You live in a modest home. Tiny. It’s possible that it’s even microscopic. So, what do you do when you don’t have enough space to store your belongings? How can you organize your storage such that whatever space you have appears neat, tidy, and clean?

These are questions I get asked a lot. It’s all too easy for a lack of small space organization and storage to quickly lead to small space clutter that can seem unsurmountable. Sure, you’d love to do some kitchen organization so that you have more space to show off your cookery skills, but how’s that possible when your kitchen is tiny?

Efficient small space organization is not only possible, but easier than you might think. Here I am going to share some of my top small space organization tips to help you get started. And if you really are overwhelmed by clutter and don’t have the time or motivation to get a small space organization project off the ground, why not book a free 15-minute Zoom consultation here, so we can chat about how Just Organized by Taya can help you.

Start with The Purge

This may appear to be something you’ve heard often, but it’s the perfect place to start. Is it really necessary to have so many pairs of shoes? Can you turn those photo albums into digital memories? You acquired that piano for $25 on Craigslist — great deal! — but you never touch it, so it’s time to get rid of it. It isn’t only you who is guilty here. Almost everyone has more stuff than they need, but if you live in limited space, it’s time to say goodbye to some of it in favor of regaining your personal livable space (and sanity)

Determine What Can and Cannot be Stored Attractively

My next point is crucial: while most of us don’t mind having our books on display, we don’t want our undies on display. Separate the items you need to store into two categories: (1) things that would be attractive or intriguing if shown in the open, and (2) things that no one should look at. This organized storage tip can help you figure out which items can go on an open shelf and which need to be hidden or kept in a closet.

Organize Your Closet with Space in Mind

Examine the contents of your closet. Are you actually utilizing all of the available space? You still have a lot of closet space to work with if you have room underneath or behind your hang-up clothing, which is true for many of us. A chest of drawers, a set of shelves, or another storage container can frequently be accommodated in the area below.

Make your own storage space if you truly don’t have enough. This can be accomplished by purchasing a freestanding wardrobe, a portable closet, or even an elegant trunk for one of your rooms. Alternatively, divide a room with an elegant curtain or a pair of screens. Make your own storage unit out of the extra space by organizing as much as practicable inside. No matter how much you have in there, it will look good from the outside.

Store Downwards

Look under your bed to see if there’s any storage space. If there is, it has to be filled. Is it possible to store shoes in the ten-inch space beneath your dresser? Yes, absolutely. Many pieces of furniture have legs that raise them off the ground, indicating that there may be some extra storage space underneath. Just keep it presentable, so it doesn’t feel like you’re stuffing as much as you can in there under (even if that’s exactly what you’re doing).

Store Upwards

Because of, you know, gravity, most of us store our stuff on the ground. Is it possible to install a shelf around your kitchen soffit or above your doorways? Could you utilize the wall space for more shelves or to hang bicycles, yoga mats, televisions, or anything else that won’t break the wall? There’s a good chance you’ll have enough space to store things vertically if you just look up and then take a good look around.

Get in Some Ninja Storage Organization

If you’re very short on space, think outside the box. Push the books on your bookshelf so that the spines are flush with the shelves’ edges, and you’ll be able to put items behind them. Store seldom-used culinary tools (such as a meat thermometer) inside other seldom-used kitchen tools (maybe a Crock-Pot). Socks can be kept inside shoes. Use your imagination to come up with seasonal storage alternatives. When you’re not traveling, use empty luggage to store your belongings. Make a list of all the empty spaces in your place, and you’ll be surprised at how many you can locate.

Get Some Small Space Organization Help

Sometimes it takes a trained eye to help you see something. Maybe you can’t see any more places you could store things, but a professional organizer (like me) will be able to. Maybe you really don’t know which storage containers to buy to maximize your small space organization options. I do.

Getting help with an initial small space organization project will not only get the job done faster and more efficiently, but it will also set you up for ongoing organizational success, and once you have that living in even the smallest space will be much nicer. If you live in the Houston area, book an appointment with Just Organized by Taya and let’s get started.

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