Best Home Organization Hacks According To Designers

Organization is essential to a comfortable home. While we’re not saying we all need to commit to the life-changing magic of tidying up, there’s no denying the calming feeling of a well-organized home with little to no clutter in sight.

Good home organization can feel like a daunting task. We’ve all been there: Closets never seem to stay neat; there are too many books, paper, and mail in random places; there’s ‘stuff’ that doesn’t fit inside any storage pieces. Yep, we’ve alllll been there.

So for guidance, we polled our designers for their organizing tips for every room in the home. Keep reading for some of their favorite home organization hacks.

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But first… Why is organizing your home important?

It comes down to functionality. The truth is, home organization can often feel like a huge undertaking, no matter how small the task. But the truth is, a little tidying up and organizing in the home goes a long way to make your space more functional. And more functionality means less time looking for things and sorting through piles and drawers, which leads to less stress.

It makes you more relaxed. Speaking of less stress… it’s easy to see how visual clutter and a disorganized home can be stressful. Psychologically, when we’re looking at more “things” (say a messy desk or an overflowing pantry) there’s more for our brains to digest. This can lead to a “cognitive load” which can cause mental stress (think the mental health equivalent of having too many tabs open on your computer). So in turn, staying organized and keeping rooms looking neat can have major positive effects on our stress levels!

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It saves you time AND money. Having well-organized spaces not only saves you time when looking for things, it can also help you save on unnecessary (and accidental) spendings. If you’re like us, you’ve probably gone to the grocery store for pasta only to come home and find that there were unopened boxes hidden in the kitchen pantry. Whether that’s happened to you or not, a bit of organizing can help you take stock of what you have at any given time and not buy things you don’t need.

We know that can feel like a lot, but we’re here to help! Organizing your home doesn’t have to feel like a chore once you find a system that works for you and is easy to keep going. Get started with some of our designers’ best home organization hacks and smart organizing tips below.

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Home Organization Solutions from Our Designers

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Home Organization for Your Entryway

The foyer is the first stop in the home, so it should make a tidy impression that sets the tone for the rest of your space. Try these easy home organization hacks that our designers swear by. Need more help? Check out more entryway design tips.

  • Create a drop zone. Make it a breeze to move in and out through your entry with easy-to-maintain storage pieces. The goal is to have a place where you can quickly grab keys, sunglasses or pet leashes as well as set down a jacket or bag.
  • A console as a catchall. One that’s narrow with drawers is great for keys and everyday items you can grab on the go. It’s also a good place for a system of bowls and trays to sort mail to minimize paper clutter slipping into the home.
  • Designate some shoe storage. Whether it’s a storage bench, shoe bin or a lined mat, they will help keep dirty pairs from getting into other rooms. If you have kids, try adding a bookcase with cubbies labeled for each child’s shoes and backpacks.
  • Go all out on wall hooks. A hanging coat rack, open shelving, and key hooks always make for stylish organization in an entry, especially if you’re pressed for space!

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Home Organization for Your Bedroom

Clutter in the bedroom can disrupt your daily well-being. After all, it’s where you rest and start and end each day. These organizing tips will keep it feeling calm rather than chaotic.

  • Streamline your nightstand. Organize your bedside table with essentials that don’t include technology, like a book for bedtime and a tray filled with a carafe of water and a dish for rings and jewelry. A nightstand with a drawer is a good place to tuck away your phone each night so that you can truly rest.
  • Better looking clothing storage. Organized clothing storage changes the whole mood in a bedroom. Whether you store your clothing in a walk-in closet or a dresser, make it a point to give everything a home. Try rolling clothing and putting them in drawers or containers for the closet, and keep seasonal pieces in underbed storage bins. This will minimize your closet and dresser clutter.
  • Add closet door storage. One of our designers’ favorite home organization hacks is hanging a shoe holder on the back of closet doors. Besides shoes, it’s also perfect for scarves, makeup, and anything that doesn’t have a place.
  • Away with your hamper. Put your dirty laundry hamper in a corner that’s easy to access—or even better, your closet. No one (not even you) wants to see your dirty laundry, and your bedroom will thank you for it.

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Home Organization for You Home Office

With WFH becoming the norm, an organized home office is key. Here are a few home organization hacks for a more inspiring and productive workspace.

  • Add a pegboard. It’s the perfect mood board and tool board rolled into one. Use it to put up notes, postcards, inspiration photos, and even hang stationery that you can mix and move around as needed.
  • Hack a bar cart. Sure, you use a bar cart in the office like an actual bar a la Don Draper from Mad Men, but you can also use it as storage for office supplies, papers, books, and even a printer. Think of it as a chic office caddy that corrals everything in your space neatly and stylishly.
  • Your desk should have storage. It’s a must. A practical desk is always the way to go, meaning drawers for papers, files, and extra pencils and pens. If you don’t need a monitor, try adding small bowls for binder clips or vases and thrifted mugs for pens on your desk surface.

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Home Organization for a Clutter-Free Kitchen

Nothing says a welcoming home like a tidy kitchen where people feel invited to gather around. You can instantly bring that vibe home with these simple storage and organizing tips.

  • Get your spices in order. Displaying cooking spices is stylish as long as they’re neatly organized on your counter, in a tiered rack, or on a round spicer holder. Or take it one step further and organize them in alphabetical order—so you can find that paprika in a pinch!
  • Do pantry bins. Stack and line up clear containers for pasta, flour, sugar, and other food ingredients are a great way to streamline the look in your cabinets. Use low bins and holders to keep things easily accessible and visible. Knowing that everything has a place is 90% of great kitchen organization systems.
  • Line those cabinets and drawers. The easiest of any home organization hacks is dividing up your kitchen drawers with utensil containers or even just cardboard boxes that keep everything in place.

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Home Organization for a Pristine Bathroom

A clean and beautifully organized bathroom has a way of soothing the mind and our senses. And it all starts with keeping things neat with these easy organizing tips.

  • Make towels look luxurious. One of the simplest and chicest home organization hacks is to roll your towels up and put them in a basket on the floor in your bathroom. No matter your space, it instantly adds a spa-like feeling to your bath. Bonus hack: You can continue the spa theme by putting small items like cotton balls and q-tips in jars on the counter to keep things visible yet clutter free.
  • Organize the medicine cabinet. Use small clear bins labeled with what’s inside each one and line them up in your medicine cabinet. If you have a small cabinet, skip the containers and arrange items in categories row by row—aka. Skincare products on the bottom, medicine at the top, etc. It will help keep your daily routines a breeze.
  • Hook it up. Wall hooks are essentials in a bath. They’re perfect for towels and robes that you use every day. Plus, they come in a wide range of styles and designs, so you’re sure to find ones that match your space.

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Home Organization for Your Living Room

It’s the busiest space in the home and the one most prone to mess and clutter. Which means having clever storage pieces and systems are key. Consider these foolproof organizing tips.

  • Contain your electronics. Keep TV remotes on trays, extra phone chargers and cords in pretty boxes, and (if you can) hide modems and routers inside your media stand or sideboard. Fewer tangled wires are one of the most common visual clutters in homes!
  • Bring in sneaky storage. As far as home organization hacks go, it doesn’t get simpler than furniture with hidden storage for anything and everything. Keep extra blankets folded and away in a storage coffee table or stow away board games inside a storage bench. Take a look at our home furniture checklist for more essential storage pieces.
  • Tray up the small things. Use trays with abandon to organize all the pretty things you keep on your coffee table and consoles, like candles, vases, books, and favorite objects. This helps make everything look curated and not cluttered.

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Home Organization for Your Electronics

Wires, cords, and bulky electronics are a hassle to store and make look neat in any room. To keep them within reach but out of sight, try these home organization hacks for electronics.

  • Go with storage bins. For all the different wires, headphones, and cords you don’t use everyday, either toss them or store them coiled up and labeled in a bin. There are usually more cords than we think, so take the time to sort through them. Bonus hack: If you have a free drawer to spare, embrace the cord drawer and store all your bins in there.
  • Basket your media. For all your bulky electronics like your TV system, try storing them in a basket near your sofa or coffee table. If you have game consoles and speakers, conceal them behind cabinet doors or stash them away when they’re not being used.

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16 Ways to Add Storage to Your Living Room

If you’re anything like us, your living room has become the workhorse space in your home. From taking work calls to homeschooling, binging TV shows and having family game nights, this space is the hub of the home now, more than ever before. But with that can come a lot of clutter and disorganization. And none of us need that kind of added stress in our lives!

If you want to hit the refresh button on your home and dive into some much-needed cleaning and organization projects, then we’re here to help. And we’re not even talking about a full KonMari purge—unless that’s what you want to do! Simply adding more storage solutions to your living room can be a great way to get this multipurpose space organized and decluttered.

Whether you have a small space or an open floor plan—or even something in between—there are plenty of ways to organize with clever living room storage furniture in all kinds of styles and color schemes. With a few smart solutions, you can make sure your living room always feels tidy, airy, and light.

To help, we’re rounding up 14 of our best home storage solutions for your living room. Keep reading for more living room design ideas!

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1. Storage Coffee Table

Let’s face it—we all somehow end up with a lot of stuff. And while a lot of it might be things you use daily, that doesn’t always mean you want to keep it on display. That’s why one of our favorite living room storage ideas is rethinking your coffee table. The right coffee table can be the perfect piece of living room furniture for extra living room storage space! Instead of choosing one just for surface area, consider a storage option that opens up to reveal space for all your stuff! Coffee tables with drawers and lift-top coffee tables also make excellent storage options.

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Why We Love It

There are so many different styles of storage coffee tables. So, no matter your style, you can find a coffee table that offers storage space inside and looks great on the outside. With a storage coffee table, you can tuck away odds and ends that don’t display well when not in use—like coasters, remotes, celebrity gossip magazines and other items that you don’t want overtaking the surface space.

credenza living room storage2. Credenza

A credenza is one of the most traditional dining room staples. They are often used to serve food and display serveware, but they can also be used as a handy living room storage piece! They also offer ample surface space to display decorative items that show off your style. Also known as a sideboard or buffet, no matter whether you call it, it’s an awesome way to bulk up your storage potential in any room.

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Why We Love It

Because they come in so many different styles, you can usually find a place for one in any living room, whether it’s against a wall, as a stand for your television, or set against the backside of the sofa. Credenzas have so many uses, making them pieces with some major staying power!

wall to wall storage under window3. Media Console

A close cousin of the credenza? Media consoles. These storage pieces are, of course, to house media items like your TV, gaming systems, and more. But they can also be used exclusively for storage as well! They’re great to display sculptural art, decorative objects, and books. Unlike credenzas and buffets, media consoles tend to be lower to the ground, so they’re also great for storing children’s books and toys!

