Short on counter space? Closets bursting at the seams? Try these smart ideas for all the common storage problems homeowners face.

 

 

Daily mail and magazines quickly pile up and clutter your kitchen.

 

a base message center cabinet for books and magazines for storage
Side cabinet for paper storage

 

Solution:

 

If you don’t want to pin items on your refrigerator or have the wall space for a bulletin board, a base message center cabinet is a good alternative. It gives you an organized spot for the papers, while also providing a great way to end a cabinet run.

 

Dilemma:

 

 You have a bathroom with a pedestal sink or vanity with limited counter space.

 

 

a niche behind the toilet with built-in glass shelves
Glass Shelves in Bathroom

Solution:

 

For this bathroom by Criner Remodeling, a niche behind the toilet with built-in glass shelves creates a much-needed home for grooming essentials and framed photos. This keeps the products within easy reach, and the photos help personalize the space.

Dilemma:

 

You don’t have the budget or space for a built-in mudroom, but need storage.

 

cube organizer provides open storage for shoes, gloves, scarves in place of a mud room
Organizer instead of a mud room

Solution:

 

A cube organizer provides open storage for shoes, gloves, scarves and the other essentials you need as you head out the door. Pair the organizer with hooks above, so coats and jackets stay within easy reach.

Dilemma:

 

You love to cook, but all the large spoons, spatulas and tongs overtake your kitchen counters and drawers.

utensil rack to lift those important tools off the counters.
Utensil rack

Solution:

 

Use a utensil rack to lift those important tools off the counters. This way you can see what you have and grab each tool when needed.

Dilemma:

 

You don’t have a designated spot for your crafting and gift wrapping supplies and waste time searching your home for all the essentials.

 

mini station in a corner of your home with drawers bins and rods
Drawers, bins, rods

Solution:

 

Gather, sort and group similar items and use drawers, bins, rods or a cart to keep everything organized. If space is tight, set up a mini station in a corner of your home office or inside a closet.

Dilemma:

 

Bulky extra rolls of paper towels are taking up premium cabinet space.

 

Basket keeps the paper products within easy reach,
Decorative basket placed under the center island

Solution:

 

In this stylish kitchen by designer Abbe Fenimore, a decorative basket placed under the center island provides a home for extra paper towels. This simple and smart solution keeps the paper products within easy reach, and allows you to keep track of your supply.

Dilemma:

 

You would love a walk-in pantry in your kitchen for storing dry goods, but don’t have the space.

 

Slide out pantry draw allows you to track your supplies
Tall slide-out pantry cabinet

Solution:

 

A tall slide-out pantry cabinet open on both sides is a great alternative. It gives you an easy way to store your dry goods in a small footprint, and allows you to track your supplies – which eliminates waste and helps save money on your food bill.