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These Sneaky Storage Ideas Can Help You Avoid Clutter

Say goodbye to a messy space with these easy hacks

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

Many people think that small spaces are often cramped and uninviting because there aren’t enough storage options. The truth is, whether you live in a big or small space, it all depends on how you can incorporate even the slimmest of niches and how you organize your belongings. Tiny homes are good examples of how you can turn the smallest of nooks into handy storage spots. Get started with these ideas:

Your accent wall can be full of surprises.


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In this 18sqm unit, the designers chose to add an extraordinary accent wall. At first glance, it looks typical—with knobs that add visual interest.

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If the owner needs to work or if he wants to enjoy a cup of coffee, it reveals a work area, a mini pantry, and a couple of small appliances. Achieving something similar for your space may require the help of a design professional as it involves sleek cabinetry and transforming mechanisms.

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Look under your seat.


Benches are becoming must-haves when it comes to furnishing a dining nook for a good number of reasons. Not only does it enable you to accommodate more guests, it also allows you to add storage bins underneath. Take your cue from the photo above—maximize available nooks underneath seating pieces and other furniture by adding bins and baskets where you can keep magazines, extra linens, and other essentials.

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 A few steps can mean extra storage.


In homes with a staircase or even just a short flight of steps, extra storage can be added. Staircases in loft-type units or even those with loft-type beds can have hidden compartments that can be used when storing extra sheets, pillows, and clothes. In big homes, you can have staircase drawers instead of an ordinary riser. Consult with a professional to see how this can be applied to your space.

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Niches are your new best friends.


No space for a shelf? No problem! Built-in niches can be incorporated into the wall to hold décor, accessories, and books. Niches are versatile solutions as you can have one in the bathroom to hold toiletries and as seen in the photo above, one in the bedroom to hold gadgets, clocks, and other knickknacks.

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Wall-mounted pieces can replace freestanding shelves.


We’ve said it before—vertical spaces are important in any home. Aside from turning it into a mini garden, you can also transform it into an accent wall or as a storage center. Wooden ledges can hold your collection of photos, décor, and your favorite books so you can free up space in your cabinets and drawers.

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