7 Organization Tips for Small Spaces
By Sarah Kaufman
Living in a small space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice organization and storage. Check out these seven easy ways you can keep you tiny home neat, organized and clutter free.
1. Think vertical for optimum storage.
So often we think, how much floor space do I have? Instead, think vertically by using your wall space for storage and shelving. Installing and building your own shelving is much easier than you think, and it’s a huge money-saver, too. Ikea has shelving for as low as $7 a shelf, plus the cost of brackets. Hanging pictures gives the room a nice touch, but hanging shelving allows for maximizing storage space and ultimate practicality.
2. Designate a space for electronics and cords.
Cords, electronics and wires tend to mess up smaller spaces if they’re not organized because there are often so many of them in a space where there’s not much else to look at. Hide the clutter by storing all of your electrical cords (e.g., chargers, USB cables, HDMI cables and other power cords) in a neat and organized basket. Check them out at Ikea for as little as $1.50 or at Target or Amazon for around $10.
3. Store suitcases under the bed, and store out-of-season clothing in the suitcases.
I’ve been living in my small New York apartment for five years now, and storing luggage has always been a huge problem. Store your suitcases under the bed, but don’t keep them empty — use them for out-of-season clothing that you know you won’t be wearing for at least a few months.
4. Save floor space with rollout trash and recycle containers.
Buy smaller garbage and recycling containers and store them under your sink, rather than buying bigger ones that take up valuable floor space in your kitchen. Their smaller size may require you to take them out more often, but it’s worth having the extra square footage.
5. Categorize office supplies.
Unless you work from home, you’ll likely only need that stapler or Scotch tape once in a blue moon, but finding a place to store them in a tiny apartment is tough. Avoid clutter by organizing all of your office supplies in one place. Get rid of pens that don’t work (or that you don’t need) and limit yourself to only one or two highlighters (you don’t need the whole box!). Check out inexpensive office supplies at The Container Store and the big box office supply stores, which carry budget-friendly desk and supply organizers.
6. Create more space by using hidden storage.
Use the inside of your cabinets and pantry doors to make up for limited kitchen cupboard space. By hanging wire shelving on the doors, you get additional storage space for spices, condiments, and other pantry items. For limited laundry space, use a smaller fold-up ironing board and store it behind a dresser or in a closet.
7. When buying furniture, think storage, storage, storage.
When you’re choosing your furniture, pick items that offer more storage space. These items include things like coffee or end tables that have drawers or an additional shelf below the table surface, a kitchen table that folds down or has drawers, or a bedframe that has longer legs so that you can fit as much underneath it as possible.
Our guest blogger, Sarah Kaufman, is the editor-in-chief of The Manilla Folder at Manilla.com, the leading free and secure service that helps consumers simplify and organize all of their bills and household accounts in one place online or via the 4-plus-star customer-rated mobile apps. Sarah is also a regular contributor to Yahoo! Finance, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Redbook, The Motley Fool and other sites. For more organizational tips for home, visit Manilla.com.