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Our Favorite Underutilized Storage Spaces

Suffering from clutter claustrophobia? Scrap your storage unit plans and don’t let these underutilized storage spaces go to waste! Minimalize the mess with these creative storage ideas for small homes.

20 Clever Clutter Solutions for Upping Your Storage Game 
Tons of space, there for the taking!

  1. Linen & Coat Closets
    There’s often a great deal of wasted space in linen and coat closets, from low, loosely stacked towels to the dead airspace beneath jackets. First, downsize items you don’t need, then stack items tighter and higher on shelves, adding stackable storage bins and boxes to make the most of squandered space.
  2. Behind Doors
    Just because they’re made for shoes or clothing, doesn’t mean you can’t store other items with them. Over the door shelves and hooks maximize door-side real estate.
  3. Above Doors
    Adding floating shelves above doors in your home offers out-of-the-way, effective storage for books, toiletries, and more. Make your own with paint, plywood and brackets, or opt for ready-made fare. Just be careful when stacking, keeping clutter away from air vents.
  4. Behind the Couch
    Move your couch a little over a foot from the wall, making your home feel cozy and squeezing in extra console table storage. Need more flexibility? Skip the table in favor of stackable boxes instead.
  5. Under Coffee & End Tables
    Take advantage of this open space with the help of decorative boxes or baskets, storing them on table undershelves or directly on the floor. Keep stacking neat to avoid a cluttered feel.
  6. Under Desks
    Keep cords and chargers in easy reach with open stacking baskets, labeling cords for easy hookup and charging.
  7. Under the Bed
    Lifting your bed up and out of the way for the incorporation of under bed boxesbed risers are a quick way to add a fair amount of storage space for seasonal/rarely used items like sweaters and linens.
  8. The Foot of the Bed
    A storage chest or matching ottomans at the foot of the bed is another easy way to add multifunctional storage space.
  9. Kitchen Cabinets
    Though in high-demand for cooks, those who rarely cook and eat out often should have ample opportunity for storage within kitchen cabinets for everything from office supplies to craft materials. Downsizing items and reorganizing these areas can likewise net additional storage. Ditto for storage spaces in dresser drawers, hutches, and other furniture.
  10. Cabinet Doors 
    Take advantage of cabinet door space with 3M hooks, suspending utensils, small appliances, and more from this easy-access space.
  11. Beneath Shelves
    Stash smaller items in convenient under-the-shelf baskets, taking advantage of space beneath shelving throughout your home.
  12. Under the Oven
    The drawer under your oven offers ideal storage space for pots, pans and cookie sheets. Just be sure to avoid ‘warming drawers.’
  13. Around the Washer/Dryer
    Slide a storage caddy to the side of (or add a pedestal beneath) your washer/dryer for easy-to-reach storage.
  14. Bookshelves
    Carve out space for smaller items in decorative boxes or baskets, staggering them to hide clutter amongst the shelves.
  15. Wall
    Low on storage? Adjustable wall mounted shelves are a fast, affordable way to add storage anywhere in your home. Shelves adjust quickly and easily for on-the-fly changes and additions. Tip: If you have at least 12-inches between shelves, add an extra shelf for additional storage.
  16. Windowsill
    Stack your favorite books and collectables in the windowsill facing outside or in.
  17. Under Stairs
    Under the stairs is a great area to add shelving, a closet, or work nook.
  18. The Floor
    Floor space in the pantry, laundry, and other odd areas can be maximized vertically with stacking shelves and stacking baskets.
  19. Nooks & Crannies
    Store slender items like mops and brooms between the wall/fridge or washer/dryer.
  20. Ceiling Trusses
    Trusses in the garage or attic are a great place to stash seasonal items out of the way.

Tired of cleaning around the clutter? Please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (888) 583-6490 today!

