A tiny home, a studio apartment or just limited square footage can make interior organization a nightmare. Cluttering a limited space only makes the living area even smaller, and maybe minimizing the ‘stuff’ just didn’t make enough of an impact…or downsizing just isn’t an option.
Need to find a home for everything that stands in the way of your living space? Try these 10 storage ideas for small spaces!
1. Install lots of wall shelves
Books, toys, and trinkets can be organized neatly off the ground…and on the walls! Look for shelves that can be installed in massive rows; “floating shelves” can be tucked into small nooks or used to line the entire wall for a room stocked with storage. You can even build your own floating shelves; check out the DIY tutorial from Family Handyman!
However, you absolutely need a design strategy to keep if you choose to line up the whole wall (or walls) with shelves. Simply placing every book, toy or knick-knack on the wall can lead to cluttered chaos…and a really messy room. Instead, theme the shelves! Line a wall with books or special mementos…but not both.
You can also ‘go green’ with shelving designs. If you love plants, you could place greenery for floral arrangements on shelves so that plants don’t take up floor space.
For kids’ rooms, use shelves to organize stuffed toys, action figures and/or books. Remember, though, to stick with a theme!
2. Choose tables with hidden storage
A coffee table that offers internal storage is a lifesaver for cluttered living rooms. Opt for tables that have doors that open into an empty space where you can store away all those annoying cords, chargers and portable devices.
This is a great place to store game systems that aren’t in use, too. Does your family love a game night? Use this hidden space to store board games, too.
3. Benches and footstools with storage are great, too!
Small spaces don’t easily accommodate lots of seating. However, padded benches or footstools can double as seating and storage to maximize the efficiency of cramped living spaces.
Many stores offer benches and footstools that open up for more hidden storage. So pack away blankets or extra pillows or just store some magazines. No one will know what’s tucked inside these cute seats!
4. Use clear plastic drawer units to organize closets
If you don’t have enough storage space in a bureau or the closet for all your clothes, use clear plastic drawer units for extra storage. You can add decorative tags to mark the content. These containers are a great solution for socks and hosiery as well as undergarments.
5. And don’t forget about shoe racks!
Are your shoes thrown into the closet or on the floor haphazardly? Organize them and save space by using over the door shoe organizers.
6. Hooks are your best friend!
Ties, belts, coats, towels, pots and pans…while you’re not storing all these items in the same place (we hope), they can be organized with the same tool: HOOKS!
Install hooks in the kitchen to hang pots, oven mitts, and more. In the closet, hooks can hold belts, ties, and coats. Hooks in the bathroom keep towel neat, tidy and off the floor. Plus, hanging towels may help them dry faster!
7. Use plastic containers and tubs for small toys
In the kids’ room, cleaning up clutter can be an everyday chore. Little pieces for models, toy cars, doll shoes, and random game pieces may litter the floor. Take control of the mess and store all those toys (and pieces) in labeled plastic tubs.
You should have separate containers for different toys–action figures, dolls, building blocks, cars, etc. This creates an organizational system that makes clean up easier for kids, too. For smaller children, label the container with a picture and words…so they can learn what toy goes in which container.
8. Use dishes, vases and even decorative planters for counter storage
In the bathroom, you may have makeup brushes, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and lots of other smaller items. Use dishes or small containers to keep these items from cluttering the room. Cute planters can be used to hold makeup brushes or toothbrushes.
In the kitchen, decorative pots and bowls can be used for storing fruit or other items. Get creative and choose containers that add color and personality to counter space.
9. Choose items that serve two purposes
Some items can do double-duty; for example, a medicine cabinet may also feature a bar to hang towels. Try to shop for multi-purpose storage items to maximize the organizational function of the room.
10. Baskets are pretty…and functional!
Use overhead hanging baskets to store items, too. You can hang a basket in the bathroom and use it to hold towels or other linens. In the kitchen, a wicker or metal basket can be used to store cooking utensils, placemats or other items. An even better basket idea? Hang baskets on a pegboard in the kitchen!
No matter how small your home, there are so many storage ideas that can help you declutter your living space. Install shelves, choose seating (or tables) with hidden space, add hooks in closets, use plastic tubs and drawer units for extra storage, too. Even old decorative bowls and planters can be used to store cotton swabs, makeup brushes, and other small items! This spring, clean up your space with crafty and easy storage solutions!