If you live in a large city, especially downtown, you can expect to be lacking something very valuable: space. The larger and more famous the city, the more rare and, thus, more expensive the space. The best way to deal with this problem is to make everything as multi-functional as possible; the more you can do with one item, the more items you can eliminate from your space. Here are a few ways you can maximize every nook and cranny in your home. Do a few of these and watch your place open right up.

1. Susan Was A Friggin' Genius

Lazy? No, this is smart and space-saving. A 'lazy susan' can maximize the inefficient space contained by those corner cabinets

2. Pans That Hang Together Stay Together 

This sliding pan rack kicks ass and takes names all up in this hizouse. All those noise makers have a home where they stay organized but don't make a stacked mess of large cookware.
2. Pans That Hang Together Stay Together

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3. Drying In Style

A drying rack can take up some pretty prized real estate on your counter top. Suspending it above the sink saves space and allows the water to drip right back down where it came from.

4. First You See Them...Then You Don't

Few solutions are this awesome and attractive at the same time. Six pieces of furniture in one!
4. First You See Them...Then You Don't

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5. Stairway To Narnia

If you love books, a staircase like this one could change your whole space. The amount of literary storage in here is pretty inspiring!
5. Stairway To Narnia
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6. Storage That Wont Hide That Killer Exposed Brick Wall You Scored

When you have a beautiful, architectural feature like an exposed brick wall, you don't want to cover it up with some bulky shelving. This is a simple and cheap solution.
6. Storage That Wont Hide That Killer Exposed Brick Wall You Scored
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7. Pssst...That Half-Bath Doesn't Need Much

You can add a great deal of value to your house by putting in  a new bathroom. When selling, an additional bathroom can be an investment with a great return, but you shouldn't have to sacrifice other valuable space (like closet space) to make it happen. That void under the stairs is a perfect place for your upgrade.
7. Pssst...That Half-Bath Doesn't Need Much
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8. Woof!

Dog stuff can be pretty unsightly. Pack it all into a neat, little set up like this and be the most fashionable dog owner on your street.
8. Woof!
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9. No More Half-Naked Reaching For Toilet Paper

Everything you need, right at your elbows. Why would you ever have to leave such a wonderful place?
9. No More Half-Naked Reaching For Toilet Paper
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10. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind

If you're a minimalist, you probably hate all those shampoo bottles that clutter your tub. A tub like this can store every brand you love without looking like the hair aisle of a drug store.
10. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
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11. No Monsters Here

The MASSIVE amount of space under your bed can (and should) be as functional as possible. Shoving things under a conventional bed usually means you'll never see it again. This kind of bed is a fantastic solution to this age-old problem.

11. No Monsters Here
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12. Magnets Are A Pin's Best Friend

The best way to keep bobby pins from scattering is with a magnet. These end up everywhere but at least they have a home now.

12. Magnets Are A Pin's Best Friend
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13. Get This And Eliminate A Whole Table

A side table is necessary for all sorts of reasons. This takes care of most of those and takes up no space.
13. Get This And Eliminate A Whole Table
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14. Jewelry Needs To Be Contained Or It Will Be Everywhere 

This is the greatest, cheapest way to store your gems. You can make this yourself, it's cheap and solves that tangling problem for good.
14. Jewelry Needs To Be Contained Or It Will Be Everywhere
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15. You Could Put Your Kicks Up Here

This is probably the most artistic way to show off your favorite shoes. Give those kicks a presence with an easy-peasy shoe rack like this one.
15. You Could Put Your Kicks Up Here
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16. Slim And Hidden

If you're already planning to have a full-length mirror in your bathroom, you might as well make it storage. Make narrow shelves like this and hide it behind your mirror for maximum functionality and style.
16. Slim And Hidden

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