Smart Hacks To Find Storage In Unusual Places

Diply 12 Oct 2018

I'm getting ready to move, and for the last two and a half years, I've gotten pretty good at finding unusual spaces for storage in my tiny apartment. Now that I'm going to have to do it all over again, I'm excited to find some cute and clever ways to make the most out of storage space in my new home.

You might be surprised by the innovative ways on this list!

1. This is a storage technique I actually currently use, although my solution is much less cute.

Grillo Designs | Grillo Designs

While Grillo Designs created these rolling drawers from scratch, I just took a couple out of an old dresser and called it a day.

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2. I have one of these Ikea carts that I use as a bar cart, but I've never really thought of using it as a bedside stand!

The Everygirl | The Everygirl

There are definitely a lot of ways you could use something like this in your home.

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3. If you don't have a lot of floor space for a side table, why not try a hanging one instead?

Monster Circus | Monster Circus

Monster Circus created this simple hanging shelf that you could use for plants, but it also makes for a great place to put your phone or glasses at the end of the night.

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4. If you live in a bachelor or studio apartment, this could be an interesting way to split up your space.

The Styled Life Blog | The Styled Life Blog

Build your bed on a platform! You can store all sorts of things underneath, and you'll feel like a princess! Thanks to The Styled Life Blog for the inspo.

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5. We all know that the plastic from a six-pack of soda is awful for the environment, so why not use it for something good?

Making Lemonade Blog | Making Lemonade Blog

Making Lemonade Blog recommends using one in your closet to hang scarves.

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6. These storage units are pretty popular, but I'd never think to use one like this.

Zimmers Chau | Zimmers Chau

If you don't have a lot of closet space, you can just make your own like Zimmers Chau did here.

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7. As someone who loves crafts, I have a whole lot of craft supplies in my apartment.

Decor8Blog | Decor8Blog

I love how Decor8Blog used photo shelves to store all sorts of colorful supplies.

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8. I've always found it funny how most utensil storage trays don't have space for both sizes of spoons.

Reddit | Flrg808

If you're looking for a way to keep them separated, why not try this smart idea?

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9. When it comes to storage, adding some hooks to existing furniture or accessories can be really useful! 

Cupcait | Cupcait

Cupcait added some hooks to a trusty Ikea spice rack so she could hang things from it!

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Honestly, the hardest part about this hack is finding one of these coveted Ikea spice racks — those things just aren't easy to find! 

Cupcait | Cupcait

But if you can find one, they certainly are useful for storing a lot more than just spices.

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10. Rummaging through your recycling bin can yield some great finds for storage. 

Hometalk | Jordan Britt

Use an old Coffee Mate bottle and cut off the label to use as kitchen storage.

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It's actually a really cute way to store things like cereal, grains, flour, rice, etc. 

Hometalk | Jordan Britt

You can use a Sharpie or a paint marker to add labels to them to make what's inside.

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11. Here's another great way to add some extra storage using hooks. 

Hometalk | Wanda @ House To Home

Wanda added a bunch of hooks to a piece of plywood and installed it in her kitchen.

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Now instead of storing cooking utensils in a jar on the counter, they're out of the way, making more space for cooking and prep. 

Hometalk | Wanda @ House To Home

This is definitely a hack I'll be using in my next place!

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12. One of the AirBnBs that I stayed at on my latest trip had something very similar to this. 

Make It Love It | Make It Love It

I'm always torn about where to keep extra rolls of toilet paper, especially when guests come over. I'm into this idea from Make It Love It!

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13. This is one of my favorite makeup storage hacks to date. 

YouTube | Tifjef069

It's a simple way to get all of your containers off your vanity and counters! Add a few magnets to the back and put them on a metal plate!

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14. I think everyone knows that adding shelves to your walls is an easy way to add extra storage space. 

Instructables | kazmataz

But have you ever thought of adding something extra underneath the shelves for even more space?

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Kazmataz shared this simple way of adding storage to your shelves over on Instructables. 

Instructables | kazmataz

These wooden magazine racks work perfectly for separating mail, or even school work!

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15. Similar to the makeup magnet hack above, you can add magnets to cheap baskets from the dollar store.

Instructables | sbhayes09

This is a great way to get spices off your counter and save some space.

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You can now put the baskets on the side of your fridge! 

Instructables | sbhayes09

Or you could put them anywhere that the magnets will stick. I'm definitely into this idea for my next kitchen!

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16. I have a really hard time finding places to store my shoes. 

Homedit | Homedit

I think my boyfriend would rather I just tossed half of them, but I like them all! Put a few shelves on a diagonal like Homedit did here to store them vertically.

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17. Or use this idea to save your shoes and reuse some empty bottles.

Diyncrafts | Diyncrafts

I would never have thought to use half a soda bottle, but it looks like it works out pretty darn well.

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18. This next hack could be used for shoes, spices, wine bottles, you name it. 

A Real Housewife Of NYC | A Real Housewife Of NYC

You just need some cardboard and a pair of scissors to make it happen.

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A Real Housewife of NYC used cardboard to create a grid for drawers. 

A Real Housewife Of NYC | A Real Housewife Of NYC

Now you can keep things organized and stored safely away! I'm thinking this could work in any room in the house.

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