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DIY Home Organization: Living Room Hacks


By Stephanie Hyland, Storage.com

Here at Storage.com, we want to help people get their homes organized and clean, whether through the use of self-storage or helpful online tips and hacks that you can try yourself.

When it comes to storage space, there’s one thing that everyone can agree on: there’s never enough! In high-traffic areas of your home, such as your living room, you want to make sure that you have enough space for your everyday items. However, you don’t want to lose too much of your living space to items that can quickly turn into clutter. Here are ten hacks that can create more space in your living room.


Just because you’re a little short on space doesn’t mean you have to give up on your green thumb. Instead of keeping your favorite plants on your side tables, consider using a DIY hanging terrarium to free up some table space in your living room. Not only will you still be able to indulge your gardener’s heart, you’ll also create a one-of-a-kind indoor garden you can enjoy.

hanging terrarium
via Adventures in Cooking


Who doesn’t love to cuddle up with a blanket on the couch? Everyone has their favorite blanket, which means the pile can grow pretty big when they aren’t being used. Create the perfect spot for your favorite throw in your living room where they’re out of the way: a DIY blanket ladder.

blankets on repurposed ladder
via The Tale of an Ugly House


A coffee table is a feature that’s typically found in many living room arrangements. However, with most of these tables being in the middle of the room, they can easily obstruct walkways or take up too much living space. Consider creating a DIY coffee table that can fit behind your couch. Not only is it out of the high-traffic areas of the room, but you can also store your favorite books, TV remotes, game controllers, and even blankets if you create a table that has cubby space inside.

coffee table behind couch
via Young House Love


If you’re looking for the perfect side table that would add some organization to your living room, consider creating a DIY side table that can do more than just hold your drink coasters. You can upcycle materials, like a cable spool, and create a dual purpose for your everyday storage needs.

Books on spool side table
via Pink Stitches


If you have a rather small living room, you want to make sure that the furniture that you have serves a number of purposes. With comfort and storage at the top of that list, make a DIY window bench that’s also the perfect place to store everyday items.

Pillows on window bench
via Mommy Vignettes


If a large coffee table isn’t your style, create a DIY TV console that can house a variety of everyday items that would otherwise create clutter on your furniture or floor. This type of organization can easily store books, magazines, and electronics. This streamline storage option also allows all of your favorite items to be put away nice and neat, but still in sight.

TV and books on console
via iHeart Organizing


For families who have little ones, tripping over toys can be a daily occurrence if there’s not a designated spot for the toys to be stored. By setting aside a DIY toy basket in the living room, parents can save their toes and decrease the amount of clutter that can happen when you have a family to entertain.

toy basket with toys
via Organized by Kelly


If you would rather not have a basket for a toy box or other small items, create a DIY peg board that would hold only your favorites or most used items. Make it your own by using a fun paint color or stain. This would also be a great place to keep your car keys in order to avoid those rushed moments of looking under every couch cushion because you can’t remember where you put them.

peg board with pegged items
via Shanty 2 Chic


Does your family enjoy a weekly game night in the living room? If your family members are avid game lovers, you more than likely have a big collection of games and puzzles. However, those boxes and bags can take up a lot of room, so instead of stacking them in the corner of your living room, turn the smaller games and dice into decor by storing them in DIY game jars. Not only are your favorite games accessible, they also make for unique living room decor.

game pieces in jars
via Apartment Therapy


Do you have some white space on either side of your fireplace that’s not being utilized? By building and installing a few DIY floating shelves in that space, it can create a tool that’s not only functional for your living room, but also nice to look at. This is a great way to showcase a few of your favorite photos and knickknacks.

shelves on wall
via Shanty 2 Chic

What are some of your DIY living room hacks? Let us know in the comments!

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Stephanie Hyland often writes blog posts about how storage units can not only benefit those who are moving to a new city, but also those of us who are traveling, going to college, or just looking for a way to alleviate some of the clutter within our home. When she is not writing for Storage.com, she likes spending time with her husband and playing with their two dogs.


