Storage doesn’t have to mar the elegance of your abode. There are plenty of stylish ways to stow your stuff. Here are ten ideas.

 

1. Hide it in a bench. Benches can hide a multitude of things. Try putting drawers inside a bench or window seat or install benches with lidded tops.

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2. Get basket storage. Baskets are pretty and useful. Place wicker baskets on below-sink shelves to hold toiletries, on bookshelves in the study to house odds and ends, or on the kitchen counter to keep useful ingredients.

 

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3. Put drawers to use. How to outfit a small kitchen? This Old House suggests installing pull-out pantry units in your kitchen. There are many versions of this useful idea, from tall ones to short ones to build-it-yourself ones.

 

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4. Float your shelves. Create a light and airy effect using shelves that seem to hover, whether they’re holding bathroom supplies, kitchen essentials, or decorative touches.

 

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5. Color-coordinate your containers. Setting up a storage space containing matching receptacles of varying sizes is an attractive and useful way to organize your things.

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6. Build it in. Built-in bookcases and cabinets make your storage space blend in with your dwelling and allow you to customize to fit your life.

 

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7. Peg it up. Pegboards can be put to a multitude of uses, one of the most tried-and-true of which is hanging up your pots and pans. Also use this technique for your tools, office supplies, jewelry, and anything else you can hang.

 

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8. Go with bins and boxes. Hide your odds and ends away in pretty boxes and bins that can stack well and slide into bookshelves or a media console.

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9. Roll it away. Putting old-fashioned crates on casters is a cute way to corral kids’ toys and keep them out of the way easily.

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10. Stash it in cubbies. Cubbyholes are especially useful for storing kid stuff—shoes in cubbies by the door, art supplies in cubbies in the playroom—or anything else that will fit in a cube.

 

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What are your favorite house-beautiful storage techniques and ideas?