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Frugal Storage Ideas for Small Homes: Creative, Unique Organization Methods

Updated on September 5, 2016
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No matter what size your house is, the process of creating functional, affordable storage solutions can be overwhelming. If you have a smaller home, the process is that much more daunting because you may not have the closets, basement space, etc. that you want. Here are a few tips to get you started before you get into the specific components of this process.

  • Don't get overwhelmed. Instead of thinking about the process of organizing your entire house at once, break the process down into steps.
  • Tackle one thing at a time. Now that you have your steps, make a plan for tackling one thing at a time. Figure out a time table that will work for you and your family.
  • Remember that you are not alone. Many people go through this process at some point in their lives and will have to revisit it periodically to keep things working. Talk to family and friends who are also going through this for support and ideas. They may be able to give you new tips and storage solutions.

Decorate your oatmeal containers with scrapbook paper and no one will even know what they were originally.
Decorate your oatmeal containers with scrapbook paper and no one will even know what they were originally. | Source

Re-Use What You Have on Hand

There are a number of types of containers that many people acquire on a regular basis that can be used for different purposes. This list includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Oatmeal canisters
  • Paper sacks. While these may not be a long term storage solution, they can be a great short term solution for food items and other items that you will use up. What you can't re-use you can recycle.
  • Glass jars
  • Spice jars
  • Regular grocery bags. If you freeze a lot of food items, bundling them into grocery bags by category can be a great way to organize them for easy retrieval later.
  • Popcorn tins. If you purchase Boy Scout Popcorn or popcorn gifts in large containers, save them for future storage.
  • Plastic buckets. For example, growing up my family used to save kitty litter buckets.
  • Unused shelves
  • Wicker baskets. Look for new and/or vintage baskets that fit with your home décor.
  • Old luggage/travel trunks. Decorative luggage and trunks can serve a dual purpose by storing out of season items while providing an aesthetic.

Installing the peg board over the stove is a great space-saving option for this smaller kitchen.
Installing the peg board over the stove is a great space-saving option for this smaller kitchen. | Source
We use a little Lazy Susan in our corner kitchen cupboard for our spices.
We use a little Lazy Susan in our corner kitchen cupboard for our spices. | Source

Other Affordable Options

Most likely for your home storage, you will not be able to use items that you have on hand exclusively. However, there are a number of affordable options out there, too.

  • Wire shelves. One popular option for kitchen, basement, and garage storage is industrial metal shelving. Consider adding casters to make your shelves mobile.
  • Metal rod and S-hooks. For example, make a functional, decorative pot rack from pipe hung from the ceiling or install piping under kitchen cabinets or in closets to store smaller items.
  • Baskets. Baskets come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials. If you don't acquire any on your own (i.e. as gifts) or find any on the cheap during thrifting tips, check dollar stores and watch for post-holiday sales at craft stores and big box stores.
  • Peg boards. There are numerous options for peg board storage including kitchen pans and craft tools and supplies.
  • Clear plastic bins. The lids keep out the dirt and moisture while the clear sides let you view what's inside without having to open them up. These bins are perfect in out of the way basement, attic, and garage spots where they can be stacked.
  • Fabric. You can use fabric to hid shelves and other areas that are less organized or simply don't have doors. I've included a photo and link below for just one fabric option. Lots of curtain hanging methods work well for this.
  • Storage ottomans. My husband and I got a beautiful one from a Christmas sale. Many of them are attractive and provide easy access living room or family room items such as blankets, toys, and games.
  • Lazy Susan. A Lazy Susan will greatly expand the storage space for corner kitchen cabinets. Consider using them for small pots and pans, pot/pan lids, spices, and small food items.
  • Hanging shoe organizers. Consider using shoe hangers on the back or front of any closet door. In addition to shoes, they are perfect for storing outerwear (mittens, hats, etc.), men's ties, craft items, and small office supplies (i.e. tape, extra staples).

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Where to Purchase

There are any number of places where you can purchase inexpensive storage organizers, but these are some of the most popular options.

