Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

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 Organization Ideas for Small Spaces - Marty's Musings

Ahhh, the frustrating and often overwhelming search for more storage space! Am I alone with the knowledge that no matter how much space you have it’s never enough? Am I hearing an amen?

Measuring at approximately 2000 square feet my home includes five bedrooms.

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Although this sounds quite large it actually equates to small rooms and even smaller closets. The house was built in the 1950’s and let me just reiterate that there are no large closets or extra space! I have had to be creative in rethinking how to make the best use of my home.

Need a few tips on organization ideas for small spaces? I’m here to help!

Decide on open versus closed storage

One of the first things to decide is how you want the storage to function. Do you want open or closed storage? Do you like using woven or plastic baskets or do you prefer tubs with a lid to protect the items inside? There are many inexpensive styles available from the dollar store, yard sales or thrift stores.

You can see here in my craft room I used both! Clear plastic storage tubs can be used for everything from papers to schoolwork to to crafting supplies. I added my own DIY chalkboard tags for uniformity and to keep the decor more current. The baskets came from the dollar store.

I updated my room because of the need for scrapbook paper organization and these clear file folder boxes are my favorite for functionality and consistency.

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Use overlooked spaces

One of the most overlooked spaces? Under the beds! There is a goldmine of empty space just waiting for you to store wrapping paper, canned goods, out of season clothes or even games and books. Use under bed plastic tubs or save cardboard boxes that will fit the opening.

Organization Ideas for Small Spaces - Marty's Musings

My husband also added narrow shelves to a back hallway in our home for his collection of CD’s. They are now out of the way but still accessible should he need them.

Think outside the box

In the craft room closet I added a wooden shoe organizer, shelves and boxes and labeled everything for easy access. I even took the door off the closet because the organization looks great and performs even better!

Organization Ideas for Small Spaces -  Marty's Musings

You may not want to use your closet for craft supplies like me, but what about photo albums, books, files, pet supplies and more? 

Do you have more “stuff” than clothes? Maybe a closet would be better used for your overflow rather than clothing.

Many older homes come with limited options for bathroom storage. When we remodeled our very small bathroom we shopped around to find the best storage solution for the shower. These shower caddies are solid and hold larger sized bottles than most others. They keep us both organized and cleaner!

Organization Ideas for Small Spaces - Marty's Musings

Make your storage beautiful 

Storage doesn’t have to be ugly. Take advantage of unused space above doors for both beautiful and clever ways to store your dishes, knick knacks or collections. Here I’ve mixed in vintage family plates and teapots with yard sale bargains on this above door shelf. Not only is it functional, but it adds an element of personality to our kitchen. (Take the kitchen tour here.)

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Pare down your possessions 

Of course, the best way to organize is have less stuff! A general rule that will help you keep your possessions under control (and not the other way around) is when you bring an item into your home, sell or give away another item. If you tend to be a hoarder, have someone you trust help you weed through the necessities and extras. Once you get organized, stay organized! Take the necessary time to keep your organization working for you.

What is your favorite storage tip?

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  1. Nancy says:

    Don’t forget about under the couch. Even if it doesn’t have a skirt you can use baskets or decorative boxes. Most have 4 inches or so. Futons have even more. We stated doing this when we had our house up for sale and kept it up after we moved.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Nancy. We’ve used the space under the couch before, but for Christmas presents at times, and big, gawky items!

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