to keep a lot of things organized and together that you previously couldn’t. For example, this is a great place to keep your cleaning supplies. And, it comes with an added bonus. Not only will it look amazing, but now you’ll be able to find whatever you need quickly and efficiently.
Here are some items you may need to make this closet happen.
- A mountable holder for paper towels or garbage bags
- Half depth shelves (to leave room for door shelves)
- A plastic bag dispenser
- Mountable mop or broom holder with clips
- Hook for dustpan
- Mountable holder for central vacuum hose or your upright vacuum
- Mountable shelves
Coffee Tables & Storage Ottomans
There are so many beautiful coffee tables or ottomans that are built to hide bulky items we need, but have no place to put. These can store anything including those video games our kids are forever leaving out, those throw blankets we all love to cozy up with, as well as guest linens for a pull-out couch. Bonus idea: If you put an ottoman in the entryway, you can use it to store bulky winter wear or shoes.
Deep Kitchen Cabinets
We all know that items inevitably get lost in the backs of deep kitchen cabinets. A great way to better utilize this space is to store huge trays and platters. That way they can’t get lost in the back; they simply go side by side across the whole cabinet.
Under the Bed Storage
This is one of my favorites! Every house has a bed and usually more than one. Beds are the best place to hide things under; nobody can see underneath, and anything you put there is never out of your reach.
These containers from Amazon have lids that keep the dust out, but are easy to open. They are great for pillows, blankets, linens, shoes, and out of season clothing.I hope these ideas help you as much as they help me. The only thing better than relaxing at home is relaxing in a neat home! These tips are easy and quick fixes for your storage and clutter problems. Let me know if you use any of these storage options, or have some new ideas for me. I love to be helped as much as I love helping!
Sometimes getting organized is catchy. Once you get one area cleared away, you are set to keep going. If that’s the case with you, then check out my post on 5 Quick “To Do” Tasks around the house. It’s all about clearing away the clutter space by space.
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Debbie, these are some fantastic ideas!! I love your utilisation of space. Very clever. I will definitely be putting some of these into action.
Thanks Alexandra! Using out of site storage is a real game changer! Let me know how it goes. Xoxo
Love these ideas! I’ve always wanted a coffee table with storage. I just can’t seem to find the right one. I’ll have to check these out.
Thanks Kathy! They have some beautiful ones out there and they are so great. Such a big help to keep a room tidy. Xoxo
This is amazing post! Love it!
Thanks! That’s so nice. I aim to please!! 😊 Xoxo
These are fantastic ideas! I have a small utility closet that I’m not using for anything at the moment. I’ll definitely look into how to utilize that space better.
Erin, I love the set up of the utility closet in this post. Maybe you can incorporate some of this into your closet. Everything in that closet is linked above. Xoxo
Great ideas! I love being organized and hate clutter! When I can’t find something, I know it’s time to organize and declutter. Finding those hidden spaces to store things is so valuable. I have some really tall cabinets in my kitchen. I don’t use the top parts for everyday use, but it’s great for party ware and holiday stuff you only need occasionally. Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Kristina, that’s so smart. Close by so you can access it, but not using up valuable space.
This is great! Much needed advise! I have the “I may need it one-day syndrome”
Ashley, it’s so common! Sometimes you have to give it real thought, have I ever even remotely needed it before? How much would it cost to replace and how big is it. Your answer should pop out at you.
What a great post! Such wonderful ideas that I will need to implement ASAP 🙂
Thanks Alison! If you decide to do any of them, I’d love to see your before and after pics!
Thanks for these great ideas. The behind the door organizer would really help out at my house.
Thanks Elisha, the over the door organizer is such a big help. It fits so many things, keeps them out of the way and no one is the wiser! 🙂
Xoxo – Deb