How to Store Everything in Your Home from A-Z

Learn How to Store Everything in Your Home

One of the biggest contributors to household clutter is not knowing how to properly store your items. It's time to get organized and put everything in its place. Here's a comprehensive list of how to store just about anything.

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    How to store everything in your home from A-Z
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    From purses to earrings and scarves, there are a lot of accessories to store and organize. We cover them all here:

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    KitchenAid Artisan Red Stand Mixer from Crate and Barrel
    KitchenAid Artisan Red Stand Mixer from Crate and Barrel. Photo / KitchenAid Artisan Red Stand Mixer from Crate and Barrel

    These are tricky because they involve wires and parts and pieces. Luckily, we have an entire article to help you through the process:

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    Backpacks from Backpacks from

    The best way to store backpacks is to keep them someplace where they're easy to grab on your way out the door. If you have a mudroom, place backpacks in a cubby or on hooks alongside coats and other items. Otherwise, hooks near your entry door or on the inside of your closet door work well.

    You may also wonder how to store backpacks that aren't currently being used. Empty them and store them flat on closet shelves.

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    Baseball Caps

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    Baseball caps are a struggle to store because they're unwieldy to stack on shelves or shove in drawers. Try hanging baseball hats together on the inside of a closet door for easy retrieval.

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    Bathing Suits

    Striped Bikini from Top Shop
    Striped Bikini from Top Shop. Photo / Top Shop

    California Closets' Ginny Snook Scott recommends you store bathing suits in a pull-out basket tucked inside a drawer or placed on a closet shelf.

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    Bike Hook
    Bike Hook. Photo / The Container Store

    If you live in a house or condo complex with a garage, that is the obvious choice for your bike, but if you live in an apartment or townhouse (or if you just like to keep your bike inside), there are some cool storage solutions for hanging your bike.

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    Frye Sandra Boot
    Frye Sandra Boot. Photo / Frye

    How you store your boots depends on the type of material they are made of and the activities they are used for. Find out more here:

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    Cashmere Sweaters

    Clothing Organizer & Dividers by Slide N Stax
    Clothing Organizer & Dividers by Slide N Stax. Photo by Slide N Stax

    A slide-in clothes organizer like this one protects delicate cashmere from your closet shelving and helps to maximize space below the rod as well as above.

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    Grey Storage Cube
    Grey Storage Cube. Photo / The Container Store

    Use a collapsible storage cube to store your comforters and quilts in the closet. The advantage of the storage cube is that it can be easily collapsed and folded when not in use. Win-win. Another option is to purchase a comforter storage bag.

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    Medium Command Hook
    Medium Command Hook. Photo / 3M

    Store out-of-use cords in zip-locked plastic bags, or, if you have the space, use hooks to keep them organized and tangle-free. Label them, wrap them up, and hang.

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    Ikea office storage
    Ikea office storage. Ikea office storage

    So much of our household clutter is paper. It's easy to accumulate and once it does, it can be hard to get rid of. Having a proper storage system is key. Place action items, like invitations, forms that need to be filled out, and bills, in a desktop inbox and put the rest in a filing cabinet for safekeeping. And, most important of all, throw out anything you don't need to keep.

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    Flip Flops

    Flip Flops
    Flip Flops. Photo / Havaianas

    For in-season storage, California Closets' Ginny Snook Scott recommends you stack flip flops on top of each other (heel-to-toe reversed) and place them on a shelf for quick access. "If you don’t stack them together, you will always be trying to find the matching pairs!" she says.

    Out of season, store flip flops in a plastic bin.

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    Gift Wrap

    Gift Wrap Work Station
    Gift Wrap Work Station. Photo / The Container Store

    There's no shortage of ways to store gift wrap these days. Organizing stores sell both upright gift wrap organizers with room for ribbons, tape, and gift tags, as well as long, flat plastic storage containers that can slide under the bed.

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    Hair Dryers

    Oval Bath Bucket by The Macbeth Collection
    Oval Bath Bucket by The Macbeth Collection. Oval Bath Bucket by The Macbeth Collection

    The best option for storing hair dryers is a caddy installed inside the door under your bathroom sink. If there's no room for that, try a galvanized bucket. Square, galvanized buckets are space-saving and easy to clean.

