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Your home is filled with missed storage opportunities! Discover the prime places you're overlooking, and use these 13 clever ideas to put wasted space to work.
With a little installation time and a few pieces of hardware, you can transform a bedroom closet door into extra wardrobe storage. Use a combination of hooks and bars to organize jewelry, tomorrow's outfit, or accessories. Use the back of a catchall closet for gift-wrap storage, or enlist a pantry door to keep spices and aprons at the ready.
Equip your cabinets with features that maximize storage. For deep cabinets, install pullout shelves or baskets that use all of the space; for tall shelf spaces, use stacking platforms. Corner cabinets -- classic space wasters -- should be fitted with lazy Susans or three-fourths circle-shape shelves.
Turn a sliver of wall into a household command center. Install shallow built-ins and a bulletin board that provide extra storage without taking up an inch of floor space.
Turn the space by the back door into a mini mudroom. Adding a few hooks, a bench, or a boot tray keeps often-used items neat and accessible.
Incorporate storage into the furniture you buy. Coffee tables with storage compartments can hide back issues of magazines, and kids' rooms gain the equivalent of an additional dresser when a captain's bed with drawers underneath is substituted for the usual box spring and mattress. A front hallway bench can hold gloves, scarves, and hats.
If you don't have a dedicated work space, hide office essentials within a bank of hallway or kitchen cabinets. A charging station, a bill sorter, and office supplies are concealed behind cabinet doors in this setup, while a pullout shelf in a drawer provides easy access to a printer whenever it's needed.
Install drawers underneath the washer and dryer. Many brands sell drawers that can be installed below front-loading machines. These drawers are perfect for storing detergent and other laundry supplies. Adding drawers not only boosts storage, it also saves your back by raising the machines to an ergonomic height.
Even in garages where parking is a tight fit, there is room for storage -- just look up! Install wall-mount cabinets in the space above the parked car's hood to keep items organized and off of the floor.
Tip: Use closed cabinets rather than open shelves to keep contents from rolling off shelves and landing on your car.