12 Teeny, Tiny Things AT Editors Did to Immediately Increase Their Storage Space

updated Mar 23, 2020
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We’re all spending a lot more time indoors these days, and getting organized in style is something that we can all strive for, especially after a round of serious decluttering. So I asked a handful of AT staffers to give me their most brilliant storage solutions, and boy, did they deliver. Super functional was a non-negotiable, but extra credit went to anything that was as pretty as it is useful. Maybe one of these items or ideas will inspire you to jumpstart a little organizational makeover in your home. Or if you have a clutch clutter control solution of your own, please let us know in the comments. We’re all ears.

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“The wall in my kitchen is brick, so I wasn’t going to be drilling any holes into it. Instead, I got a magnetic paper towel holder for the side of my fridge, so I could turn that surface into usable space. It also can hold aluminum foil and plastic wrap.” —Tara Bellucci, News & Culture Editor

Buy: Magnetic Paper Towel Holder for Refrigerator with Storage Box, $19.99 from Amazon

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“The IKEA BILLY bookcase is a classic for a reason. I got one and put a lot of my random stuff on it, and it really keeps everything organized.” —Yasmine Lashley, Affiliate and Commerce Manager

Buy: IKEA BILLY Bookcase, $84.00 from IKEA

“I have very deep cupboards that I use as my ‘pantry.’ I kept forgetting about things in the way back until they expired. I worked with a professional organizer, Laura Cattano, for a kitchen organization article, and she suggested these organizers from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They changed my life—now I can pull them out and easily see what I have in stock.” —Laura Schocker, Editor-in-Chief

Buy: Lynk Professional Wide Roll-Out Under-Cabinet 17-Inch Single Drawer, $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

“I bought a Pottery Barn basket that’s soft for my daughter’s toys. Aside from making clean-up easy, it’s also easy for her to grab toys from the basket, which is a fun way for her to explore and play.” —Annie Carroll, General Manager of Video and Head of Studios

Buy: Chunky Knit Storage, Starting at $29 $21 from Pottery Barn Kids

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“Coats take up a lot of closet space, so we got a coat rack to help with that. Ours also doubles as an umbrella stand, and it’s a great reminder to grab an umbrella when necessary.” —Nicoletta Richardson, Senior Associate Editor, News & Culture

Buy: Charlton Home Duhon Coat Rack, $99.99 from Wayfair

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“I’m redoing my bathroom, and instead of putting in towel bars, I used metal hooks positioned in various places—next to the sink, the shower. They make it so much easier to hang up towels.” —Brenda Schmerl, SEO Manager

Buy: BROGRUND Hook, $3.99 for a pack of two from IKEA

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“My smartest storage solution is the flat baskets on wheels I found at HomeGoods. I refused to give up my queen bed, even when moving into a tiny room, so I don’t have a ton of space for storage. These slide under said queen bed, so they’re out of sight but hold a lot. You can find them other places—or you can hack a basket by adding your own casters. My friend did that after seeing mine.”—Emma Glubiak, Social Media Manager

Buy: BIRDROCK HOME Abaca Rolling Storage and Recycling Bin, $100.96 from Amazon

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“I have so many pairs of boots I was constantly tripping over, so I decided to get a ‘boot basket’. Mine is from H&M Home, and it’s really pretty, so I don’t mind that it’s out.” —Rachel Otero, Social Media Editor

Buy: Folding Basket, $24.99 from H&M Home

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“When I moved into my current apartment, the closet was much smaller than what I had before, and it’s a weird shape. So I bought a basket for all of my bags and scarves and got really pretty hooks on Amazon. Those are now on the wall next to my closet, and I’ve hung all of my purses and bags on them.” —Nicole Lund, Commerce Editor

Buy: E.Palace Wall Hooks, $16.99 for 4 from Amazon

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“I’ve been using this hack since college—get a caddy or organizer that hooks onto your bathroom cabinet, and you’ll have a place for your curling iron, blow dryer, and more.”  —Madeline Bilis, Real Estate and Finance Editor 

Buy: Polder Style Station, $24.99 $22.00 from Amazon

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“I use an H&M Home hamper to store all of my cold weather accessories, umbrellas, and recyclable tote bags at my front door. I don’t have a proper entry, so this, which is right under a small table and below a hook for my keys, has been a lifesaver for staying organized and not forgetting things.” —Danielle Blundell, Home Director

Buy: Jute Laundry Basket, $34.99 from H&M Home

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Vacuum space saver bags are my secret weapon. I’m able to store so much under my bed with them.” —Megan Baker, Home Projects Editor

Buy: Spacesaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags, Starting at $23.99 from Amazon