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If you think that organization has to involve label makers, plastic bins, and alphabetizing, think again. Getting your home in order can actually be both a fun activity and something that adds style to your space. The key is to choose home furnishings and accessories that pull double duty: pieces that both look good and serve a greater purpose, like providing extra storage space. Sounds much more fun than making labels, right?
Below, we’ve put together some of our favorite pieces that are both pretty and practical to help you get started.
Storage ottomans (or benches). A storage bench or ottoman is perhaps the single most versatile piece of furniture you can own. Not only does it make a great place to store extra throw blankets, games, or even toys in a family or living room, but it can also serve as anything from a side table, to spare seating, to a footstool, too.
An armoire. Don’t think you need to limit an armoire to its classic station in the bedroom. A stately antique piece can serve as a statement maker and a storage spot in almost any room: use it to store extra serve wear in the kitchen or dining room, as a coat closet in an entryway, or to hold linens in a bath or powder room.
Side chests. A simple way to create added storage space: Forgo traditional side tables for a pair of small chests on either end of your bed or sofa. Not only will you have the surface area you need for lamps or a drink, but you’ll have ample room underneath to stash books, blankets, remote controls, or whatever else your heart desires.
An etagere. An etagere is the original stylish storage piece. More formal than a bookshelf but with all the function, it’s perfect for displaying your favorite collections, objets and art alongside your neatly arranged books. One of our favorite ways to make an etagere even more functional: add small baskets or decorative boxes, which you can then use to store anything from office supplies, to recipe cards, to the cords for your electronics.