Living in a small house or apartment, it can feel like there’s never enough space. Finding room for new furniture or accessories or even simple storage is like a complicated puzzle that only a Jedi can figure out.
A magical home decorating Jedi.
While we can’t, unfortunately, expand your apartment (or give you a Jedi), we do have some ideas for how to make your home seem more spacious, using the powers of organization and easy design. So here are some tips and tricks about how to organize your rooms and make the most of your petite place.
Organization is key
Minimizing clutter can do a lot to make your home feel more open, and it gives you more useable space, whether that’s a countertop, desk, or table. A great way to organize your junk — I mean, that important collection of miniature spoons and those stacks of receipts from 1992 — is to contain it. Out of sight, out of. . . well, sight.
Don’t want to spend a bunch of money on containers? There are a lot of easy DIY containers to help organize your rooms. Use mason jars to store small bathroom toiletries or art supplies; an over-the-door shoe rack in your bathroom holds brushes, hair dryers, and more; a magazine holder can go into your kitchen cabinet to organize canned goods; and a paper towel holder can hold stacked bracelets.
Create storage space
Small apartments are often lacking in closets or storage space. What to do? Create your own!
Attach spice racks to the side of a dresser or to the wall for children’s book storage. It’s also easy to install shelves above the toilet or above the door for towels and other bathroom accessories. Think about installing shelves high on the walls in any room of your house for extra storage that’s out of the way.
And let’s just take a second here to praise the glory of the loft bed! If your home has small bedrooms, getting a loft bed is like adding several square feet that helps organize your room. You can put shelves or a closet underneath for great storage space. (Depending on the height of the bed, you might even be able to fit a desk underneath).
There’s actually a lot of furniture with convertible properties, that’s specifically designed for small homes. Murphy beds, for instance, fold or roll into the wall. Trundle beds are great to organize your kids’ rooms or guest rooms. There are also tables that can be folded up against the wall into a cupboard. Or get stacking chairs to save space in your kitchen when you’re not sitting down for a meal.
Want more tips? Find other cool convertible furniture (and other space-saving and room organization ideas) on the Vann’s Designing for Small Spaces Pinterest board. We don’t have a room organization Jedi there, either — just more great tips.
What do you do to maximize space in your home? Let us know in the comments.