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Small space living – how to stay organized

March 4, 2024

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Living in a small space can feel constraining at times, but with some effort and planning, it is possible to stay tidy and organized even in tight quarters. Here are some tips for keeping things orderly when living in a small home or apartment:

Evaluate your belongings

The first step is taking stock of what you own. Go through each room and sort items into “keep”, “donate/sell”, and “trash” piles. Be ruthlessly honest about what you really need or use on a regular basis. This process helps eliminate clutter.

Some questions to ask:

  • When was the last time I used or wore this item? If it’s been over a year, you probably don’t need it.
  • Do I have multiples of the same type of item? Keep only your favorite or most-used versions.
  • Does this item have sentimental value? If not, it’s likely better off sparking joy for someone else.
  • Is this item useful or does it just take up space? Donate or recycle items you don’t use.

Organize with storage containers

Clear plastic bins, baskets, and organizers are essential living small. They allow you to neatly store belongings while still being able to see contents. Some handy containers:

  • Underbed boxes to stash out-of-season clothing or bedding.
  • Over-the-door organizers for bathroom, kitchen, or cleaning supplies.
  • Drawer organizers for socks, underwear, accessories.
  • Baskets or cubbies to corral loose items like remotes, chargers, mail.

Label all containers so you know what’s inside without opening. This keeps things tidy.

Take advantage of dual-purpose furniture

Multifunctional furniture helps maximize every inch. Consider:

  • Storage ottomans that open to hold blankets or toys.
  • Sofa tables that provide surface space and storage.
  • Beds with built-in drawers for clothes or linens.
  • Small drop-leaf tables that fold up against the wall when not in use.

This type of furniture lets you get more use out of your available space.

Use wall space

In a small home, utilize vertical wall space wherever possible:

  • Install wall-mounted shelving in the kitchen, office, or mudroom. Sturdy shelves can hold cookware and pantry items, files and supplies, or coats and bags.

  • Consider a magnetic knife strip or spice rack on the wall to free up counter space.

  • Wall hooks by the front door are great for keys, dog leashes, reusable shopping bags.

  • In the bathroom, over-the-door organizers provide extra storage for towels and toiletries.

  • Floating wall shelves in any room allow you to display photos, art, plants, or books.

Keep surfaces clear

When space is tight, even a small pile of mail or a few dishes left out can make things feel messy and chaotic. Make a habit of putting items away in their designated spots after using them.

At the end of each day:

  • Clear kitchen counters and sink.
  • Put away bathroom essentials.
  • Straighten furniture and vacuum floors.

This quick daily tidy up keeps your home feeling fresh and organized.

Purge regularly

Even after initially downsizing, clutter can slowly reaccumulate. Set aside time every few months to comb through belongings again. Donate unused items, then rearrange and clean storage areas.

Regular purging ensures things don’t become disorganized over time. Plus, it frees up room for any new belongings you acquire.

With creative storage solutions and consistency, it’s completely possible to keep a small living space neat and livable. Taking the time to regularly declutter and clean will help you feel in control, despite your home’s limited square footage.

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