  • Dollar stores. Many dollar stores carry a wide variety of storage containers made from different materials (i.e. plastic, glass) in a different sizes, shapes, and colors. Many stores have a dedicated storage container section. It's worth checking the kitchen section, too.
  • Thrift stores. Thrift stores can be hit or miss, but it's worth checking them, especially if you go regularly. Just add this to your regular hunt list.
  • Online coupons. Check web sites that sell kitchen appliances and other housewares, including Amazon. Coupon specific sites to check include RetailMeNot and DealTaker.
  • Back to school sales at big box stores. Stores like Target often have back to school sections designed for college students. Look for deals on storage organizers there.

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Storage Organizers and Other Storage Solutions You Can Make Yourself

Fabric storage boxes: For those of you who like fabric storage bins and boxes and are crafty, consider making your own. You can save a lot of money and will have bins that will last a long time. Additionally, making your own allows you to make the sizes that you need with the fabrics that you like instead of having to search high and low for options that will work in your home.

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Other storage boxes (i.e. paper): If you are not interesting in sewing storage boxes, there are a number of non-sewing options out there, such as paper boxes using old Priority Mail boxes (first photo) or empty tissue boxes (second photo). These are a great option for craft rooms and office areas but can be used anywhere, such as in the front entryway for mail or in the kitchen for recipe storage. You can decorate them with supplies that you have on hand or leave them plain.

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Customize an existing piece of furniture into an efficient storage system: Whether or not you already have a shelf on hand that you're thinking about using for storage, hopefully this post will get you thinking about new options for shelf storage. Consider adding baskets as this person did or using other methods for dividing up the items for easy access. A few simple decorations such as picture frames will make the shelf a part of the room instead of simply a storage unit.

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Curtains: This is just one method for hanging curtains to cover all or part of a shelf that does not have a door. The cafe curtains are clipped on each end and then put on tension rods. Many typical curtain hanging techniques will work for shelves. Scroll through the other ideas on the post linked below for more storage solutions for small bedrooms.

Do a Google image search for lots more under the stairs storage ideas.
Do a Google image search for lots more under the stairs storage ideas. | Source

Where to Store

Capitalize on areas of space that are not currently being used, especially if it is because they are inconvenient (i.e. difficult to reach). These spots are great for items that you will not use all year round, such as seasonal clothing and Christmas decorations.

  • Under beds. If you are short on closet space, consider using under bed storage for out of season bedding and clothing as well as extra pillows. For other items, use labeled boxes and storage bins to organize and reduce clutter. Look for rolling bins designed for under bed storage.
  • Corners/back of cabinets and closets. Store seasonal and infrequently used items in these hard to reach places.
  • Linen closets. Maximize extra space in the closets that you do have.
  • Laundry room. It's very rare that you'll have guests in this space so it can be a good storage area if there's extra room.
  • On top of cupboards. Instead of filling the tops of your cupboards with decorative items, think about ways that you can use this space functionally without creating too much clutter.
  • Under staircases. Consider installing custom sized drawers and cabinets to store any number of items.
  • Garage/rafters. Make sure that these storage areas are secured from animals and moisture. The rafters should be reserved for infrequently used items.
  • Soffit space. This space under the stairs or ceilings can be opened in the front and finished on the inside to create new storage areas.

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Stay organized with lists of empty containers and locations of stored items.

You don't have to keep super detailed lists. For example, with empty containers, make a general list of items that you can add to or subtract from as your inventory changes. One item might be "spice jars" with the number available next to it. For example, with stored items, if all of your Christmas ornaments and other tree decorations and supplies (i.e. tree stand) are underneath your basement stairs, simply putting "Christmas tree ornaments, decorations, and supplies" in your "under the basement stairs" list is fine. You don't need to list all of the individual items.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are awesome! These tips and ideas are fantastic! You sure don't allow your brain cells to go to waste!:)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great ideas! My house if farily small and I have learned a few of these tricks myself. Baksets are my downfall! I LOVE baskets! Anytime I find an unusual basket, I bring it home. My husband hates it when I go to garage sales because I will come home with more baskets than anything else! Wonderful tips here! Voted up and useful! Have a great day! :)

