Best Plants for Small Spaces

The Benefits of Live Plants

Indoors or out, plants are healthy and beautiful additions to all homes but especially small spaces.

Why?

Well, the health benefits are probably the biggest reasons. They can purify the air, increase humidity, release oxygen, and reduce levels of carbon dioxide.

Personally, just having live plants in my home makes me happy and relaxed. You’ve all heard that talking to plants is good for them. Well, I believe that.

Did you know…?

Pretty convincing, wouldn’t you say?

Plants are a fabulous way to add visual beauty and warmth to a home.

Consider these easy-to-grow varieties:

  • Spider Plant
  • Dracaena
  • Weeping Fig (Ficus)
  • Ferns, especially Boston Ferns
  • Snake Plant
  • Pothos and Ivy
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Jade Plants and other succulents

One of the best rooms in the house to have plants is your bathroom! They love the moisture and are healthy, to boot.

Pet-Friendly Houseplants

Pothos and philodendron are so easy to grow…you can’t kill them. On the other hand, both are toxic to pets. I mention these because they’re the most common houseplants that everyone seems to have.

There are, however, many plants that pet-friendly.  (You can find photos of each of these at that link.)

  1. Spider Plant – easy to grow, as well.
  2. Bamboo
  3. Boston Fern
  4. African Violet
  5. Swedish Ivy
  6. Prayer Plant
  7. Phalaenopsis Orchids (plus they’re actually edible!)
  8. Peperomia (so many varieties of peperomia)
  9. Christmas Cactus

How to Grow Plants for Food Indoors

Here’s an article from a Houzz contributor on how to grow food indoors.

Now, I do realize that in a small space some of these ideas aren’t practical but there are some doable suggestions.

I’m going to try growing herbs in wall pots, for example. I live in Arizona so the climate is too hot for some plants, outside.

Isn’t this a pretty tablescape? The textures of the plants and that sweet orange cupboard sure do add life to that room.

I’m lucky to have a real grapefruit tree in my small backyard and my neighbor has a lemon tree so I’m all set for citrus.

The small lemon tree pictured in the article would be so nice to have indoors in a cooler climate.

Plants and Candles

Most designers agree that using plants and candles in home decor add life to the space.  I don’t feel like a room or home is fully decorated without plants and candles.

You know, even if you don’t have a green thumb (or think you don’t) there are so many houseplants requiring little care.

Try choosing and arranging a few houseplants here and there in your home. I think you’ll be happy you did.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Stay tuned.

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Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Furniture = Smart Storage = Smart Decorating

It’s true! It doesn’t matter one whit what size room you’re furnishing but it’s especially smart when your space is small.

It’s all about Smart Storage

In the living room, bedroom, study…

  • Small chests make great side tables in the bedroom or living room.
  • A small chest is a good place to store books, magazines, and that remote control that’s forever getting lost.
  • Place a small chest by your front door, hang a mirror over it, add a small lamp and you’ve created an attractive and useful entryway.
  • A basket for mail could sit on top.
  • Mittens, hats, keys, maps, etc. can be stashed in the drawers for use when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.

In the Kitchen…

Read that article and you’ll see that there are brass pot rails, copper pot rails, pegged pot rails, chrome pot rails. I think you can find a pot rail to blend with just about any decor theme you’ve got in your kitchen!

Kitchen with brass pot rail.

  • Another option for kitchen wall storage is to use pegboard on a wall for utensils, etc. Like this idea.

Pegboard in Kitchen

Extra Small Space Storage Options…

Don’t forget about your cabinets and cupboards…baskets are perfect for keeping small items together.

I recently reorganized my daughter’s pantry (much to her delight) and used wire baskets for all the different categories.

Potatoes and onions went into their own baskets on the floor.

Snack bags and boxes were all grouped together in two baskets…one behind the other on the deep shelves.

Seasonings, pasta, rice, and cereal were all given new baskets, too.

Treats for Sadie and Milo (their two dogs) had their own basket.

It was such an improvement over knocking the bag of chips off the shelf while trying to retrieve a box of snack crackers.

You get the idea.

  • Here’s another idea from Apartment Therapy…basket storage for toys.
  • Storing toys and knitting supplies in baskets are handy but out of the way. Lidded baskets are ideal but even open top baskets will corral clutter.

Baskets for toy storage

And for even more brilliant storage solutions, read on:

  • Trunks and storage ottomans can be clever coffee/cocktail tables.

If you love a DIY project, look for an old trunk or wagon at a flea market and turn it into a one-of-a-kind coffee table. You’ll have a unique piece that will be a conversation starter, for sure.

  • Put your bed on risers and use the space below to store bedding or out-of-season clothing or shoes, etc.

Keeping the bedroom neat is important and using under-bed storage is sensible.  For example, if you don’t have a linen closet, lidded storage bins on rollers work great.

Another idea: Place a trunk or storage bench at the bottom of the bed for a place to sit while putting on your shoes.

