In Plain Sight: 10 Smart Solutions for Everyday Organizing

Storage doesn’t always mean clear plastic bins that you squirrel away in a closet. Small space dwellers in particular don’t have the luxury of hidden spaces, like basements, to keep stuff out of the public eye. And sometimes it’s nice to keep things close at hand, without having to rummage around in a closet for what you need when you need it. For these reasons and more, sometimes the smartest way to organize is incorporating storage into daily life.

Here are ten lessons you can learn from our house tours:

TOP ROW:
1. A rustic-looking folding chair hung on the wall adds depth and personality to Kirsty and Pete’s restored home.
2. Similarly, skis become a decorative element in James and Sarah’s graphic Notting Hill home.
3. Simple, almost Shaker-style pegs wrap around Phil and Vicki’s bathroom. Baskets hung from the pegs store washcloths and other bath goods.
4. Briana and Dominic repurposed a French riddling rack to store pots and pans in their bungalow kitchen.
5. Pallets were cleverly converted into shoe storage in Stephen & Antwann’s home.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. Who needs actual shelves? Amy and Meghan just stack their books in an unused corner, making them part storage, part sculpture.
7. Closet overflow is stored on a ceiling-hung rod in a corner of Lauren’s Southwestern abode.
8. The ends of benches and built-ins create an extra spot for shoes in the MacMillan’s converted greenhouse.
9. Wasted space under Molly and John’s stairs gets put to better use with lots and lots of new storage.
10. Zach and Rachel strung rope and hooks on a wall to hold jackets and backpacks, leaving the main living space clutter free.

Have your own clever ideas to add to the mix? Share them here!

(Image credits: Lizzie Ford; Sarah Barnard; Andrea Sparacio; Adrienne Breaux; Julia Brenner; Kathryn Bacalis; Jacqueline Marque; Jill Slater; Dave Murphy)