Decorative Storage Solutions

Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.

Real life calls this week (the nerve), so in order to not leave you all without a post this week today’s post is a refreshed read for the new year.

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We accumulate scads of stuff in a 365 day period, and organizing it all can be quite the task.

The upside to this sometimes dreaded, always necessary task is decorative storage solutions.

Putting the spaces and the places in your home on a diet will help to get the job done. 

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Declutter 

Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.

Decluttering is a physical and mental activity.

You stretch, you reach, you bend, you lift, you give thought to.

When you live in a clutter free (or greatly reduced) environment, you can find things easier.  You can get from point A to point B without having to negotiate an obstacle course of stuff.

Decluttering restores order, reduces stress and anxiety, and gives instant visual results.

If you haven’t used or admired it or over the last year, the time is now to part ways with it

If you haven’t used, admired, or simply lost that loving feeling for a particular item, the time is now to part ways with it.

Of course, exceptions to this suggestion exist.

Family heirlooms, inherited collections, and items steeped in sentimental value, but not your present day décor choices, may better fit your décor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.

Edit

Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.

Taking away from often adds to the flow of a space and promotes a comprehensive appearance.

Transferring from Within

Transferring furnishings and décor accessories from one room to another puts a new spin on things.

Groupings with the emphasis placed on cohesiveness will balance the scale of the room.

Absolutely play with the look.

Give thought to placement; mixing and mingling about the space furnishings and accents at first glance may not seem to play beautifully together.  Some of the best looks I’ve ever put together began just this way.

If the look doesn’t work your keen eye will know it.

As smart and savvy ideas for decorative storage solutions go, baskets, boxes, compartmentalized organizers, racks, and dividers continue to lead the way in stylish options for honing our home storage and organizational skills.

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Virginia Living

Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, new or vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.

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 W Design Collective

Antique Armoire, French Provincial Carved Oak Wedding, Cabriole Legs

Antique Armoire, French Provincial Carved Oak Wedding, Cabriole Legs

Antique Hand Paint Decorated Wardrobe Armoire

Antique Hand Paint Decorated Wardrobe Armoire

Maison Jansen French Louis XV Style Large Partial Gilt Painted Armoire Cabinet

Maison Jansen French Louis XV Style Large Partial Gilt Painted Armoire Cabinet

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House & Garden – Photography by Paul Massey

Tracking in the outdoors wreaks havoc on our floors, rugs, and carpets. Stopping tracked in stuff in its tracks may not be completely doable, but what you can do is mitigate the problem by having decorative storage solutions utilized in entryways and mudrooms to house, store, and organize at the ready.

There’s a place for everything, and built in cubbies allow organized storage housing for shoes, backpacks, pet leashes and the like.

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House & Home- Photography by Sarah Shields

Hooks strategically hung hold coats, jackets, hats, sweaters, and raincoats.

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House & Home – Photography  by John Gruen

Containers, tubs, and baskets for umbrellas, shoes, boots, and seasonal gear.

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House & Home

Safavieh Sidonie Grey Natural Rattan Storage TrunkSafavieh Sidonie Grey Natural Rattan Storage Trunk

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Tyler Square Tall Tote Basket with Handles

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House & Garden

Trunks, chests, benches, and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.

Farmhouse Country Pine Antique 1840s Immigrant Trunk or Blanket Chest

Blankets and quilts in all their warm, cozy, and thick wonder take up a lot of valuable real estate in the linen closet.

Enter the blanket chest- the perfect storage solution and gorgeous addition to any space.

Ashban Natural Trunk

Ashban Natural Trunk

Small Sea Grass Wicker Storage Chest

Small Sea Grass Wicker Storage Chest

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Amy Morris Interiors

WYNDENHALL Hampshire SOLID WOOD 42 inch Wide Traditional Entryway Storage Bench

Wyndenhall Hampshire Solid Wood Traditional Entryway Storage Bench

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Back in our flipping days, Dave the Builder thought I had lost my mind when I campaigned for converting small, basic utilitarian spaces such as side porches, nondescript alcoves, or even a bedroom into a large closet.

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Most of the houses built in the 30s-40s-50s did not offer adequate closet space, especially by modern day standards.

Storage space is a hot commodity, as witnessed by the in demand designer closet suites of today.

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Key Largo Kubu Rattan Set Of 3 Storage Trunks

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Seaton Round Woven Storage Baskets with Lids Set of 3

Set of 3 Rectangular Seagrass Baskets with Lids by Trademark Innovations

Set of 3 Rectangular Seagrass Baskets with Lids by Trademark Innovations

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Stack, store, and display decor need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.

Household Essentials® Collapsible Storage Boxes with Lids in Orange (Set of 2)

Household Essentials® Collapsible Storage Boxes with Lids in Orange (Set of 2)

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Hard Large Orange Gift Box with Lid

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Duck Trinket Tray

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Vie en Bleu

Small decorative plates, bone dishes, seashells by the seashore all make great jewelry holders.

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Pick them up at discount-home-resale-antiques stores, sites, and garage sales and scatter them about vanity-table-counter tops to holder everything from earrings to bracelets to eyeglass/readers.

The Pioneer Woman Jade Salad Plate

The Pioneer Woman Jade Salad Plate

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Photo by Kathleen Jacobson, The Couture Closet

Gold Lacquered Boxes

Gold Lacquered Boxes

Leigh Chiu Designs closet

Leigh Chiu Designs

Lindy 2 Piece Decorative Trunk SetLindy Decorative Trunk Set

European Grain Pantry Box

 Grain Pantry Box

Modern Mudroom Polypropylene Storage in Orange

Modern Mudroom Polypropylene Storage in Orange

Pack away memories, photos, papers, collectibles, ties, socks, dress shirts, etc…

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Black Memory Box by Simply Tidy™

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Copper & Mocha Woven Kiva Storage Bins

Versatile and affordable, collapsible fabric storage cubes suit your storage needs in an array of sizes and designs.

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Mainstays Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bin- Rustic Wood

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Kimberley Harrison Interior Design

Carbon Loft Lochhead Vintage Decorative Suitcase (Set of 3)

Carbon Loft Lochhead Vintage Decorative Suitcase (Set of 3)

Area rugs may not immediately come to mind when considering decorative storage solutions,  but certainly qualify as an excellent choice of prominent décor accent to complement.

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Carson Carrington Ytlings Animal Grey Area Rug

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Fresh Home

Aria 2 Door Modern High Gloss Wardrobe Armoire

Aria 2 Door Modern High Gloss Wardrobe Armoire

Espresso Media Storage

Espresso Media Storage

Dry Oak Wood 18-shelf Standard Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Dry Oak Wood 18-shelf Standard Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Antique Arts & Crafts Quarter Sawn Oak Glass Front Triple Bookcase, Circa 1900

Antique Arts & Crafts Quarter Sawn Oak Glass Front Triple Bookcase, Circa 1900

The Gray Barn Combe Magna Wood China Cabinet in Weathered Barley

The Gray Barn Combe Magna Wood China Cabinet in Weathered Barley

Bountiful Wood and Glass Tall Cabinet - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Wood and Glass Tall Cabinet – Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Alternatives open up a world of decorative options.

Silver Trimmed Faux Leather Lockable Square Lined Storage Trunk, End Table on Metal Stand

Silver Trimmed Faux Leather Lockable Square Lined Storage Trunk

Army Canvas Laundry Basket

Army Canvas Laundry Basket

SAFAVIEH Sidonie Dark Natural Rattan Storage Trunk

SAFAVIEH Sidonie Dark Natural Rattan Storage Trunk

Better Homes & Gardens Large Wood and Poly Rattan Cane Weave Storage Crate

Better Homes & Gardens Large Wood and Poly Rattan Cane Weave Storage Crate

Wooden Trunk Blue Trunk

Wooden Trunk Blue Trunk

Industrial in style.

Fabulous in color choice.

These decorative storage solutions report for two for one duty as home décor pieces and smart storage options.

Red Metal 5-shelf Cart Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Red Metal 5-shelf Cart Bookcase with Adjustable Shelves

Vintage Churchill Hats Hat Box

Vintage Churchill Hats Hat Box

Mix and mingle your choice of decorative storage solutions throughout the space to broaden the style perimeters and achieve a custom layered effect.

