Beam Me Up
You might know of rafters as the trusty structures that support the ceiling of your basement. But did you know that the hollow space between the rafters offers the perfect hiding place for seldom-used seasonal supplies? Secure durable shelves to the base of the rafters, then fill them with toys, decorations, and other necessities to keep them off the floor—and out of sight.
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Seal the Deal
Double your shelf space—and cut closet clutter in half—with this airtight storage solution. Fill plastic bags with bulky bedding and clothing, then vacuum-seal the closed bags with the suction hose of your vacuum cleaner. Now, simply stash the compressed pack on the top shelf of a linen closet where it will occupy little space or attention.
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Have an awkward alcove beneath the staircase? Put the idle space to work as a sleek cubby-style shelf for books, knickknacks, or entryway essentials. For an extra dose of sneaky storage, set your narrow under-stair shelves on caster wheels, to reveal (and conceal) a secret stash behind the bookshelf, perfect for storing bulky blankets and off-season outerwear.
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The Shoe Fits
Don’t have room for a shoe rack? This ordinary wooden staircase offers a space-smart—and stylish—alternative. Each step doubles as a spacious pull-out drawer, large enough to fit homeless boots, sandals, and heels. With this hidden shoe rack underfoot, you’ll have more space at the entryway—and less chance of tripping over footwear on your way up the stairs.
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Never Board of Cooking
You don’t need ample shelf space in the kitchen to DIY this storage station. Simply mount pegboard to one side of your kitchen island, then line with wooden spoons and other lightweight utensils to reduce countertop clutter and achieve a more fabulous and functional focal point for the kitchen.
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Banish the sight—and scent—of an overflowing trash can in the kitchen with a tilt-out trash cabinet like this creation built by Ana White. The rustic receptacle with a tilt-out door offers not only a hidden home for a standard trash or recycling bin, but a coveted work space up top for set a cooling cookie rack, utensils, or other supplies.
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You know that installing floating shelves provides a prominent perch on which to display plants, decor, or daily supplies, but consider its potential to store everyday items away from prying eyes. This space-smart shelf has a hollow core fitted with drawers—the perfect entryway storage solution for stashing loose change, keys, and mail.
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While this faux electrical outlet may not be able to power your home, it can empower you to keep small valuables safe. Buy or make the vanity vault, then fill it with money, trinkets, or keys and mount it on a wall in the bedroom for easy (and totally secret) access to your prized possessions.
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If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!