Too much of a good thing can actually be wonderful. However when you're working with limited living space, finding a home for all of your awesome stuff can prove a bit more problematic. Thankfully, we have places like Pinterest to help us get creative with our storage solutions.
We combed through a slew of our favorite DIY boards, and came up with some surprisingly savvy ideas for stashing your growing collection of personal treasures. From picture ledge nail polish holders to magnetic spice jars, read on for nine innovative ways to store your beloved knickknacks and baubles.
Pegboards for Mugs
Want a cool way to show off your colorful collection of coffee mugs while also freeing up some cabinet space? Looks like all you need is a chic pegboard, thumbtacks, and a little imagination. Just follow the lead of Geraldine Tan from Little Big Bell with her display of Marimekko mugs above.
Picture Ledges for Nail Polish
Though typically reserved for mounting artwork, picture ledges can be extremely resourceful for storing all kinds of small accessories, most notably nail polish bottles, books, and magazines.
Command Hooks for Sunglasses
While we've long known the value of using adhesive hanging hooks around the house, we hadn't considered how great they'd be for keeping our sunglasses handy (and scratch-free), as you can see here on Graceful Order. Stick a couple of clear ones by your front door and you'll never forget to leave home without them.
Paper Towel Holders for Ribbon
If you love ribbon half as much as we do, then you already know how hard they can be to keep track of. Luckily, we stumbled upon the genius idea of using a vertical rod (like a paper towel holder) to stack your spools, and the rest is just organized storage closet history. This DIY version is from The Cottage Mama.
Cheese Graters for Earrings
Who knew something as common as a cheese grater could be such a game changer for earring storage? Simply hang a flat grater on your bathroom wall, like you see here from The Melee of My Life, or place a boxed one on your dresser like a jewelry stand—you'll never lose a stud again.
A Magnetic Spice Rack for Everything
If you weren't previously privy to the power of magnetic storage, now's the time to smarten up. Not only can you use magnetized tins to store everything from office supplies at your desk to spices and sauce packets in your kitchen, you can stick them just about anywhere that's metal including the door of your file cabinet or fridge. Homemade by Carmona made her own with craft store tins and magnet sheets.
A Pallet as a Shoe Rack
Commonly salvaged for bookshelves and coffee tables, it seems that wooden shipping crates will also work wonders for a cramped closet. Hang one lengthwise in your bedroom in place of a shoe rack and you'll score all sorts of extra space for your wardrobe.
Curtain Rods for Gift Wrap
Although we typically don't recommend hanging onto things like gift wrap when residing in a super small space, these clever curtain rods-turned-wrapping paper holders from Iron & Twine's holiday gift wrap station have us humming a different tune.
Towel Racks for Pot Lids
Hang a towel rack or two inside one of your cabinet doors, like you see here from Martha Stewart, to stash all of your pot lids, and they'll always be within reach while you're cooking.