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Get Sneaky: 7 Subtle Storage Ideas

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03.27.13

Photo: West Elm

When it comes to marriages and taxes, being sneaky isn’t a great idea. But storage is a different story! If your closets are overflowing and your drawers are jam packed with stuff, it may be time to take a walk on the subtle side. If you know where to look, you’ll find tons of untapped storage real estate in your home!

Here are seven storage ideas you probably haven’t tried yet:

A new shelf on a high wall. Check out your living room or bedroom wall. Now, picture a shelf on it (near the top). Makes sense, right? If you have high ceilings, install a sturdy shelf above your head. Place a few baskets on the shelf and store anything from off-season clothes to holiday décor. Note: This works particularly well above doors because the shelf won’t visually break up the wall.

Old jars in the garage. This storage solution has been a staple for generations, and for good reason! If you have any old pickle or mason jars in your kitchen, use them to organize nails and other knick-knacks in the garage. Nail the lids to the underside of a table or workbench, and then twist the jars into place. You won’t even notice they’re there!

Space under the stairs. Harry Potter may have lived under a stairwell, but we think this “dead” space works much better for storage! Pullout shelves, one small closet or several cabinets can easily hide under your staircase.

Under a corner table. If you use a table to fill a corner, throw a stylish tablecloth over it and use the hidden area under the cloth for storage! Note: This only works for tables that you won’t sit at (boxes hinder leg room).

Both sides of a door. Your door has two sides, and we think they’re both prime storage real estate! Instead of stuffing stored items into a closet, organize them on the back (and front) of your doors. Spices, accessories, crafts and art are just a few of the things that work great on doors. For more ideas, read: There are Two Sides to Every Door, Use Them!

Shower hooks beyond the shower. The same hooks that you use to hold up your shower curtain can also help organize purses, scarves and other accessories in your closet. Simply hook them onto a closet bar, and then start storing your belongings! Tip: If you have a bunch of tights stuffed in a drawer somewhere, tie them to the shower hooks. That way, they’ll be accessible and noticeable when you’re getting ready!

Ottoman with hollow storage. This storage solution can hold a lot of clutter, and it also doubles as a foot rest or extra seat when you have company over. When you don’t need it, just slip it underneath a coffee table so that it’s completely out of sight! 

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