12 Hidden Storage Ideas for Combating Clutter

Kitchen with secret bench storage solutions

Oh So Kel

We doubt if many people have uttered the phrase, "I have more than enough room at home for all my stuff." Seriously, the lack of storage space in most abodes is a common problem that most of us face from time to time — no matter how neat you are. And sadly, it is not a big secret that the essential ingredients for having a well-organized and tidy place are closets, cabinets, and other solutions that keep our gear hidden. What to do? The good news is, it possible to whip up more storage space seemingly from thin air. The following ideas share ways to conceal your things, so vertical surfaces like floors and countertops remain clutter-free.

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    Secret Closet Hidden Behind a Built-in Bookcase

    Secret closet behind built-in shelves
    Tim Green

    Atlanta based interior designer, Tim Green has an ingenious idea for hiding bulky items like luggage and boxes. Behind these built-in bookshelves is a secret closet that keeps stuff out of sight.

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    Secret Spice Rack Behind a Backsplash

    Spice rack hidden behind backsplash
    Christopher Peacock

    Kitchens are one of those spaces in a home that can quickly get cluttered. Cabinetry designer, Christopher Peacock has an excellent trick for keeping countertops orderly. Behind this gorgeous sliding marble backsplash is a hidden spice rack.

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    Get the Junk in Your Garage Beautifully Organized

    garage storage
    The Rich Miser

    Many garages often become a haven of junk. But if you are looking to reclaim that space for your vehicle, behold this idea from Miguel Suro, the blogger who pens, The Rich Miser. He got things under control using inexpensive shelving and storage boxes from a local big box store. He says the result is a garage that looks neat, organized, and even more welcoming.

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    Bunk Beds With Built-in Storage for Two

    Under the bed storage solutions
    Christopher Peacock

    Space can get really get tight in shared spaces like this bedroom created for two boys by Christopher Peacock. The bunk beds are tricked out with several different concealed storage solutions. Underneath the bottom bunk, you will find three handy drawers. At the foot of both beds are vertical cubbies.

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    Vintage Cabinet Modified to Hide Electronic Devices

    charging station concealed in cabinet
    Love Our Real Life

    Unsightly phone and tablet cords are a huge pet peeve for most people. Luckily, blogger April Lee from Love Our Real Life has an attractive solution for her home. Charging electronic devices are placed out of view in this refinished vintage cabinet. It was a yard sale find she updated with chalk paint.

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    Take the Junk Out of Your Kitchen Junk Drawer

    spices hidden in kitchen drawer
    Christopher Peacock

    If your kitchen junk drawer is literally filled with stuff you never use, consider putting it to good use. This custom-built kitchen by Christopher Peacock features a convenient spice rack. What we love best about this idea it makes seeing what you have on hand incredibly easy.

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    Banquette Seating Area Brimming With Storage

    hidden storage in kitchen banquettte
    Oh So Kel

    Kelly Harmer, the insanely stylish lifestyle blogger behind, Oh So Kel, created this outstanding banquette seating area in her kitchen so she could convert her dining room into a family room. The nook is brimming with built-in storage solutions inside both the benches and cabinets. We adore the secret coffee cupboard, which includes a machine, pods, and glasses — not to mention a USB port for phone charging. 

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    Kitchen Wall Loaded With Practical Storage Solutions

    massive hidden kitchen storage
    Chris Loves Julia

    DIY bloggers, Chris Loves Julia, kept organization top of mind when revamping their kitchen. Besides having nearly an entire wall dedicated to concealed storage, the couple further optimized their cabinets with baskets, bins, jars, turntables, and layering stands. They also kept similar items together, for example, baking ingredients, which makes things easier to find.

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    Consider Tricking Out Your Staircase With Storage

    Staircase storage cubbies
    BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos

    Put your staircase to work as hidden storage. Here the design team at BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos did just that with smartly placed cubbies and cabinets. The entire staircase system is modular, making it a snap to reconfigure.

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    Keep Rolling Storage Drawers Under Your Bed

    R3 Architetti

    Sometimes complicated problems like the lack of storage space can be solved with a simple solution. The design team at R3 Architetti eliminated the need for a bedroom dresser by placing custom rolling drawers under the built-in bed frame.

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    Steal This Trick for Hiding a Large Appliance

    Laundry dryer concealed in cabinet
    Oh So Kel

    Large appliances can create visual clutter. In Oh So Kel blogger, Kelly Harmer's cooking space, the kitchen island conceals her washing machine.

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    Double Duty Storage Solution

    Bookcase built into steps
    Zminkowska De Boise Architects

    These stairs work double duty as book storage thanks to the clever designers at Zminkowska De Boise Architects