Gorgeous Storage Solutions to Control Your Clutter

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January 9, 2017
home clutter

Step away from the boring plastic storage bins! When clutter takes over, there are so many alternative storage solutions that not only look great, but can also help you maximize your space, save some money, and get organized. 

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Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, founders of Beekman 1802, share some creative ways to control your clutter in their book Beekman 1802 Style.

baskets storage
Be a Basket Case

"You can often find large baskets very inexpensively at yard sales, thrift stores, and even at end of season sales," says Ridge. "Buy multiples of them to use as easy storage solutions. When used as a grouping they add a design element to what could have been a bunch of clutter."

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There's No Such Thing as "Useless" Space

"We all have little nooks and crannies in our homes that could be better used," says Ridge. "Instead of merely using them as places to cram piles of stuff, think of how you could accomplish the same storage goal but in a unique way." This end table serves as the perfect place to store a small ottoman, that can be taken out when you have company. 

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trunk living room
Storage Double Duty

Why have a storage trunk and a coffee table, when you can have one beautiful piece that can do both? "There are so many great storage options that can do double duty which is so valuable if you are working in a small space," says Ridge.

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Storage Double Duty

Another example of storage double duty is this great bed-side table made of old suitcases. "Dating from the 1930s through the ’50s, these valises add up to a stunning side table—one that also provides off-season clothing storage," adds Kilmer-Purcell.

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home office desk
Closets Are for More Than Just Clothes

If you don't think your space is big enough for a home office, then you need to see what can be done with a 2-by 6-foot closet.

"Smart storage solutions maximize every square inch," says Kilmer-Purcell. "Avoid the visual clutter of brackets and other hardware by using floating plank shelves. The desk was made using a melamine desktop and two standard metal file cabinets painted with spray paint."

"In just one weekend and one trip to the building supply store and you can have a new home office!" adds Ridge.

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