Along with displaying art, they can function as an annex pantry, a garden, even a jungle gym. Try these creative ways to cure your home’s clutter hang-ups.

By Betsy Goldberg

Let yourself pare down before you configure the walls, says Anne Karp, who shares this Brooklyn home featured in the photos below with her husband, Aaron, and their daughters, Johnna, two, and Ruby, six months. “Donating a big chunk of stuff and reducing what we were bringing in made our home more calming,” she says. “We wanted to feel like we were living here, not just storing things. It’s so much easier having less to pick up.”

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