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Clever Storage Ideas For The Whole House

6-Minute ReadUPDATED: June 06, 2022


Although most of us dream of a neatly organized space with ample storage options, that’s not the reality in most homes. It would be great to have carefully designed cabinetry and storage built into your home from the beginning. But most of us need to get creative in our home space to solve all storage problems.

Luckily, we have clever storage ideas that can transform the feel of your entire house. Let’s take a closer look at these unique and nifty storage ideas.

Introducing The Best Home Storage Ideas

When you are looking for storage inspiration, you’ll find a plethora of ideas. Although not every idea will suit your space, a creative approach to your storage woes is always important. As you sort through different storage options, try to envision how they could be adapted to your space.

Don’t toss out an idea without thinking through the possibilities. With a little bit of creativity, you can dramatically enhance your storage opportunities.

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Storage Ideas For Small Homes

In a small home, it can be difficult to find extra storage space. You’ll often face a lack of closet space and a generally small area to work with. But with creativity in mind, you can find storage solutions. Here are some ideas:

Add A Perimeter Of Shelving In Your Bedroom

The key to maximizing your storage options in a small space is to take advantage of every opportunity. One that is often overlooked is a perimeter of shelves at the top of your wall. You can install these selves approximately 12 inches below the ceiling to create a substantial amount of storage.

This is the perfect place to showcase your favorite sentimental items without cluttering your small space. 

Create A Corner Closet

If you’re lacking in closet space to store your clothing, then creating a corner closet is a good option. You can set up a corner closet by placing a standing clothes rack in an empty corner. You can add hooks and shelves as needed to house your clothes and accessories.

Hot tip? Look for racks and shelves that complement each other to create a clean look with this storage solution.

Use The Wall To Store Your Exercise Mat

If your small home doubles as a gym, then consider storing your yoga mat on the wall. With the help of a wall-mounted mat storage clip, you can hang your mat to keep it out of the way.

Hang Your Bike From The Ceiling

In the same theme as your exercise mat, bikes can take up too much valuable floor space. Don’t allow your bikes to take over, consider hanging them from the ceiling. If installing a ceiling bike rack is too intense for your tastes, then consider using the wall instead.

Mount A Toothbrush Holder

A tiny apartment usually means a small bathroom that lacks the counter space you crave. Instead of constantly wading through sink-side clutter, use a toothbrush holder with extra shelving to keep your necessary toiletries close by without taking up valuable countertop real estate.

Add A Cart To Your Laundry Room

If you have limited shelving in your laundry room, then consider adding a rolling cart to the picture. You can use a rolling cart to store things that you'll need in the laundry room. But it can easily be tucked away when you don't need it.

Use A Dual-Purpose Dog Bed

If you have a furry friend, then consider looking for a double-decker dog bed. On the top level, your pet can enjoy a comfy bed. Underneath, you can use a pull-out drawer to store any pet-related items.

Take Advantage Of Your Coffee Table

If you have the space for a coffee table, ensure that it offers hidden storage. In a small home, hidden storage is an added bonus for all furniture.

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Home Office Storage Ideas

With more hours spent in the home office, it might be time to take the plunge and create better storage options. Most home offices are in relatively small rooms with minimal closet space. But don’t let that limit your storage ideas. Here are some ways to get started.

Use Binder Clips To Store Charging Cords

One of the most annoying storage problems in a home office is charging cord management. When you have a jumble of charging cords on your desk, it can be an inconvenience. Luckily, there is a relatively easy storage solution.

Place binder clips on the end of your desk and thread your charging cords through the handles. You’ll automatically tidy your space with this clever storage hack.

Use A Fold Down Desk

If you need a workspace but cannot dedicate a full room to the task, then consider a fold-down desk option. You can pull down the desk when you’re ready to work in a common area. Then quickly pack it back up when the workday draws to a close.

Use Drawer Organizers

A drawer organizer can make your office infinitely more functional. You’ll no longer need to rifle through a mountain of office supplies to find a paper clip. Instead, you’ll find everything you need easily in a well-executed desk organizer.

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Bedroom Storage Ideas

Bedroom storage needs to be functional but shouldn’t overwhelm your senses in this sanctuary space. If you have a small bedroom, take advantage of these storage opportunities below.

Headboard And Bed Frame Storage

Find a headboard that has built-in shelving or drawers to provide a hidden storage solution. Beyond the headboard, you can seek out a bed frame that offers more dedicated storage options in the form of shelves and drawers.