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Since media consoles are designed for housing technology, they have cutouts for cords. So, even if you aren’t using it for your TV, you can hide lamp or record player cords as well! And they’re versatile pieces of furniture. If you’ve decided to mount your TV on the wall so no longer need your media cabinet for your television, you can use it anywhere you’d use a credenza or buffet! So, don’t be afraid to move it elsewhere in your living room or throughout your house!

living room with tv across from sectional sofa and fireplace on angle4. Console Table

Adding a console behind your sofa is a great way to get a little more storage in a low-profile piece of living room furniture. Console tables are great for displaying sculptures, table lamps, or framed art or photos. But, by opting for a style with additional shelving beneath, they can also store or display larger objects or be a surface for tucking organizational baskets.

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Why We Love It

Console tables are one of those furniture pieces that will work for you for years to come, even if you move or rearrange. While we love them behind a sofa, they can also be used in an entryway, a wide hallway, a dining room, or home office. With their slim profiles, they’re super versatile pieces of furniture that will work for you wherever you need an extra bit of storage and surface space.

three drawer chest next to sofa5. Side Tables With Drawers

Most living rooms benefit from side tables placed at the end of your sofa or next to your armchairs. But don’t think of them as just a place to set your drink! If you’re in need of extra living room storage furniture, try an option with drawers instead of using delicate side tables with only a bit of surface space. This way your side table can do double-duty as living room storage! There are a lot of small items—like remote controls, coasters, pens/pencils, notepads, glasses—that you might want easy access to in your living room, but don’t want to busy up the space.

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With a storage-infused side table, you can easily tuck these items away in the drawers for additional living room storage organization. That way you can save the surface area for lamps, photos or other objects you’d prefer to display.

storage ottoman living room design6. Storage Ottomans

Similar to storage coffee tables, storage ottomans are a great way to incorporate some hidden storage into your living room! In fact, a storage ottoman also makes for a great coffee table alternative. But you can also use them next to your sofa or an accent chair, giving you a surface to kick up your feet while also tucking away extra blankets.

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Why We Love It

We love storage options that serve another purpose—which is why we love storage ottomans. They’re versatile ottomans first and foremost; but ottomans with hidden storage helps keep clutter tucked away but easily accessible. And a storage ottoman like the woven number pictured in the design above? The perfect way to also add some natural texture to your space.

living room with black fireplace accent wall7. Baskets

Baskets are one of our favorite living room storage ideas, especially for kid-friendly spaces! If you have a full house, you know that you need plenty of places to stash the clutter. It’s totally possible to have kids and a clean home, and having some smart and sneaky storage solutions on your side certainly helps! They make an awesome place to corral kids’ stuff—like toys, books, and art supplies—pet accessories, or even regular old clutter! Baskets can hide it all. Baskets with lids are even better if you’re truly looking to hide clutter!

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Why We Love It

When it comes to basket storage, you can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. And they can go just about anywhere! They can fit onto open spaces on bookshelves or built-in shelving, under coffee tables and side tables, or—with larger baskets—basically anywhere within your living room. We love that you can disperse baskets throughout your space as easy catchalls for toys, magazines, books, pet toys, blankets. Anything that could easily wind up on the floor should have a designated basket that goes with the flow and design of your space and gives everything a place.

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A trunk is another great way to incorporate some extra hidden storage in your living room in a stylish and antique-inspired way. You can tuck a trunk in the corner, against a wall, or even use it as your coffee table! Wherever you place it, it’s the perfect place to store board games, stash throw blankets, or tuck away other common living room necessities that you don’t need out at all times.

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Why We Love It

Whether it’s an actual antique or just a rustic, vintage-inspired design, trunks offer ample storage with tons of style. Statement piece and storage? We’ll take it.

home storage solutions9. Storage Bench

A storage bench combines all the things you need: hidden storage, extra seating, and a display space, all in one piece of furniture! It is one of the most functional and practical ways to declutter a home and keep a space organized. Benches with hidden storage can help make your space look neat and stylish and also provide some extra seating. Use them to stash bulkier items out of sight, like blankets, seasonal decor, and more of that “stuff” that always seems to pile up!

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Why We Love It

We love the simplicity and versatility of storage benches. All you have to do is choose a bench that fits your space and style! (If that feels daunting, online interior design can help!) You can find wooden options, ones with cubbies, or upholstered options.

living room with large wooden cabinet and white sectional10. Cabinets

If you’re tight on space in your living room, you don’t want to add more bulky furniture that will clutter it up even further. Instead, a great solution is to look for options like a cabinet that have a small footprint yet still offer plenty of interior storage space.

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Why We Love It

With a living room storage cabinet, you can keep blankets, books, games and toys neatly organized and out of the way. These also make a great choice for alcoves and corners that might otherwise go unused. You could also go for a decorative cabinet with glass windows, where you can display fragile items, photos, heirlooms, books. More on that below…

living room storage display cabinet11. Display Cabinets

Display cabinets are amazing for extra storage and the perfect way to display collections, family heirlooms, objects from your travels, fine china, or your books! Unlike a regular bookcase, a display cabinet can protect your objects from dust (and who doesn’t love an excuse to dust less??) and from kids and pets! However, keep in mind the “display” element. You’ll want to style your objects and keep things looking organized. If you don’t want to have to worry about that, you may want to opt for a fully closed cabinet.

