Clean Out the Closet
The first frontier in the crusade against clutter is the closet. If you can tidy up these crowded catchalls of the house, you can tackle anything. For starters, make use of often-overlooked space up high, and use transparent or decorative bins to store items neatly and provide easy access. In short, look for ways to end closet "stuffication."
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Livable Laundry Rooms
Given the fact that laundry rooms are often small, look for ways to maximize their potential with inventive storage solutions—including some tried-and-true DIY hacks. In addition to improving the look of the room, getting a handle on storage will enhance your ability to sort, wash, dry, and fold in the space you have.
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Ah yes, the garage! There is a floor underneath all those magazines and boxes, tools, sports equipment, and gardening and lawn paraphernalia. After you clear out what you no longer need, look for shelves, cabinets, and containers that can control the clutter. And don't overlook storage opportunities overhead and on the walls.
Tips for a Great Basement
Basement storage accessories should be tailored to provide easy access, ventilation, and moisture resistance. Because basements can be damp, metal shelving and cabinetry protect possessions better than wooden alternatives; similarly, plastic bins protect better than cardboard boxes. If moisture is an issue, take steps to waterproof your basement.
Related: Planning Guide—Basement Remodeling
Make the Most of the Attic
The attic can be your storage salvation provided it is properly ventilated and insulated. Ventilation and insulation work hand in hand to reduce humidity and prevent drastic temperature swings in summer and winter. Consider building shelves into the beams to maximize the space and keep the floor clear so items can be easily retrieved.
Creative Bedroom Organization
Because bedrooms are generally a place for peace and relaxation, messes are sure to cause stresses. Look for ways to keep things organized and stored—preferably out of sight. If your closets are filled to capacity, consider underbed storage, shelving units, and freestanding wardrobes to help keep things neat.
Work from Home
Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to devote an entire room to a home office, but that doesn't mean you can't have a dedicated work space at home. No matter the details of your home office design, organization is key, particularly in a shared space, so look for ways to keep your desk neat, organized, and clutter-free.
Cleaning up after the kids can be a full-time job, so consider storage solutions that are appropriate for kids' spaces and easy for them to manage themselves. Stack up colorful painted fruit crates to serve as multipurpose shelving, or use them individually as storage bins. Lengths of PVC pipe can be cut to create convenient cubbies for everything from crayons to toy cars, and wall-mounted repurposed planters are terrific catchalls.
Order in the kitchen brings order to the household. Fortunately, you may be a couple of simple hacks away from reining in the chaos. From pegboard pot-hanging solutions to upcycled kitchen islands, there are numerous ways to get more out of your cabinets, countertops, and pantry—without spending a fortune.
What to do with a small bathroom—plenty! There are lots of strategies for maximizing your space, including mounting shelves above the door and over the toilet, setting out bins, and hanging up racks and caddies. Bins and baskets will keep things stored neatly and out of plain sight but still easily accessible when needed.
Related: 20 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big
Mudrooms can be your home's first line of defense by stopping clutter at the door. Consider cabinets, cubbies, and wall hooks to keep things tidy. And don't overlook the simple, functional beauty of a coat stand—vintage, upcycled, or new.
The living room may not seem like an important place for storage, but you can clear a lot of space on the coffee table by finding good places for magazines, games, books, and other entertainment paraphernalia to live. Multifunctional furniture works best. These cubby units serve as both storage shelves and a sofa table.
A craft room has a zillion supplies to corral. Use a combination of drawers, cabinets and cubbies to keep things neat and organized. Adding some decorative storage, like the bed spring pin board on the wall in this craft room, can help to keep your ideas and inspiration visible.
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