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…
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.
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:
out your home regularly.
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.
multiple rooms out of one space.
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.
tricks to open up space.
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.
waste wall space.
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.
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.
outside the box.
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.
creatively and organize effectively. If you have any other tips for organizing
a smaller space, please share them below!
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