Use a bookshelf. An open shelving unit with fabric drawers keeps books organized and messy mélanges out of sight.
Stuff a suitcase. A lightweight duffel or a child-size suitcase is a great place to stash things that the kids constantly drag into the living room.
Get creative with art supplies. Put markers, paper, glue sticks, or even game pieces in a wheeled cart with shallow drawers.
Hang it up. Why leave tutus and capes smashed in a trunk? Hang costumes on an existing closet rod to keep them fluffy and wrinkle-free.
Add shelf space. Use a hanging sweater organizer as quick, removable shelving. Slide in board games or dress-up accessories.
Maximize your height. Keep a stash of gifts (ready to grab for friends' birthdays) on the top shelf, or store special items, like her grandmother's tea set, out of reach.