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