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Storage Solutions – 7 Ways to Organize With Baskets

This past year, our multi-purpose homes have become do-it-all spaces that host a lot of life and activity. With so many extra functions, we need to bring in additional storage and organization solutions to help them from becoming cluttered chaos. If things have gotten a bit (ahem) out of control this past year, it’s ok! The new year is the perfect time to get organized and clear your home (and mind) of clutter.

There’s no better way to get your space organized than one of our favorite storage ideas—baskets! These little cuties are not only stylish but they also add warmth and texture to any room, and make corralling clutter a breeze. Talk about a win-win-win! (There’s a reason why we consider them one of our best home storage solutions.)

Ready for some easy ways to incorporate sneaky storage ideas into your home? Read on to learn our favorite ways to add basket storage in every room of your home. (And for some great ideas of cute baskets you can buy!

basket decorBasket Storage Ideas for the Living Room

The cutest living rooms on Instagram and Pinterest all seem to have one thing in common: they pile on the pillows and throws like there is no tomorrow. This layered look is oh-so-chic, but does beg one question: Where does all that stuff go when you’re actually, you know, sitting on your sofa?

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Organize Your Decor

Enter one of our favorite living room storage ideas! Gather a few baskets around your living space for an easy place to tuck pillows, throw blankets, and even coffee table books when you need the space. A living room basket is a better alternative to simply tossing pillows on the floor—and it’s also one of those great blanket storage ideas, as baskets are the perfect way to keep extra blankets handy.

Add Bins to an Open Bookcase

We love open shelving as much as the next design blog, but admittedly it can be a high-maintenance storage system. When all your shelves are exposed, so is your clutter! That means frequent dusting and organizing to make sure everything is looking great and in its place.

But bookcase styling doesn’t have to be exhausting! Simply add a few baskets to your open shelving unit and voila! You’ve got an instant way to make your bookcase look organized. When you opt for a bookshelf with baskets, guests will never notice the mess that’s hiding in plain sight right inside those baskets.

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Keep Your Coffee Table Clutter-Free

You can also use baskets as storage for your coffee table. Find one with low sides, similar to a tray, and use it to corral remotes, matchbooks, candles, and any other coffee table knick-knacks you have lying around. This will instantly make your coffee table seem more organized and also doubles as an easy way to clear it off for family game night or cocktail hour! If you have a coffee table with a lower shelf, you could also use a basket or two there to corral books and magazines.

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Corral Kids’ Toys in a Pinch

If you’ve got young kids, you may know that more often than not your living room functions as a playroom. To help make clean-up quick and easy, consider adding some big baskets into your decor scheme. Tucked in the corner, these guys are out of the way but easily accessible for play time. For toy storage, we especially love baskets with lids, so you don’t have to look at mountains of toys once everything is put away!

Read This Next: 7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Basket Storage Ideas for the Entryway

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Easy Shoe Storage

Probably the most obvious place to add a basket is in your entryway! The space in your home that sees the most foot traffic, a few well-placed baskets can help keep this area clutter free.

Try tucking a few rectangular baskets under a bench for an easy place to stash shoes. A taller basket can be a perfect place to store umbrellas or anything else you might like to keep handy in your entryway. Have a super small entryway? Check out these 5 hacks for small entryways.

Basket Storage Ideas for the Bedroom

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A Place to Throw Your Pillows

Styling throw pillows on your bed is cute—but when it comes time to go to sleep, they have to move somewhere. Instead of tossing your throw pillows on the floor, add a basket to the foot of your bed for an easy place to stash them at night.

More bedroom basket storage ideas? Tuck one on the bottom shelf of your nightstand and use it to hold half-read magazines, midnight snacks, or anything else you don’t have room for in your drawers.

Finally, for the classic bedroom basket standby, give your laundry bin a stylish upgrade by swapping it out for a cute basket. You can find ones with handles for easy transportation, or even a lid to keep the dirties out of sight.

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Add Under-the-Bed Storage

If you have a smaller bedroom, or just need some extra bedroom storage to stash clothes, shoes, or your collection of action figures, try a few storage baskets under your bed! Get ones with handles to make sliding them in and out extra easy.

This is a great way to make the most of an unused area of your bedroom. It’s also a great alternative to getting extra storage if a proper storage bed frame is out of your budget.

Basket Storage Ideas for the Home Office

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Organize Office Supplies

The final room we love to incorporate basket storage into is the home office. Another obvious space, your home office should be a productivity zone, and that usually means keeping it clutter-free and highly organized.

Add a basket under your desk as a waste can (or recycle bin), or try a few on a bookcase to organize documents, office supplies, and other bits and bobs. We really should be asking where you can’t use baskets in a home office!

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7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

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Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a small family house, you probably have a small room or corner you don’t quite know what to do with. Well, we’re big believers in coming up with storage solutions for small spaces to make the most of them! And adding storage doesn’t have to mean adding an entire new shelving system or purchasing a big ticket item, like a credenza; all it takes is rethinking your spaces with the right pieces.

If you have a small space in need of some rethinking or want to optimize your storage options in a small space, read on! We’re outlining some of our favorite small space hacks, as well as some great design tips for small apartments to help you maximize your space.

Read on for 7 of our favorite storage solutions for small spaces.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces1. Work Storage Into Your Entry

Looking for interior design ideas that will breathe new life into a small entryway? Use a  small desk or narrow console table in your entry as a functional storage piece and catchall. Just make sure it has a drawer or two! This gives you a place to stash mail and on-the-go accessories, like sunglasses, hats, and totes.

