Home & Living

12 Storage Ideas For When Your Place Is Just. Too. Small. (PHOTOS)

01/13/2014 03:57pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017

No matter how much your rent or mortgage is, no matter where you live or how many people live with you, one thing's probably certain: You don't have as much space as you want. Here are 12 ways to carve out more storage room in your home when there isn't much to begin with.

Hang Anything On The Wall.
Though you might want to call in a professional when it comes to something like bikes.
Use Baskets Whenever Possible
The stylish way to mask a mild hoarding problem.
Optimize Shelves With, You Guessed It, Baskets
They basically become drawers when tucked inside cheap-o small bookshelves.
Make A Wall Of Bookshelves
If you paint them all one color, they look like built-ins. Sorta.
Add Shelves To The Back Of Your Cabinets
There are
, if you can't drill away.
Put Behind-The-Door Shoe Holders To Other Uses
These aren't just for shoes -- basically, they can corral anything small. Use them for socks and underwear, rolled-up towels, toiletries, cleaning products, etc.
Add A Shower Caddy
Ta-da. More room for your half-full bottles of shampoo and body products taken from hotels.
Get Creative
An old dish rack can hold your mail, files and other loose papers.
Use Pegboard In The Kitchen
If it was good enough for Julia Child, it's good enough for you.
Put Everything (Small) In Mason Jars
They take up less space than standard Tupperware-type storage pieces, look great, are dirt cheap and
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Use Under-Bed Boxes
Though their name pigeonholes these storage products, under-bed boxes also work wonders underneath sofas and media cabinets (as long as there's enough room under each, of course). Perfect for those of us who refuse to go digital with our massive movie collections.
Think Small
You might need all the closet space you can get, but if you can sacrifice a nook, you could technically fit in a small desk/office. This will free up some floor space in the main living areas.

Here's a home where space -- and money -- apparently aren't an issue.

$100,000 Closet