Small space organizing q&a
our professional organizers are answering your small space organizing questions
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 cabinet doors, plate stackers to add another level of shelving above a stack of dishes, extra cabinet shelves, and wall 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.