These stylish storage ideas will help you declutter and stay organized while enhancing your home’s décor.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a house that sleeps 20, storage can often be a challenge. Today’s modern households are filled with more belongings than ever before, and we want our possessions close by so they’re always available at the slightest whim. But at the same time, we also want to avoid messy, unsightly clutter interfering with the flow of the décor we have chosen ever so carefully for our home. What’s a person to do? I’m here to tell you that you can have your cake and eat it too. Here are seven stylish storage ideas I’ve used to solve this problem in my home.
Baskets in Laundry Room to Store Light bulbs, Batteries, Etc.
We have very little storage space on the lower floor of our home save for our kitchen cabinets and coat closet. This means I needed to find a place upstairs to store light bulbs, batteries, tools, and extension cords. The problem is, there’s not much storage space upstairs either, and we use our closets and drawers up there for clothes and linens. I had to find a way to keep all those miscellaneous items in my laundry room. Unfortunately, there’s not enough cupboard space for everything, so I put baskets on top of the cabinets in the laundry room. This gives me organized, attractive storage for light bulbs, batteries, and other things I want to keep handy but don’t necessarily use on a daily basis.
Toilet Paper Storage in the Powder Room
Eliminating bathroom vanities in favor of pedestal sinks has become an increasingly popular choice in modern bathrooms, particularly in small powder rooms since they take up less space, show off more of your lovely floor, and offer a modern, clean aesthetic. But where do you keep your extra rolls of toilet paper if you don’t have a vanity? I’ve seen people store extra rolls of toilet paper in their powder room on the lid of the toilet tank, but although this is certainly a practical solution, it’s not a particularly attractive one, in my opinion. I solved this problem in my house with a simple decorative sculpture. It’s attractive, takes up very little space, and more importantly, this stylish storage idea will make sure the toilet paper is handy when you or your guests need it.
Coffee Tables or Ottomans with Built-In Storage for Blankets
If your family spends a great deal of time in the living room, you want to keep items like blankets and board games handy while also avoiding clutter. In this situation, consider getting an ottoman or coffee table with storage. We have one in our house and use it to store extra throw blankets as well as the board games and playing cards we play with on a regular basis.
A Perfect Place for Keys and Accessories
Need a place to keep your wallet and keys when you step through the door? I put mine in a decorative box on the entry table because I want my entryway design to be stylish. This works out wonderfully because I always know where my keys are and they’re not laying around and adding to clutter. In addition to being a great place to keep keys, decorative boxes and baskets are also a stylish storage idea for remote controls, coasters, headphones, matches or other items you want to keep handy because you need them on a regular basis.
Storage for Linens, Clothes, and More
A large wardrobe can be an ideal solution if you need extra space to store blankets, pillows, clothing, games, or just about anything else you need to store. We keep ours in what would otherwise be wasted space in the alcove above our staircase, but I’ve also seen them in dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. Not only is it a great storage solution, but it also gives you a perfect excuse to go antiquing on the weekend so you can shop for the perfect piece!
Buffet or Hutch for Extra Dishes and Glassware
A buffet or hutch can be a lifesaver when it comes to storage. If you use it to store your formal china and silverware, it frees up the storage space in the kitchen for the items you use more often. Although this piece of furniture is most commonly kept in the dining room, they can also be kept in the kitchen, an extra wide hallway, or any other nearby area where you have sufficient space since these aren’t things you’ll be using on a regular basis.
Tip: If you don’t have room for a buffet, here are some great tips for organizing your kitchen on a budget.
End Tables with Drawers and Shelves
End tables offer the perfect place on which to put lamps, coasters, etc. But if you choose your end table wisely, they can also offer an additional solution for storage without taking up any extra space. Our end table is small but has a drawer for storing things like gaming controllers that would be unsightly if left out in the open, as well as a shelf beneath it for books, baskets, or other décor.
The author, Tamara Gane, lives in Washington State and is passionate about interior design.