Sometimes you need to cheat just a little bit. Like when guests are coming and you’re still making dinner, and haven't had time to clean the house. Stuff is everywhere and you want to throw a tablecloth over the entire room and say, "Move along. Nothing to see here!" Other times, it's just to preserve your own sanity. You don't necessarily need long term solutions, just quick fixes that get you through the day until you have more time to deal. Make these projects once, and then have the option to hide everything until you get more organized.
Above, this table skirt from So Haute looks sophisticated - and covers an EXPEDIT shelving system that could be neat or a wreck, doesn't matter!
Open shelves and bookcases are great, until they're not. Designer Michael Garvey covered open EXPEDIT shelving with wood paneling from the hardware store and homemade leather pulls.
Benita from Chez Larsson converted her basement into a bedroom. She used a wall of curtains to camouflage all the stored items and keep the space neat and clean.
Helen Hou-Sandi used three side pieces from IVAR modular storage to make this room divider. Add some cute fabric and a lot of stuff can be hidden behind this guy.
The Girl on the Go screwed in a bunch of wall hooks, then hid the whole thing with an IKEA mirror on hinges.