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    Elfa Shelf Dividers
    Elfa Shelf Dividers. Photo / Container Store

    There are countless solutions for how to store bags. Three of our favorite places to store handbags and purses are:

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    Holiday Decor

    Bright Satin Ribbon from The Container Store
    Bright Satin Ribbon from The Container Store. Photo / The Container Store

    Holiday decor involves a lot of different elements and items––and many of them are easy to break, so proper storage is a must. This article will be your go-to:

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    Mini Command Hooks
    Mini Command Hooks. Photo / 3M

    Store keys near your door in a pretty dish or small bowl or on a hook. The key (pun intended) is to consistently store them in the same place every single day so you never lose them. See also:

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    Out-of-Season Clothes

    Garment Rack with Cover by Whitmor
    Garment Rack with Cover by Whitmor. Photo by Whitmor

    Store hanging clothes in a covered garment rack in your basement or attic. Store items that can be folded like sweaters and pants in plastic storage boxes. If space is a concern, use boxes that can be slid under the bed.

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    Photo Boxes from Stacks and Stacks
    Set of 5 Metro Shoebox-Size Boxes - Acid Free Plastic from Stacks and Stacks. Set of 5 Metro Shoebox-Size Boxes - Acid Free Plastic from Stacks and Stacks

    Read this great step-by-step guide for storing old photos for a comprehensive list of photo storage tips. In general, choose acid-free boxes and photo albums to preserve your photos.

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    Pots + Pans

    Stainless Steel Pot Rack
    Stainless Steel Pot Rack. Photo / Range Kleen

    You can store pots and pans two ways:

    1. Invest in installing a sturdy pot rack on your kitchen ceiling. If your pots are in pristine condition––or even if they have a bit of a patina––they might look good hanging out in the open and they'll be close at hand whenever you need them.
    2. Nest your pots and pans in the deepest drawers you have in your kitchen.
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    KitchenAid Artisan Red Stand Mixer from Crate and Barrel
    KitchenAid Artisan Red Stand Mixer from Crate and Barrel. Photo / KitchenAid Artisan Red Stand Mixer from Crate and Barrel

    There are so many options for recipe storage, the trick is to figure out which form you want to keep and use recipes in. Some people like to use index cards filed in recipe boxes and some prefer digital solutions. Figure out how you want to use your recipes and then choose a storage solution that works for you. Here are some ideas:

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    Reusable Grocery Bags

    Reusable Bag by Envirosax - Almond
    Reusable Bag by Envirosax in Almond. Photo / Envirosax

    Keep a stash of reusable bags in your car. Whenever you're going grocery shopping, you'll have them handy. After you get home, empty them out and hang them on the doorknob so you remember to put them back in the car next time you go out.

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    22-Compartment Eco-Fabric Shoe Bag
    22-Compartment Eco-Fabric Shoe Bag. Photo / The Container Store

    Divide your shoes into three categories: shoes you wear all the time, shoes you wear seasonally, and shoes you wear occasionally. Store the shoes you wear all the time near the entrance to your home on a small shoe rack or in the closet. Seasonal shoes should be put away in storage when not in use; shoes you wear occasionally should be put in your closet, either on a shoe rack or in a hanging shoe organizer.

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    Small Electronics

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    The kitchen is usually the command center of your home; place a charging station in an out-of-the-way corner of the countertop and put your phones and tablets there when not in use.

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    Alligator Shirts by Lacoste
    Alligator Shirts by Lacoste. Photo / Lacoste

    Store t-shirts folded in a dresser. If you have a lot of them, organize them into groups by use:

    • Undershirts
    • Casual shirts
    • Dressier shirts
    • Tank tops
    • Gym shirts

    Organizing by category makes it easier for you to grab what you need when you're getting dressed.

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    Vertical Te and Belt Rack
    Vertical Te and Belt Rack. Photo /

    A tie hanger is an easy way to store ties in your closet; if you don't have many ties, a regular clothes hanger will work too. Another option is to use a sock organizer in your dresser.

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    Travel Toiletries

    Silver Mesh Vanity Organizer by Design Ideas
    Silver Mesh Vanity Organizer by Design Ideas. Photo / Design Ideas

    People tend to hang onto these for way too long. (Pro tip: You don't have to find storage space if you leave these at the hotel instead of grabbing them on your way out!)

    If you can't resist bringing some home with you, store them in your linen closet or guest bathroom for use by visiting guests. When you have more than you need, donate them to your local homeless shelter.

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    Wine Enthusiast Stemware Rack
    Wine Enthusiast Stemware Rack. Photo / Wine Enthusiast

    When accumulating bottles on your kitchen counter just isn't cutting it anymore, this article shares everything you need to know about how to store wine.