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01/13/2014 03:57 pm ET | Updated Apr 05, 2017

12 Storage Ideas For When Your Place Is Just. Too. Small. (PHOTOS)

No matter how much your rent or mortgage is, no matter where you live or how many people live with you, one thing's probably certain: You don't have as much space as you want. Here are 12 ways to carve out more storage room in your home when there isn't much to begin with.

Hang Anything On The Wall. Though you might want to call in a professional when it comes to something like bikes.
Use Baskets Whenever Possible The stylish way to mask a mild hoarding problem.
Optimize Shelves With, You Guessed It, Baskets They basically become drawers when tucked inside cheap-o small bookshelves.
Make A Wall Of Bookshelves If you paint them all one color, they look like built-ins. Sorta.
Add Shelves To The Back Of Your Cabinets There are more temporary solutions, if you can't drill away.
Put Behind-The-Door Shoe Holders To Other Uses These aren't just for shoes -- basically, they can corral anything small. Use them for socks and underwear, rolled-up towels, toiletries, cleaning products, etc.
Add A Shower Caddy Ta-da. More room for your half-full bottles of shampoo and body products taken from hotels.
Get Creative An old dish rack can hold your mail, files and other loose papers.
Use Pegboard In The Kitchen If it was good enough for Julia Child, it's good enough for you.
Put Everything (Small) In Mason Jars They take up less space than standard Tupperware-type storage pieces, look great, are dirt cheap and can be hung underneath cabinets.
Use Under-Bed Boxes Though their name pigeonholes these storage products, under-bed boxes also work wonders underneath sofas and media cabinets (as long as there's enough room under each, of course). Perfect for those of us who refuse to go digital with our massive movie collections.
Think Small You might need all the closet space you can get, but if you can sacrifice a nook, you could technically fit in a small desk/office. This will free up some floor space in the main living areas.

Here's a home where space -- and money -- apparently aren't an issue.

$100,000 Closet

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