The Occam’s Razor of Organization: When the Simplest Storage Solution Will Do

The Occam’s Razor of Organization: When the Simplest Storage Solution Will Do

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Dabney Frake
Jan 13, 2015
(Image credit: Nordic Days)

As someone who does a lot of DIY projects, AND as an over thinker, I'm always thrilled to see examples of home solutions that don’t involve complex plans or efforts. Sometimes easy answers work just as beautifully. It’s about taking what’s at your fingertips and making it work — and look lovely in the process. Here are a series of rooms that are winning at the science of life.

(Random disclaimer before we get started: Yes, yes, it’s a reductionist stretch to compare home storage to a scientific principle about problem solving. But you understand my meaning, yes? I think you do.)

1. In the lead image above, Nordic Days featured this Swedish home for sale. Who knows if it is staged, or lived in, but the magazine storage made from hangers is minimalist and superb. (Bonus: an opportunity to scream NO WIRE HANGERS....)

(Image credit: Monica Wang)

2. Kim Myles' suitcase-filled wall. They add a sculptural element, and are ready to grab when you need them.

(Image credit: Refinery29)

3. Refinery29 reminds us that art doesn't need a frame. These tennis racquets are doing just fine on the wall, serving as decoration and storage.

(Image credit: Kathryn Bacalis)

4. Bridget and Jake's closets make good use of basic hooks. They makes things easy to hang up, and easy to see what you have to wear. Cheap, easy to install, and added storage for days...

(Image credit: Laure Joliet)

5. Next time you need to stash something, take a look around at what nooks and crannies are already in your space. Former Apartment Therapy Laure Joliet's dad came up with the idea of sticking books up in rafters.

6. Stack some suitcases stashed with blankets or off-season clothes, and they double as a side table or nightstand.

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