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      What an awesome hub! You've given me some great ideas and everything looks so nice in your photographs :) Voted up awesome and shared.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha thanks Linda! I try to keep them occupied.

      sgbrown, I think that a lot of us have downfalls like that. As long as you don't let it get too out of hand, you should be all right. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      Christin, I'm so glad that this is helpful for you!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Great ideas! I live in a small condo and have NO room to store anything! I do use baskets a lot, too!

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      mpvo 5 years ago

      Voted up! Definitely many cool ideas, links, and pictures as resources.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Justateacher, I'm glad that this is helpful for you! Baskets are great in smaller spaces.

      Thanks mpvo!

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      I am so, so, so happy to see this hub! I am a quite disorganized person (and having anxiety doesn't help!), but I am trying to learn to be more organized, and it looks like some of these tips might be of great help to me! I can already see myself using some of the tips at both home and work.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm so glad that this is helpful for you! Best of luck with everything.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You always have such great ideas. You get my brain to thinking in different ways about storage. This is an ongoing struggle for me, as I keep too much stuff and am also, let's face it, messy! Working on it, though. Great ideas! Love the oatmeal container idea. Could do the same with coffee cans. Thanks for another great hub. Lots of votes! Sharing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Do you ever sleep? Or are you always thinking of the next random creative hub to amaze us with?:)

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      MeanGreen 5 years ago

      very cool... I have a weird fascination with storage!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Your tips on frugal storage ideas for small spaces are good ones to keep in mind. I love the curtain on two tension rods. What a great canvas for a paint project!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Victoria, thanks! Coffee cans are a great idea.

      Linda, I've always got a lot more ideas than time to write them all.

      MeanGreen, it feels good to get things organized.

      RTalloni, you're definitely right about the curtains being a great painting opportunity.

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      DMartelonline 5 years ago

      Great hub. Unfortunately, I could clutter the place up with storage containers and storage bins, etc. Make myself crazy :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Items stored in containers and bins make for a much less cluttered space than the lack thereof, especially if you're able to store bins out of plain sight. Even stacking them in the basement or in closets helps.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Wow! I'll bet your home is immaculate and perfectly organized. I'd be embarrassed for you to see mine! Good tips, and there are some I can use.

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      This is a great hub! Thanks for sharing your ideas, voted up & useful!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Jaye, haha far from it, but I try to keep clutter to a minimum. We're lucky that we do have sufficient storage space and don't have to get too creative.

      veggie-mom, thanks much!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      randomcreative, this hub was such an inspiration for me! I like the idea of using pegboard to hang things and think I will experiment with that for a side room where I have a much gardening tool and craft clutter. Voted you up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks techygran! I'm so glad that this was helpful for you. That sounds like a great idea for your side room. Best of luck!

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      I agree with the points that you have made. It's important to be able to do this as cheaply and affordable as possible, while being able to increase our own storage space!

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Nice post!! Thanks a lot...

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      mideyd, yes for sure!

      Thanks htodd.

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      AssistedLivingEve 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Awesome ideas!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you!

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      ladeda 5 years ago

      I live in a studio apartment, so thank you for this Hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome ladeda! I'm glad that this is helpful for you.

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      sparklingcrystal 5 years ago from Manila

      This is so useful! voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, I'm glad!

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      oldersister 5 years ago

      cute ideas

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      jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Thanks, some great tips here! I live in a tiny apartment. I never seem to have enough room but recently I have been clearing out stuff. I donated 3 bags of clothing and trying to find solutions for my kitchen utensils and food. The top of the fridge is a handy place and I got a small worktop from Ikea that I use as a pantry which is amazing and it lets me be organized. I do not have any baskets at home apart from the ones that have my plants in them hanging in the balcony.

