Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ask Everyday Organizing: Organizing Small Spaces

What a busy few weeks we have had! First off, we survived our trip to Disneyland. As my husband put it, it was one of those trips where you definitely need a vacation after your vacation.  It was loads of fun and totally exhausting all at the same time. Oh, and it was also 101 degrees outside. One hundred and one degrees, people! But it was worth every last sweaty, sticky, second of it.

J&A officially turned five this past week. I can't believe it. I know everyone tells you how quickly they grow up and it is so true. They seem to have birthday fever, however, as they have been wearing the birthday crowns they got at school for the past four days. I think they are enjoying the extra birthday attention. :) 

I recently received the following email from a reader: "I'll soon be moving from a 7 room house (with a full basement) to a one bedroom apartment. No drilling into walls or similar ways of organization. I'm trying to downsize as much as possible but I could use some real ideas for organizing my life once I move so "stuff" isn't everywhere. Thanks!" Finding creative solutions in small spaces is one of my favorite organizing challenges so of course I am happy to help! I've put together a list of some of my favorite organizing products for small (or big!) spaces.

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Storage Furniture: Double duty furniture provides both form and function in small spaces. This storage ottoman from Target gives you a place to rest your feet when watching TV and a place to store blankets, magazines, or DVDs. 

Open Bins/Baskets:  No matter what size the space, open bins and baskets are an organizer's best friend. With a small space, it is easy for even just the smallest amount of clutter to feel like the biggest mess. Keeping the lid off means one less step to putting things back where they belong, which in turn means it is easier to keep the house tidy. I find most of my baskets at Target or Ikea, but I also often use shoe boxes (free!) and cover them with wrapping paper for a nice look. (For those of you with eagle eyes, you will notice that I forgot to include a picture of a basket in my collage above. Of course, I didn't realize it until I was about ready to hit "publish" on this post so you'll just have to use your imagination.)

Hanging Shoe Organizer: Hanging shoe organizers allow you to make use of an otherwise wasted space on the back of your door. But don't limit yourself to just shoes! I have seen these types of organizers used to store arts supplies, cleaning products, toys, pantry items, or even a vertical garden!

Hanging Sweater Organizer: Maximize the space in your closets with a hanging sweater organizer. This one from Target has storage drawers that can also be used with it, allowing you to use it in a variety of ways. 

Command Products: The Command brand is built on the premise of creating damage free storage solutions. While they are best know for their hooks, their product line also includes picture hanging strips, wall tiles, jewelry racks, key hooks, bath caddys, and, my new personal favorite, organizing caddys. Check out their website for a list of all their products and ideas of how to use them. 

Stackable Storage Drawers: These are my favorite for maximizing the space in tall cabinets and cupboards, such as a the one under your bathroom sink. 

Under Bed Storage Drawers: The space under the bed should not be ignored. It is perfect for storing out-of-season clothes, spare linens, or gift wrap. 

Bed Risers: Need a little extra space under that bed? A set of bed risers will cost you less than $10!

Cupboard Shelf: Create an entire extra shelf in your kitchen cabinet with the use of these cupboard shelves. These are also great in pantrys and tall lower cabinets. 

Want more ideas for organizing your small (or big) space? Check out these posts: