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Tips for organizing multi-purpose spaces

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Make your room work for you

Today’s families work hard and play even harder. You need a house that can keep up. A multi-purpose space is great for everything that doesn’t quite fit into the rest of your house, but how do you organize a room where you do laundry, gift-wrap, craft and store odds and ends? Use these tips from SheKnows to get your multi-purpose space organized and working for you.
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Use high spaces

The perimeter of your room at ceiling level is often overlooked as storage space. Install shelves 18 inches below the ceiling, all the way around the room or just on one wall. Use baskets or canvas totes to store items you don’t need as often. Canvas totes are great for high storage because they usually have handles to help you get a hold of them -- use all totes of the same color for a cleaner, less-cluttered look.

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Use backs of doors

The backs of doors and cabinet doors are often overlooked, but they're prime storage space. Use hanging plastic shoe organizers behind the door for storing small items. Cut one of these organizers down to a smaller size for the backs of cabinet doors, or hang small baskets and hooks in those spaces.

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Keep it clean

Multi-purpose spaces tend to be landing spaces for junk. Do a quick walk-through every day to keep junk from piling up.

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Hang it up

Don’t spend your day stepping over your stuff. If it doesn’t have a space on a shelf, hang it up. Use hooks on the wall and even the ceiling to keep items off the floor and out of your way.

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Make a laundry center

Laundry has a way of taking over everything -- don’t let it have your room. If your multi-purpose area includes your laundry room, set up a laundry center where you can spot treat, wash and fold everything without moving around the room. Install a large shelf or a high table over the washing machine to create a place where you can fold clothes as they come out of the dryer. If you want a cleaner look, install a curtain from the shelf or table to hide your washer and dryer completely. Above your washer and dryer, install a high shelf for storing laundry products and hang a bar from the shelf so you can hang clothes to dry there as well.

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Tip

If your multi-purpose room acquires everyone's junk, give every person in your house a basket in that room so they have a contained place to keep their stuff.

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