You’ve managed to control the clutter with bins, shelves and other organizational tools. That’s half the battle. Now you’re faced with how to get those storage solutions out of sight.
If you live in a house, tucking them away in an attic, closet or basement is an easy answer, but if you live in a tiny apartment, sadly, it’s not an option at all. Here are several creative solutions.
1. Make a Skirt
If your bathroom or bedroom lacks any sort of secret hiding space, create one with a piece of fabric. Construct a fabric skirt to hang around the bottom of your sink, creating an area you can fill with bins or shelves. In the bedroom, throw a floor length tablecloth over your bedside table to instantly create another disguised area.
2. Behind a Screen
It may not be the most inconspicuous solution, but you can stash stuff behind a decorative screen. This option works best in either the living room or the bedroom, but be sure to choose a screen that coordinates with your decor– you don’t want to draw attention to what you’re hiding.
3. Hang a Curtain
You don’t have to be a home improvement expert to hang a simple curtain that camouflages shelving or stacked gallon bins. All you need to do is string a piece of wire across the front of the shelving and drape a curtain panel. Voila! If only all home improvements were this easy.
4. Create a Column
Get really creative and turn your storage units into a column by stacking several same size cabinets from floor to ceiling. Really camouflage the column by painting it the same color as the rest of the room. Your guests will think it’s a part of the room’s architecture. You’ll want to make sure the column is secure, so that you don’t have to worry about it tipping over.
5. Camouflage With Plants
If you’re seriously lacking in outdoor places to hide storage bins, like a garage or shed, try camouflaging with plants and bushes. Create an area with high shrubbery where you can stash garbage cans, compost bins and plastic storage containers.
Indoors, try covering shelving units with a potpourri of hanging and potted plants.
6. Add Doors
Turn a set of shelves into a closet by adding a pair of doors to the front. It’s a solution that requires some construction know-how; if you’re not handy, enlist a professional to design the doors for you.
7. Pick Something Pretty
You won’t have to hide your storage if you skip those run-of-the-mill plastic bins and choose something a little easier on the eyes. There are loads of decorative boxes and pretty baskets in a slew of materials and colors that can be stacked or arranged to add visual interest to your decor.
Another option is to use old hat boxes or vintage suitcases. If you stack them next to a couch or chair and add a lamp or a few photos on top, all guests will notice is your cool side table.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown