We all have one or two storage hacks that manage to keep our homes both organized and stylish. From woven baskets and over-the-door hooks to stacked bins and entryway shelving, here are our favourite storage solution must-haves that help keep all that visual clutter at bay.
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“I’m a fan of minimalist design, so my bedroom doesn’t have a dresser. All of my clothes are in my closet on hangers. Except for my socks, underwear and PJs. They sit on the lone shelf in my closet inside two plastic bins, that I can easily access.” – Jen F., editor, Food Network Canada (Storage Baskets, Amazon, $18/set of four)
“You know it’s 2020 when your favourite organizing hack of the year involves creatively storing our growing collection of face masks (otherwise, they disappear like socks). I ordered a wooden shelf with pegs from a local Toronto-based maker on Etsy. It’s the perfect addition to our entryway!” – Brittany D., digital strategist, HGTV Canada & Food Network Canada (Entryway Organizer Shelf, Etsy, $75)
“As a crafter/DIYer, I constantly have yarn, paper, etc. just scattered everywhere in my condo. To make it less cluttered, I got these cube storage organizers to help store everything in my space. You can stack them however you want, and the best part are the doors. I can stuff piles of yarn inside them and conceal the mess by closing the door.” – Melissa T., digital strategist, Slice and History (9-Cube Storage Organizer, Amazon, $53)
Put it on Display
“When I moved into my tiny (but adorable) bachelor apartment, I knew I would have to get creative with storage. Nowhere was that more true than in the bathroom. I’ve tried so many different options for tucking away my collection of lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes, but they inevitably found themselves scattered across the counter. My solution was to have them permanently displayed in clear plastic cases where each and every item has a spot that’s easily accessible to me in my morning rush.” – Lydia H., producer, Food Network Canada (Square Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup Organizer, Amazon, $15)
“In my home, we’ve accumulated an astronomical number of stuffed animals and toys. We’ve finally figured out a real storage solution with these bean bag chairs that double as stuffed animal storage! Have your kids set aside their favourite stuffed toys and then fill the bean bag chair with the rest. They are surprisingly sturdy and can fit many in one sack. Your kids will love to have their own comfy chair in their bedroom, and it’s easy enough to swap out toys when they’re ready for some new plush friends.” – Heather M., producer, History (Stuffed Animal Bean Bag Storage, Amazon, $31)
Hook it Up
“I’m not great when it comes to putting things away. So, to make it as easy as possible I have as many over-the-door hangers as the door can handle. Everything from pants, bath robes, belts go on them. And if they aren’t on a hook… they are on the floor. I think organizing is all about finding a system that works for you.” – Frank P., producer, HGTV Canada (Over-the-Cabinet Hooks, Amazon, $16)
Bamboo to the Rescue
“I keep small storage containers in kitchen and bathroom drawers to organize all of my kitchen utensils and toiletries. I hate when drawers are cluttered and you can’t find what you need right away, so this helps me stay organized (and sane!) I try to opt for plastic-free containers as much as possible, so I love this bamboo set.” – Jenn P., editor, HGTV Canada (5-Piece Bamboo Storage, Amazon, $39)
“True to my Aquarius nature, I’m OK with things being a bit messy from time to time. I like the look of being organized, but I also embrace ‘the mess.’ That’s why I have woven storage bins on my closet shelves – they look fantastic, but if you look inside (which no one does except me), you’ll see my clothes tossed in with no sense of organization whatsoever. But, you better believe I know where everything is.” – Tracey M., producer, Slice (Sweater-Weave Basket Indigo, $40)
“We are in the midst of a move and had to stash countless items and clothing away. For this, we opted for large 208L rubber totes. They are durable, lightweight, stackable and have good grips on them for carrying and lifting.” – Dragana K., assistant editor, Slice and History (Strong Box Tote, Home Depot, $30)
Mix it Up
“I use storage boxes as tables. My TV stand, record player rack and side tables are all hollow and ready to be stuffed with unsightly junk I can’t part with.” – Alexa K., manager, social – lifestyle