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Why We Love It

If you’ve been around Modsy for any amount of time, you know we’re endlessly inspired by Victorian living. Well, display cabinets, with their old-world charm, are the perfect option for those who are Victorians at heart and love a good collection.

best living room designs of 202012. Bookcase

Similar to closed and display cabinets, bookcases are a wonderful way to add additional storage to your living room. (Or home office. Or bedroom. There aren’t many places that a bookcase doesn’t look good!) If you need some small space storage, opt for a wall-mounted option. Otherwise, choose whatever bookcase suits your personal style!

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Why We Love It

Not only can bookcases house a lot of storage for books (and other objects with the use of baskets) but they can also be super decorative. With open shelving, you can intermingle practical storage and decor for a beautifully styled look. Learn more about how to style a bookcase.

bar cart with gold and glass accents on it13. Bar Carts

For open living room/dining rooms, bar carts can serve as a mid-point between the living room and dining room, offering a nice transition between these two spaces. They can keep your beverages and bar accessories organized—or they can be totally reimagined for living room purposes! They can be styled to hold plants and books or as a side table with a table lamp.

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Bar carts are versatile and easily moveable if you get a style that’s on wheels. That means it can be a side table one day and hold drinks another, depending on your needs! We love a storage piece that works for our needs, even as they change!

14. Bar Cabinet

Bar cabinets are primarily designed for alcohol and bar tool storage. It’s a great way to house all your bar supplies and even glassware out of sight. But they’re much more versatile than just that. They can typically also be used the way you’d use any other small cabinet—for storing books, extra blankets, or anything else you want tucked behind a closed door.

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Why We Love It

Like many other storage furniture we’ve already mentioned, bar cabinets are really versatile—both in how you use them and where you place them within your living room. Like a bar cart, they can be used to transition spaces between an open living/dining room. But smaller bar cabinets can also double as side tables, or simply as a standalone piece. After all, these pieces can be quite beautiful and make a lovely statement in your living room! (Love the idea of a bar cabinet? Find the best bar cabinet for your style!)

best storage furniture15. Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a perfect minimalist way to add even just a few extra inches of surface area for displaying objects and bringing more organization to your living room! These are especially great for small living rooms—you gotta make use of that vertical space! But they go perfectly in any living room.

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Why We Love It

We love the simplicity of floating shelves. They’re great for plants, smaller objects, and decorative art—bringing organization to a small living room.

wall hooks living room storage16. Wall Hooks

Every wall in your living room can be utilized for extra storage, if necessary. We recommend keeping some space open for more visual breathing room. However, if you have a functional corner (especially if it’s between two rooms, like your living room and dining room or entryway) that makes a perfect space for a few hooks. This allows you to hang commonly dropped items—getting your bags off the floor and your coats of the backs of chairs!

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We love how wall hooks are a great way to add some simple, minimal storage to your living room. Plus, they can fly solo or be paired with additional storage. In the design above, we opted for a storage piece that combines open and closed space to keep things tucked away and organized.

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19 Easy and Functional Bookshelf Styling Ideas

Sometimes the smallest changes in the home can have the most impact. Restyling bookshelves is one such small change. Whether it’s rearranging how your books are displayed, adding some colorful art or layering in your favorite objects and collections, giving your bookshelf a quick refresh can completely bring a new perspective (and vibe) to your spaces. But it’s also a small decor moment that can be surprisingly difficult to master.

For some inspiration, we’ve rounded up our best bookcase styling ideas along with quick tips on how to decorate bookshelves to be instant focal points in your spaces. Find out below!

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1. Set Up A Sculpture Show

Fill your shelves with sculptures and accents that have unique and interesting shapes. Whether it’s unusual vessels, captivating artifacts or organic ceramic vessels, they make for intriguing bookshelf decor that’s bound to inspire conversation. Try adding a few cool-shaped sculptures alongside books as a way to work in movement and break up the straight lines of your shelves.

Style Tip: Combine a mix of sculptures in different sizes and heights, like a round vase with tall vessels and obelisks, for visual balance.

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2. Think Multipurpose

Bookshelf decorating isn’t all about styling shelves out just for show. For most people, they’re used for multi-purpose storage for books, bins, and knicknacks, like these low bookcases in this reading corner. With low shelves, try not to overstuff them with books and storage containers. Space things out so it doesn’t look overwhelming.

Style Tip: Have a mix of baskets and containers that hide smaller items on the bottom, then layer books and accents on top for both weight and visual balance.

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3. Organize For Work

In any home office, a tall bookcase is essential for keeping books, resource materials, and work supplies organized and within easy reach. If you’re wondering how to decorate a bookshelf that’s all about functional storage, consider pretty storage baskets, bookends, and sculptures that can be set on top and alongside books. They have more impact than you think.

Style Tip: Don’t forget the style of your actual bookshelf can also make a statement. Try one with a captivating look like this bookcase with an arched design.

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4. Organize In Full Color

Take a vibrant approach to bookshelf decorating by mixing bright accents, like colorful books, sculptures, and florals. It’s a great way to incorporate color into a space without painting or buying colorful furniture. Focus on two or three colors for your palette to create a cohesive look.

Style Tip: There are no hard and fast rules for how to style a bookcase, but it’s always good to arrange accents in groupings of twos and threes for many unique focal points.

