It’s no secret that small spaces can be challenging to organize. But with a little creativity and planning, even the tiniest of spaces can feel spacious and comfortable. Here are some must-haves for organizing a small space:
Use wall space
Use wall space. Wall-mounted shelves, hooks, and racks are a great way to make use of your vertical space. Shelves can be used for books or baskets. Hooks are great for hanging plants, towels, or coats. Finally, racks are perfect for hats and scarves! Add cabinets that slide out from the wall (they’re called ” sliding barn doors” ) to create an extra closet area without taking up any additional square footage in your apartment. Mirrors reflect light into dark corners, so they can help make rooms feel bigger than they actually are especially if you have one over your bed!
Reconsider your furniture
When living in a small space, maximizing your furniture is important. In fact, you may even need to use furniture that can serve multiple purposes. For example, consider using a sofa bed or futon if you have room for only one sofa in the living room and no other seating options or if there is an extra seat at dinner time. It can serve as extra seating when needed.
Another way to maximize space is by using a table instead of separate desks or dressers for each family member: put all books and papers on one shelf and store clothes in drawers underneath the tabletop surface. This eliminates clutter from both surfaces while still providing storage for items like pens and notebooks (and maybe even some dishes).
Maximize your storage options
- Use bookshelves, cabinets, and drawers. Bookshelves are great for storing books and other items that you don’t need to access frequently. You can also use them for decorative purposes or to display some of your favorite items.
- Use baskets, bins, and cubbies. Baskets are perfect for storing items that you want easy access to but don’t often use enough to warrant an entire drawer or closet space (think: craft supplies). Bins store things like socks, underwear, or workout gear. Anything that doesn’t need its own bin can go in one big container! Cubbies allow you to maximize storage space while keeping things organized at the same time!
- Use a closet organizer system like ClosetMaid’s line of modular systems. They’re designed specifically with small spaces in mind so they won’t crowd out any extra floor space in your apartment/households
Plan for multi-use spaces
A multi-use indoor space is a room that can serve more than one purpose. For example, if you have an office and a living room in your apartment, those two rooms could become one multi-purpose area. By combining the two spaces into one large room, you’ll be able to save money on rent while still having plenty of space for work and relaxation.
If you’re thinking about creating a multi-use space or converting an existing room into such an area, there are some things to keep in mind:
- The size of each area should be proportional to its use (e.g., don’t make your dining table so big that it takes up most of the room).
- Ensure there’s enough natural light coming through windows. You don’t want to feel like you’re living underground!
Get creative with accessories and decor
When looking to make your space feel more spacious, it’s important to think about how to make the most of it. Here are some easy ways to do just that:
- Use mirrors. Mirrors can be used in various ways, from creating an illusion that makes a room appear larger than it is by reflecting what’s around them (and sometimes stretching out its reflections) or using them as art pieces themselves. If possible, hang one on either side of your bed so that you see an endless blue sky when you wake up and look into them!
- Plant some plants! We know this sounds like an obvious one. Still, plants really do help bring life back into any room they’re placed in. Whether it’s as simple as adding greenery around windowsills or allowing sunlight through open blinds during winter when days are short and nights are dark. Having plants around will always bring color into any home, no matter what season we’re experiencing outside.
Your small space doesn’t have to feel small
Your small space doesn’t have to feel small. It just takes some creativity and planning!
- Use your walls for storage. You can attach hooks or shelves to the wall for hanging towels and clothes, which is a great way to save floor space.
- Think about the size of your furniture. If you have a big piece of furniture like an armchair or couch, consider finding something smaller that will fit in your space without taking up too much room (or maybe find another place in your home where it would be more practical).
- Maximize storage options. Look into ways that will maximize the number of things you can store while also keeping them out of sight when they aren’t being used. For example, under-bed storage bins with lids work well for storing extra sheets/blankets. Baskets on rolling carts are great for keeping clutter off tables. Cupboards with pull-out shelves allow easy access without taking up too much room when closed shut!
We know you’re ready to get started on your own small space. We hope this post has given you some ideas and inspiration for how to make it work for you! If you have any questions or comments about our tips and tricks, please leave them in the comments below. We always love hearing from our readers. And thank you for reading!