Small homes need storage, and sometimes they need storage ideas that are a little new. We all get tired of buying plastic containers and bathroom organizers. Time to find some clever, unique and inventive storage ideas you never thought of! Check out these inspirational projects and ideas for small space storage in your home!

Staying on the pallet trend with everyone else, check out this creative use of a recycled wood pallet. Great for a mud room!

Pallet storage



A reader submitted this to the  “This Old House” website. Not a simple project it looks like to me, but turned out just incredible! He made a wall of oversize alphabet blocks from MDF and wood, many of which were constructed as cabinets, drawers, and nooks to hold his daughter’s toys and clothes.

clever storage ideas


Bins on casters are an easy DIY solution to storage problems… and if they slide under something, all the better!

Bins on casters


Using a cup tree and coffee cups as office supply storage is genius…and if you can’t find your morning coffee cup, you have a stand in!



Create a sliding storage system in your garage with this tutorial from Family Handyman… How great is this?

Sliding storage


Quick way to keep your electrical cords handy and organized…with folder clips! We saw this on Pinterest and had to try this ourselves! Works great. Just make sure you use a big enough clip for some of the cords with bigger plugs or they won’t fit thru the clip very easily.

clever storage ideas - cord storage


Love this shoe tower made from up-cycled crates!



Remodelaholic has this wall storage bin tutorial… this bin is a cool but rustic design that would work in a mud room or an entry way…kitchen or office too! Wait…kids bedroom!

Wall storage bin


Jen over at I heart Organizing has this great budget DIY project for making drawer dividers out of cereal boxes!

clever storage ideas


Check out this idea. More for inspiration, but maybe you could use a combination of wood and forms for pouring cement? Pretty cool!



Finally, store kitchen items like pot lids on the back of cupboard doors using towel racks and gravity! This would work for those bulky utensils that won’t fit in the drawer too…ladles anyone?

pot lid storage

What are your best creative ideas for storage? Share with our community in the comments!

Image Credits: Shelterness, This Old House, Martha, BHG, Family Handyman, Stephanie Lynn, Remodelaholic, i heart organizing, zainteriora, Martha



  1. SK December 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Love utilizing coffee cup tree for office use. Will be moving mine to desk today! Drawer organizers from cereal boxes great recycling project. Thanks!

  2. Lisa August 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I took an accordion hook thing and put it in my closet. I put jewelry on it. It is very helpful to me. Also, other things could be put on one.

    1. Susie January 20, 2017 at 10:50 am

      I use tie racks as well, holds lots and lots of necklaces. I use the accordion thing you referenced for my bracelets and I use ice cube trays (they stack) for earrings!

  3. Lin January 17, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Just a note that I did the folder clip idea over a year ago and it has been the greatest idea I have ever come across. No more lost cords! Simple and out of the way. Try it!

  4. Angie November 17, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I use over the door shoe organizers in my laundry room for all my cleaning products, and another in my linen closet for medications, bandaids, cough drops etc. Rows are organized by cold, fever, headache (tylenol, aleve, ibuprofen etc) bandaids and antibiotic creams and first aid etc. BEST organization I have found in a long time! Keeps my bathroom cabinets from being over cluttered.

  5. Carla December 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I purchased a canvas shoe organizer for the back of a door and use it on the back of my hall closet door to store gloves, winter hats, ear muffs, etc. Everyone knows where to find their cold weather items! And for the occasional damp glove that needs to dry a little before being placed back in a pocket I clip a few wooden clothes pins to a pocket so that the gloves can dry but will be a reminder to place them back when ready. We haven’t lost a hat or glove in ages.

  6. Kim January 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    The folder clip idea for holding cords is great. But you don’t have to feed the plug ends through the loops in the clips: Pinch one or both silver loops to remove them from the black clip. Put the open loop(s) around the cord you want to hold and then squeeze each loop to put it back into the clip. That way you can load even large-plug cords into small clips.

  7. Derek Hines May 23, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Good ideas! Those alphabet blocks are the coolest idea I’ve seen in a while. Not sure if that would be very easy to make, but it sure transforms the room.


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