      Thanks for this hub, thoroughly enjoyed your ideas.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi, you can also buy rack that goes over the toilet cistern and voila!, you additional storage area for towels and all your toiletries and tissues there!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Jennifer, it sounds like you're doing a great job finding ways to make your small place work. You're right about the top of the fridge. The worktop sounds like a great option, too. Thanks!

      greatstuff, that's another wonderful option. Thanks for sharing!

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      Keith Schroeder 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Your approach to a problem most of us have is refreshing. You are right to recommend taking on one thing at a time to avoid overwhelm. I like your low-cost options to organizing.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I've been using wicker baskets and luggage for storage for years, but here's one I don't see mentioned in this informative, very useful hub:

      When I moved into an apartment short on square footage but with extra-high ceilings, I installed shelves above the doorways to store books and decorative but little-used items. I used the metal strips with slots that supports "click" into, with the back edge of the 1X6 wood shelf resting on top of the door frame for extra support. Not only were things organized and out of the way, shelves over the door to the bedroom and bathroom made the apt seem larger because the eye was drawn "up". ;D

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Keith, thanks! Taking these things one at a time is the best way to conquer them. You won't be able to organize an entire house, even a small one, in a week, but if you break down the tasks, you'll get there.

      Jama, those shelves sound like a great option! Thanks for adding that here.

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      Teylina 5 years ago

      Thought I was pretty good at coming up w/storage ideas, but you've some I could use and haven't seen or thought of. Great subject; great info. Laid out perfect for bookmarking! Thanks; few of us could pass this up!

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      jamila sahar 5 years ago

      great ideas ! especially since in this economy everyone is downsizing nowadays ! voted up useful and interesting !

      thanks for sharing please check out my hubs as well many thanks !

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice! A little bit of organization can make all the difference in the world. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Teylina, there are more storage ideas out there than I ever thought imaginable.

      Jamila, you are definitely right about downsizing.

      Natasha, you're right that a little organization can go a long way!

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      networmed 5 years ago from SPL

      Hello there... this hub has given me a lot of ideas on what to do. This could a make difference on a clutter room.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      networmed, I'm glad that you got a lot of ideas here! Yes, for sure.

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      chrae 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great Ideas, Love the example of the under the stairs shelves!! fantastic post

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      These are some great ideas. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Fantastic tips, thanks for sharing this very useful hub :) definitely voted up!!!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the sharing and vote!

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      NiaLee 5 years ago from BIG APPLE

      That is a great hub. It makes me feel like reorganizing my home. I especially need a book corner and better closet setting. I will use the tips. Thanks for the tips, do take care.

      Love and peace

      NiaLee

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks NiaLee! I'm glad that this was helpful for you. Best of luck with your organization.

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      Jennifer Joyner 5 years ago

      This is awesome. I especially like the priority mail boxes and oatmeal container ideas.

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      Gypsy Flower 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A

      Helpful indeed. Today, someone I've known for several years invited me to his home for the first time ever; by the end of my visit I decided I'm never having him over to my place again! After reading your hub, I'm rethinking that decision, & it's nice to be reminded that it doesn't all have to be done at once. Voted up, and many thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Jennifer, thanks! I'm glad that you found some ideas here that you like.

      Gypsy, it definitely does not have to be done all at once. Prioritize and take it one step at a time. Best of luck!

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Excellent hub on a subject that is so inviting and popular. Thanks very much. You have provided so many great ideas which can only generate more ideas! It's not just a lot of advice--it offers up some solutions to store "stuff." Thumbs up.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks ytsenoh! I'm glad that it did come off as solutions and not just advice. I am certainly not trying to preach at anyone, just offer up some options. People have added some great suggestions in the comments, too!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I never thought of using a Lazy Susan for anything other than on the dinner table. Will definitely give that one a try :)

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      Those are some great ideas. I have a large house but a very small office where I need to budget space. Some of these suggestions are very usable for me. Thanks

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      Leena Martha 5 years ago from USA

      You've given me some great ideas and everything looks so nice in your photographs. I vote up.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Love these ideas. I have a fairly small home so I need all the storage and organization ideas I can get!

