Organization Tip of the Day: Use Dual-Purpose Furniture

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Maximize space by choosing furniture that does double duty. For example, a chic skirted console tablecan double as a TV stand and a place to store extra magazines, books and DVDs.

How to do it:

  • Find a simple bookcase (I like the ones from the Ikea Expedit line).
  • Have your seamstress or upholsterer make a custom-sized table skirt out of your favorite fabric–it will conceal everything underneath. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can even DIY.

Expert tip: Utilize boxes, baskets and other storage containers to keep things underneath your table skirt extra tidy.

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