Organizing Tips for Small Spaces

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With a trend towards “going small,” more people are embracing a minimalist attitude and finding themselves in need of some serious small space organizing tactics.

Although downsizing requires you to reduce the amount of stuff you have, organizing what you have is equally important. When space is not used to its fullest, clutter dominates and you get the feeling that you need more space. However, good use of space can not only make a room feel larger but also helps you find what you need when you need it.

Here are some small space organizing tips to help you make the most of the space you have.

Go Vertical

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When we have a lot of space we don’t often think about using vertical space to its max, however, there is a lot of square footage available from your floor to ceiling. For instance, narrow floor to ceiling book shelves take up far less space than a traditional bookcase. Even if you need a little stool to reach the items up high, they can be well organized and attractively displayed.

Use Hidden Spaces

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Smart organizing requires an ability to think outside of the box (or inside the secret box). An ottoman with a lift off lid makes an excellent place to hide blankets, pillows, magazines or even board games. Sofas that fold out with a trunk underneath are also a perfect place to keep you off-season clothing or other infrequently used items.

Install Open Shelves

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If your kitchen or bathroom space is small, try open shelving. Open shelves not only make a space seem airy but also force you to keep everything organized and in its place. Use open shelves for all of your dishes, spices, towels and bathroom supplies. You can even get some cute baskets for your shelves to store smaller items.

Hang Racks

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Keep all of your pots and pans handy and organized by using a hanging pot rack. There are lots of designs to choose from or you can make your own using an old crate, pallet wood or wire shelving.

Make a Closet Office

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No need for dedicated room for your office when you have a spare closet. A relatively inexpensive makeover can turn an ordinary closet into a functional office space. All you need is a little rolling chair to complete the unit.


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Hooks come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a number of different materials. Whether you like the up-cycled look of an old wrench turned into a hook or something more polished like a simple wooden hook, the sky is the limit when it comes to hooks. Hooks can serve a number of organizing purposes for everything from jewelry, scarves, handbags and coats to belts and kitchen tools.

Put Storage Drawers on Casters

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If you have furniture that is raised up off of the ground (which is also great for making a room seem bigger), you can easily slip storage drawers on casters underneath. It is amazing how much space there can be under your bed and couch. Attractive, canvas or wooden boxes on wheels make great storage space and can help keep your belongings organized.

Don’t be discouraged if you find yourself in a small space with lots of stuff. Take the time to sort through what you really need and make the best use of all your space. The ability to think creatively will be what keeps you most organized.