If you live in a tiny home or studio apartment, you probably know the conundrum all too well: clutter makes any space look smaller. But how do you get rid of clutter if you don’t have enough storage space? Luckily, it’s not that difficult. With a few creative storage solutions, you can get rid of that clutter in no time. Here are some ideas on how to organize small spaces for maximum storage.
Published May 30, 2019, Updated June 6, 2022.
Get Rid of Anything You Don’t Use
If you don’t have much space to begin with, you can’t afford to fill it up with stuff. Go through your possessions and ask yourself these questions about each item: Have you used it in the past few months? Can you do without it? Are you really going to use it in the near future? Then donate or sell the stuff you don’t need.
Put a Small Wall Shelf at the Front Door
Eye-catching entryways can make a great first impression, but if the space at the front door is cramped, clutter can take over very easily. Install a small wall shelf or two in this area, where you can put things like mail or keys.
Store Clothes Under the Bed
The space under your bed is wasted if you don’t use it for storage. Instead of just chucking everything under the bed, though, keep this space easy to organize by investing in rolling bins with lids. Use these bins for storing extra linens, books or whatever you’d like to have close by.
Install Corner Shelves
The corners are among the most underutilized spaces in any room. Instead of stuffing a potted plant or a floor lamp in the corner, install corner shelves. This way you can have both a potted plant and a lamp in the corner and still have extra space for knick-knacks.
Get a Pegboard
A small room may not have much floor space, but it still has plenty of vertical space. One of the easiest ways to use this vertical space is with a pegboard where you can mount small containers for things like art and craft supplies, and even small plants.
Use Lighting Wisely
The right lighting can make any small space look bigger. However, floor lamps take up space that you could have used for something else. Instead, consider track lighting or if you’re on a tight budget: some fairy lights.
Separate Spaces According to Their Function
In a small home, you may use one room for different functions. Divide each space into different zones according to their function and it will be easier to keep things organized. For example, if you don’t have a dedicated office or study, create a zone in your bedroom just for working or studying, while the rest of your bedroom is for sleeping and dressing.
Get a Desk With Built-in Storage
Whether your workspace is in a corner in the bedroom or the living room, get a desk with built-in storage. This way, when you’re not working, you can stash away your laptop and other work-related things, out of sight, while using the desk as a side table.
Let Your Storage Chests Do Double Duty
Storage chests are must-haves for keeping things organized. Whether you use them for the kids’ toys, extra linens, clothes or books, don’t let them simply take up space in the room. Let them do double duty. For example, put your TV on top of your storage chest instead of investing in a media unit.
Have a Wall-Mounted Pot Rack
Pots and pans will quickly fill your kitchen cabinets, leaving you with nowhere to put the tableware or food. A wall-mounted pot rack will keep your cookware out of the way, but still within easy reach.
Opt for Ceiling-Height Kitchen Cabinets
Ceiling-height cabinets are a great addition to kitchens low on storage space. They give you extra storage space in the kitchen and have the added bonus that they make the ceiling seem higher, creating the illusion of a bigger kitchen.
Get a Medicine Cabinet With Risers
Medicine cabinets are usually narrow and much taller than they need to be. Create extra space in your medicine cabinet with risers, which are instant mini shelves. Now, instead of just storing your medication, vitamins and mouthwash in the medicine cabinet, you have enough space for nail polish and other items too.
Opt for a Hollow Kitchen Island
Show-stopping kitchen island provide extra work space and even a space for eating. Make your kitchen island even more functional by opting for a hollow one. This way you can add shelving for things like recipe books or even appliances.
Hang Kitchen Knives on the Wall
A knife block for your fancy kitchen knives takes up valuable counter space. Instead, hang your knives on the wall. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in a magnetic knife bar.
Vacuum-Pack Your Out-of-Season Clothes
In summer, you won’t be wearing your winter clothes and vice versa. So, these out-of-season clothes will just take up storage space in your closet. You can keep them in storage chests or bins, but how do you deal with the bulk of thick winter clothes? The answer lies in vacuum-packing them. This will not only save space but will also protect them against dust, mould and bugs.
Install A Wall Mounted Coat Rack
A wall-mounted coat rack at the front door is a must if you don’t have space for large closets. This way, you can hang up your coat or thick winter jacket as soon as you enter the house and it’s out of the way.Additionally, since the rack is mounted onto the wall, it won’t take up much space.
Place Storage Cubbies Strategically in the Bathroom
Storage cubbies are great for the bathroom, but there’s no reason why you should only have them installed above the sink for keeping your toothbrush. Have one next to the bathtub for keeping your bubble bath, bath oils and bath bombs and another one in the shower for your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and razor. This way, you can quickly get to what you need and you’ll have more storage space in the bathroom cabinet.
Opt for a Slim Clothing Rack
A big old wardrobe is great for transporting you to Narnia, but in a small bedroom it’s just taking up space. Get a slim clothing rack instead. It’s the one accessory that every fashion lover should have since you can also use it for hanging your outfits for the week or for hanging those clothes that aren’t dirty enough for the laundry basket just yet.