If it’s starting to seem like you have more things to store than places to store your things, consider investing in a versatile, reliable piece of storage furniture.

The extra space you’ll get from a strategically placed shelving unit, bookcase, cabinet, or rack can help reduce clutter and keep your home on the right side of the line between crowded and cozy.

1. Ceiling Racks

kitchen with pots and pans hanging from rackCeiling storage products provide a way to keep your items out of your workspace while giving you more room to move around.

For the garage.

Ceiling shelves or racks are great for small items that you don’t need to access very often.

For the kitchen.

Plenty of kitchens make use of ceiling racks to hang pots, pans, and other frequently used cooking implements.

2. Cubbies

A set of cubby compartments next to the front door can give your family and guests somewhere to put their shoes.

Cubbies can also be installed under window seats or coffee tables to store books, knickknacks, and more—a small cubby set can even hold your linens or bathroom towels without taking up much room.

3. Freestanding Cabinets

Not only do armoires, china cabinets, and other freestanding storage furniture pieces provide plenty of room to store and organize your belongings, but they are also available in so many styles, sizes, and materials that you can easily find one to match any room.

4. Bookcases

spacious living room with bookcasesMore than just a handy place to keep your reading material, a bookcase can be the perfect spot to display pictures and tchotchkes or store your music collection. 

As with cabinets, you’ll more than likely be able to find exactly the right bookcase to meet your space requirements and complement your decor.

5. Shelving Units

Extra shelf space is useful no matter what you’re storing, and mobile shelving units are no exception.

Since these are normally designed to be used rather than admired, they’re easy to maintain and perfect for storing items in the garage. However, with a little creative thinking, you can repurpose a shelving unit as a bookcase or even a pantry addition (if the pantry in question is big enough, of course).

Though you may feel that you have more things than you know what to do with, there’s no shortage of storage options for your home, so don’t let your table or desk get more crowded than need be. Add some storage furniture for clean, orderly living spaces and a little more peace of mind.