Organizing Small Living Spaces Can Be A Challenge…

Written by Samantha Pointer

On February 7, 2015

I should know! I live in a small house and organizing small living spaces is a challenge to me at times. But with a little creativity I can show you how to organize small living spaces whether it is organizing a small house or organizing a small room or organizing a small apartment.

So let’s get into it!

It is assumed that if you have a small space you are automatically organized or that it is easier to organize. This is simply not true. When you have a small space it is harder to keep it organized because you have limited space.
I live in a 468 sq. ft. home with no closets! Can you imagine? Talk about organizing a small space. I had moved from a 900 sq. ft. townhome with closets. As you can imagine I had some major decisions to make.

When you live in a small space you are forced to decide what really matters.

Did I mention that I have a baby and two cats in this small space? It is doable and very relaxing even though I am short on space. My secret to living in harmony and clutter free is using double duty furniture and rotating pictures. I also use things in un-conventional ways.
For example, I have two night stands from a old bedroom set that I have put next to each other and put a decorative shower curtain over. It is now used to hold my television and stereo.
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The hidden storage under the shower curtain houses my CDs, tapes, and books.
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Always think about using furniture in different ways when you purchase items. I tell my clients that you don’t always have to go out and buy something new. Just look around your house. You may find something in the kitchen that you can use to work in your bedroom or bathroom. I use a cupboard that I used to use in my kitchen in my bathroom now.
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I also use a wooden cd stand that is slender in nature next to my bath tub to hold other bath products and hair products.
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I also like to rotate pictures on my walls. Let’s face it, in a small space you can’t hang every single piece of artwork that you have. By rotating photographs you always have a fresh, everchanging space. I like to keep my unused artwork behind a dresser or couch if it is against a wall and no one else will be able to see it.

In my kitchen I use wire shelving instead of conventional cabinets. This keeps it light and airy. I am able to see what I have and gain easy access. I only use one cabinet above my stove in order to house the vent system for the stove.

I hope these tips will help you if you are living in a small house or apartment situation. This just goes to show that with a little ingenuity you too can live in a small space and have style to boot!

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  • Carol says:

    I kinda disagree with your statement that living in a small space makes it hard to organize things. I think it’s much more easier because you only have to organize a few things and, as you’ve said, you have to decide what matter. You only keep what you really need. It really differs from personal preference.

    • Carol, I come from the standpoint of when I moved from a larger space to a small space I found it harder to organize my things because I had so much stuff that I was trying to fit into such a small area. Also since I didn’t have any closets in the whole place I had to get creative with my storage solutions. To your point it is easy to organize a small space because there is less to organize, but if you come in with a lot of things it can be difficult to make the decisions on what to let go and what to keep. Especially when you want to keep it all.

  • Jane says:

    I’m bad at organizing things at home. That’s why I’m so blessed to have a husband who’s very well organized. But i’m good at cooking and other home chores. I’m kinda logical person. Thanks for your wonderful tips. will surprise my husband one day at home.

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