Organizing can be quite the struggle when space is limited, but it’s also so much more essential when you are working with small spaces! Our family of 4 lives in a 2 bedroom apartment. The kids are too young to share a room right now, so our daughter sleeps in the dining room.
We’re saving up to buy a house, but until then, we don’t have much room to spare. I’ve naturally had to get creative when it comes to organizing our things and attempting to keep our apartment tidy. Here are a few of my best organizing tips especially for those of us who are trying to organize a small house!
- Make Sure Everything Has a Place – One of the biggest reasons things pile up around our house is because they don’t actually have a designated place they are supposed to be. Papers and other random things tend to congregate on our dresser and on the bar area in our living room simply because they don’t have a permanent home and I need to put them somewhere that the toddlers can’t reach. Every so often I go through these areas and find permanent homes for the things that are piling up. Sometimes it’s the trash can, and other times I’m forced to use one of the following tricks to find a place, but it’s important to make sure everything has a place to go!
- Box it up – Since I know that things tend to pile up in 2 specific places in my home, I like to put a small (decorative) box in each of those places. This way I can pile things in the box until I have time to sort through it all and the place looks less cluttered.
- Buy Cheap Storage Furniture – Look for Storage Drawer Organizers (affiliate link) to use in closets. I fit one in the bottom of our smallest coat-closet and it has enabled me to store a lot more in that closet than I would have been able to otherwise. Plastic organizers like the above are pretty cheap, and they can really help maximize your space, especially in closets!
- Don’t Limit Yourself – Start organizing based on where you have space, not what room things are “supposed” to be in. For example, we have some extra-high cabinents in our kitchen that are not useful for any kitchen gadgets, because they are so hard to access. Instead of keeping the shelf empty, I boxed up our Christmas decorations and put them there. The kitchen isn’t the first place that would usually be thought of to find Christmas decor, but it’s where we had room for it, and since it’s something I only get out once a year, it makes sense to put it in one of the harder-to-reach areas of our home. I’ve started to store things according to ease of access and frequency of use instead of by categorical rooms, and it has helped a lot!
- Under Beds (ALL the Beds) – I’d been storing things under my bed for years, but I’m a little ashamed to admit how long it took me to realize I could store things under the baby’s crib and the toddler’s bed too. Everything from baby clothes to out-of-season clothing goes under their beds! I tape the boxes shut in case the kids try to get into them and then we’re set!
What’s your best tip for finding storage in small spaces?
See more tips on how to organize a toddler room.
Also, my friend Becky has a FANTASTIC 40 part series on organizing the home based on area (e.g. refrigerator, pantry, closets, bathrooms etc.)! Be sure to check it out and let her know I sent you!