30 Storage Hacks You Need to Master by Age 30
Organizing sounds like such a simple concept, yet it seems like a perfectly organized home is always just out of reach. With spring cleaning coming up, and the current Marie Kondo craze, there are no excuses to put off organizing any longer. We put together a comprehensive list of 30 easy-to-achieve storage hacks for every room in your house. Keep reading to tackle our ultimate storage checklist, and let us know how it has helped you tidy up your life.
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- The winning trifecta: Hooks, a bench, and a mirror are the three main items you should invest in first when your entryway is small. Hang your coat, drop your bag, and tuck your shoes under the bench, or have a quick glance at your #ootd before heading out.
- Store the bare bones. Your entrance hall should have, at minimum, a place to store the following: coats, bags, shoes and boots, scarves and hats, keys, mail, and small accessories like sunglasses.
- Relocate it. If you live with others, have designated storage boxes or baskets for each person—forcing everyone to individually relocate overflowing items that can otherwise pile up in the entryway.
- Kick this bad habit out. Have a designated space for your sports gear: tennis racquets, yoga mats, footballs, etc. It doesn’t have to be in the entryway (although it’s the most logical place)—but these items so often end up cluttering other areas where they shouldn’t be stored.
- Winter-proof. Minimize stains and spills by keeping boots in a designated tray on the floor. Keep slippers handy to get into the habit of taking your boots off when you get home.
- Keep counter clutter to a minimum. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to clean. Hanging items is a good alternative if you don’t want to store them away.
- Get rid of packaging. Store your dry goods in airtight containers. Label these containers clearly.
- Keep an eye on it. Make sure that every item in your pantry is visible by arranging the tallest, least used items in the back and the shorter ones in the front. The best pantries have tall but narrow shelves so that nothing gets lost.
- Organize like a grocery store. Arrange foods by type: spices with spices, baking ingredients together, pasta with the pasta sauce, canned goods together, etc.
- Think basket case. Store miscellaneous items in baskets to keep everything tidy. For example, plastic wrap, sandwich bags, aluminium, and baking paper can all go in one basket.
- Closet overflow. Restrained storage space can make closets feel cluttered and disorganized. Instead of fighting your too-small closet, install shelving to store any extra items that don’t fit in closets or dressers. Chic color-coordinated boxes will help hide away anything unsightly, so your bedroom won’t feel cluttered.
- No monsters under this bed. Just storage: Keep luggage, out-of-season clothes, and sports equipment in chic under-bed baskets.
- Bling-bling. Jewelry and small accessories like sunglasses should have a designated space on a vanity or dresser. Store them in a tray or jewelry box.
- Makeup storage. Perfumes can be arranged on a tray, while makeup lives best in clear acrylic makeup containers.
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- Fold, don’t hang. Store neatly folded sweaters and T-shirts vertically in a dresser, not horizontally. Separate them in boxes or with dividers. This will allow you to see every item when you open your drawer and not let piles become jumbled messes.
- Hang items from longest to shortest. This way you’ll be able to maximize the space underneath the shorter items with small drawers or a multilevel shoe rack.
- Color-code your clothes. I go from light to dark, and from short sleeves to long sleeves. I repeat the same color code with my dresses. Visually, my closet goes from light to dark three times.
- Line them up. Store bags and clutches vertically along a shelf, and keep them upright with shelf dividers or in clear acrylic trays.
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- Hide it away. Treat your bathroom as a guest powder room: Only display hand soap, pretty beauty products, and hand towels. The rest should be stored away in a medicine cabinet or drawer near the sink.
- Use the walls. Hardware can solve many storage issues: Install triple-level towel shelves, hooks on the door for bathrobes, and product shelves in the bath or shower.
- Roll it in. A stylish storage cart can house tons of necessities: Keep it neatly organized by using clear containers for items like cotton balls, makeup-removing pads, nail polish bottles, etc.
- Consider the linen closet. Free your bathroom of clutter by organizing a separate linen closet to store extra towels, bedding, and other seldom-used bath accessories.
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- Slide it away. Built-in storage is the absolute best if you’re at a stage where you’re ready to invest in it. Sliding doors over bookshelves can help hide clutter or a TV with one easy slide.
- Go vertical. Use your space all the way up to the ceiling.
- Think storage. If your home is spatially challenged, consider furniture with hidden storage like poufs or coffee tables.
- Keep it contained. Organize your coffee table with trays and boxes. Keep all unsightly electronics in one place so your remotes never get lost in the cracks of the sofa.
- Hide the guest bed. If your home doesn’t have a guest bedroom, use under-bed storage to keep extra guest bedding under the sofa.
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- Go paperless. Scanning apps for iPhones and iPads are so easy to use that there is no excuse for those bulky filing drawers. Plus, having documents in their electronic version makes organizing paperwork a breeze.
- Use cutlery trays. These clever drawer organizers aren’t just for the kitchen. Use the drawer in your desk to keep useful stationery: pens, notebooks, thank you cards, envelopes, stamps, chargers, USB keys, etc.
- Keep a clear desk. Only keep the bare essentials on your desk. On my desk, I keep a cup filled with pens and pencils, a notebook, and a paperweight that holds urgent paperwork that needs addressing before scanning them away.
What are your life-changing storage hacks? Share your wisdom with us in the comments below, or by using the hashtag #HomeHacks on social media.