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5 Storage Makeovers You Can Work On

Solve your clutter problem with these smart hacks and picks

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photos)

Shelves, cabinets, and baskets—these are just some of the things we often use to keep the home organized. Many homeowners turn to these must-haves not only to keep things in place, but to showcase even the cutest of collections! If you are one of the many who invest in these pieces as well, are you sure you're maximizing each? Achieve a picture-perfect home that's neat and charming with these interesting storage tips:

1. Turn baskets into wall wonders.

Do you love keeping souvenirs and other tiny accessories? Store and display them neatly using boxes or baskets you can purchase in department stores. Don't just leave these boxes in a corner of the living area or on your bedside table! Hit two birds with one stone by turning them into display cases for your finds that can liven up a boring wall. Install the boxes on your wall using sawtooth hangers that are readily available in hardware stores.

RL Tip: Work with three boxes forming a pyramid to achieve a rustic-inspired wall accent. Interior designer and Real Living associate editor Dagny Madamba suggests using L-brackets when installing the boxes for a sturdier piece.

READ: Decor Upgrade—From baskets to shadow boxes

2. Use storage as a quirky and unique accent in your home.

Currently revamping your kids' bedroom? If you think ordinary cabinets are plain and boring, you can work with school lockers! How cool is this piece found in one of our featured homes? It can be used to store shoes, clothes, bags, and even toys. Another cool idea? Using this locker as storage for your groceries and dry goods.

Find a similar piece when you visit HMR Trading Haus Pioneer corner Reliance Street, Mandaluyong City. Visit their website for more details.

3. Upcycle an old bar cart into a makeshift pantry or coffee station.

Have you always wanted to have a coffee station at home? If you are low on countertop space, we're sure you're looking for ways on how to make this possible. A movable bar cart (whether old or new) can help you. Simply fix your essentials—jars of coffee, sugar, and cream can take the top tier while spoons, cups, saucers, and other must-haves can take the next one. The good thing about having a movable piece is you can bring it out to the living area when you have guests.

Aside from using the bar cart as coffee station, you can also use it to store extra dinnerware, placemats, and even kitchen utensils! Choose a slim piece that won't eat up floor space in your kitchen.

Find movable bar carts when you visit SM Home, Heima, and AllHome.

4. Add dimension to your entertainment wall.

If you think open shelves are too plain, you can opt for a customized storage solution. See how your trusted carpenter or design professional can craft a mix of open shelving and storage cubes in your living area. Use the photo above as peg—the open ones can hold DVDs and decor while the cubby shelves can be used to display photographs and keep remote controls in place.

5. Take over an entire wall.

Do you want a one-stop corner where you can find the things you need—from keys and loose change to extra placemats and other knickknacks? Look for an available corner at home or even just an empty wall. A customized shelving unit with drawers at the bottom can help solve your woes! Use the shelves to display books, magazines, and catchalls with the small items you need. Remember to declutter this corner always—avoid the habit of simply leaving everything on shelves and overstuffing the drawers.

Many furniture stores offer customized solutions. Get started by visiting Mandaue Foam.

PHOTOS (in order): Miguel Nacianceno | Dairy Darilag | Paolo Feliciano | Marc Jao (4 and 5)

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