December 28, 2016

Best Small Space Organization Hacks

My house was built in the 1970s, which apparently was before the advent of the walk-in closet or open floor plans. There are actually quite a few closets throughout the house, the problem is they are all insanely tiny. My three and a half bathrooms are also on the smaller side. Because of these small space issues, I started researching and collecting organizational ideas and tips for making the most out of a small space about a year ago. Below are (in my opinion) the BEST small space organizational hacks.

Top Small Space Organizational Hacks
Small Bedrooms

Design blogger MinYang Lu of Haive shows us the incredible power of paint in a small space through her compilation of small bedroom makeovers. She also illustrates the optical illusion certain patterns can have. Check out the difference wall-length curtains do to expand the room below. I’d think it would make it smaller but it’s the opposite!

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I also like this “closet to changing room” idea for a small nursery from Charlie & Chooka, and the corner desk and floating shelves from Shanty to Chic that turns a tiny teen room into a multi-functional and fun space!

Small Bathrooms

This over-the-toilet shelf idea below from Rachel, a contributor for the online DIY mecca Hometalk, is just one of many brilliant ideas in her small bathroom makeover.

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If you have a towel rack over your toilet like I do in my kids’ bathroom and powder room, consider moving it to the back of the bathroom door, as blogger Lilly from Listotic has done below. (Lilly is so amazing she’s got two ideas in this post!)

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Small Kitchens

Not a lot people can afford to renovate their kitchen, and for some people with loadbearing walls lining their kitchen, it’s structurally impossible to make a kitchen bigger. The latter was the case in our kitchen, so I had to find ways to make the most out of the space we already had. Luckily I found some creative ways to make our smallish kitchen much more organized and functional! Below are my favorite solutions for a small kitchen.

I love this under cabinet shelf below from DIY blogger Jen Caputo. While under cabinet shelves are not a new idea, the fact that these shelves match the cabinets in material and color makes the overal design much more seamless and chic!

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When I am frustrated with a small space I tend to fall back on hanging things inside of cabinet doors with 3M peelable hooks. But when I saw this idea from Listotic for hanging sandwich bag boxes with simple thumbtacks I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t thought of it on my own! I also love the pretty simplicity of this baking rack storage idea from Amanda at IamBaker. My favorite kitchen space saver, however, is this outer cabinet shelf idea from Ashley at MyPerfectNest. When she ran out of space in her kitchen she simply created more space with floating shelves and baskets…genius!

Small Closets

Built-in closet organizers can be a godsend for those of us with small closets. Take a look at the impressive transformation of this small closet before and after from Abby at JustAGirlAndHerBlog. It really highlights the point that sometimes the best space saver (or finder) is proper organization, pure and simple.

Another favorite source of home design and decor inspiration comes from Lela at InTheNewHouse. Her linen closet makeover is an example of how sometimes organizing does not always lead to more space, but it can make a normally cluttered or sloppy space look much more streamlined and clean. As you can see from Lela’s after shot below, you can even have some wasted space, but still make a space look better. I don’t know about you gals, but my linen closet can look very pretty lined with my neatly folded towels and sheets, but it all becomes a flaming hot mess once one the kids rummages for a washcloth or pillowcase. The basket solution is perfect- everything looks so pretty and sorted, I don’t care how messy the inside of the baskets are!

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While it’s true you can’t put lipstick on a pig (although seriously, who would want to?), you can transform a small space from cluttered and unsightly to smart and orderly by using just a few of the amazing organizational hacks above.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and organized 2017!




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  1. Our home is a darling 1940’s craftsman home, but it’s tinyyyyyy. Definitely feeling your struggle! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  2. I absolutely love posts like this. I am always trying to find ways to maximize my small space. I love the idea of the rack underneath the kitchen cabinets for spices 🙂

  3. Thank you for this post! It comes at the most perfect time!! I am currently in serious mode to declutter and maximise space in my home. Great post.

  4. Such great tips and the transformations are surprising! I also can’t believe what a difference those curtains made! Definitely need these closet tips!

  5. I love that this section says Speak Your Mind. Haha Because your bedroom isn’t small if you can walk around three sides of your bed! Haha I have lived in NYC for the past twelve years and I finally have a bedroom large enough to walk around three sides of my bed. Buuuut, I definitely need to work on better organization and decorating. I also have over the toilet shelves and they are a dream. Makes life so much easier.

  6. The handles on the back of a door is such a good idea! Ironically I added baskets to my cubby area to keep it organized. Great post!

    Isaly Holland |

  7. What a timing! I needed this… Been thinking for a “spring cleaning” or rather winter cleaning and arranging stuffs in our small room!

    Thanks for this Missy!

    God Bless
    JM Kayne |

  8. I needed this! I have the tiniest bedroom and I’m determined to have an organised 2017. Thanks for the tips!

    Kelly x

  9. Your tips are right on time for me! My hubby and I will be moving into a smaller space until our house is done being built. Bathroom space has always been a tough one for us, so I am definitely going to take advantage of that towel rack tip. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Some great tips here! We’re the opposite of you – barely any closets. And I’m not the best housekeeper so open shelving isn’t so great for me. Too much dust! I’m going to visit some of the ideas you linked to and see what may work for me!


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