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Cluttered entryways, closets, and storage spaces often feel smaller than they really are. These ingenious organizing tricks will help you use even the narrowest of spaces efficiently.
Take storage to new levels by adding shelves below a row of jackets.
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Make the most of a dead-end hallway by creating a charming corner for your home office, freeing up space in other areas of your home.
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Are your hall closets too small to contain your family's belongings? These store-bought bins, tall enough to hold a pair of boots upright, were outfitted with casters (available at hardware stores and home centers), then placed beneath a simple wall-mounted half bench in an entryway. Extra gear can be placed inside, then quickly slid out of sight, so the space looks neat in an instant.
Make more space in your linen closet by learning how to fold your fitted sheets correctly so they lie flat. (Hint: It does not involve rolling the sheet into a big ball!)
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Inexpensive brass brackets and bamboo rods are an easy way to take advantage of the unused space between the studs in your garden shed or garage.
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These shelves are positioned to fit the closet's contents, with little wasted space in between. The two center shelves accommodate stacks of folded clothing. On top, a small shelf holds collapsible bags, while the lowest shelf is designated for laundry.
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The backs of doors are handy spots often overlooked -- industrial Velcro fasteners can support mirrors up to 100 pounds, as well as valet hooks to hang extra clothing.
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The little odds and ends you unload as you enter the house can add up to a big mess on entryway tables. Conquer the clutter with a hanging plastic organizer that serves as a catchall for everything from keys to sunglasses.
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Think High, Low, and In Between
Floor-level space and top shelves can hold canvas boxes and bins for out-of-season clothing and shoes. Keep totes and handbags in sight but out of the way on the high shelf. To ensure that no space is wasted, you can even install a shelf above lower hanging rods to hold trays for scarves and gloves.
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Made for Hanging
Homemade hangers preserve the shape of tall boots and maximize space. They're created by replacing the knobs on cedar boot trees with large cup hooks, which are screwed into the tops. The trees and boots then hang from a cafe-curtain rod.