Let’s be honest: we could all use a little inspiration when it comes to maximizing our storage space. And these elegant solutions are exactly what the doctor ordered, going a little way to making your life a lot simpler. Just don’t blame us if this gives you the itch to give your entire home a makeover.
20. Hide your thermostat
Not only do thermostats look unsightly, but they’re also prone to being tampered with by guests overstepping boundaries. You can solve all these problems, however, by simply hiding your thermostat behind a hinged painting or picture frame. Easy.
19. Store your pantry supplies in a shoe organizer
If you’re sick of having to root around in the depths of your cupboards or shelves for those rarely used ingredients, try hanging a shoe organizer over your pantry door. Yes, as it turns out, they’re not only useful for footwear.
18. Magnetize your hammer
Whether you’re building furniture or taking it apart, somehow there’s always a rogue nail that slips through your fingers – and doesn’t reappear until it embeds itself in your foot during a hazy night-time trip to the bathroom. Magnetizing the bottom of your hammer, then, is an ideal solution for keeping track of the pointy devils.
17. Hang your ironing board on coat hooks
Let’s face it: we’ve all had an ironing board fall on our faces at one point or another. Install a couple of coat hooks on the wall, however, and you’ll never need to fear opening the laundry cupboard again. If only there was a life hack that got us out of the ironing altogether…
16. Store laundry detergent in glass dispensers
There’s nothing aesthetically pleasing about bottles of detergent. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to give a little more class to your laundry room with glass drinks dispensers. Simply pile in the detergent and toss the unsightly bottle. Who knows – you may actually enjoy doing the laundry in future.
15. Keep spare paint in jars
Nobody wants paint cans littering up the joint. Luckily, that’s where jars come in. This is especially handy if you’ve just decorated and may have missed a spot – but it’s equally useful for rooms that could need a quick touch up every now and then.
14. Use spare shower curtain rods to increase storage
Fumbling around the shower floor for your toiletries is nobody’s idea of a good time, but when you share your bathroom with a few people, storage space can be tight. Chuck up a curtain rod, then, and all your hygiene-related struggles will be over.
13. Hang your jeans on “S” hooks
Folding and stacking your jeans can make it a pain when you need a pair near the bottom of the pile – but threading them through trouser hangers is way too much effort. Thankfully, there’s an easy compromise in the form of “S” hooks. You can thank us later.
12. Bury prescription bottles in the ground to hide keys
Leaving your spare key under a rock is basically an open invite to burglars in this day and age. So go one step further by sealing the key inside a prescription bottle and gluing a rock or a pinecone to the top. You’ll still be able to find it when you need it, but by burying it in the ground, you’re one step ahead of potential intruders.
11. Use tissue boxes to store plastic bags
In the interests of saving the environment, it’s a good idea to reuse and recycle your plastic bags when you go grocery shopping. But keeping them stored out of sight can be a tricky business – unless you have a spare tissue box to hand, that is.
10. Slice a hole into a tennis ball for an easy item holder
Stick a suction cup on the back, slice a wedge from the front, and your tennis ball becomes a sporty holder of all things practical: be it keys, a pen or even important documents. Stick a few of them up on your wall for a cool-as-they-come themed storage solution.
9. Use a kitchen rack to store clutch purses
Letting your bags run loose can be a nightmare when you’re trying to find a specific one to match your outfit. Handily, repurposed kitchen racks make for great clutch storage. Yes, you’ll never again have to experience the frantic search five minutes before going out. You’re welcome.
8. Attach your controllers to the wall with Velcro
Whether it’s a videogame controller or a TV remote, those electronics can quickly clutter up your coffee table or TV stand. A few strips of Velcro can be an absolute lifesaver, then, freeing up some precious surface area while also looking effortlessly cool on your wall.
7. Use a magnet to avoid losing your tweezers
When you think about it, tweezers are stupidly small. So stupidly small, in fact, that we’ve had to order an Amazon Dash button just to maintain a steady flow of replacement pairs when they inevitably go missing. A wiser purchase, though, would perhaps have been a magnet to keep them in one place.
6. Use fruit baskets for storing bathroom toys or accessories
The bathroom isn’t usually the biggest space in the house, so maximizing what little room there is can be crucial to a happy home. If you’ve got little ones with all sorts of bathtime toys and accessories, then, try hanging up a fruit basket or two. The multiple vertical levels are a godsend.
5. Use LEGO to organize your desk
Chances are, you’ve got a few LEGO bricks lying around. And if not, it may be worth a trip to your parents’ attic to retrieve your childhood stash. After all, they make for awesome desk organizers – cables even fit snugly in minifigures’ hands.
4. Use bungee cords to store loose balls
If there are any two words more nightmarish to storage makers than “loose balls,” we don’t want to hear them. Thankfully, where basketballs, footballs, soccer balls et al. are concerned, this storage-related loose end may have just been tied up, thanks to some handily repurposed bungee cords.
3. Hang a ladder to air clothes
Traditional clothes airers can take up a lot of valuable real estate in cramped settings. It seems silly, then, to prop one up on the floor when you’ve got an entire ceiling going unused. So if you’re short on space, try hanging up a ladder. Trust us: it’ll work wonders.
2. Use glass bottles to store bracelets
If you’re after a storage solution for your bracelets that’s as stylish as it is efficient, give this one a go. After all, clear glass bottles would fit into pretty much any décor, be it rustic, modern or otherwise. And you could even mix things up with colored glass bottles for a unique twist on this idea.
1. Use a magnetic strip to hang spice jars
Spice racks have confounded man since basically the dawn of time. Wall-mounted, straight racks are the most easily accessible, but they quickly become unruly with more than a handful of different jars. Rotating racks are more space-efficient, but tiresome to use. The answer? Magnets. Yes, it’s so simple, we can’t believe we didn’t think of it earlier.