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      eatforcheaper 5 years ago from London

      Brilliant hub! Thanks very much for the tips! I think I'll get a lazy susan at some point and curtains are a great idea to cover things! I always look at baskets and storage boxes and think yuk all that plastic etc but at the end of the day they are necessary and they work! I need to just get some and then jazz them up - thanks for the creativity tips :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      MelChi, we've been using one since we moved to Milwaukee 8 months ago, and it works beautifully.

      Hubert, I hope that some of these suggestions will be helpful for your office space. Good luck!

      leenamartha, thanks!

      Hawaii, this is perfect for you then!

      eatforcheaper, you're right that plastic storage bins can be dressed up or simply hidden behind something like a curtain. In our previous residence (a condo), we would just stack them up in one of our closets so they were out of the way at least. Good luck!

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      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Hi, I was just hoppin' around & found one of my fav topics .. 'cause it's so necessary for me. I was thinking of starting a hub on de-cluttering. Really enjoyed yours. I just read in "Real Simple" to cut the bottom off cereal boxes, paint or cover & use for pencils & other office/drawer organizer containers. Thanks for good info.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      A hub about de-cluttering would be great. I have seen several excellent cereal box tutorials like that. Thanks for sharing that info here.

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      brandim619 5 years ago from Bloomingdale, IL

      Some great ideas! I just moved from a house to an apartment and getting organized was a nightmare. I use a shoe rack on the back of the closet door for many kitchen items. It works great and frees up so much cabinet space.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Brandi! It's always tough when you have to downsize. Using a shoe rack for kitchen items is a great idea. It's neat when storage items can have multiple functions like that.

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      moonicca 5 years ago

      wow what amazing ideas ,hand made storing boxes are so good idea i like hand made decorations so much i will try it..

      voted up ,interesting.

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      cdemp11 5 years ago from GA, USA

      Very thorough hub full of interesting ideas! Good job!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Moonicca, have fun with your hand decorated boxes!

      Thanks cdemp!

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      babithababa 5 years ago

      I live in a small house at this time . So the article appeals .Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad that this is helpful for you, babitha!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey Rose! How did I miss this hub? I appreciate all the useful ideas you have shared.. Voting way up and useful :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much Jamie! :)

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      Swetank Raj 5 years ago from India

      Though i am not living in a great apartment surely this ideas gonna help me lot. Few days ago a pile of old magazines lie beside my computer table but after this hub thanks and very very thanks they finally got their suitable place. Mom told me to sell it but i love those magazines as i have kept it since 5 years they are my favorite! Thanks for this lovely and wonderful hub.

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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      here is Spain, houses are not as big like in the US so we have to deal with the fact that we don´t have enough spaces where to store our things. Thanks for all the ideas, will definitely use many of them!!!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great hub and some amazing tip. I especially love the book shelf under the stairs...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Swetankraj, I'm glad that this was helpful for you!

      Marie, you're definitely right. Hopefully this will be helpful for other people outside of the US, too.

      Thanks Rolly! :)

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I would love to have it like this is my home and I will follow your advice and take one room at a time! So many wonderful and useful ideas! Thanks for the inspiration, voted up and pressing all appropriate buttons!

      Tina

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks thougtforce! I'm glad that this is helpful for you. Best of luck with everything.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Great ideas. Who doesn't need more storage space no matter what size their house it?!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Very useful ideas! I hadn't thought of covering oatmeal containers with paper or fabric, and I confess I always hate to throw them away - the round box is so neat! Tha is for the ideas here!

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      Vegas Elias 5 years ago from Mumbai

      Great ideas that can be implemented easily without great cost.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Deb, yes for sure!

      Marcy, I usually throw them away, too. If you know that you need them, it's easy enough to start saving. Thanks!

      Vegas, thanks!

