16 Storage Solutions So Pretty You’ll Want to Show Them Off
Brag-worthy organizational tools.
Published Apr 10, 2019 7:00 AM
Storage solutions tend to be synonymous with bulky “systems”—from large plastic tubs to fabric cube bins to stackable clear drawers. We’ve by and large accepted this fate, relegating these pieces to a dark corner and hoping they go unseen, but now is the time to upgrade your organizational tools and take them out of hiding. Instead, bring tidiness front-and-center and showcase your everyday essentials in these clever designs. With the 16 options below covering each room in your home, you’re sure to find storage as chic as the items they artfully stowed away.
Organize the Pantry
Corral snacks into one place with this handsome wire basket with wooden handle accents. It’s perfectly at home in the pantry as well as the fridge—utilize as needed.
Store Baking Musts
These showstopping enamelware canisters have been handmade in Austria by the same manufacturing family for over 200 years. Perfect for storing your grains, flours, and sugars proudly out in the open.
Showcase Your Knives
Your kitchen drawers may be packed to the brim, but your walls probably aren’t—employ the open space with a knife rack. Handmade from reclaimed walnut wood, this grabber can even store your kitchen scissors, bottle opener, and vegetable peeler.
Do Anything and Everything
This vessel is versatile. Use it to show off utensils (like those gorgeous handmade wooden spoons), as a wine cooler, planter, or even pen cup. The world is your (marbled) oyster with this canister.
Maximize Medicine Cabinet Space
Not storage per se, but this toothbrush stand showcases your everyday items into equal parts form and function. No need for bulky cups that never seem to fit your electric toothbrush. This holder saves space by standing the toothbrush upright.
Utilize Under-the-Sink Space
When you live in a tiny space, the need for clever storage is an absolute necessity. This small shelf takes advantage of the often overlooked under-the-sink area, creating a surprisingly extensive spot to store your towels and beauty favorites.
Hang On To the Walls
Shelves are cool and all, but have you tried a wall-mounted pocket? Store everything from makeup brushes to razors in these cubbies, designed by Normann Copenhagen to make the most out of the space you have.
Flaunt Your Towels
If you lack a linen closet, chances are you have to think out-of-the-box when storing extra towels and robes. Rather than hide them in some plastic containers, roll them up in these chic handmade baskets, made out of ethically-found palm leaves by a family in Oaxaca.
Maintain Your Accessories
Those small everyday accessories can pile up quickly, causing your closet to be in disarray. Gather all those items—like clutches and scarves—and store them in this trio of terrazzo-printed boxes.
Hang Items Together
If space is especially tight, try this very smart hanger with a storage secret. It’s great for those accessories that are trickier to organize, like belts and hats. For a quicker exit in the a.m., pick out your clothes and accessories the night before, and store everything within the hanger.
Hide Inside the Nightstand
The iconic Componibili storage unit from Kartell is given a fresh pattern update, thanks to Italian-inspired brand La DoubleJ. It’s the most charming nightstand, with plenty of storage because of the discreet drawers to hide away all your books, hand creams, and lip masks.
Show Off Shoes
Shoe storage is usually wildly unattractive, but this streamlined essential is different. Each rack can fit about eight pairs, and thankfully you can stack the racks atop one another to take advantage of taller closets too.
Gather All Your Pens
Those little office necessities, like pens, paperclips, and business cards, can add up rather quickly, causing a desktop to look cluttered. This bold-hued item makes organization actually look cool.
Add a Pop of Color
Mimicking the design of the crates used in grocery stores, this MoMA-approved version gets a modern makeover with a fresh splash of color. Use them in place of your standard clear plastic container for everything from toys to electrical cords to mail—it’s the new take on the clutter-proof catchall.
Hide Items Away
If you want your storage to be seen, but keep the contents hidden, grab these polished Finnish baskets. Made out of birch wood from the mom-and-daughter duo at Verso Design, these pieces toe the line between understated and showstopping.
Display your Domino
Part sculpture and part magazine holder, this must-have is made out of recycled plastic, giving it an interesting texture. But beyond its good looks, there is function in spades: Each cubby can hold magazines, papers, books, and board games.