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How to Organize Baby Clothes

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Party Foul: How to Remove Red Wine from Carpet

What fun is having a clean, beautiful home if you don’t use it once-in-a-while to entertain guests? Of course, spills go hand-hand with parties, and when they do, your home can stay beautiful with these tips on how to remove red wine from carpet. Turns out, there’s basically nothing that a few select common household products can’t solve when paired with tenacious blotting and re-blotting. How to Remove Red Wine with Club Soda A go-to red wine stain remover since it was invented in 1767, club soda works just as well today: Blot the stain as well as you can

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How to Get Old Coffee Stains out of Carpet

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How to Clean Bath Toys & Keep Mold Out

Just like shower walls, your kids’ bath toys are at risk for mold growth. They also come in contact with germs floating around in the bathwater, which could spread illnesses among your children. To keep bath toys clean and mold-free, follow these tips to clean them properly.  How to Keep Mold Growth at Bay After each bath, squeeze as much water out of the toys as possible. Set them along the side of the tub or somewhere else where they can dry quickly. Turn on the bathroom exhaust fan for 15 to 20 minutes after bath time to draw humidity

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Enter Molly Maid’s Holiday Clean Home Giveaway

  Molly Maid, a Neighborly company, knows a clean home tops everyone’s holiday wish list so we’re giving away $250 Molly Maid gift certificates to 10 lucky winners! Holidays bring joy, gifts and time with family and friends, and it can also induce a feeling of being overwhelmed! This is Molly Maid’s busiest time of year so we understand how people are juggling holiday parties, hosting visitors, cooking, shopping, wrapping on top of your everyday chores, tasks and to-do list! We’re hoping to ease the seasonal stress with our Holiday Clean Home Giveaway! To enter, visit the Molly Maid Facebook

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Molly Maid Email Gift Certificates

We all have that person on our gift list. Every year, they’re the hardest to shop for. It’s because they selflessly put others first. You want to give them something that really says, “Thank you for all that you do, for everyone!” Email Gift Certificates Finding the perfect gift isn’t easy, and often comes at the last hour. That’s why Molly Maid makes it as easy as possible to purchase, customize and deliver your house cleaning gift certificate. We can email the gift certificate directly to you so that you may print it and wrap it up. We can also

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Quick, How Do You Polish Silver!?

How to Polish Silver You’ve cooked the perfect meal and the guests are about to arrive. The meal is so perfect it deserves a place setting with real silver utensils. As you try and remember where you stored them, you may wonder if they’re even still shiny. Uh-oh. The good news is you don’t have to let dirty silver tarnish your dinner party or the night’s mood. Molly Maid has a quick and easy way to polish silver fast. How to Clean and Polish Silver Fast Bring four cups of water and one tablespoon of baking soda to a boil.

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Buy Molly Maid Gift Certificates Online

You always give the best gifts, right? Surely, nobody has ever returned or re-gifted something they received from you. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with giving someone a bread machine. For the right person, that could be the perfect gift! Same goes for a cute animal calendar. And who knows, maybe grandma really will use those VR goggles?! We’re just saying there are better gift ideas out there. House Cleaning Gift Certificates Online After a week of traveling, cooking, shopping and entertaining, who really feels like cleaning? Ask yourself: Is there anybody on my shopping list who wouldn’t want

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How to Clean a Glass Stovetop

A smooth glass stovetop is an attractive choice for your modern kitchen, but unfortunately, repeated spillovers while cooking may have turned your once-pristine stovetop into a grimy eyesore. If now is the time to clean up unsightly spots of burnt food before that special someone comes over for dinner, here’s what you need to know to clean a glass stovetop. How to Clean a Glass Stovetop It’s important to clean a glass stovetop with care to prevent scratching or discoloring the cooking surface. Just follow these steps for deep cleaning a glass stovetop to remove burnt-on food: Make sure the stovetop

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How to Remove Melted Candle Wax from Candlesticks

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How to Clean a Comforter

Is it time to wash your bedding? We recommend washing your sheets and pillowcases once every week or two, but your comforter doesn’t require cleaning nearly as often because it doesn’t come in contact with your skin and hair every night the way your sheets and pillowcases do. Therefore, it’s reasonable to wash your comforter three or four times per year. As a natural reminder, plan to have your comforter cleaned with the changing seasons. Here’s how to clean a comforter using several different techniques. Spot Clean Your Comforter When a small blood stain, grease smear, or other mark makes your comforter

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How To Clean a Pumpkin for Carving

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