Do you ever wonder how much easier it would be to stay organized if you just had more space in your house? It is easy to organize when you have 3,500 square feet to keep all your things, right? I would imagine you don’t need to worry about all those Stitch Fix deliveries when you have an amazing walk in closet to keep all your clothes in. Or maybe your house is huge, but there are certain small rooms that need a little help. Either way, you don’t need a giant space to be well organized. I am going to give you 5 tips to organize any small space in your home!
Tip One: Empty and Edit
The best way to start an organizing journey is to empty the space. Whether it’s a drawer, a cabinet, a closet or an entire room, empty it! This gives you the ability to see everything you have to work with.
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris
This is big step to organize any space, big or small. If you don’t use it and you don’t love it or find it beautiful, let it go.
Inventory what you have emptied from the space and use the four box method. Label 4 boxes or bags: Donate, Keep, Rehome, and Trash.
Donate, Keep and Trash are self explanatory. Rehome is for all those items you find in a space that belong somewhere else. I find the most things that need rehoming when I clean out my junk drawer or a toy basket. Having a box for each category stops you from wasting time running around the house putting things in other rooms or throwing things out.
Tip Two: Plan
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin
Taking a moment to plan out the best way to group and store your items will ensure that you set up your space to accommodate all your items. But don’t forget to leave room to grow!
You could plan perfectly for every toy your child has, but you know that eventually they will be getting a new toy (or ten) and those will need a place to live as well. So always leave yourself a little wiggle room.
Tip Three: Go Vertical
So often I see people squander their vertical space. Use that space to the best of your ability.
Some great options are shelves, shoe organizers, peg boards, hang bars, wall baskets, even embroidery hoops can provide hanging storage. You can find some DIY vertical storage ideas HERE, HERE and HERE.
These are some great products that can help you utilize those vertical spaces.
Tip Four: Choose Great Furniture or Custom Build It
For instance, in a small bedroom, don’t waste side table space on a small table. Fill that space with a nightstand that packs a storage punch. If you can’t find something that really maximizes the space, build it!
My nightstand holds all of my clothes that do not hang in my closet. It takes up the entire space from my bed to the wall on the other side.
Tip Five: Don’t Forget the Doors
Hooks, over the door shoe organizers and even hanging spice racks for various small items work great on the inside of a closet door or the back of a bedroom room door. Belts, scarves and purses all work great on hooks. Pocket shoe organizers are fantastic for gloves, hats, and maybe even some flip flops. Maybe I have big feet but my shoes never fit in those pockets.
The most important thing to remember when organizing a small space is to look up, down and all around to find those nooks and crannies to make the most out of the space!
I have created a Pinterest board dedicated to small space organization ideas, come follow along!
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