Watch this YouTube video for clever multi-purpose furniture like a sofa that turns into bunk beds. There’s also a wall-mounted desk similar to one I’ve recommended in a recent post Best Wall-Mounted Desks.

This video is really fun and it’ll get those creative juices flowing.

So there you go…lots of ideas to incorporate good design and smart storage using your wall space, any room under beds, organizing your cabinets and cupboards for maximum space.

Honestly, if you have any other suggestions that have worked for you, I’d be delighted to post them (pictures, too) here.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

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Best Wall-Mounted Desks

Photo of a desk

Photo courtesy of photographer wu yi on Unsplash

More and more people are starting businesses and side-hustles or opting to work from home (at least part of the time).

When you live and work in a small space it’s important to be able to concentrate on the tasks at hand without sacrificing comfort.

That means you’ll want a workspace that’s big enough for all the tools you need to accomplish your daily goals, small enough to fit in a small room or corner, and comfortable enough to ensure that you’ll work without feeling cramped.

That’s a tall order!

Wall-mounted desks are brilliant space-saving options.

My 4 Best Space Saving Choices

#1 – By Kovot 

Kovot wall-mounted desk

Kovot Wall Mounted Desk
Kovot Fold Away Desk

Kovot Fold Away Desk

This clever rustic wall desk is on my list because it would be ideal for a dorm room or a studio apartment where floor space is especially minimal.  It could function as a small table, as well.

There are three shelves for books or office supplies. Just pull up a chair when you’re ready to work and you’re all set!

This desk is constructed of solid wood with metal supports so it’s sturdy.

It has three shelves for organizing books and other supplies. When the desk is folded up, there’s a handy chalkboard.

It’s rated 4 stars by verified purchasers on Amazon. If you’re an Amazon Prime member there’s no shipping charge – Bonus!

#2 – By SEI Southern Enterprises

The Willingham is an attractive desk with a fold-down desktop. It’s just the right size for a laptop.

Its features include four compartments, an angled paper organizer, a corkboard, one drawer, and a clean-looking white laminate finish. It’s also available with a mahogany veneer for a sophisticated look.

The Willingham is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars and there are 85 positive reviews on Amazon! You can mount it at whatever height works for you.

One satisfied buyer mounted it at a standing height but is looking for a stool to use with it, as well. I think that’s a brilliant idea!

#3 Prepac Floating Desk

Picture of Prepac Floating Desk

Prepac Floating Desk

This might just be my favorite of all. It’s truly a laptop desk with a pull-out keyboard drawer. I don’t have a separate keyboard but I do use a mouse and mousepad and that drawer would be ideal for that purpose.

I love that the side compartment has two adjustable shelves. You can position them at the spacing that works best for your books and other supplies.

 Hidden wire management is integrated into the design of the desk, keeping cables and wires out of sight and out of mind. (From Product Description on Amazon)

This white laminate is nice but it’s also is available in an espresso finish.

It has a 4.3 out of 5-star rating.

One reviewer said she mounted a mirror where the computer would go and she’s using it as a makeup station…thinking out the box!

#4  Southern Enterprises Corner Desk

Corner Wall Mounted Desk

Southern Enterprises Reese Wall-Mounted Corner Desk

This transitional style desk in an espresso finish is a great option if your only available space is a corner.

Although it’s just 11″ tall, it has a generous workspace and features 1 drawer, 3 fixed shelves and includes 1 cord management opening.

From the Amazon Product Description:

Corner your small space home office concerns once and for all, with this wall mount desk. Convenient corner-hugging silhouette and small profile fit into the snuggest of spaces, while rich espresso hue goes anywhere.

Three shelves and a drawer tidy up loose papers, accessories, and small electronics; broad laptop desk or workspace make task time a breeze. Work smart, not hard with this transitional wall mount floating desk in any, or every, room in your home.

This must be a fairly new Amazon product because there are no reviews, yet. If you decide this is the right choice for you, I hope you do leave a review. Reviews are so helpful when ordering online.

Well, there you have it…four excellent choices if you need a desk for a small space.

Small Space Home Office Solutions is another post I’ve written with additional suggestions for creating home offices in small spaces. Check it out and let me know in the comments if any of these suggestions will work for you.

I’ll post new ideas as I discover them.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Best Organizers For a Small Garage

(Updated 3/22/2018)

Take Back Your Garage!

tidy garage

Today, we’re talking about the best organizers you can use for any garage but especially for a small garage.

How would you like to pull into your garage and be able to retrieve packages from the trunk or back seat and not have to walk sideways to get to the door of the house?  Been there…done that!

Well, it can all happen if you just designate one weekend – maybe even one day – to getting out there and make it happen!

Do you need to declutter?

First things first, of course. If you’ve got a garage full of clutter the first thing you need to do is sort it all out.

