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These 8 Storage Furniture Pieces Will Magically De-Clutter Your House

Avalanche of kids’ toys, unfolded laundry, and yet-to-be sorted mail taking over your house? This storage furniture is coming to your rescue.

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Storage ottoman

These versatile pieces of furniture can be incorporated into bedrooms, living rooms, and basements and are as functional as they are stylish. They look great at the end of the bed as a place to stash extra bedding, blankets or that mountain of stuffed animals your children refuse to part with. In a living room or basement, they make for excellent additional seating, footrests or even a coffee table while doubling as a spot to throw toys, games, or craft supplies. Here are other storage hacks that banish clutter.

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Shoe-storage bench

Perfect for any entryway, this bench provides a spot to sit with shelves or cubbies underneath so shoes are accessible while staying picked up off the floor. If you find there isn’t much of a need for extra seating in this part of the house, position a few cute canvas boxes on the bench portion as a catch-all for outdoor-wear like scarves, hats and sunglasses. For added organization, arrange a row of coat hooks on the wall above.

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Repurposed dresser

Convert an old dresser into mega-storage for instant organization. Tidy up a sewing room, get every Lego and Shopkins off the basement floor, or bring order to your home office. If you’re looking for a weekend project, you can turn a bargain find from a yard sale or second-hand store into a gorgeous piece of custom furniture. Don’t make these decorating mistakes that make your house look messy.

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Mail organizer

A simple but effective way to organize papers and mail, these come in a variety of styles to fit almost any room of the house. Find one with a row of key hooks along the bottom and hang it by the front door, or choose one with wider bins to fill a wall in the kitchen or office. In kid spaces, these also double as great places to stash artwork or school supplies. These tricks can help you de-clutter your countertops for good.

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Under-bed storage boxes

Utilize the area beneath your bed as extra storage for out-of-season clothes, shoes, and accessories. Flat plastic boxes can easily slide in and out beneath the bedframe for quick access, or clothes you won’t need for awhile (like your epic collection of holiday sweaters) can be vacuum-sealed in bags to really maximize your space.

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Clothing valet

To store clothing for more immediate use, consider a clothing valet. This is the perfect spot to stash your go-to cardigan or your favorite pair of jeans, and it’s also an excellent space-saving option for laying out an outfit the night before an important meeting or an early morning flight.

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Sofa dog bed with storage drawer

If you’re a dedicated pet parent, you know that Fido’s chew toys and favorite bone need a place to go too—preferably somewhere other than scattered across your living room floor. Find a sofa-style dog bed with built-in storage to help alleviate clutter belonging to your furriest friends. Beds come in a range of styles and sizes, with built-in side or bottom storage.

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Canvas or cloth boxes

These boxes are little lifesavers and, due to their versatility, can truly be incorporated into any space. Throw a small one on a bookshelf for knickknacks, slide a big one next to the couch to keep magazines within easy reach or use half a dozen to transform a closet. From Barbie dolls to board books to hair supplies, these trendy boxes are a secret weapon for de-cluttering.

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