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      These ideas could also be implemented in large spaces to achieve a minimalistic visual appeal. Love the peg board in the kitchen. Not sure if 'above the stove' is the best place for it, but it sure is a nice idea. Lovely hub! Definitely sharing this one.

      Princesswithapen

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You are definitely right. I wouldn't put the peg board above my stove either, but if that's what you have, use it! I'm glad that you enjoyed this.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is excellent! I can use these tips. I moved from a big house to a tiny apartment and storage is a big issue. Great photos and gorgeous solutions. I love this hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm so glad that this is helpful for you, Tammy! Good luck with the storage in your new apartment.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Awesome ideas. Just perfect as I'm in the middle of renovating my small home. I'm going to think of a unique cupboard idea basing on these tips. Great photos too, liked the first one. Thank you Rose.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Tonipet! Good luck with your home and the cupboard idea!

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      WOW! I want my craft stuff to look like that first picture!!!! Maybe one day I'll get there LOL Thanks for the wonderful ideas :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha thanks Cassy! It's a lot of work to do that level of organization, but one it's set up, it makes everything so easy.

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      larakern 5 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas! Thank you for sharing these tips, organizing an already messy house can be quite the task!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Yes, for sure!

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      marielavina 5 years ago

      This is super helpful. Thanks for sharing.

      (PS your Etsy shop has some beautiful items!)

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Lots of wonderful ideas.

      thanks

      Now I think that whole universe can get inside my house. Lolz.. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Marie and John!

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      You are Welcome :)

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      am301986 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Great ideas.....I will pick up lots from here... thanks for sharing... cheers :)

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      Rachael Cleveland 5 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      These tips are just amazing! I can't wait to try the oatmeal one.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! Sounds good. :)

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      buckleupdorothy 5 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Amazing, and such a help re: how to approach such a large job. No one has closets - of any kind - in Turkey (they buy armoires, if that's what they're called in English - the piece of furniture that was a large white opera-singing lady in Beauty and the Beast), and efficient/aesthetically pleasing storage has become the absolute bane of my existence.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      buckleupdorothy, yep, those are called armoires here. A number of people have commented on how helpful these suggestions are for those living outside of the US. We really take our large living spaces and storage options for granted here.

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      joseph 5 years ago

      Fantastic And Wonderful ideas.Sharpen your brain more and get Great ideas And Keep on Sharing with us.brilliant post.

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      susiempn 5 years ago from Michigan

      Loved your article, you have given me some great new tips that I can't wait to try. I live in a small house and I am always trying out new storage ideas, there never seems to be enough space.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Susie! I'm so glad that some of these suggestions are helpful for you. Good luck with your storage!

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Creative and economical! I give this hub a vote up!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We move every few years, so I'm always looking for new organization ideas. I use shoe organizers on the back of my doors both in the kitchen and bathroom, as Peruvian homes rarely have closets. I like the idea of using cafe curtains and covering canisters with decorative paper. Your photos are great and thanks for the useful ideas!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Those shoe organizers can be used for so many different items. I'm glad that this is helpful for you!

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      leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I need to use some of these ideas for my boys' playroom! Goodness gracious - that room could use some organization. I love the use of scrapbook paper on oatmeal containers. I could store a lot of Legos in those!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Oatmeal containers are perfect for Legos! Good luck with your organization.

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      Jeff Gamble 5 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Great Hub - I'm a big fan of baskets and clear plastic bins - great ways to store Legos, Star Wars figures, Barbies and more

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi randomcreative, and you do justice to the philology of your name. This is a very 'random' and, 'creative' hub.

      I hate clutter; I'm allergic to clutter of any kind. I live close to Beverly Hills, so I go to "The Container Store" and purchase containers of different size. I don't buy book anymore, but the one I have I store them in these containers; I own 3 of these good size containers.

      Voted up

      John

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Jeff! Yes, for sure.

      Thanks John! I'm glad. :) I am not a fan of clutter either. The Container Store is a great option. I bet that there are certain times of year, such as right before school starts, that they have good deals.