Bagster Dumpster in a Bag

Sort everything into three piles:

1.Toss – things to toss include broken toys, broken tools and anything that is beyond repair. To make tossing things easier, consider buying a Bagster (Dumpster in a Bag).  You can get them at home improvement stores or online. They’re pretty slick, actually. You fill it up, call for a pickup and there you go! No more trash. 

2. Sell or Donate – If you haven’t used it for more than a year, you probably don’t need it. Have a garage sale. Maybe your neighborhood has an annual yard sale for spring cleaning.

This is a good way to involve the family. Kids will be happy to help if they think they can make a bit of money from their old treasures.

At the end of the sale, donate those items left to a charity. Many of them are happy to come collect leftovers especially if it’s a neighborhood sale.

3. Keep – After sorting everything that’s going to go (one way or another), you’ll be able to see what needs to fit into the  space in the garage.

That’s where a good storage system comes into play.  You can choose from wall organizers, storage cabinets and overhead storage. Here are some suggestions for the best organizers you can buy.

Wall Storage

Rough Rack 4 x 4 Tool Rack

Rough Rack 4 x 4 Tool Rack

Best sellers:

The product description of this Rough Rack 4×4 Tool Rack states:

All racks are Constructed of welded powder coated steel and hold over 100lbs of equipment Perfect for both home and commercial use – garage, maintenance facilities etc.”

The reviews are excellent – check them out. Think of everything you can store on the walls and a couple of these should do the trick!

Overhead Storage

Honestly, if you can put your garage ceiling to use, you’ll be amazed at the number of things you can get out of your way.

This video from Jay’s Custom Creations gives step by step instructions for creating overhead storage in your garage.

Cabinets and Counters for the Garage

How about this beauty! AND…as of this post Amazon is offering free shipping PLUS it’s on sale (20% off)!

New Age Garage Storage Cabinets

New Age Garage Storage Cabinet

  • 1 multi-use locker, 2 wall cabinets, 1 base cabinet, 1 rolling tool cabinet and one 48 in. Stainless steel worktop and the dimensions are 78 in. W x 18 in. D x 77.25 in. H
  • The doors have full length handles with locks.

You can get variations on this theme, also…just figure out what your needs are and browse what’s available.  Most of these require at least some assembly.  One of the nice things about this is that often you’re eligible for free shipping.

So there are tons of possible solutions for garage storage.  Here are some of other pieces to consider.

Now that you’ve got the garage problem solved, you might want to evaluate the room you have inside your home!

I’ve have listed lots of suggestions on how to do that in the post How to Get More Space Without Moving.

I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments if you agree that these are the best storage solutions for small garages.  Or any size garage..

If you’ve found other solutions for garage or storage rooms or have suggestions, please let me know that, as well.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned!

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Clever Uses for Shower Caddies

What can you do with shower caddies besides holding soap and shampoo?

I just donated two perfectly good shower caddies that I didn’t need since I’ve replaced the showers in both bathrooms and there are shelves integrated into the walls.

kitchen caddySo today I see that House Beautiful.com has posted nine clever uses for shower caddies that are pure genius.  Here are four of them.

Use one for kitchen tools!

For example, this clever kitchen helper was the brainchild of blogger Holly from Down to Earth Style.  She has a tutorial on how to convert it from a shower caddy into a useful kitchen storage piece.  Holly has this hanging on the side of her kitchen island which is quite brilliant!

Use one or two as planter shelves!

Here’s a terrific idea if you have a small balcony…hang this little planter shelf on one of the walls.

wall planter

Or group two or three of them on a wall or fence.   You could have small pots of fresh herbs!

Also, perfect for air plants…I love air plants.  My house is a bit dark so finding a spot for plants with enough light is tricky.  Plus I do travel a bit and air plants need next to nothing care.

For more information on how to create this pretty shower caddy garden go to P&G Everyday.

ribbon caddyUse one as a gift wrap & ribbon organizer!

Here’s another clever transformation…and one that I fully intend to implement myself!  My craft/gift wrap closet is not pretty.

I’m forever untangling ribbon that has managed to escape from the spool. This ribbon caddy is a good solution.  I’ll hang it on the inside of the door to the closet.

House Beautiful found the original on Charlotte Meyn’s website.  She’s a designer and her website is Sonoma Decorative Arts.  This is something she created for the San Francisco Designer Showhouse.

What other ways could shower caddies be repurposed?

So, I’m thinking that you’ll be able to come up with other great hacks for shower caddies.  I sure do wish I had those two that I gave away.

On the other hand, since I donated them to a charity shop, I know someone who needs them will be pleased to find them.

What other home organizers could be repurposed into something else?  You could put wheels on the bottom of a drawer and use it for under-the-bed storage, for example.

You’ll find lots of ideas like these on Pinterest, too. In fact, I’ve written a post about Decorating Ideas From Pinterest … check that out, as well.

If you’ve got a project or two that you’ve completed, please share it in the comments.   Thanks so much for stopping by.

(This post updated 3/22/2018)