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:

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.

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 love to post them (pictures, too) here.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

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Apartment Therapy – The book – A Review

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure

(Post Updated 9/21/2018)

Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan began his journey as an “apartment therapist” by helping a young film editor restyle his apartment after a painful break up with his girlfriend and she subsequently moved out.

Even though his apartment was very nice, the editor was miserable. The memories were painful and he hated it. He even moved his bed into the living room because he couldn’t bear to sleep in that room, anymore.

Gillingham-Ryan persuaded him to do a very deep cleaning, remove all of the personal effects and decor that she left behind and repaint the room and lighten it up.  It worked! He was ready to move on.

Apartment Therapy -The Blog and The Book

If you haven’t discovered Apartment Therapy, the blog, you’re in for a treat! It’s one of my favorite sites with a multitude of ideas for maximizing small spaces.

Well, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan has written Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure, the book! If you’re frustrated with your home and can’t figure out why then this is the book for you.

He suggests looking at our rooms in a new light.  Are you ready to make healthy changes…clearing out everything that you don’t need or really love.  Look at the flow…is it comfortable and easily navigable? Can you feel the energy and movement in the room?

Eight Steps in Eight Weeks

There is a questionnaire to help determine your own personal taste and to determine the physical, emotional and energy flow issues.

This is the basis for the eight-step home cure and I can tell you that once you start, you’ll be motivated and eager to reach Step 8.

  1. Week One: Creating your Vision
  2. Week Two: Clearing the Path
  3. Week Three: The Landing Strip
  4. Week Four: Retail Therapy
  5. Week Five: Getting into the Thick of It
  6. Week Six: Light Therapy
  7. Week Seven: Sacred Space
  8. Week Eight: Throwing a Party!

Each guided step helps you work efficiently and affordably toward creating a more comfortable home of your dreams.

What You Will Learn

  • There are floor plans. There are examples of how to turn any small space into a functional and beautiful area.
  • You will learn how to declutter, first of all.  And then you’ll learn how to keep it from becoming cluttered ever again.
  • You’ll learn how to get a handle on paperwork.  There’s a list that shows how long to keep paperwork; for example, tax returns should be kept permanently. Bank statements should be kept for seven years, etc.  It’s a handy list to have for reference on many levels.
  • You’ll learn how to work with color…and why some spaces should have cool colors and others should have warm tones. You’ll learn how to apply the 80/20 color rule.
  • If you need to call in professional help (and unless you’re an experienced DIYer, you probably will) you’ll learn how to choose the right professional.
  • You’ll learn how to choose lighting – what’s the best lighting for each area of your home and why.

This little reference book is invaluable for a multitude of reasons.  Check it out…you’ll thank me!  Be sure to let me know what your favorite lesson is and how it helped you solve a dilemma!

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The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

6 Best Online Decorating Magazines

(Updated 8/30/2018)

Buffet in Room

Decorating and organizing a small space doesn’t have to be impossible…you just have to know where to look.

I’ve been a decorating magazine hoarder for years! Honestly, I have stacks of magazines everywhere in my home…on chairs, tables, on the floor…and I love nothing better than to curl up on a couch or chair and read them over and over.

Each time through an edition, I’m looking for something different. Maybe a wall color or a certain piece of furniture or a way to repurpose something I already have.

Nowadays, there are editions of my favorite magazines online! So I just find the website for whatever magazine I’m into at the time and bookmark it for easy reference.

There are so many resources out in cyberspace that give excellent advice and that tweak your decorating creativity.

Here are links to a few of my favorite online resources:

This Old House

I often find doable tips and smart ideas from This Old House, one of the original home decorating and remodeling shows and magazines.

For example, a recent website article, 11 Foolproof Decorating Tips suggests 

 …if you have two small rooms next to each other, painting them the same neutral color helps them feel larger.

Look at a paint strip and move up or down a shade or two for a subtle variation from room to room, suggests Allen-Brett.

One of their best ideas (that I always recommend) is to use area rugs to define a space.

Place at least the two front legs of the couch and chairs on the rug. And be sure the rug is large enough for the conversation grouping.

Another tip from this article is about hanging artwork on your walls.

You should hang artwork at eye level but if your family includes tall people AND short people, average the two!

I have to think about this, often, because I’m short so I place my artwork a little higher than my eye level. Works just fine!

House Beautiful

I’ve been getting House Beautiful Magazine for years and years.  I love that magazine. House Beautiful online is just as amazing!

Dozens of articles on everything from home renovation to DIY projects to highlighting celebrity homes.

You can subscribe to the print version HERE, as well as their other sister magazines, Veranda and Elle Decor (which I also get!).

Apartment Therapy

In my post How to Personalize a Small Space Rental, I’ve included a video from Apartment Therapy showing two apartments with identical layouts but totally different vibes.

Apartment Therapy is one of my favorite decorating sites simply because it encompasses such a wide variety of decorating dilemmas…not just small space decor.

There never was a print version of the magazine but Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, a co-founder of the website, has authored several books including Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces where he shares “forty small, cool spaces that will change your thinking, forever.”  Now, that’s intriguing!

Pinterest

small yardAnother fabulous site for decorating ideas is Pinterest.

Seriously, if you need ideas for holiday decor or bathroom vanities or gardening in a small space, Pinterest is a great place to search. No print magazine…yet.

Even if you don’t need decorating ideas, you’ll find all sorts of hints, tips and solutions for healthy recipes or funny quotes, craft ideas, wall art, home based business ideas…you name it and I’ll bet you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

If you haven’t already, consider joining Pinterest…you can create your own Boards and save your favorite ideas from other Pinterest friends.

Start by visiting my Pinterest Boards…I’ve got 28 boards and more than a thousand pins!  One of my boards is Small Space Solutions.

Houzz

The first decorating site I joined was Houzz.  

Houzz has thousands of decorating and DIY ideas for homes and gardens both large and small. There never was a print version of Houzz so I don’t have stacks of back issues all over my house!

But this online magazine is chock full of the best of decorating. There are videos, a forum where you can ask questions and share with other readers.

Create your own Ideabooks and save the ideas you love in whatever categories you choose.

Here’s a link to My Houzz Ideabooks. The picture here is one I saved to my Gardens Ideabook.

I have 25 Ideabooks covering every room in the house, holiday ideas, flooring, lighting…you name it! It’s a fabulous resource when I’m ready to try something new.

Better Homes and Gardens

The magazine is a favorite for multiple reasons…great recipes, all sorts of human interest stories and each issue usually focuses on a particular home improvement or decorating topic.

For example, the latest issue that I have (September 2018) is the “Find Your Style” issue showing the latest trends and ideas from BH&G experts.

So the online magazine is an expanded version with tons more ideas on just about every home living topic you can imagine. My immediate go-to is the Decorating Section on the Better Homes and Gardens site.

You can choose between a bunch of tabs…

  • DO-IT-YOURSELF
  • STORAGE SOLUTIONS
  • CHOOSING COLOR
  • SMALL SPACES
  • HOME MAKEOVERS
  • BEDROOM
  • LIVING ROOM
  • BATHROOM
  • KITCHEN STYLES
  • CHEAP DECORATING IDEAS
  • COLOR FINDER

There are many more online resources that I haven’t touched on but will add them from time to time.  But check out these links and please let me know your thoughts.

If you have favorite decorating sites, I’d love to include them.

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