Small Space Hacks

As the population increases and cities grow, more people are moving into smaller living spaces in order to save money and simplify their life. Here are a few tips to help organize your small space.

1. Use multi-purpose storage options

When buying furniture for your small space, look for items that can do double duty. Benches with seats that lift to reveal storage can hold bulk items like pillows and blankets.

A curtain rod across a window frame works great to suspend pots and pans from S hooks.

Tables with drawers or doors beneath can store books, music and video media, and seasonal items.

2. Utilize wall storage

Take advantage of unused wall space by mounting organizers or flat front baskets that can hold small items or files.

Wall mounted medicine cabinets or shallow shelves in bathrooms can hold toiletries, medications, and self-care items without taking up much needed counter space.

Mesh nets can not only manage kid’s stuffed animals, but also provide out of the way storage for rarely used holiday décor.

3. Create space in rarely used areas

Shoeboxes and totes can be filled and stacked on top of cabinets or in storage areas under stairways.

A shelf installed on the wall of the bathroom or over the shower stall can be used to store cleaning supplies, soap and shampoo. Shelves over doorways or window frames can add storage in unused spaces.

4. Opt for tall shelves rather than wide ones

Large pieces or shelves in a small home can make the space look crowded and messy. Instead, choose taller furniture with a smaller footprint. Instead of a long dining table with four chairs, go for a taller pub table.

For extra storage, create a shelf to mount between the table legs. Bookshelves that are tall and skinny will provide just as much storage space as short, wide ones without taking up precious floor space.

5. Get some space saving racks

Many new items on the market are aimed at saving counter or cabinet space. One of our faves is a two level spinning spice rack. It easily holds 24 spices, which fill an entire cabinet shelf.

Another trend is mounting plastic baskets on sliding drawer tracks to create extra levels of storage space beneath the kitchen or bathroom sink.

Magnetic utensil racks can be hung on walls to hold knives, serving spoons, and spatulas without using up kitchen drawer space.

6. Don’t overlook obvious storage spaces

The top of the fridge or microwave can be used to hold baking goods or large items like boxes of cereal or noodles.

Potholders can be hung from cup hooks under cabinets. Coffee mugs can be stacked or hung from cup holders.

Tiered hanging baskets keep fruits and veggies off of the counter, but still within reach.

7. Shower organizers are not just for the shower

Floor to ceiling shower organizers work great to hold shampoos and cleaning supplies in the shower, but they also work great in the laundry room or other tight spots to store items in an out of the way place.

Smaller caddies, made to hang from the shower head can be placed on the wall above the stove to keep essential spices handy.

In the doorway of a home, these could also keep gloves, scarves, hats, and sports gear off the floor and easy to grab as you go out the door.

8. Take advantage of under the bed storage space

There are many plastic totes that are designed to slide under the bed for storage of off season clothing or linens. In a very small house, you might need to use this space more often.

Crafting supplies, art supplies, or baking items that are rarely used can be stored in these out of the way containers.

In kids’ rooms, under the bed is a great place to store tubs of Lego blocks, matchbox cars or Barbie dolls.

9. Use shallow bins and baskets on the inside of cabinet and closet doors

Shallow, lightweight plastic bins and baskets can be mounted to the inside of doors to create extra space for small or rarely used items.

Inside a nursery closet, shallow baskets can store tiny socks and onesies, diapers and wipes.

Shampoo bottles and cotton swaps, hairspray, makeup, and other bathroom items could also be stored in this way.

10. Make use of the attic or loft more often

Utilize the loft, rafter, and attic spaces to store large items like sports gear, or rarely used seasonal items. Often this space is just empty air.

Using this place as storage helps get rid of clutter in the main living area while eliminating the need to rent a storage unit or use the garage.

Teresa T

Teresa T

For as long as she can remember, Teresa has loved two things: writing and interior decorating. Now, she gets to share her passion with the world, and help others create beautiful homes and gardens that reflect their own unique style. Outside of work, she's often thinking up new design ideas, sewing or gardening. She has a B.A. in art.

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