7 awesome ways to make the most of your vertical space

You've stashed things in closets, under the bed, and in every cupboard in your house, but you still have a pile of possessions with no place to call home. What are you supposed to do now?Don't despair if you feel like the storage space in your home is unbearably limited... look up, instead!
Working vertically will increase your available storage space exponentially, and it'll also add visual appeal to your home if you do it right. Check out these handy ideas, and never bemoan your lack of space again!
1. Vertical bedside table
Big, bulky bedside tables aren't always your friend, especially in a small space. If you want all the storage space of a big table without the bulk, get one with multiple shelves! This one from Funky Junk Interiors is easy to DIY, and it takes up far less space than a traditional bedside table.
2. Wooden wall bins
Bathroom counters are notorious for easily becoming covered with all sorts of cosmetic products, but it doesn't have to be that way! These cute little wall bins hold just enough stuff to keep your counter clutter-free, and they take up almost no space. Make your own with this tutorial from My Creative Days.
3. Slender bookshelf
If you don't have room for a full-sized bookcase, this simple, slender version is a great alternative. It makes it easy to keep everything organized, and it's visually appealing to boot! You can learn how to make it from eHow.
4. Hanging plant holder
Have you always wished for a tiny herb garden in your kitchen? Or maybe you already have one, but it takes up more counter space than you can justify. Either way, this simple hanging garden designed by Susie Frazier is a great way to bring some greenery into your home without allowing it to intrude too much on your space.
5. Install shelves on the side of your fridge
It's not exactly intuitive to attach extra shelving onto your fridge, but it's a really good idea! Keep your counter space free with clever shelves like these ones from The Chronicles of Home.
6. Hang towels on a ladder
Free up some space in your bathroom by hanging all your towels in the same place. This towel ladder from Funky Junk Interiors is so simple to DIY that you don't really have to do anything! Find an attractive ladder with fairly wide rungs, lean it against your bathroom wall, and use the space that was formerly occupied by towel racks for something else.
7. Turn the back of a door into handy shoe storage
Over the door shoe storage doesn't have to mean vinyl shoe pouches! This handy, stylish rack can hook over the back of any door, and it holds up to 36 pairs of shoes. It can be purchased from Amazon.​

No matter how much of a minimalist you are, there's always a need for just a little more storage. You might be a storage whiz already, but you can probably make space for at least one of these ideas even if you think you've maxed out all your space!
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