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5. Mix It Up

Shake things up with your bookshelf decoration by turning your shelves into a stylish mixed-use display for books and a bar. Whether or not you have built-in wall shelving or an inlet like this little corner, you can easily create an impromptu bar space by arranging cocktail accessories and drinkware on the lower shelves, then filling the top ones with books.

Style Tip: Select neutral-colored books to go with silver, copper, and brass-accented barware. It’s a surefire way to create an instantly chic look.

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6. Create A Curated Display

Take a cue from this under-window cubby bookcase and arrange your shelves into an artful display of decorative objects and books. This bookshelf decorating approach is perfect for those who have a collection of finds that deserve to be seen in the home. Think of each cubby as its own mini gallery space for your items.

Style Tip: It’s about showcasing the uniqueness here, so work in all kinds of shapes and colors—tall vases, round items, big colorful books. The more eclectic your mix, the better.

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7. Build Out A Library

If you’re like us, a wall of bookshelves is home office goals. With wall-to-wall shelves, give yourself room to experiment and have fun with how you store and display things. Stay practical by filling the lower shelves with all your books, then use the higher shelves as showcases for sculptural pieces, art, and other decorative accents throughout.

Style Tip: Beautiful book covers are artworks in themselves. Display some pretty books by placing them cover forward to give your shelves a high-end gallery vibe.

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8. Think Simple

Don’t feel like you need to curate your bookshelf decor to only be unique objects. The best display can be one that has simple everyday items that speak to you, like a pretty bowl you like or a photo that reminds you of a trip. Keep to simple styling, leaving lots of room between your objects and shelves, for a layered but airy look.

Style Tip: If you have trouble editing what objects to show, choose a theme or color palette, like the nautical red, white, and blue focus here.

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9. Go For A Monochrome Look

Bookshelf decorating doesn’t get more refined than a towering wood-and-glass cabinet. It sets a formal tone and elevates the bookshelf look by default. Play up the sophisticated look further by displaying books in monochrome white and off-whites all throughout. It will guarantee a tailored and elegant overall look.

Style Tip: For balance, arrange books in horizontal rows as well as stacking them vertically. This is an easy way to create height and visual variance with just books.

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10. Keep It Lean

Bookshelves aren’t just for the living room and office. Lean a slim ladder-style bookcase in your entry, where it can function as a catchall as well as extra storage. Style larger items on the bottom shelves and go smaller as you work your way up. This will invite the eye to explore up and down.

Style Tip: One bookshelf decorating idea that’s always great in an entry is to combine art with greenery. It’s a lively pairing that’s certain to set a welcoming tone.

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11. Opt For A Gallery Look

A long and low bookcase in your dining or office space is the perfect display ledge for a collection of artwork. Think of it as a gallery wall but with shelving. Arrange the surface with framed prints, sculptures, and art objects, then fill the shelving below with books and practical storage. Be sure to leave plenty of open space to emphasize a gallery-like look.

Style Tip: To round out this gallery approach to bookshelf decorating, hang art above your shelves and lean larger pieces nearby to fill out the surrounding area and drive the look home.

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12. Aim For Height

If you’re pressed for space, consider installing a few tall and slender open bookshelves. It’s a great way to utilize vertical wall space and decorate with shelves that are styled out instead of hanging up art. Organize your shelves by use, with everyday items more accessible on the lower shelves and art and display objects higher up.

Style Tip: Tall open shelving has a way of adding visual height, making the ceilings appear higher and the room feel more spacious. Keep your surface styling uncluttered to maintain the open look and feel.

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13. Show Off Your Collections

When it comes to show-stopping bookcase ideas, you can’t beat a wall-length cabinet of curiosities. It’s all about playing up a collector’s vibe here. But instead of ephemera and taxidermy and strange objects, filling your cabinet with your book collections is just as impactful and eye-catching. If you have old books and vintage sets, this is the best way to give them pride of place in your home.

Style Tip: Mix vintage and new books, sculptural vases, and other small neutral decor items that don’t overshadow your books.

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Venture outside of traditional bookshelf decorating ideas by arranging your shelves with greenery instead of art and decorative objects. Make it a point to have a mix of greenery and florals, and bring in a range of vases and vessels for your plants. Space them out and set them on top of stacks of books.

Style Tip: If your shelving doesn’t get much light and you’re worried that live greenery will be too difficult to maintain, go faux. They’ll be just as vibrant and elegant.

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15.Combine Practicality and Fun

A tall bookcase is an essential in a kids room or nursery. Make sure to choose a bookcase that’s both functional and safe for a kids room. One that has a combination of closed drawer storage and open shelving is best. You can store blankets and larger toys in the drawer and spread out stuffed animals and books on your shelves, which keeps it cute and stylish.

Style Tip: Your bookcase should provide storage that’s easy for you to access as well as higher shelving where you can keep toys and heavier bookshelf decor out of reach from the little ones.

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16. Play Up Your Personal Style

Another bookshelf decorating idea that’s ideal for an entry is to array a console shelf with all of your favorite art and objects. Unlike a gallery-like approach, this is all about letting your personality shine and welcome guests from the moment they step into your home.

Style Tip: Don’t worry about pretty shapes and matching colors. Trust that grouping together things you love and that reflect your personality will always result in a creative look and feel.

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17. Try A Classic Color Combo

Round out a media cabinet with decorated shelves that are arrayed with accents in classic blue and white. It’s a versatile color combo that works with any room and decor, including a large TV screen. Blue and white accents have a way of adding style and color without being distracting or stealing away all the attention. Avoid anything too bright. Simple is key here.

