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This hardwearing utility cart is small enough to fit into odd spaces or under floating shelves. This steel powder-coated find is a favorite among home bloggers for bathroom storage, bar carts, and more. RASKOG utility cart, about $30; IKEA

Free up shelf and countertop space by hanging your spice bags with this multitasking rod. Either invest in a 5-pack of matching S-hooks (about $3, IKEA), or shower curtain rings with mini clamps to grab onto spice bags. You can also double the length by connecting two rails using one bracket. FINTORP rail, about $9; IKEA

A wall-mount organizer—with a chalkboard surface—is a great way to store take-out menus and a tidy alternative to a cluttered drawer. Download the instructions for this easy DIY project here.

A lockable cabinet for storing lawn chemicals and other stuff you don't want your kids to get into is a must-have in every garage. Shown here: Enviro Elements 68-inch Resin Multipurpose Cabinet, about $80; lowes.com

The Elfa shelving system from Container Store affixes to wall studs, and can bear the weight of heavier objects or be rearranged easily. Just be sure the track is level so that the standards hang straight; they're best for garage walls that are finished and plumb.

The single most-important secret to a clutter-free garage: utilize your wall space and keep piles off the ground.

Short on cabinet space? Do what the homeowners of this shabby chic did: add a board with hooks to your kitchen island for hanging pots and frequently used utencils.

Display shelves at the end of a kitchen island boost style and function.

Are your electronics an eyesore? Here's a way to tuck them away: Hidden in medicine cabinet–style storage, behind a piece of art, are a router, a modem, and more. Details at Apartment Therapy.

Propped up against a wall in the living room, this repurposed ladder holds a few neatly folded blankets out of the way.

If you're running low on counter space, you can easily create some with this trick for storing kitchen knives. Say good-bye to the typical knife block and make one that sits flush with the counter instead, using the dead space behind the cabinets.

Is your mudroom a mess magnet? A bench like this has a shelf up top, hooks in the middle, and space at the bottom. You can slide shoes underneath it so that they don't take over the floor. For extra room, look for a bench with a seat that lifts, revealing a storage area.

Keep your valuables safe while concealing them behind a beautiful piece of art. Details at Design Sponge

Keep kitchen clutter at bay by corralling frequently used items in a tray or beautiful vintage box like this one. Include a few beauty pieces, like these vintage cutting boards to make it pretty.

If you constantly battle to keep your bed linen shelf tidy, this simple hack is guaranteed to sort it out. Store each bedsheet inside of one of the matching pillowcases, which will keep your closet in order and ensure that you never have mismatched pillows again.

This ottoman isn't just an ottoman. It serves as a coffee table and a seat and also has a spacious storage area under the surface—the perfect place to pile blankets when they are not being used, and for less than $300 you can make it yourself.

Tilt-out bins store fruits and vegetables in this kitchen by Columbia Cabinets.

A vintage Coca-Cola crate turned on its side becomes handsome storage for spices.

Make use of those few inches where kitchen drawers end and the floor begins by turning them into a toekick drawer. It's the perfect size for pesky pans and platters. The space under your kitchen drawers will be wasted no more! Details at Tikkido.com

Vintage hooks create the best-looking ironing board stand we've ever seen!

An easy DIY ladder made from reclaimed wood is a fun way to utilize the wall space for extra storage. | via Jenna Sue Design Blog

Arrange several inexpensive wood crates into a shelving unit, then give them a coat of paint or stain. Hold them snugly in place with clamps to build a custom furniture piece—no power tools needed.

To keep an open-feel in this master bathroom, sliding doors made of walnut and frosted glass can be closed to conceal a walk-in closet. Built-in dressers flank the closet.

Keep you stuff safe at the beach with these smart tips.