Friday, December 2, 2016

Sneaky Storage: Furniture Pieces Designed to Reduce Clutter

Everyone accumulates stuff. But you know it’s bad when your stuff starts to pile up in your living areas. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some place to stow all that stuff? Professional organizers will tell you to begin by purging, and while that is not necessarily a bad idea, you may still end up with more than you realize and need a place to store your things that don’t take over you whole room. Here are a few ideas to help you keep your stuff out sight, out of mind.

Storage Ottoman

A storage ottoman can give you hidden storage as well as additional seating. A hollow storage ottoman or bench gives you an instant hiding place for all your living room clutter. You can store toys, games, blogs, pillows, blankets, the list goes on and on. The one above serves as a coffee table when needed, provides comfortable seating in a pinch, and opens up to allow storage that keeps your living room clutter out of site. You can’t get much more versatile than that.

Inside of Doors

The inside of cabinet or closet doors are often underutilized storage space. They can give you additional storage space in a bathroom, bedroom or kitchen. Hang a shoe hanger on the inside of your closet door to help keep small items handy. Socks, scarves, and even shoes will fit perfectly in the little pockets. You can also use the same type of hanger in the bathroom to keep cotton balls, swabs, hair ties, and makeup more organized. Sturdy wire shelving can be installed to the inside a kitchen cabinet door to store heavier items such as the lids for pots and pans.

Ledge Picture Shelves

Used to display photos or pictures, ledge shelves can also be used for storage. Try mounting one beneath your upper cabinets to store salt, pepper, and any other spices you use regularly while cooking. Or put one above your bathroom sink for toiletries such as hair accessories, toothbrushes, and more.

Rolling Drawers

A shallow drawer that you can slide under the bed or couch will give you some extra storage space in your bedroom or living room. You can use one to store extra sheets, blankets, and clothing in the bedroom and books, magazines, toys or games in the living room.

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