The 5 Tips to Organize Your Small Space

Let’s talk about small spaces. We have now moved into an era of people living in smaller homes, apartments, and even for the travel luster, RVs! I hear time and time again from clients that it is impossible to keep a small space organized. With the endless amount of clothes, books, toys, and so many other items I understand how it can feel overwhelming.

In today’s blog, I am here to share my 5 tips to keep small spaces neat and organized even if you are on a budget.

Multipurpose Furniture

When it comes to finding storage for small spaces I like adding furniture that is multifunctional. A bed with built-in drawers or a storage ottoman for off-season items and blankets.

Use the Vertical Space

Utilizing the vertical space under sinks and on shelves is a great way to gain storage. I like to use stacking drawers under sinks and containers with lids on shelves. You will be amazed how making a few small changes can provide you with the extra storage you need.

The Back of the Door

There are so many options these days for utilizing the space on the back of a door. Pantry doors and closet doors are seldom used and they are a great option if you are looking for extra storage. Plus, it’s an easy way to see what you own!

Storage carts with wheels

Storage carts are an easy inexpensive way to gain storage in a small space. I like to use them in kitchens, pantries, bathrooms, and playrooms. You not only gain storage but they have wheels so you can move them from room to room and easily store it away when you are done.

Paint the Space White or a Neutral Color

You would be amazed what a new coat of white paint can do to make a room appear larger. One of my favorite colors is White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It is not too white and brings warmth to a room.

By following these tips, you can easily get started on maximizing your small space. Getting organized should never be limited by the size of a room!

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Get Rid of the Negativity and Start to Love Your Closet

You’re probably thinking the word love is a bit strong when talking about closets but our closets reflect who we were, who we hope to be, and who we are right now. We spend so much time looking at our clothes and thinking negative thoughts but don’t let go of the items that make us feel bad. Do any of these sound familiar?

I wish I could lose weight

I wish I was young again

I use to be so skinny

I paid so much money for that but I don’t like it or wear it

Maybe one day I can fit into that again

I can’t wear skirts my legs are terrible

Why did I buy that?

This color looks awful on me

I feel so uncomfortable when I wear this 

I hate everything in my closet and would love to start over

I am probably forgetting a few but I think you get my point. If you have said any of these things to yourself you are not alone and this is why I am so passionate about purging. My goal when organizing closets is to help purge and create a closet for who you are in your life today.

The size of a closet doesn’t matter, whether big or small when you look in your closet it should bring feelings of calm and have only clothes you love and make you feel good when you wear them. Turn off the negative thoughts and start creating a closet you will love.

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We are a few weeks into the new year and I have to honestly say I have never been one for resolutions. They usually start out great but as time goes on and the resolution is not attained we beat ourselves up emotionally which defeats the purpose. The concept is also the same when it comes to getting organized. Many people have the best intentions but once they get in over their head they feel frustrated, stressed, disappointed and embarrassed. These tips can help you not only start the process but keep your home organized throughout the year.

Do not make the mistake of trying to organize your whole house in one day. Many people start out motivated and then they get overwhelmed and frustrated and they throw in the towel. Start with a small area and once you see the benefits it will motivate you to tackle another space.

One way to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed is to keep stacks of paper and clutter off the counters. This is one area most people struggle with because once a stack starts it seems to just keep getting bigger. Shred, recycle, file, scan or find a home for an item but don’t keep stacking.

One area that can be overlooked is the vertical space on a shelf, under a sink, or in a pantry. I like to use stackable drawers or these to add storage and drawers for smaller items.

One way to start this process is to go from room to room and gather items that are the same. Examples of this are batteries, office supplies, makeup, bathroom supplies, kids’ toys, etc. Keeping like items together saves time and money.

This may sound simple but can sometimes be difficult when you have more than one person living in a house. Putting things back in my opinion is the key to staying organized.

Drawer inserts and labeled containers are a simple way to keep items organized. If everything has a home it makes it easy to find what you need and will ensure you only buy what you have room to store.

Follow these simple tips and start enjoying a home that is simplified, organized, and stress-free all year long. Happy New Year!

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