Storage Ideas to Declutter Your Life

Caroline Inge

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

Wire shelves holding kitchen items

Storage Ideas to Help You Declutter

It can be a challenge to find storage ideas for all of those little areas around the house that never seem to stay straight. Perhaps you just can’t keep your linen closet neat, your kitchen doesn’t have enough storage for all of your pots, pans, and ever-growing cookbook collection, or perhaps your garage looks like a war zone? Do not despair, there are ways to de-clutter these spaces, we promise! Check out our top storage ideas.

1. Add storage to your kitchen

No matter how small your kitchen is, you can probably make room for an inexpensive wire shelving unit. Even just a 3-tier unit (shown below) can bring some much needed shelf space into this hardworking family room, no hammer and nails required.

A wire shelving unit providing storage space a kitchen

 2. Corral the car clutter

It always seems like there is some bottle of window cleaner, motor oil, or jumper cables rattling around in the trunk. But it’s easy to declutter your car trunk. Tuck these items safely away in a sturdy tote bag, like the 15 in. Husky Tool Bag we used.

Here are some of the items we opted to keep in the trunk:

1. Cleaning supplies, like window cleaner
2. An empty gas can
3. Jumper cables
4. A 15 in. Husky Tool Bag

A sturdy tote bag keeps car maintenance items organized

Keep all of your car maintenance items organized with a sturdy tote bag

 3. Tidy up your tools

If there’s a single space that is always in need of some good storage ideas, it’s the garage or workroom. This is where you need a fool-proof organization system to create an efficient project space. With a couple of smart tools, like a 4-drawer tool chest, a tool stand, a tool tote (not pictured), or a larger Husky tool cabinet, you can spend more time tackling projects and less time looking for that other screwdriver bit.

Organize your most oft-used tools in the tool stand so they’re easy to grab when you just need to hang a picture or tighten a screw, and store more specialized tools in the drawers, like different sizes of screws, drill bits, specialized pliers, and other materials that shouldn’t get dusty.

Don’t think that just because this chest is meant for tools you can’t use it for other things, too! Maybe you need to organize crafts or art supplies?

Store tools in a 4-drawer tool chest

Organize tools in a tool stand or tool chest

Organize tools in a tool stand or tool chest

4. Streamline your linen closet

Folded sheets and towels can often get confused in a linen closet, especially if you have several different-sized beds in your home. Use a couple of inexpensive fabric bins (labeled!) to keep your linens neatly organized.

Organize your linen closet with fabric bins

5. Keep your kids’ outdoor toys tucked away

If basketballs are rolling around your mudroom or tennis rackets blocking your driveway, de-clutter the area with a pop-up utility bin. Use it to keep balls, sports equipment, and other outdoor-only toys stowed away.

Store kids toys in a utility bin

Take a look at the other storage ideas we have for you here on The Home Depot blog. You can also visit our Storage and Organization board on Pinterest!