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American Art Decor Large Storage Crate with Wheels

Wooden Treasure Chest Box for Home Decor, Suitcase Style Storage

Wooden Suitcase Style Storage

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Storage Basket with Lid
Round Wooden Box
Wire Round Basket Copper Handle with Mesh Bottom Pewter  
Large Wire Basket in Gold
Metal Storage Basket
Extra Large Round Wire Decorative Storage Bin with Handles Copper

Mainstays Medium Round Wire Copper Basket - 4 Pack

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Mainstays Medium Round Wire Copper Basket – 4 Pack

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How stinking cute is this mushroom basket!

Mushroom Storage Bin

Mushroom Storage Bin

Round Paper Box - Pillowfort™

Round Paper Box – Pillowfort™

Vintage Style Multi-colored Wood Book-Shaped Storage Boxes, Set of 6

Vintage Style Multi-colored Wood Book-Shaped Storage Boxes, Set of 6

Unique vintage boxes, a spot dish, or Toby mug becomes a handsome alternative to the customary dresser tray as a holder for cuff links, change, keys, phone, jewelry, or sunglasses.

Vintage Italian Florentine-Gilded-Box

Vintage Italian Florentine Gilded Box

Antique Victorian Inlaid Wooden Jewelry Box

Antique Victorian Inlaid Wooden Jewelry Box

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Beefeater Toby Mug Royal Doulton

Items that make one pretty look polished and organized when housed in vintage silver tea set pieces.

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1900s Silver Sugar Bowl Claw Foot Etched Flowers

1900s Silver Sugar Bowl Claw Foot Etched Flowers

Antique Webster & Son silver plated Fancy 2 handle sugar bowl

Antique Webster & Son Silver Plated Fancy 2 Handle Sugar Bowl

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Pinterest

The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.

Antique Style Vintage Letter Holder

Antique Style Vintage Letter Holder

Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines).

Marble Vanity Box

Marble Vanity Box

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As much as I love receiving greeting cards through the USPS/snail mail, they do tend to stack up.

Tapered Oval Seagrass Braided Basket Natural - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Oval Seagrass Braided Basket Natural 

Woven baskets, bins, and decorative trays solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.

Gray Washed Woven Willow Storage Basket

Gray Washed Woven Willow Storage Basket

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Organizing in style doesn’t stop at the desktop.

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Bergdorf Goodman

Open, under, over or behind doors- shelves hold the key to clever storage solution success.

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House & Garden

Vintage Large Wicker Basket with Lid

Vintage Large Wicker Basket with Lid

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

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Vintage pitchers, tins, containers, and crocks make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.

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Steel Cookware Stand w/ 6 Shelves

Steel Cookware Stand w/ 6 Shelves

Once upon a time function and style was an either/or situation.

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Fortunately, designers and retailers got the memo, and the decorative storage solutions in today’s market offer both.

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Waterpipe Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

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M. Parker Design

Wicker Laundry Basket with White Liner

Wicker Laundry Basket with White Liner

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Michael Aram Clothespin Pull

Bonanza Olive 2-Door Metal Locker Storage Cabinet

Bonanza Olive 2-Door Metal Locker Storage Cabinet

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Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Heritage Hill Jar, 1 Gal

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

GrayNatural Nesting Paper Straw Laundry Baskets with Handles Set of 3

Gray Natural Nesting Paper Straw Laundry Baskets with Handles Set of 3

Giving the Dog a Bone

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Beau, the wonder Shepherd, loves his afternoon treats.

Each afternoon at promptly 3:00 p.m. he appears at the French doors ready for his afternoon snack.

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The Ziploc bag I presently store the box of bones in gets the job done, but isn’t exactly what one would deem stylish storage solutions.

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

DII Bone Dry Small Wicker-Like Bone Shape Storage Basket

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I Wuff You Canister

DII Bone Dry Small Hyacinth Bone Shape Storage BasketDII Bone Dry Small Hyacinth Bone Shape Storage Basket

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Riverside Homes

Towels, keys, leashes, coats, backpacks, messenger bags, purses, jewelry,  scarves, and robes hang in style on decorative wall hooks.

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Lion Wall Hook - GoldLion Wall Hook – Gold

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Decorative storage solutions bring style to the job of getting organized by offering options big on both function and style.

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