Clever storage ideas to help organize every room in your home

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Fall is finally here — and Canadian Tire is here to help you make sure you’re Ready For everything. From easy weekend D.I.Y. home updates to tips on how to maximize storage in any space, we’ve got you covered as you get back into your autumn routine.

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Having trouble keeping your home organized and clutter-free? You’re not alone. Sometimes it seems like there simply isn’t enough space for all the items we’ve acquired over the years. That’s where clever storage solutions come in: to help you declutter your home by freeing up valuable floor space and making better use of every nook and cranny.

As the calendar changes, it’s important to stay organized to make it easier to locate seasonal items, ensuring everything from your favourite fall décor and clothing to Christmas decorations and more remain in their right place and easy to find.

Remember though: while adding storage can help reduce visual clutter, in order to stay properly organized, it’s smart to store like items together (especially seasonal essentials) so you can see what you’re looking for at a glance.

From under-bed and over-door storage to bike hooks for the garage and storage that doubles as décor, it’s never been easier to get clutter under control. Here are a few smart storage ideas for every room in your home to help you get better organized this fall.

Bedroom

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Laundry hampers and baskets can take up plenty of room, and when space is limited, that bulkiness can be frustrating. The solution? Switch to a collapsible laundry basket that fits anywhere. It’s perfect for moving your laundry from the bedroom to the laundry room, and can be flattened when not in use.

Alternatively, if you find your shoe collection keeps growing and you’re running out of places to stash them, opt for an over-the-door shoe rack, which provides additional storage without taking up precious floor space. The ClosetMaid Suite Symphony Tower Starter Kit can be a similar difference-maker for your closet, thanks to three expandable hanging rods for clothing plus a tower to store purses, hats and shoes.

Here’s another convenient out-of-sight, out-of-mind storage solution to help you make use of otherwise wasted space: The Sterilite ClearView Wheeled Tote with Latch slides right under your bed and is perfect for storing off-season clothing, while the clear plastic makes it easy to see what’s inside at a glance.

Living Room

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The best storage solutions are capable of double duty, making this type A Momentum 3-Tier Utility Cart an ideal living room organizer because you can add decorative pieces on top and leave it on display, or simply wheel it away and store it elsewhere if you need more floor space.

Want something that doubles as furniture and storage? The For Living Foldable Storage Bench is the perfect solution, adding extra seating and plenty of storage to your living room. Another great foldable living room option is the CANVAS Foldable Storage Ottoman. Put your feet up and relax on this sneaky storage item, which easily folds away whenever you need extra room.

Bathroom

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Making use of vertical space is a key organizational tip, and over-the-toilet storage can help completely transform a small bathroom. Thanks to three storage shelves, the Sauder Nautilus Chrome Spacesaver gives you plenty of extra space, allowing you to store towels, toilet paper and other bathroom essentials in a neat and presentable way.

It can also be paired with The Home Edit’s Single Tier Turntable to help you easily maintain your skincare routine. Place your moisturizers, serums and toners on this rotating turntable for easy access. It also has a small ledge to stop your products from tipping or falling.

A slide-out system like this under-sink organizer, meanwhile, allows for easier access to those products hiding in the back of your sink, while the tiered shelves make more room for all your bathroom essentials.

In the shower, the simplehuman Shower Caddy will help keep all your shampoos, conditioners, body wash and other shower products from cluttering up the place. The adjustable shelves slide up, down and sideways to make room for taller bottles, and the convenient storage hooks are perfect for holding your razor, loofah and other accessories.

Kitchen

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If it’s impossible to find the ingredients you’re looking for without going on a scavenger hunt through your pantry, try storing like items together. For example, you could put granola, cereal and oatmeal together in one of these all-purpose wooden bins and pair all your baking supplies in another.

A turntable is another handy way to store everyday items like oils and vinegars, while an over-door pantry organizer is an excellent option if your cupboards are cluttered with spices and other cooking staples. Thanks to the open-basket design, you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for. It also has adjustable baskets that lift off for easy organization.

Another great way to maximize your cabinet space is by adding extra levels via a Linear Cupboard Shelf or type A Stray Corner Shelf. Both are capable of stacking to save space, while the sturdy wire construction will securely hold dishware and drinkware.

Garage

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Sometimes items find a home in our garage to help free up space in the house, only to never be found again. To avoid running into this all-too-common problem, store lesser-used seasonal items together in sturdy, open all-purpose bins and place them on a storage rack (like this ventilated five-shelf option) so you can quickly identify what you need without digging through boxes.

Or get them off the ground completely using the Mastercraft Heavy Duty Ceiling Storage Unit, which easily attaches to your ceiling’s joists and can hold up to 27 medium-sized bins. That’s plenty of room for seasonal and holiday decorations, summer clothing, camping gear and more!

What about tools? Pair this stackable Stanley Chest atop a 7-drawer Stanley Cabinet for the ultimate tool storage solution. Both cabinets come with a secure locking system to keep your tools safe, plus an integrated power bar with USB ports for all your charging needs.

And remember what we said about making better use of your vertical space? That goes double in your garage. A wall cabinet is perfect for storing carcare products, tools and other shop items while saving floor space. You can also opt for Mastercraft Easy Install Track Panels, one of the handiest ways to organize garage clutter. It’s fully customizable, and adding utility hooks and heavy-duty metal shelves will make it easy to see your more frequently-used items at a glance.

Meanwhile, adding a bike hook on the wall (or ceiling) can lift your ride up and out of the way, while making it easy to get back on the road next time you want to go for a ride.

Fall is all about getting back into a routine, and Canadian Tire is here to make sure you’re Ready For Fall. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to prepare your home and lawn for the cold weather or delicious, healthy recipes that will make nights a breeze, we’ve got you covered.