Storage is an important feature in any home. It seems to be something we are constantly trying to find more of regardless of the size of our dwelling. The truth is, the best storage doesn’t rely on square footage and it’s usually hidden in plain sight.
You don’t have to have a lot of built-in closets and cabinetry to have a lot of great storage. Some of your best options are actually furniture and decorative pieces that will fit right into your home just the way it is.
Here are 5 storage pieces we recommend to help you get more organized in your home:
Storage Pieces for an Organized Home
Some of the best “disguised” storage pieces are ottomans that open and offer storage inside. You can place an ottoman at the foot of a bed, use it as a coffee table in the living room, or small ones can even serve as extra seating for entertaining. Depending on the size, an ottoman can house a variety of things such as blankets, shoes, documents, and just about anything else. The best part: they are also a stylish addition to your décor.
An armoire is a great storage piece. These large cabinets can hold a lot of things and even serve as a second closet if needed. In a living room or bedroom, they can hide a television if you want to keep it out of the way. In a bathroom, they can store extra towels and toiletries. In a kitchen, you can use one as a pantry and in a dining room, they can hold extra flatware and utensils. The possibilities are endless. It’s an elegant way to offer yourself more storage.
Long, flat containers are perfect for rolling under the bed to hide away extra storage (like seasonal clothing, shoes, etc) without using up valuable space in a closet. If you don’t want to see it, simply use a bed skirt to hide it and no one will ever know it’s there.
Baskets are some of our favorite storage tricks. These useful storage pieces can be used in a variety of places to hold a lot of small things without creating the look of clutter. They’re perfect for gathering things on a bookshelf, in a cabinet or even under an end table. Since they come in so many different sizes, colors, and patterns, you can find the perfect ones to fit in with your décor and create a more streamlined look while keeping things organized.
This may seem like an obvious one, but a lot of people don’t think about using bookcases for more than, well, books! But you can actually store a lot of different things on a bookcase if you take advantage of the baskets we mentioned in tip #4 or if you hang doors over the bookcase. Both options will make your bookcase even more functional and perfect for extra storage.