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Storage! Never enough. What’s a cheap yet classy and very fuctional project (besides a bookshelf)?

I have a few tricks up my sleeve for creating more storage in a home that are bound to wow guests and make everyone in the house happy. I tend to mix these ideas up–utilizing a few of this techniques in each room and depending on your decorating style, there are endless options when utilizing each tool.

Open Shelving: Similar to bookshelves (but more customizable) this storage technique can be a huge help in any room. You can DIY your own shelves from Home Depot or buy pre-cut shelves from stores like IKEA or The Container Store. Feel free to paint the shelving to match your room or go raw with your wood for a more rustic vibe. Shelves typically run anywhere from $10-$20 a piece + brackets. I like this option because you can go with one shelf or 10–it all depends on what you need stored.

Hooks: Hooks can store extra towels in the bathroom, help lighten a tight closet space or create an entryway closet when there’s not one to speak of. You can place hooks at any height making them useful for any member of the family and since they’re relatively small–they can be placed just about anywhere. Online stores like Etsy are a great place to start shopping for hooks or stop by your local hardware store to get this project started ASAP.

Baskets: A large basket can house bulky categories (think blankets, stuffed animals and pet toys for starters). Placement next to a couch or bed can read cozy and again, you can pick out a style that speaks to your inner designer. Cost Plus World Market is a great place to start looking for that inexpensive storage basket.

1. Antique Wooden Wall Hook, $18; Etsy, Driftwood Melamine Shelves, $9-$21; The Container Store, Jamilia Lidded Storage Baskets, $29-$59; Cost Plus World Market

Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

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