15 Clever Storage Solutions

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I spent last week in a flurry of organizing. We took the week off from the office so I really wanted to come “back-to-school” organized and ready to start a new year. I organized my tool cupboard (which I don’t think had been touched for four years! Yikes!) And I tackled my closet – which was a project. (And that’s not hyperbole – here’s the before. Yup. That’s real. I’m nothing if not honest.) To get myself in the organization mood, I collected some of my favorite storage solutions from the sneak peek archives. They’re not all revolutionary (Hooks, people!) but they are a good reminder that we all feel a little more relaxed when everything has a place. -Amy

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Image above: A tool chest as kitchen storage in a Portland home filled with found, salvaged and repurposed materials. See the full home tour with all the salvaged details right here.

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Image above: Homeowner Jessie Webster made had this clothing rack made using this DIY tutorial. The rustic rack makes her clothes storage a decorative feature. See more of her California craftsman home right here.

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Image above: Simple hooks are perfect for much-needed jewelry storage in jewelery designer Jennifer Hagler’s Boise, Idaho home. This home is the perfect study in black and white. See all the photos here.

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Image above: A small hanging shelf makes the perfect landing strip for storing keys and change. See more of illustrator Leah Goren’s eclectic Brooklyn home here.

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Image above: Ladder as pot storage – such a great idea for a flea market find! See more great ideas from this Copenhagen kitchen right here.

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Image above: This coat and bag hanger came into homeowner Leah Lawrence’s life as the perfect walking stick now, outfitted with a few ‘s’ hooks, it’s coat and bag storage in Leah’s Seattle entryway. See the full home tour here.

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Image above: Dorothee Becker’s Uten.Silo Wall Organizer is on my personal organizational wish list. This one resides in Naomi Ben Shahar’s home in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC. See all of Naomi’s home right here.

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Image above: Ladder as high heel storage in Paris, France. See all the photos of this colorful home right here.

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Image above: To solve a storage problem in her long narrow closet, homeowner Kirsten Marchand, covered inexpensive bins from Ikea with illustrations from the children’s book Blueberries for Sal. See all the photos from the 1700 Massachusetts home right here.

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Image above: Small trays are great for storage. Here a tray is used to office supplies corral and display office supplies on a home office desk.  See all the photos from this Minneapolis home right here.

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Image above: A discarded bicycle wheel becomes pot storage in this Portland kitchen. See more of this salvaged find-filled home right here.

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Image above: Storage doesn’t have to be fancy – a simple Billy bookcase is kitted out with rustic boxes -perfect for prop storage. See more photos from this Norwegian home filled with special little details right here.

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Image above: Caitlin Wilson keeps all her daughter’s art supplies close at hand with this animal embellished jars. See all the photos of this colorful Philadelphia home right here.

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Image above: Tried and true – aluminum cans make great art supply organizers. This Philadelphia apartment is home to an an illustrator/designer and a weaver/fiber artist which makes organizing a must – see all the photos of this home right here.

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Image above: And perhaps simplest is best. A row of hooks create added storage in every room. See all the photos of this Brooklyn home right here.
Carrie

I definitely need the the pot ladder. What a cool an innovative idea. I have so much pots and pans that need space. Great post!

Lizabeth

Where’s the after photo of your closet Amy? Would love to see it!

Abby

Thanks for this article! Just helped my sister move and it got me in the mood to purge and organize my own home.

Heather P.

I turned all of my wooden kitchen tools into wall art in our dining room (rolling pin, pizza peel, bamboo strainer, etc.) – it looks great with everything grouped together on the wall with simple brass hooks, but also provides great storage outside of our tiny kitchen for things I don’t use every day.

m.k.

This post came at the perfect time. I’ve been living in my studio apt for two years and still haven’t figured out what type of storage I really need, however, this has given me a nudge in the right direction. Thank you, Amy!

YoungMild&Free

Loving the use of vertical space! Such an efficient use of every wall. I will definitely have to use some of these ideas when I move into my apartment!

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Eric

These are clever storage solutions! I especially like the way many of them skirt the line between storage and display. I always figure if you have something important to keep you might as well show it off to the world.

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