1. Purge your belongings yearly.
2. Capitalize on unused wall space by hanging wall organizers to organize paperwork, floating shelves to
display books and knickknacks, and hooks to hang clothing.
3. Consider furniture that also provides extra storage, like a bench with storage beneath the seat.
4. Install hooks on the insides of cabinet doors to organize and hang flat things, like cooking utensils,
hair brushes, or jewelry.
5. Within cabinets, organize shelving to minimize dead space between shelves.
6. Purchase toiletries and longterm groceries (like spices, cooking oils) in petite sizes.
7. Use the backs of your doors to organize shoes or jewelry.
8. Consider furniture that serves multiple purposes, like a sofa bed.
9. Think vertically with your space, there is usually more storage space above.
10. Within your entry or kitchen, create a hidden ‘dumping spot’ for mail, everyday paperwork, keys, and loose change.
11. Create zones within your home that serve multiple functions, like a dining area that functions as a dining and a work zone.
12. Implement simple, easy-to-use systems to return items back to where they go.
13. Reduce the amount of space your things take up, by making things as small as possible, before putting them away.
14. Chose petite furnishings that are scaled proportionally to your small space.
UPGRADE YOUR HANGERS
Swap out bulky, mismatched plastic, wood, or wire hangers for sleek, skinny hangers— you’ll gain space in a jiffy!
UTILIZE ENTRY STORAGE
Relocate jackets, coats, and clunky shoes from your bedroom closet to your entry closet.
UTILIZE THE BACKS OF YOUR DOORS
Hang a shoe organizer, jewelry organizer, or hooks on the back of your door to organize your overflowing things.
USE BASKETS TO STORE SMALL THINGS
Use pretty baskets to store, contain, and organize small things like bathing suits, socks, workout gear, or undergarments.
CHOOSE FURNITURE WITH STORAGE
Seek out furniture that serves multiple functions. For example, chose an entry bench with an interior, storage space.
MAKE ROOM UNDER YOUR BED
Store clothes you rarely wear in thin, plastic organizing bins, under your bed.
OUR CLOSETS ARE FULL, WHERE ELSE CAN WE STORE OUR STUFF?
Before looking elsewhere for storage, check that every inch of your closet is optimized. If so, look for extra storage in under-utilized places, like the back of your doors, under your bed and your walls.
WE NEED MORE STORAGE, BUT I DON’T WANT TO SACRIFICE DESIGN— ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Integrate extra storage into your decor, by adding storage baskets into your open bookcases to organize, small stuff, or install a wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling, free-standing closet that provides extra storage, but looks just like your existing walls.
WHAT PRODUCTS WILL HELP ORGANIZE MY TINY, CLUTTERED KITCHEN?
Depending on your problem areas, consider purchasing hooks to hang on the inside of your cabinetdoors, plate stackers to add another level of shelving above a stack of dishes, extra cabinet shelves, andwall shelving for extra food, and dish storage.
WHAT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO FOLD CLOTHING, TO MAXIMIZE MY DRAWER SPACE?
Some people like folded stacks of clothing, while others like rolled clothing. We say, whatever works for you. If folding, fold each item into a square that, when placed side by side, best utilize your drawer’s footprint. If rolling, roll your clothes so that each item fills the entire height of your drawer.
I LIVE AND WORK FROM OUR SMALL APARTMENT, ANY TIPS ON KEEPING MY WORK LIFE SEPARATE FROM MY HOME LIFE WITHOUT HAVING A HOME OFFICE?
The challenging thing about organizing small spaces is that each room serves multiple, drastically different purposes. If you’re trying to separate your work life, from your home life, create work zones, that are exclusive to work, but still in your main space. For example, a living room cabinet, or side table, could contain all your work stuff.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE TO MAINTAINING ORGANIZATION IN MY SMALL SPACE?
No matter the size of your home, the best way to ensure longterm organization is to implement simple, easy-to-use systems that, without thinking, return things back to where they go. A simple hook for your keys is the perfect example of a simple system to help maintain home organization.
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