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8 Sneaky Ways to Hide Living Room Clutter

Covert ways to store your living room clutter before company comes!

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? 

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