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8 Sneaky Ways To Hide Living Room Clutter

8 Sneaky Ways To Hide Living Room Clutter


You know that feeling when company will be arriving in 15 minutes and your home still isn't looking its best? Well, I've rounded up some products to help you do what I like to call the "dash and stash" around your living room to help put things in order quickly! 



1. Belly baskets are a great way to stash clutter in your family room. The sides can be folded down or popped up depending on what you need to hide store. Shoes, stuffed animals, or extra throw pillows can tuck inside.

Image source: Ikea



2. Why get a regular coffee table when you could use a bench? It's much comfier to put your feet up on and with built-in storage, it can hide large gear like gaming equipment and board games. 

Image source: Bed, Bath, & Beyond


3. Why just stop at a storage bench coffee table when you can also get side tables with added storage. These baskets have removable tops to easily retrieve the contents. Your blankets and newspapers can stay close at hand but still look neat. 

Image source: Ikea


4. This cool magazine rack can be used for more than just reading material. Those canvas baskets can hold toys, puzzles, your latest knitting project or even your slippers! You can wall-mount this particular model or adjust the baskets to sit vertically and it can rest on the floor like a ladder. 

Image source: Target



5. Why not make your lamps do double duty? The shelves on this lighting piece can hold your latest book, eyeglasses, a plant or decorative items. 

Image source: Walmart



6. Need extra seating? A storage ottoman can fit the bill and this one's got a lift-off lid for more places to stash things. Pop in shoes, Legos, or photo albums to give your room a clutter-free look.

Image source: Walmart



7. Need a place to hide remotes, mail or cell phones? This decorative book is actually a storage box! 

Image source: Amazon



8. Who says boxes have to be boring? Decorative cardboard boxes can be found at any craft store and come in lots of colors and patterns to match your décor. They can be used to store DVDs, video games, candles, or craft supplies.

Image source: Michaels


I'll be honest, I'm not a big fan of hiding clutter in so-called "crap traps," but I know not everyone has the time, focus, or stamina to keep their rooms looking neat and tidy so cheating a little with these items can be a lifesaver. All of these products can help you fake it 'til you make it! You gotta start somewhere, right?! 


What are some tricks you use to keep your living spaces organized? 


Categories: Home Organizing


  • All the ideas are unique. I really appreciate your effort and your ideas. I love these ideas especially the side table and the decorative books idea. please keep sharing such amazing and inspiring ideas.
    9/4/2018 3:03:41 PM Reply
  • Nice assortment of clever ideas, Sarah. My favorite is #8--the decorative storage boxes. I use them in almost every room of my house!! I also have that lamp with shelves in my living room--a special at Aldi!
    5/21/2018 4:59:23 PM Reply
    • @Olive Wagar: I've seen the best stuff at Aldi! And I'm starting to use those boxes more and more especially for my son's toys and Legos!
      5/23/2018 1:48:52 PM Reply
  • Kim
    Love all of these. I especially like the book idea to hide all those little things like remotes but also pens, etc.
    5/18/2018 6:27:43 AM Reply
    • @Kim: Yes! Those books would be a perfect place to stash pens or crayons if you have kids!
      5/18/2018 2:36:56 PM Reply
  • Great options for the living room. I love the storage coffee tables, especially for storing our winter throws for a quick grab on those cold east coast nights. Thanks for the inspiration.
    4/30/2018 11:34:58 AM Reply
    • @Sabrina Quairoli: We're a family of 3 and I've got 5 winter throws - I know what you mean about New England winters! We keep ours in a basket, but if I had room I'd probably go with a storage coffee table.
      5/1/2018 3:59:48 PM Reply
  • I'm not much of a "hider," but there are a few things I stash when guests will be coming over, primarily to make space for glasses and treats. I love that lamp that has storage - very attractive! Storage ottomans are great for pillows and blankets. When I was selling my house, I used to keep an empty laundry basket in the back of my car. I could walk around quickly before a prospective buyer arrived and put it in the car, and then I put everything back when I reentered my house.
    4/20/2018 2:52:46 PM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: Ooo - love that laundry basket tip! Thanks for chiming in, Seana. :)
      4/22/2018 12:33:07 PM Reply
  • These are all great ideas, but I especially like the padded bench used as a coffee table. Finally you get comfy without hearing your mom telling you to get your feet off the furniture (even after she's been gone for years)!
    4/20/2018 8:01:04 AM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: Lol! Yes, the padded bench aka coffee table is such a comfy option and with the added storage it's such a win-win!
      4/22/2018 12:34:16 PM Reply

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