Unless you have a huge house with lots of spare space, I think everyone longs for more storage in their homes. I’m definitely raising my hand over here. Anytime I’m trying to clean up the clutter or better organize a space, I constantly ask myself, “How can I get some better storage?” Here are a few ideas I’ve put into action that have greatly helped the storage issues in our home.

Built-in wall-to-wall shelving

Building wall-to-wall shelving takes advantage of your vertical space. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

I have now built these shelves in two different places in our home: my daughter’s playroom and the master bathroom. Theses shelves are super-simple builds—even novice DIYers can tackle them. They are great for taking advantage of the vertical space in your home. Find the tutorial for them here.

Over-the-door shoe organizers

Use an over-the-door shoe organizer to organize your cleaning supplies or spray paint. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

 

Over-the-door shoe organizers are great storage solutions for things besides just shoes. I have one in my hall closet that holds all our household cleaners for easy access. Read more about my cleaning closet organization here. These are also great for spray paint cans in your garage.

Vintage locker baskets

Use vintage locker baskets that work as decorative storage. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

Just about anytime I spy one of these at a thrift or antique store, I snatch it up if it’s a good deal. I’ve used them as fruit baskets in the kitchen, cookbook holders, mail catchers and more. See how I mounted them to the wall here to make them work as shelving.

Dress-up closet

Create a dress-up closet for all your kid's dress up clothes with a basic bookshelf. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

If you’ve got young children, you might find yourself swimming in a sea of dress-up clothes with no place for them to go. To address that issue in our house, I took a cheap bookcase and turned it into a dress-up closet. Get the how-to for it here.

What are your top storage solutions?

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at rainonatinroof01@aol.com or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.