Guest Post: Organizing Small Spaces

You folks know how I like an organized space. So I have Katie here to tell us about organizing small spaces. Take it away, Katie...

{This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty.}

Organizing Smaller Spaces
Whether you live in a spacious mansion or a tiny studio apartment, it’s always a comfortable feeling knowing that your home is organized. Keeping things organized and in order will eliminate the pain of digging through piles and cluttered drawers to find things and will prevent items from spreading all over the place. Staying organized is especially important in homes with more limited space where every inch matters.

Luckily for those of us with cozier spaces, there are plenty of easy ways to keep a home organized and looking great without having it appear as small as it may actually be. Use the following home organization tips to get the most out of the space you have:

Clean out your home regularly.
Every few months, do a regular cleaning out of your rooms, closets and cabinets. Go through one room or area at a time armed with trash bags to get rid of or donate items like toys, old electronics and rarely used appliances that are taking up unnecessary space in your home. As you clean out your space, reorganize what’s left in ways that make sense to you.

Create multiple rooms out of one space.
Just because a space doesn’t have doors doesn’t mean it can’t function as more than one room! Divide a large space into separate living and dining areas by arranging the furniture to act as dividers between different “rooms.” The back of a couch or love seat can make a family room area feel separated from the kitchen table, even if everything is in one actual room. You can also use room dividers or curtains for a similar effect.

Use tricks to open up space.
Tired of feeling cramped? It’s possible to create the illusion of space in even the tiniest rooms with some space-opening tricks. For example, moving furniture away from the walls, which creates more space around the furniture, will make a room seem bigger. Another trick is to match your furniture to your wall color, or vice versa. The room will appear to open up when the furniture and the wall blend together.

Don’t waste wall space.
If you have empty walls, skip the artwork and pictures and use them for storage instead! Whether you hang up narrow shelves in your bathroom, floor to ceiling bookcases in your family room or shelves high up in the top of your closet, there are many ways to organize with blank walls. Hang hooks on the unused spaces in your closets for additional storage.

Invest in stackable storage.
When you can’t fit your storage containers anywhere, it’ll be tricky to actually get things organized. Purchase stackable containers and furniture to save the most space, such as nesting tables that can be pulled out when needed or thin plastic storage bins that can be stacked underneath couches or beds.

Think outside the box.
Take a close look at your space and try to reimagine how certain areas, pieces and rooms could be used differently or more effectively. For instance, if you don’t keep too much in your family room closet, consider turning the closet into a makeshift home office and store items in your closet elsewhere. Alternatively, any unused space beneath your staircase can be a prime location for storage that you may be overlooking. 

Even the smallest spaces can hold a ton when you think creatively and organize effectively. If you have any other tips for organizing a smaller space, please share them below!

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. Visit us online for plastic storage bags and other great products to help organize your home.

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  1. I just want to say that I am very organized and put things away in specific places in order to find them later

    LATER? I don't know where I put them.

    This post can certainly help me; I am certain of it :)

  2. Well - I really enjoyed this!!! LOL


  3. Great tips! Glad to read it.
    I am loving the idea of nesting tables.
    Years ago I had some (very victorian in style) I sold them in a yard sale...That was before my REPURPOSING DAYS...
    Maybe I should get some nesting tables ...or build some! I'm thinking nesting crates... that's more my style.
    But a great tip.

  4. Brenda~
    The small house series was the reason I started following your blog. (I really miss it.) Living in a tiny home for the past 27 years has taught me a great deal about organizing. I'm always up for new ideas...thanks to Katie for the article!

  5. They say a move equals a fire and I can't begin to tell you how much STUFF I have thrown away, given away, begged family to take what they wanted. I made so many trips to Goodwill (where most of my STUFF came from in the first place), they know me by name now. :)
    Spent the whole day, unpacking at the new house and have my SUV fully loaded for a trip to Goodwill on Monday.
    Sooo hoping to get organized again.


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