When living in a small space, it can feel cluttered quickly. Any little mess, even an organized mess can make your home feel messy. Being a designer who doesn’t like clutter, I have learned some creative storage solutions to stay organized while living in a small space.
After spending many months living at my in-laws last year (read our story here), I had to get creative to stay organized while living in their basement suite. Doing life with a large family, you need a place to put everything so you don’t lose your marbles looking for it every day. I have lived in larger and smaller homes and have enjoyed both for different reasons.
It’s important is to stay organized whether your home is large or small. Everything needs a home so you can feel peaceful in your home. Everything needs its own space when not in use so it doesn’t feel cluttered or messy. And so you can find things:).
I am a little crazy about making things pretty, which leaves me getting creative…
Get creative with your storage! Use a painted dresser for your TV to hide those movies or books. Put a short dresser as your entryway table for extra beach towels or winter scarves. Custom build a china cabinet or find an old one to recover for your dining hutch area for extra dishes, kids coloring, or even extra pantry supplies. Use end tables with room for storage.
If you have larger closets and smaller bedrooms, place a dresser in the closet. You can also replace your bedside table with a small dresser beside your bed. This creates more space in your bedroom while making the most of your storage solutions.
A shelf for your towels, a coffee table or ottoman with storage for extra blankets and movies. The wall in your office could hold a pretty filing system to be organized and take the mess off your desk. Rubbermaid bins to tuck under your beds hold extra books or seasonal clothing will give you more space in your closets.
Declutter your space. Keep only what is absolutely necessary and you use on a regular basis. If you don’t need it, it’s ok to get rid of it. Even if it’s sentimental. Keep one special item from Grandma or mom. Let go of the rest. They may mean more to keep only one or two special pieces as a memory, rather than cluttering up your home with many of your loved ones things.
Organize your dressers and closets regularly. Have a box ready to bring to bibles for missions or sell in your closet to make it easy for unwanted items to go when you get time.
15 simple solutions to creative organization
- Make every sure piece of furniture in your home has a purpose
- Find a fun used dresser at Bibles for missions and add a coat of Fusion paint
- Sell or give away any extra pieces of furniture that create clutter and don’t serve a purpose
- Coffee tables and end tables with room for hidden storage
- Hang shelves or decorative storage solutions on the wall.
- Build custom shelves or cabinets to flank your fireplace or in a hutch area
- Don’t have a fireplace? Create one with storage cabinets to surround it
- Reshelve your closets to make them more functional
- Remove closet doors if there isn’t a lot of room for the doors and add built-ins or curtains in your closets
- Build shelves and a mudroom in your garage. I prefer to have my mudroom in the garage to create more room on my main floor for other things. The garage creates a great way for our kids to walk through the garage door, do their messy drop in the garage and come inside. In fact, this is what we have done the past few homes to make more space for other rooms on our main floor. It cuts down on the dirt that walks in on the kid’s boots too! And let’s face it, as organized as you may be, the kids really never actually put all their shoes in the shoe spots anyways!:)
- Paint your old dresser and pop your tv on top, or use it as a buffet or entry table
- Use a small dresser beside your bed instead of an end table for even more storage and less clutter in the room
- Hooks on the wall with a storage bench by the entry creates a great space for backpacks and extra shoes
- Use Rubbermaids under the bed for more storage like books, shoes, and seasonal clothing
- Hidden storage is more functional than open storage. If you have open shelving, be sure to add some pretty things among the necessities
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