Since being in quarantine for multiple months in 2020 & now working remotely for an entire year, I have spent A LOT of time at home. This has helped me really concentrate on the small BUT scary spaces in my home. I don’t know about you, but small spaces are the hardest places to keep clean.
Usually, my small spaces are behind a closed door which makes it even worse! If you follow my Insta, you know we have been doing a few larger projects around the home – so this month I wanted to shift my focus.
Get ALL spaces, big or small, organized in my home
So far I have organized two small spaces in my home – the under the stairs closet and the linen closet upstairs. I do have a few more spaces I want to get to within the next month. Most of my small spaces contain items that we use frequently so it is hard to keep it all sorted.
How to Utilize Small Spaces
Keep ONLY Necessities
The main problem I see when people are trying to organize a space is that there is too much stuff. Some of the items you are keeping, should be donated or sold. If you haven’t used it within the last six months to one year – it’s probably time to pitch it.
In life, we tend to carry a scarcity mindset which means you are keeping items for a “what if I need this in the next few years”. If this is a relatively low cost item – consider selling it to save space & make a few bucks in the moment. If you do need it in the future – consider buying it second hand or borrowing from a friend.
One of the easiest ways to make a small space appear bigger is by maximizing the vertical wall space. There are a lot of ways to do this, but the easiest is to use shelves and bookcases that are size appropriate for the space. Another great option is to use hooks to hang anything that has a tendency to end up on the floor.
Reevaluate What Needs To Be In The Space
Are you storing items in your space that could be kept somewhere else in your home? I have organized my home to have ONE home for each category of item, so I don’t accidentally have multiples and so I can keep a tally on what I have and what I need. My prime example is my dog supplies. I used to keep some items in our under the stairs closet, some in the guest bedroom closet, and finally some in our office closet. It was set up this way mainly because that is where the particular items landed when we moved in 2019.
When we adopted our second pup in November 2019, I quickly found that I need a new solution. To begin, I gathered all of our pup supplies and sorted through what to donate or trash. I then put them all together in an plastic organizer under the stairs closet. This way – we both know where to go if we need something in a hurry.
Use Wall Space
Do you have a few items that you reach for on a daily basis? This would be a perfect items to try to store on the wall. This way you don’t have to get into a container to grab the items. It is also a great solution for items that don’t fit in your space. Walls are great to store items with a larger length dimension. There are a variety of wall storage systems. You could opt for hooks, wall shelves, baskets, or vertical storage system.
How To Stay Organized During a Project
In Kate like fashion, I created a template to help you plan out your space reorganization. I find that my projects go more smoothly if I sit down and write out everything I need to consider for the project. This helps keep me on task and on budget. More times than not, I find something I need around the house or for cheap on Facebook Marketplace.
Check out my small space organization checklist.
My Latest Small Space Project
My project that triggered getting all these tips put together is our under the stairs closet. We mainly store our pup supplies in this closet (I also snuck in some larger cleaning items). We get into these supplies almost daily so it was a necessity to get them organized. This storage system has helped us keep this closet clean and know where everything is for our puppers.
If you have a few small spaces in your home, I encourage you to take a look at your space. Casually go through my tips above, and see if there are small changes you can make. A few small changes can make a big difference!
Did you make any changes to your home? Let me know below!
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