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10 Brilliant Storage Solutions For All That Embarrassing Stuff Of Yours

07/03/2014 11:43 am ET | Updated Jul 08, 2014

It's no secret that the couple hours before guests arrive over can easily become the most panic-inducing, borderline-traumatizing part of hosting. It's the time when more chores get tackled than have been in the past few weeks combined, when every decor decision you've ever made is suddenly questioned (by none other than yourself) and when you desperately stash all of your personal items that have been laying out in a frazzled generally last-ditch effort.

But thanks to these genius storage solutions, at least the latter no longer has to be solved by shoving endless objects in a drawer or closet and praying to all things holy no one accidentally finds their way inside. From the bathroom to the bedroom and everywhere in between, this is how you cross one seemingly unavoidable task off of that pre-guest checklist from hell.

  • For medications...
  • Keeping prescriptions out isn't only risky if you have children, but it's an easy draw for those nosier guests. Go with something discreet and adorable instead. Macaron Box, $10 Urban Outfitters
  • For laundry...
  • There is absolutely nothing more horrifying than when someone comes over and finds that dirty laundry you forgot to pick up after you took a shower. So give yourself a reminder. Lingerie Bag Set, $25 Kate Spade
  • For bedside items...
  • Don't clutter your nightstand with odds and ends people don't want to see anyway. Go with a fun, tiered box instead (and keep the more personal things at the bottom). Pallra Box With Lid, $9.99 IKEA
  • For larger items...
  • Because not every single source of embarrassment in your home can fit into a tiny box in a drawer, in a closet... Ikat Storage Cube, $219 One Kings Lane
  • For matches...
  • While smoking isn't as popular as it may have been in the 60's, they did get something right when they stored their matches and "weeds" in stylish containers. Crystal Pool Boxes, $9.99 West Elm
  • For makeup...
  • At the end of the day, no one needs to know your anti-aging secrets or how many lipsticks you think is acceptable for one person to have. Grab a drawer and stow away. Acrylic Drawer Organizer Set, $19.99 The Container Store
  • For sentimental things...
  • Go ahead, call out that nostalgia. Sometimes it just takes a little blunt acknowledgement to keep guests from poking through your old photos and movie stubs from dates with exes past. Never A Dull Momento Container, $14.99 ModCloth
  • For the junk drawer...
  • Everyone has a hoarders-worthy junk drawer full of free pens and random keys you're not sure belong to anything anymore. Make it a little nicer and save face if someone accidentally finds their way inside. Bladis Box Set With Lids, $14.99 IKEA
  • For feminine products...
  • Stylish? Yes. Femme? Yes. Better than a heap of miscellaneous cardboard boxes? Definitely. Small Lacquer Box With Agate, $55 One Kings Lane
  • For toiletries...
  • Instead of letting your bathtub become a shampoo bottle graveyard, stash your bath products and accessories in one of these. Use it as a liner and place a shower curtain in front to keep everything hidden from view. Pockets Vinyl Shower Curtain, $24.13 Overstock.com

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