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      Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Clutter follows me around like a lost sheep

      I wake up and find myself knee deep

      What a lovely hub but too organised for me I think.... but we're moving house in a few weeks and I've got to get myself chorganised or else!

      Ideas aplenty here..... surely I'll find one or two that will help ease the inevitable pain!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks chef-de-jour! Best of luck with your move. I hope that some of these ideas will be helpful in your new place.

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      Lisas-thoughts101 5 years ago from Northeast Texas

      great ideas. My boyfriend is a packrat and we live together. I am going to try a few of these on his stuff. I hate clutter ;) Thanks for a great hub!

      Lisa

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Lisa! I hate clutter, too. Best of luck getting organized!

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      sacramentobbroker 5 years ago

      Ingenious space saving quirks. Love them all! Thank you for sharing . Great Hub.

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I just bookmarked this hub, there are some AWESOME ideas I can use to organize my scrapping supplies and a wall in my bedroom. Thank you randomcreative! This hub has inspired me to get back to organizing my home! Hopefully it will help with writing inspiration too!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, sacramentobroker!

      Daughter of Maat, that's great! Good luck with your organization and writing inspiration. :)

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      This is heaven for bachelors like me :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      naimishika, thanks! You're right that small places are definitely great storage options.

      p10, haha thanks! I'm glad.

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      Motherbynature 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow. You have a lot of great ideas.

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      jentaylorsc 5 years ago

      I am in the process of reorganizing my house. I love using rolling rubbermaid storage bins for under my bed. They are great as they can easily be pulled out from under the bed. A lot of my seasonal clothes go there. Thanks for the informative hub. It was helpful in coming up with new ways to organize.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Motherbynature, thanks!

      jentaylorsc, thanks! Those rolling Rubbermaid storage bins are great for under the bed storage. I know a number of people who also use them for seasonal clothing. Good luck with your house reorganization!

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Some really great Ideas. people are always asking how to get more storage. I bookmarked your page and will share thanks.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks handymanbill! I'm glad that this is helpful for you. I appreciate the shares!

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      T4an 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Excellent hub and advice on how to organize small space. Thank you for sharing! Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks T4an!

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      Glo L Bernadas 5 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub and voted up. This hub is a treasure-chest of valuable storage ideas and I'm sure a lot of people(count me in) will benefit from this. Congratulations!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. I LOVE to organize, and have used many of these ideas...including the oatmeal container. I use to live in a very small apartment, and found many ways to "stretch" the space. My husband tells me I could fit a 5 room house into a 2 room space...lol. Voted up and all. Thanks for a great read.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks glorgeousmom! I'm so glad that you can benefit from this article.

      cloverleaf, that's great! It's good to get validation for many of the ideas here.

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      Kimberly Shelden 5 years ago from Idaho

      Great hub- very useful!!! I am sharing you on face Book

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      Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

      My house is small! These are great ideas! Great Article!!

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      BritInTexas 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Fantastic, well written, and a much-needed incentive for me to start organizing what little space we have! Thank you for a very informative article!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Keeley and BritInTexas, thanks! I'm so glad that this is helpful for you.

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      jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      My wife first introduced me to Akia a couple years ago. I was amazed how they could put so muchstuff into so little of space. I found your post did more then display this but went on to explain it. Wonderfully written. I'd put it at 110 personally.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks jagerfoods! Do you mean IKEA? They have certainly revolutionized the concept of affordable, not ugly storage for smaller homes. I'm glad that my explanations in this article were helpful for you!

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      Nicole Quaste 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I'm a college student living in a really tiny house, in an even smaller room so this is very helpful. I love the popcorn tins and glass jars idea. I currently use small glass jars to hold my hair stuff.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks uNicQue! I'm so glad that this is helpful for you. It's amazing how many things you can store in glass jars.

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      dpsimswm 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      This looks like a very crafty project. Nice hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! It certainly can be, though you don't have to make your storage projects crafty.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Loved the under the stairs photo. Great hub. In the process of reducing and organizing.

