5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas

Article Posted By: Craig Allen

of Senior Editor, The Home Depot Blog

Everything’s easier when you’re organized. And we’re here to help you. We have some clever, and oh so simple storage ideas here that make life just a little bit simpler. These five storage solutions are very affordable, too.

Solution 1: Create Small-item Storage to Keep Counters Clear

How much stuff do you have cluttering the counters in your bathroom? Makeup products, cotton swabs, toothpaste, moisturizer… seems like bathroom counters are always collecting lots little things. Reclaim counter space in your bathroom with this clever storage idea:  Attach hose clamps to a wooden board and bolt that to the wall. Clamp mason jars to the board for a unique bathroom organization solution.

5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas: Mason Jars and Clamps

Solution 2: Make the Most of Under-Sink Space

There’s no reason to be afraid to open the cabinet under your kitchen or bathroom sink. It’s actually quite easy to keep all your cleaning supplies easy to see and within reach with this DIY sink storage solution. Just install a closet rod, and extra space suddenly appears under the sink.

5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas: Curtain Rod Under the Sink

Solution 3: Create PVC Storage for Your Workbench

The garage is another part of the house that gets more than its fair share of twisty, tangly and fiddly things, and there are always sets of items with several pieces and no place to live. Organize cords and other miscellaneous items by tucking them away in a stack of PVC pipes. You can keep them all the same size or use pipes of different sizes to accommodate larger/smaller items. They’re out of the way and under control, and suddenly you’re enjoying spending time at the workbench again.

5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas: PVC Pipe to Organize Cords and Other Items

Solution 4: Dress Up Pre-Made Storage Solutions to Fit Your Style

Storage solutions can complement your décor, too. We turned a hardware container into a mini-storage center with a bit of style. We lined the drawers with wrapping paper for a visual appeal.

5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas: Line Hardware Container with Wrapping Paper

Solution 5: Create the Solution You Need

Sometimes, you just have to create the right storage item for your needs. As an example, Christmas ornaments can be a bit of a problem when it’s time to take down the tree. They’re delicate, and they can be a bit of a space hog in the attic during the off-season. Here’s what to do: line a storage tote with plastic cups and cardboard layers (you could also just recycle boxes from your home). This keeps your ornaments safe and sound, and you can stack the totes out of the way till next year.

5 Clever and Affordable Storage Ideas: Use Plastic Cups and Cardboard in Plastic Tote for Christmas Ornaments

Follow our Storage and Organization board on Pinterest for more clever and affordable storage ideas. And shop for storage bins, totes and shelving, all at great prices, on our online Storage and Organization Department.