The surface can hold a tray for keys, a table lamp, and a mirror for those last-minute outfit checks before you dash out the door. And opting for a furniture piece with an open base means you can also maximize the space beneath for baskets or shoes.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces2. Choose a Multipurpose Coffee Table

For a busy space like your living room, consider working storage into your coffee table. (Storage coffee tables are such great workhorses for small spaces that they’re first on the list of essentials in our small apartment furniture checklist!)

If you’re wondering how to choose storage furniture, know that there are some great storage coffee tables out there that offer hidden storage. But you could also opt for a two-tiered table which allows you to stash trays, magazines, and coasters on the lower shelves. A repurposed trunk or a coffee table with a lid is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. And a coffee table with drawers are stylish design details that can also keep remotes, wine openers, and other small items out of sight.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces3. Find New Use for Nightstands

No need to relegate a nightstand to just your bedroom. Pull one into your living room to use as a side table. One of our best home storage solutions for small spaces, nightstands are a great way to pack in extra storage without adding clutter.

Most nightstands come with two or three drawers, so you’ll have extra storage space for everything from additional cords and candles to throw blankets and games. On top, you’ll have room for a lamp as well as a place to put down a drink.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces4. Add Seating with Storage

Super-functional storage benches and ottomans are perfect in any living room, but especially if you’re short on living room storage space.

Giving you both style and storage, these benches serve as pretty and comfortable seating when you have guests over and also as hiding spots for anything and everything. Try using a storage bench under a living room window to create a reading spot, or tuck it behind your sofa.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces5. Go Big with Baskets

Easy to tote around, baskets are storage catchalls. They’re the easiest of our small space storage ideas to implement and they can be easily brought to a larger space if you move!

Looking for ways to organize with baskets? They’re very handy if you have kids that tend to spread out their toys across the living room; stashing them in baskets makes clean-up easier and will help conceal what can be a mess on the floor. Plus, baskets tuck nicely into cubbies or can be set on the floor by a chair to hold blankets and books.

Try multiple baskets spread out in one room on the floor for a few storage touch points.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces6. Make Your Bed Do Double Duty

If you’re working with small square footage, a platform bed with drawers or one with storage space underneath can help you make the most of an otherwise unused space in your bedroom.

It’s a great small-space solution for stowing away winter bedding, clothes, and extra sheets, linens, and pillows.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces7. Rethink a Bookshelf

We love making use of shelves for small spaces to add storage space vertically. Try an open bookcase beside your bed instead of a nightstand or table. This ups your storage (literally) by making use of wall space that’s often left empty next to your bed.

Essentials—like an alarm clock, your iPhone, bedtime reading, and a glass of wate—can go on the lower shelves, while books, jewelry boxes, and even clothes can be stored on the upper ones. And since most open bookshelves are narrow, you’ll also be saving floor space.

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Have Your Sofa’s Back: 4 Ideas for What to do with the Space Behind Your Sofa

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So you’ve mastered the art of the floating sofa. Great job! This is one of the points interior designers love to hammer home – pull your furniture away from the wall and your life will be complete.

And while this always looks great on Pinterest, in real life you’re left with an empty and, potentially useless space behind your sofa and the question, “Now what?”

Our stylists offered up their 4 best ideas for what to do with the space behind your sofa. See which option works for your needs, and try one on in your home today.

 

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1. Console Table

Perhaps the most obvious idea, a console table is a great option to cover your sofa’s behind. Available in a wide range of styles and prices, a console table is a great way to add a little extra storage to an otherwise unused space.

For smaller spaces, try a console with open shelves for a light and uncluttered look. This is also a great option for displaying your favorite decorative pieces.

If you have more room to work with, or if maintaining the look of open shelving just sounds like a chore, choose a console with enclosed storage. These look great and require minimal upkeep.

Stylist Tip: Opt for a console that is a few inches shorter than the back of your sofa, and about ⅔ the width of your sofa. This will create a balanced look and keep walkways clear.

 

Space behind the sofa

2. Bench

Another space-saving solution, a bench behind the sofa is a great way to sneak in extra seating and storage to your living room. This is an especially great option if the back of your sofa is near your entrance, so you can use the bench as a place to sit on your way in and out.

Try an upholstered bench with a pop of pattern to play up the warmth of your leather sofa. If you need an extra place to stash clutter, a storage bench can be the perfect solution.

Stylist Tip: Make use of the empty space on the sides of the bench to tuck a floor lamp or some baskets. Another great way to use this dead space and keep high-traffic walkways clutter-free!

 

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3. Seating Nook

More seating behind your seating? Why not! The space behind your sofa can be the perfect place to tuck a cozy reading nook or an intimate space for conversing over drinks.

Two small chairs with a patterned side table create the perfect place to get away from the main living room activities, but also keep you close (great for parents who want to enjoy a little “me time” without straying too far).

Stylist Tip: Be the host with the most seating! Chairs and benches behind the sofa are great ways to incorporate extra seating that can be re-arranged when entertaining guests. Simply tuck it back in place when they leave, no garage storage required.

 

Space behind the sofa

4. Desk

If you’re looking for an option that is a bit more functional than a console table, try a desk in the space behind your sofa.

This is a nice solution if you don’t have an extra room to transform into a home office, but still need a place to focus. You can also use it as a homework station for the kiddos or a place to pay your bills online while watching the game.

Stylist Tip: Although you can often use a console table as a desk, check the height before you commit. Many console tables are several inches taller than desks, making for an uncomfortable work station.

 

 

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