Whether it’s a condo, a college dorm room or a cottage—space is a hot commodity! Learning how to maximize the space you have is key to enjoying a small space. If you can master organizing small spaces, it doesn’t matter how much space you have, you’re going to feel like you live in a palace!
Work Those Nooks & Crannies
In any space, no matter the size, you’ll find “dead space”. These little nooks and crannies generally fall between walls and pieces of furniture or appliances, or may even be above or below pieces in your home. The reality is you can likely optimize any little area of dead space that you come across. Get inspired by visiting a big box store and sharing pictures of your space with an associate who can help you out with creative solutions. There are lots of options out there, like command hooks, hanging systems, tasteful storage boxes, and a whole slew of custom shelving solutions which come in all shapes and sizes. Maximizing these spaces with a DIY solution is much easier than you think!
Make the most out of your furniture by finding pieces that are dual or multi-function, specifically, pieces that include storage space. There are ottomans and benches that flip open, and many beds these days come with drawers and other useful storage spaces built in. Whatever you find to give yourself that extra storage space is worth the investment, especially when you’re living in a small space.
Tall and Skinny for The Win
When dealing with a small space it’s important to evaluate the footprint of each piece of furniture in a room. The space you have to work with is limited, so ensuring that you think tall and skinny, vs. short and wide, will really open up a room and ultimately maximize your space.
Use Existing Storage Space Efficiently!
Take a good look at your existing storage spaces—closets, drawers, storage units, desks and dressers—and really evaluate if you’re using these spaces to the best of their ability. If you find that you’re not getting the most out of these spaces, recreate them to fit your organizational needs. If it means going out and getting an organizational tool or product to assist with that goal, that’s totally fine. Your job is to figure out how to make the most of the space that you already have.
Less Is More
Slimming down your arsenal of products and tools can also save a lot of space. Take cleaning products, you don’t need a whole bunch of items for specific jobs, instead store pantry items like vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap and then make your own cleaning products as you need them. This theory works with products and tools in the kitchen, bathroom and self-care. Many products can do double duty, ultimately saving you valuable storage space.
Go Right to the Ceiling!
If you have a bookcase, closet shelving, or cupboards, make sure that you’re popping a basket or a storage solution on top to fill that space between the top of the unit and the ceiling. Clearly, you don’t want to be accessing it all the time, so, use it primarily for deep storage. For example, put off-season wear in a basket and then bring it down to a more prominent location when the weather changes. You can then replace it with the opposite seasons’ items—after you’ve washed them!
Need vs. Want
In order to master loving your small space the simplest trick before bringing anything new into your space is to ask yourself “Do I need it? Do I love it?”. If the answer to both is yes, then bring it home, but if it’s no, then leave it behind. In addition, when you do bring something new into your home, try to get rid of something existing that you don’t need or love anymore. This one-in-one-out rule really helps to reduce clutter.