8 Clever Storage Ideas to Steal from the Real Simple Home
We'll take one of each, please!
If months of stay-at-home orders taught us anything, it's that we have a lot of stuff to declutter around our houses. But even once we purged the paper pile and curated our closets, many of us found that, despite our best efforts, there simply wasn't enough space to stash everything. That's where brilliant storage solutions step in. The 2020 Real Simple Home has no shortage of storage ideas, and the designers have sourced the best organizers from around the web. Here are just a few of our favorites for every room of your house.
The best way to integrate storage into your home is to work it seamlessly into your design plan. In the home office, Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson installed stunning custom shelves along one wall for books, art, and knickknacks.
When shopping for furniture, look for pieces with built-in storage, like this side table that has a ledge for books or magazines.
Calling all small-space dwellers: this is the entryway storage bench you've been waiting for. It's less than 3 feet long, has a bench for shoes and baskets, plus the top lifts up to reveal another compartment. It also comes in a darker brown color option, so you can choose the one that matches your decor.
Designers Rebecca Atwood and Kate Hamilton Gray created this soothing bedroom with the parents of young kids in mind. On the side of the room, a handwoven floor basket corrals toys, yet maintains the sophisticated look of this grown-up space. Use the same principle to store everything from blocks to video games.
At Real Simple, our editors swear by trays and platters to contain the clutter on everything from the kitchen counter to a bedside table. In the reading nook at the Real Simple Home, a beautiful handwoven platter holds reading materials, and would make a safe landing spot for a cup of tea. Each platter is hand-crafted by an artisan in Cambodia, helping to provide a sustainable income for these artisans and their families.