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Home Home Organization DIY Organization Ideas How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage


By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is an advocate of a cleaner home, whether through helpful tips for tackling clutter or the use of a storage unit.

Whether you’re in a three-bedroom home or a studio apartment, chances are you have clutter. Spare rooms often become dumping grounds for unused items. Countertops become havens for receipts, magazines, mail, and other items that should be filed away. And, of course, there’s that hallway closet that’s filled to the brim—the one you’re too scared to open after you were barely able to get it shut the last time.

While getting rid of trash is easy when decluttering, it’s much harder to get rid of items that you don’t need around the house every day but still want to keep. Think old family photos, financial documents, Christmas decorations, and the bike you ride to and from work when the weather allows. Rather than stressing about ditching these belongings or finding a larger home, you can rent a self storage unit.

Renting a storage unit is a great solution for keeping all of your belongings while getting the most use out of your square footage. But before you go running off to the nearest facility with a 10×10 available, follow these steps for using self storage to declutter your home.

Take Inventory

How do you determine what needs to go into self storage? That’s easy. Create an inventory of the non-essential items taking up space in your home. The best way to take inventory of these items is to separate them into four categories: records, keepsakes, seasonal, and junk.


Records would be things like financial documents (taxes, investments, credit card statements, loans, etc.) and home or vehicle documents (mortgage files, insurance policies, appliance manuals, etc.).

As for how long you should keep records, each document has its own “keep” period. For example: Taxes should be kept up to seven years whereas bank statements should only be kept for a year. Any record that’s past its recommended keep period should be shredded and/or thrown away.


Keepsakes include more personal items, such as photo albums, family heirlooms, collectibles, antiques, and furniture that you may use later down the road. While you might not use these items every day (or even every month), they’re belongings you want to keep for sentimental or personal value.


Seasonal items can include winter and summer clothing, holiday decorations, lawn equipment, boats and ATVs, and sporting gear. These are usually the possessions you keep in closets, garages, attics, or basements when they’re not in use.


Junk is whatever you have left. This includes broken items, belongings you never use, things you don’t have a place for, and possessions that have no personal value. Either discard, sell, or donate these items.

Find Your Storage Unit

Once you’ve taken inventory of your clutter, it’s time to find a storage unit for the items you want to keep. This means finding the best storage facility, unit size, and storage features for your needs.

The Facility

If the items you’re storing are things you’ll need on a regular basis, such as a bike, then it may be best to find a storage facility near your home. However, if you’re only storing Christmas lights and the inflatable Santa collection you use from November to January, the location of your storage facility isn’t as important since you won’t need to pick up and drop off these items frequently.

The Features

Each facility has different storage amenities available, which is why it’s important to determine what items you’re storing before finding a facility. For instance, if you plan to store wooden furniture, which can crack in extremely cold environments and warp in hot, humid environments, you’ll want a storage facility that has climate-controlled storage units. If you’re storing expensive or personal items, such as jewelry, wine collections, or family heirlooms, you’ll want a storage facility with good security.

The Unit

As far as storage unit size goes, a 5×5 or 5×10 is what most people use to declutter their homes. These units are roughly the size of a walk-in closet and can hold a mattress set, small furniture, and a few boxes. If you need to store multiple large items—like a sofa and armchair, bed frames, and some boxes—a 10×10 would be better. This unit size can typically hold the contents of two full bedrooms.

If you plan to store a recreational vehicle that you only use when the weather’s nice, such as a motorcycle, ATV, or boat, ask the facility about vehicle storage options. Some facilities will have indoor spaces from sizes 10×15 and up; others will have outdoor or covered parking stalls.

Move In and Check In

After you’ve found your unit, it’s simple. You just move in!

Though, one thing many self storage users don’t consider is whether they need to visit their storage unit after moving everything in. This is especially true of people who don’t need to frequently swing by the facility and grab items. Nevertheless, it’s important to regularly check in on your storage unit to make sure your belongings are still in good condition. A good guideline would be every two to three months.


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