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10 Small-Space Lifesavers

05/13/2015 11:39 am ET | Updated May 07, 2016

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photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

99 problems? Consider your small space to no longer be one.

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photography by EARL CARTER
the multipurpose pouf

We don't know who invented the pouf, but we praise them for their ingenuity. A pouf is endlessly versatile. It can anchor a room as a coffee table, double as extra seating for guests and be a great place to kick up your feet at the end of the day.

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photography by THEHANDMADEHOME.NET
a collection of hooks

Pots, pans, and cutting boards can be hung on the walls of a tiny kitchen. Hang jewelry to save space on your dresser. Place hooks by the door in an array of different styles so your bags, coats and keys have a proper resting place.

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photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK
a treasure chest (or storage trunk)

A beautiful trunk can hold a lot of stuff and be a stunning piece in a room. Use it to hold out of season clothes in the bedroom or your collection of books in the living room. Our personal favorite? Use it as a makeshift bar filled with booze and mixers.

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a bevy of jars

You don't need to spend a ton of money on fancy apothecary jars. Reuse tomato sauce jars or buy Ball jars in bulk to house toiletries, dry goods, makeup -- anything that needs storing. A lineup of clear jars on display or in cabinets look more streamlined and pretty. Plus it's way easier to see what you need.

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photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE
a coat of white paint

When in doubt, go white. If your tiny space has few windows or doesn't get enough sun, a fresh coat of white can lighten and lift the entire mood of the space. Use it on walls, kitchen cabinets, trim -- and if you're feeling brave -- the floor too.

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wall mirrors

An entire wall of mirrors adds depth to a space and creates a more open feel. Use the old restaurant trick and place a large one by your dining table to soften the light and make your entire home feel grander.

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over-the-sink dish drainer

Nothing takes up more space than a dish rack on the counter -- especially when you're short on counter space. Since we don't recommend living off paper plates, pick a rack that fits over your sink so your counters stay clutter-free.

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floating wall shelves

Don't try and squeeze extra tables into a space so your favorite knickknacks and picture frames are on display. Instead, create a display space behind the couch using floating shelves.

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velvet hangers

If your wardrobe hasn't been introduced to velvet hangers yet -- prepare yourself for major impact. These hangers will dramatically save space so you don't have to feel guilty about a shopping spree.

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photography by MARTHA STEWART
towel racks

We don't relegate these for our collection of Turkish towels. They're also a great way to store magazines in a living space or hang your favorite pants on them in the bedroom.