Sure, I think everyone would love unlimited space to work with in their home. I still have dreams about an entire room just dedicated to gift wrapping. Unfortunately, for most of us, those fantasies always remain just that — unreal.
Most of us don’t have the luxury of unlimited space. And, whether you’re renting a studio apartment or are currently sharing a dorm room, you’re working with even less room than you’re likely used to. But, just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you need to compromise organization. Here are six must-know tips for keeping your small space tidy and organized!
1. Don’t forget about vertical space.
When thinking about storage space, we all tend to think laterally. And, while that keeps things within easy reach, it also means you’re wasting a ton of vertical space. Build or purchase a tall shelving unit that can hold many of your belongings — particularly ones that you don’t need to access on a regular basis. This will free up your more accessible space for the items that really need it!
2. Use multipurpose furniture.
If you’re tight on space, look for things that serve multiple purposes. Perhaps it’s an ottoman that serves as storage for extra pillows and blankets. Or, maybe it’s a kitchen table that doubles as your work desk. Explore different ways to use all of your furniture, to ensure you’re making the most of the space it’s taking up!
3. Utilize offsite storage.
Of course, you can only fit so much in a small space. So, if necessary, look into some options for offsite storage. This extra square footage will allow you to keep all of the belongings that are important to you, without taking up valuable real estate in your living space!
4. Find space-saving products.
Another great way to maximize your space is by purchasing smaller items that save some valuable room. Pick up some of those slim, streamlined hangers to make the most of your tight closet space. Swap out your huge, industrial coffee maker for a more petite model to free up some counter area. Avoid buying household products in bulk if you can, as you likely won’t have room to store them all!
If your space is extremely small and you don’t plan to utilize any offsite storage, you’ll likely need to make some tough decisions in order to determine what’s worthy of keeping and what needs to find a new home. Prioritize the items you absolutely need to make it through your daily life, as well as any items that have strong sentimental value. All of the other stuff? Determine how much you love it — is it worth the valuable space in your home?
6. Be innovative.
Aside from using the vertical space in your home, there are a few other creative things you can do to maximize your storage space. Hang racks and organizers on the back of standard doors and cabinet doors to double your storage space. Utilize wire racks and organizers within your cabinets and pantry to instantly add more room. Store out-of-season clothing in flat bins under your bed. Take a good look around your space to identify any nooks and crannies that could be better utilized, and then get creative!
Yes, living in a small space can be a challenge. But, organization doesn’t need to be tossed out the window! Use these six tips to achieve a small space that’s functional and organized!
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