A place for everything and every in its place, or so goes the old saying. The problem is that you probably have too many things and not enough closets or cabinets to put them in.
The solution? Furniture with built-in storage to help keep things tidy in every room in the house. These tips will get you started.
Clutter Crisis #1: All I want is a little place just for me!
Forget about a room of one’s own -- most women would settle for a piece of furniture where they can sit, put on makeup, or write a note with personal items close at hand. Use small trays and boxes to organize space inside. Add more storage with a rolling file cabinet that’s small enough to slide underneath.
Store more: Look for an armoire with a built-in desk that slides out or pulls down for extra storage. To maximize stowing capacity, couple the vanity with a storage ottoman.
Provide easy access. Whether you use it for your makeup or your laptop, a lift-up compartment in a vanity is handy, and gives the piece just the slightest touch of femininity.
Available at West Elm
Clutter Crisis #2: My living room is a dumping ground.
Books, toys, remote controls -- the biggest mess is almost certainly found in whichever room gets the most traffic. To control the chaos, select tables, consoles, and cabinets with plenty of shelves and drawers.
Store more: Furniture meant for other rooms of the house can often blend seamlessly into a living room. Try a chest of drawers, for instance, and let each family member lay claim to a drawer.
Keep surfaces clean and clear. Seek out a coffee table with built-in drawers. It keeps your stuff in order and provides the perfect place for everything from pens to superhero action figures.
Apothecary Cocktail Table
From Broyhill Furniture
Thwart pile-ups. Keep your magazine collections from looking messy with a simple rack.
Tuck away items you don’t often use. Turn an accent table into a storage solution. If your sofa is also a guest bed, use an ottoman to store blankets, an alarm clock, and other items a visitor might need.
W Magazine Stand in Birch
Availabe at Mod Livin'
Clutter Crisis #3: There’s no more room in the kitchen.
Pots, pans, dishes, bowls, utensils, plus the many small appliances that seem to multiply -- it’s no wonder that storage in the kitchen is at a premium. Survey the premises and find a way to use every square inch.
Store more: Try installing a peg board on the back of a kitchen door. And if your kitchen is short on built-in cabinets, an armoire might solve your storage problems.
Clutter Crisis #4: Piles of clothing have made our bedroom chaotic instead of comforting.
The bedroom offers many opportunities for storage, which is lucky, since there are so many things we need to house there. Find room for clothes, and then make sure you have space for jewelry and mementos, plus whatever you like to have on hand next to the bed.
Store more: A headboard with built-in shelves is convenient, particularly if you don’t have room for a pair of nightstands. And remember, nightstands with drawers or cabinet space take up the same area as those that simply have legs.
Integrate storage into the bed. Place a chest of drawers at the foot of the bed, or purchase a piece like this one that does it all for you.
Ultimate Dresser Storage Bed
Available at PB Teen
Clutter Crisis #5: I can barely get in (or out) the door.
The trick is to find a neat and organized way to keep necessities (backpacks, purses) in the entryway to speed up the morning exodus.
Store more: Provide an easily accessible place for outerwear. A row of pegs is one remedy, or try an old-fashioned coat stand.
Try an all-in-one solution. This bench offers storage space inside, plus hooks on its high back.
Hall Tree and Storage Bench
Available at Wal-Mart