7 Creative Storage Solutions to Curb the Clutter

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Our family of five lives in a small condo here in Arizona, and after our latest adorable addition came 3 months ago we've had to get really creative with our space.  I have to utilize every square inch of real estate here and that means that there is no room for monsters under our beds- we've got too much crammed under there for them to move in.  The need to keep things at a controlled chaos has caused me to search for creative storage solutions like the under-the-bed rolling storage bins above by That's My Letter, and I thought I'd share a few!  

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If you don't want your storage to roll away, you can build it right in with Ana White's Storage bed plans. Plus, no need for a bed skirt!

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Getting ready for the day always proves to leave a sloppy mess on my counter tops. This hair tool storage cabinet is a great DIY solution, by Amy at The Idea Room.

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It isn't just my hair tools that need organizing- my jewelry is currently a tangled mess on my bathroom counter as well, thanks to a curious 5-year-old.  This jewelry holder made from cutlery trays would be a good problem solver, by Maillardville Manor.

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If I was a good girl and put my shoes away, I'd love for my flip flops to have a handy (footy?) place to go, like this hanger hack by EPBOT.

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With small kids running around, it is no surprise that little books follow wherever they go.  Right now we've got a "library" for them to use during the day, but since I let them look at books before we turn off the light and go to bed, we always have a collection growing at the foot of their beds.  A hanging book display by Penny Carnival at arms reach would be a perfect solution for the growing minds at our house.

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Another book storage solution comes via IKEA spice racks, found at Domestic Simplicity.  This would free up closet space, where I currently have the "library."  It would be a good recipe-book holder in the kitchen, too!

What types of creative storage solutions do you use at your house?  I'm always on the lookout for good ones!

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Jo on Mar 12, 2012:

I have a tall standing armoir (sp?) with several drawers for all my jewelry.  I always had a problem with earrings (I love earrings!) and keeping them organized.  I discovered that the mini ice trays like those that come with dorm-size fridges fit perfectly in the drawers.  Now I can put one - and usually ONLY one - pair of earrings in each "cube!" All my earrings stay neat and organized, and I can find what I'm looking for.  Plus, currently the number of pairs of earrings is the same as the number of "cubes." So I follow the "one in, one out" rule, which helps me manage my jewelry! 

DesigningMom on Mar 12, 2012:

Great ideas. We're making the under the bed roll out storage for our grandsons to help keep their rooms more tidy.

Megan on Mar 08, 2012:

I use cork boards and clear pushpins (thumbtacks? whichever ones stick out) for my jewelry, and it hangs on the bathroom wall so it also acts as art! It helps that I have long pearl necklaces in several colors :D

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