Style Tip: If blue and white isn’t your color pairing of choice, try another classic color with white as the anchor. Black and white can have a graphic appeal while green and white can bring the outdoors in.

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18. Make It An Eclectic Catchall

Rather than books, use a ladder bookshelf as a multipurpose catchall for a range of everyday items. This is a great way to corral everyday items into one central spot. Assign each shelf a function—two lower ones for bins that hold cords and electronics, one shelf for music and a record player, one for plants, etc. If you live in a small space, this is a stylish storage solution.

Style Tip: Decorating shelves is all about play and experimentation. Try arranging your shelves for different uses and with various objects and decor to see what works visually and what suits your everyday needs.

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19. Turn It Into A Vertical Garden

Draw inspiration from vertical gardens and make leafy greenery and plants the main focus of your bookshelf decor. Unlike an elegant display of floral arrangements and delicate greenery, this approach is all about adding plants to your shelves over time and building it out into a full garden display.

Style Tip: Mix different varieties of plants, like cacti, philodendrons, and ferns, with interesting garden accessories, such as lanterns and a watering can, to play up a greenhouse vibe.

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The Best Home Storage Solutions for Every Room in the House

Storage. It’s something we all need—and something most of us never seem to have enough of. In fact, home storage solutions are actually one of our most requested features from Modsy customers! For those who have plenty of closets or a basement or garage where you can store stuff, this isn’t much of a problem. But for those of us who don’t have those features in our home, we have to get creative!

However, there are many ways to use design to your advantage and use it to help increase your storage space and make the most of the space you do have. And we’re not just talking about buying furniture that gives you extra storage. (Though that can help.) We’re also talking about hidden storage ideas and other practical organizational solutions that will make your life easier, help you stay organized, and make your home more beautiful.

If you’re wondering how to create more storage space in your home, we’re here to help you figure out how to choose storage furniture for your needs. We’ve rounded up our best clever storage ideas for every room in your house!

Storage Solutions for Your Entryway

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Console Table

If you have a large entryway area or foyer, make the most of the space by lining the wall with useful pieces. This is a great place for a console with drawers, giving you both hidden storage and surface space for decor and organization. And we love the style above that has a lower shelf—perfect for shoe storage!

If you have a longer space, like a hallway or pass-through space, you could also add a bench, and hang some wall hooks for additional storage. And, while not a storage solution, adding a runner will help give this set-up a more intentional look instead of it being a hodge-podge of furniture and objects! By putting wall space to work, you can make the most of a space that would otherwise go unused.

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Storage Bench

Storage benches are perfect home storage solutions for any space. They’re great in entryways, as pictured above, for stowing outdoor gear, bags, and extra shoes while also giving you a place to sit. In an entryway, it’s particularly nice to pair them with a coat rack and mirror. But they’re also great in living rooms, hallways, and bedrooms!

Wherever you place a storage bench, it gives you an easy, out-of-sight place to put clutter—which is great for busy households with kids. Instead of stressing about things looking cluttered, you can just stash them away in a storage bench!

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Wall Hooks or Coat Racks

Wall hooks and coat rocks are a great way to utilize open walls for extra storage. If you have a few feet of wall space, even if it’s behind a door, you can easily hang a few hooks—helping get your bags off the floor and your coats off chairs. Wall hooks are a simple and inexpensive way to add minimalist storage to your entry.

If you have the wall and floor space available, you could upgrade to a coat rack. This is an especially great storage solution if you don’t have a coat closet by your front door, as they give you a place to hang coats, guest items, purses, and umbrellas. Coat racks can be minimal in design and footprint, or they can be rather large—so you can easily find one to fit your space and style. Just be sure you don’t have too much on your coat rack, or it might start looking cluttered and become an eyesore.

Both of these options are very practical for busy individuals who just need to grab something on the way out of the door.

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Large Baskets

One of our favorite home storage solutions is utilizing baskets as storage containers. Baskets can be used anywhere in your home—but never are they more important than in an entryway, where additional storage is always welcome. Large baskets can easily be moved around to where you need them most and are a great place to stash items and keep your home looking sleek.

Some favorite basket storage ideas for homes with kids? In your entryway, assign a basket to each kid and they’ll always know where to put their stuff when they get home! Baskets can also help make use of the “dead space” underneath an entryway bench.

Read Next: Discover all of the entryway essentials in our entryway buying guide

Storage Solutions for Your Living Room

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Media Console

When it comes to storage and organization, media consoles are at the top of our living room checklist. Why? These versatile furniture pieces can be used for so many things. Naturally, they can house your TV, stereo, and other electronics. Since media consoles generally have cutouts for cords, they help keep things organized and seamless when it comes to electronics!

But if you prefer not to have a television in your main living area, media consoles can just as easily be used for decor and books, like in the image above. These pieces typically have a mix of open and concealed storage as well, for added versatility.


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Storage Coffee Table

If you have a small living room that doesn’t have space for additional storage, then you definitely need to consider a storage coffee table. This piece of furniture gives you a place to stash extra blankets, remotes, magazines—whatever you want close at hand but out of sight! And it’s also perfect for cleaning up clutter in a pinch when someone stops by unannounced!

