Clean, Clear and Comfortable: Storage and Organization Tips for Small Homes
A quick room-by-room guide on how to make the most of your limited space.
Start with the closet. This is where all the “stuff” you never use winds up and collects dusts. Remove seasonal items -- sweaters during the summer, flip-flops in the fall -- and put them in the attic, garage or unused bedroom. At the beginning of each season, hang your clothes facing one direction. When they are worn and washed, reverse the hanger. This way, at the end of the season, you’ll know what you can donate. Angie’s List also suggests adding a second hanging rod, which will instantly double your closet space.
The kitchen is another room where unused items tend to collect. Take a look in your utensil drawer and you’ll likely find three or more spatulas, ladles and serving forks. You don’t really need that many duplicates of any specific item. These can be donated to your local thrift store or women’s shelter. You can also turn your pots and pans into decor by adding a pan rack shelf or hanging organizer.
Between makeup brushes, towels and an assortment of bath and body products, your bathroom sees a lot of things come and go. When you have the luxury of space, that’s not usually a problem but when your countertops are barely large enough to hold a hairdryer, the bathroom can get cluttered fast. HomeBNC’s ideas include adding small shelves to store towels, hanging small baskets for loofahs and body brushes, and utilizing the dead space over the door with a storage shelf. A second shower rod will give you additional room to hang baskets for shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
More than half of all homes have a garage, even those dwellings with less than 1,000 square feet. The good news for those of us in small homes is that this is an extra 200 square feet or more of added storage space. The garage is the perfect place to store off-season clothes and sports equipment. In addition to regular shelves, you can add an inexpensive pegboard wall and go vertical with your tools, leaving precious cabinet space for items you don’t want in sight. Better Homes & Gardens offers more information on how to get your garage neat and tidy.
When it comes to your main living spaces, your theme should be to purge. Get rid of as much as you can live without and learn to embrace storage furniture. If you have a traditional living room set up with coffee and end tables, there may be plenty of space to add decorative baskets to those. Put things away as soon as you use them and look for unique ways to hide things such as video game systems and DVR boxes.
General organization tips
- Use square containers to utilize every bit of available space
- Add storage to small spaces, such as between the refrigerator and wall
- Skip traditional totes in the pantry and use mesh magazine holders for onions and potatoes
- Install a dish drying cabinet to free up counter space in a small kitchen
- Use cabinet inserts under the kitchen sink
- Replace your regular bed with a platform model that offers added storage drawers
- Limit extra cushions on the sofa
- Store extra food in vacuum-sealed bags, which will provide maximum storage time and space
- Add an additional tension rod in wide cabinets and small closets
No matter how much space you have or how much more room you need, there’s no reason you can’t organize your home to maximize space and increase your quality of life. It starts with getting rid of the things you don’t need and getting creative in where you stick the stuff you do.
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