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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Why We Love It

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.

best storage furniture8. Trunks

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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Why We Love It

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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Why We Love It

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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Stylist Picks: 10 Clever Solutions For Extra, Hidden Storage

Finding smart ways to fit in some extra storage is a common dilemma among many of our Modsy customers. But jamming another bookcase or storage cabinet into an already crowded room isn’t always the best design solve. And if you’re pressed for space, the last thing you want is to spend money on another piece of furniture that’s just going to take up more square footage.

So instead, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite furniture pieces that come with hidden storage. Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ best hidden storage ideas.

hidden storage ideas1. A Wooden Storage Bed

No matter the size of your bedroom, underbed storage is always a plus. Because beds are large pieces of furniture, the storage underneath packs a mighty punch. This makes for one of our favorite hidden storage ideas because it can easily take the place of a dresser. As a bonus, it keeps everything neatly tucked away out of sight!

Modern wooden storage beds also have drawers that are a seamless part of the design, so you won’t even be able to tell it’s working double just by looking.

Stylist Pick: Blair Queen Storage Bed

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hidden storage ideas2. An Upholstered Storage Bed

Solid-wood storage beds can be expensive, so an equally stylish alternative is an upholstered one. Not only is it more budget friendly, today’s upholstered storage beds have a classic and clean-lined look that make them super versatile pieces. Many of them have deep drawers that pull out from the foot of the bed, and they often come with a padded headboard. And who doesn’t love that?

Stylist Pick: Terrence Queen Bed

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3. A Clean-Lined Storage Sofa

A sofa with storage might sound too good to be true. But these magical pieces of furniture really do exist, and they come in modern and stylish designs to boot! We’re big fans of hidden storage ideas for small spaces, and sofas with storage are perfect since you can stash everything from blankets to kids toys in the compartments underneath the seat cushions.

Stylist Pick: Hughes Sofa with Storage

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hidden storage4. A Glam Storage Coffee Table

One of the most stylish pieces in the bunch, we love this coffee table for its unexpected and spacious storage compartment. (Psst! If you can’t spot it, it’s hiding under the wooden top.) You can easily stow away blankets, remote controls, and games inside, while its metallic finish brings polish and shine to rustic and traditional living spaces alike.

Stylist Pick: Drum Storage Coffee Table

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hidden storage ideas5. A Classic Storage Ottoman

Probably our favorite living room storage staple, a traditional upholstered storage ottoman is endlessly versatile. You can use it as a coffee table, a footrest or even an extra seat in a pinch. One with storage inside for pillows and throws makes it even more of an essential in any classic living room setting.

Stylist Pick: Barrett Storage Ottoman

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6. A Contemporary Storage Bench

You can’t go wrong with a simple storage bench that also doubles as comfy seating. It can work in virtually any room, from the bedroom to the living room. But we love it most in an entry, where you can stash away shoes, umbrellas, picnic blankets, and other on-the-go accessories.

Stylist Pick: Fulton Charcoal Storage Bench

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7. A Chic Mirror With Storage

An easy way to sneak a tiny bit more storage into your room is to hang a slim mirror with a built-in ledge that can function as a catchall and display. We love this idea for an entry or a small nook as it makes the most of empty walls. Set a bowl on the ledge for keys, add a candle, or display some photographs to make it a focal point.

Stylist Pick: Perch Round Mirror with Shelf

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hidden storage ideas8. A Cool Storage Stool

If a storage ottoman is too big for your space, consider a little storage stool that can also work as a footrest or extra seating. We have our eyes on some of the more modern takes, which come in cool modular shapes and some are even upholstered in durable leather. The best part is that most modern storage stools are versatile in style and can work in modern, eclectic, or even rustic spaces.

Stylist Pick: Squad Storage Ottoman

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9. A Streamlined Storage Shelf

Who doesn’t love the simple, sleek look of a hanging shelf ledge? Sweeten the deal with designs that incorporate drawers for even more storage. Install one above a home office desk to stash away mail, wires, and other electronic accessories, or line a few along the wall in your living room to create a custom wall shelving vignette.

Stylist Pick: Hide N Seek Acacia Wood Storage Shelf

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10. A Polished Storage Trunk

Sometimes a good ole trunk does the trick. Especially when you need a place for bigger fluffy items, such as winter duvet covers, chunky blankets, oversized pillows, and winter clothes. While there are many steamer trunk and other vintage style designs out there, right now we’re loving wooden chests that add a little texture and polish. Try this burl wood trunk at the foot of your bed or in your living room for a stylish storage piece.

Stylist Pick: Burl Wood Cedar Lined Trunk

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