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    Smart Storage Ideas

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    With TekPanels by garagetek.com, the entire wall is finished with slotted plastic panels that hold lock-in hooks, shelves, and cabinets so that every square inch of wall space can be put to use. Some systems must be installed by trained professionals, adding to the cost.

    Lizmarieblog.com's wall-mount plate rack is a smart storage idea for a small kitchen!

    Place most-used items on the bottom shelves and less-used, more decorative items as you go higher up.

    Once you've cleared out your garage and have room to park inside, here's how to make sure that your cars will always be a good fit:

    There’s no need to spend on expensive organizer and racks for your mini station. Instead add supply storage on a shoestring, using spice racks from IKEA. For more ideas, click through!

    The pros and cons of using pegboard to organize the stuff in your garage.

    Benches that have built-in tool drawers can be pricey. Instead, flank a simple worktable with shelves and add pegboard above to hold your gear. Add a set of casters to make it mobile. Shown here: Husky via homedepot.com

    Why open shelving is generally better than closed cabinets within a garage.

    To holster tools, Dawn, the DIY blogger behind Dawn Nicole Designs, used pegboard attached to an old frame to create extra wall storage in her crafts room. She spray-painted the items individually for a fun look and found pegboard organizers at The Home Depot. Re-create your own with her instructions here.

    Binder clips are for more than just keeping papers in order. Here are 13 clever ways to use binder clips for everything from organizing your freezer to tidying up your craft supplies

    Like any collector of tiny objects, Marty, of the blog Marty's Musings, needed a neat way to wrangle groups of tiny objects. To display her jewelry, she turned a $1 yard-sale frame into an earrings organizer. She completed the project with gold paint, chicken wire, wood backers, and picture wire. See how she did it here.

    • Marlene Wisner
      Marlene Wisner

      You could us plastic canvas instead of chicken wire.

    Amazing under-sink makeover that will inspire you to clean up your own! Via Craftsalamode.com

    • Marina Romero
      Marina Romero

      impecable !!!

    • Linda Knieste
      Linda Knieste

      well, where is the bowl of the sink?

    For finding kitchen tools that may otherwise be hiding in your cabinets' dark corners opt for drawers with storage components that pull out.

    If you're not sure if open shelving is for you, try removing a pair of cabinet doors from your existing kitchen cabinets to give the look a test run. You can always put them back if you decide that 'open clutter' gives you the heebie-jeebies.

    Corral root vegetables or fruit in this airy basket that will still leave plenty of countertop storage room for other pantry fixtures. It's even nice enough to bring out of hiding when entertaining. Handled 2-Tier Wire Fruit Basket, about $20; Craft & Barrel

    For a well-organized garage, follow our rules of thumb for storing your garage gear.

    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.