We love the option featured in the design above because it doesn’t look like a storage piece but is seriously so practical for a small living room. Plus, the lid pops off, so you can put a bowl or tray on top of the coffee table and easily remove the lid without upsetting all of the decor. But, if you don’t like a drum table style, you could also go with a storage coffee table that has drawers, a pop-up top, or even just a traditional coffee table with two tiers so you can use the bottom shelf for storage. All in all, it’s one of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces.

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Wall-Mounted Bookshelves

When square footage is at a premium, we’re big believers in utilizing the height of your room and making the most of vertical space. That’s where wall-mounted shelves come in. They have a slimmer, lower profile than traditional bookcases or credenzas—so, overall take up less space—but still offer a ton of shelf space for storage.

With open shelving like this, you can still have hidden storage by placing baskets or organizational boxes on some of the shelves. This is a great option for an office or for living room storage ideas. In fact, the desk and shelf combo, pictured above, is perfect for if you don’t have space for a separate office but still need a space for working from home.

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Credenza or Sideboard

Have a little space to spare? You can’t go wrong with a console table or credenza along an empty wall. These low-maintenance furniture pieces offer tons of storage—and if you get one with doors and drawers, you can simply hide away what’s stored inside! No need to worry about maintaining it and keeping it looking good like you would for an open or glass-front shelving unit.

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Storage Ottoman

Similar to a storage coffee table, storage ottomans are practical pieces that can act as a coffee table or extra seating while offering hidden storage. Generally, storage ottomans have lift-tops that reveal interior storage. This makes them great for items like toys, blankets, and books. And, with their upholstered exteriors, they’re both kid-friendly and stylish. Since storage ottomans come in so many shapes, upholstery options, and styles, they’re a great addition to any home.

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Storage Sofa

Have you ever heard of a storage sofa? These multipurpose pieces act as comfy places to sit, lounge, and nap—but they also provide storage. These types of sofas either have drawers under the seat cushions, or cushions that lift up to reveal a storage cavity. But you’d never know these sofas were pulling double duty to look at them! They’re great for small spaces, like studio apartments and guest rooms, and their storage cavities are a perfect place for extra throw blankets or bed linens, media items, or even books.

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Room With Divider Shelves

For those in studio apartments, where storage tends to be minimal and you don’t have the benefit of as much wall space, we love the idea of using a room divider with built-in shelves. Not only does this help add more distinct zones to your space, but by opting for one with built-in shelves, you’re adding surface space for books, decor, baskets, and more. We love pieces that offer double-duty practicality.

This is also a great option for homes with open living and dining rooms, or as a way to section off a play area or office within a living room. For everyone who’s working at home right now and doesn’t have a separate office, this is a perfect way to create that separation of work and living space. If a room divider isn’t quite your style, a great alternative would be open-back bookcases floating in the middle of the room, which can still help create some distinct zones within a space.

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Side Tables With Drawers

Side tables are a practical and stylish storage furniture piece for your living room. Their surfaces can be used for lamps and decor, but when you choose a side table with drawers, you can also store things inside. Unlike a credenza or media console, these pieces don’t need to take center stage in your living room design—typically you’ll just tuck them beside a sofa or armchair. But they’re great for storing pens and notepads, remotes, coasters, and card games.

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Storage Cabinets

Closed-door cabinets offer a lot of storage for your living room. They’re great for larger items like board games, blankets, toys, and books. Cabinets are a convenient way to keep these items in your living space without having to see them, because of the doors. However, you can also opt for a glass-doored cabinet as a way to display decorative items or collections (while minimizing how often you have to dust those items!).

Storage Solutions for Your Bedroom

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Nightstands and Dressers

Most bedrooms have at least two pieces of bedroom storage furniture in the form of a nightstand and dresser—but, depending on your needs and the size of your bedroom, you might have more or less. If you have a bed that’s a double or larger, you may want a nightstand on each side of the bed. Or, if you have a smaller room, you can swap out a nightstand for a chest of drawers or dresser to give you a two-in-one piece. Either way, a nightstand with drawers is the best way to maximize storage space in your bedroom. And the surface gives you a place for a lamp, books, a glass of water, your phone, and whatever else you like to keep nearby!

Whether you’re looking to use a dresser as a nightstand to maximize a small bedroom or you have space for both a bedside table and dresser, you’ll want to find a dresser that suits your needs, your space, and your style. Check out our dresser buying guide to find the right dresser for you.

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Wall-Mounted Storage Shelves

We love the idea of using floating wall shelves with cubbies for additional storage. Using this style, like the one pictured above, means you not only have the top shelf space for storage and display, but you can also use the inside cubby for storage! (Whereas, with a traditional floating shelf, you mainly just have space for decoration.)

Wall-mounted storage shelves are a great storage solution for small bedrooms that don’t have a ton of space, giving you extra surface space for books, cosmetics, personal objects, or even baskets for stowing socks or accessories! And, since they’re floating shelves rather than a standing bookshelf, you don’t have to worry about them taking up any precious floor space.

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Wardrobe Armoire

If you’ve read our bedroom checklist, you’ll know that clothing storage is pretty essential. But if your bedroom doesn’t have a closet (or if the closet you have just doesn’t offer enough storage space) consider a wardrobe or armoire. This furniture piece is like a freestanding closet that offers tons of storage for clothes and more. With drawers, and a mix of furniture rod and shelves, think of this as an all-in-one storage piece for your bedroom. A piece like this can be used in all types of bedrooms—from nurseries and kids bedrooms to guest rooms and master suites. But they’re definitely substantial pieces of furniture, so must make sure you have space for it without making your bedroom feel totally cramped!

