17 Genius Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Published on: May 20, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
genius small storage solutions for your homeDesign: Lindsay Lange, Credit: Food52

One of the biggest issues with storage space: we always seem to need more of it. Cabinets fill up, drawers get stuffed, and closets can only hold so much. How did we wind up with this much stuff?

If you’ve asked yourself the same question, we got you covered. We found products that’ll do the greatest thing possible for your home: create more space. In your closet, kitchen, bedroom, and pretty much everywhere else. They’ll help you store everything you own — even the awkward items you never know what to do with (ahem, baseball caps and hangers). Three cheers for a more organized you.

wall mount for mops and brooms
A mop and broom rack, because piling them in a tiny closet isn’t cutting it...

It’s time to mount them. The slots will hold your Swiffer and mops off the floor, while the hooks can house towels, dust pans, and brushes. You get your closet back, and all your cleaning supplies finally get a resting place that isn’t a dusty corner. ($11.99+, Amazon)

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rolling slim storage cart for tight spaces
A slim cart for your laundry area or bathroom…

It’s compact, rolls, and has three baskets perfect for holding laundry detergent, dryer balls, and stain-removal sprays. If it’s in your bathroom, pack it with extra rolls of toilet paper, hairbrushes, styling tools, and more. The best part is that it won’t take up much space wherever you place it. ($32.99+, Amazon)

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under-cabinet fruit and veggie hammock
A fruit and veggie hammock that can hang under cabinets…

Don’t have any counter space left for a fruit bowl? There’s a fix for that. When you place your order, you’ll be able to pick what color yarn you want used. It takes about two to three weeks to produce, and comes with four small hooks for hanging. ($27.90+, Knapps Knots on Etsy)

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t-shirt storage system for closets
A closet organizer that can hold rolled T-shirts, scarves, or pants…

It works via the elastic straps that’ll tighten around things to keep ‘em in place. This one holds up to 16 items, and can even be used for wrapping paper rolls. Say ‘welcome back’ to some precious drawer space. ($15.99, The Roll Keeper on Etsy)

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outlet plate with a built-in shelf
A little shelf that can be installed over an outlet for a convenient resting place…

Use it for smart home devices, your electric toothbrush, or as a place to charge your phone. It’ll help free up some counter space, and it even has a tiny opening for wires to snake through. Installation is easy: just unscrew your current outlet covers and replace with these. ($7.68+, Amazon)

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drawer inserts with little compartments to help organize clothes
A pack of drawer dividers so your folded clothes stop lumping together…

Neatly folded piles never stay that way. That’s just science. These dividers will help with that. You’ll finally be able to keep items separate, so you can fit more into each drawer. Bless. ($14.97, Amazon)

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tiered cutlery tray that stacks everything in vertical slots
A genius tiered tray for cutlery that’ll stack everything...

This little organizer is space-saving 101. It’ll provide more room in drawers, which is especially important in tiny kitchens. You’ll be able to add more utensils and you’ll even have space for larger knives and tools. Boom. ($9.99, Amazon)

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colored storage cubes for kids' playrooms and bedrooms
Stackable containers for offices, playrooms, or kids’ bedrooms…

You can choose clear, or pick different colors to help create a sorting system. Art supplies will finally have a home, plus any Lego that may be buried in a rug. The built-in stops prevent the drawers from falling out, and the lip makes it easy for kids to open on their own. ($9.99/each, The Container Store)

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metal two-tier sliding storage units for under-sink organization
Under-sink storage that can fit to the side of pipes…

That black hole that exists underneath your sink? Yeah, you can make use of that space. These sliding drawers can hold cleaning supplies, trash bags, and more. Since the drawers slide out, you won’t have to get on your hands and knees to dig to the back. ($43.97/2 pack, Amazon)

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glass spice jars with magnetic lids
Magnetic spice jars that can stay on your fridge…

Each glass jar is airtight, so your spices will stay fresh and within reach while you cook meals. Small jars can hold about ¼ cup, while large jars can hold up to ½ cup. The strong lid magnets will keep ‘em from sliding once you place them on the fridge. ($55+/10 pack, Amazon)

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baseball hat organizer
A baseball hat organizer that works via clips…

Random items that you never know how to store? Yep, baseball hats fall into that category. Say ‘hello’ to your newest solution. Each organizer can hold up to 10 hats and attach directly to a hanger. (It also works for storing gloves and other accessories.) ($6.99+, Amazon)

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wire rack for closet hangers
A wire rack so unused hangers don’t clog your closet rod…

If they’re not holding something, take ‘em down. This rack stacks hangers on their side, so they won’t pile at the bottom of your closet. When you need one, just slip it off the rack. No more detangling to be done. ($19.99, Amazon)

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bedside floating shelf
A floating bedside shelf if you don’t have room for a nightstand on either side…

Tiny bedrooms, unite. This floating shelf clamps onto bed frames. No more putting your phone, glasses, and cup of water on the floor (it can hold up to 15 pounds). If your bed doesn’t have a frame with a lip, there’s a version that can also slide underneath your mattress. ($29.99, Amazon)

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medicine cabinet organizers
Medicine cabinet organizers so you can finally get some order in there…

Raise your hand if your medicine cabinet looks like a tornado hit it. These slim bins will fit on the shelves, organizing items that naturally gather and cause mess. Each one has compartments perfect for cotton balls, medicines, tweezers, swabs, and more. ($19.99/2 pack, Amazon)

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leaning ladder for blankets and towels
A leaning ladder for blankets or towels…

Don’t have enough closet space? This ladder can fix that. It’ll look chic in whatever room you place it in (and can even hold clothes in a bedroom). It’s versatile, a great space-saver, and oh-so cute. ($60+, Food52)

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reusable bag dispenser
A dispenser bag that’ll hold all those plastic bags you keep…

Because storing smaller plastic bags within one larger plastic bag underneath your sink isn’t a method. This dispenser bag can be hung up in a closet or laundry room. Just stuff in bags you wanna reuse at the top, and you can pull ‘em out one by one at the bottom. ($9.99+/2 pack, Amazon)

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storage ottoman with a lid that can double as a tray
A storage ottoman with a lid that flips over to be a tray…

Three uses in one: a foot stool, a storage space, and a tray for food and drink. We love practical and functional furniture, and this piece fits the bill. ($42.96+, Amazon)

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published (and all prices were accurate too). Thanks.

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