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      masmasika 5 years ago

      I love all these great ideas. They are very helpful. Thank you for sharing these tips. voted up

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      These are great ideas. I know they'll be helpful. Nice hub.

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      cherylvanhoorn 5 years ago from Sydney

      Wonderful stuff. I have a mother in law who is a hoarder and the cupboards overflow. She is also addicted to containers but does not know how to use them. Will have to implement some of these ideas.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, tirelesstraveler! Good luck with your reducing and organizing process.

      Thanks, masmasika and nmdonders! I'm glad that this is helpful for you.

      cherylvanhoorn, oh my! My mother-in-law is a hoarder, too, although it hasn't gotten quite that bad (yet). Hopefully yours will take to some of these ideas!

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      kygirl89 5 years ago from West Virginia

      We just moved into our house and it seems that one room has become the "anything and everything room," full of boxes and books. Thank you for the affordable organization tips.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad that this is helpful for you, kygirl89!

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      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      These are some really great options! I need to get more organized and this hub has helped me to see a few ways that I can. Thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Monica! Best of luck.

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      FrugalFatCouple 4 years ago from California

      Great ideas...and very frugal~!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      lots of really good ideas. I love the recycled storage ideas. I am really getting into repurposing things I have around the house..Decoupaging coffee cans etc. Thanks for great hub.Voted UP and will share.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Carol! That's awesome. :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm always raiding thrift stores for pieces like this. Great post!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome. :) Thanks!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Great suggestions! I never thought about using things I already have around the house, like oatmeal containers. Very interesting!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kimberly! I'm glad that you have these new resources.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many great ideas in here. You've definitely got me thinking of some new possibilities for organizing my things. Thanks for sharing, Rose!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kathy! That's great.

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      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      The storage solutions mentioned in the hub are greatly useful. They are capable enough to keep a house clean and beautiful. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful hub!!!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Silvia, I'm glad that some of the online selling sites have worked out so well for you!

      It's great to hear that, LensMan! Thanks!

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Thanks for this, there are so many things that I need to get rid off but difficult to throw away were I live. Nice to have a good storage system.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Hezekiah! I hope that this article helps.

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      There are very good ideas here. I never have anything organized like I would like it to be. Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I hope that this helps, Diana!

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      lifeintheworld 4 years ago from The World

      I live in an apartment in the city - this is the story of my life! ^_^

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I hope that this is helpful for you, lifeintheworld!

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      Rebecca Mayglothling 4 years ago from Binghamton NY

      I love this! I always tell people to "look up" because that was the first mistake I made when trying to work with a small space. I didn't utilize the walls. I love the pegboard/s hook idea and will definitely be using it. Thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad that you're using that idea now! Pegboards and hooks are perfect for walls in small spaces.

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      Skyler Parker 4 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

      Great hub! It will probably steal my wife away from Pinterest ideas and keep us busy for a while. ;) http://hubpages.com/@phtech

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Glad to hear it, phtech!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, mason jars are very trendy right now! There are so many possibilities for them.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      Hi randomcreative, you offer great ideas here including: don't get overwhelmed, tackle one thing at a time, use the pegboards over the stove, use the curtains, and more. There are several highlights in the article that I like. Voted useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Journey! I'm glad that you found so many ideas here that you like.

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      Gwendolyne Black 3 years ago from Erwin, TN

      Great Hub! Saved it on favorites for my new house. Starting Fresh and new with Awesome ideas!! Thanks!!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Codebreak! Best of luck. :)

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      caseymel 3 years ago from Indiana

      Great, easy, affordable storage ideas that look great! Thanks for the tips!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It's so great to hear that, Casey! Thanks!

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      lunacasinouk 3 years ago from UK

      I get my clear plastic bins from the Dollar store, but I'm into hoarding/organizing stuff with mason jars. Great article!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i really love yr ideas

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      Carol Morris 13 months ago

      space is precious in our apartment, so I'm always looking for new storage ideas. Thanks!

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