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Underbed Bins

Utilize the space under your bed by incorporating some baskets and bins. The space under a bed is typically unused—but in a small bedroom, you can’t afford to waste any space! Getting low-profile baskets is a great storage option for kids bedrooms, dorm rooms, and other small spaces. We like using underbed bins for storing seasonal clothes, books, extra linens, or kids toys, depending on your need!

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Clothing Rack

A clothing rack is a great way to add extra hanging space to your bedroom. Like an open closet, clothing racks are great for styling outfits and keeping a few favorite items close-at-hand. But they’re also a great option for small bedrooms that don’t have closets. (In general, they’re more affordable and take up less space than a wardrobe.) But if you’re going to go this route, just make sure you’re an organized person, as clothing racks can quickly become eyesores if they’re not kept in order!

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Platform Storage Bed

Want to get serious about underbed storage? A platform bed with deep drawers gives you tons of functional storage space. Platform storage beds can easily replace your dresser if you want to reduce the number of furniture pieces in your bedroom. But these spacious drawers can also hold bulky items like comforters, pillows, and big coats—making them a great alternative to hall closets for those who lack closet space! This style of bed is great for kids rooms too; the floor-level drawers allow kids to access their items without needing to reach for dresser drawers (a great safety solution for kids that are climbers!).

Storage Solutions for Your Dining Room

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Bar Cart

Keep beverage and bar accessories organized in a stylish and easily accessible way with a bar cart. They offer a stylish storage solution that allows you to show off your bottle and drinkware collection. Of course, they don’t just have to be for bar supplies! They can also be used for plants, books, or even dinnerware. Bar carts are versatile pieces—and most come on wheels, so they can be moved around when needed. They’re perfect for when you have company over!

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Bar Cabinet

Prefer keeping your bar supplies out of sight? Consider a bar cabinet. They’re used to store alcohol and bar tools, and many also have built-in holders to house glassware as well. For those who have kids and pets, bar cabinets are a great alternative to bar carts, giving you a way to keep fragile glassware and bottles away from kids and pets. These jaunty little cabinets are versatile, too—not only can they be used for drinks in a dining room, but they can also be used in living rooms or entryways to house any items you want to stash out of sight! (They’re perfect alternatives to credenzas or media cabinets in small living rooms.)

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Storage Buffet

Once you have a dining table and chairs in place, a buffet is a great item to check off your dining room furniture checklist. Buffets are an ideal storage solution for larger dining rooms. Their surfaces are the perfect place to lay out food when hosting dinner parties, while their closed cabinets offer easy access to fine china or formal dinnerware, table linens, or even records if you like playing your record player during dinner! You can fit so much in a storage buffet while keeping your dining room clutter-free. Storage buffets and dining room credenzas tend to be pricey—but they’re a functional investment that will last for years.

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A dresser in your dining room?? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. A lowboy dresser can function similarly to a buffet, but instead of cabinet doors they instead offer lots of drawers. Dressers usually have deeper storage compartments than credenzas, so you can potentially store more within the drawers. And drawers tend to involve less stacking than cabinet shelves—keeping items like serving trays safer. Like a buffet, the top of a dresser can be used as a bar, serving station, or display surface.

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A hutch is a large storage piece that offers a lot of vertical storage space. With both open shelving and closet cabinets or drawers, you get all the storage space of a buffet or dresser, and then some. The open shelves are a perfect place to display plates, bowls, or a teacup collection, while the bottom can be used to store linens and serving pieces.

Check out our guide to dining room storage for even more ways to incorporate storage into your dining room, big or small!

Storage Solutions for Your Home Office

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Filing Cabinet

A must-have according to our home office checklist? A good filing cabinet. It’s one of the most functional and necessary items in a home office to help you stay organized and on track. They’re especially good for those with a lot of files and paperwork to organize—whether that’s personal files, business paperwork, or a mix of both. If you don’t fill it up with files, these pieces can also be used as a way to organize electronics and office supplies. We recommend buying on with wheels, which makes them easier to move around!

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Open Bookcases

Open bookcases are a staple for home offices. They’re the perfect place to store everything from your paper files and printer to books and decorative items. And they’re space-savers in small home offices, since they use more vertical space than horizontal. And they’re the type of piece that can be used in just about any room of the house—so they’re easy to repurpose if you ever move or want to redecorate.

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Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a great way to store smaller items in your home office, especially if your desk doesn’t have much storage. They’re not just good for decorative objects, but they’re also good for making everyday items easily accessible. In a home office, we like hanging them above a desk (or on the wall behind a floating desk). Since they use wall space rather than floor space, floating shelves help you maximize storage, even in the tiniest of home offices.

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Small Organizational Items

Coral small office supplies and clutter with small organizational items like boxes, bins, trays, bowls, and hanging baskets. They look stylish and can blend in with your home office decor while still serving a purpose. This is a great way to squeeze in some storage on open surfaces!


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Built-Ins (With or Without a Desk)

Built-in cabinets are an extensive (and permanent) storage solution for a home office. They’re great for spaces you know you’ll stay in for a very long time, as they provide a ton of storage space. And if you opt for a built-in with a (wait for it) built-in desk, you can get two pieces of furniture in one! With or without a desk, built-in cabinets can provide stable storage, both hidden and open, for office supplies, files, and books.

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This post was updated April 9, 2021