9 Cool & Unexpected Storage Solutions for Things You Have Too Many Of

9 Cool & Unexpected Storage Solutions for Things You Have Too Many Of

Caroline Biggs
Nov 15, 2016

Too much of a good thing can actually be wonderful. However when you're working with limited living space, finding a home for all of your awesome stuff can prove a bit more problematic. Thankfully, we have places like Pinterest to help us get creative with our storage solutions.

We combed through a slew of our favorite DIY boards, and came up with some surprisingly savvy ideas for stashing your growing collection of personal treasures. From picture ledge nail polish holders to magnetic spice jars, read on for nine innovative ways to store your beloved knickknacks and baubles.

Pegboards for Mugs

Want a cool way to show off your colorful collection of coffee mugs while also freeing up some cabinet space? Looks like all you need is a chic pegboard, thumbtacks, and a little imagination. Just follow the lead of Geraldine Tan from Little Big Bell with her display of Marimekko mugs above.

Picture Ledges for Nail Polish

Though typically reserved for mounting artwork, picture ledges can be extremely resourceful for storing all kinds of small accessories, most notably nail polish bottles, books, and magazines.

(Image credit: Graceful Order)

Command Hooks for Sunglasses

While we've long known the value of using adhesive hanging hooks around the house, we hadn't considered how great they'd be for keeping our sunglasses handy (and scratch-free), as you can see here on Graceful Order. Stick a couple of clear ones by your front door and you'll never forget to leave home without them.

(Image credit: The Cottage Mama)

Paper Towel Holders for Ribbon

If you love ribbon half as much as we do, then you already know how hard they can be to keep track of. Luckily, we stumbled upon the genius idea of using a vertical rod (like a paper towel holder) to stack your spools, and the rest is just organized storage closet history. This DIY version is from The Cottage Mama.

(Image credit: The Melee of My Life)

Cheese Graters for Earrings

Who knew something as common as a cheese grater could be such a game changer for earring storage? Simply hang a flat grater on your bathroom wall, like you see here from The Melee of My Life, or place a boxed one on your dresser like a jewelry stand—you'll never lose a stud again.

(Image credit: Homemade by Carmona)

A Magnetic Spice Rack for Everything

If you weren't previously privy to the power of magnetic storage, now's the time to smarten up. Not only can you use magnetized tins to store everything from office supplies at your desk to spices and sauce packets in your kitchen, you can stick them just about anywhere that's metal including the door of your file cabinet or fridge. Homemade by Carmona made her own with craft store tins and magnet sheets.

A Pallet as a Shoe Rack

Commonly salvaged for bookshelves and coffee tables, it seems that wooden shipping crates will also work wonders for a cramped closet. Hang one lengthwise in your bedroom in place of a shoe rack and you'll score all sorts of extra space for your wardrobe.

(Image credit: Iron & Twine)

Curtain Rods for Gift Wrap

Although we typically don't recommend hanging onto things like gift wrap when residing in a super small space, these clever curtain rods-turned-wrapping paper holders from Iron & Twine's holiday gift wrap station have us humming a different tune.

(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

Towel Racks for Pot Lids

Hang a towel rack or two inside one of your cabinet doors, like you see here from Martha Stewart, to stash all of your pot lids, and they'll always be within reach while you're cooking.

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