Use The Back Of Your Door

Don’t let this often-overlooked storage opportunity slip between the cracks. Instead, use an over-the-door solution to solve a storage dilemma. A few options include a shoe holder, a laundry hamper, or a rack of hooks to hang hats and accessories.

Turn Your Jewelry Into A Statement Piece

If you love being able to see your jewelry options quickly, consider hanging a large corkboard in your bedroom. You can showcase your jewelry with the help of corkboard pins. Plus, you’ll be able to easily access your pieces without taking up any floor space.

Use A Fruit Basket Hanger

The three-tiered basket can offer a way to store small items in your bedroom closet. For example, you could use these baskets to store scarves, hats and masks.

Add Risers To Your Bed

With the purchase of $10 bed risers, you can easily add more storage to your bedroom. Although it can be a little bit tricky to get your bed risers in place, the extra storage will be well worth the effort. This is a great place to put seasonal decorations and other items that you don’t need on a daily basis.

Put A Window Seat In Your Room

A window seat can offer a storage opportunity beneath the seat. A simple storage bench with comfortable pillows might be all you need. Beyond a functional storage space, it can double as a comfortable nook to rest after a busy day.

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Kitchen Storage Ideas

A small kitchen can lead to storage problems. Even the most basic chef will have plenty of items vying for cabinet space in a smaller kitchen. But there are a few ways to add storage to your space.

Hang Your Pots And Pans

Take advantage of the space above your head to store pots and pans. With this, you’ll free up cabinet space for your pantry items and tableware.

Floating Shelves

By adding a few floating shelves, you can showcase your favorite items without taking up valuable cabinet space. You can take this strategy into your kitchen and throughout the house to add a little bit more storage when needed.

Pegboard Storage

A pegboard is a great opportunity to store kitchen tools in plain sight. Not only will you create more storage space, but you’ll have instant access to your culinary tools. Pegboards are an easily customizable way to store more in your space.

Cabinet Door Spice Rack

If you have a big stash of spices, it can quickly overwhelm a small space. Luckily, a cabinet door spice rack could be the perfect solution. You can quickly tuck away your spice collection, leaving room to store other items.

Storage Chairs

Take advantage of the furniture that you need to have in your kitchen. A stool or set of chairs with hidden storage can be a great way to keep items readily available but out of sight.

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Cheap Home Storage Ideas

If you’re looking to optimize your storage space on a budget, it is possible! You’ll just need to be extra creative when tackling your storage solutions.

Crown Molding Shoe Rack

If you have an excess of heels and no closet space available, then a crown molding wall storage arrangement could be a good opportunity. In this case, you would simply hang crown molding that flows with your room on the wall in several places. Then hang your shoes by the heel across the crown molding.

Overall, this creates a fun look while solving your storage problem.

If this level of DIY scares you, then consider using tension rods tucked in a bedroom nook to store your shoes. Your shoes will be organized without adding more storage containers to your living space.

Stack Vintage Suitcases To Make A Storage Table

You can create a very functional storage area while keeping a fun atmosphere on a budget. You can find affordable vintage suitcases in some thrift stores. Once you have a few that you like, fill them with your items. Next, you can stack these suitcases to make a fun table that could serve as a nightstand or end table.

Use Shower Curtain Rings On A Hanger To Hang Tank Tops

Hanging your tank tops can save a lot of space. But providing an individual hanger for each tank top can add to your space issues. Luckily, there are several ways to hang multiple tank tops on the same hanger.

You could buy specially designed hangers for this purpose. Or simply buy a pack of shower curtain rings for a dollar or two on Amazon. Once you have the shower curtain rings, hang up the tank tops on the rings and squeeze them onto a hanger. You’ll likely be able to fit 10 – 15 tank tops per hanger with this method.

Use Dresser Drawers To Create Bookshelves

A bookshelf can take up floor space that you cannot spare. Instead of squeezing your books into a cumbersome standing bookcase, consider creating your own floating bookshelf with old dresser drawers.

You can usually find the drawers you need by poking around on Craigslist for free dressers. Once you have the drawers, you should paint them to create a uniform look before hanging them on the walls. You’ll be able to fill these drawers with books and knickknacks to display in a fun way.

Final Thoughts

Luckily, there are an endless array of storage organization options. But you’ll need to determine how to maximize the storage opportunities of your given space. Take a creative problem-solving approach as you work to implement different storage tactics.

To minimize your stress throughout the process of creating better storage solutions in your home, don’t try to tackle more than one space at a time. Instead, start in the smallest spaces first and work your way throughout the house. For example, you may want to start in your bathroom, then move to your bedroom closet, and then the garage.

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