13 Storage Dilemmas, Solved

Short on counter space? Closets bursting at the seams? Try these smart ideas for all the common storage problems homeowners face.
By: Jeannie Matteucci
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Dilemma: Daily mail and magazines quickly pile up and clutter your kitchen.

Solution: If you don't want to pin items on your refrigerator or have the wall space for a bulletin board, a base message center cabinet is a good alternative. It gives you an organized spot for the papers, while also providing a great way to end a cabinet run.

Dilemma: You have a bathroom with a pedestal sink or vanity with limited counter space.

Solution: For this bathroom by Criner Remodeling, a niche behind the toilet with built-in glass shelves creates a much-needed home for grooming essentials and framed photos. This keeps the products within easy reach, and the photos help personalize the space. 

Dilemma: You don't have the budget or space for a built-in mudroom, but need storage.

Solution: A cube organizer provides open storage for shoes, gloves, scarves and the other essentials you need as you head out the door. Pair the organizer with hooks above, so coats and jackets stay within easy reach.

Dilemma: You love to cook, but all the large spoons, spatulas and tongs overtake your kitchen counters and drawers.

Solution: Use a utensil rack to lift those important tools off the counters. This way you can see what you have and grab each tool when needed. 

Dilemma: You don’t have a designated spot for your crafting and gift wrapping supplies and waste time searching your home for all the essentials.

Solution: Gather, sort and group similar items and use drawers, bins, rods or a cart to keep everything organized. If space is tight, set up a mini station in a corner of your home office or inside a closet.

Dilemma: Bulky extra rolls of paper towels are taking up premium cabinet space.

Solution: In this stylish kitchen by designer Abbe Fenimore, a decorative basket placed under the center island provides a home for extra paper towels. This simple and smart solution keeps the paper products within easy reach, and allows you to keep track of your supply.

Dilemma: You would love a walk-in pantry in your kitchen for storing dry goods, but don’t have the space.

Solution: A tall slide-out pantry cabinet open on both sides is a great alternative. It gives you an easy way to store your dry goods in a small footprint, and allows you to track your supplies – which eliminates waste and helps save money on your food bill.

Dilemma: You need to create storage in an odd-shaped room or closet.

Solution: Create versatile storage that takes advantage of every inch available with racks and shelves secured with brackets. An adjustable mounting system also allows you to fit the space and change the configuration as your needs change.

Dilemma: You don't have the room for a recycling center in your kitchen.

Solution: Stack your recycling bins out of the way, in a slim cabinet with shelves in your garage next to the entrance into your home. This handy alternative allows you to organize your recyclables, and keep odors from lingering in your kitchen.

Dilemma: Doing laundry feels like a constant chore, made worse because your laundry room lacks storage.

Solution: Smart tools like slide-out hampers, hanging rods for air-drying clothes and shelves for supplies take advantage of every inch of space available. This way you can focus on the task at hand, instead of searching for supplies.

Dilemma: Lots of loose tools and gardening supplies are scattered throughout your garage.

Solution: Use a slatwall to hang and store your tools and outdoor essentials in an organized way. Include attachable wire baskets for groups of smaller items like nails and screws to keep counters free from clutter.

Dilemma: You just can't fit one more sweater or pair of shoes in your bedroom closet.

Solution: Take advantage of the space under your bed by using storage boxes or slide-out bins for seasonal items, or choosing a bed with built-in drawers to hold the overflow from your closet.

Dilemma: You love entertaining on your deck, patio or porch but hate constantly running inside your house for supplies.

Solution: Choose flexible outdoor furniture pieces – like a coffee table with drawers – so you can keep extra napkins, plates or throws for chilly nights nearby and avoid unnecessary trips inside.