Do you have some old (fruit or milk) crates? Or you just need a practical (and low budget) storage (organizing) system? Try out this brilliant woodworking idea: the crate bookshelf! You can combine the crates in any shape that fits .
Great room - This is an example of what I am recommending for the back of the sofa facing the fireplace. I love the rustic table and tall lamps. Rush seated benches could sit under the table instead of the baskets shown in this image.