10 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Space

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One of the biggest challenges of small space living is... where does all the stuff go? If you feel like you've maxed out all your storage but you still have things that need a home, this post is for you. Here are ten often-overlooked spots where you can squeeze a little extra storage out of a small space.

Above: Hang a set of wall-mounted shelves above a radiator. Spotted on VT Wonen.

The space above your door is the perfect place to mount a shelf to store books and other sundries, as spotted in the New York home of Ashlina Kaposta of The Decorista.

What about above the bed? If you mount the shelf high enough, you won't have to worry about bumping your head when you wake up. Photo from Share Design.

Use the space above your kitchen cabinets to store cookbooks, as in John's Sunlit Studio (from our 2013 Small Cool Contest).

Or try this: put baskets above the cabinets for lesser-used kitchen items, as in this home from Better Homes & Gardens.

Mount the lid of a mason jar under the bottom of your cabinets. Then use the jar to store little things that you want to be in easy reach. Spotted on House to Home.

Make the most of the space in your home with a long, low console that goes under a window. Spotted on My World Apart.

Park a catch-all basket under a console table, as spotted in Jessica & Scott's East Coast Nest.

Another place to squeeze out a little extra storage is the back of the door to your medicine cabinet. These stick on pods are great for organizing makeup, or, if your medicine cabinet is made of metal, you can add magnets to the smaller things you use the most (lipstick, mascara, etc) and attach them to the inside of the door.

And don't forget about the inside of your cabinet doors. You can hang small hooks there for things like measuring spoons that you use often and want to be in easy reach. 'Baking Pantry in a Cabinet' DIY from Jenny Steffens.

Like these ideas? Check out even more small space inspiration from Apartment Therapy.

Re-edited from a post originally published 7.28.14 - cm

(Image credits: VT Wonen; The Everygirl; Share Design; John's Sunlit Studio; Better Homes & Gardens; House to Home; Vaaleanpunainen Hirsitalo; Pablo Enriquez; Stick on Pods; Jenny Steffens)