Between piles of unopened mail and squirreled-away stashes of cleaning products, it's easy for any home to quickly get overrun by clutter. This is especially true in smaller spaces and studios, where even your bed can seem like an eyesore. (Have you ever looked at homes for sale in New York or apartments for rent in San Francisco Two words: No storage.)
But don't sweat the small stuff -- I mean, spaces. Here are some creative ways to carve out hidden nooks and crannies for storing all that extra stuff out of plain sight. Now you see it... now you don't!
1. Artwork on hinges
Anyone who has had to contend with an awkwardly located cable outlet will appreciate this smart solution: an oversized painting on hinges that functions like a medicine cabinet. (It works great for covering thermostats and circuit breakers too.)
2. Stowaway laundry drawer
Nothing negates a clean, well-organized room like a basket full of dirty laundry in the corner (or worse, spread out on the floor). Keep washer-bound piles out of sight in a deep drawer.
3. Trapdoor floor
Lacking closet space? Take a cue from designer Jeremy Levine, who built storage units into the floor of this workspace to stow supplies and spare equipment. Or, you know, you could go with these more traditional tricks to make your room seem bigger.
4. Over-the-door organizer
It's no secret that pocketed, over-the-door organizers are perfect for extensive shoe collections. But they're also indispensable for hair tools, cleaning supplies, and beauty products in bathrooms with scarce cabinet space.
5. Platform storage bed
In tight quarters, a classic platform bed with built-in drawers is a game changer, and you can find stylish options to fit any budget at retailers from IKEA Pottery Barn.
6. Router boxes
Decorative boxes with strategically placed holes are the perfect way to hide unsightly wireless routers and modems and the accompanying tangle of cords.
7. Fabric skirts and curtains
A simple fabric curtain or skirt around a pedestal sink or TV console goes a long way toward visually decluttering any space. Bonus: They're supereasy to DIY.
8. Hanging files
Attach hanging file pockets to the outside of bookshelves to keep mail, magazines, and papers organized and off countertops.
9. Storage headboard
Like the ubiquitous storage ottoman, a headboard with built-in cubbies kills two birds with one stone -- covert storage space plus an essential furniture piece.
10. Retractable ceiling bed
Tiny-house dwellers take note! French retailer BedUp one-ups the traditional Murphy bed with a version that drops down from the ceiling.
11. Closet office
In smaller apartments and houses, the dining room or coffee table often becomes the default home office, where paperwork and clutter can quickly take over. An inspired way to avoid the mess? Transform a closet into a hideaway workspace, and shut the door whenever it's time to call it quits.
12. Range hood hideaway
Stashing pots and pans inside the oven is a time-tested trick for kitchen storage in small apartments, but here's another clever idea: a range hood topped with a hidden compartment. The lift-up door blends in with the cabinets and provides the perfect spot for kitchen accessory overflow.