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Use the Walls

TLC Tip

Modular storage can be a godsend for almost every room in your home. It'll help organize your kitchen cabinets, overhaul your closets and transform your garage. Check out the options. If you can't afford the works, you can add to modular shelving as you go and build the closet or mudroom storage solution of your dreams, even on a budget.

Instead of climbing the walls, frustrated with the mess, install wall shelving, and lots of it. Open shelves give you more horizontal space to store your belongings. They'll also give you an opportunity to do something with those naked walls. You know they've been bugging you. You'll get stuff off the floor, too, so you can finally vacuum up those drifts of pet hair that seem for all the world like a kind of furry snow landing on everything.

Modular shelving solutions can be customized to fit your room and your stuff. If you need to stow something large, like a bike, you can find wall and ceiling options that will turn your problems into art -- well, maybe not, but close. Seinfeld had that bike hanging upside down from his ceiling, and it seemed to work for him.

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