Need more storage space? Here are 12 sneaky storage solutions to help you stay organized

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Stay organized with these 12 products.
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If you're having trouble organizing your home, you're not alone. Between laundry, tidying up and add on extra chaos if you’re working from home, it's not surprising that many of us are stuck at a roadblock when it comes to organization.

If getting organized is on your to-do list, Yahoo Lifestyle Canada spoke with trained professional organizer Helen Youn to get some tips to move you closer to a more organized home.

One of her main tips is to give everything a home because it's easy for a space to become cluttered and unorganized when you don't know where to store something.

"If you put it somewhere temporary, it often comes clutter and then clutter will attract more clutter. When everything has a home, returning an object back to its home is an easier task because you don’t have to make room for it every time you use it," Youn said.

Youn explained that hidden storage can reduce visual clutter but it doesn’t always help people stay organized. 

"To stay organized, keep your storage solution as simple as possible. Always store like items together and aim to be able to see what you own at a glance. This will help you remember what you own and avoid buying duplicates," Youn added.

Youn loves hidden and sneaky storage when it’s intentional storage like hooks inside doors, on walls and on the sides of furniture. 

"I’ve used hooks to keep long necklaces untangled; by the entrance for keys, jackets, and bags; in the linen closet for holding up ironing boards, brooms, and mops; and even in the kitchen for aprons and potholders," she said.

Interested in becoming more organized? We've rounded up some of our favourite sneaky storage products, including some of Youn's top picks.

Command Adhesive Hooks

Adhesive Hooks - Staples Canada, $13
Adhesive Hooks - Staples Canada, $13

Youn said that one of her favourite ways to add sneaky storage is using these hooks. Youn suggests attaching them inside doors and cabinets for some extra sneaky storage space or use them to hang hats on walls so it becomes both a display and storage.

SHOP IT: Staples Canada, $13

Squared Away Arrow Weave Underbed Bags in Grey

Squared Away™ Arrow Weave Underbed Bags in Grey - Bed Bath & Beyond, $35
Squared Away™ Arrow Weave Underbed Bags in Grey - Bed Bath & Beyond, $35

This convenient out-of-sight storage solution can store items and slide right under your bed. Out of sight and completely organized. If you're not using the underbed bags, you can fold them flat to create more space.

SHOP IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $35

Vancouver Classics 15-Drawer Organizer Cart

Vancouver Classics 15-Drawer Organizer Cart - The Home Depot, $100
Vancouver Classics 15-Drawer Organizer Cart - The Home Depot, $100

This is the perfect organizer because you can leave it on display and add some decorative pieces on top or wheel it away and store it in your closet. It comes with 15 removable drawers, making it perfect for storing both lightweight and bulky supplies.

SHOP IT: The Home Depot, $100

Tru Red 3Piece Plastic Drawer Organizer

3 Piece Plastic Drawer Organizer - Staples Canada, $16
3 Piece Plastic Drawer Organizer - Staples Canada, $16

Youn suggests adding organizers inside drawers to stay organized and to create compartments and group items by subcategory. She says that it will also help you see what you have at a glance.

SHOP IT: Staples Canada, $16

Bathroom Mirror Cabinet

Bathroom Mirror Cabinet - Wayfair, $190
Bathroom Mirror Cabinet - Wayfair, $190

This wall mount bathroom cabinet will provide ample space for your daily storage without occupying the floor space. You can keep everything behind the door while the open shelf offers a vertical space for towels, soap and other decorative items.

SHOP IT: Wayfair, $187

Squared Away Over the Cabinet Styling Caddy

Squared Away™ Over the Cabinet Styling Caddy - Bed Bath & Beyond, $20
Squared Away™ Over the Cabinet Styling Caddy - Bed Bath & Beyond, $20

Perfect for storing your styling essentials, this caddy fits over any standard cabinet door. It frees up space in your bathroom and has a deep design to offer ample storage space.

SHOP IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $20

Sheffield Home Minimalist Wireless Charging LED Task Lamp

Sheffield Home Minimalist Wireless Charging LED Task Lamp - Staples Canada, $85
Sheffield Home Minimalist Wireless Charging LED Task Lamp - Staples Canada, $85

Youn really likes multi-purpose items and one of her favourite new additions in her home office is a lamp that also serves as a charger. This lamp reduces the need to have a separate station to charge your phone and helps to keep desks clutter-free.

SHOP IT: Staples Canada, $85

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South Shore Crea Metal 2-Door Accent Cabinet

South Shore Crea Metal 2-Door Accent Cabinet - Walmart.ca, $151
South Shore Crea Metal 2-Door Accent Cabinet - Walmart.ca, $151

This metal storage unit might not be the sneakiest storage but it will definitely become a talking point with its colourful design. It has two adjustable shelves and one fixed shelf. Use it to keep children's toys and books out of sight or place it in the hallway to store seasonal footwear and accessories.

SHOP IT: Walmart, $151

Squared Away Arrow Weave 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer in Grey

Squared Away™ Arrow Weave 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer in Grey - Bed Bath & Beyond, $35
Squared Away™ Arrow Weave 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer in Grey - Bed Bath & Beyond, $35

Bed Bath & Beyond's 24-pocket over-the-door shoe organizer design provides additional storage and doesn't take up any floor space. There are 24 pockets so you can store 12 pairs of shoes or a bunch of accessories. 

SHOP IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $35

Rebrilliant Drink Holder Storage Bins Set Of 4

Rebrilliant Drink Holder Storage Bins Set Of 4 - Wayfair, $28 (originally $36)
Rebrilliant Drink Holder Storage Bins Set Of 4 - Wayfair, $28 (originally $36)

Say goodbye to can clutter and keep your refrigerator organized with this drink holder. It has a stackable and space-saving design that allows for maximum storage.

SHOP IT: Wayfair, $28 (originally $36)

Poppin Box Bench

Poppin Box Bench - Staples Canada, $90
Poppin Box Bench - Staples Canada, $90

This bench is the ultimate sneaky storage product. It's strong enough to hold up to 275 lbs and it's collapsible. Use it in your office to store bulky documents or put it in your living room.

SHOP IT: Staples Canada, $90

Squared Away Arrow Weave Bedside Caddy in Grey

Squared Away™ Arrow Weave Bedside Caddy in Grey - Bed Bath & Beyond, $35
Squared Away™ Arrow Weave Bedside Caddy in Grey - Bed Bath & Beyond, $35

If you have a lot of items on your bedside table, this is the perfect alternative to keep everything nice and tidy without worrying about knocking over your glass of water in the middle of the night. It has internal pockets that store electronics, a notebook, pencils, and more. It also has a built-in pouch to store a power strip for charging electronics. All you have to do is attach it to the frame of your bed.

SHOP IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $35

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